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  • Managing Covid-19 in school - Updates

    Published 25/09/20

    when you should book a coronavirus test for your child

    Public Health England has produced a letter for schools and colleges to share with parents which explains when a child requires a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and what the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are. Click the link or see below.

    Sending my child to school during Covid-19, a little under the weather?: A decision making guide

    Click here for more information

    Parent GUIDE

    We have collected some information around frequently asked questions regarding covid-19 here. Hopefully, you will find this information helpful and clear.

    Please Keep us Informed

    1. If you have checked your child’s symptoms using  https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/  which confirms you can send your child to school, please let us know. If children are in school with a sniffle or slight illness, it is useful for us to know that you have checked any potential symptoms and ruled out any links to covid-19. Please use this email covid@crossdale.notts.sch.uk and we can ensure that your child’s teacher knows the context of any slight illness.
    2. You can also use covid@crossdale.notts.sch.uk to let us know if your child (or family member if you have all been self-isolating) has received a negative test and, as a result, your child will be returning to school.
    3. If you call school to tell us your child is ill and will not be coming to school, please let us know why, especially if you are leaving a message on the answer machine. This means we won’t need to call you to check the illness is not linked to covid-19. Our phone is normally monitored between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

    Using the covid@crossdale.notts.sch.uk will ensure we can quickly access and react to any emails linked to covid-19.

    TESTING AND SYMPTOMS

    With increased testing and vigilance in the UK, we are aware that parents all over the country are arranging coronavirus tests for their children if they have concerns about potential symptoms. Parents should not be alarmed over the coming weeks if a child at Crossdale has been for a test– being cautious and careful is the new ‘normal’ for all parts of society. Although the whole school community is not routinely informed if a child has gone for a test, we will always alert you if a child or adult at Crossdale receives a positive test result - we will also let you know what the implications of this will be.

    If you have any doubt about symptoms, we would strongly urge you to use the NHS symptom checker here: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/  . This site analyses the symptoms you report and gives clear guidance and information about the symptoms and testing.

    Symptoms and Self-Isolation

    If you have used https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/  which has confirmed your child needs to self-isolate, please remember that all family members in your house will need to self-isolate unless you obtain a test quickly and a negative test has been returned. As an example, if your child has a temperature and https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/  advises self-isolation, he / she should not return to school for at least 10 days unless a negative test has been returned – similarly, all members of your household should self-isolate for 14 days.

    How long to self-isolate (NHS – Click here for full web page)

    If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, you'll usually need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

    You'll need to self-isolate for 14 days if:

    • someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive
    • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
    • you've been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace

    If someone who is self-isolating because they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) starts to feel unwell and gets a test for coronavirus themselves, and the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.

    TAKING A CHILD’S TEMPERATURE

    If a child in school comments that they are feeling unwell, for any reason, we are now frequently using a non-contact electronic thermometer to take their temperature. Rest assured, if we have any concerns about your child’s health or temperature, we will be in touch immediately.

    A few reminders

    Many thanks for your support over the last 2 weeks with the full reopening of Crossdale for all pupils. Having been largely closed to most pupils since March, it was great to welcome back the vast majority of our Crossdale family!

    The logistics of staggered starts, breaks, lunches and ends to the day, as well as bubbles and hygiene measures, has proved a challenge given the increased number of pupils on site. As such, here are a few reminders of ways you can help:

    If staff and parents are diligent about following our procedures carefully and consistently, there is a greater chance that Crossdale can stay open and not be subject to a partial or full lockdown.

    1. Please ensure you stick to the start and end times to the day detailed below. Please don’t be early or late and help us control the number of people on site:
    • Reception 9:00am - 3:30pm
    • Y1 8:50am - 3:20pm
    • Y2 9:10am - 3:40pm
    • Y3  9:00am - 3:30pm
    • Y4 9:10am - 3:40pm
    • Y5  9:10am - 3:40pm
    • Y6  9:00am - 3:30pm
    1. Only one adult per family should accompany their children onto the school site.
    2. Parents of children in Base 2 and 3 – please let your children go to the ‘Be Safe Bees’ alone to avoid congestion near entrances to the school. Parents of children in Y3 and Y4 should stand on the middle playground, but not past ‘The Tower’.
    3. Please be mindful of social distancing with teachers and avoid congregating on the playground. You can send any questions to your child’s teacher using the class email system.

    To answer your questions and point you in the right direction, Mr Cresswell, Mrs Westie or Miss Seedhouse will be available on the gate every day from 8.50am and after school until 3:40pm. 

     Extra Information

    • Please read the attached parent leaflet
    • Our full opening plan can be found here
    • Please ensure you have discussed and practised our Rainbow Rules with your children  – especially practising effective handwashing.
    • Going to school ‘does not increase risk of young children catching coronavirus’ – Click here to read more.
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  • Please remember our one-way system!

    Published 18/09/20

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  • DON'T STRUGGLE ALONE – THE COMMUNITY CAN HELP

    Published 18/09/20

     

    Since the early days of the Coronavirus lockdown, we, at Keyworth Community Projects have been helping those within our community in a variety of ways. This has truly helped to bring our community together in a stronger and more cohesive way. 

    Now, with the end of furlough in sight, redundancies increasing, and local groups/bubble groups being asked to isolate we understand two key things. The future for some is scarily uncertain and that our being here with help and support is as important as ever before. 

    We have secured funds to help families financially with Co-op vouchers, to spend as you wish in store on food and household products. We can also provide information of organisations that will help you put more permanent plans in place, whether that be with applying for benefits or looking for new work. 

    Please get in touch, your details will not be passed on and any items will be delivered as discreetly as possible. 

    Just email us directly at keyworthcp@gmail.com or advise your school if we can help, 

    Kind regards 

    Keyworth Community Projects 

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  • A summary of key information

    Published 16/09/20

    We have sent you a lot of information recently. This is perhaps unsurprising given the current context of Covid-19, the full return to school, and the need to be prepared for home learning in the event of a lock down - interesting times!

    It is very important that we work together over the coming weeks and months to achieve the best outcomes for your children. As such, please read the information below carefully and let us know if you have any questions. We have rearranged the information sent out over the last week into 2 separate blog posts:

    1. MANAGING COVID-19 IN SCHOOL – Click here

     

    1. LOCKDOWN LEARNING  - Click here

     

    Many thanks for your ongoing support.

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  • Lockdown Learning - IMPORTANT

    Published 09/09/20

    PREPARING FOR POTENTIAL HOME LEARNING IN THE FUTURE

    All schools have been asked to offer immediate remote education in the event of any lock downs or bubble closures. If children have to stay at home, we do not want them to lose unnecessary learning time. As such, please read the information below carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

    PLEASE SPEAK TO US ASAP IF YOU CANNOT COMPLETE

    THE ‘NEXT STEPS’ ON THE ATTACHED DOCUMENT.

    Many thanks

     

    SCHOOL CURRICULUM AND REMOTE EDUCATION

    The following extracts from the latest government guidance for schools will give parents a context for the curriculum children are experiencing in school at the moment. Schools should:

    Develop remote education so that it is integrated into school curriculum planning. Remote education may need to be an essential component in the delivery of the school curriculum for some pupils, alongside classroom teaching, or in the case of a local lock down. [Schools should] use a curriculum sequence that allows access to high-quality online and offline resources and teaching videos and that is linked to the school’s curriculum expectations. [Schools should] select the online tools that will be consistently used across the school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback and make sure staff are trained in their use.

    Now we are into the swing of our new version of school life, we wanted to share some more details about curriculum matters and how we are planning and teaching English and maths.

    Provision this term, according to the Government guidance referenced above, requires us to prepare for seamless movement between face to face learning at school and home learning in the event that a child/family needs to self-isolate whilst awaiting testing or if a bubble or the school is temporarily shut down.

    As such teachers are using transferable online resources as a framework for planning and teaching in school.

    In English we will be following the curriculum progression of Oak National Academy lessons and in maths we will be following the schemes of work from White Rose Maths (however, this was already the case prior to COVID-19).

    The online resources can then seamlessly be used and accessed by children via SeeSaw if they are not in school and as such limit any further gaps in education. The videos and resources produced by both Oak and White Rose may be used in class to share resources or to listen to a focused text but the teachers are teaching the lesson content – in school, the videos are used as a planning tool or resource - not as a ‘virtual teacher’.

    Ensuring that our curriculum can work in school and at home has required a considerable amount of adaptation and planning -it is working well so far. However, we will continue to refine and review our curriculum as the COVID-19 situations evolves.

    If you have any questions about curriculum content, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It is extremely important that you understand what we are trying to achieve, and how, so that we can work effectively together to get the best possible outcomes for the pupils over these coming months.

    SEESAW APP – CHATTING?!

    We can see that some parents have already downloaded SeeSaw (see attachment below if you haven't yet) and started to respond to the work set by teachers with their children . When using SeeSaw, please ask your child to only post work and messages linked to the learning tasks set by the teachers. We have seen that some very enthusiastic pupils have been sending multiple messages to teachers on a range of subjects not at all linked to their work! SeeSaw is designed to be used for pupils to submit work and receive feedback – not as a ‘chat’ app! Please also encourage your children to send their work and comments in one post, not multiple posts. Many thanks for your support with this.

    Please note:

    • SeeSaw should only be used for submitting work set by the teachers and for asking questions specifically about the work set on SeeSaw.
    • Class emails should be used for questions about any other aspect of school life.
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  • TIK-TOK

    Published 08/09/20
    We have learnt today that users of Tik-Tok had access to some extremely upsetting content over the last few days. Whilst we are are not aware that any children in our school have seen the content, we do know that some use Tik-Tok and&n
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  • Important Information for parents

    Published 07/09/20

    Many thanks for your support today with the full reopening of Crossdale for all pupils. Having been largely closed to most pupils since March, it was great to welcome back the vast majority of our Crossdale family!

    The logistics of staggered starts, breaks, lunches and ends to the day, as well as bubbles and hygiene measures, has proved a challenge given the increased number of pupils on site. However, based on our experience today, there are several ways in which you can help.

    If staff and parents are diligent about following our procedures carefully and consistently, there is a greater chance that Crossdale can stay open and not be subject to a partial or full lockdown.

    1. Please ensure you stick to the start and end times to the day detailed below. Please don’t be early or late and help us control the number of people on site:
    • Reception 9:00am - 3:30pm
    • Y1 8:50am - 3:20pm
    • Y2 9:10am - 3:40pm
    • Y3  9:00am - 3:30pm
    • Y4 9:10am - 3:40pm
    • Y5  9:10am - 3:40pm
    • Y6  9:00am - 3:30pm
    1. Only one adult per family should accompany their children onto the school site.
    2. Parents of children in Base 2 and 3 – please let your children go to the ‘Be Safe Bees’ alone to avoid congestion near entrances to the school. Parents of children in Y3 and Y4 should stand on the middle playground, but not past ‘The Tower’.
    3. Please be mindful of social distancing with teachers and avoid congregating on the playground. You can send any questions to your child’s teacher using the class email system.

    To answer your questions and point you in the right direction, Mr Cresswell, Mrs Westie or Miss Seedhouse will be available on the gate every day from 8.50am and after school until 3:40pm. 

    Kind regards,

    Mr Cresswell

     

     Extra Information

    • If you have any questions or concerns about symptoms of covid-19, always use this link to get clear advice from the NHS: Check Your Symptoms - https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
    • Please read the attached parent leaflet
    • Our full opening plan can be found here
    • Please ensure you have discussed and practised our Rainbow Rules with your children before tomorrow – especially practising effective handwashing.
    • Going to school ‘does not increase risk of young children catching coronavirus’ – Click here to read more.
    Read More
  • Ready for School?!

    Published 06/09/20
    Ready for School?! We’re really looking forward to welcoming the children back into school tomorrow and hope they are excited about returning to school, seeing their friends and jumping back into school life! A few reminders and some
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  • School Opening Update - September 2020

    Published 12/08/20

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    I hope you and your families are well and that you have had an enjoyable summer. 

    Please see the 'Full Opening Plan' below for more details about our plans from the 7th September.

    You will also find 2 other documents that will be useful for the return to school.

    Do not hesitate to contact us next week if you have any questions or queries.

    Kind regards,

    Mr Cresswell

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  • Simple and fun non-screen activities that children can do at home

    Published 27/07/20

    See below for 75 fun activities for the summer holidays!

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  • Important update for September 2020

    Published 23/07/20

    New September start date for pupils: 7th September

    Dear Parents,

    We have recently had funding confirmed to carry out extensive improvements to our school over the summer holidays. This funding will allow us to replace the heating system across the entire school. In conjunction with the new double glazing and insulated roof we have had installed in recent years, this will ensure the building is comfortable and warm for the children at Crossdale.

    Although we are delighted to be in a position to carry out these improvements, the allocation of  funding and project planning have been significantly delayed due to the Covid-19 situation. In fact, the engineers and designers are still finalising the details of the project. The planned works are extensive and likely to cause significant disruption and upheaval. As a result, school governors have taken the decision to delay the date that children return to school in September until Monday 7th September.

    Delaying the start of term by 2 days for children will give staff time to ensure the school building and site are fully prepared and safe. We do acknowledge that this situation may cause parents some inconvenience, but given the extent of the planned works, governors believe the delay is essential to ensure adequate preparation takes place prior to pupils returning.

    Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

    Regards,

    Peter Cresswell

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  • Non-uniform

    Published 20/07/20

    To help mark the children's last day in school this academic year, we will be allowing the children to come to school in non-uniform:

    • Tuesday 21st July: Y1, Y2 (bubble A) and Y5 (bubble A)
    • Friday 24th July: All children in school
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