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20th May 2020

Please see attached two posters giving information for those pupils and parents preparing to return to school.

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15th May 2020

Dear Parents and Families

You will have seen a letter to parents from Adrian Ball (DEMAT CEO) regarding the proposed re-opening of schools for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, in addition to the children of key workers with no childcare alternative, on 1 June 2020, stating that our schools will be closed during May half term for all pupils to ensure necessary preparation for a return. DEMAT will send out a parent survey soon so please look out for it. We have also arranged for each school to be deep-cleaned over the half term holiday. Unfortunately, we are currently not able to re-open the Norman Pre-School.

DEMAT have asked that parents could please complete the following survey by 5pm today to inform their planning. Please note that each section needs to be completed in order to submit it. Please paste this link into your browser. Many thanks.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/1CN7GO/

I met with the Senior Leadership Team this week (Dr Hardie, Mrs Fisher and Mrs Hague) this week to prepare for the possible return to schools on 1 June.

 

Safety will be our priority, including the following measures:

 Following government guidelines, there will be no more than 15 pupils in a class. For some children they may be based in a class different to the one they are in currently.

 Regular handwashing will take place on arrival, after playtimes, before lunch, after PE, after going to toilet.

 Pupils will be entering and exiting school via outside classroom doors.

 Gates to be kept locked other than at admission and exit times. Only one parent to drop off/ pick up. Any accompanying siblings must be closely supervised at all times.

 Staggered drop off/ pick up times for each class.

 Staggered break and lunchtimes for each class.

 Where possible, Y6 desks should be placed further apart, and equipment kept on tables.

 There will be class assemblies only instead of whole school Collective Worship.

 Classrooms are ventilated (doors and windows open).

 Toilets- maximum of 4 (1 per class during lesson time and 4 total at break or lunch time (Children to ask adults at break/ lunchtimes as well as lessons).

 Cleaning during the day as well as at the end of the day.

 

The times of the school day will be adjusted for different groups of children:

 Class arrivals and end of day times staggered to 15 minute intervals per class (not exceeding school hours)

 Break and lunchtimes will be staggered, e.g. break times 15 minute intervals per class, and separate lunch sittings.

 End of day staggered to 15 minute intervals class (not exceeding school hours)

 We are also looking into the possibility of rotating the days for pupils coming into school.

 

I will write to families from each school next week with further details for the possible return on 1 June, including staffing and arrangements for the beginning and end of the day.

Thank you very much for your ongoing support during this challenging time.

Owen Rhodes

Executive Headteacher

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14th May 2020

Update from Adrian Ball, DEMAT CEO, letter attached.

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13th May 2020

Please see the attached letter from Adrian Ball, DEMAT CEO, regarding the opening of schools.

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31st March 2020

Easter Holiday Update

We will be opening Duchy of Lancaster School for key worker families across The Trinity Partnership during the Easter holidays on the days requested by parents where there is no alternative childcare provision.  Please contact your school office if there are any days you will require childcare.

Many thanks

 

Owen Rhodes

Executive Headteacher

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25th March 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

Coronavirus Update

I am writing to share the latest important update including changes to our key worker provision from this Monday (30th March).

The guidance from the government remains that key worker families should: ‘Only send children to school if there is NO alternative. This is to keep everyone - children, families and staff - as safe as possible during this difficult time.

As a result of this, attendance has continued to reduce in our schools. Weeting and The Norman both have no children in attendance today, whereas we have 9 pupils at Duchy of Lancaster.

Therefore, from Monday, we will be merging all childcare provision across The Trinity Partnership to Duchy of Lancaster school until further notice. This means that, as of Monday, the status of our schools, at least until the end of the spring term on Wednesday 1st April will be:

Duchy of Lancaster: OPEN to children from key worker families from across The Trinity Partnership if there is no childcare alternative.

The Norman: CLOSED until further notice.

Weeting: CLOSED until further notice.

If you are a key worker and your child usually attends The Norman or Weeting and there is no alternative to sending them into school at Duchy of Lancaster, please email your school office: norman@trinitypartnership.norfolk.sch.uk or weeting@trinitypartnership.norfok.sch.uk then bring your pupil in at the normal time.

If you have any questions, please email the school office, or phone Duchy and ask to speak to one of the senior leaders who will be on site.

I continue to be encouraged by the impressive home learning taking place across the partnership, and I am grateful for the teachers for their commitment to supporting the pupils at home. Please keep it up, and remember to check our Facebook page for further ideas.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Yours sincerely

Owen Rhodes
Executive Headteacher

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23rd March 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

Coronavirus Update

You will be aware that guidance for schools and families is changing at a rapid pace, and I am writing to share the latest important update.

We have now been told that families with critical workers and vulnerable children should:

‘Only send children to school if there is NO alternative

STAY AT HOME

PROTECT THE NHS

SAVE LIVES

To keep everyone - children, families and staff- as safe as possible, please look for all possible childcare alternatives before sending your child into school.

We are now keeping staffing levels as low as possible through a rota system to reduce risk. Clearly, the more pupils we have in school, the more adults will need to be on site.

We will continue to support your children by sending work home regularly. Additionally, please check our new Trinity Partnership Home Learning Facebook page for regular posts, and use educational websites such as BBC Bitesize, Twinkl and TT Rockstars.

Thank you for your understanding and support.
Yours sincerely

Owen Rhodes
Executive Headteacher

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18th March 2020

Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents and Families,

I am writing to update you on guidance around Coronavirus, provide staffing and events information, and to signpost you to online learning resources if your family is currently self-isolating.

Public Health England Guidance

Please continue to check the Public Health England website for new information. The advice for households has been updated as follows:

‘If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.’

Therefore, if anyone in your household is displaying symptoms, please inform the school and stay at home for 14 days.

Staff have also been asked to self-isolate according to the government guidance at this stage. Employees from vulnerable groups have also been strongly advised to stay at home and work from there if possible. This includes staff with chronic health conditions and those who are pregnant.

Children at our schools are continuing to wash their hands regularly, throughout the day.

Staffing

The instruction from the DfE continues to be that schools should remain open unless they are required to close. Although our three schools are currently open, I have made the difficult decision to close the Pre-School at The Norman this week. As both members of staff will be absent for the remainder of the term due to self-isolating or being in a vulnerable group, I believe that we will be unable to safely staff the pre-school, or give the children the continuity of care they need.

We currently have a total of six members of staff absent at The Norman (including Pre-School), however this will not compromise our provision. At Duchy of Lancaster, four staff have gone home today. At Weeting I am expecting at least one staff absence. Our Trinity caretaker is also absent.

School Events

The Easter church services due to be held on 30th March (Duchy) and 31st March (Weeting) have unfortunately been cancelled. The Norman Easter service is school is cancelled.

Parents are asked not to come to collective worship or assemblies until further notice, e.g. achievement assemblies, end of term assemblies.

After school sports clubs are currently going ahead as planned, although there is no expectation that children should attend.

Home Learning Resources

In the possible event that schools are required to close nationally, staff will provide some home learning activities via Dojo. Additionally, Mrs Hague is in the process of setting up a Facebook page to support with learning at home.

In the meantime, as we have a number of children currently self-isolating, please use the following opportunities for home learning:

  • Homework tasks have been set for the duration of the half term and should be completed. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like the homework to be resent.
  • Learning multiplication tables and related division facts is a very important life skill- please practise these daily
  • Please read on a daily basis with your child

There are a number of good online resources to support home learning, including the following:

Please continue to look after one another, and contact us if you would like any further support. I will keep you informed of any updated information.

Yours sincerely

Owen Rhodes

Executive Headteacher

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17th March 2020

Dear Parents of Wrens Class (The Norman Pre-School),

I am writing to let you know that both members of staff at the pre-school will not be at work from tomorrow as they will be self-isolating. Rachel Smith has been advised to stay at home as a precaution due to family sickness, and you will be aware that Jamie-Lee Frohawk, the lead practitioner, is pregnant which puts her in a high risk group.

As the pre-school is run entirely by Jamie-Lee and Rachel, I believe that we will be unable to safely staff the provision, and give your children the continuity of care they need.

Therefore, I have taken the difficult decision to close the pre-school at least until the Easter holidays, when we will review whether it will be suitable and safe to re-open.

Jamie-Lee has offered to communicate via dojo with families to set activities and signpost websites for learning at home.

I sincerely apologise to you for the inconvenience this causes. As always, please get in touch if you like to discuss this further.

Yours sincerely

Owen Rhodes

Executive Headteacher

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4th March 2020

Coronavirus Advice

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to update you on advice for schools from the Department of Education which we will be following at The Trinity Partnership.

We have been informed that:

  • The infection is not serious for most people including children
  • It can cause flu-like symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing
  • There is currently no vaccine
  • Most people get better with enough rest, water to drink and medicine for pain
  • You can only catch it if you have been close to a person who has the virus- the chance of this is currently low in the UK
  • If you travel to areas where many people are affected, your chance of catching the virus is higher

To stop the virus from spreading:

  • If you need to cough or sneeze, catch it with a tissue, bin it, kill it by washing your hands
  • You should wash your hands (or use hand sanitiser) after breaks and sporting activities, before cooking and eating, on arrival at school, after using the toilet and before leaving home.

We will be asking the children to wash their hands on arrival to school, after breaks, before eating, and after using the toilet.

We will keep up to date with government guidance and let you know if there are any changes to the advice for schools.

It will be important to follow these sensible guidelines, without causing any unnecessary anxiety for the children.

Thank you for your support

 

Owen Rhodes
Executive Headteacher