November 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update – November 2020

Please click HERE to view our updated Home School Agreement document.

Dear Parents

The DfE has now published guidance in relation to the new national restrictions that come into force today. There is very little change. It is largely information re-issued under a different guidance document. Therefore we will continue with the procedures that are in place at school but we will make a number of adjustments to them.

  • We are now strongly advising that all adults who visit the school grounds (including at pick up and drop off) wear a face covering. This is for the safety of both staff and parents.
  • Please be stringent with social distancing on site. We have a new tannoy system in place which will remind you of this.
  • Only one adult per child at pick up and drop off.
  • Please adhere to the staggered start and drop off times and use the one way system.

The guidance reiterates the importance of keeping schools open.

“The government continues to prioritise the wellbeing and long term futures of our children and will not be closing schools. Senior clinicians still advise that school is the best place for children to be, and so they should continue to go to school.”

We will continue to help your children to learn and help them to enjoy school. We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for families and ask that all adhere to the procedures set by the school. This is for the safety of all so that we can continue to educate and care for your children.

We are St Joseph’s!

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Mrs McNeill

Please see below information from the Government regarding COVID-19

Updated guidance for Parents and Carers

We have updated our guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This update provides information on the national restrictions that came into force on 5 November, the latest advice for clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people and advice on the use of face coverings in education settings. This guidance can be shared with your parent networks. Education in the media blog: exams 2021.

On Monday 12 October the Department for Education confirmed that exams will go ahead next year. Most AS/A level and GCSE exams will be delayed by three weeks to give pupils more time to catch up on their learning.

The exams 2021 education blog published on 10 November provides further answers to the key questions being asked about exams 2021.

The information below has not changed since our last update Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline – opening hours The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education settings and children’s social care. Please listen carefully to all of the available options before selecting the most appropriate option for your nursery, school, college or university. Please select option 1 or 2 if you require specific advice on the action to take to respond to a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your setting. This option will take you through to a dedicated team of NHS Business Services Authority advisors who will work through a risk assessment with you to identify close contacts and will inform you what action is needed based on the latest public health advice. Please select option 3 or 4 for any other questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education settings and children’s social care.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Look up your unique organisation number (UON) If you have not received your unique organisation number (UON) for ordering new coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits you can can look it up using your unique reference number (URN) or your UK provider reference number (UKPRN) or by calling the Test and Trace helpdesk on 119.

Department for Education guidance Our guidance to support education providers, local authorities and parents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be accessed using the links below:
Guidance for early years and childcare providers
Guidance for schools
Guidance for further and higher education providers
Guidance for local authority children’s services
Guidance for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings

Updated November 2020.