Roberts Primary School
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we enter our second full week of school we can see that procedures are now being embedded to keep everyone safe so thank you for supporting us with that. There have been a few questions last week that we are seeking to clarify with you.
- We are getting parents who are concerned about whether or not they should send their child to school and that is normal under the circumstances. You know your child best so are in the best place to decide if your child is well enough to come into school or needs to be tested for COVID-19.
School are following the standard operating procedures issued by Dudley Local Authority/Dudley Public Health in managing this in school.
Below is the exact guidance they have given to us;
Symptoms of COVID-19
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a high temperature - feel hot to touch on your chest or back (temperature of 37.8°C or higher if able to measure this)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If a child or staff member develop any of these symptoms, no matter how mild, please follow the procedures below.
There is likely to be an increase in other illnesses during autumn and winter, including colds, flu and winter vomiting bugs. For symptoms other than those listed above please follow your usual procedures to determine whether children and staff are well enough to attend school.
If you think your child has COVID-19 symptoms rather than other illnesses, then it is important that you follow the guidance in the attached information for parents. If you believe that your child has COVID-19 symptoms, then it is important that the whole family isolate and the person with symptoms get tested.
- Parents have asked what school would do if we get a confirmed case of COVID-19 in school?
Dudley Public Health and Public Health England will be directing decisions that are made in school if a confirmed case is known to us. It is therefore really important that you notify us of any confirmed cases immediately.
If there is a confirmed case in your child’s class, Public Health England will assess the risk and it may be necessary to shut down the class/bubble of children that your child is in.
If this is the case, the whole family of the child with symptoms needs to isolate. Children who are also in that class need to isolate for 14 days or for as long as PHE direct, the rest of the family do not need to isolate at this point unless your child comes down with symptoms.
If your child does come down with symptoms, please notify us and seek to get your child tested. Do not send your child or come out of isolation until you have your results.
- Parents are asking about PE and PE kits; school have been taking things slowly so far but we will be looking to begin PE activities from Monday 21st Due to the fact that the majority of our children do not use changing areas to get changed, our procedures can remain the same as before. Children will get changed in their bubble/classroom. Year 5 and Year 6 children, boys and girls do get changed separately and a space will be made available for each year group bubble to do that but bubbles will not mix and will be cleaned following use.
All children will need a PE kit in school in a draw string bag, please do not send backpacks as we do not have the space to store them. If you do not have a draw string bag, then send the PE kit in a carrier bag and school will help out were necessary.
We are still waiting to hear from Ellowes what is happening with regard swimming. As soon as we have any information, we will let you know.
- Free school meals are still available for all of Key Stage 1 and Reception. Please check the menu on the website. Sandwiches and a hot choice are available for all year groups. Free school meals are available for those that are eligible in Key Stage 2, if you feel that you are entitled to a free lunch then please contact Dudley Free School Meals to make an application.
If you have a question or query that you need the answer to then do not be afraid to approach a member of staff at drop off or collection time, we will do our best to answer your query or make sure that we find out for you.
Welcome to our website which we hope you will find helpful and informative. Please contact the school if you need more information.
"Lighting the Way to Success"
At Roberts Primary School we want every child to achieve their full potential, to be happy and to develop a wide range of skills to equip them for their future lives. We believe that everyone can be successful in some way. We offer every child the chance to learn in an exciting and creative environment and to experience a caring, personalised education, and are encouraged and supported to achieve the very best that they can. We extend to each child a wide range of out of school active learning opportunities which may enrich their school days and help them to develop tolerance and self discipline. We are committed to working in partnership with parents and other agencies to enable everyone to live a full and healthy life and to make a positive contribution to our community.
Through the National Curriculum and work of the school we aim to:
- encourage the children to develop positive attitudes to learning and to achieve high standards of success;
- provide equality of opportunity for all children and staff;
- foster close co-operation between the school, home and wider community;
- help children to acquire a set of moral and spiritual values and develop habits of self-discipline and acceptable behaviour;
- help children to understand the world in which they live and so become caring, reliable and responsible members of society.
At Roberts Primary School, we believe that to be successful learners children need to be able to:
- work in partnership with others;
- solve problems;
- become a good role model in society;
- think for their selves and make their own decisions.
In order to be able to do these things successfully, children at Roberts need to live and learn 7 learning behaviours:
- Respect; looking out for each other and our environment.
- Cooperation; working together.
- Reasoning; being able to work things out.
- Communication; explain their thinking to others.
- Resilience; not giving up when the going gets tough.
- Curious; asking questions and investigating further.
- Reflect; thinking about and learning from successes and failures.
To see our latest Ofsted report (January 2018: GOOD) click here.
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Mrs Dawn Hunt