St Mark's CE Primary School

"LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE" Matthew 5:16

Welcome to St Mark's CE Primary School

AUTUMN TERM UPDATES

 

 DROP OFF AND COLLECTION ARRANGEMENTS

The drop off arrangements will remain the same wand you need to drop your child/ren off at the gates between 8.40am and 8.50am GATES CLOSE AT 8.50am.  Help your child to have a smooth start to the day, by ensuring they are on time.  We ask that you continue to wear a face mask at drop off and collection. Please see poster above with details.

UNIFORM

It was great to see that some of our families accessed the Pelican Parcels packages. It's not too late, if you want to order your FREE school uniform and shoes. Please speak with Mrs Sellins or email help@stmarks.brighton-hove.sch.uk, if you want to stock up on essentials!  You can see our uniform checklist here and these can also be ordered on line through Sussex Uniforms here.

PE KIT

On PE day we will continue to ask children to wear their PE to school on this day.   Your child's teacher will be letting you know the class timetable in the Class Information newsletter by 10th September.

CLUBS

Breakfast Club will continue as usual, please email the office on info@stmarks.brighton-hove.sch.uk for further details.  We are delighted to be teaming up with Clubs Complete to provide after school clubs.  Please book your places here.  These will start w/c 27th September.  In the meantime,  there is information on the Brighton and Hove Family Information Service for other wraparound care providers.

COVID RELATED UPDATES

We will continue to work extremely hard to ensure that we can keep everyone safe when we return to school. As has been seen during the summer at a range of "events" once you get a large group of people together there is an increase in Covid cases.

Please see the attached Public Health Flowchart.

And our guide to absence here.

SAFETY MEASURES

We will be undertaking a range of measures to keep everyone safe including:

  • enhanced handwashing
  • timetables will still be in place to try to keep children socially distanced where possible
  • continued high levels of cleaning
  • anyone showing symptoms will sent home or not allowed on school premises
  • facemasks will be available to worn in school and in areas where there are large groups
  • large group activities will be slowly introduced back
  • staff will continue to LFT twice a week

You can find our Risk assessment here.

BUBBLES – these are no longer deemed necessary, however we will continue to move sensibly and safely towards this. Playtimes and lunchtimes will continue to be staggered.


WORSHIP –Assemblies will take place in the hall, and streamed via GC. They will be attended by Key Stages in the first instance. With KS2 in the hall, and KS1 (FS) accessing via Google Classrooms. This will be reviewed and alternated at half term. Thursday Worship will be Musical Reflection and class based. SDI must take place during Worship slots.


VENTILATION - this is crucial and windows must be opened/no need to freeze/areas can be purged at relevant times eg playtime/lunchtime. We will be receiving CO2 monitors.


CLEANING –twice per day.


HAND HYGIENE –continue with hand washing/sanitising routines.


CATCH IT-BIN IT-KILL IT – continue to use ebug website for resources.


PPE- we ask that masks are worn when moving around the school and working with visiting staff. We will request parents/carers continue to do so at drop off/collection.

When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test

Pupils, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).

See our Contingency Plan here. And the Public Health England guidelines here.

Confirmatory PCR tests

Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.


STAFF MESSAGE TO OUR YEAR 6 LEAVERS CLASS OF 2021

LATEST NEWS

YEAR 6 BLUE WHALES LEAVERS'  EVENTS

Even though it is a shame that we cannot have our traditional events, it was lovely to share the Year 6 Leavers' Celebration with families, via ZOOM today.  You can see the teachers' message to the children above.  

We wish our brilliant Blue Whales all the very best for their new adventure, and we know they will continue to let their lights shine with the St Mark's HERO Values of Hope Energy Resilience and Optimism.

LOCAL SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

You will find our FUN SUMMER HOLIDAY CHALLENGES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES BELOW - there is one for Key Stage One and one for Key Stage 2 - enjoy!    There will be certificates and DOJOs awarded in September for all entries—give it a whirl! The activities have been designed to help the children as they get ready to move in to their new classes!

 

We have attached some information below about events and activities available locally over the Summer Holidays. The HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) project also has this directory which shows you where you can find lots of FREE activities! Click on the link HERE.  Check out the brilliant Summer Reading Challenge from the Library Service, HERE

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COVID UPDATES

With cases still rising across the city, we are maintaining our systems of control as they are now, until the end of term.  We do not want anyone to contract COVID, or need to self isolate for the summer holidays.  Our mission is to get to the end of term safely.  Please support us with this, by:

· Your child should stay at home and self-isolate until Friday 23rd July 2021 (10 days after contact) following national guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-COVID-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person . We are asking you to do this to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to others in the community. If your child is well and has not tested positive at the end of the 10-day period of self-isolation, then they can return to their usual activities.

· Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10-day self-isolation period or test positive.

· As an extra precaution Public Health England (PHE) is now advising close contacts can get a COVID-19 PCR test. You should arrange for the close contact to get this test as soon as possible within the 10-day isolation period, ideally through the home PCR testing service. Please refer to attached factsheet and this guidance for more information: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). If your child has had a positive PCR test within the last 90 days, you do not need to get another test unless they have new symptoms.

· If your child tests positive they need to isolate with their household following national guidance COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). If they test negative, they must still complete ten days isolation.

· All members of the household aged 11 and over should continue to do their regular LFT test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days).

· Anyone with symptoms should get a PCR test as soon as possible and isolate with their household. https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test 

· You may be eligible for a support payment if you are caring for a child who has to self-isolate as a close contact or have to self-isolate yourself as a case or a close contact. Please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme-claiming-financial-support/claiming-financial-support-under-the-test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme  for more information.

· Please also inform the school/college/nursery of any positive result.

Many thanks for your help in reducing the transmission of COVID-19.

 

DOCUMENTS AND LINKS FOR SUPPORT

CORONAVIRUS FAQS 

Click here to see our guide to how we are keeping you safe during COVID-19.  It contains details on how we have prepared the school, and how we can help you and your family during this time.

 What do I do if my child is unwell?

We expect all of the children to be in school. If your child is unwell, please follow the guidance hereYou can also find our FAQ information for a quick reference guide here.

 Drop off and Collection Arrangements

We ask that you leave the drop off and collection points as soon as you have dropped off, or picked up your children, to limit congestion.  Remember gates are open between 8.40am and 8.50am.  

Mrs Fendley and Miss Moulson will be at the gates to ensure the children arrive and leave safely.  If you have any messages for teachers, or wish to speak with a member of staff,  Mrs Sellins is available on the South Gate.

 Please see our message to visitors here.

If you have any questions, please email help@stmarks.brighton-hove.sch.uk.

 You can find the latest statement from the Local Authority here.

Travelling to school

We encourage our community to walk, or cycle to school whenever possible.  We advise against car sharing. If you must use public transport, please see the latest guidance from Brighton and Hove Buses here.

Is the school open?

The government has said children and young people in all year groups should return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. St Mark's is OPEN.

You can see the DFE's most current information and guidance here.

We will be updating this information as we receive updates from the government. Please see our most recent communication to parents/carers in the file list below.

How can I explain the situation to my children?

Please look at this social story which explains the Coronavirus to children in a clear and simple way: https://www.flipsnack.com/KeshetChicago/coronavirus-social-story/full-view.html

There is useful guidance here on how to explain the Coronavirus to children with autism: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/neuroscience-in-translation/202003/how-explain-global-health-crisis-children-autism

and here https://www.autismbedfordshire.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/AB-Social-story-Why-am-I-not-at-school.pdf

Follow this link, for Coronavirus information translated in to different languages: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/#

 

Where can I access food banks?

East Brighton Food Co-operative : Call 01273 885068 if you or someone you know needs a freshly cooked meal, 7 days a week. Or a food parcel delivered (Thursdays).

The Brighton Table Tennis Club, The Fitzherbert's Centre | 36 Upper Bedford Street | Brighton | BN2 1JP. Info is here - https://www.facebook.com/brightonttc/photos/a.146995728705301/3773173966087441 People can just turn up between 1-4pm 7 days a week to the carpark from St George's Terrace. Or if they want delivery they can email info@bttc.club or call the club 01273 670145 when the club is open.

See this flyer for further information. 

How can I help my child with their learning at home if their bubble is closed?

Follow this link to find out about how we are supporting learning o our school website, here.

How can I keep my child safe on line?

This page has been created by CEOP to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, we will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=03cb8440df-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_24_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-03cb8440df-55124945

How can I contact the school?

You can email your child's teacher on the class email address eg Year1@stmarks.brighton-hove.sch.uk . Mrs Fendley and Miss Moulson also access these accounts. or the school office admin@stmarks.brighton-hove.sch.uk .  If you need help, you can also contact Mrs Sellins on help@stmarks.brighton-hove.sch.uk.

The school office is manned during school time: 01273 605588.

How can I manage my family’s worries?
We are aware that pupils / students are feeling understandably anxious about coronavirus.  As parents and carers you may want to repeat the messages above and support your child to
manage any difficult feelings. If your child is struggling with anxiety about this or other things you may  find these links helpful:
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-tosupport-anxiety/
https://findgetgive.com/services?loc=brighton-hove
This website provides helpful information to support adult wellbeing:
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

What if I have other worries if the school is closed?
If you are worried about your child’s mental health and wellbeing, please contact the Primary Mental Health Worker on 01273 293331 or CAMHS 0300 304 0061 or go direct to GP or A&E
Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service https://www.brightonandhovewellbeing.org/children-andyoung-people
If you are worried about a child’s safety call Front Door For Families on 01273 290400
If you are worried about your own wellbeing, contact The Samaritans on 116 123 https://www.samaritans.org/
Children who are worried can call Childline on 0800 1111 https://www.childline.org.uk/
If you are having financial difficulties and in need of food, there is the local food bank  https://thewhitehawk.foodbank.org.uk/ or call 07941 397648 or http://www.realjunkfoodbrighton.co.uk/
If your child has SEND and you are worried, contact AMAZE:  https://amazesussex.org.uk/amaze_news/amaze-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19/
If you are already working with other services, please keep them informed of your situation eg social workers, health visitors and school nurses. They will all be happy to help.

If you are suffering domestic abuse, please go to the Rise website: https://www.riseuk.org.uk/  or call 999

 If you need support you can still call the RISE helpline 9-5 Mon-Fri on 01273 622 828. Out of hours please call the 24-hour National Domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000247. You are not alone 

We have also updated our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy to ensure this remains a top priority throughout this time.  This can be seen here.

The school nurse service is able to offer advice during school closure please see attached information here and text 07480 635423  if you need their help.

 

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