School Reopening - Monday 8th March 2021
Following the Government's announcement we will be re-opening school for all children from Monday 8th March and we are looking forward to welcoming all our children back into school. Thank you to all the parents and carers who have taken the time to complete the Parent Survey, this will be incredibly valuable in helping us to support all the children upon their return to school following this lockdown period.
Please be aware that Monday 8th March marks a return to statutory school attendance as required by the DfE. We will be returning to our normal absence reporting and follow-up procedures, if you child is absent please text 07771 648 611, stating your child's name, class and reason for absence.
Please remember to notify the school immediately if there is a positive Covid test result in your child's household.
We have carried out an in-depth risk assessment (see below) to help ensure a safe return for all, together with comprehensive operational procedures in place for staff in order to maintain a safe environment and reduce Covid-related risks as much as possible. Children will continue to work within their year group bubbles and will remain separate from other year group bubbles within school during lesson times. At break and lunch times, year group bubbles will be segregated on the playground or on the field. Lunch will be taken in classes. Children will be encouraged to maintain social distancing at all times and to follow regular hand-washing routines. Based on current evidence for primary schools and the measures that we are already putting in place, such as the system of controls and consistent bubbles, face coverings will not be necessary in the classroom for children or staff. Face coverings could have a negative impact on teaching and their use in the classroom should be avoided.
Drop-Off & Collection:
Please continue to follow the same pick-up and drop-off routine you were using pre-lockdown.
We would be grateful if parents/carers would continue wearing face coverings whilst attending the school site as well as maintaining social distancing around the school site. Please take care not to congregate in groups at collection times outside the school gates.
Breakfast Club will run from 8am - bookings to be made via ParentPay in the usual way.
Dragon's After School Club will run from 3pm to 5.30pm. Please make your bookings on the forms provided for the relevant week. Booking forms can be found on the Dragon's Club page
If you have any specific questions or concerns about returning to school, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. At St Michael's we are committed to following guidance from the Department of Education and supporting our children, families and communities in what is a challenging time for us all.
Please find the updated guidance on school reopening.
Find the Risk Assessment for St Michael's School in the correspondence below.
Note there is new guidance for isolation procedures in school as set out below.
If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).
If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.
Our school kitchen will be operating as normal from Monday 8th March. Please ensure you book your child's meal choices on ParentPay before 9am on the day. Alternatively you can provide a packed lunch as normal. There is a new menu now available to book on ParentPay.
Free School Meals (FSM)
We would encourage all parents, including those receiving Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM), to check their eligibility for free school meal status if you feel you may be eligible, particularly if your current circumstances have changed.
We understand that the unprecedented situation which we are in will mean that some families find themselves in unexpected need. If you are not eligible for FSM or UIFSM but need some assistance please email the school on email@example.com and we will do our upmost to support you and your family.
For further information on school meals, FSM and UIFSM, please visit our School Meals page at: https://www.st-michaels-helston.org/school-meals/
If your child is showing symptoms of the Coronavirus (high temperature, over 37.8, or a new continuous cough), please inform the school office as soon as possible.
If anyone in your household has these symptoms everyone in your household should self-isolate for 14 days. Again, please communicate this to the school office as this communication with the school is incredibly important during this time.
Should a child present with any of the following symptoms during the school day, you will be contacted and asked to collect your child immediately:
- A high temperature- they feel hot to touch on their back or chest
- A new, continuous cough
- A change in their sense of taste and/or smell
If your child is absent from school you can access home learning resources via Class Dojo. If you have not previously received login details please contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for Families
The following organisations are available for support should you require it.
Early Help Hub – Single point of contact for family and parenting support.
Tel: 01872 322277
Foodbank – Provides emergency food to families in need,
Tel: 01326 564194
FamilyLine – Helpline, Befriending and Counselling support via telephone, e-mail or text.
Tel: 0808 8026666
Text: 07537 404282
Action for Children
Action for Children online digital support for parents is up and running for parents of 0-19 year olds. (previously was under 5s) Parents can speak either online or via phone about anything really from finances to behaviour to worry and anxiety.