A new update letter has been added today (14th January 2021) for parents and carers.
A new update letter has been added today (14th January 2021) for parents and carers.
Monday 4th January 2020
Dear parents and carers,
Thank you for your patience following our decision to close the school today. I want to reassure you that we are taking a measured approach to our decision making.
There is much scientific evidence to show the current position we are in, within a Tier 4 area, is very serious. Worryingly, it appears that the new variant of the coronavirus is particularly more transmissible and there has been a rise in positive cases amongst children. This combined with the period of household mixing over the Christmas break has helped to inform our current decision.
My responsibility as Head Teacher is to provide a safe environment for the whole school community. Myself, the Governing Body and the whole school team have agonised over the best way forward for all our families. Following a thorough evaluation of our risk assessment for opening, it is with great regret that the conclusion we have reached is that, at present, it is unsafe to open Rosemary Lane Nursery School to all children.
Under current circumstances, bringing all our children back together potentially poses a great risk to the whole school community. Based upon all of this, we have decided to close the school to all except key worker and vulnerable children for a 2 week period. This closure will naturally be under constant review.
I appreciate that this news will be both disappointing and worrying for many of you and understand the difficult position that this will put many of you in. The nursery staff will continue to provide daily activities to all children via our school website and twitter account. We will send you a message regarding this on the OurSchoolsApp.
We will also be providing basic childcare for vulnerable children and for those of parents who are frontline key workers. If you feel that your child qualifies for this childcare, please complete the below questions and email your response back to us as soon as possible. Please note we may need to limit key worker places to families with 2 parents who are both key workers and single parent households first.
I can’t emphasise enough how difficult it is to make such decisions but trust you will understand as we find ourselves in such unprecedented times. Our greatest wish is to have all our children here in nursery safely, as soon as possible. In the meantime, please keep a close eye on the school website, twitter account and OurSchoolsApp for more information on home learning.
VULNERABLE CHILDREN and KEY WORKER QUESTIONS
Childs Name: ______________________________
Colour Group: ______________________________
Parent/Carer contact telephone number: _______________________________________________
Parent/carer email address: _________________________________________________________
Thank you for taking the time to complete the below questions.
Do you require your full offer (i.e mornings or full days) or part of this offer?
Delete as appropriate
We will do our best to match what you require so please be specific.
We will require proof of your key worker role (such as a letter from your employer or a school identity badge) to be able to distribute childcare places available.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Happy New Year. I hope you and your families have all had a happy and healthy Christmas.
I am contacting you with information regarding the opening of our nursery school following the Christmas break.
As I am sure you already know, we have a dedicated team of nursery staff who take great pride in providing our school community with the very best. We consider ourselves as an extension of your family, caring for and teaching your most precious children.
To make sure the school can provide a safe environment for children, staff and families we have decided to keep the school closed to children on Monday. This will provide time to be able to gather information to update our risk assessments and determine how we move forward.
I cannot invite children and families back into school until I know this is safe. Please rest assured I will continue to place the health and wellbeing of the entire school community at the heart of every decision going forward.
I can only apologise for the late notice I am providing you with today of this closure. As a school, we remain fully committed to teaching your children and we will contact you with an update as soon as we can.
I will be in school tomorrow and will be happy to talk with anyone who has concerns.
Please follow us on Twitter to have a look inside the nursery and see the children engaging in high quality learning within our magical nursery environment. We offer paid and funded sessions for 2s, 3s and 4s across the academic year.
Please contact us if you are interested in a nursery place for your child. We offer 15 hour play and learn places and paid sessions for 2 year olds. We offer 15hour universal entitlement places for 3s and the extended 30hour places for 3s.
If your child is not yet of age to access this, you can place their name on the waiting list to be contacted in the future.
Message sent from Amanda Healy, Director of Public Health for County Durham and Richard Crane, Head of Education and Skills
Firstly can I thank everyone, children, parents and school staff alike for their efforts during this first term back to school. Although it’s been a challenge for many we have started to see a steady rhythm within schools living under covid measures. Thank you.
It is in this respect that I write to you today. With the high rates of COVID-19 in County Durham currently, I am asking parents to let the school know if their child tests positive for COVID-19 during the half term break. If your son or daughter receives a positive COVID-19 test after Friday 23rd October 2020 please contact the school immediately via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following information:
Name of child
Date of the COVID-19 test
Does the child have symptoms? Yes or No
What date did the symptoms start?
What date did the child last attend nursery?
It is very important that you provide this information so that the school can identify any close contacts that your son or daughter may have had in school during their infectious period. The school will then follow up close contacts and request that they isolate for 14 days to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. Please note that you should also report any close contacts that your child has had outside the school setting through NHS Test and Trace. If you are unable to speak to your school, please make sure you have provided information of all close contacts within the school to NHS Test and Trace.
In addition I know our children and young people will still want to see their friends during the holidays, but please can I remind all parents that children and young people must not meet up in groups larger than six people (of any age) and that young people should not be gathering indoors with friends. Please also remember where they do meet up in groups of six or less they should still observe social distancing and good hand hygiene. Helping our children and young people to understand the importance of this will help to keep us all safe and healthy.
Thank you again for your help in this matter and I wish you a safe and well half term break.
Amanda Healy, Director of Public Health for County Durham
Richard Crane, Head of Education and Skills
Thank you for your continued support. I can confirm NO CHILD and NO MEMBER OF STAFF has tested positive for Coronavirus. We have had to take the decision to send the 3 and 4s home this morning as a precautionary measure to deep clean the 3-4s nursery area.
Your child’s health and well-being are our main priority.
Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back to school tomorrow.
Rosemary Lane Nursery School
Please click on the above link to find out more about provision in place for the summer holiday 2020 period.
Please refer to Coronavirus Information section of the website for up to date information on our school reopening to more children.
If you have a child who will be of age to take up a place in September 2020, for our 2year old provision or 3year old provision, we will be offering places in May 2020.
If your child’s name is on the waiting list we will send you an offer letter, if you have not yet placed your child’s name on the waiting list please telephone 0191 527 1168 or email email@example.com
For parents who are eligible for a free play and learn 2year old place, please access the online parent portal for confirmation and your eligibility code.