Delayed start to the new term January 2021

Dear Parents

Many of you may have heard the Government announcement yesterday that primary schools, in some areas where the COVID infection rate is extremely high, will not be returning as originally planned on Tuesday 5th January. This applies to all primary schools in Southwark.

We received this information at the same time as the general public, with no prior warning. Today we had an emergency Senior Leadership meeting to ensure we are fully prepared and to be able to share with you as quickly as possible the new plans for the start of the coming term.

Snowsfields, Tower Bridge and Robert Browning will now only be allowed to provide on site education to the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Children of Key workers – If you are a Key worker and would like your child to attend school from Tuesday 5th January please contact us as soon as possible to confirm their place. You can email mowens@snowsfields.southwark.sch.uk . This email is for all 3 schools. Alternatively you can call the school office on Monday 4th January. Breakfast Club and After School Club will be available in all 3 schools for children of key workers only.

Vulnerable children – we will be contacting these families on Monday 4th January and these children will be able to return to school on Tuesday 5th January.

If your circumstances have changed and you believe that your child is entitled to attend because they are in either of the 2 groups allowed to return (children of Key Workers or vulnerable children), then please contact us.

Please do not just turn up to school on Tuesday 5th January if you have not spoken to a member of staff.

For all those children not able to return to school next week we will be providing remote learning through Google Classroom for children in Y1-6 and Google Sites for children in Early Years. Links to these sites can be found on the Home Learning page of our Federation website or on previous newsletters. If your child has forgotten their log in details or you have any questions please contact the school office.

Every morning there will be a video on Twitter introducing the learning for the day. Please encourage your child to log on every day and complete the work that is set. If your child no longer has access to a device to enable them to complete their learning online, please contact the school as soon as possible.

Monday 4th January remains an INSET day and remote learning will commence on Tuesday 5th January.

The Government will be reviewing the guidelines every two weeks. We are not sure how long this will last but are hoping to have all children back by Monday 18th January.

I will be in touch again as soon as we get any further information.

Kind regards,

Kate Wooder

Executive Headteacher

Christmas Shows

Dear Parents

This year, due to the current restrictions, you were unable to come into school and watch your children perform in their Christmas Shows. We wanted to make sure that all the children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 didn’t miss out on this annual event, so we have filmed them for you to watch at home. Even without the singing I am sure you will agree they are all fantastic! A huge thank you to all the staff for making it possible.

Here are the links to all the Christmas Shows. They will be available until the week beginning 4th January.

Enjoy!

Snowsfields KS1 – Twas the Night Before Christmas

Tower Bridge KS1 – Dasher

Robert Browning KS1 – The Jolly Christmas Postman

The Bridges Federation Early Years – The Nutcracker

 

COVID update

Safe wearing and removal of face coverings

Due to the rise in COVID cases across London we are now asking all parents to wear a face covering when you drop off and collect your child from school.

If your child is wearing a face covering to and from school please make sure you follow this guidance:

Safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and the face covering should be replaced carefully.

Pupils must not to touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing it and they must dispose of temporary face coverings in a ‘black bag’ waste bin (not recycling bin) or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can take home with them, and then wash their hands again before heading to their classroom.

 

Drop off and pick up reminders

You must drop off your child between 8.45am and 9.15am. This will mean that we can continue to stagger the arrival of all our families. You must collect your child at the end of the day between 3pm and 3.30pm. Please do not be late.

Only 1 parent is allowed to drop off/collect their child/ren. Please make sure you are social distancing from other families. Once you have dropped off or collected your child please move away from the school gates.

 

Covid-19 related pupil absence

 What do I do if……… What ACTION is needed? When can I RETURN to school?
My child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19: Sore throat, runny nose, headache, tummy ache, chicken pox, tonsillitis, sickness, diarrhoea Follow the usual School Absence Policy When the child is feeling better or 48 hours if the illness is sickness/diarrhoea
My child has possible Covid-related symptoms:

·          HIGH TEMPERATURE – this means feeling hot to the touch on the chest or back

·          A NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH – this means coughing for more than an hour, or having 3 or more episodes in 24 hours

·          A LOSS OR CHANGE TO SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE – this means being unable to taste or smell as usual

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school to inform us

Self-isolate the whole household for 10 days

Get a test for your child showing symptoms

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT THE RESULT

…the test result is negative
My child tests positive for Covid-19 DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT THE RESULT

Agree a date for earliest possible return – minimum of 10 days

Bubble isolates and school provides remote learning

When they feel better (but must remain at home for 10 days)

They can return after 10 days even if the cough and loss of taste/smell remains. This can last for weeks

My child tests negative for Covid-19 INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT THE RESULT

Discuss when your child can come back to school

…same day/next day
Someone in my house is ill with possible Covid-19 symptoms DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school to inform us

Self-isolate the whole household for 10 days OR until the test comes back negative

Household member with symptoms to get tested

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT THE RESULT

…the test result is negative
Someone in my house tests positive for Covid-19 DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT THE RESULT

Agree a date for earliest possible return – minimum of 10 days

…the child has completed 10 days of isolation and hasn’t developed symptoms of Covid-19
NHS Test & Trace has identified my child as being in close contact of someone with symptoms confirmed as Covid-19 DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school to inform us

Agree a date for earliest possible return – minimum of 10 days

…the child has completed 10 days of isolation
We/my child has travelled and needs to self-isolate as a period of quarantine

 

YOU MUST LET THE SCHOOL KNOW IF YOUR CHILD HAS TRAVELLED!

Do not take unauthorised leave in term-time

Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel

Return from a destination when quarantine is needed

Agree an earliest possible date for return – minimum of 10 days

Self-isolate the whole household

…the quarantine period of 10 days has been completed
We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school to inform us

Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifting and shielding is paused again

Send in communication stating that child must shield.

…evidence shown that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return
My child’s bubble is closed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at school DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Your child will need to isolate for 10 days

…school inform you that the bubble will be reopened
When will specific home learning NOT be provided for my child?
– If a household is self-isolating due to a positive test result

– If a child is showing signs of COVID and is waiting for a test

– If a child is quarantining

If your child is at home for any of these reasons you can find resources on Google Classrooms for Key Stage 2 and on Google Class Sites for Early Years and Key Stage 1 to help support their learning: Homework project sheet, Topic Web, Knowledge Organiser

Your child also has access to the online learning platforms: Mathletics, Reading Eggs, Readiwriter and Purple Mash

When will home learning be provided for my child?
– If a class bubble is shut due to a confirmed case

– If a local lock down is announced

Children will need to log in daily to their Google Classroom or Google Site to access the learning set by the teachers.

Daily video introducing the learning (also posted on Twitter)

Daily learning added (English, Maths, Other) including tasks on Mathletics, Reading Eggs, Readiwriter and Purple Mash. Feedback will be given

Returning to School

Welcome back to all our staff, pupils and families. We are excited to have you all back in school and are looking forward to a great year. We understand that some of you may be feeling anxious. Please go to our Home Learning page for some information that can help you support your child.

Black Lives Matter

On the 25th May 2020 we watched in horror as George Floyd was unlawfully murdered in Minneapolis USA. This is not an isolated case and this is not just happening in America. People around the world have taken to the streets in protest and come together to speak out against the racism they have experienced – Black Lives Matter.​

We want to share the following points made by Shola Richards, an American author:

Having white privilege doesn’t mean that your life isn’t difficult, it simply means that your skin colour isn’t one of the things contributing to your life difficulties.

Responding to “Black Lives Matter” by saying “All Lives Matter” is insensitive.

All lives can’t matter until black lives matter.

Racism is very real; it isn’t just limited to the extremes.

In order for racism to get better, it’s important we all use our voices and speak up when we see racism.”

The Bridges Federation stands united in our commitment to tackle and challenge racism, injustice and inequality. To say nothing is not good enough, to do nothing is not good enough. Now is the time for careful reflection about what we think, what we say and what we teach, a time to ensure that our curriculum reflects the diversity of our school community, reflects the truth and encourages us to question and challenge. We need to listen more and live up to the values we promote across our federation; respect, empowering everyone, celebrating diversity.

Coronavirus update letter 11th May

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you and your families are all well and keeping safe.

The Prime Minister announced in his Covid-19 update last night that schools may be in a position from the 1st June to begin a phased return for the children in years R, 1 and 6. As a school, we find out this information at the same time as yourselves and we now await further guidance from the Government/Department for Education on this proposal and what it might look like in practice.

At the moment, our school provision remains the same. We continue to remain open for key worker and vulnerable children only. The message is still that it is safer to stay at home where possible.

We understand that you probably have lots of questions that need clarification, as do we and we will do our best to provide answers as soon as we are able. Please be assured we will not reopen until we are fully prepared and it is safe to do so. We will continue to follow the Government’s guidance and are working with the Local Authority to ensure any return to school is done as safely as possible.

We are missing you all and we are looking forward to having you all back in school, but for now our priority is to keep all of our pupils, staff and families safe and to do what we can to help prevent a second peak of the virus.

We will continue to keep you updated as soon as we receive further guidance.

Please continue to access all the home learning our teachers are providing. I am really enjoying reading your tweets and looking at the work you have all been doing.

If you are experiencing any difficulties please contact us on 0207 525 9065

Kind regards
Kate Wooder
Executive Headteacher

Home Learning

We hope you are all staying safe during lockdown and we are missing you all very much.

Please go to our home learning page for access to our home learning pages for each year group.

You can also find all the Twitter handles too.

 

 

Coronavirus Advice

We are currently following public health advice issued to education settings. They state that the risk to individuals remains low (guidance as of 23.2.2020.) Link to advice:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings

We have hand sanitiser in all classrooms and are reminding children of good hand washing and nose blowing procedures. If we are concerned that a child is unwell in school, we would follow our standard procedure of getting them seen by a first aider and then calling the parent to collect them and advising a GP visit if necessary.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep parents informed through our weekly newsletter.

Any concerns please contact the school.