THE NEW YEAR – JANUARY 2021

We would like to start by thanking everyone for their continued support in our efforts to keep the whole school community safe throughout these anxious and ever changing times.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, The Blue Coat School moved to Distance Learning on Tuesday 5 January 2021. The School remains open to vulnerable children and children of Critical Workers. Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.

As an Early Years setting, the Nursery will remain open and children in NS, NL and NH may attend.

The School will be open for the aforementioned pupils Monday to Friday,  8.00 am – 4.00 pm (Pre-Prep) and 8.00 am – 4.30 pm (Prep). No after school provision will be available.

DISTANCE LEARNING

The School has moved to a new enhanced programme of live online teaching. A brief introduction can be viewed here BCS LIVE.  Each year group has been sent a BCS Live Booklet detailing expectations, timetables and how to access the learning, a sample with edited links can be viewed by CLICKING HERE. Pupils in Nursery who choose not to attend may request a work pack from Mrs Arch and work is posted to a password protected page on our website.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

We remain ever vigilant within school, and the staff continue with their sterling efforts to follow the DfE and PHE guidance in order to keep all our children in school. As a reminder, we have a dynamic Risk Assessment, which is available to view at any time.

Although the School remains open for vulnerable children and children of Critical Workers, we ask parents to follow advice previously given:

If your child is showing any symptoms of COVID-19 please do not bring them, or any siblings into school, and inform a member of the Reception team immediately.

• Likewise, if your child has come into contact with anyone who has tested positive, please inform us immediately.

• Any test results, positive or negative, should be forwarded to covid19@thebluecoatschool.com

• Face masks are mandatory at all times on the school site.

• Parents and children should wash their hands before coming on to the site.

• Parents should not enter any school building without an appointment (with the exception of Main School Reception). This includes the Sports Centre, for example while waiting for the end of an activity.

• Parents should exit the site promptly.

• Children should not use the climbing equipment before or after school.

• Please follow the markings for the one way system while on site.

COVID-SYMPTOMS

An isolation room has been set up for any child or comes to school and subsequently shows signs of a suspected fever or is displaying other COVID-19 symptoms. They will wait there until they are collected by a parent or guardian. Additional isolation rooms will be set up as required.

Our Behaviour Management and Exclusions Policy and Policy for Lost or Uncollected Children (COVID-19) have been shared with parents. These and our COVID-19 Policy can be found on the Policies page of our website.

DAILY ROUTINES

All parents and visitors to site are requested to wear a face covering. Year 5 and 6 children should walk independently to their Hub or House – having been dropped off at the front gate or in the car park. Please do not drop them immediately behind the Year 5 and Year 6 Houses as this is not safe, and causes traffic to build up behind you. A reminder that other pupils should only be accompanied by one adult.

CO-CURRICULAR

Our programme of Co-Curricular Activities 2020-2021 for Pre-Prep and Prep has been suspended until further notice.

SUPPORT

The following members of staff remain the first point of contact for you as they assume prime responsibility for all aspects of your child’s welfare and academic progress:

Nursery and Pre-Prep  – Class Teacher
Year 3 and 4  – Form Tutor
Year 5 and 6  – Pastoral Tutor

Chaplain, Miss Levett and Mrs Neeson will continue to support pastoral care.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the School Reception T:0121 410 6800 or by email: office@thebluecoatschool.com. For Pre-Prep, please contact Mrs Arch, Pre-Prep Secretary. E:archpa@thebluecoatschool.com and for Prep, please contact Mrs Wilkinson, Prep Administrator, E:wilkinsonj@thebluecoatschool.com

For specific IT enquiries please email Mr Finglas E:ict@thebluecoatschool.com.