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Covid-19 Information and Support

We hope that you are keeping safe at this time. We are here to help and offer support and advice. Our newsletters and class specific letters refer to much of our Covid-19 information and support.  Please also see our Newsletter page for covid updates. Here is some additional support you can use to support you and your family through this time. If you need any help, please get in touch. Our helpdesk is available for you to contact throughout the pandemic.

Returning to School Guidance

Guidance for September Return

Covid 19 Advice for parents

Covid 19 Resources

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Guidance

We have put in place a robust risk assessment. The risk assessment covers all aspects of helath and safety. Please read our latest risk assessment together with control measures o the link provided.  September 2020 Covid Risk Assessment 

Safeguarding Guidance 

We are here to provide support for you and your family during Covid-19. If you need help please contact us. We have amended our safeguading policy to ensure we safeguard our community at all times. Please see the revised safeguarding policy here.

Curriculum Recovery Guidance

Your child's wellbeing is always at the centre of our thinking.  As children return to school in the coming months they will carry with them, (to whatever degree), elements of grief, trauma, loss and anxiety. These are all toxic in the learning process, and for some children may have extinguished the flame of learning that previously made them a happy, successful learner. We acknowledge that children will have had different experiences during this time. However, the common thread running through all is the loss of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom.  These losses can trigger anxiety in any child.  Some of you may have experienced this with your own children.  We know that an anxious child is not in a place to learn effectively.   So with this in mind, the school community has thought about the most effective way to support your child’s ability to learn.  This approach will encompass and support the academic expectations for your child.

What is Recovery Curriculum? 

We have based our recovery curriculum on the research carried out by Professor Barry Carpenter, as a response to the losses described above.  It is a way for schools to help children come back into school life, acknowledging the experiences the children have had.  We want children to be happy, feel safe and able to be engaged in their learning.   We have decided that a way to achieve this for the children is to acknowledge the importance of helping them lever back into school life using the following 5 Levers.

  • Lever 1: Relationships – we can’t expect our students to return joyfully, and many of the relationships that were thriving, may need to be invested in and restored. We need to plan for this to happen, not assume that it will. Reach out to greet them, use the relationships we build to cushion the discomfort of returning.

  • Lever 2: Community – we must recognise that curriculum will have been based in the community for a long period of time. We need to listen to what has happened in this time, understand the needs of our community and engage them in the transitioning of learning back into school.

  • Lever 3: Transparent Curriculum – all of our students will feel like they have lost time in learning and we must show them how we are addressing these gaps, consulting and co-constructing with our students to heal this sense of loss.

  • Lever 4: Metacognition – in different environments, students will have been learning in different ways. It is vital that we make the skills for learning in a school environment explicit to our students to reskill and rebuild their confidence as learners.

  • Lever 5: Space – to be, to rediscover self, and to find their voice on learning in this issue. It is only natural that we all work at an incredible pace to make sure this group of learners are not disadvantaged against their peers, providing opportunity and exploration alongside the intensity of our expectations.

            Please find our covid recovery plan here. Please find our remote learning plan here

Behaviour and Mental Health Guidance:

We are here to help you and your family during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please get in touch if you need help or support. Please also read the mental health and wellbeing advice for parents and carers on the link provided. 

Behaviour Policy Amendment During Covid-19

In light of the need for children to behave differently and to follow specific rules on their return to school during the Covid-19 epidemic, this amendment to the Behaviour Policy outlines specific changes to guidance that pupils will have to follow. Our guiding principle when making any changes or adjustments to policy is to be able to keep all of our children, families and staff safe and place their wellbeing at the forefront of everything we do.

Behaviour Expectations:

  • amended expectations about breaks or play times, including where children may or may not play

  • clear rules about coughing or spitting at or towards any other person

  • rewards and sanction system where appropriate if changed from main body of policy

  • clear rules for pupils at home about conduct in relation to remote education

  • Identify any reasonable adjustments that need to be made for students with more challenging behaviour.

 School Routines and Procedures:

  • following any altered routines for arrival or departure

  • following instructions on who pupils can socialise with at school

  • moving around the school as per specific instructions (for example, one-way systems, out of bounds areas, queuing)

  • rules about sharing any equipment or other items including drinking bottles

  • use of toilets

 Hygiene and Health Expectations:

  • following school instructions on hygiene, such as handwashing and sanitising

  • expectations about sneezing, coughing, tissues and disposal (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’) and avoiding touching your mouth, nose and eyes with hands

  • tell an adult if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus

Mental Health and Emotional and Spiritual Support:

  • Curriculum changes to support children, e.g. social stories, circle time, PHSE, collective worship focus

  • Additional support that pupils can access above and beyond classroom provision if required

Attendance Guidance

The government have stated that from September 2020 all children must return to school, so as to minimise the longer-term impact of the pandemic on your children’s education, wellbeing and wider development. Missing out on more time in the classroom will put your child at risk of falling further behind. Children with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. We will be working with families to secure regular school attendance from the start of the autumn term so as to help pupils catch up on missed education, make progress and promote their wellbeing and wider development.

School attendance is therefore mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term – September 2020. This means that from this point in time, the usual rules on compulsory school attendance will apply. Based on government guidance and public health advice, we have provided some frequently asked attendance questions and answers in the hope of assisting you to understand the expectations, lessening your fears and successfully navigating your child’s return to school. Please see our amended attendance policy for further details. 

Trafford Children’s Services weekly newsletter for parents and children under 11

https://mailchi.mp/96610066e1c1/aftercare-news-no1-4395807

Public Health England Letter to Parents 23/09/2020

 

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

Tel: 0161 911 8040
admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

Testimonials

We couldn’t be happier with St Vincent’s, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
It is a wonderful environment, our children are flourishing - Parent Survey
The school ethos gives the children excellent opportunities to develop their spirituality and knowledge of their faith. - Parent Survey
It is a really friendly school, I have been made to feel very welcome. - Parent Survey
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