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Coronavirus Update – URGENT

October 23, 2020

23rd October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find attached a letter from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council issued this week.

SMBC Parent Letter 22nd October 2020

Have a lovely half term break and we will see you all on Tuesday 3rd November 2020.

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Whole School Covid-19 Advice Letter – 22 October 2020

FOR PARENTS OF CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID 19 at OLTON PRIMARY SCHOOL

Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 14 Days – Year 3.

Dear Parent and Carer,

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within our school.  The case is in Year 3 only.

We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the affected individual in their year group.  In line with the national guidance we ask that your child now stays at home and self-isolates until Friday 30th October 2020 (14 days following last contact) and will then able to return to school on Tuesday 3rd November (following our INSET day on Monday 2nd November).  All members of your child’s year group are required to self-isolate and teachers who have been within close contact.

If your child develops symptoms associated with Covid-19 during the half term break, we have set up a special email address to inform the school.  The leadership team will be checking this several times a day during the break.  Please email:

12covid@olton.solihull.sch.uk

We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of Covid-19 to others in the community.

If your child is well at the end of the period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities.

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the self-isolation period.

Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

What to do if your child develops symptoms of Covid 19

If your child develops symptoms of Covid-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.  Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

 

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Symptoms of Covid 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) are recent onset of:

·       new continuous cough and/or

·       high temperature and/or

·       a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (Covid-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop Covid-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with Covid-19

Do

·       wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

·       use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

·       wash your hands as soon as you get home

·       cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

·       put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Yours sincerely,

Mr L Chamberlain                                Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                                      Deputy Head Teacher


22nd October 2020

Dear Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Parents / Carers,

We have received a confirmed Covid case in Year 3 today.  As a precaution we will be closing the Year 3 Pod only.  We wish to assure you that the case has been isolated and contained very quickly because of the systems and processes we have put into place and does not affect any other year groups at Olton Primary School.  We shall be sending out a standardised letter from Public Health England shortly, advising that pupils in Year 3 self-isolate until 30th October 2020 (other family members within the household do not need to self-isolate unless they show symptoms – this includes siblings within the school).

The main symptoms are:

·         High Temperature

·         New continuous cough

·         Loss of change to your sense of taste or smell

If your child or a member of household develop any of these symptoms we advise you to seek a test.  During half term, if your child receives a positive test please email the following address:  12covid@olton.solihull.sch.uk.

Thank you for your understanding.

Best Wishes

Mr L Chamberlain

Head Teacher

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22nd October 2020

Dear Year 3 Parents/Carers,

We have received a confirmed Covid case in Year 3 today.  As a precaution we will be closing the Year 3 Pod and request that if possible you collect your child early from the Year 3 entrance.  If you arrange for somebody different to collect you will need to email the office and provide a password.  If you are unable to collect your child before 3.25pm we shall continue to look after your child until home time where a member of staff will direct you to a separate area to collect.  We wish to assure you that the case has been isolated and contained very quickly and does not affect any other year groups at Olton Primary School.  We shall be sending out a standardised letter from Public Health England shortly, advising that pupils in Year 3 will need to self-isolate until 30th October 2020 (other family members within the household do not need to self-isolate unless they show symptoms).

The main symptoms are:

·       High Temperature

·       New continuous cough

·       Loss of change to your sense of taste or smell

If your child or a member of household develop any of these symptoms we advise you to seek a test.  During half term, if your child receives a positive test please email the following address:  12covid@olton.solihull.sch.uk.

Thank you for your understanding, Mr Chamberlain and his Leadership Team will be available to support the collection of your child.

Best Wishes

Mr L Chamberlain

Head Teacher

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7th October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Online Booking System for Parents’ Evening Nursery to Year 6 – Video Appointments

We are holding our Autumn Term Parents’ Evenings on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd November 2020 and for these, parents will be able to make an appointment using the online booking system. Appointments will be offered throughout the day until 6:00pm on Monday 2nd and from 3:50 – 6:00pm on Tuesday 3rd. There are additional times available for Nursery on Wednesday 4th November.

Our unique website through which you can book appointments is:

https://olton.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/

You will log in to the system by adding your details and those of your child, including your child’s date of birth. The parents evening system uses the details we hold on the SIMS school system. If it does not allow you to log in, please check that you have used your child’s full name or tried the legal name and preferred name. You can add in the email address you wish to use for confirmation and reminders of your chosen appointment time.

Attached with this letter is a Parents’ Guide for Booking Appointments which should take you through the process step by step. You will be able to book appointments through the online portal from 4pm on Friday 16th October.

We hope that you find the online booking system quick and easy to use. It should allow you to book the most convenient slot based on availability and for you to co-ordinate appointments, as necessary, if you have more than one child at our school.

 

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we are running the appointments as video calls. These calls will be made via the parents’ evening booking system which means that you will use the same log in details as when you booked the appointment and you won’t need to download any particular apps or programs to enable you to join the call. A guide to help you prepare to attend the appointment via video call is attached.

Booking Appointments Online Parent Guide – Parents’ Evening – 7 Oct 2020 Video Appointments Parent Guide

If you are having any problems or do not have access to the internet, please contact the school office at either site who can offer support.

Yours sincerely

Mr L Chamberlain               Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                      Deputy Head Teacher

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5th October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

School Photographs – Friday 9th October – School Uniform

As you will be aware from our letter last week, at both the infant and junior site, on Friday 9th October we will be having Tempest Photography taking individual school photographs.

Usually, if your child’s class have PE on that day they would come in their PE kit but as we are having school photographs taken, please can we ask that all children attend in full school uniform on Friday 9th October.

The classes who are due to have PE that day will complete an activity outdoors but the teachers will ensure it is something they can participate in safely whilst wearing their uniform.

Please contact your child’s class teacher if you have any queries.

Yours sincerely,

Mr L Chamberlain               Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                      Deputy Head Teacher

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30th September 2020

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Re: Flu Consent Forms

Just a kind reminder that the Flu consent form needs to be returned. The deadline for return of the form is Monday 5th October. Please be mindful that the form needs to be returned even if you are not giving consent.

Please let the office know by email or telephone if you require another form and we can arrange for another form to be sent home.

Many thanks for your cooperation,

Kind Regards,

Olton Primary School

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29th September 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our school safe and healthy. Even though it has taken a little getting used to we hope everyone is now familiar with our one way system when entering and exiting the school, which has improved congestion.

Please may we kindly remind you that face coverings are to be worn when entering the school grounds and site. We would be most grateful if face coverings could be worn when entering our driveway to help reduce any risk of transmission. Should you be exempt from wearing a face covering please would you let the office know. Please feel free to give us a ring or email. Face coverings are also expected to be worn when entering the building to see the office. Where possible any communication with the office should be by telephone or email, unless it is essential you enter the building.

Thanks for your support with these measures.

Kind Regards

Mr Chamberlain           Mrs Gray

Head Teacher               Deputy Head Teacher  

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28th September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: SMBC Covid-19 Update Letter with Procedure Information Leaflet

Please see the attached update letter from Solihull Council together with the Procedure information leaflet.

Parent Carer Letter from SMBC   Procedure for Managing Covid-19 in Educational Settings

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25th September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Collection of Children at the end of the Day – Junior Site

With effect from Mondayafternoon, we will require you to enter the site differently when collecting your child.  This is because of the building work compound, which is now located near to the car park and has reduced the grass area when leaving school.

From Monday 28th Septemberyou will need to enter the school using the old pedestrian path (as per the olden days!) and the one way route will take you out down the main driveway.

In short, this is in reverse to what we have being doing since September.  The collection areas and timings for the year groups finishing school remain unchanged.

As ever myself and the team will be out on duty next week to signpost us all to the revised route when collecting our children.

Nothing will change when dropping off your child to school and the same entrances will be used and timings.

Thank you for all of your support and positivity for school.  It is very much appreciated by the team.

Best Wishes.

Mr L Chamberlain

Head Teacher

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17th September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Use of Playground Equipment

While I have been on the playground this week, I have noticed increasing numbers of children playing on the pirate ship and adventure play area before school starts and at the end of the school day. Unfortunately, we need to ask that parents do not allow their children to play on this equipment before or after school. We have a wide range of measures in place in school to ensure that children from different year groups do not mix with each other before, during or after school and so we need to ensure this segregation is maintained whilst children are on the school site (with the exception of joining their siblings when collected).

We know that the children really enjoy playing on the equipment but we as a school and you as parents are working hard to reduce any risks to all of our school community and allowing children from different year groups to play together on the equipment could impact this. Your support in relation to this is much appreciated to keep everyone safe.

We are allowing the children to use the playground equipment during the school day so they do still get the opportunity to play on it. However, it is used by only a class or year group at a time and the children have to wash/sanitise their hands before and after they have used equipment on the playground to minimise risks involved in using it.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support during these challenging times when we are needing to make difficult decisions to do all we can to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Chamberlain                     Mrs Gray

Head Teacher                         Deputy Head Teacher

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15th September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please find attached a letter from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council concerning the further COVID restrictions.

Letter from SMBC – Further COVID Restrictions 15th Sept

Thank you for your continued support,

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14th September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Important Notice – Coming onto the School Site

Following the announcement on Friday and the introduction of the national rule of 6 and to coincide with the additional precautions that are being taken for Solihull residents, we are requesting that all parents, carers and children over the age of 12, wear masks whilst on the school site or when coming into the school building.  We recognise that over both the school sites that there are areas when exiting the sites which can become more congested and from talking to many of you, we feel that this additional layer of safety will support us all during this time.

In light of the new restrictions, please can we ask that parents and families who are waiting on the school grounds maintain social distancing at all times from other families as this supports the safety precautions that we have put into place during the school day.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best Wishes

Mr L Chamberlain     Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher            Deputy Head Teacher


14th September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Important Notice – Coming onto the School Site (Infant)

Following the announcement on Friday and the introduction of the National rule of 6, to coincide with the additional precautions that are being taken for Solihull residents, we are requesting that all parents, carers and children over the age of 12, wear masks whilst on the school site or when coming into the school building.  We recognise that over both the school sites that there are areas when exiting the sites which can become more congested and from talking to many of you, we feel that this additional layer of safety will support us all during this time.

In light of the new restrictions, please can we ask that parents and families who are waiting on the school grounds maintain social distancing at all times from other families as this supports the safety precautions that we have put into place during the school day. Please can we remind parents that only one adult can be on site to collect the child.

At the infant site we are adapting the route into and out of school. The barrier to the school driveway will continue to be raised from 8.20am. We would ask that parents use the driveway as the entrance into school, then cross the car park and keep to the left as you enter the school gates and playground. When you exit the playground if you can keep to the left again and follow the pathway along the driveway to exit. ‘In’ and ‘out’ signs have been painted at the green gates which lead on to the playground as the exit and entry points are now the other way round to how they were at the start of the year. Arrows will also be painted over the next couple of days to make it easier to follow the one way system.

Please can Reception parents continue to use the established one way system at the back of the school where you follow the path to enter on to the Reception playground and exit via the double gates which lead on to the grass. The grass is due to be cut again in the early part of the week to make it easier for parents to walk across.

It is important that all parents keep to the one way system to ensure that families from different year groups are not having unnecessary contact.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mr Chamberlain & Mrs Gray.

Head Teacher     Deputy Head Teacher      


10th September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Self-Isolation

We know that both school and parents are continuing to do as much as possible to ensure all of our school community stay healthy through the various measures that have adopted as part of our normal school routines and we are very grateful for your continued support.

Please can we ask that if a household member is symptomatic and is booking a COVID test or awaiting the outcome of a COVID test that your family isolate as a household group until the outcome of the test is known. This applies even if the rest of the family is symptom free. This would mean that from the day the member of the household was symptomatic, that your child does not attend school until the outcome of the test is negative and you have confirmed that they have continued to be symptom free for 48 hours.

We are all adapting to new ways of working and so if you have any questions, please make contact with school so we can help you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Chamberlain                     Mrs Gray

Head Teacher                         Deputy Head Teacher

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back!

We are keen to get back to normal learning as soon as possible, but are investigating how we can most safely do all of the home learning that you normally access.  Library books, as you are aware, are being sent home as usual and then quarantined as they are returned.  However, homework is something that we are looking at carefully, and considering whether we can build on the home learning that we have done over lockdown via PurpleMash, or other online platforms.

To that end, we would like to check what level of internet access your family has at home, so we can assess whether online homework is feasible.  Please click on the link below and complete the form by Wednesday 16th September 2020.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=_8XsNkcZBUCdDFgUlropG5PRSFw0Bm5LizLI–bGLC5UNVdRRTlHTzU1VjJLNlAzVFFGS0tWUzU5Si4u

We will let you know our decision once we have had the chance to analyse the data we receive.

Many thanks,

Miss K Barnes

Computing Lead


9th September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please find attached a joint letter from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and West Midlands Police regarding school drop off and pick up arrangements.

Thanks for your support.

SMBCWMP Joint Letter To Parents


8th September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Letters from School and Class Dojo

During the period of school closure from March, we contacted all parents to ask for an email address so we could maintain contact with you even when the children weren’t in school. It was really important that we were able to do this and it meant we could still issue school reports and keep you informed about the school reopening and the arrangements for September.

For this school year, we will continue to send all letters electronically via either the infant or junior parent mail email accounts. However, if you are unable to access letters via email and require a paper copy, please contact the school office to inform us and we can make arrangements for this.

Class Dojo will continue to be used as a way to communicate directly with the class teacher as we know that this is not as easy to do in person at the moment. You will receive an invite to join your child’s class on Dojo. Although using Class Dojo is an excellent way to make contact with your child’s teacher, we do ask that urgent messages are passed on via email or telephone contact with the school office as teachers will not always be able to check Class Dojo during the school day.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely,

                                        

Mr Chamberlain                  Mrs Gray

Head Teacher                        Deputy Head Teacher

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4th September 2020

Dear Parent/Carer (Infants),

We have received confirmation that our fruit delivery will start again from Monday 7th September.  Therefore, you will no longer need to send your child in with a healthy snack for break time.

Please also find attached lunch menu for week commencing  Monday 7th September 2020 – Infant Lunch Menu for week 7th Sept

Kind Regards

Olton Primary Infants

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3rd September 2020

Schedule for PE (Infants)

Dear Parents and Carers,

As outlined in the email that was sent to you yesterday, we are kindly asking that the days the children have a PE lesson that they come into school in their PE kit. Please can children come into school on these days wearing trainers (not black pumps as these are not suitable for outdoor use), tracksuit bottoms or leggings, white t-shirt and a sweatshirt. Please can you ensure children still come to school with a coat.

Below is a list of the days each class has their PE lesson.

If your child’s PE day is tomorrow please do send them in their PE kit tomorrow. Class 5 & 6 have sent a Dojo message to confirm this. As Class 2 are still completing the induction process tomorrow they will not begin their PE sessions until next Friday and therefore should come into school in their uniform as normal tomorrow.

Nursery will not start their PE sessions until week beginning 5th October and so should attend in uniform every day until that week. The class teachers will remind you of this nearer the time.

If you have any queries please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Kind Regards

Emma Gray

Deputy Head Teacher

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3rd September 2020

Routines For School (Infants)

Dear Parents and Carers,

First of all, it was lovely to welcome back to school our children and see so many of you on the playground this morning. Today, we have established routines with our children which will hopefully become embedded over the next few days and become the new norm for the time being. Rest assured as we all become more familiar with these and teachers get to know the adults collecting the children at the end of the day, these will become less time consuming. We thank you for your patience today as we ensured all children were collected safely.

Following on from drop off at the infants this morning, please can we ask Year 1 and Year 2 parents, at their designated time, to wait in a space on the Key Stage 1 playground until the doors are open. At this point, we would encourage you to allow your child to walk into school independently. School staff will continue to be highly visible to direct and help us all establish the new protocols.

To reduce congestion on the playground and around the school site as well as to enable social distancing, we request only one adult brings and collects their children to and from school.

Please arrive within your allocated time slot both before and after school. Please do not arrive before as this adds to the congestion on the school site and slows down the routines.

Year 1:     Children arrive between 8.30am and 8.40am and will go through the main Key Stage 1 doors on the playground.  The school day for Year 1 ends at 2.55pm.

All children will be brought out onto the playground by their teacher at the end of the day to the designated area for each class. Parents will be asked to wait at a safe distance and the collection point for each class will be marked with a sign.

Class 5 will be dismissed from the outside Class 10.

Class 6 will be dismissed from the pathway close to the main Key Stage 1 doors.

Class 7 will be dismissed from the main playground near Class 9.

Year 2:     Children arrive between 8.50am and 9.00am and will go through the main Key Stage 1 doors on the playground.  The school day for Year 2 ends at 3.15pm.

All children will be brought out onto the playground by their teacher at the end of the day to the designated area for each class. Parents will be asked to wait at a safe distance and the collection point for each class will be marked with a sign.

Class 10 will be dismissed from the outside Class 10.

Class 8 will be dismissed from the pathway close to the main Key Stage 1 doors.

Class 9 will be dismissed from the main playground near Class 9.

Please can you reiterate to your child that even if they see you waiting on the playground, that they must wait until they have been told by a teacher or TA that they can walk to meet you.

We recognise that there will be a small number of parents who will need to wait on the playground as they have a child to collect from Year 1 and Year 2.  Please can we ask that you move to the side to facilitate parents of Reception children, who will be collecting at 3.05pm, to allow them to walk across the playground.

Thank you for your support – it is so lovely to have our school community back together and to see learning and laughter in our school once again.

Best wishes, Mr Chamberlain, Mrs Gray and the Leadership Team.

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Routines For School (Junior)

Dear Parents and Carers,

First of all, it was lovely to welcome back to school our children and see so many of you at the gate this morning. Today, we have established routines with our children which will hopefully become embedded over the next few days and become the new norm for the time being.

Following on from drop off at the juniors this morning, we ask that you read the following to assist staff in getting our children into school quickly and safely in the mornings and for collection after school.  As this morning demonstrated, staff will be highly visible to direct and help us all establish the new protocols.

1) To reduce congestion on the pathway outside school and enable social distancing, we request only one adult brings and collects their children to and from school.

2) Please arrive within your allocated time slot (not before as this adds to the congestion on the pathways outside school)

  • Y5 & 6 (Between 8.50 and 9.00) Both year groups to walk down the main driveway. Y6 will line up by the Front Fire Exit and Y5 will line up on the right hand side of the driveway (signposted)
  • Y3 & Y4 (Between 9.00 and 9.10)  Y3 walk up the pedestrian path, where staff will meet and direct to the Y3 classrooms. Y4 to walk down the main driveway and line up on the right hand side (this is signposted).
  • Collection: Please ensure that you arrive promptly and stick to the allocated collection times.  Y5 & Y6 (3.15pm Y3 and Y4 (3.25pm) All parents will be guided up the main driveway (not the pedestrian path!) and they will take a route onto the back playground . Parents will be guided to wait against the back wall and your child’s teacher will release individual children to parents. Once you have your child, we ask that you follow the one way system off the playground ,down the slope so that we are ready for the next collection time.
    If you wish to speak to a teacher, please email into the school office and we will endeavour to make a suitable appointment.

Thank you for your support- it is so lovely to have our school community back together and to see learning and laughter in our school once again.

Best wishes, Mr Chamberlain and the Leadership Team.

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2nd September 2020

Reminder of School start and finish times (Junior Site)

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are really looking forward to welcoming your child back to school.  It has been lovely to have our Year 3 children in school this morning with big smiles and shiny shoes!

Like all school settings, we have been busy preparing everything to ensure that systems adhere strictly to Government guidelines and want to reassure you of that.  Just to help you, we would like to give you a quick ‘go-to’ reminder of start and finish times.  We will review our protocols weekly.

Year 3:     Children arrive between 9am and 9.10am and will go straight to his/her classroom.  The school day for Year 3 ends at 3.25pm.  They will exit school via the small hall to be collected from the playground.

Year 4:     Children arrive between 9am and 9.10am and will go straight to his/her classroom.  The school day for Year 4 ends at 3.25pm.  They will exit school via the large hall to be collected from the playground.

Year 5:     Children arrive between 8.50am and 9am and will go straight to his/her classroom.  The school day for Year 5 ends at 3.15pm.  They will exit school via the large hall to be collected from the playground.

Year 6:     Children arrive between 8.50am and 9am and will go straight to his/her classroom.  The school day for Year 6 ends at 3.15pm.  They will exit school via the small hall to be collected from the playground.

A strict one-way system has been introduced around school grounds and we thank you in advance for understanding and adhering to this.

The Senior Leadership Team will be highly visible before and after school to direct children to their new routes.

Following some consideration, we have made the decision that on the days your child is due to have PE/Games lessons, he/she will come into school in PE/Games kit and not usual school uniform.  We will tell children tomorrow which days they have PE/Games and pupils will put this in their home school diaries.

Thank you and we look forward to working with you over the coming year.

Best Wishes.

Mr L Chamberlain and the Team at Olton

Head Teacher

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2nd September 2020

Reminder of School start and finish times (Infant Site)

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are really looking forward to welcoming your child back to school.

Like all school settings, we have been busy preparing everything to ensure that systems adhere strictly to Government guidelines and we want to reassure you of that.  Just to help you, we would like to give you a quick ‘go-to’ reminder of start and finish times.  We will review our protocols weekly.

Nursery and Reception have their own induction timetable which was issued individually in July. Please can we ask Nursery parents who are attending for a meeting to go to the external Nursery classroom door.

Our Reception children are coming into school for short induction sessions over the next three days (Thursday, Friday and Monday). Please come to the main school entrance at the times in your child’s induction timetable. For these sessions, parents will be able to take their child to the door of the classroom and then continue along the corridor to exit the building via a separate door to ensure we maintain a one way system. We would ask that only one parent comes into the school building with each child. Although there are only a few children in each class for each session, there will still be a number of parents waiting to bring their child into school and so please maintain at least a one metre distance from other families and be patient while we get everyone in safely. From Tuesday 8 September all Reception children will be in school full time and will be picked up and dropped off from the classroom doors. Children can arrive between 8.40am and 8.50am and collected at 3:05pm.

Year 1:     Children arrive between 8.30am and 8.40am and will go through the main Key Stage 1 doors on the playground.  The school day for Year 1 ends at 2.55pm.

All children will be brought out onto the playground by their teacher at the end of the day to the designated area for each class. Parents will be asked to wait at a safe distance and the collection point for each class will be marked with a sign.

Class 5 will be dismissed from the outside Class 10.

Class 6 will be dismissed from the quiet area close to the main Key Stage 1 doors.

Class 7 will be dismissed from the main playground near Class 9.

Year 2:     Children arrive between 8.50am and 9.00am and will go through the main Key Stage 1 doors on the playground.  The school day for Year 2 ends at 3.15pm.

All children will be brought out onto the playground by their teacher at the end of the day to the designated area for each class. Parents will be asked to wait at a safe distance and the collection point for each class will be marked with a sign.

Class 10 will be dismissed from the outside Class 10.

Class 8 will be dismissed from the quiet area close to the main Key Stage 1 doors.

Class 9 will be dismissed from the main playground near Class 9.

A strict one-way system has been introduced around school grounds and we thank you in advance for understanding and adhering to this.

The Senior Leadership Team will be highly visible before and after school to direct children to their new routes.

Following some consideration, we have made the decision that on the days your child is due to have PE/Games lessons, he/she will come into school in PE/Games kit and not usual school uniform and therefore we are asking that you do not send in PE bags into school tomorrow.  We will tell children tomorrow which days they have PE/Games and a further letter will follow tomorrow with more details about this.

Thank you and we look forward to working with you over the coming year.

Best Wishes.

Mrs Gray

Deputy Headteacher

Olton Primary School

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1st September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

School Reopening and Welcome

We hope you have all had an enjoyable Summer and that after an unprecedented few months you are looking forward to a new school year. We understand that parents and children have experienced a difficult and challenging time. We also know that parents will want to ensure their child is able to return to school in September in a safe learning environment. We would like to reassure you that we have taken every measure to ensure your child’s health and well-being and are closely following Department for Education Guidance and expectations to do this.

In the last week of term, we sent out a letter detailing the measures that we were taking when reopening fully in September. This can be found on our school website if you would like to refer back to it. To ensure a safe return to school for all children, the general principles we have followed are detailed below:

Reopening 3rd September 2020 Letter

We are really looking forward to welcoming all of our children and families back to school. The systems and processes that we have put in place may be more time consuming than normal and will be new to children, parents and staff so please be patient if you are waiting a little longer than usual, particularly at the start of term while we all become familiar with and adjust to our new routines.

Best wishes.

                                         

Mr Chamberlain                     Mrs Gray

Head Teacher                        Deputy Head Teacher

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25th August 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see the attached letter from Solihull Council (Louise Rees Director of Children’s Services & Skills) regarding arrangements for schools re-opening in September.

Solihull Council Parent letter – 19082020

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see the attached Premier Active after school booking form.  Olton Club COVID Booklet – Premier Active If you would like your child to attend the after school club, please note the day on which each year group will have their session.  Bookings are made online at www.premieractive.co.uk with Premier Active and not through the school.

If you have any queries please contact Premier Active direct via their website.  The after school club will start from week beginning Monday 7th September 2020.

Please note if you have booked your child into Fielders or Orchards you will need to contact Mrs Chakmak if the dates coincide. Thank you.

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17th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please see the attached joint Infant and Junior Olton Oracle Newsletter for 17th July 2020.

Olton Oracle Infant & Juniors Newsletter – 17 July 2020

Wishing you all a wonderful summer break.

Best Wishes

Mr L Chamberlain                         Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                                Deputy Head Teacher

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Further to the letter that was sent out on 15th July, some parents/carers have queried the starting and finishing time.

Please see the attached : Clarification of Starting Times Letter – 17 July 2020

Thank you for your patience and understanding with this ever-changing situation. We are hopeful that there will only be a need for this arrangement in the short term. Please also be mindful that should we need to alter the arrangements once we have seen them in practice, we will do so and notify you accordingly.

 

Best wishes.

                                          

Mr Chamberlain                     Mrs Gray

Head Teacher                        Deputy Head Teacher

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Dear Year 6 Parent/Carers,

This is just a short message to say a very sincere thank you for all of your support during your child’s learning journey with us.  For some families we are saying goodbye after a long association with both our Infant and Junior Schools.

On behalf of the whole team at Olton, we wish you all much success and happiness for the future.  To all our children in Year 6, we hope that you have the most wonderful summer and that you start your new Secondary Learning Journey with confidence and determination to be the best you can be.

Best Wishes.

Mr Chamberlain                  Mrs Gray

Head Teacher                      Deputy Head Teacher

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Full Re-opening in September

Please be aware that this is based on current guidance and is subject to change.

Over the course of the last few weeks, additional information and guidance was provided to school in relation to the re-opening of schools in September.  We have been working tirelessly to create a plan for the safe reopening of Olton Primary School.

This letter is long but contains significant information that parents need to consider and so we would urge you to read it carefully and thoroughly especially if your child has not attended since March and may not be familiar with the current systems that we have put into place.

This letter is to give you information about the revisions we have made to the school day across both sites that are in line with the current guidance for the re-opening of primary schools in September.  In creating a revised plan, we have had to put in a staggered start and finish time for year groups and phases to limit the number of additional adults coming onto the school sites at any one time.

September 2020 Letter – 15 July 2020

Olton Infants Version Covid Menu V2

The Leadership team and Governors at Olton Primary will review our protocols in light of the changing national guidance and will continue to inform and work with you.

The staff are really looking forward to working with you and your child and making new and positive learning memories for the new academic year.  We hope that you all have a lovely summer holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 3rd September.  Please note that those pupils moving into Year 3 have a special transition day on Wednesday 2nd September and Nursery and Reception children have already received an induction programme.  We will be sending out a provisional list of dates alongside our newsletter on Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely,

                                          

Mr Chamberlain                  Mrs Gray

Head Teacher                      Deputy Head Teacher


Dear Parents/Carers,

As we prepare for the summer break, I am very conscious that you and your children may still need support.

I have attached information with links on supporting children back to school, anxiety, food banks and local clothing charity.

Children’s clothing charity leaflet for parents

Helping your child with Anxiety PDF

Sun safety – school nurse newsletter june 2020

https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/socialservicesandhealth/Coronavirus/Here2Help/Helpwithfood

I wish you a peaceful and enjoyable summer break and look forward to welcoming everyone back in September.

Kind regards

J Watkins

Family Support Worker

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Dear Parents/Carers,

We are delighted to say that we have been able to find a way in which the children will be able to sign shirts tomorrow. please could you send your child to school with a school shirt to sign and a pen. This should not be the top they are wearing to school.

Thank you,

Year 6 Pod Teachers


 

Dear Parent/Carers,

We still have an awful lot of lost property left and are able to offer one last chance to claim any of the property at the end of today. Please contact school to arrange to collect and we will do our best to have it ready for collection at the latest by Thursday 1 pm if it is named.


15th July 2020

Dear Year 6 Parents and Carers,

As the end of term approaches, please check for any library books you may have at home. There will be a collection box outside the front door for you to drop them off. We ask that you return these by the end of the day tomorrow.

Many thanks,

Kind regards

Miss Barnes

Reading for Pleasure Lead

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14th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m very excited to announce a new initiative that means you can help our school to continue to grow our library.

At Olton Primary School, reading is one of our key focuses. We want to instil a love of reading in all our pupils and get them to read for pleasure more at home and at school. International evidence indicates reading for enjoyment offers cognitive, social and emotional benefits, helping children make connections with each other, their teachers, families and the wider world – something that will be more important than ever in our post-Covid-19 ‘new normal’.

When the new build is finished in 2021, and the whole school is on one site, we will be able to create a fantastic new library and resource space. However, as you are aware, with diminishing budgets, we do not have the money available to purchase the much-needed new books to furnish the library.

Whilst the school has been open virtually but closed to all but keyworker children, we have been able to assess where we are in our current library situation. The answer was – our selection isn’t as exciting and up-to-date as our children deserve.

Therefore, we are launching a fundraising campaign at https://supportyourschool.org.uk/olton-primary-school/book-appeal.  We would appreciate your support in raising funds to purchase new fiction and non-fiction books, for infants and juniors. Whether you work for a company that would be prepared to donate, have a business yourself or would like to donate as a parent, carer, grandparent, or friend of the school, we would be most grateful! The minimum donation is £5, and we fully appreciate that some of you may be struggling with the current financial situation. However, if you can spare anything, please do.

If your child is in Year 6 and therefore leaving Olton Primary School; in Year 2 and moving sites; or just wants to leave a copy of their favourite book they’ve read this year in their old classroom – we would be happy to organise a book plate to go in the front of books purchased with your donation, so that they will leave a permanent reminder of themselves behind!

We are looking to raise £1000 in total, to be used across both infants and juniors. We will also keep some money back in order to buy more titles as the year goes on, always ensuring the children have something new and exciting to read.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding our fundraising campaign.

Your sincerely,

Miss K Barnes

Reading for Pleasure Lead

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13th July 2020

Good Afternoon Parents / Carers,

We have quite a large number of items in our lost property that need to be collected by the end of term. These items will be made available under the canopy of the infant site’s main entrance for you to collect from tomorrow.  These items can be collected from 9.30am until 2.30pm daily up until midday on Friday 17th July. We shall have no alternative but to dispose of any uncollected items.

We also still have numerous PE kits that still need to be collected. Again these will be made available under the canopy of the infant site’s main entrance until Friday midday. We shall have no alternative but to dispose of any uncollected items.

Please can we make a plea for the return of any year 2 reading and library books. We would be most grateful if they could be returned to infant site school office.

Many thanks,

Olton Primary (Infant Site)

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9th July 2020
Dear Parents/Carers,

I am pleased to be able to inform you which class your child will be in from September 2020. For this academic year, we will not be mixing up any of the existing KS2 classes and so each class will move to their next year group together.

Our Junior Classes for 2020-21

Our Year 3 team will be:

Mrs Bell, Mrs Bramble/Mrs Wallam and Mrs Garner/Mrs Milton.

Our classes will move to the following teachers:

3B will become 4A (Mrs Adamson)

3GM will become 4W (Mrs Wilkhu)

3BW will become 4C (Mrs Chavda)

4C will become 5PJ (Mrs Priddey/Miss Jordan)

4W will become 5T (Miss Turner)

4PS will become 5B (Miss Barnes)

5M will become 6M (Mr Morgan)

5B will become 6W (Miss Walton)

It is usually this time of year, when we would be having our Induction Day and arranging several opportunities for the children to meet with their new teacher before the summer break. However, unfortunately due to current circumstances, we are unable to do this this year. In order for the children to have the opportunity to meet their class teacher(s) for next year, next week (Week beginning Monday 13th), your child’s new class teacher(s) will post a short welcome message on class dojo to introduce themselves.

You may have spotted some changes to the above list and we are sorry to be losing some members of the team but equally delighted to welcome some new faces to the staff who you will become familiar with over the coming year. Mr Gunchala will be leaving us to take up an Assistant Head post in Birmingham and Miss Scullion will be moving on to lots of exciting new opportunities and we hope to see her in school in the future. We would like to thank all of our leavers for all of their care and commitment over the years and we wish them much success and happiness for the future. Equally we are excited to welcome new members to the junior team – Mrs Adamson and Miss Turner, and I am sure they will feel very much part of the school family quickly. As well as teaching, Mrs Pimm has also been responsible for coordinating SEND provision for the juniors. You may have also noticed that next year, Mrs Pimm will not have a class and this is because she will be taking up her SEND role full time, coordinating provision across both sites.

Thank you as ever for your continued support,

Mr Leon Chamberlain                Miss Jordan

Head Teacher                             Assistant Head Teacher

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Year 1 Classes September 2020

I am now able to provide you with information about which class your child will be in from September 2020.

The Year 1 classes are as follows:

Year 1

Class 5        Miss Lamputt

Class 6        Miss Morgan/Mrs Waring

Class 7        Mrs Shirley

As the school year was interrupted for all children this year, where possible to support transition, we have kept the class groups together so they will move up to their new year group and new teacher with all of the children they are familiar with. We have been able to keep all of the current Reception classes in the same group when they move up to Year 1 in September.

Current Reception Class

Year 1 Class from September

Class 1 (Mrs Beswick & Mrs Hill)

Class 5 (Miss Lamputt)

Class 2 (Mrs Harris)

Class 7 (Mrs Shirley)

Class 3 (Mrs Tynan)

Class 6 (Miss Morgan & Mrs Waring)

As all three classes are mixed ability, there will be children working towards, at and above the national standard in all of them.

Please may we recommend that if your child does not already have a School book bag that one is purchased from the School office ideally before the end of term or the beginning of term. They cost £4 and it would be most helpful if you could bring the correct cash. Book bags fit into the child’s personal tray in the class room, which means it is easy for your child to access during the day and school books are protected from becoming damaged. Larger bags need to be kept in the cloakroom.

 From Thursday 3rd September all Year 1 children will be in school full time. Our usual school day is 8:45am to 3:15pm however, latest Government guidance in relation to Coronavirus means we will need to stagger the start and finish times to the school day and so these may be different for the Autumn Term initially. The aim of this is to reduce the number of adults and children we have on site at any one time. We are currently working on this and will send an update next week with all of the details you will need.

 I know that it can be an anxious time for children and parents when they are starting back at school after a long break. Teachers and teaching assistants will be working hard in the Autumn term to support the children to settle back into school life and offering personal, social and emotional support as well as academic support to make up for the time they missed in school in the Spring and Summer term. Despite us putting into place lots of ways to support the children, it is not uncommon for them to be upset when they come into school in the morning. As hard as it is to leave when you see them upset, the children generally settle more quickly once their parent/carer has left. If you are worried, you can always telephone the infant school office who will check that your child has settled to put your mind at ease.

To further support you and your child to be as fully prepared as you can be for September, included with this email are the following attachments which provide additional information about Year 1 which we hope you will find useful:

  • A powerpoint presentation (here in pdf format ) Year 1 Induction Information, which would normally have been shared with parents at an induction evening
  • An electronic induction booklet Year 1 Handbook, which you might want to share with your child to give them an insight into life in Year 1

We hope you have a lovely Summer break and we will look forward to seeing you in September.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Leon Chamberlain                           Mrs Emma Gray

Head Teacher                                        Deputy Head Teacher


8th July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Year 2 Classes September 2020

I am now able to provide you with information about Year 2 classes from September 2020.

The Year 2 classes are as follows:

Year 2

Class 8        Mrs White

Class 9        Mrs Brady

Class 10      Miss Russell

As the school year was interrupted for all children this year, we have in some cases kept the classes as they were from the current year. However, the staff and I believe that the Year 1 classes needed to be split to provide a better balance within each one.

Your child’s current class teacher will send a message on Class Dojo to parents individually on Thursday 9th to let you know which Year 2 class your child will be in from September.

The staff have taken considerable time and put significant thought into the class lists to ensure all pupils are placed in the correct class. They have used a range of criteria to determine this i.e. assessments, friendships, confidence, additional needs, gender etc. As the children were not in school when class lists were being prepared, parents were asked to suggest some friends that their child would like to be with next year. The teachers have ensured that there is at least one of these with them in their new class.

As all three classes are mixed ability, there will be children working towards, at and above the national standard in all of them.

Please may we recommend that if your child does not already have a School book bag that one is purchased from the School office ideally before the end of term or the beginning of term. They cost £4 and it would be most helpful if you could bring the correct cash. Book bags fit into the child’s personal tray in the class room, which means it is easy for your child to access during the day and school books are protected from becoming damaged. Larger bags need to be kept in the cloakroom.

From Thursday 3rd September all Year 2 children will be in school full time. Our usual school day is 8:45am to 3:15pm however, latest Government guidance in relation to Coronavirus means we will need to stagger the start and finish times to the school day and so these may be different for the Autumn Term initially. The aim of this is to reduce the number of adults and children we have on site at any one time.  We are currently working on this and will send an update next week with all of the details you will need.

 I know that it can be an anxious time for children and parents when they are starting back at school after a long break. Teachers and teaching assistants will be working hard in the Autumn term to support the children to settle back into school life and offering personal, social and emotional support as well as academic support to make up for the time they missed in school in the Spring and Summer term. Despite us putting into place lots of ways to support the children, it is not uncommon for them to be upset when they come into school in the morning. As hard as it is to leave when you see them upset, the children generally settle more quickly once their parent/carer has left. If you are worried, you can always telephone the infant school office who will check that your child has settled to put your mind at ease.

In the next few days, information which would normally have been shared with parents at a transition meeting will be sent home via email (Year 2 Induction Handbook). This will help you and your child to feel prepared for a new start in September.

We hope you have a lovely Summer break and we will look forward to seeing you in September.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Leon Chamberlain                           Mrs Emma Gray

Head Teacher                                        Deputy Head Teacher

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8th July 2020

Lost Property / Collection of personal items

Dear Parents/Carers,

We still have a lot of lost property and PE kits that have not been claimed, we are once again going to place these items (PE Kits, School Uniform, lunch boxes and unnamed items) on the grass verge by the school car park on Monday 13th July and Tuesday 14th July from 8:30am – 3:30pm.

Unfortunately, due to building work taking place over the Summer holidays, if these items are not reclaimed by the end of the school day on Tuesday 14th July they will be sent to charity. Also all children’s drawers will be cleared ready for the next school year and so if your child has any personal items (pencil cases, books from home etc) that they would like to keep, these will need to be collected from the school office by a parent.

Please can you contact the school office to inform them of when you would like to collect so that these items can be ready for you. Drawers must be cleared by the end of the school day on Tuesday 14th July, and so any items not claimed will be given to charity. All Medication that is held in school will also need to be collected by the end of the school day on Tuesday 14th July.

 

Yours sincerely,
Miss Jordan
Assistant Head Teacher

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7 July 2020

Summer Free School Meal Vouchers

Dear Parents/Carers,

The Covid-19 Summer Food Fund has been set up by the government to provide support for children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals over the summer holiday period. Each eligible child will receive a £90 eCode to cover the summer holiday period. These will be sent to you through the Edenred scheme in the same way all previous vouchers have been issued.

These vouchers will be for £90 and if you have more than one child eligible for the vouchers, who attend Olton Primary, instead of receiving a joint amount, this will be delivered to your email inbox as separate £90 eCodes. You will then need to redeem them in the same way as before. The Government have also altered the expiry date to a month on all vouchers processed in July (rather than the 4 months which had been allowed before July). However, please remember that vouchers do not have to be redeemed in a single shopping trip – they can be used repeatedly until the voucher’s balance reaches £0. To check how much money is left on the eGift card, families can ask the supermarket’s customer services team when in store.

The £90 vouchers will be delivered to your email on Tuesday 14th July. If you have not received your £90 voucher by Wednesday 15th July, please can you inform the school office and I will look into this for you. After this date, we are unable to process any orders or try to remedy any queries with the company.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Jordan
Assistant Head Teacher

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see the KS1 and KS2 menus for week commencing 6th July 2020.

KS2 Menu Week Commencing – 29th July 2020

 

For all KS2 meals, please pay £2.15 using ParentPay in advance – thank you.

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2nd July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re:   Reports 2019-2020

We hope that you are all well.  Traditionally, Olton sends home an annual school report with the children towards the end of the school year, which shows your child’s progress throughout the year.  This year, we will be sending out your child’s report to you electronically on the days listed below.  I’m sure you will understand that behind the scenes, this is quite a feat for a large school, so please do bear with us as there may be a time delay in doing so.

·                Friday 3rd July – Nursery, Reception, Year 5 and Year 6 reports

·                Monday 6th July – Year 1 and Year 4 reports

·                Tuesday 7th July – Year 2 and Year 3 reports

If you wish to have a hard copy of your child’s report, please request this through email to the school office after these dates and by no later than Friday 10th July 2020 and we will make a copy available for you to collect.

Thank you again for all of your support during what has been a very unusual time for us all.

We will be communicating with you all again shortly following anticipated Government announcements today about September and welcoming all of our children back into school.

Yours sincerely,

                                                     

Mr L Chamberlain                                 Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                                       Deputy Head Teacher

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2nd July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers of Year 2 children,

I hope this letter finds you all well. As you will know from my letter to all parents a few days ago, Olton Primary had confirmation that there had been two positive cases of Covid-19 reported. In light of this, I have reviewed plans for the final few weeks of term and have made the decision to postpone our Year 2 transition day visits on either Monday 13th July or Thursday 16th July at the juniors.

Whilst this is disappointing for the children, I feel that this is the most appropriate decision so that all members of our community feel assured and that the health, safety and wellbeing of our children is always our top priority.

Instead of the planned activities, my team are currently looking at using Class Dojo to post a “getting to know your new teacher video”, which we will have ready for the last week of term. (I shall email you all when they are ready!) Additionally, I am pleased to attach with this letter a special induction handbook we have created Year 3 Handbook_2020-21 02.07.20, which hopefully will answer lots of questions and help children and families who will be new to the junior site, feel at home.

 

Nationally, School Leaders are anticipating that all primary pupils will return to school in September and we would like our Year 2 (who will be Year 3 in September!) children to have an exclusive first look at their junior school before all the other children are welcomed back on the 3rd September. We are inviting our new Year 3 children to a special morning school, followed by lunch. (8.45- 12.30) on Wednesday 2nd September 2020. During this time, our new Year 3 children will be able to get to know their new teachers, familiarise themselves with the building and discover some exciting new learning opportunities at the juniors. To support transition, Mrs Gray and the children’s year 2 teachers will also join us to welcome the children back into school.

So that we can plan accordingly, please complete the online booking form, using the link below. We would be most grateful if you could respond to the link by Tuesday 9th July.

 https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=_8XsNkcZBUCdDFgUlropG5HEJ323qrNCq5l_d6zbH0ZUNUhJSk9PNVZDVEgzSVhCRzJEWjdBNFgzTy4u

We are asking that pupils bring their own packed lunch for this day and a healthy mid-morning snack to keep energy levels up. We are also asking on this day that pupils wear their school uniform so we can start our new learning journey well.

Thank you once again for all of your support and kind words during a very unusual term and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience the change of transition day may have caused.  We are all looking forward to seeing our children return and hearing about their adventures during lockdown.

As ever, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office.

Kind regards,

Mr L Chamberlain               Mrs E Gray

(Head Teacher)                 (Deputy Head Teacher)

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26th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the junior and infant school site.  Pupils and staff from the affected pods will now be isolating for 14 days before returning to school.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.  This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child.  Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness and Olton Primary has maintained stringent cleaning and social distancing throughout this time.

The school remains open and providing your child remains well they can continue to attend school as normal.  We will keep this under review for the last few weeks of the summer term.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 7 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.  Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

 

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

 

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

·                new continuous cough and/or

·                high temperature

·                a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

 

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

·                wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

·                use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

·                wash your hands as soon as you get home

·                cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

·                put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Thank you for your support during this time.

Yours sincerely,

                                                     

Mr L Chamberlain                             Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                                    Deputy Head Teacher

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see the KS1 and KS2 menus for week commencing 29th June 2020.

KS1 Menu for W/b 22nd June 2020

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
 

Sausage Roll

Wedges

Peas

Sweetcorn

 

 

Turkey

Diced Potatoes

Mixed vegetables

 

Beef Bolognaise

 

 

Cheese and Tomato Pizza

Diced Potatoes

Peas

Sweetcorn

 

Vegetable Sausage Roll (V)

Wedges

Peas

Sweetcorn

 

 

Quorn Fillet (V)

Diced Potatoes

Mixed vegetables

 

Cheesy Pasta (V)

Carrots

Peas

 

Seaside Fish (V)

Diced Potatoes

Peas

Sweetcorn

 

Biscuit

 

 

 

Ice Cream Tub

 

Jelly

 

Ice Smoothie

 

 

KS2 Menu – Week Commencing – 29th June 2020

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Beef Burger

Wedges

Mixed Veg

Pork Meatballs in Gravy

Creamed Potatoes

Peas/Carrots

Turkey Breast & Stuffing Balls

Roast Potatoes Sprouts/Carrots

Cheese & Tomato Pizza

Potato Wedges Sweetcorn

(V)

Tuna Sandwich

Piece of Fruit

Biscuit

KFC Quorn Burger

Wedges

Mixed Veg

(V)

Cheese Whirls

Creamed Potatoes

Peas/Carrots

(V)

Quorn Roast

Roast Potatoes Broccoli & Carrots

(V)

Seaside Battered Fish

Potato Wedges Sweetcorn

Cheese Sandwich

Piece of Fruit

Biscuit

(V)

Chocolate Oatcake Biscuit

Milkshake

Lancashire Biscuit

Pineapple Cake and Custard

Ice Cream Tubs

Fruit

For all KS2 meals, please pay £2.15 using ParentPay in advance – thank you.

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PE Kits, water bottles and lost property

On Thursday 25thMonday 29th and Tuesday 30th, we will be placing any PE kits, water bottles and lost property that were left in school due to the closure, on the grass verge by the car park for parents to come and collect. You will be able to access this verge via the pedestrian path.  There will be a section for each year group as well as a section for unnamed items. These will be placed outside from 8:45am until 3:30pm on each of the days above.

Miss F Jordan

Assistant Head/English Lead/Year 6 Teacher

Olton Primary School (Junior Site)

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19th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see the attached Infant and Junior Oracle Newsletter for Friday 19th June 2020.  I hope you are all keeping safe and healthy.

19.06.2020 Olton Oracle Infant Juniors Newsletter

Best Wishes,

Mr L Chamberlain                               Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                                     Deputy Head Teacher

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19th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see the attached update letter from Solihull Council.

SMBC Letter To Parents/Carers – 18 June 2020

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11th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers of Children in Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6

Places from Monday 22nd June

It has been lovely this week across the school sites to welcome back lots of familiar faces who have greeted us with lots of smiles and wonderful stories about their time away from school. As a leadership team we have been so impressed with the mindset and attitude that our children have shown during a very strange and unusual time to be a leaner at Olton. We are also grateful to parents who have been coming onto the school site for maintaining social distancing and following the systems and processes in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Our thanks too, to all of you who are supporting with the home learning. As you will recall from our previous correspondence when we were getting ready to welcome target year groups back, we asked for your support in helping us to plan for places in our class pods and we stated that we would continue to review the situation in light of government guidance but also in terms of the safety and well-being of our staff and pupils.

After a successful few days in school, we have had several parents contact us from either Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6, enquiring about their child having a place in school for the remaining weeks of the summer term. Our class pods are limited to a maximum of 15 children and currently we have the capacity to allow a few other children into these year groups. Like many schools our capacity is restricted by the physical spaces available across both the sites but also our staffing availability and capacity. In line with our ethos, we will always inform you in good time if something has to change.

In order for us to forward plan from w/b 22nd June, if you would like your child to be allocated to a pod for the remainder of the school term, please complete the online form using the link below.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=_8XsNkcZBUCdDFgUlropG-FsSZC5KrVNlOaCdwqgOWJUQUpPUE9IWDc1S0JWMU9ONFJNV0c0SFdPSy4u

Please note at this stage, you are expressing an interest for a place and we will confirm that we are able to allocate a place to your child at the start of next week when we have been able to review the level of interest and therefore the feasibility of welcoming additional children back into school.

Please complete the form by 11:00am on Monday 15th June. This will give the leadership team time to plan both the safety and staffing aspects of welcoming additional children back to school. Our provision will continue to run Monday to Thursday for pupils in these priority year groups, to allow us to provide both planning time and deep cleaning of both sites on the Friday.

If your child is already attending and has therefore already been allocated to a pod, this provision will remain in place and you do not need to complete the form to confirm a place for them.

We thank you in advance for your support and understanding whilst we carefully plan the remaining few weeks in school.

Best wishes,

Mr Leon Chamberlain (Head Teacher) 

Mrs Emma Gray (Deputy Head Teacher) 

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10th June 2020

RE: Before and After School Club – September 2020

Good morning Parents/Carers,

I trust everyone is well and keeping safe. I know that there is still uncertainty around schools fully opening in September, however, we do need to prepare as if we are going to fully re-open.

The Governors have now signed off the Before and After School club prospectus for September 2020 to July 2021 which I have attached for your perusal.

CLUB PROSPECTUS – JUNE 2020

Please take time to read the club prospectus and make note of the changes.

I have attached September 2020 booking form in WORD and PDF .

Fielders September 20 booking form   Fielders September 20 booking form

Orchards SEPT 20 booking form         Orchards SEPT 20 booking form

I appreciate  many of you may not know yet if you will require this service as it may have an impact on what happens in the next 2-3 months for you and your families. However, we do need to implement bookings, and if you are an existing club parent, looking to secure a booking, I will require you to complete the September booking form and return to me no later than  Friday 26 June 2020.  After this date, it will be opened up to new parents to book.

Cancellations can be accepted up to 26 August 2020.

 All bookings that are accepted, confirms you agree to the new terms and conditions as outlined in the attached prospectus.

If you are a parent that has not used the service previous, and looking to use from September 2020.

In the first instance you will need to register with IPAL  –  https://oltonprimaryschool.schoolipal.co.uk

Once registered, you will then need to complete the attached booking form and return to me, by Friday 26 June 2020. Once I have checked availability I can then update your IPAL account. We do offer existing parents to the club first priority.  I will update your IPAL account by Monday 6 July 2020, so please login after this date to see if the booking has been confirmed or if there is communication to advise the reason for non-acceptance.  We do operate a standby list as well.

Please note, Fielders are based at the Juniors and Orchards are based at the Infants – please ensure you complete the correct form.

PLEASE ENSURE IF YOU ARE RETURNING THE BOOKING FORM THAT IT IS FULLY COMPLETED, SIGNED AND DATED. YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO CIRCLE Y/N TO CONFIRM THE DETAILS HELD ON IPAL IS CORRECT. PLEASE NOTE, WE USE THESE DETAILS TO RECORD ALLERGIES/MEDICAL ETC FOR ALL CLUB STAFF TO USE.

Many thanks

Mrs T Chakmak

Finance Officer/ Before & After School Club Admin Officer

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Dear Parents / Carers,

Please find attached a letter regarding Pods and Arrangements for 8th June at the Infant Site:

Nursery:  Nursery Pod Letter   

Reception:  Reception Pod 1 Letter    Reception Pod 2 Letter  Reception Pod 3 Letter

Year 1:  Year 1 Pod 1 Letter    Year 1 Pod 2 Letter   Year 1 Pod 3 Letter

 


4th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

 Re:    Free School Meal Voucher Update

From next week, 8th June, we will have catering services on both the infant and junior sites and so will be able to provide meals for children who are attending school.  A letter has been sent to parents regarding the menu options on each site.

 If your child is not attending school

If your child is not attending school and they are entitled to Free School Meals, you will still continue to receive your Free School Meals vouchers.

If your child is part of the key worker pod and attending school Monday to Friday

If your child has been booked in to attend from Monday to Friday as part of one of our key worker pods and they are entitled to Free School Meals, they will receive a hot meal from Monday to Thursday and a cold meal option on Friday.  As we will be providing meals for the week, you will not receive your vouchers.

 

If your child is attending school from Monday to Thursday (Key worker or Year group specific pods)

If you have booked to confirm that your child will be attending school and they are entitled to Free School Meals, they will receive a hot meal in school. As we will be providing meals, you will not receive the vouchers for that week. You will be contacted by a member of our office staff to order a cold packed lunch for the Friday which will be available to collect from the Junior Site Office between 12:15 and 1:00 pm to avoid any queuing and maintain social distancing. Unfortunately if you are self-isolating or shielding, you will need to make arrangements for someone who is not to collect this on your behalf.

In order for us to ensure that we place accurate orders and to avoid food waste, a member of the office staff will contact you at the start of each week to take your order for the Friday. The menu options for the cold packed lunch will be either a Cheese or Tuna Sandwich.

Thank you for your support and we hope that you are all well.

Yours sincerely,

Miss F Jordan

Assistant Head/English Lead/Year 6 Teacher

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4th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Re:    Solihull Catering School Lunches from 8.6.20 at the Infant and Junior sites.

We hope that this letter finds you all safe and well.  The staff are really looking forward to welcoming back some of our children in a few days’ time – school is far too quiet and not as much fun without our children.  We now have a clearer idea about school meals and how they will operate moving forwards during our phased re-opening.

Infants:

Universal School Meals

Any Reception and KS1 pupils attending school will be able to access a hot two course meal option at no cost.  The menu for KS1 at the infant site is on the last page for your information.  At the moment, we are only able to offer hot options Monday to Thursday.  Alternatively, you can send your child in with a lunchbox.  If you choose to do this, please make sure this is named for ease during the lunch hour and the packaging can be opened by the children themselves, if at all possible.  If you wish your child to bring in their own packed lunch, please remember our “nut free” policy as we have pupils and staff with allergies.

 If your child in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 has been accepted to attend school on a Friday as a key worker pupil, this will be based at the junior site on this day (8.45am-9.00am, then 3.15pm collection from the back playground).  Staff members will be available before and after school to guide you if you are new to the site.  On a Friday, as pupils will be based at the juniors they will access the Friday junior menu – please look carefully at the junior site menu for Fridays it is on the last page.

Fruit/Tuck at break time

Currently there will not be any milk or tuck/fruit provided during the phased return, so please do send your child in with a piece of fruit or prepared vegetables during this time.  We ask that these are in a separate bag for ease.

Juniors:

For our pupils returning in Year 6 and all key worker pupils who are attending from Year 3,4,5 – Mondays to Thursdays, there is the standard daily charge of £2.15 which is payable through parent pay in advance.  If you wish your child to bring in their own packed lunch, please remember our “nut free” policy as we have pupils and staff with allergies.  Pupils who have been accepted as key workers to attend school on Fridays can also choose to have a school meal at a charge or to bring in their own packed lunch.

Unfortunately, during the phased re-opening toast and juice will NOT be available from the junior canteen at break.  Please do send your child in with a healthy snack (no crisps or chocolate) to enjoy at break time – should you wish to do so.

Free School Meals: Friday packed lunch offer

During the current Covid-19 crisis, families entitled to Free School Meals have been able to access supermarket vouchers with a weekly value of £15 per eligible child.  If your child is attending school from 8th June, you will no longer be sent a voucher as your child will be able to access a school meal.  Because Olton is not open to most pupils on Fridays moving forwards, we have made provision for families entitled to FSM to order a school packed lunch which can be collected from the junior site on Fridays from 12.00pm.  A weekly booking form will be sent out each week for families to pre-order a packed lunch for collection on a Friday, should they wish to take up the offer.

Apologies once again for yet another letter about changes to school procedures.  I am sure that by the middle of next week, we will feel more settled into our new routines and school will feel a little more familiar.

As ever, please do not hesitate either to contact myself or Mrs Gray if we can help in any way.  We look forward to welcoming you back into school on Monday.  Thank you for all of your support and kind words whilst we have been re-planning the school opening – it is very much appreciated by the team.

Best wishes,

                                                   

Mr L Chamberlain                                Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                                      Deputy Head Teacher

 

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4th June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

On Fridays, beginning the 12th  June we will be giving parents the opportunity to collect any wellies or PE Kits that have been left in school. Dependant on whether it is raining or not, we will be hanging any PE Kits or wellies on the posts of the fence down by the entrance to Nursery during the day. Any unlabelled wellies or PE Kits will be given to the office to enable you to collect.

Any photographs from display boards have been placed inside any PE Bags so they can also be taken home.

We hope that you are all well and keeping safe during this hard time.

Many thanks,

Kind Regards

Olton Primary School (Infant Site)

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Dear Year 6 Parents/Carers,

Please see the attached letter (Year 6 Back to School Letter – 3 June 2020) which will hopefully answer your questions about returning to school.  Please can I ask you to read and share this with your child before Monday as there are lots of changes we have had to make for school, including routines and expectations which we need everyone to follow so that we can keep everyone safe and healthy during this time.

 

Thank you as ever for your ongoing support.

Kind Regards

Mr L Chamberlain

Head Teacher

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3rd June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

As you are already aware we have asked that if you have a child in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 or if you are a keyworker parent if you want your child to return to school when we re-open next week. These children have now been allocated a ‘pod’, which is the group they will remain in during school time, including during breaks and lunchtimes, to help reduce contact with others. Information regarding which ‘pod’ your child has been allocated to will be sent out to you on Friday.

If you are a parent of a child in one of these year groups or you are now a keyworker parent we are unable to add any more children to these groups until week beginning 22nd June. We will let you know when further bookings are being taken and communicate the latest Government announcements when they are received.

Please find attached some information from Solihull Council which may be useful if your child is returning now or in the near future.

SMBC Information About Returning To School    Solihull Back to School Transition Guide

Kind Regards,

Mrs E Gray

Deputy Head Teacher

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Dear Year 6 Parents/Carers,

End of Day Routine – Year 6 

We are looking forward to welcoming some of our Year 6 pupils back to school next week.  We understand that many of you will decide to collect your child from the playground at the end of the day at 3:15 pm.  However, we appreciate that as more parents return to work, some of you may require your child to walk home.  If this is the case, please could you email the school office to notify us in writing of your decision by Thursday 4th at the latest.  Please can you ensure that you have spoken to your child regarding social distancing and keeping 2 metres apart from people on their journey from school.  As you are aware, we have allocated children into pods within the school to try to keep them as safe as possible.  We would appreciate if you could speak to your child regarding staying within their pod and not mixing with children from other pods on their journey home.

Kind Regards,

                                                             

Mr L Chamberlain                               Miss F Jordan

Head Teacher                                      Assistant Head Teacher/Year 6 Teacher

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28 May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Phased Re-opening for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & Year 6/ Key Worker Children

We hope that this letter finds you all safe and well. We want to summarise our short term plans for welcoming key groups of children back into our school as simply as possible. Like yourselves, we have had a barrage of information from many different sources and it can be at times overwhelming. Hopefully this letter will help us to plan for the short term for welcoming our children and staff safely back into school. I shall summarise each phase of school with key information so you can move to the phase that affects your family.

General:

Thank you for supporting us by booking a place for your child, either as an existing key worker or a child in either Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6. We have now been able to allocate your child to a “pod” of no more than 15 children. It has also enabled us to plan staffing carefully across the school sites. We are anticipating that guidance is likely to change soon, so for this reason we have asked you to confirm and book for w/b 8.6.20 and the following week- 15.6.20. We have decided that pupils do should wear home clothes and not school uniform as we need pupils to come in a clean set of clothes each day. We also recognise that children may have grown during lockdown and it is more logical to buy new uniform ready for September. Home clothes should be practical and suitable for working outside too.

As a leadership team, we will be reviewing the situation, emphasising safety and well-being of our children, staff and wider community.

As a school we shall be welcoming children who have booked a place from Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 from week beginning 8th June (Mondays to Thursdays). If you are a key worker and your child is in these year groups, they will be allocated a pod with their year group. If you have chosen to take a Friday place as a key worker, your child will have a Friday Key Worker pod- this group will be based at the junior site to allow us to do deeper cleaning at the infant site where we have more children during this time.

 Curriculum and behaviour:

As we re-open school in a phased way, learning will follow the continuous learning packs that we have been sending home. In school we shall also be focusing on core skills- reading, writing and maths, alongside well-being and social skills. For our Year 6 children, we shall also be working on transition skills for their new secondary schools. For children who are staying at home, our team will continue to send learning packs, check Class Dojo and the other means of communication that we have all become used to. Our high expectations for behaviour- including following safety guidance for all children and staff will be explained in an age appropriate way to our children and we will continue to follow our behaviour policy. We have been so impressed with the maturity of the children who have been attending school regarding their attitude towards distancing and hygiene- they have been superstars!

Learning Spaces

The team have been working hard behind the scenes to make the working spaces both socially safer and removing excess furniture. The rooms will still have plenty of laughter, fun, friendship and learning! All class pods will remain with each other throughout the day and break times and lunchtimes will be staggered to avoid pods groups crossing over with each other. Pods will also have their own playtime equipment too. New pencils and other stationery has been ordered and pupils will keep this separate in their own poly pocket. Handwashing- we are all experts at this now, will be routine, upon entry to the school, after break, before and after lunch as standard. Pods will be allocated toilets/ cubicles and these will be cleaned throughout the day. Our cleaning team have revised cleaning schedules each day to ensure hard surfaces including door handles, tables, chairs are especially cleaned.

 

School Meals/ Vouchers

All children in Reception and KS1 are entitled to a universal free school meal. For our families who are entitled to Free School Meals, the government voucher scheme will continue after half term. We are just seeking clarity for families entitled to the vouchers AND attending school as to how this will continue to work.   Once we open up the school on 8th June to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, the catering department across both sites will be providing the children with a 2 course hot meal option. If you are at the infant site, there is no charge however if your child is attending from the junior site there will be a charge as normal. The revised menus will be available early next week so you can see the menu and book accordingly. The baguette/ wrap bar at the juniors will not be available at this stage

 

Key worker children week beginning 1.6.20 and 8.6.20 & 15.6.20

W/b 1.6.20- we will have only key worker children in school whilst our team continues to further prepare learning and the school sites. Because this is an increasing group of children we will be using both the infant and junior sites for this week. INFANT key worker children will be based at the infant site this week (8.30-8.45-soft start, 3.00 finish). JUNIOR key worker children will be based at the junior site for this week only (8.40-8.55-soft start- 3.15pm finish).

Currently we are not able to offer a wrap-around care facility on either site. Staff will be visible to guide you where to drop off your child. 

 

For week beginning 8.06.20 and week beginning 15.6.20, if your child is in Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5 (and therefore not one of the key years back in school, your child will be in a pod, based at the JUNIOR SITE. If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 6, they will be based also at the JUNIOR SITE on a Friday if you have booked a Key worker place for this day.

 

Nursery Classes from week beginning 8.6.20 (Mon-Thursdays)

Mrs Cripps, Mrs Tiernan (formerly Beard) and Mrs Toman will oversee the Nursery Pod. As booked numbers were very small, we are only offering a morning session. Given there is only one Nursery session per day we can offer the normal session time of 8:30 to 11:30am. Due to the small number of Nursery children attending and the position of the Nursery, we anticipate that parents will be able to socially distance as they drop off and collect children. We will not be allowing any parents/carers into the building- apart from in the main entrance area (one person or family at a time) and we ask that only one member of the family drops off and collects your child to reduce the number of people on site at any one time.

 

Reception Classes from week beginning 8.6.20 (Mon- Thursdays)

Reception classes have been split into 3 pods- each pod less than 15 children. Mrs Beswick, Mrs Hill, Miss Russell, Mrs White, Mrs Carter, Mrs Tipper and Mrs Denny will oversee the care and learning for the pods.  To allow for a soft start and for children to be able to wash their hands as they come into school parents will need to drop their children off to the class pod door. This is also where children will be dismissed from at the end of the day. The Reception soft start is from 8:40 – 9:00am and the school day for Reception children finishes at 3:00pm. Parents will not be allowed to enter the school building either before or after the school day apart from in the main entrance area (one person or family at a time) and we ask that only one member of the family drops off and collects your child to reduce the number of people on site at any one time. Your child’s teachers will endeavour to speak to you at collection or drop off whilst adhering to social distancing. Pupils should wear suitable home clothes for both inside and outside learning- including PE type activities.

 

Year 1 Classes from week beginning 8.6.20 (Mon – Thursdays)

Year 1 classes have been split into 3 pods- each pod less than 15 children. Mrs Brady, Mrs Chatterley, Miss Unitt, Mrs Waring, Mrs Howes, Mrs Shirley and Mrs Lewis will be teaching and supporting these groups. Pupils in Year 1 will need to be dropped off by the main playground doors and then collected at the end of the day from their classroom door. The Year 1 soft start is from 8:40 – 9:00am and the classes will finish at 3:00pm. Parents will not be allowed to enter the school building either before or after the school day apart from in the main entrance area (one person or family at a time) and we ask that only one member of the family drops off and collects your child to reduce the number of people on site at any one time. Your child’s teachers will endeavour to speak to you at collection or drop off whilst adhering to social distancing. Pupils should wear suitable home clothes for both inside and outside learning- including PE type activities.

 

 

Year 6 classes from week beginning 8.6.20 (Mon – Thursdays)

Year 6 classes have been split into 4 pods- each pod of no more than 15 children. Mrs Chavda, Mr Boddington, Mr Gunchala, Mrs Pankhania, Miss Walton, Mrs Glover, Mr Morgan and Mrs Styants will be overseeing the learning in Year 6. As we have more space at the juniors, pupils will start the day as usual- a soft start (note the new times please 8.45-9.05) and the large green gates will be open so that pupils have a wider walkway. Parents will not be allowed to come into the building, except for the main reception area- one person or family at a time. Collection will be at 3.15pm from the rear playground. Parents are reminded to socially distance when waiting on the playground. The larger green gates will also be opened at this time to reduce a bottle neck at the smaller gate. Priority will need to be given to families with a pushchair using the slope and path. Year 6 pupils should wear suitable home clothes that are clean each day. Some pupils have ordered Leavers’ hoodies (arrival expected early next week!) and on a Thursday, they may choose to wear these to allow them to be washed in between!

 

On Monday 8th June, there will be additional staff outside school to ensure we all have a smooth and happy first day back. We understand that for some of our children this may be tricky (and for some adults too!) as we adjust to our new normal!

 

To celebrate our phased re-opening, we shall send home a weekly joint newsletter, as well as using Dojo and Twitter.

 

As ever, thank you for your support and kinds emails. On behalf of the governors and staff, we have really missed seeing the children in person and although we are not quite back to “normal”, this is a first step towards bringing back the routine and pleasure of being a learner in school. We would also like to say a massive thank you to all of the grown-ups who have been home teachers out there- you have done a great job!

Best wishes,

Mr Chamberlain                      Mrs Gray

(Head Teacher)                      (Deputy Head)

Miss Jordan                            Miss Morgan

(Assistant Head)                     (Assistant Head)


28th May 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Free School Meal Vouchers

We had been informed by the Department for Education on 15th May that the voucher scheme would not run over half term (week beginning 25th May) due to the scheme only being available during term time. However, we have received further guidance last night from the Regional Schools’ Commissioner who informed us that the Government have decided that they would now honour the voucher scheme for this half term. Therefore, I am writing to inform you that you will now receive vouchers for this week. I have submitted them onto the website but it can take up to a week for these to be processed. Please rest assured that you will receive them but it may just be delayed slightly.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Fiona Jordan

Assistant Head/English Lead/Year 6 Teacher


Dear Parents/Carers,

As we come to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week I would like to share some excellent resources – Get-Your-Daily-DOSE , Parents signposting  to support you and your children during this uncertain time.

For those children who are returning to school in June I imagine there will be a real mix of emotions, not only for them, but for you also. I am more than happy to talk to you and your child to support in any way I can to make the transition back to school as smooth as possible.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Children and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS) have a fantastic variety of resources to help adults support children. They cover issues including – anxiety, self harm, mindfulness, building self esteem and resilience, OCD, CBT, anger…. the list goes on.

https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/downloads

The link below to Solihull’s Local Offer provides really useful information and support strategies on many early years topics including – sleep and feeding, behaviour, routines, play, speech and language, autism, attachment etc.

https://socialsolihull.org.uk/localoffer/education/children-and-young-peoples-send-service/early-years-send-team-2/early-years-advice-sheets/

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Guidance Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

 

Kind regards

J Watkins

Family Support Worker


21st May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re:   School Report for Academic Year 2019-20

All children will receive a school report for the academic year 2019-20.  However, this year, due to school closures as a result of COVID-19, reports for all children will reflect the children’s attainment and progress up to the end of the Spring term.  These reports will be sent home during the second half of the Summer term.

School reports are normally sent out in the first week of July and so as you will appreciate, even if some or all of the children return before the end of the school year, due to the time it takes to write, check and print reports for each child it would not be possible to update these with information in relation to learning from June onwards.

I am sure you will understand the unique situation in which we have found ourselves this year and I believe having a school report which accurately reflects the learning all children had undertaken in school up to the end of Spring term was the best solution in these unprecedented times.  You will be aware that there has been no statutory testing this year for those children in Year 1 (phonics), Year 2 and Year 6 (SATs) and so we will not be able to report on these assessments this year, instead for all year groups teacher assessment for the end of Spring term and the expected end of year assessment, had teaching and learning continued as normal this year, will be included in your child’s report.

Thank you for your understanding and I hope you are are keeping safe and healthy.

Yours sincerely,

                                                    

Mr L Chamberlain                              Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                                     Deputy Head Teacher


Dear Parents/Carers,

Re:   Olton Key Worker Provision

As you have previously been identified as a parent/carer of a child who would be eligible for a place, we are now contacting you to establish whether you need a place for week beginning Monday 1st June, Monday 8th June and Monday 15th June 2020.  We understand that some key workers may work part time and will therefore not require provision every day.

If your child is in Years 2, 3, 4 or 5 and you are a key worker or your child is entitled under one of the other eligibility criteria to a place, please complete the online booking form using the link below.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=_8XsNkcZBUCdDFgUlropG-FsSZC5KrVNlOaCdwqgOWJUNkJIQ1Y2SlAxNUNUNTNHS1VBNFFaT0ExNy4u

If your child is in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 but you are also a key worker or your child is entitled under one of the other eligibility criteria to a place, you are able to book a place for week beginning 1st June as school will not be re-opening until Monday 8th June and for Friday 12th and/or Friday 19th June 2020 if required to ‘normal school’ will not be open to the children on these two days at the moment.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=_8XsNkcZBUCdDFgUlropG-FsSZC5KrVNlOaCdwqgOWJUMk9OTjNEMjBLWDVUVzVaTFEySTJHS1RGTy4u

As we are welcoming back children from three year groups at the infant site from 8th June, the provision for all key worker children will now be based at our junior site from 8:50am – 3:15pm.  It will continue to be thematic and develop social, creative and life skills – the activities will be linked to the home learning plans that are sent home to all children each week.  There will be an emphasis on practical based activities and therefore pupils will not be required to wear school uniform.  Please ensure your child is dressed suitably both for comfort and practicality and come with a coat as there will be elements of outdoor learning.

In order for us to both plan and staff the provision over the next three weeks efficiently, we are asking you to confirm which days your child would like to access this provision.

Unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer before and after school club.  We are keeping this under review as we know it is a valuable provision for parents.

Please complete the online form which is applicable to you using the links above to indicate your requirements for key worker provision places as soon as you are able and by no later than 9:00am on Tuesday 26th May.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

                                                  

Mr L Chamberlain                              Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                                     Deputy Head Teacher

 


21st May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please click the following link for the School Nurse newsletter .

School Nurse Newsletter – May (6)

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18th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see the latest communication regarding updated information for the phased re-opening of School from Olton Primary : Phased Reopening of School Update – 18 May 2020

Thank you for your ongoing support and we hope you are are staying safe and healthy.

Yours sincerely,

Mr L Chamberlain  – Head Teacher       Mrs E Gray  – Deputy Head Teacher


15th May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please see the attached letter from Solihull Council.  SMBC Schools Letter To Parents

Regards

Yvonne Jones

Office Manager

Olton Primary School (Junior Site)

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15th May 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Free School Meal Vouchers

We have been informed by the Department for Education that the voucher scheme will not run over half term (week beginning 25th May) due to the scheme only being available during term time. Therefore, you will not receive any vouchers for that week.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Fiona Jordan

Assistant Head/English Lead/Year 6 Teacher


12th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Information Collection – Phased Re-opening of Schools

After the recent Government announcements in relation to a phased re-opening of schools to some year groups from 1st June, you may have some questions. Please find a link to the most up to date Government guidance which has been produced for parents to provide information in relation to some of the questions you may have.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

As schools, we are awaiting full clarification in relation to the necessary adjustments we need to make to the school environment and the provision we offer but in the meantime we want to begin preparing as much as possible.

You will likely have heard the Prime Minister indicate that the Government may be in a position to implement a phased re-opening, starting with pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. This is part of the a wider Government plan which they have said will remain under constant review.

In order for us to begin looking at staffing ratios, risk assessments and staggered start/finish times, it would be really helpful if you could complete a very short online survey in relation to your thoughts, having read the parent guidance attached, about sending your children back to school. If you have a child in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6, please can we ask you to complete the survey which should take you no more than a minute by 4:00 pm on Thursday 14th May. The link below will take you directly to the survey.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=_8XsNkcZBUCdDFgUlropG-FsSZC5KrVNlOaCdwqgOWJUMVlLQlZGS1RDN0JVSktaNEJYMkJPQllZNC4u

You should be able to complete the survey on any computer or mobile device. If you have more than one child in school, please complete the form for each child separately. If you are having difficulty in completing the online form, please contact the school office.

We are aware that everyone’s situation is unique and Olton Primary will respect and support the decision you take in the best interests of your child.

Please be assured that we are working hard to prepare for the possibility of a phased re-opening in order to protect everyone. Our priority is the safety of our school community.

As always, we will keep you informed of any developments and further guidance as these are received. However, for now, please try not to worry. We are continuing to provide our key worker provision as we have been since 23rd March and will continue to provide learning activities for the children to complete at home for all year groups.

For parents of children in Years 2 to 5, thank you for your patience. There has been an indication that the Government’s ambition is for all year groups in the Primary phase to have some time back in school before the Summer holidays. Again, as we receive further information in relation to this we will keep you updated.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we hope you are are staying safe and healthy.

Yours sincerely,

Mr L Chamberlain                           Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                                   Deputy Head Teacher


11th May 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

Good morning, we hope you are all well and keeping safe.

Following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement last night regarding the possibility of primary schools opening in a phased way, we anticipate that further guidance will be supplied from the DfE and also our local authority today.

Please be advised that we received the information at the same time as the nation and once we have received further DfE guidance, School Leaders and Governors will be able to confirm arrangements and plans about the phased re-opening at Olton Primary.  This will enable us to  keep pupils, staff and out families safe by adopting a sensible and well planned approach.

Current school arrangements will remain as they have been in previous weeks as guidance is currently unchanged and school is open primarily to key worker children.

Home learning will continue for pupils who are staying safe at home, we are so impressed by the way our pupils (and their families!) have continued to work hard from home.

We are all looking forward to Olton life returning to normal very soon and we will be in touch as soon as we have further information.

Thank you as ever for your overwhelming support.

Kind Regards

Mr Chamberlain and the team at Olton.

Mr L Chamberlain

Head Teacher

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Dear Parents/Carers

The Local Authority Community Educational Psychology team (CEPS) are offering family support via telephone consultation to parents. Please find attached a flyer detailing this service. Concerns which could be supported by this service might include:

·          How best to look after your own and/or your child’s mental and emotional well-being on a daily basis

·         How to talk with children about COVID-19 and their worries related to it

·         How to support children to engage with learning whilst at home

·         How best to maintain social connections whilst complying with social distancing

·         How to manage behaviour that can be challenging or difficult to manage

Please do make use of this service if you feel it would be beneficial for you and your family.

These services our Free of Charge.

I am also attaching some documents (see below) from Solar which provide useful information about managing anxiety and signpost you to a range of organisations which can offer support during these challenging times.

I hope you are all managing to stay safe and well.

Kind regards

Emma Gray

Deputy Headteacher

How to Manage Your Anxiety During Coronavirus Outbreak

CEPS Family Support Flyer

Parent Signposting Pack

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29th April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

The Free School Meals website distribution system is now up and running nationally and you should have received your vouchers via email. I know that there have been a few issues and delays with the website and they are aware of this and trying to address it as quickly as possible. If you haven’t received your email yet, please bear with the system as it can take a few days for the email to reach you. Also if you have experienced difficulty redeeming the vouchers, please bear with the system for the next few days as they are trying to resolve the issues.

Edenred (the website company running the scheme) have informed us of some important updates which are as follows:

  • The website has now been updated and so is running smoother, however due to high demand they are still experiencing some difficulties when parents are redeeming the codes which they are looking in to.
  • If you have any queries you can contact them on freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com. However, due to high volume of emails, they are stating that it can take a few days to get back to parents.
  • Aldi has now joined the scheme and has been added to the website, meaning that you can now choose to use the vouchers in this supermarket once you have selected it online.
  • Expiration date of all the vouchers (including historic ones) has been extended to 4 months to make sure all parents are able to use the vouchers.
  • Edenred has shared that the busiest times for them and so the longest waiting time for parents waiting to redeem the vouchers are: all day on Mondays (as this is the first day that the vouchers are sent out for the week) and 9am – 4pm on all other days during the week. I would suggest that when you are redeeming these vouchers, you try to avoid these peak times where possible.
  • Once the vouchers are redeemed, it can take up to an hour for the bar code to be sent to your email address, so please bear this in mind when considering where you are going to redeem the vouchers.

To also help parents, I have put together a guide of how to redeem the vouchers How to redeem FSM Vouchers which will hopefully help those who may be struggling to access the system.

If you have any further queries, please contact us and we will do our best to support you.

Yours sincerely,

Miss F Jordan

Assistant Head/English Lead/Year 6 Teacher

 


 

21st April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see the attached ‘Welcome to Summer Term’ letter  below and accompanying information.

Kind Regards

Mr L Chamberlain                Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                       Deputy Head Teacher


21st April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Summer Term

I hope you all had a restful Easter break and welcome to our very first remote summer term!

We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so we wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time.

We miss the children very much, but we must follow the government’s guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. So, we are sending home weekly home learning plans and offering provision in school for vulnerable children and children of critical workers. If your child is coming into school every day or for most of the week, we will be incorporating the activities from the home learning plan into their time at school so you don’t need to worry about doing extra activities when the children come home unless you choose to.

We love seeing the children’s fantastic learning at home – please keep sending pictures of their work to the teachers on Class Dojo.

It’s definitely been a strange and challenging time, so it’s ok if you and your child feel wobbly and worried at the moment we’re here to help. The Department for Education have provided some guidance for parents who are supporting their children with their learning at home.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-duringcoronavirus-covid-19

Remember, if you have any concerns about helping your child learn or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by contacting the school office by telephone or email or contacting the class teacher through Class Dojo. As well as support that can be provided through school, there are a number of organisations that can offer support and there are also some helpful sources of information. Attached with this letter is some information to enable parents to support their child’s well-being and some social medial guidance.

We can’t say yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, but rest assured that we’ll continue doing our utmost to keep your child learning and our school community connected. To support with this, class teachers will be making telephone contact with the children in their class over the coming weeks to let them know they are thinking of them and talking to them about any worries they have.

Yours sincerely,

Mr L Chamberlain  Head Teacher              Mrs E Gray  Deputy Head Teacher 

Useful Information for parents/carers:-

Supporting your child’s wellbeing         Child Safety Online


21st April 2020

Dear Year 4 Parents/Carers,

Royal Albert Hall in London – Wednesday 3rd June 2020

As you might have expected, the trip to the Royal Albert Hall in London will not take place on 3rd June 2020 due to coronavirus.

However, please note the trip is not cancelled just postponed until later in the year.  As soon as we know details we will let you know.  For now, keep safe.

Many thanks for your cooperation.

Kind regards

Mrs Priddey

Year 4 Class Teacher

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17 April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Free School Meal Vouchers

From Monday 20th April, those who are entitled to Free School Meal Vouchers should receive them. As this is a new system and many people will be accessing the vouchers, please be patient if these are not available straight away.

When you receive the voucher, please follow the instructions to select the store you wish to use it in. You will need to complete some security checks and this will then generate a code for you. For some stores, you can only use the vouchers in store (Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons or M & S food) so please check decide how you wish to spend the voucher (in store or online) before you select the store. Please note that the supermarket vouchers cannot be used to purchase age restricted products, such as cigarettes and alcohol.

As you have confirmed that you wish to receive a voucher, if your child attends school during this period of school closure, they will not be able to order a lunch through school so please provide them with a packed lunch.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs E Gray

Deputy Headteacher


9th April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Free School Meal Entitlement

Over the last week or so, we have been preparing for parents to receive the weekly £15 Government funded vouchers, if their child is eligible for Free School Meals. Through this process, it has highlighted that some families who may be entitled to Free Schools Meals may not have previously applied. This may be because your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 where they would have Universal Free School Meals because of their age.

Bearing this mind and the fact that the current situation with COVID-19 may have changed your circumstances, we are redistributing information about eligibility for FSM and how to apply.

The criteria for eligibility and the application form can be found online at: www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

In summary, your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

 Income Support

 income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

 income-related Employment and Support Allowance

 support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

 the guaranteed element of Pension Credit

 Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

 Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

 Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get) School receives regular updates from The Family Information Service at Solihull Council to notify us of any amendments to the list of children who are entitled to FSM. Once notified, we would be able to request the weekly £15 voucher to be sent to you, while the scheme continues to run.

If your child is eligible for FSM, the school will also receive some additional funding that can be used to enhance your child’s education.

If you are already entitled to Free School Meals and have already been contacted by school to confirm that you wish to receive vouchers by email, you do not need to take any further action.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope that you are all continuing to stay safe and healthy.

Yours Sincerely

Mr Leon Chamberlain Head Teacher

Mrs Emma Gray  Deputy Head Teacher

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April 2020

Dear Children and Parents,

We hope you are keeping well and are looking forward to Easter. We would like to invite you to send into the school office, photographs of your Easter gardens, Easter Bonnets decorated eggs and cakes that we traditionally create at Olton.

If you would like to submit a photograph via email to the school office, we will aim to tweet our favourites on the infant and junior Twitter sites on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

In submitting a photograph, you are giving permission that it is okay to be published on Twitter. Please state in your email whether the entry is for the infant or junior site. In line with our policy we will not tweet any names of children. Closing time for photographs is 12.00 on Thursday 9th April.

The weather looks to be good this weekend, so start baking, making and creating and we look forward to seeing your masterpieces.

Best wishes, Mr Chamberlain, Mrs Gray and the team at Olton

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24 March 2020


Dear Parents/Carers,

I wanted to reach out to you at this very challenging time.
Firstly, I would like to remind you that I am still available via email and telephone and would be more than happy to chat about any worries or questions you may have about how best to support your children and young people through this difficult time. There are many mindfulness and relaxation apps out there as well as CAMHS NHS, Young Minds and Childline who have lots of information and resources.

Secondly, I wanted to remind those of you with older children (Year 6 and up) that Kooth are still offering online counselling support. This is an excellent free resource. Please feel free to download their app. I have attached their email below.

I know that you will have received homework packs, but I am sure that staff and the senior leadership team will agree that this is a great opportunity while you are at home to take some time to… plant a few bulbs and seeds, build a bug hotel in the garden, bake, watch a movie, create an obstacle course in the garden, learn a magic trick, paint, draw, colour in, dance, build a den, play cards, dominoes or a board game, build with Lego, make mud pies, make maps and have a treasure hunt, star gaze under a blanket in the garden, create something from a cardboard box, dress up, bake bread or read together.
Our children pick up on our anxieties, so try to make this time together as stress free as possible.

Kind regards

J Watkins
Family Support Worker

Kooth.com – online support for young people
We would like to remind you of the availability of our online service to support the  wellbeing and resilience of your students. Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.

Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day.

When students register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards. All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated. To find out more visit www.Kooth.com where young people can register and others can find out more about the service. You can also view a short video about the service at: https://vimeo.com/318731977/a9f32c87de



24th March 2020

Dear Pupils,

This is a message sent from Solihull Council to share with you.

“Information for pupils – school closures due to coronavirus

There is a lot of information in the news about the coronavirus, so to help you understand a bit more about what is going on this Newsround article is really helpful: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51204456

The adults around you may not have all the answers yet, but it is important that you keep asking questions and talking to them if there is anything that you are worried or confused about.

One of the big things to change this week is that you may have heard about schools closing for a long time, at least 12 weeks according to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. This is to help slow down the coronavirus from spreading.

Most children will be expected to carry on their learning at home. Your school may have given you work to do, websites to look at or lessons to watch online.

Some of your friends will still be able to come into school. This is because their parents and carers have jobs that are really important to keeping everybody safe and healthy. We call these people key workers. As well as nurses, doctors and the police, it also includes parents and carers who need to go to work so that we have the food we need. If your parents or carers are teachers or work in a school, they may also need to go into school to teach and look after the other children so they are also key workers.

Schools are still safe places for children and adults to be.

Children who need a bit of extra help or support will also still be able to go into school. The adults in your school might visit some families to check that they are ok or they might telephone their parents.

Whether you are at home or coming into school, the teachers and other staff in your school will be thinking about you and doing all that they can to make sure that you can carry on your learning and stay safe and healthy over the next few weeks.

There is even more information on the Newsround website if want to know more, but make sure that you don’t spend all your time reading about the coronavirus. There are lots of things that you can do to keep yourself busy!”

A message from Mr Chamberlain – keep busy, keep smiling and keep checking class dojo as your teachers will message you each week. 

 Best wishes.

Mr L Chamberlain

Head Teacher

Olton Primary School


20th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

In addition to yesterday’s letter, we have since received further details from the Government regarding the definition of ‘key workers’ and the offer of child care places in a school setting for the coming weeks.

If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home from Monday 23rd March, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. It is important that schools remain safe places for children, but the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical workers by the government can send their children to school if required. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. The ‘key worker’ sectors defined by the Government as of 19th March:
 Health and social care – includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment
 Education and childcare – includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
 Key public services – includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
 Local and national government – only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
 Food and other necessary goods – includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
 Public safety and national security – includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
 Transport – includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
 Utilities, communication and financial services – includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors. To assist Olton and to inform the local authority, we need to urgently establish how many children this would be by 2pm today and whether as a key worker, you would like to take up the offer of your child attending a revised child care provision at Olton as you are unable to care for your child at home. If you have not replied to this email by 2pm or you do not fall within the key worker category, we shall assume that you have alternative provision in place for the care of your children. If you have already notified us that you require this service, you do not need to inform us again of this.

May I thank you for your continued support and we shall continue to use our usual means of communication to update you as soon as we can.

Best wishes,

Mr Leon Chamberlain  Head Teacher

Mrs Emma Gray  Deputy Head Teacher


19th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,
As you will be aware, all schools in England will be closed from Monday 23rd March.
Provision is being put into place for children of “key workers” to attend an educational setting within their locality.

Pupils with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) or those children who have an allocated social worker will also be allowed to attend school. To assist Olton and to inform the local authority, we need to urgently establish how many children this would be by 3pm today and whether as a key worker, you would like to take up the offer of your child attending an educational setting. If you have not replied to this email by 3pm or you do not fall within the key worker category, we shall assume that you have alternative provision in place for the care of your children.
Examples of Key workers taken from the DfE statement on 18th March 2020 include:
NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work.

A more complete list will be published later on today by the Cabinet Office which may include guidance where one parent is a key worker within the household.

May I thank you for your continued support and we shall continue to use our usual means of communication to update you as soon as we can.

Best wishes,

Mr Leon Chamberlain                      Mrs Emma Gray
Head Teacher                                   Deputy Head Teacher

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17th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
Re: Coronavirus Update 2
We are writing further to our letter and the latest announcements made by the Prime Minister yesterday.
Latest advice
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
 new continuous cough and/or
 high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Please be aware that our phone lines may be busy when you are calling to inform us of an absence. If you are unable to contact us by telephone, please email the school office.

Staffing
On both sites, we have members of staff with underlying health conditions. On medical advice, these are now self-isolating. This, alongside general staff absences all schools experience is presenting a significant challenge to us. Ideally, we will keep to our current class structure but may need to combine some classes. We will also be obliged to use supply staff (when we can access these, which again is proving increasingly difficult to do).

Communication
We are experiencing a high volume of calls and queries so please be aware that it may take us longer than normal to respond to general queries and concerns.

Day to day
As the next part of our risk assessment, starting tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March 2020)
 We will continue to send home any child displaying any of the symptoms highlighted by the government.
 Sadly, we will no longer be accepting parent helpers in school. We hope this will be a temporary measure. We would like to thank all the helpers who come into either school each week for all they have done to date.
 We will start to send learning home for those children staying at home.

Clearly this is a rapidly changing picture and the Prime Minister will be providing daily updates and guidance but please be assured that we are reviewing things very carefully each day in light of new information.

Thank you as ever for all of your support and consideration during this challenging time.
Yours sincerely
Mr Leon Chamberlain                     Mrs Emma Gray
Head Teacher                                   Deputy Head Teacher

 


16th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Coronavirus Update

There is so much information going around about the Coronavirus and we recognise that this can be both worrying and unsettling for parents and children.

As a school, we are following daily advice from the DfE regarding maintaining high standards of hygiene and strategies to manage any identified cases of the Coronavirus.

School Closure Whilst the Prime Minister has said that schools will not close at the moment, preparations are nonetheless well in advance should we be called upon to do so. Learning has been prepared for children to undertake at home. This learning uses a mixture of online and paper based resources. We are pleased that to support children’s learning, we already have several online options available for our pupils. These include Purple Mash to support English. Maths and wider projects, Bug Club to support Reading and Times Table Rockstars. Project based work to support the arts and wider interests will also be issued. In the event of a closure, staff with allocate tasks to pupils via these online portals and packs of work will be available for children who are not able to access online work.

Day to Day At Olton Primary, we have a staged process designed to keep everyone in our schools safe. A key part of this is hand washing, the use of hand sanitisers and disinfecting door handles and hand rails. Further to this, as of today, the following additional measures will be taken:

 Whole assemblies will be replaced by class assemblies (this will include Thursday Gold Book Assembly at the infants/Celebration Assembly at the Juniors being postponed until further notice).

 Planned parent workshops for KS1 SATs evening will postponed – (Information sent via Parent Mail instead)

 Planned parent workshops for PSHE will be postponed.

 Junior Easter disco postponed until the summer term – refunds will be given.

 Infant visit to Lyndon Church will not go ahead.

 EYFS Easter workshops/Nursery stay and play will be cancelled and we will look for an opportunity in the summer term to invite parents in.

The current advice from the Government is if a child or an adult has developed a persistent cough and a high temperature that they should self-isolate for 7 days. If this applies to your child, please email/ telephone the school office as per our usual procedures.

We hope that this update will reassure parents that we are doing all we can in what is a difficult and challenging time for everyone. We are keeping our plans under review so that we can respond to any changes in the situation both locally and nationally.

Yours sincerely,

Mr L Chamberlain  Head Teacher         Mrs E Gray  Deputy Headteacher