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29th March 2021

Easter Contact Tracing

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Please see the information from the DfE regarding what you are required to do regarding contact tracing during the Easter holidays:

 

For the purposes of contact tracing, parents/carers need only inform the education setting of a positive case if the symptoms develop within 2 days of being in their education setting or they have tested positive with a lateral flow device (LFD) test (and will subsequently need to book a confirmatory PCR test). You are asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in their education setting. If symptoms develop after 2 days, they do not need to inform the setting.

Where pupils test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) during the holidays using an LFD test more than 2 days since being in an education setting, they will only need to inform their education setting if they will still be self-isolating when settings return. Staff, students, parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

Regards,

The Tweeddale Team

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Please see the information from the DfE regarding what you are required to do regarding contact tracing during the Easter holidays:

 

For the purposes of contact tracing, parents/carers need only inform the education setting of a positive case if the symptoms develop within 2 days of being in their education setting or they have tested positive with a lateral flow device (LFD) test (and will subsequently need to book a confirmatory PCR test). You are asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in their education setting. If symptoms develop after 2 days, they do not need to inform the setting.

Where pupils test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) during the holidays using an LFD test more than 2 days since being in an education setting, they will only need to inform their education setting if they will still be self-isolating when settings return. Staff, students, parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

Regards,

The Tweeddale Team

 

25th March 2021

Easter Break Up Times

Break up for Easter times as follows on Wednesday 31st March;
Air-1.50PM
Earth-2.00pm
Fire-2.10pm
Water-2.20pm

 

25th March 2021

Social Media

Dear Parents/Carers,

 
It has come to my attention that there are certain children who are using social media to target other members of this school with what can only be described as unsavoury and unacceptable messages. This is being done via social media apps, outside of school hours, that have age limits above those that are allowable for any child in this school.  
 
I will not go into graphic detail about the messages but they involve the use of foul language, threatening behaviour and cover topics wholly unacceptable for children of primary age. They could, and have, resulted in extreme distress for those targeted with these messages.
 
I have made the children acutely aware of the consequences of their actions online (of which they are reminded of regularly as part of the school curriculum) and would appreciate if you could reiterate the message at home. The police take this seriously (particularly considering the topics touched upon in these messages) and as a school our advice to any parent who has a child receiving these messages, is to contact the police.
 
I have also been made aware that this has been spilling over into school. Therefore, I have made the children aware that if any child uses foul language or their behaviour is in any way prejudicial towards another child, they will subject to the most stringent consequences. I would also appreciate your support ensuring they understand the seriousness of these consequences.
 
Lastly, I would ask that you monitor your child's use of social media and ensure you check their phones regularly to ensure they are not engaging in, or are a victim of, this behaviour. As I said previously, many of these apps are not appropriate for Y6 pupils and actually have legal age limits above that of a Y6 child. 
 
I would urge you to remove your child from these apps immediately.
 
I appreciate your support in advance.
 
Andy Powell - Deputy Headteacher

9th March 2021

Tweeddale World Book Day

Due to the current circumstances, we missed the chance to celebrate World Book Day as a whole school on Thursday March 4th 2021. Therefore, we are going to be celebrating our own Tweeddale World Book Day which will be held next Thursday March 18th 2021. There will be a number of book-related activities in school on the day. Also, children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book characters, as is the tradition for WBD.

In the next few days, please look out for vouchers that will entitle children to purchase a book for free (using the £1 voucher).

The list of which can be found on the WBD website here:   https://www.worldbookday.com/books/ .

Alternatively, the voucher could be used to get a £1 discount on books not listed on the above website, but only in participating shops. Most large supermarkets and bookshops take part in WBD so look out for the WBD branding when purchasing.

4th March 2021

Monday 8th March 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We look forward to welcoming you and your children back to Tweeddale on Monday 8th March 2021. The organisation of the day to day running of the school will mirror that of the Autumn Term 2020 (pre Christmas).

 

Details of the return are listed below:

 

  1. Pupils will be organised in class bubbles.
  2. Staggered start/finish times for school will be in place (apart from Nursery) based on the house system - Air: 08:40 - 14:50, Earth: 08:50 - 15:00, Fire: 09:00 - 15:10, Water: 09:10 - 15:20. You will only be allowed onto the playground a maximum of five minutes before your given time. Please do not arrive early expecting to be let into the playground as you will be asked to wait outside the school gates. This is to ensure social distancing is maintained on school premises. When waiting on Tweeddale Rd, please maintain social distancing measures. 
  3. During drop-off/collection, adults must wear a mask at all times whilst on school premises.
  4. Please ensure you are on time for drop-off and collection as you will still be marked as 'late' if you are five minutes beyond your given start/finish time.
  5. Pupils must return to school wearing the correct school uniform. We understand there may be some extenuating circumstances due to non-essential shops being closed, but you must provide a valid reason for incorrect uniform being worn (clothing only). If a child does not have school shoes, you must ensure their plimsolls are in school and these will be worn inside the building. Their trainers can be worn at break and lunchtimes. Only permitted earrings will be acceptable. Please check the uniform policy for what constitutes acceptable uniform.
  6. Children should wear their PE kits on the days they have PE. Please check the uniform policy for what constitutes acceptable PE kit.
  7. Lunchtimes will be staggered in order to avoid any mixing of bubbles.
  8. All staff will wear face coverings in communal areas of the school.
  9. No primary age children are required to wear a face covering in school.
  10. Children are not to bring bags to school: all materials will be provided. Only a lunchbox (if packed lunch) and water bottle are needed.
  11. At this point in time school clubs will not be running. We are hoping to begin clubs again in some form from the beginning of the Summer Term.
  12. The updated Covid-19 risk assessment will be updated and available on the school website from the end of tomorrow.

We thank you for your support in advance and look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

 

Regards,

 

The Tweeddale Team