COVID-19: Key Information

Hethersett Woodside is Fully Open

Hethersett Woodside Primary and Nursery continues to be open for all children. 

We remain adaptive to changing circumstances and committed to working with Public Health England (PHE) if cases cause concern or challenges in school. Therefore, contingency measures are in place to flexibly ‘step up’ and ‘step down’ measures as necessary. 

All families can play their part by following the recommended guidance around isolation.

Latest Guidance

There have been many recent changes to the national guidance, with legal requirements around isolation now removed. You can find up-to-date guidance here

Despite the changes, we do ask that families only send their children in when they are well. This is the most effective way of ensuring that we limit the spread of any infectious disease. It will keep everyone safe and limit disruption to education. 

In the event of positive cases of COVID-19, it is still advised that you stay at home and limit contact with others. 

Visitors

We are still welcoming visitors to the school and we look forward to introducing more face-to-face events over the coming term. 

Learning at Home

In the event of School Closure

It is a national priority to keep schools open for face-to-face education, where it is safe to do so. If we do need to fully or partially close, it will likely be as a result of challenges with staffing. If this happens, teaching will go online as part of our remote learning offer. This will be directed by your child’s class teacher and facilitated through one of our adopted online learning platforms: 

  • EYFS: Tapestry
  • KS1&2: Google Classroom

The nature of the remote learning offer will differ slightly depending on the age of the children but there will be an interactive mix of live teaching and monitored activities throughout the day. 

As soon as it is safe to do so, we will make it a priority to resume face-to-face teaching as soon as possible. 

In the event of Isolation

If the school is open but your child needs to self-isolate, there are home learning options available depending on how well they are. 

We emailed all parents and guardians at the beginning of the year with the email addresses of their children’s class teacher. If you think your child is well enough, please feel welcome to get in touch directly and your child’s class teacher will do their best to post activities via the online learning platform. 

You can also find out about what your child is currently learning via the curriculum letters on the Classes page and there are also lots of resources available on our Home Learning page, if you would like to tailor the learning around your child and your own household commitments. 

Illness

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/.

If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

Reducing the Spread

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

  • Get vaccinated. Everyone aged 18 and over can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments now 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
  • 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
  • Meet people outside and avoid crowded areas
  • Open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
  • Wear a face covering if aged 11 and over when it’s hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places
  • Participate in twice weekly LFD testing following national guidelines (recommended for 11 years and over). We encourage you to log your results here: https://www.gov.uk/log-test-site-covid19-results

 Further Information

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

Hethersett Woodside Primary and Nursery School
Coachmaker Way, Hethersett, Norwich NR9 3GN

Headteacher: Mr Jem Brereton

Email: office@hethersettwoodside.norfolk.sch.uk • Tel: 01603 810674