School Closure: January 2021
Hethersett Woodside Primary and Nursery will be closed to the majority of children from Tuesday 5th January, until further notice.
Our Nursery remains open, in line with government guidance, but places are limited in accordance with our risk assessment. Any queries on this provision should be directed via the school office to Mrs Ingham, our EYFS Lead.
Other year groups are only open to those children considered vulnerable and families of critical workers. You can find out more information on who qualifies for vulnerable and critical worker status here. Queries relating to this provision should be directed via the school office to our Deputy Head, Mr Brereton.
Nursery: Postponed Opening of Additional Classes
Due to the pandemic, it has been agreed by the Governors of Hethersett Woodside to defer the opening of a second class in the afternoon in Willow Nursery until September 2021. This decision has been taken following the closure of the school and the pressures on staff to support our three year olds and children of mandatory school age during this current closure and reopening.
We are aware that there are families who are on our waiting list for provision. If spaces become available within our current provision these will be offered to the next families on our waiting list.
We will be holding open evenings either just before or during the Summer Term to discuss provision for September 2021. More information to follow.
Lateral Flow Home Testing of COVID-19: School Staff
In the week beginning 25th January 2021, Hethersett Woodside joins a national programme of school-staff testing. The initiative is optional for all our team but the majority will now be using home-testing kits, twice weekly.
Staff taking part will self-administer the tests twice a week. The purpose is to try and catch cases of the virus which are present in people who do not show any symptoms. In this way, we are introducing another layer of risk management designed to keep everyone safe.
You can find further information on the government’s strategy here.
Parents of those children who are currently attending school should be aware that this new initiative may cause some disruption to our ability to offer provision. Staff are being asked to carry out the tests between 18:00 and 20:00. In some instances, this will be the evening prior to their shift in school. In the event of a positive case or two void tests, staff will need to isolate and this may mean their bubble needs to close at short notice, if we cannot arrange appropriate cover. Of course, this is worst case scenario and we will make it a priority to inform you with as much notice as possible.
Symptoms and Isolation
You can find government guidance on the symptoms and isolation periods necessary here.
Before the closure of the school, we had established a series of measures to help stem the spread of the virus. The following documents outline these measures which have been helping keep our community safe. All the measures apply to those critical worker family and vulnerable children currently attending school, although the ‘bubbles’ are much smaller.
Parents can also find lots of key information about nurseries and schools here.
We will continue to follow the advice for PHE and central government and we will inform you of any changes, as they occur.