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COVID-19

STAY INFORMED 

It is more important than ever that families know what is going on.  Communication is a two-way process: school is responsible for providing effective communication and information; parents and carers are responsible for reading and following it.

Please read all emails sent out via Parentmail and look for information on the school website before calling the office.  Office staff, where possible, will be working from home; therefore, please email admin@whitegate.cheshire.sch.uk rather than telephone.  We cannot guarantee that the phone will be answered in times when the office is not staffed.

Is school a safe place for children?

Ongoing risk assessment, reviewed regularly since March 2020, mean schools are as safe as they can be within the context of their own communities. Schools mirror the rates in the community. 

VENTILATION

This clip from BBC Breakfast explains why ventilation is so important in the coming months. While it's less of a problem in the weather we are currently enjoying at this time of year the temperature can dip suddenly. It is really important children are dressed for the weather outside and wooly tights, leggins and joggers as well as vests and layers, will keep them warm when in class with more windows and doors open. We are asking teachers to have a minimum of two ventilation points to outside (e.g. an upper and lower window) as well as keeping external doors ajar. Staff will be wearing thermals and fleeces and we encourage everyone to wrap up in cold weather. 

ATTENDANCE

School attendance is mandatory. Home learning will be available for children isolating but not because they are choosing not to attend. While we are mindful of parents' and carers' anxieties, we have published our Risk Assessment below.  Please contact the Head teacher to discuss any individual worries.  Thank you.

PUNCTUALITY

We expect all children to arrive on time and ready to learn. This will be more important with staggered start times to reduce risk of spreading the virus.

The start of day is not only important for children's emotional well-being and settling into the busy school day, but it is a key time for learning. Children arriving late have a dis-regulated start to the day and this also impacts on the learning of others.  Children are embarrassed and insecure walking into class after lessons have started.

 

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