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 Bishop John Robinson C of E Primary School Thamesmead

Bishop John Robinson C of E Primary School Thamesmead

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Covid19 Information

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

Covid-19 Funding Allocation

We are working closely with the local authority and dicoese to ensure the most effective way of spending our additional and catch-up funding to provide the best opportunities for all children; both academically to fill any gaps in their learning and emotionally to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Our funding allocation is approximately £25,000, which has been allocated into the following streams:

1. Premises: this includes additional cleaning staff, materials and medical supplies to ensure our site and premises are cleaned thoroughly and that staff have access to relevant PPE etc. Through regular cleaning and planned deep-cleans, we have been able to reduce the risk of cross contamination in school, and therefore reduce the number of possible incidents resulting in bubble closures. Since September 2020, we have had 3 bubble closures, which were all preventative rather than reactive.

2. Free School Meals: we have used this money to subsidise lunches for children whose parents are close to, but do not currently meet, the requirements for the Pupil Premium Grant and free school meals offer. We were able to supplement the food parcels for families and extend this through the voucher scheme with Edenred.

3. Holiday food: during school closures and holidays, we have been able to provide food parcels for some of our families. We were able to provide considerable Christmas food parcels for many families, as well as 'top up' parcels for families during the February half term. We have applied for additional funding to expand this provision.

4. Additional cleaning: we currently have not had any positive cases of pupils with Covid-19 in school. Where pupils have shown symptoms, they have been isolated and cared for until parents / carers have been able to collect, after which the room used has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitised. 

We will continue to update this information as our expenditure changes.