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Letter to parents from the Public Health of England

Headteacher Newsletter - July 2020

Newsletter September 2020





Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you and your family are all well and staying safe.  I would like to begin by once again thanking you for your on-going support through these unprecedented  times. Feedback from the teachers has highlighted the excellent improvement with engagement with on line learning. Thank you for your hard work with the support you have provided for your children, and we have truly valued hearing from you in the weekly survey.

As we head  in to the end of the summer term, it really is a strange feeling  not having all the children here at school and completing the usual end of term events. The children who have been attending have been having a fantastic time and have really enjoyed the various learning activities and have settled in well with the new routines that we have put into place to keep everyone safe. Please have a look at our social media to see what has been going on and watch out very soon for a video of a day in the life at Gainsborough under the current circumstances. Some pictures are also overleaf.

We do have some spaces still available at school in our bubbles, so please speak to your child’s class teacher or contact the school  on 07753 221 674 or 02074763533  if you would like your child to return back to school.

The Prime Minister has stated that ALL children will be going back to school in September and we are looking forward to welcoming them all back. We are still awaiting government guidance on what this will look like for September and I can reassure you that we will follow all of the health and safety advice (as we have been doing).

In preparation for next year, we would like to see all children face-to-face for a short time in the last week of term. We are planning this very carefully and will of course have social distancing and be following a strict health and safety plan. You will soon receive an invite for an allocated day/time to bring your child into the school for just 1 hour where they can see their friends (at a distance) and meet their new teacher for next year.

We are also in the planning stage for  inviting all the current year 6 children back into school to have an end of school event where they will receive their end of year gifts. As I said earlier, it really is a strange feeling for the end of the school year and not what I had in mind for the end of my first year as headteacher.

I will be in touch soon with more information regarding September opening and I hope your children can make the  planned events in the final week of term.


Please take care, thank you for all your support and stay safe,


Lisa Christall




We hope you are all keeping well and taking care of yourselves and your families.  Thank you for all you are doing.

Our aim during this time is the safety and well-being of our children and staff. In addition to this, we recognise and recommend the need for continuity, routine, and structure for parents and carers and children.

We would ask all parents and carers to take the time to read the information below, so that as a community we support our children over the coming weeks.  We know this may be a repeat of information you have had before.

We all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has asked parents and carers to keep their children at home, wherever possible, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 

Gainsborough will remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend from Monday 23rd March.  You will have been contacted by senior leaders in our school, if:  

  1. Your child is vulnerable or needs specialist support and has an educational healthcare plan
  2. As a parent or carer, your employer has identified you as a key worker

All other children will be expected to stay at home and we will be putting work onto our website for children to complete next week. This will be under the tab of Our Learners, then you will need to click on your child's class name. Some information regarding work and tasks to complete has been shared already. 

We know childcare may be difficult during this time, however, you should not use grandparents, friends or family members over the age of 70 or with underlying health conditions to look after your child. This is to ensure you do not put anyone at risk of catching the virus.

Parents and carers should also do everything they can to ensure children are limiting face-to-face contact with friends and family, as well as ensuring that everyone regularly washes their hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds.  

If your child is in receipt of Free School Meals, the universal free lunch offer from the council, we will be providing packed lunches for you to collect from the school on Monday 23rd March. Further details will be shared with you regarding this. However, these arrangements may change from Tuesday onwards. As soon as this decision is made, you will be notified and advised further on the provision of Free School Meals.

We will continue to keep you updated as things change and will provide some information on various support available to you that you may find useful over the coming months. We will also provide a list of organisations that can offer support during this time.

These are exceptional circumstances and very difficult times for so many people. Please be assured that we remain committed to supporting children and care deeply about our school community. Now, more than ever, your support is needed and appreciated.

18th March 2020


Thank you so much for all you are doing. We know these are difficult times and the way you have all pulled together and supported each other is really helping our community. A government announcement was made that from Friday 20th March schools will be closed. We will be providing learning for your child to complete at home. Teachers and staff will do what they can to keep in contact with your child whilst the government directed closure remains in force. 

We are waiting for advice from the government about how to provide Free School Meals during this period. As soon as we have information about how Free School Meals are to be provided we will let you know. National Tests and Examinations have been cancelled and the government is working to enable children to get what they need to go onto the next stage of their education so they are not disadvantaged.

Schools must stay open for children of front line workers and those that are vulnerable. We are planning for how this will happen in our schools and will provide more information at the end of the day on Thursday 19th March or earlier if this is possible. As ever please ask any questions and we thank you again for all your support.

Department for Education

The government is monitoring Coronavirus and taking action at home and abroad. The risk to individuals remains low.

Please share the guidance below with your staff and cascade as appropriate.

Please display the updated posters in relevant public spaces:

·        https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5e35b25740f0b609169cb52a/coronavirus-public-info-poster-2.pdf

·        https://app.box.com/s/iyfkaswybscd22gpdlx21tt4eb52n3ju

Advice to those who have travelled recently

Public Health England has changed the advice for individuals who have travelled recently as follows:

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

·        stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu

·        call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

·        Elsewhere in China

·        Thailand

·        Japan

·        Republic of Korea

·        Hong Kong

·        Taiwan

·        Singapore

·        Malaysia

·        Macau

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

·        stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu

·        call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Encouraging good hygiene

As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:

·        always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.

·        wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

·        avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

·        avoid close contact with people who are unwell.


Latest information

Updates on Coronavirus:

·        https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

·        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Public Health England blog:

·        https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Uniform letter September 2019