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Gilmour Infant and Junior School - Childcare (Week beginning 29th June)

Thank you to all parents who have contacted us about childcare for key worker children, we are now in the process of contacting you. 

Please do not turn up to Gilmour Junior School without first having your place confirmed by the school. 

So we can make provision for childcare for Children of Key Workers, week beginning 29th June could you please email the admin office using the address below no later than Thursday 25th June. 

With the anticipated return of year 6 children, places may well be limited.

admin@gilmourjuniors.com 

To inform us of:

  • Which days of the week you are requesting that they attend

This will enable the school to plan staffing in advance. 

School meals - week beginning 22nd June - update 20th June

With the anticipated return of year 6 children on the 25th June school meals at Gilmour Junior will be a school packed lunch and from Thursday 25th June will be eaten in your child's classroom bubble. 

Will school be open over the summer holidays to support childcare for key workers and vulnerable children? Updated 15th June 2020

On Thursday 11th June Downing Street confirmed that schools will not be open over the summer holidays. 

Joint guidance for parents / carers accessing Gilmour Infant School and Gilmour Junior School - Childcare for Key Workers where there is no safe childcare alternative

 

In accordance with the decision taken by Liverpool City Council, on Monday 1st June Gilmour Infant School and Gilmour Junior School will open to the families of Key Workers and vulnerable children, if you were previously accessing a Safe Space Hub then the provision has now moved to Gilmour Infant School and Gilmour Junior School. Liverpool Schools are opening for childcare and only where there is no safe alternative. It is important for health reasons, numbers of children in school are kept to a minimum, if your child can be looked after safely at home, then this is the safest place for them. 

 

The health and wellbeing of our children, staff, parents and wider community is our primary concern, this includes mental health as well.  We understand that this is a worrying and unsettling time for parents and for children.  In preparation for the return of some of the children to the school we have put in place measures in accordance with the Government and LA guidance.  We will make use of outdoor spaces wherever possible and have increased cleaning rotas.  We aim to offer a supportive environment for our children at this difficult time. 

 

I have emailed the school to express an interest, what happens next?

The school (Gilmour Infants and Gilmour Juniors) will contact you before Monday 8th June. 

 

Who are Key Workers? 

The Key Worker list has not changed as the Director of Children’s Services Steve Reddy noted in his recent letter regarding the Liverpool Local Authority position. 

 

What do I need to bring to demonstrate that I am a Key Worker? 

As with the Liverpool Safe Space Hubs, you will need to show a letter from your employer that demonstrates that parents/carers are Key Workers and that there is no safe alternative. 

 

What times will school be open?

Gilmour Infant School – 8.55am – 3.15pm (Monday – Friday)

Gilmour Junior school – 8.55am – 3.20pm (Monday – Friday)

 

School Crossing Patrol: Updated 31.5.20

At the time of writing it is unlikely that the school crossing patrol (Lollipop lady / man) will be operating. If this changes we will let you know. 

 

Will Breakfast Club or After School Clubs be available?

No, there will not be any Breakfast Club or After School Clubs at either school. 

 

What are the symptoms of COVID19 Coronavirus? Updated 31.5.20

  • High temperature / fever (37.8 degrees) 

  • New continuous cough

  • Breathing difficulties 

  • Loss of sense of smell / taste

The above four symptoms are the only listed symptoms listed on the NHS site. Other reported symptoms include: 

  • Sore throat 

  • Headaches

  • Flu like aches and pains

  • Fatigue

  • Abdominal pains / diarrhoea 

  • Severe vomiting 

  • Rash - signs of toxic shock

  • Persistent chest pain or trouble breathing

  • New confusion 

  • Blue lips or face

The NHS also state that “Trust your instincts” with children - if you suspect a problem get in touch with the NHS via telephone on 111, or 999 for more serious issues.  

 

What should my child bring to school?

Please send your child to school with a clearly labelled water bottle. Water fountains will be switched off in school, water bottles can be filled during the day. For safety/hygiene reasons your child should not bring their book bag / school bag or equipment. 

Gilmour Juniors update: 31.5.20

Due to the hot weather  we would also ask that children bring suntan lotion, a cap / hat (They can also bring sunglasses if they wish.) 

If your child requires medication please send this into school as usual, it is important that your child takes this home at the end of each day. 

 

What will happen when my child arrives at Gilmour Junior School Hub? Updated 31.5.20

When your child first arrives we will check their temperature using a contactless thermometer, children with a high temperature (37.8 degrees) will not be admitted. We will also ask your child to use hand sanitiser before entering the building. For children with skin conditions or cuts on their hands that would make using hand sanitiser painful an adult will take your child to wash their hands separately. 

 

Can my child bring their own hand sanitiser? Updated 31.5.20

We have plenty of hand sanitiser in school but you are welcome to send some in with your child.

 

Will my child be with their class teacher and in their usual classroom? 

Not necessarily, the staffing and classrooms will change depending on need, numbers of children, availability of staff and ensuring safety for children and staff.

 

What should my child wear? Updated 31.5.30

Whilst the school is operating a childcare model your child should not wear a uniform. Please ensure that your child is wearing practical, clean clothes that would allow them to take part in a range of activities. Trainers are allowed. 

Gilmour Juniors update: 

The final report of the Independent SAGE Group “When should a school reopen?” under the heading “How can households with vulnerable adults protect themselves?” notes that ”...to reduce the risk of a child bringing coronavirus into a home with vulnerable adults, it is important that children have a shower and change their clothes when they return home. In addition, parents should ensure general hygiene and  to try to maintain social distance at home between children and vulnerable adults and keep rooms well ventilated. Families should also avoid sharing items such as towels.” (Page 15 - The Independent SAGE Report 3 “When Should a school reopen? Final Report” May 28th 2020. 

The report only discusses vulnerable adults and does not mention vulnerable children. 

 

Looking ahead: Gilmour Infants and Gilmour Juniors - Updated 31.5.20

There has not been a confirmed date when schools will open to more children. When more children do return they will be able to wear their own clothes also and will not need to wear Summer uniform. 

 

 

Does my child have to attend the Hub every day? 

No, your child should only attend around your work patterns.

 

Will lunch be provided for my child? 

Gilmour Infant School – As usual, all infant children are eligible for a free school meal which will be provided. Children may bring a packed lunch if preferred, this should be brought in a disposable bag. Depending on numbers, children may eat in the canteen or in a classroom.

 

Gilmour Junior School – As usual, dinner money is payable for junior children. Children may bring a packed lunch if preferred, this should be brought in a disposable bag. Depending on numbers, children may eat in the canteen or in a classroom.

 

Gilmour Juniors update: Updated 31.5.20

Whilst we are in the Childcare phase and whilst numbers allow, children will eat their lunch in the hall. Each child will be allocated a numbered desk which they will exclusively use for the duration.

 

Paying for school meals:

So that we keep everyone as safe as possible, the school will not be accepting cash payments and ask that all payments are through the school online system. 

 

How many parents can drop off / collect their child? 

Only one parent/carer to drop off and collect to aid social distancing and keep everybody as safe as possible. 

 

Can I collect my child earlier than 3.15pm /3.20 pm or drop them off later than 8.55 am? 

Yes, you can drop off and collect your child at any time to suit your work pattern. In order to have a school lunch children will need to be in school by 11:30am. 

 

Where should I drop off and collect my child? 

Social distancing must be observed at all times.

Children will not be admitted without an adult at both Gilmour Infants and Junior Schools.

Children will not be dismissed without an adult at Gilmour Infant School. 

Parents will be asked at drop off whether their child has permission to walk home at the end of the school day at Gilmour Junior School. 

Collection of your child may be delayed so we can ensure social distancing and try to keep everyone safe.  

 

At Gilmour Infants:

Drop off:

Line up starting at the gate in front of the school office. The line will work its way down Southbank Road in the direction towards Darby Road (this will avoid a queue outside any neighbours’ homes.) Tape will be tied to the railings at 2 metre intervals to support social distancing. On the first day this may take longer than usual as staff verify Key Worker letters and collect information. We thank you for your patience during this process. When the Hubs first opened, this process could take up to half an hour.

 

Pick up – As above. 

 

If you bring your child later on in the day or collect earlier, you should do this via the school office.

 

At Gilmour Juniors: 

Drop off: 

Parents are to wait with their children on Whitehedge Road starting at the main gate, safety tape will be tied to the railings at 2 metre intervals to support social distancing. At 8:55am we will start to admit children to school. On the first day this may take longer than usual as staff verify key worker letters and collect other information. We thank you for your patience during this process. When the Hubs first opened, this process could take up to half an hour for all parents to be registered. 

 

Collection: 

Parents should come to the school office and their child will be brought down to them, one parent will be admitted at a time to support social distancing. If your child has permission to walk home, they will be allowed to leave school from Duncombe Road entrance. 

 

What happens if my child is unwell? 

Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell. If we think your child is unwell we will isolate your child and then contact you to come and collect. If your child appears unwell at registration, your child will not be admitted. 

 

 

Emergency contacts: 

We understand that in some cases emergency contacts may be someone who is vulnerable or is socially shielding and so might be unable to collect your child in the case of an emergency. Please have three emergency contacts with you at registration, we will check your emergency contact form with you on your first day of registration. 

 

What happens if I would like to speak to a teacher? 

In order that we ensure social distancing as much possible, all communication will initially be through email to the school office: 

 

gilmour-ao@gilmoursouthbank.liverpool.sch.uk - Gilmour Infant School or phone: 0151 427 6306

 

admin@gilmourjuniors.com - Gilmour Junior School or phone 0151 427 4682

 

In order to reduce the possibility of infection, letters from home will not be accepted.

 

What will be expected of my child? 

Your child will be expected to follow the school’s behaviour policy in addition they: 

  • Will be expected to regularly wash their hands

  • Will be expected to socially distance (keep two metres apart from others) 

 

What will it be like in school for my child during this time?

  • Your child will be in a small group of no more than 12 children, the group will be mixed ages. 

  • Children in groups will have staggered play and lunch times.

  • Groups will not be able to mix with each other. 

  • Outdoor play equipment (For example The Adventure Play Areas (Gilmour Infants)  / Trim Trail (Gilmour Juniors) will not be in use. 

  • Your child will not be allowed to share equipment and will be provided with any equipment that they need (pencil cases etc should not be brought into school). 

  • Your child will have their own table. Group and pair work will not be possible. 

  • Your child will be supervised going to the bathroom. 

  • Hand hygiene throughout the day will be regular and supervised. 

 

Behaviour

Appendix A) Coronavirus appendix for behaviour has been added to the school behaviour policy and is available via the school website from Tuesday 26th May at 12pm.  

 

Director of Children's services letter to parents:

School Closure and Key Groups: Updated - Saturday 21st March

As you may be aware on Wednesday 18th March Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, announced that on Friday afternoon (20th March) schools, colleges and early years settings will close until further notice as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.

It was announced that school would remain open for children of Key Workers and vulnerable children including those children with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) for more guidance as to who is defined as a "Key Worker" see below.

The latest government scientific advice on the proportion of pupils that it is advisable to maintain direct support for, in order to maintain efforts to delay the spread of the virus, has been set by the government as a maximum of 20% of the school population. 

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

 

How will work be set for children who are to remain at home? Updated - Saturday 21st March

We realise that these are exceptional circumstances and we are unable to say how long school will be closed for. To support your child’s learning we will post activities on the class pages of the school website. These will be uploaded for the week with answers, where appropriate, published at the end of the week.

The school has also subscribed to:

TT Rockstars

Spellingshed

Frogplay

Details of how to access these sites have been sent home with your child or in the case of Frogplay are on the class pages of the school website.

Teachers will set work on these sites regularly and will monitor if children are accessing these. If we notice that your child hasn’t logged in for a while, we might give you a call just to check that everything is ok. There is a link to the Class Pages below: 

What happens if my child can't find their log in details or didn't bring them home?

If your child hasn't got their log in details simply fill in the form below giving your name, your child's name, your child's class and your child's date of birth and the site your child can't access - we will then send the details out to you. If you don't send all of these details, we won't be able to help.

Lost log in details

Who is defined as a Key Worker? Updated - Friday 20th March

The definition of "Key Workers" was released at a few minutes before midnight on Thursday 19th March. You can read the guidance to parents here: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers 

 

I am a critical worker or have a vulnerable child but I don’t want to send my child in to school or childcare, do I have to? Updated 20th March and taken from Government advice shared above:

Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.

For vulnerable children, your child’s social worker will work with you to assess the best option for your child.

Update on process of claiming your child's Free School Meal Voucher in the event of school closure: Updated 27th April 

If your child is registered as entitled to Free School Meals then as of 27th April you should receive a voucher via email. This voucher can be redeemed at Tesco and Asda but as of 27th April can also be redeemed at Aldi and McColls and Martin's stores.

Eligibility for government childcare offers protected - updated 6th May

The government has announced that any working parent usually eligible for 30 hours free childcare or Tax-Free Childcare will remain eligible if they fall below the minimum income requirement due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Subject to Parliamentary approval, parents who are critical workers will also remain eligible for these entitlements if their income has increased over the maximum threshold during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This temporary flexibility will ensure critical workers can continue to access the childcare they need to enable them to work. These arrangements will be reviewed over the summer.

This announcement can be found here:

Update on Statutory Testing 

 

The Secretary of State for Education announced yesterday, Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This means the following assessments planned between April and July 2020 are cancelled:

  • end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments (including tests and teacher assessment)
  • phonics screening check
  • multiplication tables check
  • science sampling tests
  • all statutory trialling 

Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice

As of 10 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated advice about travel to Italy. The FCO is currently advising:

  • against all but essential travel to Italy
  • against all travel to Hubei Province, in China
  • against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China
  • against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not currently advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of COVID-19.

The latest travel advice can be found here:

Government Hand washing campaign. 

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

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