COVID-19 UPDATE - SCHOOL CLOSURE AND PHASED RETURN

We would like to say a massive thank you to all the Children, Parents, Carers, Staff, Volunteers and Governors of Bellefield School for coming together in this time of crisis. The school is strange place without everyone in it but the team are rallying together and ensuring we can provide a safe place for the children who need our care. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all of those at home and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

PHASED RETURN - As you will be aware, the Government are providing guidance in respect of the potential phased re-opening of schools from 1st June 2020.  Initially this is for pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 along with the children of key-workers and most vulnerable. We are currently in the planning stages and are making full assessments to ensure a safe environment for all individuals in school as well as considering those who will need to continue working online at home. Any important information in respect of this will be sent through ParentMail. Please see the following link designed specifically for parents. We hope this will answer some of your questions and alleviate some of your concerns. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

If your child is returning to school, please see the Guide for Parents prepared by Wiltshire Council to aid your child's return. There is also a guide for Returning to Early Years Settings.



Please keep checking the website regularly for updates on home learning in the Curriculum section of the website. Home learning work will be set by Teachers weekly through Tapestry/SeeSaw, with the work being uploaded by Monday evening at the latest. We know these are difficult times and your health and well-being are of greatest importance. Some of you will be working from home and trying to juggle lots of different things so these activities can be completed throughout the week at a time that best suits you and your family. The COVID19 Advice document below from Wiltshire Council offers some great advice and suggestions for home learning.

The most recent correspondence from school can be found here - Newsletter 22 May 2020
Stay in touch with school through the PTA - BPTA Spring Newsletter 2020!
Please see an important letter from Mrs Bennett re: your child's mental health by clicking HERE
Wiltshire Council are now producing a weekly newsletter - the final newsletter can be found HERE
If you need to contact the school nurse, please see HERE for the relevant contact details. 
The University of Oxford is conducting an online survey on how parents are coping during COVID-19. More information can be found HERE.

Parents, carers and others looking after children across Wiltshire are being advised not to let worries about coronavirus delay them from seeking medical help. Please see HERE for a letter for more information. 

COVID19 Advice Please use this link for Wiltshire County guidance in respect of looking after your children and yourself. 

Social media advice for parents and guardians

Many children and young people are using social media platforms to keep in touch with friends. However, with increased time online comes increase risk, so it is important we talk to children and young people to ensure they know the risks online, and where to go for help and support when needed.
There are two documents attached to raise awareness of the issues and offer advice- please click HERE and HERE.

For those children entitled to Free School Meals, please check ParentMail for communications sent out in respect of your vouchers. Please contact the School Office on 01225 753530 if you have any issues. Please note that these vouchers are for low income family children eligible for Free School Meals, this is different to Universal Free School Meals which entitles all children up to Year 2 to school dinners. 

In line with Government advice the school will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 to all children except those who have parents who classify as key workers or to children who have a high level of vulnerability. Please click HERE for a copy of the letter sent to parents and carers on 19th March 2020.  Wiltshire Council guidance for sending vulnerable children can be found HERE.

Please see below for the latest Government advice:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

During the school closure and periods of self-isolation, the school will be providing guidance on what your children can be learning from home. Please enter the full website and select 'Curriculum' from the top window bar and choose the appropriate class. 

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