I’d like to welcome all our children back to Kender School for the start of the new year and to wish all our families a very Happy New Year for 2022. I would also like to say thank you for all the many kind wishes and presents given by our families to staff at Kender. We are all really grateful for your generosity which is very much appreciated by us all.
New COVID rules
You will recall we emailed families earlier this week about changes to the way isolation periods are now working. Thank you all for taking the time to read our email and by way of a reminder:
We ask that parents please revert to wearing masks when onsite when you collect children in the afternoons and if you come into the school office unless you have a formal exemption from wearing one.
Illness, symptoms and testing
Please don’t bring your child to school if they are showing any of the symptoms of COVID, which are:
· A high temperature
· A new, continuous cough
· A loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste
Although the government has not updated guidance on the symptoms for the Omicron variant, we understand that the top five symptoms are:
· A runny nose
· Fatigue (mild or severe)
· Sore throat
If your child displays any of these symptoms, we will call you and ask that you collect your child urgently and take them for a PCR test. We will ask to see proof of the test results before your child can return to school.
Government guidance on the isolation period has now changed. If you or your child has tested positive, you can now take a lateral flow test on day 6 and day 7 of the isolation period. If you receive two negative test results, you are no longer required to self-isolate for 10 full days. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. If both tests are negative AND you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education or childcare setting from day 7.
On your child’s return, please can you bring your child to the school office with the two clear lateral flow tests, so we can record their return and check the dates through our system.
We had a very interesting training day on Wednesday regarding how we will be teaching Phonics and more information will follow in further newsletters.
If your child is born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, they will be eligible to start reception full-time in September 2022. The deadline to apply is 15 January 2022, and it’s really important that you apply in good time to ensure you have the best chance of getting the school of first choice. You can only apply online, and the website link is below:
We will be holding our final open morning for new parents at 09.15 on Wednesday 12 January 2022 to talk about the process. There’s no need to book but if you do attend, please can you wear a mask whilst onsite unless you are exempt.
Although our attendance this week has been very low at around 84% this week, I would like to take this opportunity to thank families for keeping sick children at home at this time, so we can reduce the risk of COVID transmission in our community. We are aiming to build this up over the coming weeks.
Dear mums, dads and carers
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year. We are all looking forward to seeing our children again on Thursday 6 January 2022. All staff have been trained on our new Phonics programme to support our children make even...
Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,
School Gates: thank you all for adapting to the new change of time with the opening of the school gates. The school should start properly at 9.00am, so each day we are closing the gates at 9.00am.
We are aware that at the end of the day the Briant Street...
Happy new year and good wishes to all our families @KenderSchool. We're very excited to see our children back tomorrow after the break! Please take the time to read our email which sets out important changes to how we are managing the Omicron variant.
Thank you for your support