Covid-19 updates from Northway
Please visit this part of our website for regular updates regard Northway and our Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Planning.
8th March 2021
School re-opened to all pupils. Risk Assessment and Panning Document reviewed and uploaded to website. SLT met to review procedures following the first full day back.
7th and 8th January 2021
Read DfE Guidance and matched to our Risk Assessment and Planning Document.
Enhanced Cleaning system during the School
Uploaded refined Planning Document.
Staff Zoom following a successful week of Lockdown School and reviewed our Remote Learning Offer with pupils and parents.
5th January 2021
Risk Assessment and Planning Document updated and uploaded.
4th January 2021
On 4th January 2021, the Government announced the country would enter Tier 5 Lockdown, with Schools closing except for Critical Worker pupils and those considered vulnerable on site. Other pupils would be taught using Remote Learning. Northway conducted a survey to establish the needs of the community and to organise Critical Worker and Vulnerable provision.
From 6th January 2021, Northway will invite all Critical Worker and Vulnerable (including EHCP) children who requested a place. Staff will be organised to teach on site and to engage with remote learning, off site. This allows only required individuals to be in the building at one time.
Senior Leadership attended a Zoom Meeting on 5th January 2021 to discuss current Risk Assessment Planning and updated guidance.
14th December 2020
Updated School Risk Assessment and Planning document. Reviewed procedures and ensured latest guidance has been added.
Liverpool Lateral Flow Testing – still available. 6 permanent sites and other ‘pop up’ sites across the city.
Public Health Liverpool are recommending that families get tested on 23rd December to help with their Christmas plans and then to have another test after the New Year before returning to School.
23rd November 2020
The Army have been assisting with mass testing in Liverpool for the last couple of weeks. From reports given by members of staff and parents, this has been a very positive thing. The record was: waiting, testing and home within 6 minutes and the negative result (which is a positive thing!) within 20 minutes. Can’t say better than that!
Link for 20 minute Covid-Test for the Commuity: https://liverpool.gov.uk/communities-and-safety/emergency-planning/coronavirus/how-to-get-tested/symptom-free-testing/
6th November 2020
Notes from DfE (shared in our Newsletter)
- Well-being continues to be a priority.
- The Government will not be closing early years settings, schools, further education colleges or universities.
- Schools continue to remain open for children as they have since Autumn Term.
- It remains very important for children and young people to attend, to support their wellbeing and education and help working parents and guardians.
- Childcare or education is one of the exceptions that children, young people and parents and carers can leave their home for.
- Face Coverings for staff: There is no change to the existing position. It is not mandatory for staff and visitors to wear face coverings in Settings have the discretion to recommend the use of face coverings for adults on site, for both staff and visitors.
- Face Coverings for parents / carers: There is no change to the existing position. Face coverings should be worn by parents / carers when dropping off or collecting their children.
- Transport during lockdown: Journeys should only be made for education, childcare or work purposes. Staff, children and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle when travelling to and from school.
- Transport: If it is necessary to travel, settings are encouraged to walk where possible, and to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.
- Transport for Childminders: If it is necessary for a childminder to pick up or drop off a child at school and walking is not practical, then a private vehicle for single household use is preferable. Public transport should be minimised.
Visitors to Schools: Schools should restrict all visits to the setting to those that are absolutely necessary. This means suspending parent and carer visits, including new admissions, settling in children new to the setting and attending organised performances.
- Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable: Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow original shielding advice. Alder Hey have assessed the list of children who were considered clinically vulnerable in Liverpool. Those children whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable will be notified by letter / text / email. They will be advised not to attend childcare or nursery during the period this advice is in place.
- Out of school activities (including wraparound care) may continue to operate if their primary purpose is providing registered childcare or where they are offering other childcare activities where this is reasonably necessary to enable parents to work or search for work or undertake education. Northway Breakfast Club and After School Club will therefore be able to continue.
- After School: Breakfast and After School Wraparound Child care is YES, Extra-Curricular Sports Clubs is NO L. Booster classes after School – NO L
- Schools should continue to undertake risk assessments and implement the system of controls. If schools follow the guidance and maximise control measures, they can be confident they are managing risk effectively.
- Music, dance and drama can be undertaken in school so long as safety precautions are undertaken.
- Sport and Physical Education (PE): Competition between different schools should not take place, in line with the wider restrictions on grassroots sport.
- Sport and PE: Children should be kept in consistent groups and sports equipment thoroughly cleaned between each use by different individual groups.
- Sport and PE: Outdoor sports should be prioritised where possible and indoor spaces used where it is not, maximising natural ventilation flows. Active Miles and break times should enable children to be physically active whilst maintaining physical distancing.
- Sport and PE: Schools can work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular activities where they are satisfied it is safe to do so.
- School Swimming is able to continue following the Risk Assessment and Planning carried out by Liverpool City Council.
- Where schools are offering extra-curricular activities they should only do so where it is reasonably necessary to support parents to work, search for work or complete education.
- The Prime Minister and Education Secretary have been clear that exams will go ahead next summer.
Reviewed Risk Assessment.
Completed Covid-procedures Fire Drill with whole school.
Year 2 Windsor Bubble (including select children from a smaller phonics group) to self-isolate for 14 days, retuning to school on 14th October 2020. Full clean of school, with specific clean for potential higher risk areas. DfE, SPOC and parents all informed. Risk Assessment and Planning Document protocols used throughout. Reviewed procedures and found to be effective.
Risk Assessment updated following LCC v3
18th Sept 2020
Risk Assessment updated to reflect use of adult face coverings and After School provision.
15th Sept 2020
Essential use of face coverings
Dear Head teacher,
Levels of COVID-19 in Liverpool are high and increasing every day – we need to take urgent action.
It is now essential that parents and carers in Liverpool wear face coverings when collecting and dropping off their children at school. All school staff should role model best practice by also wearing a face covering if supervising during collection or drop off. Those who refuse or cannot wear face coverings should maintain social distancing of at least 2m from children and other parents/ carers.
We thank you in advance for ensuring greater levels of safety in your school and our communities.
Director of Public Health
14th Sept update
We have had many parents thanking us for suggesting the use of face coverings at each school gate. We would politely request that parents wear a face covering whilst queuing to drop / collect children to protect themselves. School is a ‘safe as is possible’ environment for children and staff, but the streets around school are outside of our main Bubble. Once you have collected your child(ren), we also thank you for moving further down the street to give other parents the space they need.
With thanks, Northway
11th Sept 2020 update
COVID-19 Public Health Liverpool update
Dear parents, ALERT: We have seen a significant increase in COVID-19 positive cases this week in Liverpool. We need your help and ask that your child limits group contact with friends over the weekend. When out and about your whole family should stay at least 2 metres away from anyone not from your household, wash hands often and wear face coverings when appropriate. Thank you for your support.
For further information visit: https://liverpoolexpress.co.uk/message-to-schools/ Sue Cumming | Public Health
Sue Cumming | Public Health
8th Sept 2020 update
Team Northway Family – thank you for the positive comments once again, departures from Friday have been so much better and yesterday, we were down to just over 10 minutes from beginning to end. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance ‘working together’ to achieve a safe and timely exit for our children.
Following a Zoom Meeting with LCC and Public Health (Liverpool) today, there is now a recommendation that parents wear a face covering when collecting their children at the gate. This helps to protect you as you line up, even in a socially distanced setting. We would like to encourage all parents to wear a face covering, as you would do if queuing to enter a supermarket. Thank you
Y3/Y4 Friday update
Thank you for your patience this week and so many positive comments to help solve our departure teething issues. Year 3 and Year 4 will be waiting on the playground at strategic locations from 3.10pm so they are ready for their 3.20pm departure. This should help make the process a lot quicker. PLEASE remember to line up along Waldgrave Road to help with departures. This really helps with getting the children out safely and helps parents with social distancing. We understand your frustraitions and are working hard to get it right. Staff only have your child’s best interest at heart, as I know you do.
SEPTEMBER update (27th August 2020)
I hope you have had a great summer and found time to re-energise together as a family. I’m sure after the uncertainty of the past few months, the thought of September comes with a little relief but also quite a few questions. Throughout the summer, we have worked hard at Northway to convert our site from the ‘Summer Bubble’ to the ‘Autumn Term Bubble’. I am so pleased to say the information we shared in July has not changed and is still current and relevant.
Liverpool Headteachers met via Zoom on today (Thursday) to discuss any updated guidance provided from the Government. The message is still the same that it is the right time for all children and all staff to return to School to ensure the mental health and wellbeing of the children, together with High Quality Education. All pupils and staff are expected back full time in School following the summer break and from September, attendance is statutory once more. On Tuesday 1st September, staff return for INSET where procedures, handover information and catch-up curriculum planning will be the main focus. Then on Wednesday 2nd September, we will be absolutely thrilled to receive each pupil back on site.
Northway will look a little different but at the same time, we have worked hard to ensure that although covid-19 compliant, our child friendly, communication friendly and school of sanctuary environment has been maintained as much as is possible.
From September, Northway will still function as a bubble with both inter-bubbles and micro-bubbles. Class Bubbles (micro-Bubbles) can now return to normal sizes and having inter-bubbles allows pupils to engage with their peers in other Bubbles. The important action is consistency –
children only mixing within a constant group. The illustration we shared in July hopefully helped you to visualise our wider Northway Bubble.
Children will remain in their micro-Bubbles where social distancing is less important but when engaging within their. inter-Bubble, social distancing will be encouraged. The Government has recognised that younger children may find social distancing more of a challenge which led to modified guidance.
Classroom Bubbles will look a little different in September as children are required to sit in rows, facing the same direction. Children and staff are unable to sit or communicate with each other face to face to mitigate against spreading the virus.
Children are able to bring a hat, coat, books, stationary and bags into School once again, as well as a lunch box if they wish to have packed lunches. Hot dinners will continue to be served by Chef Jobin and eaten within the classroom.
Unfortunately guidance still does not allow parents onto the school site without an appointment.
Visitors will also be kept to a minimum and managed according to the new guidance when they arrive.
Children have all been allocated an Inter-Bubble Gate to enter and exit from and staff will be on hand to guide children. Please see photograph below.
Arrive by… Enter by…
Year 5 and Year 6 Northway Main Office Entrance Gate Side door by Junior stairs
Nursery Northway Main Office Entrance Gate Nursery Gate
Year 1 and Year 2 Northway Gate (opposite shops) Infant Classroom doors on Playground
Reception Northway Gate (opposite shops) Walk through Allotment into new EFYS zone
Year 3 and Year 4 Waldgrave Gate Walk through playground into Y3/4 door
Children in KS1 (R/Y1/Y2) will finish school at 3.10pm and children in KS2 (Y3/4/5/6) will leave at 3.20pm. This will allow extra ease if collecting children from different gates. Each Inter-Bubble will have their own walkie-talkie linked to a dedicated Inter-Bubble channel. Gate staff will radio to teachers who will then send children to the correct gate. This may be a little slower than we hope on the first day, but from past experience should speed up as the week progresses. Staff will be on the gate to ensure each child is safely handed over to the correct parent.
Any new Year 6 pupil who is allowed to walk home on their own should bring a letter from his/her parent and they will be able to leave at 3.20pm. Only children with a letter will be able to depart independently of their parent / carer.
The designated gate for each year group will open at 8.45am and will close at 9am. Punctuality is even more important and we appreciate your support in this. In the afternoon, gates will open at 3.10pm and 3.20pm.
Please park respectfully (not on ZigZags) to allow all families and their children to arrive / depart safety.
The Government guidance requires all children to wash their hands:
- as they arrive,
- if they go on a break,
- when changing rooms,
- before and after eating
- before leaving the school.
Children will also be encouraged to follow ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ when sneezing. Please have a chat with your child/ren so they understand the importance of these requirements.
Toilets at Northway are all cubicles which helps greatly to maintain a safe distance and protective bubble.
Toilet breaks are timetabled and 2m markings are in place in case of a queue. Staff are aware of children will additional toilet needs.
If a pupil becomes unwell or has a minor accident during the day, they will be given first aid with staff using appropriate PPE as stated in the guidance. Children showing symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend Northway and any pupils showing symptoms during the day will be asked to go home with their parents / carer and to be tested at one of the many testing stations. September is the start of flu and cold season so keeping up to date with coronavirus symptoms is important. As ever, we will deal with FACTS at Northway and that is why testing and complying with test and trace is an essential procedure. Any pupil reporting absence due to Covid symptoms will be requested to ring for a test.
Excellent behaviour, as always, is essential whilst in the Northway Bubble. The Northway Code will still be followed. All children will be expected to maintain social distancing as far as is possible and follow our new procedures. We want to ensure a safe as is practicable environment and failing to follow the Northway Code will endanger other children and adults in School and risk their health and safety. We are unable to accept this
Residential trips are still not able to take place during the autumn term, although non-overnight domestic educational visits can take place. We are in talks once again with Colomendy regarding rearranging the former Year 4 residential trip for the second time.
We are pleased to inform you that wrap around care is also now possible and we are finalising how Breakfast and After School Club will work. A letter will be sent out during our first week back to explain the procedures. We plan to begin wrap around clubs during Week 2.
The most important task for Northway is to take into consideration the Recovery Curriculum and the SEMH needs of our learners. We want our children to return confidently and to thrive as quickly as possible. During Tuesday’s INSET a lot of discussion will take place to ensure a full hand-over is completed between previous and new teachers. Having a teacher and/or Teaching Assistant moving up with each cohort already brings essential intel (academic and most importantly pastoral) to assist in bringing that success: all learners, all valued, all achieving, all the time…despite the Covid-19 hiatus.
THANK YOU once again for your support throughout these strange times. We are really looking forward to finally getting the Northway Family all back in School in September. Despite all the guidance and regulations within this new-norm…Northway – we’ve got this!
Keep smiling and most importantly, be ready to shine even more this September!
We have been working through the Government (DfE) guidance that states what we can and cannot do for September. As you can imagine, translating the guidance into the real school context is no easy feat but I am very pleased to say we have the plan!
The main theme within the guidance, is that in September, it is the right time for all children and all staff to return to School to ensure the mental health and wellbeing of the children, together with High Quality Education. From September, attendance is statutory once more. The Government also stipulates that the wearing of school uniform is highly recommended. We will therefore welcome children back at 8.50am in their full uniform.
In September, Northway will still function as a bubble with both inter bubbles and micro bubbles. Class Bubbles (micro-Bubbles) can now return to normal sizes and having inter-bubbles allows pupils to engage with their peers in other Bubbles. The important action is consistency – children only mixing with a constant group. The illustration here should help visualise our wider Northway Bubble.
Children will remain in their micro-Bubbles where social distancing is less important but when engaging within their inter-Bubble, social distancing will be encouraged. The Government has recognised that younger children may find social distancing more of a challenge which led to the guidance.
Micro-Bubble Each individual class
Inter Bubble 1 Nursery and Reception
Inter Bubble 2 Year 1 and Year 2
Inter Bubble 3 Year 3 and Year 4
Inter Bubble 4 Year 5 and Year 6
Classroom Bubbles will look a little different in September as children are required to sit in rows, facing the same direction. Children and staff are unable to sit or communicate with each other face to face to mitigate against spreading the virus.
Children will be able to bring a hat, coat, books, stationary and bags into School once again, as well as a lunch box if they wish to have packed lunches. Hot dinners will continue to be served by Chef Jobin.
Unfortunately guidance still does not allow parents onto the school site without an appointment. Children will be allocated an Inter-Bubble Gate to enter and exit from and staff will be on hand to guide children. Visitors will be kept to a minimum and managed according to the new guidance when they arrive.
Government guidance requires children to wash their hands as they arrive, if they go on a break, when changing rooms, before and after eating and before leaving the school. Children will also be encouraged to follow ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’.
Residential trips are not able to take place during the autumn term, although non-overnight domestic educational visits can take place.
Wrap around care is also possible in September and we are working out how we can re-start Breakfast and After School Club. As soon as we have the information it will be shared. An APP Survey will be sent out today.
UPDATE: 25th June 2020
Dear Parents / Carers,
Re: Wider opening of Northway Bubbles
Thank you for your quick response, sharing your wishes for your child through our ParentApp. Using the app helped to collate the information quickly and sort through the many responses. It has helped us greatly to plan for the Health and Safety of all our pupils and staff at a time when things change by the day. It has truly been a unique experience, with Government changes being announced in the media, and then working quickly to apply LA guidance to Northway.
The Governing Board of Northway met via Zoom for the third time during Lockdown to agree our latest Risk Assessment and Planning Document. Version 5 builds on the success of the Hub Model and most recently, the Northway Bubble Model. Over the past four weeks we have trialled the Wider Bubble and Inter-Bubble strategy as we welcomed back more of the children of Key Workers. New entrances, a one-way system, independent Bubbles and resources, 2m zones, regular handwashing and many other procedures have all become part of this new normal.
Following the updated guidance from the LA and DfE, we announced that we were now able to upscale and invite more pupils back to Northway. The Governors, as explained in our last communication, agreed to follow the Government directive, with priority being given to: Key Worker Families, pupils in Y6, Y1, Reception and Nursery and if capacity, to move to other year groups. The LA further instructed us on Tuesday to prioritise Year 6, Year 1, Reception and Nursery before upscaling further. We were able to accommodate most of the requests via ParentApp and telephone calls for these year groups and have carried out table top exercises to plan to accommodate more.
Our school capacity is linked to the square metreage of our classrooms and the number of full time staff available to work to protect each Bubble. We really want to have the whole community back together but when you apply the 2m social distancing alongside the number of staff available and parental choice, we realised it was not fully possible. We can now open 10 Bubbles from Monday 29th June 2020. Parents have already been notified if their child has a place. We will not be able to accept any pupils who did not apply or did not receive a confirmation message – for this we apologise.
Procedures on Monday 29th June 2020
- Children should attend School from Monday 29th and attend all week, as this protects the integrity of the Bubble. Children are not able to attend two childcare settings.
- Each classroom has been re-designed into an Inter-Bubble. Children have been placed into a Bubble with children from their Year group and in some cases their closest year group. They may or may not have their own Class Teacher / Teaching Assistant, as we have had to designate available staff across all Inter-Bubbles. One Bubble will not mix with another, to protect its integrity. Desks are still placed 2m apart for children in Year 1- Y6, as per guidance and 2m markings are in place for children in Nursery and Reception. The number of pupils in each room will depend on the measurements of the classroom.
- Toilets at Northway are all cubicles which helps greatly to maintain a safe distance and protective bubble. Toilet breaks are timetabled and 2m markings are in place in case of a queue.
- Washing hands has become part of the day at Northway. We even have a great KT Tunstall song to accompany key hand washing times!
- The designated gate for each year group will open at 8.45am and will close at 9.10am. Punctuality is even more important and we appreciate your support in this. Please also park respectfully (not on ZigZags) to allow all families and their children to arrive / depart safety.
- Parents are unfortunately still unable to enter the School site, to maintain the wider Northway Bubble. Pupils, when dropped off at the gate, will be guided by staff to ensure they reach their Bubble door.
- Keyworker children, Reception and Year 1 please use WALDGRAVE ROAD Gate. Nursery, Year 6 and their siblings, please use NORTHWAY (Office/Main) Gate.
- We realise that on the first couple of days, arrival and departures may take longer than usual but from our experience with the Bubbles, it does get quicker and slicker. Please be patient and most importantly, keep to the 2m social distancing markers for your own safety and the safety of the neighbouring residents.
- Registration will take place as children enter the building to speed up the process.
- Departure: Staff will be using walkie-talkies to radio for children to meet parents at the gate to be collected. This proved successful during ‘Bubble’ weeks 1-4 and ensured a safe handover. To help speed the process, please only one parent per child at each gate. (Two parents, one per gate is fine).
Nursery children can be collected from 11.45pm-12pm. They will leave from WALDGRAVE ROAD Gate.
All other children (except Y6) will leave using the WALDGRAVE ROAD Gate from 2.45pm.
Year 6 will depart from NORTHWAY (Office/Main) Gate from 3pm. This should give parents time to go between the two gates where necessary.
- Any Year 6 pupil who is usually allowed to walk home on their own should bring a letter from his/her parent on the first day and they will be able to leave by 3.20pm. Only children with a letter will be able to depart independently of their parent / carer.
- During arrival and departure times, no cars or visitors will be permitted through the Northway Gate.
- Whenever possible, children should not be dropped off late or collected early, unless it is an emergency. A telephone call to the school office would be appreciated.
- No equipment can be brought into School from home, to protect the Bubble. Where possible, please leave coats at home too (unless bad weather). All equipment will be provided.
- Our Catering Team are providing a cooked meal. Children who are entitled to a Free School Meal will receive this free of charge, as will Infants under Universal Infant Free School Meal. The Government have instructed that Free School Meal Vouchers will not be issued to children accessing School. Other pupils are able to eat at a subsided cost of £1 that can be paid via ParentPay to reduce cash handling in the School Office. For this, children also receive snacks during the day. We are unable to pass any food or bags to each Bubble during the school day via the Office.
- Water is provided in School for the children.
- If a pupil becomes unwell or has a minor accident during the day, they will be given first aid with staff using appropriate PPE as stated in the guidance. Children showing symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend Northway and any pupils showing symptoms during the day will be asked to go home with their parents / carer and self-isolate as a family.
- If the weather remains glorious…please apply sun cream before attending school. Lots of our Bubble education can take place outdoors if the weather is with us.
Excellent behaviour is essential whilst in the Bubbles. The Northway Code is still followed. All children will be expected to maintain social distancing as far as is possible. During these times failing to follow the Northway Code will endanger other children and adults in School and risk their health and safety. We are unable to accept this.
I apologise for so much information in one letter! You will I’m sure realise there is a constant flow of information from London to Liverpool City Council and then on to individual schools. Once Monday happens, it will become second nature and part of the new normal.
I also hope to share information about September very soon. I know the Central Team are preparing notes to share with schools about the scenarios for September. As soon as I have more information, I will send it across.
Finally, teachers are currently preparing a short summary report for this very different year. You will receive this via email/SeeSaw by the end of this academic year and more details will follow very soon.
THANK YOU once again for your support throughout these strange time. You are amazing. Keep safe, keep smiling and most importantly, keep shining.
MJ Hargreaves and Team Northway
Northway Proposed Re-opening from 1 June
Northway Primary and Nursery School will open on 1st June, following the guidance given by Liverpool City Council. During Week 1 and Week 2 school will be open for children of Keyworkers, with priority given to those who have already been accessing the Liverpool Hubs. If the science and Health and Safety suggest it is appropriate, Year 6 will then be invited to return – once again dependant on parental choice.
Following a ParentApp survey we have created a list of children we are expecting and have created ‘inner-bubbles’ within School. It is important to note that this is not normal School. Children will be following the Home Learning Curriculum set on SeeSaw and will take part in a PE/Sport Activity and Creative Curriculum Project – the same as children learning from home. They will not necessarily have their own teacher or be in their own classroom as we have had to carry out a stringent risk assessment.
Children who attend Northway are required to attend for the full week to protect the bubble and inter-bubbles within School.
Children should wear their non-uniform as we want them to be comfortable and be able to take part in PE as well as classroom learning. It is also advised that clothes are washed each night and therefore doing this with school uniform would create a challenge for parents.
Only equipment provided in school within each bubble can be used – no equipment from home should be brought in.
Children should be dropped off at WALDGRAVE ROAD GATE, using the social distance markings. Unfortunately no parents are allowed on site during this new ‘bubble’ school. There are also markings on the pathway leading to the main school entrance if parents need to speak to Admin / Senior Leaders. Children will be dismissed at Waldgrave Road Gate at 3.20pm.
The School Office should only be visited in emergencies – please use the telephone for all enquiries.
Lunches will be cooked on site. If you require a Free School Meal it will be provided and paid for through FSM. If you do not receive Free School Meals, Week 1 and Week 2 will be paid for by School and then following this meals will be charged at the reduced rate of £1 per child (usually £2).
Thank you for your support over the past few weeks – Northway has stuck together and this ‘togetherness’ will take us through to a bright future.
Half Term Childcare:
Please click the link to access information from Liverpool City Council: https://liverpool.gov.uk/childcarehubs
Information from the Hub Lead: St Oswald’s
Families should use any of the 50 Hubs that are located around the city. Please select one that is most suited to your geographic location (home or where you will be working). Please also note if you have an adult at home EVEN IF YOU ARE A KEY WORKER your child must stay at home.
Message for Parents:
School is now closed and will not reopen until further notice. The St Oswald’s buildings have been identified as a safe Hub for emergency childcare for front line key workers. Children from other schools will be arriving to access this safe space as well as some of our own.
I urge all of you to try and be as inventive as possible with your child care arrangements, ONLY those children whose parents have no other option should access the hub. Having lots of children together is not ideal and also has risk associated with it. The Hub will not operate as a school, it is not about learning it is essential child care, the staff from Broadgreen Primary, Northway Primary and St Oswald’s will be working to ensure the children are occupied and supervised. Your child may not be with their own familiar staff and may be in different parts of the building. The situation will be reviewed daily and I will keep you updated as we work through this crisis.
Please check the criteria carefully to ensure that you qualify as a key worker. If you have an adult at home even if you are a key worker your child must stay at home.
If you qualify for a place in a hub we are open on Monday 23rd March from 9am to 4pm prompt.
If you are planning to bring your child/ren to us please understand and be prepared for the following:
– when you arrive at school for the first time you will be required to complete a registration form which includes contact details, emergency contacts, medical info, allergies, dietary info, SEND needs etc. If your child currently attends St Oswald’s you will still be required to complete a form. BE AWARE THIS COULD TAKE TIME ON MONDAY.
· Your child needs to come in their own clothes with suitable coats to go outside.
· Children are not permitted to bring any electronic equipment or mobile phones.
· On Monday 23rd all children who attend will get a free hot meal. Following this parents can pay for a hot lunch; information to follow from the Hub.
· Your child will be in a childcare environment, they will be playing games, doing craft activities, being outside etc. This is not an educational environment.
· Your child needs to follow and respond to the Hub’s behaviour guidance; as it would be in the school they are currently enrolled in. The setting has the right to refuse entry to any child who does not follow the expectations of the Hub.
· Parents will be asked to wait in designated collection areas when dropping off and collecting from the Hub to ensure the health of the staff.
· Any child who is unwell will be sent home as quickly as possible.
WE HAVE A SET NUMBER OF CHILDREN WE CAN ACCEPT ON A DAILY BASIS. IF WE ARE FULL YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE NEAREST LOCAL HUB SCHOOL.
We will be receiving an update from the Local Authority on a daily basis in response to local and national guidance. This will be updated on OUR WEBSITE
There are 50 HUBS across the City, you can use the one which is best for you.
Below are links to national guidance and advice:
Closure of educational setting guidance for parents https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
Liverpool City Council website updates https://www.liverpool.gov.uk/communities-and-safety/emergency-planning/coronavirus/
Support for families who are entitled to free school meals https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-set-out-to-support-pupils-eligible-for-free-school-meals
If you feel unwell you are encouraged you use the following NHS website rather than ringing 111 straight away http://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
I am not anticipating problems but please be aware that we will not accept any unacceptable behaviour. This is a national crisis and we have been requested to respond to this; remember we are all in this together!
Thanking you in anticipation
Information regarding Liverpool Hubs during closure
Information from LCC regarding Key Worker Children’s Hubs
AROUND 50 hubs to look after primary age children of key workers in Liverpool will open on Monday 23 March.
It follows the Government’s decision to close schools later today until further notice, as part of the response to coronavirus.
The strategically located school sites are only for primary age pupils whose parents are key workers and have no other safe childcare available to them, and will initially be open from 9am until 4pm.
Parents of primary school children who are eligible are asked to take their child to the nearest site which is convenient for them on Monday, where there will be staff available to receive them.
There will be no provision for secondary school pupils, but secondary schools are identifying vulnerable children and will be proactively contacting those parents directly to see if they need any support.
The list of key workers is:
· Social workers, care workers, health and social care staff and those required to maintain the sector
· Teachers, specialist education professionals and nursery staff
· Staff essential to the operation of the justice system
· Staff involved in the management of the deceased
· Administrative staff in local government essential to the delivery of the COVID-19 response
· Staff delivering essential public services such as payment of benefits
· Staff involved in the distribution of food or other key goods
· Police and police support staff
· Fire and rescue staff and support staff
· Transport workers
· Utilities workers
· Probation staff
· IT staff necessary to support COVID-19 response
· Payment providers
· Waste disposal service presumably including refuse collection
In addition, other workers described include:
· Armed forces personnel
· MoD civilian staff and contractors
· National Crime Agency
· Border security
· National security staff
· Religions and charity staff
· Journalists and broadcasters
The list of hubs is:
· Arnot St Mary, Arnot Street, L4
· All Saint’s Catholic Primary, Oakfield, Anfield
· Anfield Road Primary School, Anfield Road, Anfield
· Banks Road Primary, Banks Road, Garston
· Barlows Primary School, Barlows Lane, Fazakerley
· The Beacon Church of England Primary, Heyworth Street, Everton
· Blackmoor Park Infants, Leyfield Road, L12
· Dovedale Primary, Herondale Road, L18
· Fazakerley Primary, Formosa Drive, L10
· Faith Primary School, Prince Edwin Street, L5
· Florence Melly Primary, Bushey Road, L4
· Greenbank Primary School, Mossley Avenue , L18
· Holy Cross Primary, Fontenoy Street, L3
· Holy Name Catholic Primary, Mosspits Lane, Fazakerley
· Hunts Cross Primary School, Kingsthorne Road, L25
· Kensington Community Primary School, Brae Street
· Kingsley Community School, Eversley Street
· Liverpool College, Queens Drive, L18
· Matthew Arnold Primary School, Dingle Lane, Dingle
· Mosspits Lane Primary School, Mosspits Lane, Wavertree
· Middlefield Community Primary, Alder Wood Avenue, Speke
· Monksdown Primary School, Monksdown Road, Norris Green
· Norman Pannell School, Brownbill Bank, L27
· Northcote Community Primary, Cavendish Drive, Walton
· Our Lady & St Philomena’s Catholic Primary School, Sparrowhall Road, L9
· Our Lady and St Swithin’s Catholic Primary, Parkstile Lane, L11
· Phoenix Primary School, Birchfield Road, L7
· Pleasant Street Community Primary, Pleasant Street, L3
· Rice Lane Primary, Brockenhurst Road, L9
· Rudston Primary School, Rudston Road, L16
· Sacred Heart Catholic School, Hall Lane, Kensington
· Springwood Heath Primary, Danefield Road, Allerton
· Sudley Junior School, Aigburth Road, L17
· St Ambrose Primary School, Alderfield Road, L24
· St Christopher’s Catholic Primary, Tarbock Road, L24
· St Nicholas Catholic Primary School, Orthes Street, L3
· St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School, Montague Road, Old Swan
· St Teresa of Lisieux Catholic Primary School, Uttington Avenue East, L11
· St John’s Catholic Primary, Fountains Road, Kirkdale
· St Margaret’s Anfield CE Primary, Lower Breck Road, Anfield
· St Paul & St. Timothy’s Infant School, South Parkside Drive, L12
· St Paul’s Catholic Junior School, Spring Grove, L12
· St Sebastian’s Catholic Primary School, Holly Road, Fairfield
· Stockton Wood Primary, All Saints Road, Speke
· Wavertree Church of England Primary, Rose Villas, L15
· Windsor Primary School, Upper Hill Street, L8
· Woolton Primary School, Out Lane L25
· Our Lady of Assumption, Hedgefield Road, Belle Vale
· St Hugh’s Primary School, Earle Road, L7
· Our Lady Immaculate Primary School, Northumberland Terrace, L5
In addition, children’s centres will be open for parents of children on free school meals to collect vouchers which can be redeemed in store or online at ASDA. Those in self-isolation can phone their centre to arrange for the vouchers to be delivered.
The list of hubs is available at www.liverpool.gov.uk/coronavirus