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School Closure due to Coronavirus

Unfortunately, school has had to close due to government advice about the Coronavirus outbreak. The reason the government has issued this advice is to try and halt the spread of the virus. 

Two of our schools will remain open for vulnerable children and children of key workers. More information about these categories can be found here. If you have not done so already, and you/your child falls into one of these categories and you would like to access the provision, please complete this form and then contact the school using the email below.  We will then get in touch as soon as possible to discuss the provision we can offer.  However, guidance states that if you can keep your children safe at home then it is highly recommended that you do so.

This is a difficult time for all of us and we fully understand that you may have concerns surrounding your children’s education during the period at which school is closed. In order to try and address your concerns, we have provided some useful links to websites that children can access from home to support their learning.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. Should you have any questions or would like to contact a member of staff during the period of school closure, please email schoolclosure@hifield.bham.sch.uk and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

You can find some more information about Coronavirus in the links below:

nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

youtube.com/watch?v=FJrpfmnOnpc

Free School Meals during closure - COVID19

Parents: Please complete the survey here to request a daily packed lunch as part of the Free School Meals service (if you are eligible).  

As of the 20th March 2020, we are asking that you complete this as soon as possible.  Then, from the week commencing Monday 23rd March, we will re-launch the survey on a weekly basis to enable eligible families to join the scheme or leave the scheme as needed throughout the period of school closure.

Thank you for your ongoing support at this difficult time.

URGENT: Key Worker Parents - School Closure (Covid-19)

Following on from the government's announcements of national school closures, can all parents who believe themselves to fall into the 'key worker' bracket please complete this online survey.

This should only take around 2 minutes and will really help us to arrange appropriate provision for key worker's children. Senior leaders will meet on Thursday to review responses and plan for this provision.

Thank you for your support at this time.  We really appreciate it.

Coronavirus - Further Information

Dear Parents and Carers,

In light of the ongoing concerns regarding Coronavirus, I am writing to update you on the measures we are taking at Highfield Junior and Infant School to ensure the ongoing health and safety of the children, staff and wider community.

As a school we are following the advice from the government and from our Multi-Academy Trust (PACT). Therefore, following careful consideration, I wanted to inform you that:

  • School swimming lessons for Years 3 and Year 4 are postponed until further notice;
  • All Sports competitions will be cancelled up until Easter – further information will be shared after Easter
  • After-school clubs to continue – parents will be informed if this changes
  • The planned parents evening on Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th will be postponed and rescheduled – a date will be shared once confirmed
  • Our Mothers’ Day brunch and performance on Friday the 20th will be cancelled
  • The Easter bonnet parade and decorate an egg competition are both cancelled
  • All children are washing their hands at regular intervals throughout the day
  • Regular cleaning of the school is taking place with a focus on touch points – door handles, work tops, tables etc

Whilst current advice from the government is that schools will remain open, we are nevertheless preparing in case schools are closed. If this guidance is to change, we will inform all parents immediately.

The current guidance on 111 online for self-isolation is that if your child has a fever, temperature or persistent cough you should remain at home until 7 days after your symptoms started and let school know immediately.  After 7 days, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature, your child can return to school. The cough may go on for some weeks in some people, even though the coronavirus infection has cleared.

A cough by itself does not mean you have to stay at home for more than 7 days.

If you do not get better after 7 days use the 111 online assessment service again before you leave your home or let visitors in. Please do keep the school updated on any medical diagnosis of the virus.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. A. Knibbs
Head of School

Coronavirus Information

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are receiving regular advice and updates as a school regarding Coronavirus.

Here is a really useful poster/guide which we have received.

We are sharing it with you to raise awareness of steps being taken in school but also steps you can take at home to help keep germs at bay. The department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Please also remember that if you have recently visited any other countries outside of the UK, to check online for any relevant steps or precautions you may need to take.

You can find the latest information on COVID-19 by visiting https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Thank you in advance for your support with this.
Head of School.

Partial School Closure w/c 24/02/2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Over the course of half term, a large amount of site work and checks have been carried out. As part of the site checks undertaken, an issue with the heating has been identified which has meant that certain areas of the school have been left without any heating whatsoever. This work has to be completed as a matter of urgency, therefore, we are left with no choice but to close school to years 3, 4 and 5 for the entire week commencing Monday 24th February.

Reception, Years 1, 2 and 6 will all be expected to be in school.

School will reopen for Years 3, 4 and 5 on Monday 2nd March.

I apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Knibbs.
Head of School.