Castleford Park Junior Academy
Dear parents and carers,
We will continue to update this page to let you know how we will organise school to reduce the impact of the pandemic. If you have a question that has not been answered, please do message your class teacher through Bloomz, or alternatively call the school office if it is urgent. Please be advised that school must remain flexible in light of Government guidance, which may mean we have to make changes quickly. We will work hard to communicate this in advance where we can.
We welcome all pupils back to school with normal opening and closing times in place – school will begin at 8:55 and will finish at 15:05.
The gates will not open before 8:40 as the playground is not supervised until this time.
We would still ask all parents to be mindful of social distancing in order to protect the most vulnerable members of our community.
Here is our online learning offer for children who are self-isolating to access:
https://parentsafe.lgfl.net/ The link here will help you keep your child safe whilst they are working, or playing online.
Please see answers to some of the questions you may have. We will update this section periodically as parent queries arise.
It is important to note that your child no longer needs to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus, or with someone in their household who has had coronavirus. They only need to self-isolate if they develop symptoms, or have a positive lateral flow test. A PCR test should then be taken to confirm this.
Some parents might be eligible for a one-off £500 payment if they have been contacted by test and trace and have to self isolate; or if they have to take time off from work to look after a child who has been affected by a bubble closure. More information is available here
We will expect all parents to follow this simple code of conduct in order to keep our whole community as safe as possible:
Information is included here about quarantine after return from amber list countries: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england
General rules for travel: Red, amber, green lists: check the rules for travel to England from abroad – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Here is the presentation that we continue to use to remind pupils of our health and safety expectations. All teachers will use and adapt it to ensure that it is appropriate for all the children in their class to understand:
We will continue to monitor symptoms that could be linked to coronavirus really carefully and will send children home if they have any of the identified systems. We expect parent co-operation with this, to help keep everyone safe. If your child has one of these symptoms as the day starts, we would expect you to keep them at home:
A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
The latest ‘Stay at Home Guidance’ from the Government can be found here
Guidance on getting tested can be found here
Testing and tracing website can be accessed here
The risk assessment below is our Summer risk assessment. It will be replaced with our new one once it has been approved by our Trustees. All staff are working to our new draft risk assessment. The main changes to it are outlined in our first letter of the term.