Today’s message (Thursday 11 February 2021)

Thursday 11 February 2021

There are three parts to today’s message. It starts with an important reminder…

This week in one of our Sphere schools, we had a positive case of Covid-19 reported and we had to burst a bubble.

Please do keep vigilant to the three main symptoms:

  • 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

If your child is coming to school just now, please don’t send them to school with any hint of the symptoms listed here.

Tuesday was Safer internet Day 2021. Of course, we need to be supporting our children to stay safe online all the time, not just one day in the year. Over the past couple of weeks, Mrs Weekes, our Safeguarding Lead, has presented short guides to online safety. Her third message looks at how you can give your child independence but know that they are safe…

At the minute, it’s really important to be open about coronavirus; if you don’t talk about it, your child might try and find out themselves and read inappropriate pages, believe scare stories, or simply catastrophize in their own heads. Watch Newsround together and talk about how you feel. There’s a lot of guidance from Childline that may help with this.

There are too many key principles to list but remember human behaviour is the same online as it is offline.  Remind your child to:

  • be a good friend
  • ask for help if they’re worried or if someone is mean
  • not to get undressed on camera
  • always ask for help or tell someone

As adults, we’re often expected to have all the answers but in reality we don’t. If you’re unsure about anything or concerned, please contact school – we’ll be able to help or direct you to someone who can help.

Let your child be independent but make sure you’re in control so that you know they’re safe, happy and healthy.

Recently, governors and school leaders have reviewed Our Positive Relationships Policy and the Governors’ Statement of Behavioural Principles, making only minor changes to both.

Our Positive Relationships Policy (other schools might have a Behaviour Management Policy) describes our rules; the positive and negative consequences we use; and the roles, rights and responsibilities for all parties (including pupils and parents / carers). The policy also includes our Anti-Bullying Policy and the actions we take in the rare event there’s a serious incident, including exclusion.

The Governors’ Statement of Behavioural Principles is a document required by the Department for Education. It sets out what governors expect to see included in the Positive Relationships Policy.

Do let us know your views.