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Update from Mrs Drage 11.01.21


Dear Parent/Carer,


As you are now aware, a staff member has transmitted COVID 19.  This means, the staff member is now self-isolating, whilst doing their best to continue teaching the children.  The staff member is being supported from other staff members. Due to this situation and others like it, the children might have different staff members supporting them or teaching them. I would advise that this could be an ongoing situation and that any class should expect support from other staff members at different times, as I am assuming that I will need to continue juggling staff, for one reason or another. 


Due to the staff member contracting COVID 19, another staff member has had to self-isolate for 10 days, which will take us up until the 15th January.  Fortunately, no children have been in contact with the staff member so we have not had to close any EduCare bubbles.  However, as I always try to keep you as up to date as possible with the situation at school, I feel that I need to share the following.  At present, I have 2 teachers self-isolating and 3 TAs, this equates to approximately 1/3 of the staff at school.  Due to all staff members needing to teach their own classes, whether that be online or at home, staff shortages could mean that I might, at some point, have to close EduCare bubbles for a short time.  I am very aware that this would have implications on families and employers.  I can assure you that I will only take this action, if I have no other option.  The care and education of the children at St Budeaux Foundation School is extremely important to all of us and we will always do all we can to support the children and their families as much as is humanly possible.  


I look forward to a time when COVID19 is a distant thought and life has moved on but for now, we just need to get on with things as best we can.


Take care everyone,


Cathy Drage

UPDATE 05/01/21


Good evening everyone,


I am so sorry that we are here again!  I was really hoping, and I know the staff were, that we would not be back in this position again.  


As I explained in my Facebook post, we have done it once, we can do it again! 


Due to the announcement this evening by the government, and not being given time to organise ourselves, the school will not be able to take any children tomorrow.  This time will need to be used to organise ourselves, to ensure that we can best support the children and families in our care.  I really appreciate your understanding with the situation and am sure you understand that we now have to make huge changes to ensure that the children are educated both in school and at home.  



From Wednesday, Educare will be in place for key worker children (whilst their parents are at work) and vulnerable children (full time).  If you require this provision, you will need to email the school, NO LATER than 12:00 - midday tomorrow (05.01.2021).  You will need to book the children in until the following Friday (15.01.2021).  You will then be expected, on a weekly basis, to update the school by email, by 12:00 - noon, every Thursday for the following week.  


Online learning

I will be meeting with staff members tomorrow and we will be putting together a timetable for children to access their online learning but more importantly how we are going to organise online lessons.  The work and lessons will be accessed the same way as the homework.  This was put in place so that the children had the skills in place, for such an occasion as another lockdown. I am aware that some children share laptops, tablets and phones to carry out their work.  We therefore need to ensure, as best we can, that live teaching is at different times to give everyone the chance to access them.  This, I have to say, is a bit of a minefield but I am sure that we will organise something that works for most. 


Computer Equipment

The school does have equipment ready to send out to children, if they do not have access to any at home.  This is to ensure that they can access the online learning, which they have been accessing for their homework.  If you need this help, please email the school and we will organise some help for you.  I beg that you do ask for help should you need it, as I know that Google Classroom will be the best way forward for the children's learning.  


Free School Meals

The government have not given us any idea of how this will work.  I would expect that it would be carried out as before with food parcels, put together by CATERed.  However, the same as schools, CaterEd  will only now be finding out about this.  Therefore, I am expecting to hear back from the government and CATERed, over the next few days.  I will update you as soon as I have any more information about this.  


I know that it is late and am sorry to be sending my email at this time but I needed to make sure that I had covered as many items as I could, to try and clarify things for you.  As always, I will keep you as up to date as possible.  If you do have any questions, please feel free to email the school or myself.  


Best wishes and take care,


Cathy Drage


BEGINNING 02/11/2020


Dear Parent/Carer, 


I hope this email finds you well. I am pleased to say that we have had a great start to the academic year. I would like to thank you for your continued support. Even with all of the concerns around COVID, with social distancing and all of the safety measures in place, the children have dealt admirably. I have taken into consideration some of the challenges with the system of dropping off and collecting children from school. I have also looked at the government's information connected to COVID in children, along with transmission of the virus. The information is, "Younger children seem to be less susceptible to infection than adults; children under the age of 18 consistently account for less than 2% of all infections detected." As a result of this information, I have decided to increase the bubble size to a whole year group. This means that we would have 3 larger bubbles, rather than 6 smaller bubbles. The bubbles would be, bubble 1 - Eden and Bethlehem, bubble 2 - Jerusalem and Galilee and finally, bubble 3 - Jericho and Babylon. The majority of the time, the children would continue to work in their classes but it does allow greater flexibility with children coming to and leaving school; along with break times and at some point, school trips.  


What this means for parents.   

This would mean that the children will still need to be dropped off at the same time, as they are at the moment, but you will be able to drop your child off at whichever entrance is easier for you. The children will then be able to leave through the same exit or whichever exit you advise them that you will meet them at. I just ask that if the exits are different on different days that you make this clear to your child, to save any confusion. 


Many thanks
Cathy Drage


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