St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

Learning, Playing and Growing together in the Love of Jesus

School News

23rd September 2020

Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

 23 September 2020

Dear parents and guardians,

This is an important letter to share some information on how we can work together to make sure we can continue to give children and young people the best education in the safest way possible.

One important part of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils, parents and our communities is testing for coronavirus. We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with Covid-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested.

Therefore, I ask that you all follow these principles:

? You should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:

1. a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)

2. a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

3. a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

? Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.

? If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly:

? Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result.

 ? If the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms.

? If a pupil in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop symptoms.

 No one else in the same class or bubble as the symptomatic person needs to take any action unless advised by the school. Schools have detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.

Contacts of a person who has tested positive must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. Students should only book a test if they get symptoms.

The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful:

It is vital for children’s learning and future opportunities that they are able to return to school and college. It is therefore vitally important that all we work together and do our bit to make this possible.

Yours sincerely, Professor   Viv Bennett CBE Chief Nurse and Director Maternity and Early Years | Public   Health England

Head of World Health   Organisation Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery

Follow me on Twitter:   @VivJBennett

Dr Susan Hopkins

Interim Chief Medical Officer   | NHS Test & Trace

Deputy Director | Public   Health England

Consultant in Infectious   Diseases & Microbiology

Royal Free, London

23rd September 2020

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23rd September 2020

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23rd September 2020

Current School Start and Finish times - During COVID 19

Year Groups

Entry time   into school

Drop off and   collection point

Time for   collection


8.55 am (morning session

12.15 pm (afternoon session)

Gate 5

3.15 pm


8.40 am

Gate 4

3.15 pm

Year 1

8.35 am

Gate 3

3.15 pm

Year 2

8.35 am

Gate 6

3.15 pm

Year 3

8.30 am

Walled   Courtyard- front of school

3.15 pm

Year 4

8.30 am

Lower   Playground via ramp

3.15 pm

Year 5

8.30 am

Upper   Playground using pathway below MUGA to external classroom doors

3.15 pm

Year 6

8.30 am

Upper   Playground using upper pathway behind   MUGA to external classroom doors

3.15 pm

NB .   Collection time on a Wednesday for all year groups

2.05 pm

15th September 2020

Safeguarding Alert! Amendments to arrangements for collection on a Wednesday afternoon

15th September 2020

 Amendments to arrangements for collection on a Wednesday afternoon

Dear Parents and Carers,


Firstly, thank you for the positive response about not entering the school site of St Philomena’s and St Mary’s until 5 minutes before entry time, there has been a positive change here although we do need this to be all families in the future. In light of the government announcements about people not collecting in groups of more than 6, it is important that we manage this in school as far as we can with appropriate social distancing being applied. If we are unable to achieve this, we may need to adopt other practice of having a complete one-way system with entry restricted to certain gates but we don’t really want to implement this due to consideration for your preferred entry onto the site.


We continue to take adjustments on both sites for your convenience but still need to encourage parents to allow pupils in year 5 & 6 to walk to school independently – hopefully we can then work towards the same for at least year 4 children.


Following a safeguarding meeting with Ms Noone, Headteacher of St Philomena’s High School, St Mary’s finishing time on a Wednesday will be delayed until 2.05pm and not 1.45 pm as previously communicated coming in to affect from tomorrow 16th September. This is to safeguard the students who attend St Philomena’s School as well as those attending St Mary’s. Hopefully the small adjustment will not be a problem for our families and I apologise for the short notice but it is important to respond immediately in these situations.


The schedule of not entering our sites until 5 minutes before will still be in place with gates opening at 2pm as this allows the high school students to return to class safely after their lunch. The school are committed to working with our families and to safeguard all children and thank you for your cooperation, patience and ongoing support when we need to adjust systems.


Thank you all once again for your patience and to reiterate also that the children are working really well and have adjusted to the new school year.


With Kind regards


Mrs Hulme, MA, NPQH

Executive Headteacher