Cold Weather Alert - 16 January 2023

The Met Office has now issued a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert. There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions from 0900 on Monday 16 Jan and 0900 on Friday 20 Jan in the Southeast, including Wokingham. This means that temperatures are likely to drop to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable people, including those with long term conditions and those living in cold homes.

Please ensure that departmental and service level cold weather plans and business continuity plans are now activated, and staff are aware of the actions they will take to protect vulnerable residents

  • Heating homes to at least 18°C (65F) in winter poses minimal risk to the health of a sedentary person, wearing suitable clothing.
  • The 18°C (65F) threshold is particularly important for people 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; having temperatures slightly above this threshold may be beneficial for health
  • maintaining the 18°C (65F) threshold overnight may be beneficial to protect the health of those 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; they should continue to use sufficient bedding, clothing and thermal blankets, or heating aids as appropriate
  • There is an existing recommendation to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Advice is that rooms in which infants sleep should be heated to between 16 to 20°C (61 to 68F)

“Make sure that you stay warm. If going outside, make sure you dress appropriately. If indoors, make sure that you keep your heating to the right temperature; heating your home to at least 18°C in winter poses minimal risk to your health when you are wearing suitable clothing. If there is anyone you know who might be at special risk, for example, an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications. If you are worried about your health or that of somebody you know, ring NHS 111

More information is available on the winter health pages at NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk).

Attached are some resources that were previously sent in your level 1 winter preparedness email:

Useful Resources

Advice for the public on financial support and benefits can be found on the government website and the Wokingham Borough Council website page Cost of living help This includes:

This winter it is important to identify those who are at risk of living in fuel poverty and cold homes. Asking 3 key questions at contact assessment stages can help identify those at risk:  

  1. Is your whole house warm in winter? (This question helps to identify how people are heating their home and whether they are limiting heating to certain rooms)
  2. Can you afford to heat your home to a comfortable level? (This question helps to identify whether occupants are meeting ‘minimum’ recommended temperatures all the time)
  3. Can you afford to pay your fuel bills? (This question will flag whether someone has sufficient income to spend on the fuel they need for warmth and comfort).

Winter Vaccination Information

Vaccines are the best defence we have against COVID-19 and other respiratory infections such as flu. They provide good protection against hospitalisation and death. They also reduce the risk of long-term symptoms. The government is offering help for households, see what cost of living support you could be eligible for.

Eligible groups for the FREE flu jab can be found here and eligible groups for the COVID-19 booster can be found here.

If you have any questions/queries, please feel free to contact: [email protected]

Kind Regards

Public Health Team

Wokingham Borough Council

Shute End

Wokingham RG40 1BN

[email protected]

www.wokingham.gov.uk

Important message

School Information

(Updated 10 April 2024)

Dear Parents & Carers, 
 
Welcome to another fantastic term at Emmbrook Junior School. We hope you’ve all had a fabulous holiday and a well deserved rest. Pleas find a below a list of dates for the coming term. This list is not definitive and may be subject to change (so make sure you keep an eye out for emails) but should give you a good idea of what’s coming up this term. 
 
Many thanks from the EJS Team
 

15th April First Day of Term

17th April Year 4 America Day

18th April – PTA committee meeting (7pm)

26th April – PTA Comedy Night

6th May Bank Holiday

6th – 12th May Deaf Awareness Week

20th May – Y6 Trip to Marwell Zoo

23rd May – Exhibition Morning

27th May Bank Holiday

27th May – 31st May Half Term

3rd June Inset Day (School Closed)

6th June – Y5 Trip to Lego Land

7th June – PTA Ice Cream Fridays begins

12th June – Y4 trip to Blue Reef Aquarium

22nd June – PTA Summer Fair & Circus

26th June -Transition Day

8th July – Year 6 Production (1.30pm)

9th July – Year 6 Production (6-7.30pm)

10th July – Y3 trip to Roald Dahl Museum

11th July – Sports Day

18th July – Year 6 Leavers Party, 6.30-8.30pm

19th July Last Day of Term 2pm finish

You can find term dates for next year on our website.