School Closure

EJS 2015 (55a)The school follows Wokingham Borough Council’s protocol for full, partial or early closure of schools – revised January 2010.

In the event of 50% or more of the teachers indicating their inability to arrive at school, then it will be impossible to ensure Health and Safety of the children and it will be necessary to close the school. This is a decision which will be made by the Head Teacher in consultation with the Chair of Governors. If the Head Teacher is unavailable, the decision will be made by the Deputy Head Teacher in consultation with the Chair of Governors.

Parents may also be advised that in the event of the weather turning worse during the school day, they will be able to come to school and collect their children early. In such circumstances, individual parents or emergency contacts may also be approached to collect children. All children must be signed out and collected from the reception area of the school.

Sufficient staff will remain in school until all children have been collected.

Communicating School Closure

Once a decision has been made to close the school, the Head teacher should inform the following radio stations at the earliest possible opportunity, using the prescribed code words. Parents have been advised to listen to these radio stations if they have any concerns over the possible closure of the school. A text message will also be sent by to parents, informing them of the closure and the Learning Platform will be updated.

BBC Radio Berks: 0118 946 4200

Heart: 0118 928 8800

Reading: 107 0118 945 0808

Important message

School Information

(Updated 7 October 2021)

Dear Parents & Carers,

As of Thursday the 7th of October we have had 20 confirmed (via PCR) cases of Covid-19 in the school. 15 of these cases are in Year 6,  two are in Year 4 and three are in Year 3. We expect this number to rise as the number of children taking tests increases. Those children with a positive PCR will be asked to follow NHS guidance regarding isolation.

We have increased our baseline measures which include but are not limited to increased cleaning regimes across the school; keeping occupied spaces well ventilated; continued reinforcement of hygiene measures. Staff continue to take regular LFTs and all staff in the affected Year group have taken PCR tests. From Monday Year 6 will act as a separate close contact group and avoid all contact with the remainder of the school. This will include playtimes and lunchtimes until such time as we are advised by Public Heath England that this is not longer necessary.

We would like to thank all the parents and carers who arranged for PCR tests and have shared the information with us. Only children with symptoms or positive PCR test results are required to isolate, and we do not require any child without symptoms to have a PCR test in order to come to school. If you are concerned then we encourage you to arrange a test but it is not a requirement. If you feel unwell and have symptoms you should book a PCR test through Gov.uk

Government Guidance

Government Covid-19 Response: Autumn & Winter Plan 2021

COVID-19: Guidance on Protecting People Defined on Medical Grounds as Extremely Vulnerable

Types of Tests and When to Use them

Wokingham Borough Council has asked us to let you know about the types of covid test and when they should be used.

LFT tests should only be used for asymptomatic individuals; it is important to reinforce the understanding that lateral flow tests should not be used to confirm covid in anyone with symptoms.

Furthermore, LTF tests for regular asymptomatic testing are not currently recommended for use in children under secondary-school age, therefore children should only be tested as a close contact of a known case or if they are symptomatic; in both cases this should be by PCR test.

If your child displays any symptoms please arrange for a test as soon as possible. Information and advice can be found at: 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/

Autumn Term  Dates 2021-22

  • 8th Oct 2021 – wear Yellow for World Mental Health Day
  • 14th Oct 2021 – Year Group Exhibitions
  • 18th & 20th Oct – Parent consultations
  • 25th – 29th Oct 2021 – Half Term
  • 1st Nov 2021 – Inset Day (School Closed)
  • 15th – 19th Nov – Assessment Week
  • 3rd Dec 2021 – Non-Uniform Day
  • 10th Dec 2021 – Christmas Dinner/Christmas Jumper day
  • 13th Dec & 15th Dec – Y4 Christmas Production
  • 17th Dec 2021 – Last day of term

Thanks for your continued support

The EJS Team