Covid Update April 2022:
Most of the COVID-19 specific guidance for education and childcare settings will now be withdrawn from GOV.UK.
Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and as soon as they are well enough to attend.
On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with Covid-19 in England from Friday 1 April.
Free Covid-19 tests will no longer be available. They will only be offered for specific groups, including eligible patients and NHS staff, once the universal testing offer ends on Friday 1 April.
The population now has much stronger protection against Covid-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and access to antivirals, alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage risk.
For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:
Updated Gov.uk guidance which may be useful to you:
Covid Update February 2022:
If you’re fully vaccinated, you no longer need to take a COVID-19 test either before or after you arrive in the UK. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you need to take a pre-departure test. After you arrive, you need to take a PCR test on or before day 2, but you only need to quarantine if it’s positive. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.
COVID UPDATE September 2021:
Using up to date guidance, below is an overview of the measures in place from September 2021 at St Nicholas CE Primary Academy:
More detailed Government Guidance for parents can be found on the following link: What parents need to know about schools
In School measures:
The back gate is no longer in use. All access to the school site is via the Front Gate.
Attendance at school is mandatory for all children & the one-way system around the school site remains in operation.
Drop-off: The FRONT GATE will be opened at 8:30am and closed at 8:40am so there is a 10-minute window in which to arrive. Arrivals after the gates have closed will be through the Main Reception and will be coded as ‘Late’ in the Register.
Collection: The FRONT GATE will be opened at 3pm and closed at 3:20pm so that all Key Stages can be collected promptly from their classrooms.
Please inform the Main Office before the start of the school day if your child is absent for any reason. The phone-lines are manned from 8:30am – 4pm and an answerphone service is available to leave messages.
This policy sets out clearly, what academies within the Infinity Academies Trust will offer in terms of 'remote learning' if and when the need should arise. Please read it carefully, alongside the school-specific offer, so that you are clear about what St Nicholas CE Primary Academy will provide in order to enable your child's education to remain as uninterrupted as possible during this challenging time.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Bell or Mrs Booth on 01205 363210.
Click here for : Learning at home guidance for parents
A new service for parents was launched in July to offer information about supporting children of all age ranges and abilities to catch up on lost learning.
Click here for : Covid advice for parents guidance
This guidance was updated about eligibility for financial support to care for a child who is self-isolating. It has advice about online safety and children’s wellbeing.
The one-way system applies to all families accessing the school site. This reduces the amount of times anyone has to cross-paths with members of different households and therefore keeps everyone much safer. Both gates remain open as usual.
Risk Assessment Summary from Monday 8th March 2021 - return from National Lockdown 3
In addition to the steps outlined above, we will also:
In school we:
Risk Assessment Summary in Tier 4 (from January 4th 2021)
In addition to the steps outlined above, we will also:
In school we:
Risk Assessment Summary in Tier 1:
We ask visitors to our site to:
6th April 2020- Emergency Childcare over Easter
Our Emergency Childcare provision continues to be in place over the Easter period across all our Trust schools for vulnerable children and those of critical workers. We are pleased to be able to continue to offer food boxes to our Free School Meal families (food vouchers at Spilsby Primary) throughout the Easter holidays. Please remember if you need to use our emergency childcare this should be an absolute last resort and you need to make school aware in advance. Also, if for any reason your circumstances change and your child will not be attending please do let your school know.
20th March 2020- Emergency Childcare
Message from Infinity Academies Trust- As you will have seen in the national news we have been instructed by the Government to keep our schools open but only for vulnerable children and the children of Key Workers. Please see below a letter detailing all our Emergency Childcare arrangements for these key groups. Wherever possible all children should be looked after at home to support the Government's Social Distancing plans to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Please only use our Emergency childcare if you have absolutely no alternatives and you meet the Government criteria. The schools are closed for the vast majority of pupils.
19th March- Infinity School Closures
In line with the Government announcement yesterday all Infinity Academies Trust schools will be closing from Friday until directed to re-open by the Government. This is to support the national efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. The schools will be offering some childcare provision for vulnerable children and those whose parents are key workers. We are awaiting final definitions of these terms and will contact families directly when we know more. For further information about our closures please read the letter above. We wish all our families and children well at this challenging time and please do contact your school's main office if you have any questions.
Sending you all our very best wishes
17th March 2020-11am
Message from Infinity Academies Trust: Following the announcements made by the Government yesterday we have instructed our schools to take further actions to support Social Distancing and reduce non-essential travel. We have asked our schools to cancel any non-essential travel including visits, sporting fixtures and training events. We are restricting visitor access to our schools and will not be holding any in-school events including Governor meetings and parent engagement events. Wherever possible we are limiting time spent in large groups and therefore will not be holding whole school Collective worship or assemblies. We are asking our staff to not attend any out of school training to ensure as many people as possible are available to support children and families in school. We are working closely with our staff to ensure that those who may be vulnerable are taking sensible precautions and will do our best to ensure that our schools continue to run as smoothly as possible for as long as possible. As always if you have any questions please contact the main office at your child's school.
17th March 2020
The Government have updated their guidance relating to self-isolation for those that are demonstrating coronavirus symptoms. If you or your child has a new continuous cough and/or high temperature the whole family/household should self-isolate for 14 days. Please be clear that this is a change in guidance and we require your cooperation to keep all of our children and families safe. As always please let school know if your child will not be attending school.
Please see the NHS link below for further information on Self-isolation.
During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we will be using this page to update you on our current position and post links to key Government Guidance.
As you will be aware the Government has now moved from the "Contain" to the "Delay" phase in its response to the Coronavirus. The advice to schools continues to remain the same but it may change in the coming days.
The current advice is that schools are to remain open. The biggest focus for schools in terms of "delaying" the spread of the virus is to ensure that everyone is washing their hands regularly and following the "Catch it. Bin it. Kill it." guidance relating to sneezing and coughing. We are monitoring closely the Government advice through Public Health England and the Department for Education.
We are currently undertaking a review of all our work including upcoming trips and events; we want to ensure that if our schools are asked to close that we have systems in place to make work available to our pupils. In this circumstance, we will give parents/ carers as much notice as possible to make alternative childcare arrangements.
Latest guidance suggests that if your child has a new continuous cough and/ or a high temperature (37.8 degrees or above) then they should self-isolate for 7 days.
If your child is not able to come to school for any reason,
you must contact the Main office as soon as possible to inform us of their absence and the reasons behind it.
We understand that these are worrying and unsettling times. The safety and well-being of your children is our number one priority which is why we will continue to follow Government advice over the coming weeks. We will keep you updated through information on this page, via Twitter @BostonStNic and with the TextAround service but if you do have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Main Office directly where we will endeavour to offer support and guidance to help in these unprecedented times.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding in the face of this ever-changing situation.