Torpoint Nursery and Infant School
We will currently be using this page to share the latest updates regarding Coronavirus- COVID 19 and also to direct you to educational resources you can use with your children should they be unable to attend school.
School Update -20th March 2020
In line with government guidance school is still open until the end of the day today
We have now recieved information about which parents constitute a key worker.
If you think you are key worker whose child needs to be in school please go to the school office.
- Staff and parents must follow guidance regarding self-isolation. The NHS and.go.uk both give full advice on their website
- 7 days from the onset of symptoms (high temperature and a new cough).
- People who live in the same household as someone who is self-isolating should self-isolate for 14 days
- Staff and parents must follow guidance regarding social distancing.
- There will be no assemblies including those which parents are invited to.
- The school trip to Antony has been postponed.
- Please can parents follow the systems below to encourage social distancing
- 8.45 drop off and 2.45 collection Butterflies, Woodpeckers, Robins and Otters
- 8.50 drop off and 2.50 collection Ladybirds, Owls and Moles
- 8.55 drop off and 2.55 collection Caterpillars, Kingfishers and Squirrels
- 9.00 drop off and 3.00 collection Bumblebees and Hedgehogs
Nursery children will be let through the door and sent to parents as soon as
they are seen.
Please can all parents not enter classrooms at the current time.
- We continue to wash hands more regularly and following guidance given.
- In line with the DFE guidance we are cleaning surfaces more regularly.
- Staffing and classes are being reviewed on a daily basis. If your child needs to be dropped off or collected from a different class we will inform you.
NHS and Government Advice
We are following Government and NHS guidance. This can be found on the following websites. It is updated daily and we advise you to always check this advice
The latest advice includes advice to schools and parents about the opening of schools to selected groups of pupils where it is essential for them to be in school.
https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response Links to all documents can be found on this page
In addition to the general guidance shared on the government website, schools receive specific guidance and a daily email is sent. As well sharing our response to the guidance we have decided to share the email with you.
Schools, colleges and early years settings to close
Yesterday Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that as part of the country’s ongoing response to COVID-19, schools, colleges and early years settings have been asked to close to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March.
A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office later today. We will share this with you once this information is made available.
Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, local authorities will work with the Department for Education’s regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available.
Further details on this announcement can be found here:
The Department is working through the policy implications of this announcement and, over the coming days, will be sharing with you the further information that you need.
Update on assessments and examinations
Yesterday, we confirmed that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that we will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year. Tomorrow we will provide greater clarity on how students and young people will be awarded the examination results that they deserve.
New free school meals guidance
We have confirmed that we will give schools the flexibility to deliver meals or provide shop vouchers to children entitled to free school meals if they are no longer attending school, either due to closures or as a result of self-isolating at home.
Schools will be able to provide meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops, which can be sent directly to families who are either self-isolating at home or whose schools are closed on government advice. Final rates will be confirmed in the coming days, but we have confirmed that the voucher value for each eligible child will exceed the rate that schools are paid for free school meals, recognising that families will not be buying food in bulk and may therefore incur higher costs.
Full guidance can be found here:
Update on school funding
We will put in place new measures, to reimburse schools for reasonable, additional costs that they face in order to stay safely staffed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Funding for all schools and colleges (including maintained and academy special schools, non-maintained special schools, independent special schools, pupil referral units, general further education colleges and special post-16 institutions), whether from local or central government, will be maintained and not reduced because many pupils are not in attendance (either because of self-isolation, or where the institution has closed). This includes top-up funding in respect of individual children and young people, which will still be needed by the school to keep their staff in employment.
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information:
Supporting your child's learning when they are unable to attend school.
Each family will have a different approach to home learning based on their families own circumstances including the needs of their child.
We have worked hard to provide a solution for each of you during these difficult times.
All ideas are based on the same ways of working that we use in school where we provide engaging, practical activities as part of their school life and we do not rely on worksheets .
One theme coming through in all advice from those involved in education at this time is the importance of routine. In our school based routine solution we have suggested this for you and this will be updated every Friday with new materials .
If the school based routine does not suit you then please look at our online , flexible and online resources sections.
Thank you for your support at this uncertain time and we will continue to support you as much as possible. Please continue to read with your child every day and ask them questions about the main characters and events. It is so important for children to continue their love of reading as a lifelong skill.
Our home learning pages will continue to evolve as the situation develops. Please save our website to your home screen so your can access these.