COVID

On this page you will find all the information and resources regarding Covid-19 in our setting.

School Office Hours

8am until 4pm

Out Of Hours:

If you need to inform the school of anything Covid related i.e. a positive test or self isolation please email the following address

covid@waterhallprimary.co.uk

Update 19th July – England has moved to Step 4

Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted at step 4. This means that:

  • You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet.
  • In order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted.
  • There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations).
  • There is no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
  • There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.

Find Out More

Although most legal restrictions have been lifted at step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

If you are worried about going back to a more ‘normal’ life, there is information from the NHS on how to cope with anxiety about lockdown lifting.

If you are yet to have your vaccination and need to know how to book, you can find out more on the BLMK website: www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/

Update Changes From 17th May

  • The rule of six will be extended to indoor areas, which means groups of six or larger if they are from just two households can meet in people’s homes.
  • Domestic overnight stays will also be permitted, so long as they follow the same rules.
  • Groups of up to 30 will be allowed outdoors.
  • Some large events will also be allowed to resume. Indoor events will have a capacity of 1,000, or 50 per cent, whichever is smaller.
  • Outdoor events will be capped at 4,000 or 50% capacity.
  • Outdoor seated events, such as football matches, will be capped at 10,000 or 25% capacity.
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues will be allowed to open indoors, with the rule of six in place inside, and groups of up to 30 outside.
  • Venues will still be table service only.
  • Indoor entertainment venues like cinemas, theatres and bingo halls will be allowed to reopen, with social distancing measures in place.
  • Organised indoor adult sport, such as badminton and indoor tennis, will be allowed to resume, and some gym classes will be allowed again.
  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, funerals and wakes.
    • This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.
  • Domestic holidays have been allowed in household groups from 12 April, but from 17 May this will be extended to the rule of six.

Update 14th May – An important message from Vicky Head, Director of Public Health

Please read below a letter from MKC regarding the new indian variant.

Milton Keynes Council Letter To Parents

Update 29th April – Positive Case

We have advised Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school in our Year 5 / 6 bubble. 

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. 

The year 5 / 6 children have all been collected from and school and parents have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 10 days.

The school remains open to all other year groups and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

Please download the following letter for more information.

Covid 19 Whole School Information

Update 2nd March – School Reopening 8th March

We are so happy to be welcoming all of our children back into school on Monday 8th March 2021.

Thank you all for your support with home learning. We am sure that at times it has been difficult so thank you. 

When we fully open on Monday 8th March things will not be too different from when we opened in September 2020.  Attendance is mandatory and therefore we expect all pupils to be in.  The usual rules on attendance will apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age attends regularly at the school where the child is a registered pupil
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

Children will be in their phase group bubbles and their own classrooms as they were before we broke up for Christmas.

You can find full details in the attached letter.

Update 14th January – Free School Meals Update

I am sure that you will have seen the press coverage recently about the Free school meal provisions across the country. The quality of the hampers that are being provided are not of a high enough quality. The government has released that schools will be able to access FSM vouchers as we did during the first school closure.

We know that providing vouchers is the best option and so we will be signing up to these vouchers again when able to do so. Please keep an eye out for communication from us over the next few days as it will give you the information in which you will need.

Update 12th January – Closure Of Year 1/2 Bubble

We have been notified today of a positive case of Covid-19 in our Year 1/2 bubble.

We have been in consultation with the Health Protection Team at Public Health England and have taken their advice. As a result, the children and staff in the Year 1/2 bubble will now be isolating for 10 days until Wednesday 20th January inclusive. This is a precautionary measure in order to reduce the possible spread of the virus to family, friends and the wider community. Others in the same household as Year 1/2 children, including siblings, will not need to self-isolate unless the Year 1/2 child becomes symptomatic themselves.

Parents must not bring any Year 1/2 pupils to the school when dropping or collecting siblings. This is in contravention of the government guidelines as all Year 1/2 pupils who had face to face teaching must isolate for 10 days.

Please download the letter below for further information.

Positive Covid Case Letter – 10th January

5th January – Latest News From Milton Keynes Council

Delayed Reopening Of School Letter

Positive Covid Case Letter – 12th January

COVID-19 Technology Survey