Tuesday 31st March 2020 update
We have had another busy day in school for the handful who are still coming in. They have enjoyed the company of Mr Harber, Mr Sandell and Mrs Kersley today along with Mrs Cady and Mrs Charteris and have done some exciting DT work as well as the normal maths, English and PE. As we plan for the Easter holidays a letter has been sent out to the families of key workers and vulnerable children to see what their plans are for the next two weeks. If you believe that you fall into one of these categories and you did not receive a letter, a copy is included below.
Just to give parents advanced warning we will not be setting work over the Easter holidays as we feel that the children need a break, as they would normally have at this time of the year. Once we return after Easter we will be starting a number of new topics and work will once again be published on the website.
Please don't forget that if you want to share photos on the website we would be very pleased to receive them.
Take care and stay well.
Update Monday 30th March
Week 2 of being closed has begun and I hope that parents and children are all doing well. The year group pages have been updated with a variety of activities which can be completed by the children this week.
We have also updated the work at home section of the website including a variety of photos of the school staff who have been busy reading in variety of places over the weekend. why not have a look to see if you can see your teacher?
Have a good week and keep active.
Update Friday 27th March 2020
We have come to the end of what has been an unusual week both in school and across the country. Can I once again thank all the parents who have supported the school by following the advice from the government and keeping their children at home. Can I also extend my thanks to all parents who are the key workers out there who are doing what they are doing to keep the country going at this time.
Over the last couple of days the teaching staff have been working on preparing the next set of resources for children to work through next week. These will be added over the weekend and available for parents to access from Monday. Once again please don't be daunted by the quantity that is added - it doesn't all have to be completed - it is there as a resource for you to choose what you think will keep your child engaged,
My thanks to those parents who sent images into school today to add to the website - we received your emails but we were unable to see the photos - we believe this is a glitch in our system and we are working on trying to solve this as quickly as possible.
Whilst the internet is providing children with both a valuable online learning platform and a means of maintaining social contact with their friends, it is still essential to be mindful of e-safety.
Ideally have your child online in a shared room so you can monitor their internet activity and make sure you know whom your child is talking to online. Please be mindful that there is videos containing highly inappropriate material circulating on popular sites such as Tik Tok.
For those who are looking ahead to the Easter holiday I want to once again confirm that the school will be open to key workers / vulnerable children who are not able to be at home during this time.
Have a safe and healthy weekend and check back here next Monday for further updates from school.
Thursday 26th March update
We have had another busy day today and those staff who are at home and those who are in school have been determined to do their bit to show the children the importance of staying active. Why not have a look at the class pages under the heading things that have been done at home - there is a separate section below what the children have been up to showing what the staff have been doing and they seem to have enjoyed the Joe Wicks work out session this morning!
A letter came out to parents via email today with some key information. If you didn't see it please see below.
Keep sending your images from home - it is lovely to see so many children having such a good time and doing so many different things!
I hope that you are keeping well and that you are finding plenty to keep yourself and your family occupied at the moment.
Despite being closed to the majority of pupils at the moment, the staff are keeping themselves busy posting work on the school website along with other suggestions of things that children could be doing at home at the moment.
Please bear in mind that while it is important to provide the children with structure to help them manage their days at home, the work that is published on the school website is there as a guide of things that can be done rather than a definitive list that you need to get through. At the current time of uncertainty it is more important to provide the children with a variety of activities and try to build in breaks during the day to do some exercise and take the chance to play. On-line activities and school work can be engaging but playing a board games or sharing a book together is just as important. There are a number of links to other activities that children could be doing on the school website in the section entitled ‘class pages’. Please see the link below;
In an attempt to keep parents up to date with school related issues, while avoiding clogging up your in-boxes, we are regularly updating the website with information for parents. This can be accessed via the parents tab on the school website https://www.hwjs.hants.sch.uk/covid-19-corona-virus-updates/
Free school meal update.
If you are a parent who is entitled to free school meals please be aware that there is a scam currently circulating which is asking parents to send their bank details in order to receive money from schools.
Guidance from the DfE says: “We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported.” We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.
If you are entitled to free school meals parents should have already been contacted by the school informing you how you can receive food vouchers for the school two weeks running up to the Easter holidays. If you have not had this information and you feel you should have done please contact the school.
Keeping up with work completed at home
We would like to find out from parents and children what you have been up to at home and are therefore adding a new section to the school website where we are hoping to feature your children doing things at home –for example it could be pieces of work of which they are proud or images of them exercising, baking or reading. Alternatively you could add posts onto the school twitter account, where we are also trying to provide regular updates from school.
If you are happy for the images to appear on the website then please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to add these onto the webpage.
At this time could we ask that you only send one image of your child/ your child’s work as we may well be inundated and adding around 360 images will be a challenge in itself. Why not discuss with your child the thing they have done of which they are most proud and send a picture of that. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please look after yourselves and keep a check on the school website.
Wednesday 25th March update
It has been another good day in school for the handful of children who have been in today. My thanks go to Mr Finklaire, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Murphy, Mrs Coate Bond and Miss Fixter who have been manning the fort throughout the day today. Tomorrow Mrs Cady, Mrs Charteris, Mrs Dodgson, Miss McKeever and Miss Krawiec will be in to work with the children and be in charge of the office.
For those parents who are having to make use of the emergency opening at the current time we have had confirmation of the government request for all schools to remain open over the Easter holiday. I want to reassure parents who are key workers who need this support at this time that we will do all that we can to remain open over Easter and support you at this challenging time. Once we have planned out what support we can provide in school over the holidays we will contact those who we understand to be keyworkers to discuss arrangements.
If you are a key work and you have not yet let the school know and you think that you will need your child to access school over the Easter holiday, please contact the school office.
Finally if parents would like to send us any photos of what your child has been up to over the last week, or an image of some work they have produced of which they are proud or photos of them engaging in a fun activity we would love see them. Please email them to the school office and we will create a special section on the school website. Please us the following email address;
Stay well and look after one another.
Tuesday 24th March 2020 update
Following the announcement by the prime minister yesterday that people should only be leaving their homes when really necessary, we are delighted that parents have continued to support the school by keeping their children at home as much as possible. The small number of children who are in school have therefore been able to practice social distancing in two classrooms with a small number of staff.
We are continuing to add ideas to the school website of things that you might be able to do with the children at this challenging time. Please remember we do not expect children to complete all of the work that has been set on the web pages, rather that it is a useful resource to use to keep the children going at this time.
If your child is entitled to free school meals we are contacting parents today to ask them to come into school to collect a food voucher from the school to cover the next couple of weeks that the children are not receiving school dinners. Please check for a message if you believe that this applies to you.
Please be aware that we are running on a skeleton staff in the school office at the moment. Therefore if you have a non- urgent enquiry, please contact the school via email so that staff who are working off site can respond. Many thanks for your support at this time.
Monday 23rd March 2020 Update
At this challenging time we would ask parents to do all they can to help minimise the spread of Covid 19. If children are in school at this time they are going to be in increased contact with large numbers of other people and therefore increasing the chances of passing on the virus.
At the same time the school is determined to stay open to those parents and children who really need the support to complete the vital jobs which are allowing the country to continue to function and battle this horrible virus. With only limited numbers in school we can more easily spread the children out and minimise the close contact that they have with one another and with teaching staff. Thank you to all the parents who have made the decision not to send children into school at this time - it is the right decision and we appreciate your on-going support.
As a staff we are working on a rota system for when we are in school to look after the health and wellbeing of staff and minimise their contact with the children. Nonetheless, rest assured that there are enough staff in school at this time to look after the children. It will mean that if your child is in school they will be taught by a variety of teachers over the next few weeks.
All teaching staff are continuing to work hard to provide learning materials for the children to work through at home. Please don't feel you have to do all of the work that is set on the website - the work is there as a resource for parents to use, not a list that you need to complete. It is important to keep a balance of activities during the day and keeping the children happy and engaged at this time is more important than trying to complete mountains of work. Equally having a structure to days will help to keep children going at this time so building in academic study around other activities will help to occupy their time. Physical activity will also help and although this is tricky at the moment, as opportunities to go outside are limited, there are plenty of activities that can be done inside.(see class pages). If parents and children have been doing any in-door activities that they would like to share please send photos or videos into school, via the office email, and we will do our best to add them to this website for others to enjoy. Please also look out for your child's emotional wellbeing at this time - although some may see this as an adventure others may find the time away from school to be more difficult to cope with.
Please look after one another, yourselves and your children at this time.
Friday 20th March update
The following letter will be sent to parents today explaining current arrangements for school from Monday onwards in light of the recent government announcements
Dear Parent / Carer
We are sure that you will have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement on Wednesday 18 March about general school closures but continuing provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children. We are writing to give you an update on our plans for this, following further guidance from the government which was published this morning.
School will close to the vast majority of children at the end of Friday 20 March and there is no expectation that pupils will then attend school until the advice from Government changes.
While our school will be closed for general admissions, all schools across the country are being asked to run an emergency service for the children of key workers in essential services so that they are able to continue to work. The list of key workers published by the government includes the following;
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
There is no expectation that children of these key workers have to attend school. If you fall into this group and wish to make other arrangements, then you are welcome to do so.
Please be aware that we are running on a reduced staff at present as several staff fall into the ‘at risk’ category or are having to self-isolate.
The Government is also asking that we continue to provide education and support for children who have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP), children who have a social worker assigned to the family, those from families receiving Early Help and children receiving support from the Primary Behaviour Service.
Again, there is no requirement that children that these groups have to come to school, but they will be welcome should parents or carers choose this option.
In order for us to plan for next week it is vital that we as a school are aware of how many children we are likely to have in school. The default position is that children will not be in school in an attempt to reduce social contact and slow down the spread of the virus. If parents fall into one of the categories above AND are planning to send their children into school from next week, please contact the school today to let us know. This can be done by email via email@example.com
For the key workers who are planning to send children into school from Monday the school opening times remain unchanged - doors will open at 8.40am and pick up will be at 3.30pm as normal.
Home to School Transport
The County Council will continue to make home to school transport available to those children that are eligible to receive it. In some instances that might require some changes to be made which may take a little time. We expect further information from the Local Authority if this is the case and will provide further information as soon as we have it.
Online materials and learning
For those children who will be at home from Monday morning, there will be online resources available to support children to continue to learn. These will be on the school website in the class pages section and these will be regularly updated by school staff. In addition, the BBC has said that it will be increasing its range of resources to support children’s education.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support through these unprecedented times. Please be assured that we will continue to update you as the situation changes and that we will continue to work for the best interests of the children at our school.
Ed Dawson and Emma Cady
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure for most pupils
Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to confirm that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.
We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. Please contact the school office by email and please include the job which you do and your child's class and name.We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by email and via this website.
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn as best as we can.
The work can be completed into any school books which you have at home, on line where appropriate or on paper. If you need to contact your child's class teacher for any reason please do so via the school office email account. Please be aware that some staff are currently self isolating at home and that other staff will be teaching those children who are still in school so the response will not be immediate but we will attempt to answer any queries as soon as we can.
If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.
Once we have more information we will be able to guide you about the availability of breakfast club for those children who are going to be in school from next Monday. As you are already aware there will be no after school clubs, school trips or community events running for obvious reasons.
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.
Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
School closure information - from Monday of next week
This evening the education secretary made the following announcement:
After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.
Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require.
Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.
We will await further clarification as to who is considered to be a key worker at this time. We hope to receive further information from the government tomorrow. In the mean time please watch this webpage for further updates.
As part of the announcement the prime minister also suggested that the exams that were scheduled for May and June will not now go ahead. This will affect the children currently in year six who were due to take their SATS and year 4 children who were due to complete the times table tests later this year.
If you are currently being affected financially by the Covid 19 (Corona Virus) outbreak and are struggling to provide food for your family, please let the school know as we may be able to put you in contact with local organisations who may be able to help.
Equally for those who are able to support others please consider Basingstoke Food bank at this time as the demand on their resources is considerable. Many thanks.
Children completing work at home due to self isolation or school closure
We are currently adding additional work that children can complete at home onto our year group pages which can be found under the children tab. We will update these regularly so please check back to see if there has been more work added.
There is also homework to be found under the homework tab.
If you are having to isolate at this time and your child is not feeling unwell it is important to maintain routines as much as possible so that children don't treat the time away from school as a holiday but rather as a different place to complete their work. You child will be issued with a home working book in which to complete the work that they can find on the school website. Try to encourage your child to treat the book as if it were a school book and get them to write the date / title for each piece of work and to work hard on the quality of presentation.
It may be helpful to have a time table for the day similar to one in school where different activities can be planned in - including break times and lunchtimes - along with some physical exercise if at all possible.
The following structure was suggested on twitter and work that has been suggested by school can be included in the 'academic' time slots.
Update on 17th March 2020
On Monday the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.
What you need to know:
The updated guidance can be found here:
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
Hatch Warren Junior School Written by Ed Dawson
Coronavirus planning policy: Update 12th March 2020
Hatch Warren Junior School will follow instructions from Department of Education on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Public Health England.
The department of education’s information is updated on a daily basis with advice and instructions.
Currently the advice is that no school should be closed in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by the Public Health England.
Hand Washing Regime
Below we have identified three times during the school day where the children will need to wash their hands. We are also very aware of the impact this will have in class with regards to timings but it is important we do this. We have a responsibility and duty of care to do the very best for our children in reducing and helping to 'contain' the outbreak.
Classes will follow the plan below:
Times children must wash hands, using the classroom sinks:
1. On arrival in the classroom
2. Before break /snack
3. Before lunch
Children will also be reminded of the importance of washing hands after going to the toilet and if coughing or sneezing into their hands.
Classes will use the link to teach children how to wash their hands effectively. (Newsround Page https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51698180)
Staff must wash hands frequently at school.
Visitors to School
We will ask all visitors to clean their hands with antibacterial gel when they arrive at school. If supplies run out, visitors will be asked to wash their hands and will be escorted to the adult toilets to ensure safeguarding.
School Closure Decision – Out of Hours
If the school is to be closed because of the coronavirus, outside of school hours, the snow chain telephone action plan will be put into place to inform staff members. A text message will go out to parents/carers to inform them that the school is closed. It will also be posted on the school website. The length of time the school will be closed will be determined by Public Health England and Department of Education. The school will keep everyone informed by text/email messages. A sign will be placed on the gate to inform everyone that the school is closed.
A link to the Department of Education will be sent to parents for government guidance.
Emergency School Closure Decision – During School Hours
If the government advises that the school should close during school hours we will inform parents by text message that they will need to collect their children as soon as possible.
If a parent cannot collect and need to send an alternative person to collect, they must let the school office know who this person will be. The office will then pass this information onto the class teacher.
All children must be collected. No child will be allowed to walk home by themselves.
Children will be collected from their class rooms.
Coronavirus Case Found in School
In the event that cases of the coronavirus are found in school, we will follow instructions from the Department of Education and Public Health England.
The school will be deep cleaned by professional company or by staff members.
If any staff members, staff family members, pupils or parents/carers thinks they have symptoms of the coronavirus, they should call NHS 111 for advice and follow the UK Government advice for childcare or educational settings gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19. Parents/Carers can visit NHS.UK to find out more information. Teachers and support staff should follow the UK Government advice.
Staff members/parents/carers/pupils must inform the school Head Teacher if they think they have the coronavirus or returning from countries with specific lockdown areas.
GOV.UK Department of Education Coronavirus
Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidance for educational settings:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19