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Coronavirus (Covid 19)

Letter to Parents - NEW SYSTEMS Jan 2021

Positive Covid Case

Newsletter -  13th November 2020


NHS Test and Trace Letter to Parents and Guardians - 23/09/20

Please note that a runny nose is NOT a coronavirus symptom, and if your child is feeling well in themselves they can come to school. Now we are all in school, there are the inevitable sneezes and sniffles which may cause some confusion – you know your child, but if you are not sure about any symptoms your child is showing, please use the NHS online covid symptom checker. Alternatively, you can call 111, but please note that they are very busy. If you have children in other settings – secondary school, nursery etc, where you have not sent them in because of coronavirus symptoms, OR they have been sent home with suspected coronavirus symptoms, you should arrange a test for them, and the rest of your household MUST isolate for 14 days, or until you have received the test results. This includes not sending ANY of the children in your household to school or nursery during this period. Please refer to the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection. Tests should only be booked for those with symptoms. Please would you let school know the result. If the test comes back as negative then the household can return to work and school if everyone is feeling well. If you have been unable to book a test, the isolation periods have passed (10 days for the person with symptoms, 14 days for everyone else) and everyone is feeling well, the household can return to work and school. We are grateful that parents follow these government guidelines as it helps to keep us all safe and stop the spread of coronavirus.


Please find attached important information for our return to school on Wednesday 2 September 2020.

Coronavirus - Information for Returning to School on Wednesday 2 September 2020

Following a few queries, please find below some general information about uniform and resources:
Children to wear full school uniform.
Children can bring a book bag/school bag.
Children can bring their lunchbox, water bottle and fruit.
School dinners are available from Wednesday 2 September.
Children should bring their wellies. If they left their wellies in school then they will be able to collect them on their first day at school (teachers will organise this).
Children are not allowed to bring any non essential items to school eg toys.
Children may bring hand cream and keep it in their drawer, but must not share this with others.
I hope this is helpful. Please remember that the first few days are going to be busy as everyone gets used to the new system for coming in to school. We will have lots of staff on hand to make this as smooth and as organised as possible. Your support is very much appreciated.
Enjoy your last few days of the summer holidays. We are looking forward to welcoming you all back to school on Wednesday.


We want to support you in preparing your children especially if they are anxious. We are offering to meet parents and children in the first week of the holiday (20-30 minutes max per family) to ‘walk’ you through what to expect when you come to school in September. If you would like to book an appointment please email Below is a video clip for you to watch with your child – I hope you will find this helpful. Furthermore, the detailed information about what to expect on your return to school is in last week’s Newsletter.


We know that the excitement of starting a new school year will mean everyone will be up early and eager to get to school. From our experience on 1st June (when EYFS, Y1 & Y6 children returned to school) the first two days were really busy with big queues outside the school gate so please can we ask that you do not arrive until your allocated arrival time and please have your HAND SANITISER ready to apply to your child’s hands when you get to the front of the queue.

The staggered arrival times are:

  • 8.35am: Y5 & 6 arrival
  • 8.40am: Y1&2 arrival
  • 8.45am: Y3 & Y4 arrival.

What to do on arrival at school with effect from Wednesday 2nd September 2020

Risk Assessment C-19 Sept 2020

22 May 2020 Letter to all parents - Please note that the opt in deadline date for Monday 29 June 2020 should state 12 noon on Tuesday 23rd June 2020. 

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see the information below giving more advice and support to anyone who feels that they are at risk of domestic abuse. Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service
You can also contact and Mrs Desando or Mrs Baron will respond with help and advice.
Please take care of yourselves and your families and we look forward to the time that we are back together as a school family.
Mrs Desando

Boots pharmacies now safe spaces

As part of an initiative by UK Domestic Abuse charity, Hestia, Boots have announced their pharmacy consultation rooms as Safe Spaces for victims of domestic abuse.
Pharmacists will encourage and enable victims to contact national DA helplines and signpost them to the free, downloadable mobile app, Bright Sky, which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.
GDASS are also in touch with all local pharmacies encouraging them to be aware of domestic abuse and to be a point of contact for victims of domestic abuse.
If your surgery is linked with a pharmacy who may be interested in becoming a Safe Space, please encourage them to contact the GP Team: / /
Are are worried about friends or family who you suspect may be experiencing domestic abuse at this time?
Safelives together with Dr Alison Gregory, a researcher at Bristol University who specialises in domestic abuse and informal support networks, have produced this guide to help people who are worried about friends or family. It outlines what domestic abuse is, and gives helpful tips on how to speak to victims and support them.
Dr Gregory has also produced a longer guide: Domestic Abuse Friends and Family Help Guide
Lets all ‘Reach In’ to offer a lifeline and support to those affected in our lives.

Letter about the conditional plan to reopen schools on Monday 1 June 2020

Dear Parent/Carers
We understand that during these unprecedented times and as the pandemic lengthens some families may be struggling financially and therefore finding it difficult to provide food for their families. If you find yourself in this position please do not hesitate to email and Mrs Baron or Mrs Desando will respond in confidence, with a doorstep food parcel.
Holding all in our school family in love and prayers,
Mrs Desando & Mrs Baron

Dear Parents & Carers,
I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.
Please see the attached document - it is an offer of free, confidential support and advice for families.
The coronavirus pandemic affects us all in different ways - so please do use this service if you need to.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you all when we are allowed to re-open.

Dear Parents/Carers
Measures announced over recent weeks to tackle Covid- 19 have seen people’s day-to-day life be drastically altered. These changes are essential to beat coronavirus and protect our NHS.
The government acknowledges that the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses you are under.
For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you.
Please see document below that gives very good advice and explains where and how to get help in these unprecedented times:
You can also contact and Mrs Desando or Mrs Baron will respond with help and advice.
Please take care of yourselves and your families and stay safe and well.
Mrs Desando

Easter Letter to parents 5 April 2020

For the attention of all Key Workers,
Please would you email if you need to use the school whilst undertaking your Key Worker role for the two weeks from 20th April to 1st May, so that we can make sure our rota is right.  You could give an approximate idea if you don't yet know for sure, as that would also be helpful.  Please email by Monday 6th April, thank you.
Please remember school is open only for those children who ABSOLUTELY NEED to attend.  The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread.
Thank you very much.
Dear Parents/Carers
Please see the below link that contains some really good guidance on mental health and well-being to think about during these unprecedented and challenging times.
I am sure that you are all finding your own creative ways to manage the situation but this document does have some good recommendations.
If you find that you do need help or advice due to the stresses that may occur at this time the email is available and you will get a response from either myself or Mrs Baron.
Please look after yourselves and your families and continue to pray for all in our school family, our country and the wider world.
Thank you
Mrs Desando

Minister Ford's open letter to the SEND sector



During these unprecedented times, we understand that some families may struggle financially and therefore find it difficult to provide food for their families.  If you find yourself in this position please email and we will respond, in confidence, with a doorstep food parcel.


We also understand that some families might struggle due to stresses in the household.  Please email and Mrs Desando or Mrs Baron will respond with support and advice.

 Please keep safe and STAY AT HOME.

URGENT Please see the attached letter re school opening for children of key workers on Monday. Responses needed tomorrow. All children have been given a paper copy of this letter so that you do not have to print it to complete it. If your child is not in school today, please complete the form and email it to
The Whitminster Inn is offering, to primary school pupils, free tomato pasta and garlic bread, between 12pm and 2pm and 5pm and 7pm - please ring them on 01452 740234

Dear Parents/Carers,
The government has this evening announced that all UK schools will now close at the end of the school day on Friday. Please be assured that we will deal with this very sensitively with the children over the next two days.
We have been liaising with the Local Authority with regards to staying open with a ‘skeleton staff’ to provide support for
(i) children of key workers such as NHS staff, police and delivery drivers
(ii) vulnerable children with Education and Health Care Plans
(iii) families with a Social Worker
The Local Authority are also working with schools on how best to help those in receipt of free school meals (this does not include Universal Free School Meals).
I will be liaising with the Local Authority tomorrow and will keep you informed of next steps as soon as I possibly can.
Please continue to keep all in our school family in your prayers.
Yours sincerely
Mrs Baron

Please click on the link below for our latest update on the Coronavirus

Dear Parents 
I am very aware that there is considerable anxiety regarding the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus. At St. Peter’s our primary concern will always be the health, safety and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and other members of the school community. We are obliged to follow the statutory advice and guidance from the Department for Education and Public Health England.

The Latest Government Advice - Monday 16 March 2020

If you display any of the symptoms of Coronavirus - a temperature of 37.8C or above, and/or a new, continuous cough, and/or breathing difficulties - then allfamily members in the household must self-isolate for 14 days.  
It is important that parents keep school fully informed of pupil absence by phoning the school on the first day of absence.

School Procedures

  • Everyone is washing hands on arrival at and on leaving school.
  • Hand washing is also taking place before eating, after play time and after sports activities.
  • An enhanced cleaning regime is in place.
Further action we are taking:
Whilst the current advice is that no education setting should close in response to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases unless advised to do so by Public Health England, we have made the decision to concentrate on our core purpose. As a consequence, we have decided that for the remainder of this term, we will not proceed with: 
  • Sports’ fixtures
  • School trips
  • Year group assemblies
  • Prepare To Be Proud afternoon
  • Holy Week services will not be open to parents
  • Celebration assemblies will not be open to parents
Thank you for your continued support in these difficult and ever-changing times.
Yours sincerely 
Mrs Baron 

Information for parents

The Covid-19 disease can cause a fever, cough and breathing problems.  It takes five days on average for people to start showing the symptoms.

As you are aware, the Prime Minister has announced new measures following the latest COBRA meeting, in which he clearly stated that schools are not to close at this time.  However, if we were we would inform you by SchoolPing, website and social media.  As always, the health and safety of our pupils, together with their well-being is our top priority.  We will continue to follow the statutory advice and guidance from the Department for Education, Public Health England and the NHS, the key points of which we have outlined below.

  • From today, Friday 13th March, everyone with flu like symptoms - defined as a fever of 37.8C or above and/or a new continuous cough – is being asked to stay at home for at least seven days.  This is called self-isolation.
  • People are being advised by Public Health England not to ring NHS 111 or their GP to report their symptoms unless they are worried. 

For more information about coronavirus, you may wish to visit these websites:

NHS information on Covid-19:

111 online service:

Public Health England guidance:

It is parents’ responsibility to take action in line with the points above and if your child clearly shows these symptoms please inform us through the normal channels.

Gloucester Foodbank

As a school family we are thinking about the needs of the school and larger community during the outbreak of the corona-virus.  Gloucester Foodbank are in urgent need of support at this time and we have attached a list of items that they need, so if you are able to bring in an item from this list it would be much appreciated.  We also understand that some parents may be struggling at this time and if you require some support, please contact either Mrs Baron or Mrs Desando in confidence.

2019-2020 - Food Bank Food List