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Please can you help us raise funds for a chicken coop?, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 21st Sep 2020 @ 3:19pm

Please can you help us get match funding?

Hi everyone, as I said on Friday’s Assembly video, we really want to upgrade our chickens’ coop. We want to get a bigger coop, off the floor. We like this one = easy to clean, plenty of space and a special tray to clear chicken droppings!

We have now had around 40 eggs from our 4 chickens – which means they are happy - but we would like to give them a luxury hotel AND make it easier for us to clean out! We are already getting flagging on the floor of the area so we can see the chickens in all-weather without bringing mud into school.

This model cost £549. If we can raise HALF of that, then one of our Y4 parent’s workplace will match fund the rest.

We will make FRIDAY 25th September our money raising day and the pupils can come in own clothes that day! If you can bring in £1 to help Bertha, Fudge, Dot and Peppercorn that would be great!

Thank you, Mrs Nunwick and all the children at MPJS!

 

BBC Video "A cold, flu or coronavirus?", by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 17th Sep 2020 @ 12:44pm

Cough, cold or coronavirus?

This is a useful video from the BBC to help you 'triage' your or your family's symptom. Hope you find it helpful. Mrs N :)

Covid Information Update for Parents 16th September, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 16th Sep 2020 @ 10:45am

Hi, we've had quite a few parents saying that their child has a cold, sore throat, tummy bug etc. and they are worried that this could be covid symptoms. These are not symptoms so please don't worry - they can come to school if well enough. The only 3 recognised symptoms of Covid are:

  • New, dry, continuous cough
  • High Temperature (above 37.8 degrees)
  • Sudden loss of taste and smell

If you are not sure what to do, please call us and we will talk you through your child's symptoms and give you advice. There is a handy GM chart on this page for you to look at.

How will school let us know if there is a child with the 3 official covid symptoms?

We will send a template letter to the parents of pupils in the Class Bubble by parentpay email. You do not have to do anything. It is a 'polite notice' email. Pupils in the Bubble and staff will stay in school as normal. The child with symptoms will isolate along with their family, get a test and then wait until test result. They then have to let school know the result.

What happens next?

We will email the Class Bubble parents to let you know that the test was negative and everything is back to normal.

If the test is positive then we will immediately contact parents of the Bubble by T2P text, then follow up with parentpay email letter, because we will ask all children plus staff in close contact to self isolate for 10 days. The home learning programme will kick in and your child will get daily online teaching & work. The classroom and any other key area will be deep cleaned. We will email the Trafford Covid Trace team. Your child in the same Bubble does not need to get a test UNLESS they have symptoms.

What if my child doesn't have any symptoms for these 2 weeks?

They will still have to 'work from home'! The rest of the family does NOT have to self isolate. They can go to school/work. You just need to keep your eye out for symptoms.

Remember, you can contact me in the evenings and weekend for covid related issues on info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk. If we know that a child has symptoms or has tested positive out of school hours, this helps us get systems in place.

Please note that a cold, bunged up nose, sore throat, diarrhoea or vomiting is not a covid symptom so you don't have to tell me about that - just use the normal office admin email.

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I've also had parents asking me about what happens if covid numbers go up? Will schools close again?

The UK is running a 4-tier system. We are currently at 1.

  1. All schools are open, children attending.
  2. Primary schools remain open, but in secondary, year groups (except children of critical workers and vulnerable children) move to a rota system.
  3. Again no change to primary school. In secondary schools, children of critical workers and vulnerable children only will attend together with selected year groups (identified by DfE). 
  4. Only the children of critical workers and vulnerable children should attend primary school. 

Hope this helps you feel a little bit more confident about the procedures. I know you have heard about the odd class here and there in Trafford being sent home plus discussions about covid numbers in Trafford. Any questions, just ask!

Best Wishes,

Mrs Nunwick

 

 

 

Headteachers' Weekly Video, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 14th Sep 2020 @ 2:59pm

Headteacher Weekly Video 11th September 2020

Weekly News 7th September 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 10th Sep 2020 @ 1:07pm

Hello,

Thanks everyone for a great start to the school year - everyone has been really supportive and it is fantastic to see our school family back together again.

Start times

You may know that we have always started at MPJS at 8.50 am. We put a temporary 9.00 am start time to get us all through safely, but mornings are working really well. So from Monday, we will be locking the gate at 8.55 am for a few weeks until the end of this half term. Don’t forget – if you have children in the infants, always drop off here first.

Clubs start next week

This is going to be a reduced choice for the term to avoid pupil bubbles moving around school and to ensure all our end of day cleaning can get done. We are not going to charge for clubs this term as each year group will get a shorter block of 6 lessons – school will absorb the cost for all pupils this term. Parents will pick their children up from the year group parent zone in the playground – this keeps us all safe.

Clubs from Monday 14th September to Wednesday 21st October (6 weeks)

 

 

 

 

Monday

Sports Club with Mr Jordan

Year 6

3.30 – 4.30

Monday

STEM Club with Mr Ward

Year 3

3.30 – 4.30

Tuesday

Computer and Robotics Club with Mr Ward

Year 5

3.30 – 4.30

Tuesday

Boys and Girls Football Club with Nathan Lowe

Year 4

3.30 – 4.30

Wednesday

Sports Club with Mr Jordan

Year 5

3.30 – 4.30

Wednesday

Singing and Drama Club – MPJS Choir with Miss Jones (Trafford Music Service)

Year 3

3.30 – 4.30

 Next half term we will swap year groups and the clubs will run from Monday 2nd November to Wednesday 9th December.

Parentpay & Clubs

You need a Parentpay account to sign your child up to clubs and give consent. Please note that this is our communication platform for letters and emails – you do not have to give payment card details.

We are going paper free this year for hygienic, environmental and time reasons. If you have a mobile phone, you can do it!

We will continue to support you with getting on ParentPay – The Office Staff plus Mr Ward will be available all day on Friday 11th September from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.

  • We can help getting the app on your phone or device (bring anything in and you can use our hot spot if needed
  • We can show your how to activate your email
  • We can even set up an email for you if you have not got one – we just need a mobile number
  • We can answer all your questions!

Don’t let your child miss out on clubs – let’s get 100% of you set up! You can start applying for clubs on Friday afternoon.

Covid testing and communication 

I deactivated my info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk email when we came back to school BUT after speaking to other Headteachers this morning, one local school managed a weekend positive covid test result really easily because the parent was able to let the Headteacher know out of school hours. The Headteacher was then able to then inform the class bubble and staff on the Sunday afternoon rather than having to send children straight back home on Monday morning. I'm sure you'd like to know straight away if there is a positive case in school. So I am back on! Please keep this as just our 'covid communication' channel. info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk goes directly to me.

Friday's Certificate Assembly live on our Facebook page will have year 6 in the audience. Please send us your shout outs. Superlearners will also be in the hall - seated on separate chairs and spaced out safely. Join us at 10.00 am!

Take care,

Mrs Nunwick

 

 

Parent Crib Sheet and Update, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 27th Aug 2020 @ 3:04pm

Hello, the Crib Sheet that helps you know what to do in the case of your child or anyone in the family having covid related absence and how long your child needs to be off for. This will help us in the office too!

Also, there is a walk round video for the entry and exit to school here:

https://youtu.be/El4vUtmVME8

 

Arrangements for the first week back in September, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 25th Aug 2020 @ 3:31pm

Please click to see our plans for the first few days - what we have got in place to keep the children and staff safe and happy - and the arrangements for the start and end of the day. 

This letter is also on the parent/school letters tab and has been emailed to all parents with parentpay email.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. My direct email is info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk or you can inbox me via our Moss Park Junior School Facebook page.

The Final Countdown!, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 23rd Aug 2020 @ 2:48pm

Hello Everyone! 

Hope you have had a restful holiday and like us, can’t wait to get back to school! In these unique circumstances, we are giving LOTS of information about September. All our information is:

  • On the Parent/letters section on website
  • Sent by Parent Pay email to you
  • On our Moss Park Junior Facebook Page (video clips, live video events and posts) and on 'Sally Nunwick' School YouTube channel (video clips)
  • Sent by teachers2parents text (brief messages and links to other media)

We are publishing something almost every day next week so these check these out please and you will feel confident that you and your children are ready to start school and to have a fantastic year where we will LEARN, RESPECT and ACHIEVE better than ever before!

Going out next week

Monday 24/8 – text with a link to confidential google form for you to fill in for me. It’s about access to technology for homework and for in the event we need to deliver distance learning (partial or full closure for a short period). I would love 100% of parents to respond to this so we  can make plans.

Tuesday 25/8 - Arrangements for the first days back (Tuesday 1st September for new Y3 pupils only - this is an extra day just for them); Wednesday 2nd September for all year groups. Please note the staggered entry times for the first few days.

Wednesday 26/8 - The 'Crib Sheet'. This is a simple A4 sheet for you to keep at home. It tells you what to do in various situations re: sending your child to school (e.g. you have been told to isolate by NHS, your child is ill, you are waiting for a test result etc.)

Thursday 27/8 - the walk through video of the school - entry, one way system, hand washing, classrooms, corridors, lunchtimes, home time. This will be on Facebook/You Tube/School Website

Friday 28/8 - Facebook Live Event @ 10.00 am. Answering all your questions. When the event is finished, it will be uploaded to YouTube so you should have all your questions answered.

Please note...

I am available all week from 24th August from 12pm to 3pm for a socially distanced face to face meeting or by phone or Google Meet for those parents who remain anxious or feel their child falls into a vulnerable medical category. We may be able to agree a phased start to school BUT this must be arranged in advance. Any child who just doesn't turn up to school on their start date will be classed as an unauthorised absence and also as a welfare concern, so please do make an appointment. You can do this by a private message on our Facebook page or by direct email to me on info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk.

Thank you - we will work through this together and everything will soon become routine!

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at MPJS

 

 

Information for September 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 13th Aug 2020 @ 10:59am

Hello All,

We are really looking forward to seeing you all in September!

You can find our plans, risk assessments and letters on the PARENT tab/school letters and forms.

Mrs Nunwick :)

Headteacher Weekly Update 3rd June 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 4th Jun 2020 @ 10:06am

Dear Moss Park Families,

Please find a copy of the Head's video - on our FaceBook page, and on YouTube "Sally Nunwick" channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0nKH0yB87o&t=109s

 

Google Forms to fill out for Whit Holidays and Key Workers, by Miss Higson

Date: 12th May 2020 @ 9:36am

Supervision in the Whit holiday:

Click here

 

Key Worker form:

Click here

Prime Minister's Announcement, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 11th May 2020 @ 10:36am

Dear MPJS Parents and Carers,

Following on from the PM's announcement last night that a phased return to school for our year 6 pupils might be happening in early June, I am sure you will have lots of questions. I will be able to answer your questions when I have more information from Trafford.

In the short term, nothing has changed and we are currently open only to the children of key workers (throughout the school holidays) and to pupils with an EHCP and/or social care support (term time only).

As soon as we receive clear guidelines from the Government and Public Health England, we will work with governors, staff and families to make plans to expand our current safe working practices to our Year 6 children.

As I have spoken about in my video bulletins, we have effective risk assessments & arrangements in place for social distancing, enhanced hygiene, cleaning and protocols to follow should a child or member of staff become ill. This means that should we open to Year 6 as suggested in June, we will be simply expanding our current good practice rather than starting from scratch.

We will continue to keep you informed at every stage. In the meantime, we will continue to provide home learning for all children. For learning and log on questions, please contact your child's teacher via google classroom/website class page or message them on facebook. To speak to me or a senior leader, our communication channels remain open to all parents. You can contact us in school on 0161 864 1710, via the info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk website address (7 days a week), or via a message on our Moss Park Junior facebook page.

I will be recording a video message later today and will touch on the announcement.

The Certifcate Assembly that was recorded on Facebook is now on YouTube. Search for Sally Nunwick page (I am in the process of renaming it as it is Moss Park Junior School videos only).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muNkN0d6rhc

Kind regards,

Mrs Nunwick

Headteacher Weekly news 27th April 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 27th Apr 2020 @ 2:22pm

Hello everyone, please click on the link to watch my latest video for an update on home learning, staffing and work being done around school. Mrs Nunwick :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVRAxgzq8Lo

 

Headteacher Weekly News 20th April 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 19th Apr 2020 @ 2:52pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZE2K7ejFPg

Hello Everybody!

Please click on the link above to watch our video of me explaining the next steps in home learning. This has already been on Facebook. I will do a weekly video - but I promise it won't be this long (5 mins) from now on!

For those who have Facebook and have been on our new Moss Park Junior School Facebook Page, this will be repeated information so I do apologise. I know not all parents have Facebook, and so all information will be on both platforms from now on.

For collection of the CGP workbooks in Maths and Spelling & Grammar, the order is as follows:

Monday 20/4/20 from 9:30 am Year 4

Monday 20/4/20 from 1:00 pm Year 6

Tuesday 21/4/20 from 9:30 am Year 3

Tuesday 21/4/20 from 1:00 pm Year 5

We are mindful of the need to maintain social distancing and so the books will be laid out in alphabetical order (surname) on tables outside the office.

Please note that some children with Special Educational Needs will be receiving a red folder of bespoke work prepared by their Teacher and Teaching Assistant. You will have a text so you know what to look for.

A member of staff will supervise the folders. Please be aware we can't go in and get other siblings' books as we have limited staff in school supervising the children of key workers. On the plus side, the journey to school can be included in your daily family exercise!

Your child's teacher will be uploading a video each Monday on Facebook AND on the year group page on this website. The teacher will aim to keep your child on track with their learning and they will set a weekly task to be completed on Google Classroom. Don't forget that if you lose your log in, write on the year group message board as usual and your teacher will text you.

EXCITING BBC LESSONS!

BBC BiteSize Daily Lessons start on Monday 21st April 2020

There are lessons in a varierty of curriculum subjects in every year group on and you can access them by:

  • Pressing the red button on your TV remote
  • BBC iPlayer
  • BBC Online

The lessons have been created with teachers and other educational experts. They feature a mixture of vidoes, animations, practice activities, quizzes and games. We thoroughly recommend these lessons.

There is a Senor Leader on duty everyday. I am in school at least each Thursday and Friday. For any questions, messages or advice throughout the week you can email us on info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk. I get notifications of these emails so will aim to help you.

Take care everyone and we are counting down the days until we can all be together safely again.

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at Moss Park Junior School

 

 

Happy Easter Hols!, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 27th Mar 2020 @ 2:17pm

Dear Moss Park Junior Children, Families and Friends,

What a strange week it has been for us all. I do hope you have had a good week together. I have learned in one day at home with my daughter that home school is not the same as school school - so many distractions and other things to do for adults and children alike!

'School' is no longer school, we are emergency childcare and we have only had fewer than 10 children in each day. We are proud to support these frontline critical workers and do not envy the challenges they face. We have been a little oasis of (social distancing) calm and the pupils in have been very brave - it must feel so strange for them.

I know that a whole range of activities will have been done at home. It's important to have realistic expectations and I now know that 2 pieces of work plus Joe Wicks/exercise plus a bit of art/creative plus a little reading = a very good day!

We are meeting as a staff on the first day back after Easter to evaluate our communication to your children, how much work has been set, how we can possibly interact a bit more BUT we do not want to put any more stress on you - many of you are working from home too. Remember that ALL our children in the UK will be in the same boat on return to school and all schools will rise to the challenge of ensuring the children achieve their very best in a shorter space of time.

I will contact you again on the first day of the new term. In the meantime, remember you are doing a great job, have fun as a family and enjoy this enforced break. Children grow up so fast and this extra time is precious gift. You are keeping yourselves and them safe and that is the best, as parents, we can do right now.

Take care and Happy Easter,

Mrs Nunwick and all the team at MPJS

Information for next week (Key Worker Families), by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 25th Mar 2020 @ 12:19pm

Hello everyone,

Things have changed since we sent out the forms last Friday! The PM has announced a lock down and the Government is also stressing that all children should stay at home if they possibly can do so. It's being made clear that self isolation at home is the safest bet for all of us.

This has hugely reduced our numbers, as families, in difficult circumstances, have decided to make alternative arrangements to sending them into school. We now have no pupils confirmed as booked in next week (1st week of Easter holidays Monday 30th March - Friday 3rd April 2020).

Trafford have instructed schools that if schools have fewer than 5 pupils, then any Key Worker child needing childcare will go to their Hub School. In our case this is Victoria Park Junior School. The Headteacher, Mrs Taylor, is welcoming in any of our pupils who need to go. Their number is 0161 912 5005. So if you do find yourselves stuck, you can have peace of mind that the children will be well cared for by our friends!

We are open to Key Worker children who need us  in the second week of the Easter holidays, which will include Monday 6th April to Thursday 9th April (it's Easter weekend after that). We know that we are on 'standby' for some of you rather than definite places and that is fine. We have the staff to cover so please don't stress about any work emergencies you may have. Towards the end of that week we will ask you to email us your schedule for the following 2 weeks. We know that no one can plan ahead too far in advance at the moment!

Lastly, may I wish you all the best as you go about performing vital services to the UK at this time of national need.

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at MPJS

Information for next week (Key workers & EHCP/Social Care pupils), by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 20th Mar 2020 @ 1:28pm

Hello,

We are totally closed to ALL pupils regardless of status on Monday 23rd March. As you will appreciate, the information from the DFE has come in very late, and as our fellow schools have agreed today, we need time to make sure we have health and safety procedures in place, to deep clean the school - we only have one site manager between the two schools at the moment - and allocate staff/usable areas etc. We need to minimise the risk to staff as well as pupils. We need to have systems to provide cover for staff who become ill or have to self isolate.

We will process all the key worker forms today and Monday. The Office will be open for bringing evidence in - and collecting Learning Packs if you have not been able to get in.

If you have provided evidence and this has been accepted, then you will receive an invite via text to bring your child to the front office on Tuesday 24th March from 8.30 am to be registered. Please do not attend school unless you have had the text. 

We have decided, in light of the higher than expected number of children expected, that we will keep Junior and Infant children separate in their own schools. We are still supposed to be 'social distancing' whatever our status, and we think this keeps pupils and staff more safe.

Your child should not attend school duirng this period if they or anyone else in your family has symptoms of Coronavirus: a temperature, a cough, fever and aching. They need to self-isolate for 14 days.

School hours will be 9.00 am to 3.30 pm, with the option for breakfast from 8.30 am. Please note that school will not be like a 'school' in this emergency period - it is an alternative childcare provision. Pupils do not need to wear uniform. Comfortable clothes and trainers are most suitable. Pupils will be supervised by a variety of school staff  during their time here. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water each day. Water fountains are closed for health and safety reasons.

Please note that on parents' days off, we do not expect that your child will be in school as the Government guidance is that all children are safer at home, and wherever possible, they should be cared for at home.

Some of you have requested childcare over the Easter holidays. This does not apply to pupils with EHCPs or Social Worker. Only Key Workers, and again, we expect that any parent on their day off cares for their own child at home during that period.

We hope that these measure mean that the pupils and staff will have a healthy and safe experience in school and that we can work together to ensure that we get the country through this national crisis.

Thank you,

Mrs Nunwick, the staff and governors at MPJS

 

 

 

 

MPJS Key Workers & Vulnerable Pupils (EHCP/ Social Worker) Information Form, by Miss Higson

Date: 20th Mar 2020 @ 10:00am

Please complete this form if you think you are a key worker or have children with an EHCP or social worker. If you have any problems, please telephone the office.

You will need to sign in to Google or create an account. Please upload any form of evidence you believe to be relevant.

CLICK HERE PLEASE

Information around School Closure - key workers, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 20th Mar 2020 @ 8:19am

Dear Moss Park Junior and Moss Park Infant Families,

The Government list of Key Workers has finally been published overnight. This is a far longer list than schools or education authorities had anticipated. 

This is a concern because the point of reducing massively the number of children in schools is for THEIR and OUR safety. The number staying in schools was estimated at no more than 10% of the school population. This is considered the safe limit by Public Health England. It was a scientific decision around social distancing.

This list today is so long that in fact around half the school population might still be in school mixing with other children AND our staff. We have concerns about this public health risk.

Your children are safer at home. This is why the Government has asked parents – even those of key workers - to keep their child at home, wherever possible and remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.” DFE guidance to parents 19th March.

We are not yet sure what the need will be in this school to provide childcare in the Easter holidays when all working families had already planned their childcare between them over this holiday period. Again, we would prefer our staff to experience two weeks of social distancing like everyone else as we are Frontline Workers too and just as at risk of getting coronavirus as everyone else. There are lots of questions for Trafford this morning!

This morning, Mrs Butler and I will be attending a further Head’s meeting where we hope to get some clarity from Trafford. Trafford may impose a cap of numbers or prioritise groups of parents  – we do not know yet. It has been suggested by Trafford that if numbers in a school are over the 10%, then children will be sent to other schools.

In the meantime, we will publish a form later this morning on the two websites, with paper copies in the office, for families who think that they fall into the ‘Key Worker’ category. This is to be returned to the school office or the info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk email address to be managed by the school office. Please note that we will be asking for evidence/ID on the forms so that we can manage numbers and assign staff teams.

The safety and wellbeing of your children and our staff and their families is at the front of all our thoughts this morning. We will contact you all again later today.

Kind regards, Mrs Nunwick and Mrs Butler

 Please see the published list below from the following site:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

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.

If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.

We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.

School Closure Update 19th March 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 19th Mar 2020 @ 2:40pm

Dear MPJS families,

I'm sorry to say that we have no further information to share with you at all. We do not know yet who is to be counted as key workers, what 'evidence' Trafford will ask for, what hours school will be open during this extraordinary period or the dates school will be reopened to everyone. We think we 'may' know at 5pm but even if this is correct, we know that this is not particularly helpful to staff, pupils or parents right now.

It looks like the full details and the practical plans for England & Trafford will be in place tomorrow ready for the weekend and a Monday start.

Thank you for your continued support and patience. I know this is a very anxious time for everyone. Many of us here have children and dependants too and we will do our best to support the school community as well as the needs of our own families.

Learning Packs for each year group will be in the office for parents to collect from 8.30 am in the front office tomorrow morning. You can pick these up even if your child is not in school. They have cover letters and a schedule from your child's teacher. The packs are for next week and the week after Easter. We will add more and let you know via the daily message on your child's class blog page on the website.  If your child has Special Educational Needs, please ask the office staff for your child's named pack.

We will update you as soon as we can with any real news. Take care,  Mrs Nunwick

 

School Closure Information 18th March 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 18th Mar 2020 @ 6:56pm

Dear MPJS Families,

Well, I wasn’t expecting the “You will be closed from Friday, except…” announcement that we have just had from the Government just now!

The plan is for all schools in England to close on Friday 20th March, except for pupils with parents who are classed as Key Workers – NHS, Police, Prison and Delivery Drivers at the moment. Ironically, although school staff are expected to continue working, we are not classed as Key Workers!  Also pupils with Education Health and Care Plans and those involved with Social Care may still attend.

Moss Park Junior School and Moss Park Infant School are going to work together as one unit as we have the same families so we are going to work closely together and pool our resources.

Apart from that piece of information, we don’t have anything else to share yet. Mrs Butler and I are meeting tomorrow morning to formulate a plan and will share that with you all once we know what the local (Trafford) arrangements are going to be.

Please wait for communication from us two Headteachers rather than making enquiries via the office as they will not be able to help.

Please can those parents with jobs in the Key Worker categories make themselves known to the Office so we can create a list, and also please can parents with children who have EHCPs let us know what they are thinking?

Learning Packs available in the office from 8.30 am Friday for all pupils.

See you tomorrow,

Mrs Nunwick

Coronavirus Update 17th March, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 17th Mar 2020 @ 3:00pm

Hello everyone,

I am afraid I don't have anything new to tell you. We have all had a good day here and 4M & 3E (staff and pupils!) have been brilliant. We have got those 2 classes covered all week by me, Ms Butler and our Teaching Assistants. We've only got one other member of staff self-isolating (as a precaution) so at the moment we are all doing ok. I've cancelled the after school clubs because we are all mucking in during the day, some of the team do Breakfast Club, Lunchtime SEN interventions, playground duties and are already covering classes, so we thought that this would take pressure off and keep our strength up!

Thanks for letting us know if your child is not going to be in - if you use the info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk email address I can pick that up in the evenings and early mornings too and it frees us the school telephone.

*Cancelled next week = Y3's Stretford Singathon*. This was with lots of other schools, so it's sensible that  it's been cancelled.

I will email you again tomorrow. In the meantime I have pasted the information from the DFE below. Take Care and keep in touch, Mrs Nunwick :)

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This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

 

 

Coronavirus Update NEW 16th March 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 16th Mar 2020 @ 6:09pm

Hello everyone,

We have just listened to the PM's Press Conference and want to update you on the effects on school.

1) Schools are remaining open. We are continuing with school-only events BUT we are limiting contact with OTHER communities. This means I am cancelling the Z Arts trip for 5H and swimming for Y4 top ups is cancelled.

2) If anyone in your family household gets the symptoms, the whole household must now stay isolated for 14 days. Please be on high alert and let us know via the school phone, email or the 24/7 email info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk. Don’t forget to inform school if there has been a confirmed case in your family.

3) I have told our pregnant staff to stay at home as a precaution. They are in one of the key vulnerable groups announced today. These classes will be covered between Ms Butler, me and our Higher Level Teaching Assistants for the rest of the week.

I also understand the real anxiety caused by the change in the situation and I understand if you decide you want to keep your children off school this week. You will not be penalised for this BUT please be aware that we do not have the capacity to provide work on demand at the moment.

It is clear from what has been said tonight that this is a fast moving situation. I do think school closures are coming sooner rather than later. We will have individual learning packs ready to go for if/when we get the instruction to close. Arrangements for giving these out  will be shared for you then.

Please be reassured that each and every child is our priority. We are following all the health and safety guidance extremely carefully. We have not had, and do not have, any cases of coronavirus confirmed at all. Your chid is as safe here as anywhere else. We are all on high alert and meeting several times a day to share information. The decision by the Government team that includes the UK’s Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Science officer to keep schools open has been made with all the evidence available. They would not do this if there was a heightened risk. I hope this makes you feel a bit more confident to keep your child in school.

Take care,

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at MPJS

 

Coronavirus Absence Reporting 16th March 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 16th Mar 2020 @ 8:36am

Dear MPJS Families,

I hope you have managed to have a restful weekend. I know it is a difficult time and the 24 hour rolling coverage on the news and social media is not helpful. Please be assured that managing the risk to our pupils, staff and families is our highest priority and I will keep you up to date as soon as I get any information. We would be very grateful if you can support us with information coming back into school by:

Sickness Absence Reporting

1) The symptoms of coronavirus are: a new, continuous dry cough, temperature of above 37.5, aching limbs. if your child has these symptoms, please inform school straight away.You are advised to go online for advice, or phone 111 if you are really struggling with your symptoms.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

2) If you and your family have been advised to self-isolate by 111, please let us know straight away.

2) If your child is off for any other reason, please let us know and give us the specific reason rather than a general "he/she is not well' using the 'press 1' option to leave a message on the school phone rather than going through to the office staff. This will free us up to deal with coronavirus queries.

The office staff spend a number of hours each day chasing parents who have not reported their child's absence, and at this time, we cannot afford to do this when we are trying to coordinate our response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

4) If you would like some advice on your child's particular circumstances, please phone us. We have the latest information for schools. You can also let us know about your situation or ask questions via the info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk email address. We have access to this out of school hours too.

Take care - we will continue to ensure that we are very vigilant in school and that enhanced hand hygiene is enforced throughout school.

Mrs Nunwick

 

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