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OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER

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Covid, colds and sickness bugs

Latest Newsletters

  • 25 Nov 2022
    Week 11 - Things - attendance letter from LA, scarlet fever alert, December diary dates

    We've reached week 11, just over a quarter of the way through the school year!

    As you know, various viral maladies have been working their way through the school for the past month or so and this week we've finally had a confirmed case of scarlet fever, which has been prevalent within the wider County for some time. Information on what to look out for is included in this update.

    The illnesses are also causing what we hope will be a short term blip in attendance figures. Pre-pandemic, our annual attendance averaged around 97%. The pandemic years understandably meant that this dipped but we would hope to see a return to those sorts of figures this year. Attendance is an increasing issue across the County, however, and a letter from the Local Authority on this matter is also included.

    This newsletter has been sent home tonight along with information for parents of pupils attending the panto next week. We are looking forward to our annual trip to the big city and seeing Cinders go to the ball!

  • 17 Oct 2022
    Week 7 - Things (including Dolce handover, Halloween disco, Getting Ahead with English, Air Ambulance)

    With the last week of this half-term already upon us, a few quick updates are detailed in the attached newsletter which can be found by clicking the 'attachments' tab (see also: green link on the newsletter page; link at the bottom of email if subscribed to email alerts).

    There are likely to be further pieces of information for parents published throughout this week. Please keep an eye on the notifications bar for the app.

  • 05 Oct 2022
    Nasal flu vaccination: Information for Parents/Guardians

    Please find attached important aftercare information about the flu vaccine, as well as details of catch-up clinics and how to contact us to give verbal consent if a consent hasn’t yet been returned.

  • 30 Sep 2022
    SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES - DWP

    With the financial pressures continuing to mount, the Department for Work and Pensions are keen to support families by helping to ensure they are accessing all the support available to them.

    The attached leaflet details what they can offer through the family support service.

    In addition, schools GP's and health workers can refer families to the Focus Family Team. They can offer a broader range of support where appropriate.

  • 30 Sep 2022
    PUBLIC HEALTH - COVID UPDATE

    Schools have been advised that flu, covid, scarlet fever and chicken pox are expected to be circulating vigorously over coming months.

    Whilst flu vaccinations will help, the others will inevitably lead to pupil and staff illness. Public Health have published guidance on these illnesses.

    Covid is the main headline. Cases in secondary schools appear to be rising rapidly, and spilling out into the wider communities. A guide to current isolation rules has been provided and is attached.

    Within the PH advice to schools is a note that scarlet fever is circulating and higher than normal numbers of cases are being presented. The same bacteria also causes a condition known as iGAS which can be a more serious illness. Notes on symptoms are given below.

    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SCARLET FEVER
    Scarlet fever is a common childhood infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A
    streptococcus (GAS).
    The early symptoms of scarlet fever include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea
    and vomiting.
    After 12 to 48 hours the characteristic red, pinhead rash develops, typically first
    appearing on the chest and stomach, then rapidly spreading to other parts of the body, and giving the
    skin a sandpaper-like texture.
    The scarlet rash may be harder to spot on darker skin, although the
    'sandpaper' feel should be present.
    Patients typically have flushed cheeks and pallor around the mouth.
    This may be accompanied by a ‘strawberry tongue’.
    As the child improves peeling of the skin can occur.

    ACTIONS TO TAKE
    • Children and adults with suspected scarlet fever should not attend nursery / school / work until
    24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment.
    • Whilst scarlet fever is circulating it is important that any children and adults with chickenpox do stay
    off school or nursery until all their blisters have dried over, which is usually 5 days after they first
    appeared.

  • 30 Sep 2022
    Week 4 - bullying, traffic notice

    Click the link (email), attachment (app0 or the green headline to open this week's newsletter.

    There are also a number of public health and other council updates to send out this week, which will follow as individual postings.

    In addition to these newsletters our Online Safety newsletter page has the October newsletter published too:
    https://www.fir-ends.cumbria.sch.uk/e-safety

  • 30 Sep 2022
    OCTOBER online safety newsletter

    Attached is the latest online safety update.

    This month covers Snapchat and Be Real - the latest competitor for Tik Tok.

    There is also information about some fun online activities linked to Oliver Jeffers' children's books

    You can find all the monthly newsletters in the Jotter app or at https://www.fir-ends.cumbria.sch.uk/e-safety

    resent: updated with pdf that doesn't lose formatting when opened :-)

  • 30 Sep 2022
    SEPTEMBER online safety newsletter

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    How to talk to younger children about online safety

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