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  • 15 Oct 2021

    Another week done, and the weather has improved today too!

    In the last 30 minutes we have been advised of a positive Covid result affecting class 2 (year 3&4).

    Based on average incubation times, this may lead to further cases being identified from Sunday onwards.
    Please remain alert for any symptoms and, if unsure arrange a PCR test.

    Please remember that LFT tests are not advised by Cumbria PH for children under 12, but can be useful in detecting asymptomatic cases despite this. Prudent LFT testing is helpful where there is an increased risk of infection but should not replace PCR testing.

    This week's newsletter reiterates some recent news and has details of the PTFFE autumn competitions running next week, Air Ambulance date for after half term and information on the next adult learning courses.

    All of these dates can, of course, be found on the calendar in the app and on the website too.

    We're looking forward to singing some harvest songs and dressing up for an early Halloween dress rehearsal next week.

    Have a great weekend, and we'll cross everything and hope that we can make it through the final five days of this half term without further cases!

    Mr Spencer and the Fir Ends Staff

  • 12 Oct 2021
    8th and 15th November - Hearing Readers

    The Cumbria adult learning team will run a short 2-week course focused around skills to help parents when listening to readers.

    Sessions will be on Monday afternoons, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The last half hour is intended to involve a shared activity with your child(ren).

    The course will focus on how to identify and correct mistakes and how to help children make more progress as readers. It is appropriate to parents of children of all ages - reading aloud is always a good thing to continue, right up to year 6.

    It is also useful to anyone who would like to volunteer to support reading in school by volunteering to listen to children reading in future.

    This course will be followed by a four week programme on Phonics for Parents.

  • 11 Oct 2021
    Updated version 2: Cumbria Public Health - change to isolation arrangements

    Note: this message has been reissued with version TWO of the letter after it was updated this evening to make it easier to understand. The overall guidance remains the same though.

    Over the weekend, PH have issued new guidance to schools regarding isolation of household cases. This is to limit the spread within Cumbrian schools, which currently account for the majority of cases in the county, and reduce the broader risks to staff and the community posed by this.

    PH now advise that children isolate at home for a minimum of 5 days after a positive within the household and only return if they have had a negative PCR on the fifth day.

    A letter from Colin Cox is attached, explaining the change.

    We are aware that schools local to us have had a number of cases over the past week, so please remain aware of any changes in your children.

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