Coronavirus COVID-19

All our latest information can be found below:-

Updated 14th July: Head Teacher Update Letter

Return to School September 2020

Updated 2nd July: Head Teacher Update Letter

Headteacher Update Letter – 2 July 2020

Updated 1st July: Government Links

The Government have published:

Guidance for parents and carers setting out what they need to know about changes to after-school clubs, holiday clubs, tuition, community activities and other out-of-school settings for children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. They have included information on what clubs and activities children and young people can attend, and what new safety measures parents and carers can expect them to have in place.

Guidance for Parents and Carers of Children Attending Out of School Settings During the Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak

Guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. They have added content on summer provision, school uniform and a package of support worth £1 billion to support pupils to catch up. They have updated content on school meals and the Covid Summer Food Fund.

What Parents and Carers Need to Know About Early Years Providers, Schools and Colleges During the Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

Best Way to Wash Your Hands

Updated 18th June: Head Teacher Letter – Update

Headteacher Update Letter – 18th June 2020

Updated 16th June: Head Teacher Letter – Returning to School

Returning To School

Updated 15th June: Support for Parents

Support for Parents During Pandemic Leaflet

Anna Freud Organisation – Parents and Carers Support

Updated 12th June: Head Teacher Letter and Link to Latest Government Guidelines on Social Distancing

COVID-19 – Update Letter to Parents

Staying Alert and Safe Social Distancing

Updated 4th June: Addendum to Policies, COVID-19 Transition Pack & NHS Track and Trace Information

Addendum for Behaviour Policy – June 2020

Addendum for Safeguarding Policy – June 2020

Covid-19 Transition Pack

NHS Track and Trace – Covid-19

The law on protecting personally identifiable information, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), allows Public Health England to use the personal information collected by NHS Test and Trace Service.

Therefore if required to do so by the NHS Track and Trace Services, Bearwood Primary and Nursery School will provide the contact details of all children and adults that have been in close contact with anyone that has tested positive for Covid-19 within the setting.

This is in accordance with Article 6(1)(e)of the GDPR ‘processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest’.

For more information please see the following government guidance.

Updated 1st June: School Business Manager

Free School Meal Government Voucher Scheme

Updated 28th May: Head Teacher Letter

Further Details About School Re-opening for Children of Keyworkers – 28th May 2020

Updated 22nd May: Head Teacher Letter & Social Story About Returning to School

Guidance for Parents and Carers from BCP Council

Further Details About School Reopening – 22nd May 2020

Map of car park

Coronavirus and Going Back to School

Updated 20th May: FAQs About Re-Opening

FAQ Letter to Parents

Updated 19th May: Government Links

Governments Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Outbreak FAQs – What You Can and Can’t Do

Covid-19 Stay at Home Guidance

Updated 15th May: Head Teacher Letter’s

Letter to parents about phased school reopening 15th May 2020

May Half Term Letter – Key Workers

Updated 14th May: Head Teacher Letter

Further information for parents May 20

Updated 11th May: Head Teacher Letter

School Initial Response to Government Update on Current Lockdown Procedures – Sunday 10th May

Updated 10th May: Head Teacher Statement

The nation is preparing to hear the government’s ‘Road Map’ for the next phase in combating the Coronavirus, which is scheduled to be the topic for the Downing Street briefing this evening.  This includes a review of the current social restrictions and we fully expect this to also include a statement regarding what will happen next with schools.

We will hear this information first at the same time as you all tonight.  We have no advance warning whatsoever about what the Prime Minister will announce.  Therefore, to ensure that we have time to develop a strategic approach that supports the well being of all stakeholders, we would ask you to be patient whilst we formulate an appropriate response to tonight’s announcement.

We will not be in a position to answer your questions immediately over the coming days.

Please be assured that the safety of our students, parents and staff remain at the heart of all decisions we take and we will continue to follow Department for Education and Public Health England advice as we have all along.  We will be in contact later next week with more information to clarify the situation going forward.

Thank you for your continued support and patience.

Laura Bennett

Updated 1st May: Head Teacher Letter

Keeping in Touch

Updated 30th April: Classroom Secrets

Classroom Secrets have released new packs, please have a look.

Updated 24th April: We’re Missing You

Updated 17th April:

We just wanted to keep you informed that we and the Hamwic Education Trust are still closely monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus and following the daily guidance and advise released from the Government and Department for Education. This is an entirely unprecedented situation and we are following official advice from the Government and the NHS. This advice is being added to on a daily basis and we are monitoring and responding to that as it is published.

In response to Boris Johnson’s announcement that all schools in England and Wales will be closed from Friday 20th March as at 3:30pm except to our most vulnerable and those of ‘Key Workers’ please read the following:-

Please note that where there are two parents in a household, if one of them is a key worker and one of them is not we would expect that the non key worker would provide the necessary childcare.  Therefore, that child will not be in school.  It is expected that we will all self isolate in our homes and practice social distancing in order to slow down/prevent the spread of the virus if we are not key workers.  Please be safe.

Please read the following letter for further information: School Closure

Children would have come home with their learning packs for them to work through while they are at home.  Please help support your child with their learning, if you should need any assistance then please do email the school email account ( and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Further learning may be sent out electronically at a future date, please keep an eye on your emails.

It is recognised that children are talking a lot about the Coronavirus and some are quite scared.  Please be aware that children pick up on the news and some have access to social media, so please be mindful of what they are hearing and seeing.  Give them some reassurance and a cuddle as it is such an unknown scenario for them and us.  Below is a social story that is used to help reassure them, please share it with your children if needed.

Coronavirus – Social Story

ELSA Support – Childrens Story

Managing Communication With Children

Self Isolation

As per the current Government guidance if your child or a member of your household develops a new or continuous cough and/or a high temperature, they should self-isolate for 7 days.  The whole family should then put themselves into self isolation for 14 days and if anyone shows signs, they should then self-isolate for 7 days from the the date they first showed signs themselves leading to a further 14 days isolation for anyone who has not had the virus to see if they will develop symptoms.

If a child attending the school shows any of the above symptoms at school, you will be called to collect your child and asked to isolate them for 7 days.

While in self-isolation, please do the following with your child/ren:

  • Daily reading with your child
  • Daily practise using  Times Table Rock Stars
  • Daily practise of spellings using  Spelling Shed
  • Daily practise using Maths Shed
  • Any research that can be done on their topic on their Curriculum Newsletter (copy on the website under Our Curriculum)
  • Early Years have been learning the letter names for all letters in the alphabet.  Please practise this at home. There are a lot of alphabet songs on is an online site which has a wealth of games and power points which support your child’s learning.

Support and Further Information

The DfE have also launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID -19) Situation Map

We appreciate that we are currently in an unusual situation and do not wish to alarm parents. Thank you for your understanding and if you do have any concerns, then please contact Bearwood Primary and Nursery school to discuss.