As Doncaster has yet to reach the ‘peak’ of the pandemic, an announcement has been made in line with that of Sheffield.
Doncaster Public Health and The Local Authority is to review the situation on June 8th to look at a wider re-opening for mid-June. We will keep parents informed as soon as we hear more. Thank you for your understanding.
Update as of 11.05.20
We would like to give you advance notice that during the summer half term at the end of May, the school will be closed to staff and pupils. This is based on last night’s announcement and the need for our staff to potentially prepare classrooms for children to socially distance after this half term; and that the NHS are no longer at a critical stage in their efforts in fighting Covid-19.
Many thanks for your understanding
Mrs B Nesbit
Twitter Information during home working
TwitterPlease take a look at our twitter page where we are celebrating the outstanding work our children are doing during these unprecedented times.
Ms Wells is running a 'here to talk' for the parents, children and staff, of St Francis Xavier where you can phone for a chat if you are worried, stressed or anxious about things and just need an ear to listen. Ms Wells phone number is 07847 576557 and she will be available Monday-Friday 10-1 and 5-6. Please see the flyer below for more information.
Miss Hodby is the school’s point of contact for children whose parents are critical workers in the fight against Covid 19.
Should you require provision over the Bank Holiday Period, please email to the following address: Admin@francisxavier.co.uk.
Dear Parent/ Carer
I hope this correspondence finds you all well.
I just want to thank you for all the hard work you are doing for your children. I know this is a difficult time for everyone and we as a school are especially concerned that both parents and carers are keeping themselves strong.
I have asked Ms Hodby and Ms Wells to put together a One Minute Guide on Mental Health strategies during this time for both staff and you the parents. As a staff, we conduct one minute guides every week on topics relevant to the school and pertinent especially to the safeguarding culture here at St. Francis Xavier. We are hoping to send this out via parent mail and social media by the end of tomorrow, if not earlier. Please take time to read it.
If you need any advice or help, please do not hesitate to contact us. No question is irrelevant and no problem too small.
As you know, the staff have been working tirelessly to put together resources for your child's learning.
Please keep up the fantastic work being done by yourselves and continue to work with your child to engage them in learning. It would be great if more parents were able to like the Facebook pages and share work which their child has done. Just remember, you can also access the work provided on the following link; https://www.xavier.doncaster.sch.uk/fs1/ then scroll to your respective Year group.
We will get through this difficult time in the spirit of teamwork and please remember to take care of yourselves.
Update from 24.03.20
The school has now undergone a deep clean. Those parents who completed the required documentation as critical workers to the Covid 19 response will have been notified. In the case of St. Francis Xavier, all of our children are being cared for outside of the school and we are deeply grateful for your support in what has been a very difficult situation and how you have responded to the Government Guidelines.
As such there will be no staff on site, except myself and Mr Wynne who will oversee the collection of Free School Meals. That way, we can also protect our own staff and as well as those staff who are currently off due to self-isolation. We thank you for the lovely emails about how your child is doing on the Google Classroom. We will always endeavour to do the very best for your child. We will be conducting a courtesy phone call over the next month from Ms Hodby to ensure you are all well.
Take care and God Bless
Important information as of 22.03.20
There is a lot of confusion about the provision for children at schools. It is NOT compulsory for 'key workers' children to attend next week. It is NOT an option for chidren to dip in and out of. It is an EMERGENCY childcare provision, and if children can be left at home safely because there is adequate care or they are old enough and responsible enough, this is what MUST happen. The whole point is to reduce the spread of the transmission.
Therefore schools are 'open', but literally only want the absolute minimum of students, so that they can deploy the minimum number of staff and therefore expose the minimum number of children, staff and their families to this extreme risk.
As you know St Francis Xavier is closed due to affected staff in isolation and we will keep you up to date in respect to this.
Sending your child to school because 'they will miss their friends', 'they will get bored', 'you cant manage them at home' etc is irresponsible and not valid reasons. Please only use this emergency service if it absolutely necessary.
Nurses, doctors medical teams etc are doing an amazing job, lets help them by not sending more infected people.
The Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.
What you need to know:
The updated guidance can be found here:
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
Recording school pupil absences
Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance.
If a pupil does not attend school, despite the school operating as usual and the pupil is not self-isolating, they should be marked as absent. It is for headteachers to determine whether or not the absence is authorised depending on the individual circumstances.
Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough or a high temperature.
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection.
If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature in an education setting they should be sent home and advised to follow the staying at home guidance.
If a child is awaiting collection, they should be moved, if possible and if appropriate, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door. Settings should be mindful of individual children’s needs – for example it would not be appropriate for younger children to be alone without adult supervision. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.
If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they should use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.
If they need clinical advice, they (or their teacher, parent or guardian) should go online to NHS 111 (or call 111 if they don’t have internet access). In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.
If a member of staff has helped someone who was taken unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell.
In most cases, closure of the educational setting will not be needed but this will be a local decision based on various factors such as establishment size and risk of further spread.
If there is an urgent public health action to take, the educational setting will be contacted by the local Public Health England Health Protection Team who will undertake a risk assessment and advise on any actions or precautions that should be taken. PHE will rarely advise a school to close but this may be necessary if there are so many staff being isolated that the school has operational issues. Your local authority will support you to make this assessment. PHE will work with the headteacher, principal or management team, and the Local Authority Public Health team, to advise on the management of children, pupils, students or staff.
Education settings can help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by reminding everyone of the public health advice.
Staff, children, pupils, students and families should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently than normal.
Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products.
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information:
In the last week we have been working on contingency plans should the Government decide to close schools.
Some of the preparations include the following: