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Government Advice on Self Isolation and when to take a test for Covid-19

Alot of parents/carers are concerned about whether their child should stay off school and/or take a test for Covid-19 when they are feeling unwell. Whilst we are always keen to help parents where we can, the only advice that we are able to give is that which is available to everyone from the NHS website. The school does not have a seperate policy and parents will need to make their own decision on whether to self-isolate and take a test. The link to the full NHS advice page is below, but the basic premise is as follows:

When to self-isolate

You must self-isolate immediately if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
  • you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace

Please bear in mind that there are lots of seasonal illness' going around at this time of year including sore throats, 'sniffles' and tummy bugs, so as parents we just ask that you make a measured decision about whether to keep your child off school and make sure that you call or email the school by 9am if your child is not attending school that day, with the reason for abscence. 


Covid Risk Assessment

Please find details of Goldstone Primary School's Covid Risk Assessment here. 

Common Questions:

We have frequently been asked to comment on and/or provide information to other pupils familes on the health of other pupils and their familes.

We are unable to make public any information divulged to us in private, as this would not only be a breach of trust but also a breach of GDPR regulations.

In the event that a childs family member tests positive for Covid-19, that child will need to self-isolate as per the NHS guidelines but that would not mean that the childs 'bubble' would need to self-isolate unless advised to do so by a government body such as Test and Trace, or Public Health England. 

Home-Schooling with Goldstone

All of the staff at Goldstone Primary have worked long and hard to provide the pupils who are being home-schooled with a vast array of resources to allow them to complete their learning at home and online, and keep contact with their teachers and friends.

We use a variety of mediums to maximise the effectiveness of our home-schooling protocol;

  • School PING  - our messaging service/app which allows us to send school-wide or targeted messages to parents and carers with daily/weekly updates and information, including attachments.
  • DB Primary - our online teaching portal where teachers can upload worksheets and projects along with providing children with educational games etc. The portal is personalised to each child, who has their own login and password, and they can also use it to message their friends and teachers.
  • ZOOM - KS1 and reception children take part in one call per day to play games and share their work and catch up with their classsmates and teacher. KS2 children have two calls per day; one in the morning to set out the days activities, and one at the end of the school day to discuss and 'round-up' the days work. They also serve as a means of staying in touch with their teachers and classmates. 
  • Home learning packs - for children or parents/carers who may struggle to gain access to PCs or the internet, home-learning packs are being produced for children to work manually. These can be requested from the childs class teacher and collected from the school office, or in the event that the latter is not possible, are being hand-delivered by Goldstone staff. Parents/carers are also invited to request excercise books or other resources that they may need from school; admin@goldstone.brighton-hove.sch.uk  
  • Laptops - the school is working with familes in need to provide laptops for children to use for home-schooling. If you think that your child would qualify for assistance please contact the school office and we will endeavour to help; admin@goldstone.brighton-hove.sch.uk 

Goldstone Art Competition - A View From My Window

Our Art Coordinator, Hayley Best launched a competition on Thursday 14th January to help engage and unite the whole school community, both children and adults, with an uplifting and inclusive creative project. 

'A View From My Window' will be running for just over 4 weeks with a closing date of Friday 12th February, and entries can take any form, using any medium - eg. pencil, paint, clay etc - with entrants encouraged to use their imagination to make a piece personal to their own experience of lockdown.

As already mentioned, the competition is open to everyone, including staff and parents/carers! So grown-ups, if you would like to get involved and do a piece of your own artwork, that would be fantastic. 

Hayley says "The theme felt particularly relevant as we are spending more time at home just now, so it should provide some inspiration for engaging Art activities".

Entries should be scanned and e-mailed to Hayley; hayleybest@goldstone.brighton-hove.sch.uk with the original piece kept safe in order to bring it into school at a later date.

Pictures of the winning entries will be posted on the website, along with a selection of entries, and once school is back up and running, they will be used to form a display in our art gallery area.

A video with more details of how to enter can be found here:  The password is: goldstoneart

If you have any further questions please e-mail hayley; hayleybest@goldstone.brighton-hove.sch.uk

Happy Creating!!back view of cat looking through window

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