Return to School – January 2021

We regularly review and where necessary, adapt our planning for the safety of all.

Following the announcement of a national lockdown, we will only be welcoming children of Key Workers and those who are vulnerable back to school on Thursday 7th January. The booking form is live again in the Returning to School section (link below).

We will communicate more in the next few days and arrange what we can for those that need devices for remote learning.

Click here to visit the Key Worker Booking Form and Remote Learning Support Form.

Return to School – January 2021

We regularly review and where necessary, adapt our planning for the safety of all.

In short, children will remain in class groups (bubbles) for the duration of the day, with no classes mixing (note that the two Foundation Two classes are one bubble). The gates open for children to enter class from 07:40, allowing for distancing, ready for the start of the school day at 08:00. Each class has a pick up point at the end of the day and a one-way system win place for parents picking up children. Please adhere to social distancing. Pick up times are staggered, with  Foundation Two and Key Stage One being ready for pick up at 14:15 and the Key Stage Two children being ready 30 minutes later, at 14:45.

Children in Foundation Two / Key Stage One who have brothers or sisters in Key Stage Two will remain at school until their older sibling finishes at 14:45.

The procedures detailing the finer points will be similar in format to that for the lockdown to date, giving absolute clarity and expectations to keep all safe and minimise the risks.

Times are difficult but if your child has symptoms, do not take chances – keep them at home, get a test and keep everybody safe.

The latest Gov.uk guidance; our updated Risk Assessment, Procedures and other information can be found by clicking here. 

Covid Case

You, as parents, will have received a letter today about a child in school with positive Covid case. Children in that class need to isolate for 14 days. The rest of the school are safe to continue at school.

I am pleased to report that the child is fine despite the positive test result. I am also pleased to report that following the then routine discussions with Public Health Leicester and England (separately), our plans, practices and what we have then done to inform our community are all correct. Whilst we know what we do, it is reassuring to have it confirmed.

Return to School

We have now returned to school. You will have seen the very clear intent from government, that we return. We regularly review and where necessary, adapt our planning for the safety of all.

In short, children will remain in class groups (bubbles) for the duration of the day, with no classes mixing. The gates open for children to enter class from 07:40, allowing for distancing, ready for the start of the school day at 08:00. Each class has a pick up point at the end of the day and a one-way system win place for parents picking up children. Please adhere to social distancing.

The procedures detailing the finer points will be similar in format to that for the lockdown to date, giving absolute clarity and expectations to keep all safe and minimise the risks.

Take care.

Returning in August

The first day back at school is Thursday 27th August. You will have seen the very clear intent from government, that we return. We have been planning, checking and preparing for that return already and I am confident with the plans that we have; which are on the website and also attached to this email.

In short, children will remain in class groups (bubbles) for the duration of the day, with no classes mixing. We will have five drop-off points and five pick-up points (A-E). Each class will have a start and finish time, giving a staggered start and finish to the day to help with the required distancing. Where possible, we have aligned times to help with siblings however, where times are different, the siblings may all arrive and depart at the same time. 

The procedures detailing the finer points will be similar in format to that for the lockdown to date, giving absolute clarity and expectations to keep all safe and minimise the risks. So that you can think about times for the return though, the following points details each class’s timings and drop-off/pick-up point:

08:00 drop-off and 14:30 pick-up

      • Point A: Year 6 Mayapur
      • Point B: Year 3 Moon
      • Point C: Year 1 Doves
      • Point D: Foundation Two Bees (separate letter to bed sent for the first two days)
      • Point E: Year 4 Planets

08:15 drop-off and 14:45 pick-up

      • Point A: Year 6 Vrindavan 
      • Point B: Year 5 Turtles
      • Point C: Year 4 Comets
      • Point D: Year 2 Swans
      • Point E: Year 3 Sun

08:30 drop-off and 15:00 pick-up

      • Point B: Year 2 Peacocks
      • Point C: Year 1 Parrots
      • Point D: Foundation Two Butterflies (separate letter to be sent for the first two days)
      • Point E: Year 5 Sharks

School is now closed to most children, as reported in the news on Monday evening (29th June).

It has been somewhat frustrating to close but more than that, saddening. This year is one in education that has been totally disappointing, with so many plans, events and the overall time for the children lost. We have worked hard to make the best of a difficult situation and I am very grateful to the staff for pulling out the stops and being so positive. We have managed to provide online learning specific for classes and year groups and provide regular feedback, chats and more. I truly hope this has helped, but I know full well it has been difficult for many.

For those who are key workers or have a child with an EHCP, you may continue to send your child to school but must complete the form so that we can ensure we have the required staff and provision for them. We will be available from 08:00 until 15:30 as required. Please click there to book your child in.

Most importantly though is that you all stay safe. Leicester has been put into lockdown again due to a rise in cases and our thoughts and prayers are with you all, your families and communities. I will write again soon and keep you updated with regards any matters required and the return to school after the summer.

Take care.

Yours sincerely

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Mr D Kite

Friday, 19 June 2020

Dear Parents 

It is great to have the children back again, albeit with slightly less numbers. As consistently communicated, we all need to do what is right in our personal circumstances with respect for others and their context.

A Return for All

I am pleased to confirm we can start on Monday we will be welcoming children back from all year groups. Like we do with the originally returning years, additions can only happen once agreed, enabling us to check our capacity to allow more without compromising everybody’s safety. Start and finish times will be…

  • Foundation Two – 08:00 to 14:00
  • Year 1 – 08:15 to 14:15 (15 minute change)
  • Year 2 – 08:30 to 14:30
  • Year 3 – 08:30 to 14:30
  • Year 4 – 08:45 to 14:45
  • Year 5 – 08:45 to 14:45
  • Year 6 – 09:00 to 15:00

If you stated a desire to return on Monday, you will have received a letter already. 

We will continue to set work using Google Classroom for the children both at school and at home. If you have not yet completed the form but would like your child to return when we agree it can be accommodated safely, click here to request a return. 

Key Worker Bookings and Remote Support

For the children of Key Workers, you should complete the booking form. Please click here to book your child in. 

Yours sincerely

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Mr D Kite

Friday, 12 June 2020

Dear Parents

A member of staff at school has been tested and received a positive result for Covid19. 

Whilst the advice is only for the group to stay at home and self-isolate, the Trust and myself have taken the decision to act with caution and are closing the school indefinitely (our hope is it will only be a matter of days and not weeks). 

We are planning and expecting to be in a position to reopen on Wednesday, 17 June 2020, allowing time for an extensive Deep Clean.  We will keep you updated and confirm this early next week 

Take care and thank you for your understanding.

Yours sincerely

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Mr D Kite

The children in Foundation Two, Year 1 and Year 6 are back for the second day and all went very smoothly yesterday. The procedures throughout went well. The updated plan, procedures and assessment of risks are detailed in the two documents below, and will be reviewed at least weekly.

KAPS Covid-19 Risk Assessment – Covid19 – 09 June 2020 v7

KAPS Covid-19 Return to School -The Procedure

The children in Foundation Two, Year 1 and Year 6 are due to return to school on Monday 8th June.

The plan, procedures and assessment of risks are detailed in the two documents below, and will be reviewed at least weekly.

All measures are now in place.

KAPS Covid-19 Return to School -The Procedure

KAPS Covid-19 Risk Assessment – Covid 5 June 2020 v6

Returning to School – Monday 8th June

The children in Foundation Two, Year 1 and Year 6 are due to return to school on Monday 8th June.

The plan, procedures and assessment of risks are detailed in the two documents below, and will be reviewed at least weekly.

By Friday 5th June, measures not yet in place will be for school to reopen for these year groups.

KAPS Covid-19 Risk Assessment – Covid 2 June 2020 v4

KAPS Covid-19 Return to School -The Procedure

Friday, 29 May 2020

Dear Parents 

We are now at the end of a half-term break and I hope that most of you managed to get one. We have one more week now before the Foundation Two, Year 1 and Year 6 children are able to return. Regardless of the choices made, we will be continuing to set work using Google Classroom for the children both at school and at home. 

The short form to let us know whether your child (if in Foundation Two, Year 1 or Year 6) has now been completed by all but 13. The deadline is Monday morning so we can put the final plans into place. If you are one of the 13 yet to complete it, please do so by clicking here. As stated previously, provision for Key Workers and children with an EHCP continues as it is. 

A couple of reminders…

    • Children that return are expected to be at school everyday. This is not a flexible arrangement, day by day. 
    • Those that initially do not return on the 8th, the opportunity will always be there as soon as possible afterwards.
    • For those with children in more than one of the stated year groups, you will be able to drop off and pick up at the same time. 

It is now confirmed that start and finish times will be:

    • Foundation Two – 08:00 to 14:00
    • Year 1 – 08:30 to 14:30
    • Year 6 – 09:00 to 15:00

Key Worker Bookings and Remote Support

For the children of Key Workers and those with an EHCP, you need to complete the booking form so we can ensure we have the staff at school to meet the needs. Please click here to book your child in.

We are on track to return on Monday 8th June and will be finalising the plans in the early part of next week.  As previously stated, we need to return for the good of all, whilst being very careful, staying safe and reducing the risks as much as possible. 

I hope you all have a good weekend and stay safe. 

Best wishes

Mr Kite

Principal

Friday, 22 May 2020

Dear Parents 

Another busy week as we plan for the return of children on the 8th June. Thank you to all that completed the questionnaire to let us know your intentions. The form has now been updated with the ‘unsure removed’. Please do complete the form if you have not yet done so or have made a decision, or indeed changed your mind. Please do so by clicking here. As stated previously, provision for Key Workers and children with an EHCP continues as it is. 

A couple of points to clarify…

    • Children that return are expected to be at school everyday. This is not a flexible arrangement, day by day. 
    • Those that initially do not return on the 8th, the opportunity will always be there as soon as possible afterwards.
    • For those with children in more than one of the stated year groups, you will be able to drop off and pick up at the same time. 

I hope this helps and please do continue to ask questions not yet clarified. We too will share more information over the next couple of weeks. 

Key Worker Bookings and Remote Support

It is half-term next week but will still be open for the children of Key Workers.  To make booking for next week or future weeks, the form remains the same – please click here to book your child in.

It is half-term next week and as there are no bookings for Monday, we will be closed on Monday – enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend as best you can, but keeping safe. 

Stay strong, together and positive.

Mr Kite

Principal

Friday, 15 May 2020

Dear Parents 

I hope this week has for many of you been as good as it can be in an ongoing difficult situation. I know that we at school want the children to return to school as soon as safely possible. As stated in our Education Director’s letter to you, we are now planning for that date. 

To help us with the practicalities, a huge help would be an indication of the likely numbers that will return. Please complete a short form by clicking here to state whether you will be sending you child in when we return; whether you will not; or whether at this moment, you are unsure. If your child is not in Foundation Two, Year 1 or Year 6, you are currently not eligible. Provision for Key Workers and children with an EHCP  continues as it is. 

Key Worker Bookings and Remote Support

The booking system for the children with an EHCP or the children of Key Workers that can’t keep children safely at home remains the same – please click here to book your child in. For those that need this over half-term, please use the form to let us know as soon as possible so that we can sort the staff that kindly volunteer. 

On the same page (lower down), is a link to share issues you are having with remote working. Please use it if you need to and we will help as best we can. Please do reach out and let’s make sure we connect however we can, for the good of all. 

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Kite

Principal

Friday, 8 May 2020

Dear Parents 

The end of another week is here and so much covered during the past week. I sincerely hope you are keeping  as well as you can be and do not forget, we are here and will continue to connect in every way we can. 

Key Worker Bookings and Remote Support

The booking system for the children with an EHCP or the children of Key Workers that can’t keep children safely at home remains the same – please click here to book your child in. 

On the same page (lower down), is a link to share issues you are having with remote working. Please use it if you need to and we will help as best we can. Please do reach out and let’s make sure we connect however we can, for the good of all. 

Take care and stay safe. 

Mr Kite

Principal

Friday, 1 May 2020

Dear Parents 

The end of another week is here and so much covered during the past week. I sincerely hope you are keeping as well as you can be and do not forget, we are here and will continue to connect in every way we can. 

May Bank Holiday

A week today is the 75th VE Day celebration and as such, a Bank Holiday. The Bank Holiday in itself doesn’t resemble what it would normally do but we will be here, open for the parents of Key Workers on Friday. The usual form below to be used. On Friday next week, there will be no work set as it is officially a Bank Holiday.

Yoga Sessions

I am pleased that we have restarted the yoga sessions with Miss McDonald, our usual Yoga Teacher. These are initially for the children in school but we are exploring how to record these for all year groups, for those that want them. There is also the Avanti School Trust wide offer of daily sessions via You Tube. Please do check them out at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIKgipHTGr75vUPjsVQsj9g

Key Worker Bookings and Remote Support

The booking system for the children with an EHCP or the children of Key Workers that can’t keep children safely at home remains the same – please click here to book your child in. 

On the same page (lower down), is a link to share issues you are having with remote working. Please use it if you need to and we will help as best we can. Please do reach out and let’s make sure we connect however we can, for the good of all. 

As we really try to help, support and stay connected, here is another new thing from our very own PRE Teacher, Mr Randev – it really is him! Click here for his new Vlog.

Finally, thank you once again for the emails of appreciation – it means a great deal that we are helping in these difficult times.

Please do take care and be safe.  

Best wishes. 

Mr Kite

Principal

Friday, 24 April 2020

Friday Update – Be Safe and Resilient 

Dear Parents 

We are at the end of another week and now five weeks of isolation and remote working. These are very difficult times for the overwhelming majority with no known date as to when things will be getting back to anything like ‘normal’. My simple message to you all is stay safe, be resilient and be assured that we are together, even though not in person and with limited communication.  

I am very impressed with how the children are engaging with the work being set remotely. I am also impressed with the determination of all staff to provide the best they can in these still new ways of working. Sadly, I hear of some schools and organisations that are criticising other schools, teachers and educators; basically comparing them to another and bemoaning the differences between provision and the quality of quickly prepared resources. 

For us at Krishna Avanti Primary School we have received, from you, much praise. For that we are very grateful. We are not however in competition with others and get no satisfaction when we hear that others are being compared to us, then they are criticised. The main priority at the moment is that people are safe and well; second to that comes the education. 

Whilst you are homeschooling and doing all you can, remember to be kind to yourselves. Turning a home into a school is blurring what children know and expect at each. Do what you can, but please do not pressure yourselves into thinking you are not doing enough. With my own son on Wednesday, the work set was all completed in two and a half hours. It was a good amount and left us with time in the day to throw a ball and play some football. We also did the 30 minute Joe Wicks workout. I have one child and many of you have more – that in itself will make you home schooling much harder. Be kind to yourselves. 

Key Worker Bookings and Remote Support 

The booking system for the children with an EHCP or the children of Key Workers that can’t keep children safely at home remains the same – please click here to book your child in. 

On the same page (lower down), is a link to share issues you are having with remote working. Please use it if you need to and we will help as best we can. Please do reach out and let’s make sure we connect however we can, for the good of all. 

Please do take care and be safe. 

Best wishes. 

Mr Kite

Principal

COVID 19: supporting learning and development during the lockdown

As parents settle into new ways of working, learning and just being, I thought you might appreciate some guidance on how you can support home learning for your children at this unusual and difficult time.

Guidance to create a positive home learning environment

Be realistic about what you can do! You’re not expected to become teachers and your children aren’t expected to learn in the same way as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them to adapt. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household.

  • Share the load if there are two parents at home. Split the day into 2-3 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work.
  • Take care of your own health and wellbeing. Take a look at the links at the end of this newsletter for some advice on mental health and wellbeing.
  • Keep to a timetable wherever possible – create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they’re dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas! Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day
  • Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership
  • Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible. If they are finding a task challenging or frustrating they can email or ask their teacher a question in teams, leave the task and come back to it later.
  • If you have more than one child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household
  • Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over
  • Distinguish between weekdays and weekends and holidays, to separate school life and home life. At weekends and in the holidays make time for other family activities as well as giving children their own time and space.

Free Learning opportunities (in addition to what Avanti is providing)

You may have seen that many social media feeds are periodically sharing activities and free learning opportunities, some of which are listed below.

Oak National Academy

This is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown. The online classroom offers free access to great teachers, delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Available for both primary and secondary levels, it covers a range of subjects. All of the lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan.

https://www.thenational.academy/information-for-parents-pupils/

BBC Bitesize

Daily lessons are here! The BBC has at least three new lessons every weekday, with videos, activities and more.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

The National Theatre

The National Theatre is streaming full lengths plays for free every Thursday, these are available for 7 days following too: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

The Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company has released a wide range of resources, videos and access to live performances on their website. https://www.rsc.org.uk/news/watch-rsc-shows-from-home

Keeping healthy and keeping in touch

You may find the parents’ guide to coping with school closures helpful – see link below. This website provides helpful tips and advice for parents to support their children academically as well as look after their physical and mental health.

www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/coronavirus

For guidance on supporting your own mental health and that of your children the ‘Mind’ has a useful section on its website about the coronavirus and your wellbeing:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

While schools are closed, staff remain available to support and provide advice and guidance for all our students. Please do remember you can get in touch if you need to. Your first port of call should be an email to your child’s tutor or subject teacher.

I hope all our families are managing to stay safe and well, while keeping up to date and following the advice on how to limit the spread of COVID-19.

 

Mike Ion

AST Education Director

Easter Break Ends

Dear Parents 

A letter at the end of an official break is not something I have written before until now. As it is the last Friday of the official Easter holiday, school is back on Monday. 

I’d like to start by thanking the numerous staff that offered to come in over the Easter break to support the Key Workers, including shop workers, doctors and NHS nurses. An extra special thank you to the eight staff members that were in over their break. 

But an even bigger thank you to all of you; whether a Key Worker taking risks to do your job so we can all continue; or those that have stayed at home and followed the guidance to keep everybody safer and less likely to spread the virus –  Thank you!

 

School Remains Closed (for most)

The current ‘lockdown’ in place is to continue for another three weeks, as announced during yesterday’s daily news conference from 10 Downing Street. This means we continue as we are, setting work remotely via Google Classroom and only having the children with an EHC Plan or the children of Key Workers attending school. A reminder to our Key Workers, if your child can be looked after safely at home by a member of the family, that is what should happen. 

For the children with an EHCP or the children of Key Workers that can’t keep children safely at home, please click here to book your child in. A reminder that the Takeaway Food is discounted to £1.00 per meal due to the very generous donation of a parent. 

Work on Google Classroom will be posted the night before it is needed. So for Monday, the work will be on Google Classroom on Sunday evening. The same link above can be used to share any issues that you are having with remote learning. We are here to help and are aware that during these extended times without the usual contact we have, are difficult for so many. Please do reach out and let’s make sure we connect however we can, for the good of all. 

Stay safe and take care. 

Mr Kite

Principal

School is now closed to all but the children of Key Workers and those with an ECHP. 

pupils are in attendance today. 

School is now closed to all but the children of Key Workers and those with an ECHP. 

pupils are in attendance today. 

School is now closed to all but the children of Key Workers and those with an ECHP. 

pupils are in attendance today. 

100 pupils at Krishna Avanti Primary School are self-isolating. Of those, 66 are doing so due to displaying a symptom. It is important to stress that these are precautionary measures and that there are ZERO confirmed cases of the Coronavirus within the school community.

28 pupils are self-isolating due to having family members with the symptoms. 

pupils are self-isolating due to having health conditions (or family) that make them vulnerable. 

We will be regularly following updates from the local Public Health Team on a regular basis to seek updates and further advice. We will continue to keep parents and carers and the school community informed with any updated advice passed to us.

The guidance now states self-isolating for 14 days, as a household.

Breakdown:

  • ZERO Confirmed cases
  • 66 Pupils self-isolating (due to symptoms)
  • 28 Pupils self-isolating (due to family members having symptoms)
  • 6 Pupils are self-isolating due to having health conditions that make them vulnerable (or a member of their family). 
  • 4 Staff member self-isolating (due to symptoms)
  • 10 Staff members self-isolating (due to family members having symptoms)

83 pupils at Krishna Avanti Primary School are self-isolating. Of those, 57 are doing so due to displaying a symptom. It is important to stress that these are precautionary measures and that there are ZERO confirmed cases of the Coronavirus within the school community.

21 pupils are self-isolating due to having family members with the symptoms. 

5 pupils are self-isolating due to having health conditions that make them vulnerable. 

We will be regularly following updates from the local Public Health Team on a regular basis to seek updates and further advice. We will continue to keep parents and carers and the school community informed with any updated advice passed to us.

The guidance now states self-isolating for 14 days, as a household.

Breakdown:

  • ZERO Confirmed cases
  • 57 Pupils self-isolating (due to symptoms)
  • 21 Pupils self-isolating (due to family members having symptoms)
  • 5 Pupils are self-isolating due to having health conditions that make them vulnerable. 
  • 1 Staff member self-isolating (due to symptoms)
  • 10 Staff members self-isolating (due to family members having symptoms)

52 pupils at Krishna Avanti Primary School are self-isolating. Of those, 39 are doing so due to displaying a symptom. It is important to stress that these are precautionary measures and that there are ZERO confirmed cases of the Coronavirus within the school community.

13 pupils are self-isolating due to having family members with the symptoms. 

We will be regularly following updates from the local Public Health Team on a regular basis to seek updates and further advice. We will continue to keep parents and carers and the school community informed with any updated advice passed to us.

The guidance now states self-isolating for 14 days, as a household.

Breakdown:

  • ZERO Confirmed cases
  • 39 Pupils self-isolating (due to symptoms)
  • 13 Pupils self-isolating (due to family members having symptoms)
  • 1 Staff member self-isolating (due to symptoms)
  • 6 Staff members self-isolating (due to family members having symptoms)

23 pupils at Krishna Avanti Primary School are self-isolating. Of those, 15 are doing so due to displaying a symptom. It is important to stress that these are precautionary measures and that there are ZERO confirmed cases of the Coronavirus within the school community.

8 pupils are self-isolating due to having family members with the symptoms. 

We will be regularly following updates from the local Public Health Team on a regular basis to seek updates and further advice. We will continue to keep parents and carers and the school community informed with any updated advice passed to us.

The guidance now states self-isolating for 14 days, as a household.

Breakdown:

  • ZERO Confirmed cases
  • 15 Pupils self-isolating (due to symptoms)
  • 8 Pupils self-isolating (due to family members having symptoms)
  • 1 Staff member self-isolating (due to symptoms)
  • 2 Staff members self-isolating (due to family members having symptoms)

9 pupils at Krishna Avanti Primary School are self-isolating. Of those, 3 has been advised by their GP or PHE to do so for 7 days and 6 are doing so due to displaying a symptom. It is important to stress that these are precautionary measures and that there are ZERO confirmed cases of the Coronavirus within the school community.

5 pupils are self-isolating due to having family members with the symptoms. 

We will be regularly following updates from the local Public Health Team on a regular basis to seek updates and further advice. We will continue to keep parents and carers and the school community informed with any updated advice passed to us.

Breakdown:

  • ZERO Confirmed cases
  • 9 Pupils self-isolating (due to symptoms)
  • 5 Pupils self-isolating (due to family members having symptoms)
  • 1 Staff member self-isolating (due to symptoms)

Two pupils at Krishna Avanti Primary School has been advised by their GP or PHE to self-isolate for up to 7 days. It is important to stress that these are precautionary measure and that there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus within the school community. We will be regularly following updates from the local Public Health Team on a regular basis to seek updates and further advice. We will continue to keep parents and carers and the school community informed with any updated advice passed to us.