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Letter to Parents re: Lateral Flow Testing 02.02.2021

Date: 2nd Feb 2021 @ 2:01pm

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Please find attached an important update from Antony Hughes, CEO, regarding Lateral Flow Testing.

Should you have any questions or comments please do get in touch.

Update: Monday 4th Jan 2021 School Closure Announcement

Date: 4th Jan 2021 @ 11:26pm

Dear Parents/Carers - please read latest urgent information regarding school closures.

Update: Sunday 3rd January 2021 - Return to school

Date: 3rd Jan 2021 @ 7:24pm

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Please find attached an important update from Antony Hughes, CEO, regarding the return to school for our pupils to our academies this week. 

Should you have any questions or comments please do get in touch.

Update - Bubble Closure - Ruby Class - 30.11.2020

Date: 30th Nov 2020 @ 11:29am

30th November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Confirmed case of Covid19 at Northmoor Academy Ruby Class

I am writing to let you know that member of our Ruby bubble has tested positive for Covid-19. The academy is working closely with Oldham’s Public Health Team to reduce the risk of infection for your children and our staff.

This means that we have had to close the Ruby Class bubble for 14 days from today. Your child must now self-isolate for 14 days. This means they must stay at home until Monday 14th December. Assuming they do not show symptoms in this time or test positive themselves, they may return to school on Monday 14th December.

Only children in Ruby Class need to isolate. You may send brothers and sisters to school as usual.

It is important that we are all aware of the symptoms of Covid19 and only well child attend school or childcare settings.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

• high temperature

• new, continuous cough –this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

• loss or change to your sense of smell or taste –this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

I know that some parents will feel worried. Please try not to worry. For most people Covid19 is a mild illness.

If your child or any member of the household develops any of these symptoms then you should arrange to be tested. You can do this by searching ‘Book a coronavirus test online’ or by calling 119.

If you have taken a test, then your household should stay at home until the result is received. If anyone in the household receives a positive result, then the whole family must stay at home and self-isolate. If all members are negative, then your child may return to school as long as you have not been told to isolate by the Test and Trace Service.

Should you have any questions or need any help please contact school using info@northmoor.theharmonytrust.org

Many Thanks for your understanding and support at this difficult time.

J Hainsworth

Executive Principal

Update - Bubble Closure - Onyx - 26.11.2020

Date: 30th Nov 2020 @ 11:25am

26th November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Confirmed case of Covid19 at Northmoor Academy Onyx Class

I am writing to let you know that member of our Onyx bubble has tested positive for Covid-19. The academy is working closely with Oldham’s Public Health Team to reduce the risk of infection for your children and our staff.

This means that we have had to close the Onyx Class bubble for 14 days from today. Your child must now self-isolate for 14 days. This means they must stay at home until Thursday 10th December. Assuming they do not show symptoms in this time or test positive themselves, they may return to school on Thursday 10th December.

Only children in Onyx Class need to isolate. You may send brothers and sisters to school as usual.

It is important that we are all aware of the symptoms of Covid19 and only well child attend school or childcare settings.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

• high temperature

• new, continuous cough –this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

• loss or change to your sense of smell or taste –this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

I know that some parents will feel worried. Please try not to worry. For most people Covid19 is a mild illness.

If your child or any member of the household develops any of these symptoms then you should arrange to be tested. You can do this by searching ‘Book a coronavirus test online’ or by calling 119.

If you have taken a test, then your household should stay at home until the result is received. If anyone in the household receives a positive result, then the whole family must stay at home and self-isolate. If all members are negative, then your child may return to school as long as you have not been told to isolate by the Test and Trace Service.

Should you have any questions or need any help please contact school using info@northmoor.theharmonytrust.org

Many Thanks for your understanding and support at this difficult time.

J Hainsworth

Executive Principal

Update - Bubble Closure -Tanzanite Class - 11.11.2020

Date: 11th Nov 2020 @ 5:38pm

11th November 2020

Confirmed case of Covid19 at Northmoor Academy Year 3&4 Tanzanite Class

We have been informed that a member of our academy have tested positive for Covid-19. We are working closely with Oldham’s Public Health Team to reduce the risk of infection for our children and our staff.

This means that we have had to close the Year 3&4 Tanzanite Class Bubble for 14 days from today. The children and staff members will now self-isolate for 14 days. This means they will stay at home until 25th November.

It is safe for all other pupils to return to school. We have taken a range of measure to ensure that we are adhering to the government’s guidelines for schools.

It is important that we are all aware of the symptoms of Covid19 and only well children and staff attend school or childcare settings.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

•high temperature

•new, continuous cough –this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

•loss or change to your sense of smell or taste –this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

For most people Covid19 is a mild illness. We are taking a range of measures and precautions as identified in our risk assessment and will do all that we can to keep everyone safe.

If your child or any member of the household develops any of these symptoms then you should arrange to be tested. You can do this by searching ‘Book a coronavirus test online’ or by calling 119.

If you have taken a test, then your household should stay at home until the result is received. If anyone in the household receives a positive result, then the whole family must stay at home and self-isolate. If all members are negative, then your child may return to school as long as you have not been told to isolate by the Test and Trace Service.

If you have any questions please get in touch with the academy using info@northmoor.theharmonytrust.org

Children in Need

Date: 10th Nov 2020 @ 8:45am

TT Rockstars Rock Out 2020

Date: 6th Nov 2020 @ 4:41pm

We are very excited about the national TT Rockstars Rock Out 2020!  Please encourage your child to join in, prizes are available and don't forget to challenge your teacher to a Rock Slam!  

Good luck!

Update - Bubble Closure 6.11.2020 - Garnet Class

Date: 6th Nov 2020 @ 4:46pm

6th November 2020

Confirmed case of Covid19 at Northmoor Academy Year 3 Garnet Class

We have been informed that two pupils at our academy have tested positive for Covid-19. We are working closely with Oldham’s Public Health Team to reduce the risk of infection for our children and our staff.

This means that we have had to close the Year 3 Garnet Class Bubble for 14 days from today. The children and staff members will now self-isolate for 14 days. This means they will stay at home until Friday 20th November 2020.

It is safe for all other pupils to return to school. We have taken a range of measure to ensure that we are adhering to the government’s guidelines for schools.

It is important that we are all aware of the symptoms of Covid19 and only well children and staff attend school or childcare settings.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

• high temperature

• new, continuous cough –this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

• loss or change to your sense of smell or taste –this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

For most people Covid19 is a mild illness. We are taking a range of measures and precautions as identified in our risk assessment and will do all that we can to keep everyone safe.

If your child or any member of the household develops any of these symptoms then you should arrange to be tested. You can do this by searching ‘Book a coronavirus test online’ or by calling 119.

If you have taken a test, then your household should stay at home until the result is received. If anyone in the household receives a positive result, then the whole family must stay at home and self-isolate. If all members are negative, then your child may return to school as long as you have not been told to isolate by the Test and Trace Service.

If you have any questions please get in touch with the academy using info@northmoor.theharmonytrust.org

Update - Bubble Closure 5.11.2020 - Tourmaline

Date: 5th Nov 2020 @ 2:48pm

5th November 2020

Confirmed case of Covid19 at Northmoor Academy, Tourmaline Class.

We have been informed that a member of our academy has tested positive for Covid-19. We are working closely with Oldham’s Public Health Team to reduce the risk of infection for our children and our staff.

This means that we have had to close the Tourmaline Class Bubble from today. The children and staff members will now self-isolate. This means they will stay at home until Wednesday 18th November.

It is safe for all other pupils to return to school. We have taken a range of measure to ensure that we are adhering to the government’s guidelines for schools.

It is important that we are all aware of the symptoms of Covid-19 and only well children and staff attend school or childcare settings.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

• high temperature

• new, continuous cough –this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

•l oss or change to your sense of smell or taste –this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

For most people Covid-19 is a mild illness. We are taking a range of measures and precautions as identified in our risk assessment and will do all that we can to keep everyone safe.

If your child or any member of the household develops any of these symptoms then you should arrange to be tested. You can do this by searching ‘Book a coronavirus test online’ or by calling 119.

If you have taken a test, then your household should stay at home until the result is received. If anyone in the household receives a positive result, then the whole family must stay at home and self-isolate. If all members are negative, then your child may return to school as long as you have not been told to isolate by the Test and Trace Service.

If you have any questions please get in touch with the academy using info@northmoor.theharmonytrust.org

 

 

Update: Friday 2nd October 2020 Year 4 Amethyst Class Bubble Closure

Date: 5th Oct 2020 @ 11:48am

Please read latest regarding Bubble Closure. 

Latest Covid-19 Update - 13th September 2020

Date: 13th Sep 2020 @ 8:34pm

Please click the below link to read our latest Covid 19 update.

Covid-19 Update 13th September 2020

Update: Friday 11th September 2020 - Year 6 Bubble Closure

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 9:43pm

Please read attachment. 

School Reopening Details - September 2020

Date: 19th Aug 2020 @ 6:58pm

Return to School and Breakfast Club Arrangements

We are very much looking forward to welcoming the children back in September.  To help with social distancing, the children's return to school will be staggered over several days:

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, parents must leave their children at the main school gate on Alderson St at the start of the school day.  

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club will no longer be in the school hall but in your child's classroom from 8:30am.  Sadly, this means parents can no longer attend breakfast club with their child/ren.

End of Day Arrangements

There will be a one-way system through the school grounds for parents/carers to pick up their children.  Staff will be on hand to help direct parents/carers.  Please arrive at the main gate on Alderson Street at home time.

Thursday Afternoon Closure

To maintain the "bubble system" during the Covid-19 pandemic, school will be closed from 1:30pm every Thursday from 10th September to allow preparation and planning time.

If you have any queries, please contact school on the following email: info@northmoor.theharmonytrust.org

IMPORTANT NOTICE : SATURDAY 6TH JUNE - UPDATE ON PHASED RETURN

Date: 6th Jun 2020 @ 9:40am

Please read latest update from the Trust. 

Further Update from CEO regarding widening opening of Academies.

Date: 29th May 2020 @ 3:55pm

Parents/Carers - please read latest update. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Next phase of re-opening school

Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 4:08pm

Friday 22nd May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following on from the letter recently posted on our website, I would like to give you more information about our next phase of re-opening based on our risk assessments and planning. We are doing our best to continue to keep you as up to date as we can in these challenging times.

Subject to Government confirmation, we plan to reopen Northmoor Academy from Wednesday 3rd June to some pupils. We will do this in phases and will be in touch to discuss this with you.

Safety is our number one priority and in making our decisions we have considered the numbers of children we can safely have in a group, the number of staff in school and the space we have available.  We have also considered how we can encourage social distancing and make sure our groups of children do not mix beyond their “bubble”.

Phasing of our offer:

We have taken the decision to place a particular priority on children who are Y6 because they will need support to prepare for secondary school.  Therefore we will be opening to the following groups:

Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd June – open for staff induction and to ensure our extensive safety procedures are in place and ready for re-opening to children.

Wednesday 3rd June – we will welcome children of key workers and those in the other groups who have been eligible for a place since the lockdown began.

Monday 8th June – we continue to welcome the above groups but will also be welcoming any Year 6 pupils who have indicated they wish to join us.   During this week we will be reviewing numbers and procedures and during this time will make the decision whether we are able to safely increase the offer to other year groups.

Monday 15th June (and beyond)– we hope to increase to an additional year group, or more – this will be Year 1 in the first instance if we are able to but we will contact you further once we have a clearer picture.

Safety measures being implemented

We are in the process of finalising our comprehensive risk assessments, which we will share with you prior to opening. The key procedures we are putting in place are:

  • We continue to request that no child or adult showing symptoms comes into school for at least 7 days after developing symptoms
      • A persistent cough
      • A high temperature
      • A loss of taste or smell
  • A bubble system – 2 staff will be with no more than 10 children in a bubble. They will be in their own space and will not mix with other bubbles.
  • Key worker and other groups may be in mixed age bubbles. Once other year groups remain, they will be in year group bubbles.
  • Due to the need for space, some children will not be in their own classroom or with their own teacher. We are doing our best to make sure the adult your child is with is one they know.
  • We will try to encourage social distancing as much as we can.  Please be aware that although we will encourage this, we cannot guarantee children will keep apart.  The bubble system is in place to limit contact beyond a very small group.
  • Every child will have their own space to work at with their own pencils etc.
  • We will have strict hygiene controls: very regular handwashing, regular cleaning throughout the day, hand gel available, a ready supply of soap and tissues.
  • Access to corridors, entrances and exits, toilets and other shared areas will be arranged so bubbles do not mix and enhanced cleaning is in place.
  • Breaks and lunchtimes will be staggered so children can use the outside area without mixing with other bubbles.
  • The start and end of day will be staggered so there are fewer children coming into school at the same time.
  • We will encourage only 1 parent to bring and collect their child
  • There will be very few visitors on site.  If parents wish to see a member of staff, they will be asked to make an appointment and strict social distancing will occur
  • Children coming in should only bring water bottles lunchboxes (if relevant) and a coat (if needed).  Book bags are not needed.
  • Uniform is expected but we will understand if your child has grown out of something.  We would ask that clean clothes are worn each day and shoes are cleaned.
  • We will keep monitoring and reviewing our systems to make sure they are as safe as possible.

 

We are doing everything we can to keep everyone as safe as possible.  We cannot eliminate the risk of the virus but we will put procedures in place which should help to prevent an infection from being transmitted in school. This plan is subject to change in light of Government advice and safety consultations with Unions and our other partners.

If your child is due to come in the first week, we will be in contact in the week beginning 1st June to provide more information. For other year groups, we will keep you updated on our plans as soon as we can.  

Once again we thank you for your continued patience whilst we put these plans in place and we hope you understand our caution in adopting this phased approach.

 

Yours sincerely

Executive Principal

NorthmoorAcademy

IMPORTANT NOTICE : 22nd May 2020 Wider Potential Opening of Harmony Academies

Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 3:19pm

Dear Parents/Carers, please read the latest updates from The Trust.

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