We have received the following advice on whether or not it is OK to send your child into school. Please read the information carefully and use the flowchart to help with your decision.
HEALTH and education experts are offering help and advice to parents on when they can safely send their child to school.
County Durham Care Partnership, which brings together NHS organisations, Durham County Council and other providers to deliver improved, joined up health and social care services, has created an easy-read chart to help parents who are unsure if their child should stay at home or go to class.
The information follows Government guidelines on spotting the signs of Covid-19.
Sarah Burns, head of integrated strategic commissioning for Durham County Council and NHS County Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Since pupils returned to schools earlier this month we have become very aware of the increased demand on NHS111 and GP practices from worried parents.
“We know that when it can be difficult for parents to decide if they should send their child to school during the ongoing pandemic. This infographic has been designed by our local GPs to help inform parents what to do if they worry that their child may be unwell.
“If children are showing signs of Covid-19, a high temperature, a continuous cough or loss of smell or taste then we would recommend that the whole household self-isolate and book a test. All members of the household must stay at home until the test results are known.
“Similarly if children have diarrhoea and vomiting then we would recommend that they remain off school for at least 48 hours or until they feel well enough to return, as tummy bugs can also be very contagious.
“But as long as your child is feeling well, has not otherwise been told to self-isolate and there are no other household members with COVID symptoms, then it is ok to send them to school.”
Parents should continue to seek help from their GP if needed or contact NHS111 if their surgery is closed.”
Please see following information on the school admission arrangements.
We have had a positive start to the new school year and we have thoroughly enjoyed having all our children back in school. We have spent time going over rules and routines that will help keep everyone in our school community safe as well as sharing all our lockdown adventures!
Next week we will begin our ‘recovery’ curriculum where we will find out exactly where the children are with their learning in English and Maths addressing any gaps and beginning new learning . We will also be focusing on the emotional well-being of our children through a range of activities including outdoor activities, PE, Music and art.
Drop off and pick up arrangements have gone well! Monday sees us return as a whole school and it is really important that everyone sticks to their times to avoid any cross over of class bubbles. Please can I ask that you queue in the direction of the arrows on the posters rather than ‘grouping’ together. This will avoid you and your child having to stand on the road and will support social distancing measures which we must maintain at all times.
I have included information below about drop off and pick up times to address any queries you may have and also some information about packed lunches.
|Year Group||Start time||Entry to school via||Finish Time||Exit from school via|
|Reception||8.30-8.40a.m.||Reception yard gate||3-3.10p.m.||Reception yard gate|
|Year 1||8.50 -9 a.m.||Reception yard gate||3.20-3.30p.m.||Reception yard gate|
|Year 2||8.50 -9 a.m.||Main gate||3.20-3.30p.m.||Main gate|
|Year 3||8.30-8.40a.m.||Main gate||3-3.10p.m.||Main gate|
|Year 4||8.50 -9 a.m.||Car park gate||3.20-3.30p.m.||Car park gate|
|Year 5||8.30-8.40a.m.||Car park gate||3-3.10p.m.||Car park gate|
|Year 6||9.10-9.20a.m.||Main gate||3.40-3.50p.m.||Main gate|
Information to clarify drop off and pick up times:
- Siblings with the same drop off and pick up times:
- Please drop your eldest child at their entry gate and then take younger sibling(s) to their respective entrance gate
- End of the day: we will send all of your children to the same exit as your youngest sibling.
- Siblings with different start/finish times:
- Please bring all your children for the start time of your earliest child and to the earliest child’s drop off point. Staff will take all children from there and organise.
- At the end of the day all children will leave at the time of your child with the latest pick up time. We will make sure that all siblings are at the pick up point for your ‘latest’ child.
As from Monday children are able to bring a packed lunch. This must be in a disposable bag.
Please make sure that if there is anything in a wrapper, your child must be able to open this for themselves. As per risk assessment, staff will not be opening any packaging/wrappers due to cross-contamination.
I will continue to up-date you on any changes that we need to make to our arrangements.
Thank you for your continued support.
Take a looks at the parents and pupils page for information on how we are looking to return to school in September.
As we reach the end of what has been a very different school year for all of us but in particular our Year 6 children, we wanted to do something to mark your time at our school. We have put together this memories video for you to enjoy and reflect on your time at Escomb. From all of us to all of you we wish you all the very best as you move onto secondary school and hope that you enjoy your new adventures! We will definitely arrange a ‘goodbye reunion’ as soon as we can in September! #TeamEscomb
Mrs Gill, Mrs Collings and Staff
What a fab day we’ve had in school! A different Sports Day in our pods in our own spaces! Starting with a warm up – work out with our lovely Ashleigh! 😘👌Completing challenges, competing against each other but most importantly having fun together but ‘separately’! We’ve certainly cracked this!
We are doing all we can to reassure parents of the safety measures which are in place to welcome eligible children back to school this term.
As part of the Government’s central “Stay Alert” campaign, you are likely to see information adverts on these measures on the radio and online to reassure parents that if their child is eligible to attend school, they should return before the summer break. These messages will sit alongside wider government messaging about public transport and returning to work, which aim to reassure the public as changes to lockdown measures are made.
The following leaflet provides clear information for parents of children who are eligible to return to school. It provides answers to some of the key questions that you may have about the new safety measures in place for returning to school.
There is also a short film about how some primary schools have welcomed back children since they started opening more widely. This may help you understand what is going on in school to reassure you that your child’s safety is paramount.
Find out what it’s been like for pupils, teachers and parents at Danesfield School and Charles Dickens Primary School and see how they’re working together in their ‘bubbles’ to learn and have fun.
Please see the following letter regarding the opening of County Durham schools to more children from the Director of Public Health.
In a Cabinet Briefing announcement shared with Head teachers today, Durham County Council have recommended that primary schools in County Durham do not open to additional children until 15th June. In reaching this decision they have taken account of the very particular circumstances of the North East and the most recent scientific findings. More detail will be shared with parents next week.