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Covid-19 response

21 February 2022


On 21 February the Prime Minister set out the next phase of the Government’s COVID19 response. COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the
imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education remains.


The Government's priority is to support schools to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances and mental and physical health.

November 2021 Update


As a result of the measures announced by the UK Government in response to the latest COVID-19 variant (Omicron), I wanted to inform you of the controls we have put in place as a precaution to slow down the spread of this variant while more information is gathered.


Face Coverings

In line with guidance released by the UK Government, face coverings must be worn when entering the school, unless you have a medical exemption.



Enhanced cleaning and hygiene controls within the school will continue


Outside the school buildings

We ask that you continue to keep your distance from others and wear a mask to reduce the chances of spreading infection, especially at the start and end of the school day


Lateral Flow Testing (LFT)

Our staff will continue to take a Lateral Flow Test twice a week, if a test is positive they will self-isolate and take a PCR test, if positive Test and Trace will be informed, the school will follow their instruction (if any) and that of the UK Security and Health Agency (UKSHA)


Contact Tracing and Isolation Government Guidance

If your child has COVID-19 symptoms they should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. You should arrange a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, they must continue to self-isolate.

If your child does not have COVID-19 symptoms, but they have a positive PCR test result, they must stay at home and self-isolate.


If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you must stay at home and self-isolate if you are not fully vaccinated or if they have been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 that has not been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant, and you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months, you are not required to self-isolate.


You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate.

4 January 2021


Good evening all.

Following tonights announcement, schools will be closed from tomorrow (Tuesday) to all pupils except children of critical key workers and those identified as vulnerable.

We are sorry for the late notice. We don’t get prior warning to the public announcements unfortunately.

Our schools will be updating with more info over the next 24 hours with a letter to families going out shortly tonight.

Thank you in advance for your patience with your school and keep an eye out for more information.

Keep safe.

Virus cases are on the rise again in North Somerset and it is inevitable that some of the rising numbers are now impacting schools across the county. We want to reassure you that all of our schools are still working very hard to minimise risk. The health and safety of all our children and staff remains a priority at all times.


We continue to:


review cleaning procedures daily to ensure national guidance is adhered to and latest safety advice is taken


carry out regular deep cleaning


have anti-bac hand gel available and accessible to all


remind everyone in school to maintain social distancing and not become complacent.


virtually ‘meet’, communicate and support across the trust daily.


If you are able to wear a mask when dropping off and picking up children then please do so. We are being told about some parents/carers congregating around the various school gates. We do encourage people to move on but we are unable to enforce this when off school grounds. We know how important time to catch up is, but we are living in extraordinary times so politely ask that we all do what we can to stay safe.


Central team visits to schools are limited and carried out in adherence to strict safety guidelines. Rooms used are controlled and surfaces are always cleaned down afterwards. School reception staff ensure school specific procedures are met at all times. Visits to central team offices are also limited to those who have essential business and carried out in a separate controlled space. Procedures mirror those carried out in schools.


The vast majority of our cross-school work and training is carried out remotely to limit the possibility of cross infection. Our headteachers and central team members have not been in the same meeting room since February. Our teaching school, The Beach Teaching School Alliance has been providing remote training throughout the COVID crisis, delivering over 150 sessions to teachers and governors across the South West. As a trust, we continue to ‘virtually meet’ every week to share updates, guidance, best practice, training and support.


We will continue to update you as and when things change. Stay safe. See you again soon we hope!


ELAN Central Team


The NHS COVID-19 app is launching 24 September 2020. The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. It will be available to download from midnight on Thursday 24 September and is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community. The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in.

22 September 2020 update


Throughout the COVID-19 crisis our schools have rigidly adhered to all UK government, Public Health England, NHS and other agencies advice and continue to monitor all guidance closely updating our procedures and practices when changes occur.

We are working closely with Public Health England and Public Health North Somerset to advise our schools with regards to the virus.

We’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank all of our staff, families and communities for their ongoing work and support throughout these turbulent times. It’s by working together and supporting each other that we are able to adapt, change and manage any challenges that may come each day.

Returning to school in September 2020


On 2 July 2020, the government announced that all pupils will be expected to return to school from September 2020 and that school attendance will again be mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age (5-16 years).


We understand that some pupils, parents and households may be reluctant or anxious about pupils returning.

This may include:

  • pupils who have themselves been shielding previously but have been advised that this is no longer necessary;

  • pupils living in households where someone is clinically vulnerable; and/or

  • those concerned about the comparatively increased risk from coronavirus (COVID-19), including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.


We are looking forward to welcoming all our children back to school, but safety is still our highest priority. We are working closely with all our schools to ensure suitable measures are in place to make the school as safe as possible for our pupils.

The schools’ Risk Assessments remain live and under continuous review, and the school sites will be inspected for compliance. We will continue to follow Public Health England and government guidance, and any guidance from the Local Authority.

We hope this will provide some reassurance and give parents and carers the confidence to support their child’s return to school.


If you have any concerns about your child’s return to school due to the risk of COVID-19, please contact your child’s school so that we can listen to your concerns and explain the measures we are putting in place to reduce the risk in school. See full guide below.

Wider school opening from 1 June 2020 

I am pleased that I am now able to write to you with some more detail about how we plan to open to more children from 1 June 2020 

Central to all our decision making and planning has been the safety of your child and our staff. Therefore, I would like to reassure you that we will only open our schools to more pupils once the government confirms that it is safe to do so. Adam Matthews.


Please open the pdf document to read the full detail as it stands today.

#weappreciateyou is back - coming to you on Friday 24 April 2020

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Weekend Provision for the Children of Key Workers - Tuesday 14 April 2020


From this point forward we will be extending childcare for the children of key workers only to cover all weekends and bank holidays to support them in carrying out their vital roles.


Key workers wishing to access this provision should contact their child’s school for further details and to book a place.

Free School Meal Vouchers to Parents from Monday 20th April 2020 


From Monday 20th April, all ELAN schools will begin using the government’s Free School Meal Voucher Distribution Scheme, replacing our current weekly food pack scheme. 
We believe that these vouchers will provide families with greater flexibility of food choice to meet the needs of their children during this period. 

Families entitled to free school meals will receive a £15 grocery voucher per child every week, term time only. Our Schools will contact parents/carers individually with details of how they intend to distribute these vouchers. 

If you think your child may qualify for free school meals please register here…/direc…/

Further information can be found here:…/schoolmeals/freeschoolmeals/

ELAN schools are open throughout the holidays and are here to support our families, should you need it. 

Thank you very much for your continued support and understanding during these incredibly challenging times. Like you, we have been coming to terms with the new world in which we are living and really appreciate your continued kindness.

School opening for vulnerable children and critical workers’ children - only by prior agreement that has already been confirmed

Saturday 4 April  


Sunday 5 April  




Monday 6 April 

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children 

Tuesday 7 April  

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children 

Wednesday 8 April  

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children 

Thursday 9 April  

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children 



Friday 10 April  

Critical workers’ children from all ELAN primary schools at Walliscote Primary School 



Saturday 11 April  

Critical workers’ children from all ELAN primary schools at Mead Vale Community Primary School 

Sunday 12 April  

Critical workers’ children from all ELAN primary schools at Mead Vale Community Primary School 



Monday 13 April  

Critical workers’ children from all ELAN primary schools at Walliscote Primary School 



Tuesday 14 April  

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children 

Wednesday 15 April  

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children 

Thursday 16 April  

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children 

Friday 17 April  

Vulnerable children and critical workers’ children 



Saturday 18 April  

To be confirmed 

Sunday 19 April  

To be confirmed 

Easter break


We feel it is important that the sense of children having a break from school is maintained during the Easter holiday. Our expectations for home learning during the Easter break are simply that children carry on reading (or being read to) on a daily basis and that they do an hour of physical exercise every day. Further guidance on home learning for after Easter will be published on our school websites ready for the beginning of term.

Stay home, stay safe, play.

Free school meals  


As we enter the two-week Easter holiday period, we have made the collective decision that all eight of our schools will continue to provide weekly food packs for our entitled families throughout the break. The government is unable to provide funding but we want to maintain the same provision for our families as we have done over the last two weeks. Schools will update parents and carers on how to access them shortly.  


We are still here to support you should you need it throughout the holidays. We have staff working in schools should you need to contact them for any advice and guidance. 


We've been working very closely with our schools' caterers and/or food suppliers to provide the best packs that we can with the budgets we are given.


It's a pretty busy job, putting together packs and delivering them and it is amazing to see as many of you as we do, as much as we do! Please give us a wave - it keeps us smiling and going. 


Saturday 21 March 2020 Learning resource documents - general

Friday 20th March 2020

We currently intend to keep all eight of our schools open for children of key workers during the Easter holidays with the exception of bank holidays and weekends.

On Monday our schools will be open - providing over 600 child care places to the children of key workers.

•Our staff are here to: provide child care at school; online work and support for children at home.
•We’re here to distribute free school meals and breakfast to our most vulnerable families.
•We will continue to ensure the wellbeing of all staff, whether at work or at home.
People have gone and are going above and beyond to make things happen with very short notice.


Heartfelt thanks each and every one of you.

Thursday 19 March 2020

Following on from the Government announcement today...


Schools will close at day’s end on Friday for the foreseeable future to all pupils except those identified as children of key workers or vulnerable pupils.

Further details will be released upon receipt of government directions and advice.

We will do our upmost to keep you as up to date as we can.


Excerpt from the government website:


“Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require.”


This is as much as we know at the moment. Thank you for your patience.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Good afternoon


We are currently doing everything we can to continue our support for children and their families.

We are currently working hour by hour and as it stands, all of our school are fully open today. Our staff are all working very hard and adapting to constant change in order to provide a safe and stable environment for all of our children.


As a central team we are supporting our schools as much as we can by keeping them as up to date as possible with information as it comes in as well as forward planning and decision-making.  We are trying to maintain a consistent approach where possible.


As a parent your first point of contact remains your child’s school as arrangements will differ where needed according to context and size.


We have been working very closely with all of our headteachers in the background to prepare for potential closure and all schools have been preparing learning packs and resources that will be used during times of closure.


We understand people have concerns during these uncertain times and please be assured we are doing everything we can to support our children, families and staff.


We are currently awaiting the next update from the Department of Education and Public Health England and will inform you as soon as there are any changes in protocol.


Thank you for all of your support and patience.


Friday 13 March 2020

Guidance for Parents/Carers, Staff and Pupils


The health, safety and well-being of our children and staff are our top priorities. Please be reasurred that all of our schools are following the School specific advice from Public Health England.


North Somerset Council, Public Health England, the Regional Schools Commissioner and all of our Extend Learning Academies Network schools are closely monitoring the situation and making the necessary preparations in case the COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community. 


Current Status: Your child(ren) should attend school as normal. There is no immediate cause for concern and your child is safe to attend school as usual, providing they have not returned from Category 1 or 2 countries/areas listed below. We ask you to maintain sensible monitoring of your child and please keep them home from school if they are displaying symptoms and have been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus or have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others. Children need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Keeping children home when they are unwell is critical to prevention.  


Countries and areas with a higher risk of coronavirus are:

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam


If you've been to one of these places in the last 14 days:

  • stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next


The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.


We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school community.

We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Wash for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. Reduce physical hand contact with others (high fives, first bumps, etc.).


We will continue to communicate with you in the days and weeks to come. It is possible that we may need to cancel some classes if it appears the coronavirus has affected our community in a significant way. However we are preparing for this and will update as necessary.


Please be assured we are taking any steps we can to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing. Please ensure your emergency contact details are up to date with your school office in case they need to contact you.