Free Rapid Covid-19 Testing in Hammersmith and Fulham
Rapid Covid-19 tests are now available at sites across H&F for anyone who lives or works in H&F. Follow this link for more information.
Remote Education Plan
Please follow the link for the latest Remote Education Plan for Melcombe Primary School.
Notification of School Closure and Provision for Key Workers’ children and other specific pupils
31st December 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Following yesterday afternoon’s announcement by the Government I am writing to inform you that Melcombe will be closed to the majority of pupils for at least the next two weeks. Hammersmith and Fulham is one of the Local Authority areas with high levels of COVID and the government have instructed the closure of all schools to all pupils except those whose parents are key workers or other specific pupils. This direction is due to be reviewed by the government on the 18th January 2020. At this time, we have no information on when school will re-open to all pupils.
Free School Meals Provision
If your child is entitled to Free School Meals (pupil premium) then food hampers will be available for collection from the school later next week. If you would like to pre-order a hamper then please email firstname.lastname@example.org with FSM hamper in the subject line including your child(ren)’s name in the body of the email. This email must be received by 9.30am on Monday 4th January 2021.
Children eligible to attend school and arrangements for this
The following children are eligible to attend school over the closure:
- Any child with and Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
- Any child on a Child Protection or Child in Need plan with a Social Worker.
- Any child whose parents are key workers in a critical role regarding the response to the pandemic.
We need to clarify that the government have been clear that provision for Key Worker children is only to be used if your role is critical to the Covid-19 response and your child cannot be cared for at home. The government’s expectation is that every child that could be cared for at home should be. Therefore, if both parents are not Key Workers it would be expected that the child is at home with the non-key worker parent and not in school. This will enable us to prioritise families who have no other option.
If your child falls under categories 1 or 2 and you would like them to attend school we would ask the you email email@example.com by 9.00am on Monday 4th January 2021 confirming your child’s attendance at school. In your email please confirm your child’s name and class and which category your child is in i.e. EHCP or child with social worker.
If you child falls under category 3 (Key worker) then we would request that the attached Key worker form is completed and emailed back to school on firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 4th January 2021 by 9.00am.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OF YOUR INTENTION TO SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IN ADVANCE. YOU CANNOT JUST TURN UP ON THE DAY AS STAFFING ARRANGMENTS ARE ORGANISED BASED ON WHO IS BOOKED TO ATTEND SCHOOL.
School hours and dropping off arrangements for those children attending
Those children who are attending school will need to be on the Key Stage one playground by 8.55am. Children should enter school by the Colwith Road gate. Please do not arrive late to school as the gates will be closed.
We will be running two classes each day. One for Infant children (children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) and one class for Junior children (children in Years 3,4,5&6). The classes will line up on the playground and be taken into school by the teachers.
School will run until 3.15pm as normal. Children should be collected by the Colwith Road gate at 3.15pm.
Your child will be taught in a mixed age class as described above. There will be a qualified teacher in each room supported by teaching assistants. Our staff will be working on a rota basis so your child will have a different member of staff with them each day. The office will continue to be staffed with a minimum number of staff each day. There will also be at least two members of the senior leadership team on site each day as well as first aiders and designated safeguarding leads.
Please note the school is currently on holiday so there are not staff working in the office to take telephone calls from parents at the present time.
The teachers will be undertaking the activities that your child’s class teacher has set on the online learning platform.
Break-time and Lunchtime
Children will have a break-time in the middle of the day as usual and in the afternoon. There is won’t be the normal morning fruit snack that Key Stage one children have, so please send a piece of fruit in if you want your child to have a fruit snack mid-morning. Lunchtime will be as normal for the children in the middle of the day and hot school dinners will be available as normal. If your child currently has school dinners they will be provided. If your child currently brings a packed lunch then please provide this or inform the office you want to have a school dinner.
Children who are unwell
Children who are unwell or display any symptoms are not permitted to be in school and will be sent home to self-isolate for 10 days. Please do not send your child to school if they develop a new cough or have a temperature.
Thank you for your understanding, we have worked hard to set this up for you over the last 24 hours.
I hope that you all have a Happy New Year
Acting Head of School
Melcombe Primary School
Covid-19 Notification Over the Christmas Holiday
Letter from Dr Nicola Lang, Director of Public Health, Hammersmith and Fulham
Please follow the link below for a letter regarding the Christmas break from Dr Nicola Lang, Director of Public Health, Hammersmith and Fulham:
Catch Up Strategy
Please follow the link below for the Catch Up Strategy for Melcombe Primary School:
Message from Ms Campbell Regarding Siblings Entering School via Colwith Road from 5th November 2020
Firstly, I would like to thank you for the feedback you have given me regarding the Fulham Palace Road entrance/exit for Years 3 and 5. We have made some adjustments with regards to the safety of our pupils and families:
- The Colwith Road entrance is in use by eight classes from Years One, Two, Four and Six. In this way, the mixing of year group bubbles and large crowds has been minimised. This is working well.
- From tomorrow, 05/11/2020, in the mornings, pupils with siblings in different classes will be able to enter through the Colwith Road entrance and wait with staff in their year group bubbles until their start time, when they will join their class.
- The Fulham Palace Road entrance will be open from 8.50am for children in Year 3 and Year 5 to come in to school, where members of staff will supervise them.
- Barriers have been placed at the drop kerb to alert both pedestrians and vehicles that the school entrance/exit is in use.
- Site staff monitor the road outside the school to supervise Year 3 and Year 5 pupils entering the school.
Parents and carers are respectfully reminded to clear the areas around Colwith Road and Fulham Palace Road as soon as they have dropped off their children in the morning and collected them in the afternoon. Thank you for your understanding that we all need to work together on this matter.
Latest Covid-19 School Risk Assessment
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Covid-19 Sickness Guide for Parents/Carers and Staff
Please follow the link below for a Covid-19 Sickness Guide, which gives details of what to do if a child is ill:
Please follow the link for information on how to get tested for Covid-19 in Hammersmith and Fulham: https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/health-and-wellbeing-advice/covid-19-testing
LBHF Briefing for Parents
Please see guidance from LBHF below: