Hathersage St. Michael's C of E (A) Primary School

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School Lane, Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 1BZ


01433 650434

Hathersage St. Michael's C of E (A) Primary School

Covid -19


Covid -19 Vaccines for Children from May 2022

For decades, vaccinations have protected our children and young people from potentially serious diseases, including measles, flu, meningitis and mumps.

By the time they leave school, a child will typically have been offered vaccinations against 18 different diseases or infections – the COVID-19 vaccine is one more vaccine that children will soon be able to have to protect them from illness.

We all want to get back to normal – we want our children to go to school, do the things they love and catch up on lost time spent time with family and friends. But COVID-19 is still active and causing some children to miss out on their education and things they enjoy.

The Government's Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations recommends that 5-11 year olds be offered the vaccine, which has been approved by the UK’s medicines regulator. The vaccine will reduce the chance of your child becoming unwell from COVID-19 and increase their protection against any future waves. The NHS wants to support families to make an informed choice, and to make things convenient and child-friendly for those who do decide to get it.

Children aged 5-11 will be offered two paediatric (child) doses of the vaccine, with at least 12 weeks between doses. A paediatric dose is smaller than doses given to those aged 12 and over.

The COVID-19 vaccine is already making a big difference to help protect us all. The vaccine does not remove the virus, but research and experience in countries around the world shows it can prevent the worst effects of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of infection to your child and those around them.

The NHS will send parents and guardians information on how to make an appointment for their child to be vaccinated. These appointments will be available from April over the Easter holidays and further slots will become available later.

You will be able to get your child vaccinated at a site and time convenient for you– at vaccination centres, pharmacies and GPs offering jabs for this age group. You can view these sites and make an appointment through the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

Some walk-in sites will also be available to vaccinate this age group and older siblings, or other family members, can be vaccinated together at the same time. Simply check the walk-in finder website before attending to make sure they can vaccinate your child.


Covid Guidance 1st April 2022

Despite the removal of the legal requirement for positive cases to self-isolate, public health advice is that this should continue to happen so schools are strongly urged to require anyone, staff or pupil, who tests positive, or with suspected Covid-19, to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until you feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.  This is also what should happen when experiencing symptoms of other infectious diseases, such as diarrhoea, vomiting, chicken pox etc. Free testing for coronavirus from the NHS has ended for most people in England. You should continue to inform us of a positive test or Covid like symptoms as this will help us to make timely decisions about any changes we need to make to our guidance/ practice in school in our continued attempts to keep everyone safe.

March 22

We continue to receive reports of Covid cases in pupils and staff at school along with colds, coughs and tummy bugs. We cannot enforce any rules but we are asking parents to test children regularly, if they can. We ask that children have two negative tests on consecutive days before returning to school. Some children are testing negative one day and then positive again the day after. We cannot enforce this but this is our request. Thank you for your support.


Christmas & Covid 19 Update End Nov Start Dec 21



Dear Parents, Carers, Staff & Pupils,

We are currently seeing a surge in Covid cases within school.
Across school we have:
-14 confirmed pupil cases ( the majority in Longshaw class)
- a further 12 pupils across the school awaiting results of a PCR test.
- 3 confirmed staff cases ( 2 teachers).

Please read the attached letter from Public Health/ DfE for guidance and advice.
Please continue to test using Lateral Flow Tests or seek a PCR test if you or your child develop symptoms.

We will be implementing our 'Stepping Up' procedures in school to try to limit the spread and ask you to support us in this. This may mean that some activities & events in school are temporarily suspended.

Teachers will be sending work via email to pupils who are currently self isolating. Please only complete this if well enough. Packs will be available for collection if you prefer. Please contact the school office.

Please continue to check the app for updates, also on the school website under the Covid'19 tab.

Take care all,
Mrs Jackson

Warn_and_Inform_Letter 15th Nov 21.

We are working with The Derbyshire Health Protection Team on the following Escalation Plan as we have met out Thresholds.

During Lockdowns, please view the daily work for each class by visiting the Children tab, then navigating to the Classes. Select the class you wish to see.

You can also check out our Useful Websites page also under the Children tab.

On our Physical Activity, Mental Health & Wellbeing tab under the Children tab, you will find lots of health and exercise challenges along with outdoor activities to do during lock down.

We try to provide a broad and balanced daily timetable to reflect the teaching and learning in school either via work uploaded to the website, links to online learning, video clips and live teaching from the class teacher via  your Teams link. Instructions/ support can be found in the letter at the bottom of this page.

We will be uploading assignments on Teams, emailing them to you or providing a hard copy on request. Please see our Remote Education Plan that is constantly under review in line with the changing DfE guidance. This can be found on our Remote Learning Page under the Children/Classes Tab.