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Dear Parents,
Please find the most up to date guidance from Dr Vigirnia Pearson, Director of Public Health Devon and also NHS track and trace.

Letter to Parents from Dr Virginia Pearson, Director of Public Health Devon
Letter to Parents from NHS track and trace

Please also click on the useful Schools advice for parents and carers below to further support understanding symptoms.

COVID-19 symptoms or general illness?
I know it is hard to distinguish whether your child/children are suffering from general seasonal coughs and colds or they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms and we are very aware that testing availability is really llimited locally. Below is a reminder of the symptoms to look out for and what you should do if any member of your household display these symptoms.

Main symptoms
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a 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
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
For further information please see the link below.
Below is a useful flow diagram to help parents
Note from Mr Hookes

This afternoon, I have posted two surveys on our ClassDojo portal. The first is so that we can identify parents with specific skills who may be able to help us with improvement projects around school or parents who are able to volunteer to help with our day activities. Please take a few moments to complete these - in both cases, they will enable us to improve the experiences of our children as they transition through the school. Many thanks

Parents/carers in receipt of the following support payments will be entitled to receive free school meals:
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenueand Customs, that does not exceed £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Please Note that from 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time. In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).
The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2023.
You will be aware that the Government introduced universal infant free school meals for all key stage 1 pupils from September 2014. All pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for Universal Infant Free school meals.
The school receives this money for all the children who are eligible and this is calculated in a snapshop view on Schools CENSUS DAY.
To encourage more meals, we have swapped our menu over for this day.  FISH & CHIPS will be served on Census Day THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2020.  Thursday menu will be served on Friday. 
PLEASE order your Free School Meal on THURSDAY 1st OCTOBER 2020.

It has come to our attention that Parents/Carers have been parking in the school car park to drop off and pick up their children.
This is a Staff Car Park Only and our insurance covers only members of staff that work in the school.
Please be aware, there is FREE parking at Kiln Car Park during pick up and drop off times at school as agreed by the Parish Council.

A big thank you to all the parents who are successfully ordering their child's lunches online. We do have a small number of children who are either ordering a school dinner and bringing a packed lunch. Please could we ask that you let us know if you no longer require the lunch or delete it online by midnight the night before if you are able to.
There are also a few parents who are not ordering their lunches and not providing a packed lunch. We are unable to add meals on the day as we need to order the food in advance. You will be contacted and asked to bring a packed lunch if the meal is not ordered online.

If you have not received a text or email, or are having problems with the system please contact the Admin Office and we will do our best to help you.

Breakfast Club is available Monday - Friday from 7.40am - 8.40pm.  This will need to be booked online, using the new School Money System. 
The club is held in the 'old Tiddler' setting at the top of the playground.  Access will be through the side gate of the school, following the one way system, then across the playground.
KS1 pupils will be escorted to their classrooms at the end of the session, and KS2 will follow the one way system back to their classrooms. 
Each session is £2.25.  Please book online by 5.00pm the day before, so a register can be printed off and passed to the Breakfast Care Leader for the next morning.
If you have any queries, please contact the Admin Team. 

Tiddlers is now being run in the Tiny Tiddlers building. We have a fantastic new and improved outside space and still have a few spaces available if you require one. 
You can check if your child is entitled to the 2 year old funding or the extended entitlement of 30 hours for 3+ years at 
The Tempest Photographer will be in Tiddlers on Tuesday 6th October between 9am and 10am. If your child in not in Nursery on that day you are welcome to bring them in for a photo. The photographer will be taking individual photos only and will be covering all Covid 19 guidelines.

We will be having the flu vaccination team into school during the morning of  Monday 7th December 2020 to see all children between reception and year 6, this will be administered adhering to all up to date Infection Control, PPE and social distancing guidance at the time.

Flu vaccination is one of most effective interventions we have to reduce pressure on the health and social care system which is going to be more important than ever this year.  For this reason, it is essential we deliver the vaccine to as many children as possible to prevent the spread of infection to those most at risk in society.

In light of the above we are expecting demand to be high and therefore we urge you to follow the below link to consent to your child’s vaccination now if you have not already done so. You will also find answers to your FAQ’s on this link.

More detail online...
Class 5 will be swimming every Thursday afternoon this half term. 
Sessions will be from Thursday 17th September – Thursday 22nd October

Swimming is part of the PE National Curriculum and all children will be expected to take part. As you are aware, the costs of transport and the hire of the pool and any instruction falls directly onto the school and whilst  we have endeavoured to keep costs at a minimum, and is greatly subsidised by the school budget.  A weekly contribution of £4.00 or the full 6 weekly sessions @ £24 can be paid online weekly or in full. Please see the letter sent home regarding times and clothing required.

School Uniform
As previously informed, you may now order directly from our supplier for your school uniform and accessories.  We believe this will be a quicker and more convenient service for you.
We will continue to stock only a SMALL selection of SWEATSHIRTS ONLY in each size. Cardigans, book bags, PE bags, T-Shirts and Polo Shirts with logos can be ordered only from the shop retailer. You will not be able to order these items now on Scopay.
Plain white Polo shirts & PE-shirts can be bought at a selection of retailers including your local supermarket!

Please visit their shop at the address below.
Express Embroidery
Tracey Stantiford
3 Moxham Court
EX32 8HR
(By Barnstaple Bus Station)

Your may also email your uniform order directly to them
Thank you

Unfortunately at this time we are unable to provide extra curricular activities outside of school hours. This will continue until at least half term. 
We hope to resume these clubs as soon as we are able to.
Medicines form

Term Dates 2020 - 2021

Autumn Half term 26th - 30th October 2020

Last day of Autumn Term 18th December 2020

First day of Spring Term 5th January 2021

Spring Half-term 15th - 19th February, 2021.

Last day of Spring term is Wednesday 31st March, 2021.

Summer Term begins on 19th April, 2021.

School closed for Bank Holiday 3rd May 2021

Summer Half-term 31st May - 4th June 2021

Last day of the Summer term is Thursday 22nd July 2021.
Combe Martin School is part of the Alumnis Multi-Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 11409631
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