Coronavirus Doncaster: Update – 19 February

The latest data across all age groups shows our current infection rate is 187.6 per 100,000 for the week between 6th – 12th February.  Over the past week we have seen the rates across the borough fluctuate quite a lot, seeing slight increases on some days. Although monitoring numbers is important to understand how we are doing, it is also vital that we understand the context behind these numbers. Local COVID data

What we are currently seeing across Doncaster is a number of localised and controlled outbreaks across workplaces. The new ‘Kent’ strain is now the dominant virus across the borough and this means that outbreaks will become more likely due to how transmissible this virus is. We are working closely with businesses across Doncaster to look at how they can make workplaces as safe as possible, this includes accessing asymptomatic testing for their staff and ensuring strong policies around things such as social distancing and hand hygiene are in place. We are also supporting the Ministry of Justice and the local prisons to manage recent COVID outbreaks

As we prepare for the Prime Minister’s roadmap announcement next week, it has never been more important that we follow the basics and do all we can to keep case numbers as low as possible locally. Let’s Do it for Doncaster.

Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health

Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new term and I would like to say a huge thank you to our phenomenal children who showed great determination and resilience last half term. We have loved seeing them adapt to new ways of learning and have really enjoyed seeing their faces on our live sessions if they haven’t been in school.

For those who have been in school, thank you for brightening our days and making school as close to normal as possible. A big thank you also to parents/ grand-parents/carers for supporting the children with their remote learning – we know it isn’t always easy.  Hopefully, with infection rates reducing and numbers of adults being vaccinated increasing, the government announce that children will all be allowed back in school from the 8th March.

If they do announce this later today, I will send out another newsletter later in the week with an update/reminder of procedures in school for children returning.  Fingers crossed!

Parents’ Evenings

The second parents’ evening of the year is nearly upon us-Tuesday 23rd -Wednesday 24th March. It will be another virtual affair this term and we want to learn from the autumn term, so I am giving you early notice so that you can book times and receive appointments w ell in advance.  

We are planning to use Google Meet for the event and run them as close to a normal parents’ evening as possible, i.e. you will be allocated a time slot and we will endeavour to stick to the times allocated.

To participate, you will need a Google account and we will share the meeting codes nearer the time. Please contact the school office (admin@wadworth.doncaster.sch.uk) before 12th March with a preferred time between 3:40pm and 6:50pm on these days. These requests will be collated and you will receive a confirmed day and time by the 19th March.

Frogs Pirate Day

Well done to Mrs Bradley and the children in Frogs class for all the efforts they went to on Friday to celebrate their learning during the Pirate topic with a fantastic fancy dress party, where they came as terrible pirates. A wonderful time was had by all as they played games and carried out a treasure hunt. Thank you to the children and parents for the positive feedback.

Safeguarding update

Recently, we subscribed to National Online Safety, who provide online training courses for all members of the school community, including staff, governors, parents and children. I encourage you to visit their website which has has a full range of free safety guides for every online platform to help keep young people safe online: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides

We are trying to become a certified school, and are 83% towards certified status, but need parents to sign up and watch the online safety videos, hosted

Doncaster Maths Contest

Mr Robson has entered the school into another Doncaster Sumdog competition which begins on Friday 5th March until Thursday 11th March. Squirrels class won the last contest and students at Wadworth dominated the top 10 leaderboard, so please participate again and see if your class can do even better this time!

Food and Energy Vouchers

You could be eligible for things such as supermarket and fuel vouchers through our Local Assistance Scheme If your application is successful, assistance can be given by providing any of the following: Food vouchers to purchase food Energy vouchers that can be used to pay your gas or electricity supplier Vouchers for clothing including school uniform

Furniture items and white goods such as cookers, washing machines, beds and bedding to help you remain in the community, or move back into the community after a period in supported or temporary accommodation. Find out more and apply: https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/…/local-assistance-scheme

Coronavirus Doncaster: Update – 12 February

Our latest data across all age groups shows our infection rate is 196.9 per 100,000 people for the period 30th January to 5th February.

As we enter a second month of the national restrictions, I want to reflect how much we have all done since the start of the year.

Once again I want to thank everyone within our community for all you are doing to help keep the numbers of coronavirus cases in Doncaster as low as possible. Our infection rate is now a third lower than it was at the start of 2021. The lockdown, as difficult as it has been, is helping.

The start of large-scale community testing in Doncaster and the roll out of vaccination programme are certainly reasons to be optimistic for the months ahead. However, it is still vital that we follow the basics – stay home if you can and remember Hands, Face, Space.

Our large-scale community testing programme is helping to identify cases in people who ARE NOT displaying coronavirus symptoms, there is also regular testing for groups of key workers who are unable to work from home and we also have a mobile testing unit which can visit key sites in Doncaster.

Currently we have testing sites in Hexthorpe, Stainforth and Conisbrough for people who live and/or work in these areas. Please visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/covidtesting for more information.

Together, let’s keep doing everything we can to make a difference. Let’s Do it for Doncaster.

Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health

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