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Welcome to our School

Dussindale Primary School opened in 2007 – at the time, the first brand new school in Norfolk for nearly 30 years. Our pupils have grown in number from 62 to 372 and we are still growing! We are proud of everything that our community of children, families, staff and governors have achieved during this time, creating an exciting, dynamic and creative learning environment.

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"Together on a voyage of discovery"

Our vision is to have a school where outstanding learning takes place in a safe, happy and supportive environment. Our children want to learn to have a good life and to make a good life for future generations.

Coronavirus - COVID-19

From Monday 23rd March, Dussindale Primary School will be operating in a very different way, only accepting a limited number of children – “children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.”  The Secretary of State for Education of the United Kingdom, Gavin Williamson has tweeted "If you are able to keep your child at home, then you should".   The site will only open between 8.40 am and 3.20 pm, due to there being no breakfast or after school club provision. 

From Friday 3rd - Friday 17th April (Easter break) the site will only open to "children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely be cared for at home."  If you require a place during this time, it is vital you inform the school as soon as possible by emailing head-ds@yare-edu.org.uk    

Please note, from Friday 3rd April, all children on site will need packed lunch, snacks and water bottle as there is no catering provision.

If you have not already let the school know you are a keyworker and what days and times you will need access to provision, please do so as soon as possible by emailing head-ds@yare-edu.org.uk  as this will significantly help us with day to day planning.  Please be aware, when you sign your child in at Reception for the first time on your way to work, you will be asked for evidence that you work in a critical role.

Teachers will use online learning for all pupils.  Reception will be shared via Tapestry and Year 1 - 6  by: 

https://sites.google.com/a/nsix.org.uk/the-yare-education-trust/home/dussindale-primary-school

Please refer to Parent Pages - Newsletters and General Letters 2019/20 for the latest school advice letter and further information for Monday 23rd March.

We have not been informed by Public Health England of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community. 

 Over the coming days, The Leadership Team will continue to work with the The Yare Education Trust, to discuss the guidance that we receive and plan for the weeks ahead.  Please continue to check this page regularly for updates.  

As you may be aware, the Secretary of State for Education of the United Kingdom, Gavin Williamson announced that "We will not go ahead with primary school assessments or secondary exams this summer...."

May we remind you, we remain your school and will continue to do all we can to help support the community.  Throughout, we are committed to ensuring that your child's needs are met and are grateful for your support and understanding.

Changes to forthcoming events:

-Year 1 trip to Banham Zoo has been rescheduled to the 15th May 2020

-Year 2 trip to the Sealife Centre has been rescheduled to the 15th May 2020

-Year 4 Educational Trip to Holt Hall has been rescheduled to 21st May and 22nd May

-Year 5 educational visit to Legoland has been rescheduled to provisionally the 22nd May 2020

-Year 6 residential to Eaton Vale has been rescheduled to Sunday 31st May - 2nd June 2020

-Coral class assembly on Friday 20th March has been postponed

-Reception Family Learning on Friday 20th March has been cancelled

-Year 5 Grandparents visit has been cancelled

-Playleaders meeting Thursday 19th March has been cancelled

-Year 3 swimming has been cancelled until further notice

-All After School Clubs run by the school (cookery, tennis, sports-hall athletics, football, gymnastics, bedtime stories) have been cancelled until further notice

On 16th March 2020, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

If you have any questions about COVID-19,  related to education, the Department For Education helpline is 0800 046 8687.  Alternatively email DFEcoronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

According to Public Health we advise parents of the following ways to prevent
infections:

  • washing hands often with soap and water or using alcohol sanitiser (before leaving home, on arrival at school, after using the toilet, after breaks and sporting activities, before food preparation , before eating any food, before leaving school)
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • stay at home if feeling unwell
  • avoiding touching eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

SAFEGUARDING PUPILS

A Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) will still be available for any safeguarding concerns regarding our pupils:

1) Sally Bailey (Deputy Head and DSL) - 01603 436180 or deputy@dussindale.norfolk.sch.uk

2) Sarah Dorling  (SENCO and ADSL) - 01603 436180 or send@dussindale.norfolk.sch.uk

3) Louise Norgate (Head and ADSL) - 01603 436180 or head-ds@yare-edu.org.uk

If you are concerned about a child in Norfolk and want to speak to someone, contact Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020.  If you consider the incident to be an emergency, call 999.

Updated Tuesday 31st March 2020, 4.24 pm.

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