This is an important update about school attendance for the 2021/22 academic year.
Prince Albert School is working in partnership with parents and Birmingham City Council to ensure all children return to school following a difficult previous year. We would like to thank parents for the work you have done in ensuring your children received education during that time.
It is now vital for all children to return to school to minimise, as far as possible, the longer-term impact of the pandemic on their education, wellbeing and wider development. We also know that when not in school, children missed being with their friends and the wider social aspects of school.
We have been asked by the NHS to share the following information regarding respiratory viruses in children. If you have any concerns over your child’s health, please follow the advice in the leaflet provided.
During the pandemic young children have not been exposed as often to the usual viral illnesses that they would normally develop immunity to. We are therefore expecting more than the usual numbers of viruses in children particularly in the 0-5 age range in the coming months. One of the common viruses causes a condition called bronchiolitis which is a common childhood condition that we expect to be even more common this year and to place increased demand on local NHS services. A cough and/or shortness of breath might mean bronchiolitis.
Bronchiolitis is usually a mild disease causing a cough but some children can become very unwell. The condition is not expected to be any more serious than usual. Because of the numbers of children that may be affected we are taking this opportunity to circulate material to parents to give advice and confidence on managing a poorly child and to help highlight if your child needs more immediate medical attention. Most children will only be mildly unwell.
We have attached three documents to assist you, but always trust your instincts and call for help if you are not sure:
As we reach the end of what has been another exceptionally challenging year for all of us, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank-you for your support and patience throughout.
Staff from across the Trust have worked tirelessly to make sure that our children receive the best possible education in the most difficult of circumstances.
Our main priority has and always will be to keep our children safe, but we are also determined to give them the best possible education. We are looking forward to a new academic year and getting back to normal.
Welcome to our last newsletter of the year. It has certainly been a year to remember! School has been a very different place across the last twelve months, however, the children have been amazing. They have adapted to the changes so well and have taken everything in their stride.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their dedication, commitment and positive attitude during the most challenging time we have ever faced in education. I continue to be very proud to be head of this amazing school.
We are closely monitoring government guidance in order to plan for September. At this current moment in time, I am not sure whether we will still have staggered start times or bubbles in school. Government guidance will most likely be updated during the Summer break so please check the website for updates.
As many of you know this will be Year 6 children’s last 4 weeks in primary school. As a school we are dedicated to making sure that the transition from primary to secondary school goes as smoothly as possible for our children.
To ensure this, we have allocated a whole week to transition beginning Monday 21st June.
During this week children will get the chance to virtually meet representatives from their secondary school. They will be able to learn all about their new school, and it will also give them the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about their move and hopefully, allay any worries they may have around this time.