The School Office will be closed to visitors and not accepting phone calls from Friday 20th March, until further notice.
The office email will be monitored during the hours of 8:30am – 4:15pm Monday to Friday and office staff will endeavor to answer or forward your queries in a timely manner with the information available to us.
We will continue to send regular updates via ParentMail, the school website and class blogs.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs, with the staff and resources we have available to us. Please do all you can to provide childcare at home as continuing to self distance is vital to the fight against Covid-19
We are waiting for more information to be published on what this means going forward and will inform parents and carers as soon as this information become available to us
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can.
The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy
The government has published its roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the coronavirus outbreak. This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus outbreak and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus.
The roadmap can be found here:
Safeguarding Guidance for Schools
On Friday 27th March, the government published safeguarding guidance for schools, colleges and other providers. Whilst Keeping Children Safe in Schools remains the key statutory document for schools, the DfE have issued interim guidance during the coronavirus outbreak. This can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers/coronavirus-covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers
In addition, guidance for families on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing has been provided. This can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
There is also a children’s guide to coronavirus which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home. This can be found at
GOVERNMENT ACTION PLAN
The coronavirus action plan was launched on Tuesday 3rd March. This document sets out what we have done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes.
Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. ‘We are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented’.
DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE
The Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
THE IMPORTANCE OF HYGIENE
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water
In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
WHERE TO FIND THE LATEST INFORMATION
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information:
Welcome to Lime Tree Primary Academy, an Ofsted outstanding, Nationally designated Teaching School that educates children aged from 2 to 11 years old.
Situated in the Borough of Trafford, our facility benefits from extensive grounds incorporating a working farm and several dedicated Forest School areas. The school building boasts spacious, light filled learning spaces and state of the art technology and resources.
At Lime Tree Primary Academy we offer our pupils the very best start in their education through the careful nurturing of individuals via ingredients of creativity, innovation and academic challenge. We passionately believe that it is every child’s right to receive an education that fosters a lifelong love of learning.