Health News

In compliance with government advice, it is essential that the school is notified if any pupil were to exhibit COVID symptoms between Friday 23rd October and Sunday 25th October and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. In this situation it is likely that the school would be required to contact Public Health England and may subsequently need to trace the pupil’s close contacts whilst in school during the last week of this half of term. These close contacts may then need to self-isolate.

Flu Vaccinations

We can confirm that there will be catch up clinics available for pupils to get the Flu vaccination in the October half term, if they were not present at school when vaccinations were administered .

Monday 26th October – Gloucester North Fire Station

Monday 26th October – Stroud Maternity Hospital

Tuesday 27th October – Cheltenham East Fire Station

Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th October – Cirencester Rugby Club

Thursday 29th and Friday 30th October – Springbank Resource Centre

Please feel free to contact the nursing team directly on 0300 421 8140 to book an appointment.

Face Coverings

As the country moves in various areas to higher levels of lockdown, it is vital to ensure parents and pupils are aware of the restrictions and Government requirements of educational establishments. Please click here to access the Government page where you can find the coronavirus restrictions in our local area.

Since the start of term any member of the school community may wear a face mask if they wish.

However, if the local area was to move into ‘high’ or ‘very high’ COVID alert level, then, as stated in government guidelines on wearing Face Coverings in Education Settings, please click here to access these guidelines. All pupils in Years 7-8 and all adults (staff and visitors) would be required to wear face coverings when moving around indoors,  such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. It will not usually be necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and they may inhibit teaching and learning.  If our local area were to be move into the ‘high’ or ‘very high’ COVID alert level then this will be communicated to the school community through Clarion call.

It is vital that face coverings are worn correctly. Please click here to access Government advice on this. At school we will also be providing all members of the community with clear instructions on how to put on, remove, store and dispose of face coverings to avoid inadvertently increasing the risk of transmission . If any pupil is exempt from wearing face coverings, please do let the Front Office know, as the school will be sensitive to these needs.

Mobile Phones

DCPS is a mobile phone free zone and with our current pick up arrangements the need for pupils to have a mobile phone is even less. However, we understand that some pupils walk to school or come on the bus so we are happy to allow pupils, whose parents have asked for permission to bring a phone to school, as long as the rules below are followed:

  • All mobile phones MUST be handed in on arrival at school.
  • Mobile phones must NEVER be taken into classrooms or changing rooms.
  • Mobile phones should be collected at the end of the school day and MUST not be used until pupils have left the school grounds.
  • Any pupil who breaks these rules will have their mobile phone confiscated for 72 hours.

Please email jebharris@deanclose.org.uk if you have not requested permission yet for your child to bring a mobile phone to school. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Collecting cards/personal toys

In recent weeks, some Junior Form pupils have enjoyed having their Pokemon and Match Attack cards in school for break times – it has been lovely to see these being used in a friendly and sensible way. Unfortunately though, it is all too tempting to trade and swap the cards, which pupils know breaks one part of the WISH, our school pledge for maintaining safety at all times. After half term, all pupils are asked NOT to bring any additional items from home into school as we keep focused on the safety of staff and pupils during these trying times.

DCPS Challenge Re-Launch

During lockdown, many DCPS pupils enjoyed completing activities and fun opportunities offered in the DCPS Challenge; forty pupils achieved the Bronze, Silver or Gold level and have received their trophy. In time for the half term break, this initiative is being re-launched and renamed as the DCPS Award. All pupils have brought home with them a brochure detailing the categories and process to be followed for completing each level – there are many new and exciting challenges available, something to appeal to everyone. The half term break may be a great time to make a start on the DCPS Award and rise to the challenge!

Please note: Years 3 -5 start with the Bronze award, Years 6 – 8 start with Silver. Remember to send your form teacher or tutor evidence of the categories AS YOU COMPLETE THEM.

Effort Cards

Pupils’ first Effort Card of this academic year are being published to the iSAMS Parent Portal this afternoon, Friday 23rd October.

In case of any issues with logging into the portal, please contact madichareh@deanclose.org.uk

Road Safety

It has been very positive to see more pupils cycling or walking to school since the start of term and as a school we would like to continue to encourage this in the future. However, please could we ask that all parents whose children cycle or walk to school remind their children of the vital Road Safety Rules: the Green Cross Code to enable them to arrive safely at school.

These rules are:

  1. Think
  2. Stop
  3. Look and Listen
  4. Wait
  5. Look and listen again
  6. Arrive alive

As a school we are participating in Road Safety Week, this takes place between 16th and 22nd November, the children will be given information on managing their road safety.

Poppy Appeal

Please note pupils will be able to purchase poppies and accessories in school after the Half Term break.