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Coronavirus updates 2020

Can you guess who is who? Staff will wear PPE if they need to provide first aid or be very close to a child

Mr Haynes, our Site Manager, can take you on a video tour of the school building and the safety measures that have been put in place for the wider opening of our school from 3rd June.

Schools reopening message from the Director of Public Health Oxfordshire Ansaf Azhar

Photos of classrooms ready for wider opening of school Beech - Y6, Maple - Y1, Sycamore Care@Grove & Willow - Reception children

Update 5th May 2020 - Safeguarding Policy Annexe to cover current pandemic

Coronavirus update 20th April 2020


We will continue to be operating as a child care setting until we know when schools are going to re-open safely. 

The staff running the child care sessions will support your child online with their Class Dojo learning that has been set for them by their class teacher.

Regular updates of what the children have been doing whilst attending Care@Grove are posted on the school's FaceBook and Twitter accounts  to follow us look for @groveceprimary when searching on either social media platform.


Thank you for all you continue to do!

Coronavirus update for critical workers 30th March 2020


The Class pages on our website are being refreshed with new home learning activities for the week beginning 30th March 2020.

Please note that we will not be updating these pages over the Easter holidays (Monday 6th - Friday 17th April).

Coronavirus update for critical workers 26th March 2020


You can contact the school office by telephone on our usual number 01235 769867 during school hours (sorry but it isn't possible to leave a voice message) or by email any time.  Emails are regularly monitored until 6.00pm daily.

Coronavirus update for critical workers 24th March 2020


In line with the government's requirement to further reduce non-essential travel and working from home guidance, we will only have ESSENTIAL staff to cover the Care@Grove setting. 


Please remember that you should only be leaving your home because:

  • You are shopping for basic necessities
  • You are providing care or to help a vulnerable person
  • You are a critical worker and travelling to and from work but ONLY if it is absolutely necessary.


The office email will continue to be monitored and relevant messages will be passed on as required.


We do request that critical workers' children and their parent only enter the building by the office one at a time to register their child's attendance that day.  The member of staff in the office will sign your child in and your child will assemble in the hall. 


Please do NOT use the Care@Grove if you have someone working from home.


We are trying to protect our staff and their families as well as yours by reducing the number of people on our site at any time.

Thank you in advance for supporting us with this request. We know how important our critical workers are and what an amazing job you are doing.

Coronavirus Update - 21st March 2020


Thank you all for your continued support – it is very much appreciated at this difficult and challenging time.  We look forward to fully opening Grove CE Primary School as soon as possible, welcoming back all our children and staff as usual.  We will continue to update our parents via text/email, the school website and our social media channels.


Please remember that Grove CE Primary School is now closed. We will be providing childcare for the children of key workers with critical jobs – who we would like to send our very best wishes and gratitude to at this time.  You’re all amazing and what you do is so much appreciated.


Care@Grove will open at the school setting on Monday 23rd March at 8.45 a.m. for children of parents who have already, as requested, completed and returned the official form (which can be found on the school website in this parent section).  You may be asked to provide supporting evidence from an employer to confirm that the role is critical to the COVID-19 response.  We can confirm that all parents who have already met these requirements will have a place for their child(ren) on Monday – or a place as and when required to cover their work commitments.  Without the form and evidence in place, children will not be provided with care on Monday morning – so please do not bring your child into Care@Grove under any other circumstances.


Parents who require breakfast and after school provision, should contact Karibuni Contact details for anyone needing before and after care provision can be found there. A link to Karibuni is also on our school website in the ‘community’ section on the front page. Thank you to Paul and Ruth for continuing to provide this service for our families.


To protect our staff, we are now putting into place social distancing measures, so the only access point to Care@Grove will be through the main school door in the morning at 8.45am and out of the hall at 3.05pm, where face to face meetings with adults are discouraged unless absolutely essential. We have a mix of teaching and non-teaching staff in school, as long as they are well or not self-isolating. We will need to review the staffing arrangements every week to ensure that staffing is sufficient for the number of children we are caring for.


Please be aware that should Grove CE Primary need to completely close due to all staff being ill, or self-isolating, a place will be found in another child care provision (probably a school) for them. The Department for Education are requesting schools submit daily reports on how many children and staff are attending care provision in case schools close. We have no further guidance on this from the Department of Education but it is something being considered.


The school office is now closed to non essential visitors. Please email office.3228@grove, if you need to get in touch as this will continue to be monitored or use the school telephone number - 01235 769867. The answer machine will be switchedon if a member of the office staff team is not available.


As social distancing measures are now in place, requests for face to face meetings will not be accepted under any circumstances – but a return telephone call (if staff members are available or not required to provide child care) may be possible.


Care@Grove provides a checklist for children who have a confirmed place for childcare, and this can now be found as an attached document within this section of the website.  These guidelines give details of the items children will need to bring in each day and the expectations we are putting in place for the childcare provision to run effectively.  Once again, we want to actively discourage long conversations before and after the childcare provision each day to protect our staff.


We will update this page as new information is provided to us by the Department for Education and we would like to send everyone the very best wishes at this time – please keep safe.

Care@Grove Key Worker Identifier and Booking Form