Welcome to this week’s bulletin. Here’s the latest news and reminders. There will be a full Newsletter next week, all being well.


Statutory isolation ended at midnight Wednesday 23rd February, and at 00:01 on Thursday 24th, new guidance replaced this. That guidance states “Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. After 5 days, they may choose to take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) followed by another the next day – if both are negative, and they do not have a temperature, they can safely return to their normal routine. Those who test positive should avoid contact with anyone in an at risk group, including if they live in the same household.”

From Thursday 24th, the new guidance “no longer asks fully vaccinated close contacts and those under the age of 18 to test daily for 7 days, and removes the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate.”

As far as school goes, this means we advise that any child testing positive is kept off for the first 5 days, after which the decision to return should be supported by a) feeling well enough and b) a Lateral Flow Test. This is not compulsory though, only advisory.

We will not be sending children home with a cough or other Covid symptoms, but we will call to let you know if your child starts to shw them at school or becomes ill.

World Book Day is next Thursday, March 3rd. If you missed the original letter, you can find it here:https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/World-Book-Day-Letter-2022.pdf

Football Update: Two matches for our girls’ team this week. You can read reports here:

Girls Back to Winning Ways

Girls County Cup Football Report

Next week sees the ‘a’ team in action with Gedling PSFA League matches against East Bridgford (here, Tuesday 4pm) and Carlton Central (away, Thursday 4pm)

Secondary School Offer Day: This is next Tuesday the 1st of March. Parents/carers of Y6 should receive notification of their offer. We hope it goes well for everyone.

Ordering a School Dinner: We know it can happen, but we’re seeing a bit of a spike in cases of children not having a school dinner ordered, some repeatedly. Please try your best to remember and be aware that you can bulk order well in advance. Where children repeatedly do not have a meal ordered/provided, we have been directed to log it as a potential Safeguarding concern.

A Familiar Face Returns! A warm welcome back this week to Mr Biddulph, who spent a long time here covering in 5 Oak not so many years ago. We booked Mr Biddulph to do some extra tuition higher up the school for the next few months, particulary in the run up to Y6 SATs, but he has kindly been covering Mrs Cooper’s enforced absence in 2 Sycamore this week.