St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

Dear Parents and Carers, I hope you are all staying safe. Thank you for a great start to the new school year! The children have been as wonderful as we knew they would be! It is really important that you keep socially distancing on the school grounds but also when you are out and about. The last thing we want is to have to close a bubble for 14 days so let’s keep the virus at bay! We are looking forward to each day with our children! Keep smiling! Mrs Hodges


Should My Child Be In School?

Children cannot be in school if they have any of these specific symptoms, until they have had a negative test. Their siblings should also NOT be in school until the results of the test are known.

The NHS currently advises that these are the most common symptoms of Covid19:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature but this would be considered 37.8 °C or higher) 
    new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more
    coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

NOTE: You or your child may have other symptoms similar to the above, but at the moment, only these specific symptoms are clear indicators of Covid and would require a test to be arranged.

So, you must:

  • Let school know if your child or anyone in your family bubble has symptoms - that person must stay at home
  • Book a test
  • Inform school of the result of the test
  • If your child tests POSITIVE then you must keep them at home (your family bubble needs to isolate for 14 days) their school bubble will close for 14 days
  • If the test is negative you must let school know and email a screenshot of the test result for our records which we will keep in our secure files until the pandemic is over
  • If NEGATIVE then your child can return to school the next school day 

If your child begins to display symptoms in school, then staff will:

  • Take their temperature so we can give you that information
  • Isolate them and support them so they do not feel worried
  • Contact you and ask you to collect them immediately
  • Ask you to book a test and inform us of the results
  • If your child tests POSITIVE then you must keep your child at home (your family bubble needs to isolate for 14 days) and their school bubble will close for 14 days
  • If the test is negative you must let school know and email a screenshot of the test result for our records which we will keep in our secure files until the pandemic is over
  • If NEGATIVE then your child can return to school the next school day

Given the serious nature of the virus and the need to keep school open, we need you to commit to come and collect your child immediately should we report that they are displaying symptoms.


We have been made aware that children with COVID-19 symptoms are being turned away from local test sites as they struggle to cope with demand.  Please keep trying to book a test for you or your child, as more tests do become available through the day. 

  • Essential workers 
  • Members of the public, including children:                      or call 119 if you have no internet access

If despite trying, you are unable to get a test please contact school.

Please note that unless advised otherwise, only people who present with any of the three main symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested

Testing must be conducted within the first 5 days of the onset of symptoms. 

If needed you can access

  •   NHS Online symptom checker:
  • If a child is unwell, it is essential that they access appropriate healthcare and clinical assessment, through 111, the local GP or hospital if required.
  • NHS services are open and ready to care for patients


  • Wash hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds, using soap and water
  • For coughs and sneezes: catch it, bin it, kill it
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using standard cleaning products

Social distancing

  • Limit contact with other people
  • Stay 2 metres apart from people where possible
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms


  • Avoid using public transport
  • Travel on foot or by bicycle if possible

Face coverings

  • Should be worn by most people when in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis, when visiting a hospital, in shops and supermarkets and whenever we are indoors with people who are not part of our household or bubble including when speaking to a member of school staff in school
  • Should not be worn by children under the age of 3 and are not required for children under the age of 11
  • Are not required where there is a legitimate reason for someone not to wear one, such as a physical or mental impairment or disability

Runny noses and sore throats

As children return to settings after the prolonged break, colds and similar viral infections are likely to circulate.  Children with simple cold symptoms such as runny noses or sore throats without fever who would normally have attended school or childcare in other times should not be tested for COVID-19, and can attend the setting if they feel well enough to do so. 

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Any queries? Any questions?

Contact Mrs Naylor or Mrs Thompson our Office Management Team who will be happy to help!

Tel:  01484 713037

If you would like a paper copy of a document please let us know. 

Our Postal Address is:

Finkil Street, Brighouse HD6 2NT

We operate a cashless system in the office. You can register at to make payments for trips etc easier for you. If you have any problems please do not hesitate to pop in and see Mrs Naylor!

Each week we will focus on the Virtues and reflect on each of them as the term goes on. This week have begun to focus on the Virtues of


Why not reflect on these Virtues at home and think about how you live them at home as a family. Use the checklist below to discuss what you do well and what you could do better.

I am respectful and courteous when:

I respect myself and know I deserve respect from others

I treat everyone how I would like to be treated

I use good manners

I respect and follow school and classroom rules

I speak politely to everyone

I listen to others

I praise others for their good conduct

I respect and look after my own and other people’s belongings


Please read through this so we can ensure all our children have the correct uniform. Thank you.



Times of the School Day


Full Time - 9am - 3pm

Part Time - 9am -12noon or 12noon - 3pm

Please see PARENTS&CARERS - Admissions - Nursery for more information

Main School

Children are asked not to arrive before 8.50am (unless they are in Breakfast Club).

At 8.50am the doors will be opened and the children can come straight in to class. The children will take part in some morning exercise to energise them for the day ahead before their lessons begin!

Registration is at 9.05am.

The school day finishes at 3.25pm

Father Michael has renewed the school candle which is placed in church and lit every day for us. Let's keep each other in our prayers every day!

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Diary Dates 


See CALENDAR for full year and updates


1. Always do what a member of staff asks you to do

straight away!


2. Always treat others with respect and courtesy!


3. Always walk quietly around the school!


4. Always tell the truth!


5. Always look after yourself ,our school and the things in it!


6. Always work hard and do your best to be the best version of yourself that you can be!

COVID 19 Information Resources for Families

There are some very useful links that you might need or want to make use of relating to

-mental health

-explaining Covd 19 to your child

-advice from health care professionals

and LOTS more.

Click here.