The following page contains up-to-date information about the schools response to COVID-19 and the plans moving forwards. It also has all of the recent communications as well as relevant government guidance and links. 

School will re-open to all year groups on September 2nd 2020.

Any child or adult who is showing symptoms of the coronavirus (becoming unwell with a continuous cough or high temperature, or has a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell) MUST NOT come into school.  They must be tested and school informed of the results.  If the test is negative, your child can come back to school.  If the test is positive, school and parents must follow the advice from Public Health England, who will support with track and trace and may advise others within the groups to take action.

As per the government guidance, we will have staggered drop off and pick up times to reduce the amount of people on site and reduce traffic. Please see the table below for the drop off times and locations:

Year Group

Drop Off time

Pick up time

Location

Nursery

0840-0900

12:00/15:00

Lower Building Gate

Reception

15:10

Middle Gallowbarrow Entrance (HH) & Green Gate (KK)

Year 1

15:15

Lower Building Door

Year 2

15:20

Key Stage 1 Main Door

Year 3

15:30

KS2 Site

Year 4

15:20

KS2 Site

Year 5

15:20

KS2 Playground

Year 6

15:30

KS2 Playground

 

Please ensure that only one parent/carer drops off the children and that you do not gather as groups whilst on site. 

From September 2020, the following information might be useful for you to know:

What happens if my child develops symptoms at school?

Any child (or adult) who develops symptoms in school will be immediately isolated to our allocated medical room. Children will be supervised whilst we make contact with parents to arrange immediate collection. We will then give direction to the parent about how to access the COVID-19 testing system. 

If the test returns a negative result, the child is free to return to school. 

If the test returns a positive result, the child and their household members, will need to isolate for 14 days.

What happens if a child in the group tests positive?

We will take swift action when we become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). 

We will contact the local health protection team. 

The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.

The health protection team will work with us in this situation to guide us through the actions we need to take. 

Based on the advice from the health protection team, we must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. Close contact means:

  • direct close contacts - face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin);
  • proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1 to 2m for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual;
  • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home. To support them, we will keep a record of pupils and staff in each group, and any close contact that takes places between children and staff in different groups. 

A template letter will be provided to us, on the advice of the health protection team, to send to parents and staff if needed. We will not share the names or details of people with coronavirus (Covid-19) with anyone except the public health authority for public health reasons e.g. to trace contacts and protect against the serious threat to public health.

Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. 

If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’. They should get a test, and:

- if the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (Covid-19) within the remaining days.

- if the test result is positive, they should inform school immediately, and must isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 14-day isolation period). Their household should self-isolate for at least 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, following ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’

If we have 2 or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (Covid-19) is suspected, we may have an outbreak, and will continue to work with the local health protection team who will advise if additional action is required.

In some cases, health protection teams may recommend that a larger number of other pupils self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole site or year group. If we implement the controls from this risk assessment, whole school closure based on cases within the school will not generally be necessary and should not be considered except on the advice of health protection teams.

In consultation with the local Director of Public Health, where an outbreak in our school is confirmed, a mobile testing unit may be dispatched to test others who may have been in contact with the person who has tested positive. Testing will first focus on the person’s class, followed by their year group, then the whole school if necessary, in line with routine public health outbreak control practice.

How will groups be managed?

We will manage children as individual groups within school. The groups will be class sized where possible. Where this is not always possible (Year 1 & 2 because of how they share facilities), we will do our absolute best to minimise and contact between groups. 

Our full risk assessment is available to view (from Friday 21st August) and it is supported by many protocol and guidance documents used within school. They will be reviewed and updated regularly. 

What measures are in place around school?

In addition to the strict groupings, we are implementing lots of measures (all in the risk assessment) to ensure that the environment is as safe as possible. These include:

  • Encouraging children to distance where possible - all classrooms now have forward facing desks
  • Children won't be sharing frequently used items (pens, pencils etc)
  • Having strict routines in place for good hand hygiene
  • Encouraging good respiratory hygiene through the catch it, bin it, kill it approach and regularly reminding and teaching children
  • Increased and more focussed cleaning measures throughout the day and after school
  • Minimising any equipment being passed between groups and removing any equipment that could be difficult to clean
  • Although we plan to get back to a full and active physical education curriculum as soon as possible, we will not be taking part in contact sports. 
Is Wraparound Care available?

Our popular wraparound (WAC) service will be open as per normal from September 2nd (AM from 0730 and PM up until 1800). Mrs Lee and the team are very much looking forward to welcoming back the team.

 

The wraparound service has now moved into the Key Stage 2 building (entry point is an external door near the outdoor classroom). The WAC service will work under all of the same protective control measures (handwashing etc) as the whole school and they will endeavour, where possible, to keep children in small, manageable groups. This is however, one area of the school where there will be a small amount of inevitable mixing of children.

Can my child wear a face mask?
Children are not permitted to wear masks in school. If a child wears a mask on the way to school, we request that the parent takes it home at drop off. Adults in school will not be wearing masks unless they are dealing with one of our defined medical/intimate care procedures.
Is lunch available? Where will my child eat?

Our lunch service will be back up and running from September but the lunchtime slots will be staggered over a longer period (1145 - 1330) and some year groups will eat their food in the classroom as opposed to the hall.  

All children will be eating with their group and will not mix with the other groups. 

Can I pop in for a chat with the teachers or staff?

Sadly, we are minimising visitors to the school site and they are by prior arrangement only. If you need to speak to the admin team either pass your query through the SLT member on the gate or phone the office to discuss. You can also send in queries via email. 

If you wish to contact your child's class teacher, please either phone, use Dojo or send an email and we will arrange a phone call or face-to-face meeting where required. 

Will my child be expected to socially distance from the other children in their group?

We will be operating on a group model and have planned measures to allow spacing when working indoors for all pupils. As the government guidelines state, “We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. In deciding to bring more children back to early years and schools, we are taking this into account. Schools should therefore work through the hierarchy of measures set out below:
•    avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
•    frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices
•    regular cleaning of settings
•    minimising contact and mixing”

We will, where possible, reduce contact between people, and we can achieve that and reduce transmission risk by ensuring children and staff where possible, only mix in a small, consistent groups and that small group stays away from other people and groups.

Can i use childminders and/or alternative care providers?
This is permitted but we would encourage you to seek assurance that the providers are carefully considering their own protective measures, and only use those providers that can demonstrate this.
What will happen to home-schooling and what will my child do in school?

In the initial days and weeks we will be taking the children through a carefully planned recovery curriculum. This will involve supporting the children back into the routines and structures of school life, developing relationships, supporting children following a long period of absence and building confidence in their academic ability. We will also spend time identifying the areas of the curriculum that we need to focus on. 

We aim to be back to our full curriculum as soon as possible.  

Can my child bring a bag?
Children can bring bags to school in September but items that the do bring should be minimised. They do not require pencil cases or personal stationary as all of this will be provided in individual sets in the classrooms. 
Does my child need a PE Kit?

Yes - We will be starting PE and active sessions straight away in September so children will need their PE kits. 

PE however, will mostly be outside and we can't let the weather stop play too much so please ensure you send appropriate clothing on their PE day (you will know the PE day via the teachers). 

Does my child have to attend school?
Yes - School attendance is mandatory from September and we are looking forwards to welcoming all children back. I fyou have any concerns or requirements and wish to discuss the return further, please get in touch and we will ensure we support all families as much as we can. 
Will there be after-school clubs?
For the first half term we will not have any after school clubs running (just WAC). We will review the situation in late September regarding Autumn 2. 

 

COVID-19 - Relevant Government Guidance Documents

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