We are so excited to welcome our wonderful children back to school on Wednesday. We have been working hard to ensure our school is COVID secure, as well as getting ready for an exciting year of learning. We are aware that many parents may have questions about how we can keep our children safe, I have attached a parent handbook, which will hopefully answer some of those key questions.
Some headline points:
- No breakfast club until we have confirmed numbers - only working parents will be accommodated and you must book a place indicating what days you need. The charge remains £1 per day.
- Children will be grouped in phases and have no contact with the other phases.
- Reception and Key stage 1 will finish at 3:20, KS2 will finish at 3:30.
- School gates will open at 8:35 along with the doors to classrooms - parents must drop their children and leave.
- No parents will be allowed in school without an appointment, parents must wear masks if they wish to attend an appointment.
We have lost a lot of learning time and will be starting lessons at 8:50, if your child is late, they will be missing out.
School will close at 12:15 on FRIDAY for staff PPA as we have done all year. Parents must provide proof of 2 working parents/ single working parent, please complete the form and bring copies of your employment.
School dinners will resume. The new Year 3 will now be charged for school dinner, please make sure you bring sandwiches if you do not wish to pay for your lunch. (Children who receive benefit linked free school meals will continue to get a free lunch.)
School uniform MUST be worn.
PE kits must be brought into school - children will only change at lunch time, they will come home in their kits.
We need to ensure the strictest safety procedures for our children and staff. Parents will be expected to support these measures in the interest of keeping our school community safe.
Key features for parents:
- Please only 1 parent/carer to drop or collect children.
- Clear 1 way system on the school drive.
- Markers to remind families to social distance on the playground.
- Tape markers to show 2m away from the doors - we will be keeping these in place to avoid crowding.
- No parents will be allowed in school without an appointment.
- 1 person will be allowed in the office at a time.
- Parents must book an appointment to talk with staff - this is so we can ensure we have
a safe rooms that can be cleaned after use.
- Hand gel in the office.
- Post box and envelopes for dinner money
- Parents must report to the school if their child or anyone in the household has any symptoms. The child will not be allowed back into school for 14 days or until the effected person has a negative COVID-19 test.
- Children can not bring masks into school as they pose a huge contamination risk
, disposable masks will be removed at the main gate. Reusable masks must be stored by the parent. Children who walk alone will need a storage bag to keep it in.
Key Features for children:
- A set area for the school - their key stage phase. Children will not be permitted to use different toilets or enter classes not in their phase.
- Regular hand washing timetable and the use of hand gel in between.
- No assemblies
- Restricted movement in classrooms - each child will have their own equipment and
- Staggered break times and lunch times.
- Children will not be allowed to play in contact with other children out of their bubble phase.
- If a child (or the teacher) becomes unwell with COVID-19 symptoms (persistent cough,
high temperature or loss of taste or smell) they will be sent home for 14 days or until
the COVID-19 test confirms it is negative. The entire phase will be sent home for 14
days if the test is positive..
- Children will be expected to follow the new rules to ensure everyone is safe.
What happens if a child becomes unwell at school?
If a child or an adult in school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to get a test. Tests can be booked online through NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website. (Link below)
If this child or adult tests positive for the virus, the health protection team will provide school with definitive advice on who must be sent home. We ask that all families engage with the Test and Trace process if contacted and book a test if you are displaying symptoms & inform school immediately of the results (both negative or positive).
If your child shows symptoms and is awaiting collection, they will be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window will be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, we will move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people. If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.
Please note, PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).