The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) led to the closure of schools in England from 20 March 2020. As we reopen our school there are a number of new measures in place to keep the children, parents, staff and wider community as safe as possible. Initially, we will be opening for the children in Year 6 followed by children in Reception and Year 1 as well as continuing to be open for the children of Key Workers.
What safety measures are in place to protect my child?
The DfE guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings recognises that for children of primary age they ‘cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff’. We will be discouraging contact between children. However, for first aid or for some children with intimate care needs close contact will be necessary.
However, we will ensure that:
- Children and staff avoid contact with anyone with symptoms
- Promote frequent handwashing and good hygiene e.g. blowing nose into a tissue
- Regular cleaning of rooms and equipment
- Minimising contact and mixing between groups of children.
An addendum to our behaviour policy and additional safeguarding guidance can be found below. This addendum and guidance applies until further notice.
Please find below a booklet which teachers will be using to help children settle back into school.
COVID-19 Information for parents/carers:
Strict social distancing expectations must be adhered to on arrival, departure and within school at all times.
Social distancing expectations must be maintained in your interactions with others outside of the school context so that the safety of staff and pupils are not compromised.
The layout of corridors and classrooms have been reorganised to reflect rules of social distancing. Excess furniture has been removed and classrooms will be limited to a set capacity – pupils and staff will operate within a learning bubble. Once that classroom capacity is ‘full’ another room will be allocated for a separate additional bubble.
If there is more than one bubble per year group, pupils will be allocated randomly to a learning bubble. Children cannot be moved between bubbles due to friendship issues or parental requests. Within each bubble children will be working/playing at a 2m distance and safety, rather than social preferences, will always take priority. The ONLY time a child is permitted to move into another bubble is when their year group is welcomed back into school. Children will transfer from the Keyworker bubble into the Year Group bubble.
Pupils will not necessarily be with their class teacher or in their familiar classroom.
Staggered start, break, lunchtime and finish times will be allocated to learning bubbles. We ask that these are strictly adhered to in order to limit the amount of movement on site at any one time.
School drop off – parents/carers will be asked to line up with their child alongside the designated 2 metre markings at their allocated entrance point at their allocated time. Pupils must be accompanied to school to ensure school distancing expectations are followed. Once a child has been dropped off a parent must leave the external perimeter of the school site immediately. Only one adult is permitted to drop off/pick up their child. No parent is allowed to enter the school premises unless expressly invited by a staff member to do so, this is to limit the physical contact between staff and families. Parents can contact school via the school telephone number 01207 232624
School collection – parents/carers will be asked to assemble at a 2m social distance point at their allocated exit point and time, children will be led out of the school building by their teacher and parents and children will be expected to leave the area immediately. Y6 pupils can walk home unaccompanied but there must be an expectation that social distancing continues and school needs to be informed in writing that parents are happy for this to happen. Please email email@example.com<br /> Visitors will not be permitted in school unless essential staff for the maintenance of the building or to provide necessary support for a pupil/group. As we continue with skeleton staff, we would ask that parents/carers continue to contact school via telephone or email which will be constantly monitored.
Pupils who are vulnerable/living with someone who is vulnerable
School must be made aware of any individual situation where additional medical concerns apply.
School must be informed of any particular current medical needs relevant to COVID-19. Inhalers, if used, must be within date and must be available in school and at home. We would not expect the same inhaler to be transferred between the two places.
The need for frequent and thorough handwashing will be reinforced constantly throughout the day.
Parents/Carers are asked to practice good handwashing techniques at home with children so they can apply the method independently (i.e. 20 second – ‘Happy Birthday x2). This will also be reinforced daily in school. Use of soap and water is the best method for pupils but hand sanitisers will also be available for pupils to use, (if necessary and under supervision). All children, regardless of allergies, will need to handwash regularly as this is a safety measure to prevent the spread or contact with COVID-19.
Strict adherence to the school uniform policy will be relaxed as it is essential that pupils wear clean clothing every day and preferably a clean lightweight jacket, where possible. Uniform should be worn at all times, wherever possible, but if you do not have enough to be washed and clean every day then pupils can wear plain leggings, shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a plain T-shirt. Football strips, jeans and fashion clothes will not be permitted. Please ensure your child has adequate sunscreen applied before school. If your child is susceptible to sunburn, we suggest a long cotton t-shirt, cap, high factor sun cream etc.
Usual rules on longer hair being tied back and no jewellery (earrings) apply.
Each ‘bubble’ will be allocated a single set of toilets to use and children must wash their hands after every use and dry them with a paper towel, all hand dryers will be out of use. Some toilets will need to be unisex and the urinals will be covered so that all children will use the individual cubicles.
Children will also be allocated set times to go to the toilet (they will of course be allowed to use the toilet if the need arises outside of these times). All children will have to wash their hands after using the toilets.
Pupils and staff will be instructed to follow the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ guidance and extra tissues and lidded bins have been purchased for each learning area.
Extra cleaning regimes have been put into place throughout school.
From 15th June, those in receipt of free school meals and those key worker pupils attending school from Reception, Y1 and Y2 will be given a school packed lunch.
We encourage the parents/carers of all other pupils attending school from that date, to opt for a school provided packed lunch at a cost of £2.05 per day, paid for through Parentpay. This would limit the transference of items between home and school. If your child is in KS2 and not on free school meals and you would like to provide your own packed lunch – this must be contained within a plastic bag which will be disposed of after lunch.
All children must bring in a clearly-named water bottle which will be wiped down upon arrival with antibacterial wipes. This must be filled at home at the start of the day and it cannot be filled in school.
Initially, the school lunch will only be a packed lunch option, no cooked meals will be offered.
Personal belongings, school resources and curriculum changes
Pupils are not permitted to bring any additional bags to school. Books/planners will not be passed between home and school.
Pupils will be allocated their own personalised set of essential classroom resources e.g. exercise book, pencil, ruler, pens, sharpener etc.
On-line learning will continue to be uploaded for all year groups. Pupils in school will work through the plans which are uploaded to ensure a mirroring of provision and so as to not disadvantage those pupils who cannot or do not come into school. Staff will focus on the social and emotional well-being of our pupils as well as Year 6 transition Literacy and Maths work and reading for the younger children.
Where age appropriate, work may be self-corrected. Teachers, however, will not mark individual work.
Pupils showing symptoms
An isolation room has been set aside, should a child or staff member show symptoms. If a child becomes poorly (displaying symptoms of coronavirus), it is imperative that parents can be contacted immediately and can collect their child without delay. We strongly advise all parents/carers to contact 111 to book a coronavirus test for any child/adult showing symptoms. If this situation occurs, we ask that school is contacted with the outcome as soon as possible so we
are able to implement isolation protocols accordingly. If one child within the learning bubble tests positive for coronavirus, the whole learning bubble (including staff members) would isolate for the recommended 14-day period.
There will be a first aider on site at all times. If a child has a minor injury e.g. a scraped knee s/he may be asked to clean the injury themselves. The first aider will assess the situation. If the injury requires first aid, this will be administered. The first aider may wear additional PPE.
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