What if my child shows symptoms?
If a pupil shows any of the symptoms of Covid-19 below, however mild, they should not come to school and the school office should be notified. Any child (or member of staff) showing these symptoms in school will be sent home immediately.
high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
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
What if my child develops symptoms during the school day?
If anyone 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 must be sent home and self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. All staff and pupils in school should have access to a test if they display symptoms and are encouraged to do so.
While awaiting collection, the child will be moved to the music room, where they can be isolated with appropriate adult supervision. A designated toilet will be available to them only.
PPE (mask, gloves and apron) will be worn by any member of 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).
Where the child or staff member tests negative, they can return to school and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.
If the child or staff member tests positive, all other members of their ‘pod’ should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of each child/member of staff in the pod do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with subsequently develops symptoms.
What is the new school timetable?
Some year groups will have a staggered start and finish to the day. This means that they will not be in school for the normal length of a school day. Year 6s will not yet return at this time.
Year Rs will only attend Monday to Thursday.
The school will be closed on Friday afternoons for teacher planning and for deep cleans to take place.
The school will continue to offer childcare for Key worker/vulnerable pupils every day of the week.
What happens at arrival and drop off?
Arrival at school will be staggered to avoid gathering and allow social distancing. Please can we ask that parents do not congregate in groups either on the pathways leading to and from the school or in the school car park. Please park allowing plenty of space between cars. Social distancing should be followed in the school car park at all times.
It is very important that parents arrive at school within the identified 15 minute period for the year group and not any earlier, otherwise we will not be able to maintain social distancing. We are also asking that all children are brought into school and collected at the end of the day by one parent only.
Children need to be accompanied by one parent and line up outside of the school gate. Two metre spacings will be marked out along the right hand side hedgerow, by the school gate, where children and parents should wait. Once the gate is open, children may enter the school, one by one, and the parent should exit to the car park, via the school garden. I will be outside to direct parents and children and there will be signs posted.
Pupils should use the automatic hand sanitiser at the gate before entering the school. Pupils will follow the way through the playground where Mrs Mac will direct them to their classrooms. Children will not remain outside in the playground as usual.
Non-contact thermometers will be available to check the temperature of every child/adult before entry to the building. Parents will not be permitted to enter the main school grounds, or the school office, at this time. Messages should be sent in via email to email@example.com or telephone 01303813276.
What are the teaching arrangements?
All children will be in a ‘pod’ of no more than 15 children with two adults where possible. We have tried to deploy the staff so that each group has within it a member of staff from your child’s year group team. It is important that parents understand that we cannot always ensure that your child is with their class teacher, or indeed with particular friends in their class
During the day the ‘pod’ will not come into contact with pupils or staff in other ‘pods’. They will be based in a classroom and/or the outdoor area and will not be able to go into other classes/workspaces where other groups are working. The tables will be placed as far apart as possible and pupils will be expected to remain in the seats where they are asked to sit.
The children will continue to work on the home learning packs that the class teachers will continue to plan for those at home. This is to ensure consistency for all children within a year group, whether they are in school or not. In school, there will also be a focus on learning outdoors wherever possible and we will be supporting all children with their wellbeing as they transition back into school.
If my Year 1 child returns, can my Year 3 child return too?
Sadly no, we have been advised that only Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 are eligible to return to school at the current time.
Can you offer clubs?
No, due to social mixing regulations, before schools and after school clubs are not available at this time.
What should the children being into school?
Only the following items are permitted to being into school at this time: a named water bottle, a named lunchbox (if needed). Sun cream should be applied before school if needed.