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COVID-19

Recovery Planning

 

Information for Parents (updated 17th September 2020)

Information added: updated advice to parents re: general illnesses and what to do if developing symptoms of Covid-19

 

It is our expectation that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. We are looking forward to bringing everyone back and have worked hard to create a safe environment and establish practices and routines to reduce the spread of the virus.

The information below sets out what parents need to know about returning to school in September. Please read carefully as you will be expected to follow this guidance while your child is attending school.

 

Communication:

During this continued period of the pandemic, we shall continue to update and communicate with parents as we have done since school closed on the 20th March. This page will be updated as required and parents will continue to receive emails, weekly newsletters and phone calls where appropriate. We shall also direct parents to updates via our Twitter and Facebook page.

 

Risk Assessment:

Parents can use this link to view our full Covid-19 Risk Assessment.

 

 

Quick links:

Suspected cases, what do I do if and testing arrangements? 

Attendance (updated)

UPDATED -  General Illnesses

Drop off and collection of pupils

Face Coverings

Social Distancing

Cleaning & Hygiene

Classrooms & organisation of groups/bubbles

Lunchtimes

First Aid & Illnesses

Changes to our behaviour policy

Changes to administration of medicines

Changes to intimate care & physical handing

Before & after school club (The Hub)

Covid-19 Home / School Agreement

Parental Complaints/Queries

 

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Attendance (updated for September)

In March when the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was increasing, the government made it clear that no parent would be penalised or sanctioned for their child’s non-attendance at school.

Now the circumstances have changed and it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.

Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from September 2020.

This means, from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

As Mrs Murphy has now retired, our new Learning Mentor will be Mrs Clarke. Mrs Clarke worked alongside Mrs Murphy last term to ensure a smooth handover process and to familiarise herself with the detail behind school expectations and procedures.

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General Illnesses & suspected cases

 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19) are a recent start of any of the following

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature (feel hot to touch on the chest or back
  • A loss or change in your normal sense of taste or smell

well child/young person feels 100% well, seems themselves and not displaying any changes in behaviour or their daily routines.   .

An unwell child could be a possible case of COVID19. Other symptoms that have been linked to COVID are vomiting, diarrhoea, sleeping more than usual, agitated, cold, headaches anything that may indicate they are not feeling themselves.

 

Please DO NOT send your child into school if:

  • They are unwell in any way
  • Anyone in the household is unwell, awaiting testing or their result, or has been tested positive.

 

COVID-19: Symptoms and attendance at school

A guide for parents:

Covid attendance advice to parents poster v4

 What happens if a child/young person or member of staff becomes unwell at school?

Please see our Suspected cases, what to do & testing arrangements page

 

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As of September, all children will be expected to wear full school uniform.

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Drop off and collection of pupils (updated for September)

Children, parents and carers cannot enter the school grounds if they are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus

(following the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection)

 

Drop off and pick-up times will be staggered and must be followed to avoid crowding. Each class has been split in to three groups to enable siblings to arrive at the same time. Your child's current class teacher will have already let you know which group your child is in. If unsure, please contact Mrs Collingwood by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Group  Drop off time  Collection time
 A  8:40am 2:55pm
 B  8:50am  3:05pm
C 9:00am 3:15pm

NOTE: if you are a key worker parent and would benefit from being within a different group, please contact Mrs Collingwood using the email above.

 

  • Where pupils attend the before or after school club, parents can drop off and collect as and when they usually would (see arrangements for The Hub below).
  • If your child NEEDS to be accompanied in to the school grounds, only one parent should attend. Where possible, children should be left to walk down the side path independently (to reduce congestion on the public footpath).
  • Parents and young people will be told their allocated drop off and collection times and which doors to use (please do not line-up early or arrive late as this will affect our ability to social distance).
  • To ensure safety, there will be no parent access to the school car park.
  • Where a parent has accompanying children they must be under the parent’s strict supervision at all times and adhere to social distancing.
  • Parents cannot gather at entrance gates or doors, or enter the school building (unless they have a pre-arranged appointment, which should be conducted safely)
  • Parents should read recommendations on public transport to and from school, including the Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers. Walking to and from school is the safest option. We also have a bike rack in the upper yard but bikes are left at pupils own risk. School cannot supervise or ensure the safe keeping of bikes during the school day.
  • Parents should avoid collecting pupils other than at designated times and from the allocated exits. Where this is unavoidable, parents must contact school to let them know the exact time they will be collecting the child. 
  • No messages or conversation should take place with staff who are supervising the entry/exit of pupils to ensure drop offs and pick-ups are swift with minimal contact between parents/carers and school staff. Please call or email the school office to pass on messages.

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Parents must not enter the school building without an appointment!

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Face Coverings

The wearing of face coverings is increasingly expected (nationally) across a range of indoor settings (i.e. shops) and on public transport. Currently, primary aged children are not expected to wear face coverings in school. Any child wearing a face covering for their journey to and from school should ensure they:

  • know how to put on/take off the covering safely,
  • dispose of temporary face coverings in the 'Catch it, bin it, kill it', covered bins provided in each classroom
  • bring a suitable plastic (sealed) bag to store re-usable coverings in and
  • ensure they wash their hands before and after wearing any face covering.

As part of local restrictions and guidance, adults are asked to wear face masks in all public settings. Therefore, parents/adults need to wear a face mask when dropping off or picking up your child to or from school.

  • You must wear a face covering when dropping your child off at school / picking them up from school
  • This is part of the measures in place to protect everyone
  • Please don't make other parents/carers feel uncomfortable at the school gates by not wearing a face covering

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Social Distancing

Pupils

Everyone is clear that schools will not be able to guarantee that pupils will maintain social distance rules at all times. Our younger children and pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities may find it harder to both understand the need for social distancing and to change their behaviours to follow the new rules.

However, the school will make every effort to observe the current social distancing recommendations both; where this is possible for individuals and where not, between group bubbles.

This means, within a group bubble, your child may not follow the same social distance recommendations as people are expected to follow in other areas of life. Pupils will be sat next to each other in the classroom.

To help balance this, we have significantly increased our focus on cleaning & hygiene (see below).

 

Parents

In periods of hot weather, school staff will not administer sun cream to pupils. Parents must ensure a high factor sun cream is applied before your child arrives at school. Children are also encouraged to wear a sun hat where temperatures are expected to be 20oC or higher and bring a coat in colder or wet weather.

Parents will not be permitted to enter the school building until further notice.

Parents must not enter the staff car park.

The small number of exceptions to this will be:

  • Pupil's identified by the school as needing emotional support at the start of the school day (as agreed with the school).
  • Parents with an explicit invitation from the school to enter i.e. for a meeting that cannot be conducted 'virtually'.

 All communication/messages for school need to take place via phone or email.

 

 

Cleaning & Hygiene

Hygiene and safety for all is our highest priority; implementing and supervising a strict regime of hygiene measures, distancing and hand-washing is a key staff role.

Please help us by ensuring your child can wash their hands thoroughly. We would also encourage parents to moisturise their child's hands daily to minimise the impact of increased handwashing at school. School will not be providing hand moisturiser for pupils.

For further detail about school's routines for cleaning and hygiene, please see our Risk Assessment page.

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 Classrooms & organisation of groups/bubbles (updated for September)

In September, each year group will be considered as a 'bubble' (typically 25/26 pupils). 

  • To support the effective delivery of provision, we will also create bubbles for pupils attending the before and after school clubs (of no more than 15 per bubble) and for pupils accessing specific group provision i.e. sensory circuits (where pupils may mix across year groups). This will be done only where it cannot be avoided.
  •  Staff will be assigned to work with as small a number of bubbles as is practical to maintain the effective running of the school. For class teachers, this will typically be one bubble but for TAs this may be two or three bubbles depending on the range of roles carried out across the school.
  • We will keep very clear records of pupils and staff within each bubble to ensure a rapid track and trace response in the event of a positive Covid-19 case within the school.
  • We will stagger break and lunch times to ensure class bubbles are kept separate as far as is possible.

Pupils are not permitted to bring any items in to school, including a school bag, other than their packed lunch.

Pupils will also be required to take their water bottle home to wash and refill each day. We will no longer be able to facilitate this in the classroom. 

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Lunchtimes (updated for September)

As of September, we will be operating the school kitchen as normal. Pupils ordering a school meal will resume ordering through Live Kitchen and those paying for a school meal will continue through Live Kitchen also.
  • Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will rotate through the school hall with a cleaning regime between each sitting.
  • Pupils in Year 3-6 will eat lunch in their classroom.
  • Where ordered through the school, pupils will be given a choice of items through Dolce's Live Kitchen online ordering system. Those parents who ordinarily pay for school meals will continue to do so in the same way as normal.
  • If pupils bring a packed lunch, this must be in a contained lunch box (including the drink). 
  • Water will be provided for all children during the lunchtime period.
 

Free school meals 
If your personal/work circumstances have changed and you think you may now be entitled to receive free school meals, you can find further information on how to apply here.

 

 

First Aid & Illnesses

  • Qualified First-Aiders will be on site at all times.
  • School staff may take your child's temperature on a regular, perhaps daily basis. This will be done with a contactless thermometer.
  • If a child is injured, parents will be contacted and must come to the school office to collect the child as soon as possible.
  • If a child is ill, they will be kept in supervised isolation until collected by their parent.
  • Parents must ensure emergency contacts and arrangements are up to date, including the second contact.
  • Normal routines for informing the school of any absences (if your child is expected to be in school) remain (via email or by telephone)
 

 

Changes to Our Behaviour Policy

Staff will communicate, teach and regularly reinforce all expectations, and in particular the new ones. A review of the school behaviour policy has been undertaken. The policy remains appropriate with some amendments as follows:

 Behaviour principles:

  • Children must follow school expectations for handwashing and sanitising. This should take place when re-entering the school from outdoor break, when entering school in the morning and after using the toilet. Wherever possible this should be supervised by an adult.
  • Children must not break their group ‘bubble’ in school.
  • Children must remain at a distance of 1m+ from other children wherever possible.
  • Children must move around the school building as directed by staff. 
  • Children must follow the ‘catch it, bin it and kill’ it routine for sneezing and coughing. Children must avoid touching their mouth, nose and eyes with their hands.
  • Children MUST tell an adult if they experience any symptoms of coronavirus or feel unwell.
  • Children must follow rules on the use of all equipment in school.
  • Children must follow school expectations at playtimes and only play in their allocated zone.
  • Children must use the toilet at set times and must not mix with children from other groups.
  • Absolutely no coughing or spitting at another person.
  • Children must follow the drop off and pick up routines.
  • Reward systems – these remain appropriate but will need to be adapted by staff to maintain social distancing e.g. giving stickers directly to children.  Reward children for following the above rules. There will be no reward assemblies in school. Staff will give appropriate rewards within their class bubble but will not send home certificates etc.  Merit awards shall be published within the Google classrooms/Seesaw or Tapestry for parents to download.
  • Communication with parents - regarding behaviour concerns must be done using the phone. There will be no face to face meetings. These concerns must be logged on CPOMS and SLT informed if not resolved.
  • Children with challenging physical behaviour (who usually have an EHCP) will have a risk assessment undertaken and a decision will be made in conjunction with the local authority on how their needs can be most appropriately and safely met. 
  • Sanctions – The allocation of yellow cards, red cards and incident forms will continue as normal though only administered through Class Dojo/CPOMs. Children will not use the GtbG posters in the classrooms. Staff will contact parents by phone where necessary. No face to face meetings will be arranged without explicit permission from the Headteacher or Deputy.

Parent role in behaviour – Parents will be called where a child refuses to cooperate with adult instructions and endangers the safety of others through their action or inaction. Parents will be informed of this. Parents will also be called if a child is very upset and all staff reassurance has failed.

Parents can view our amended overview here

 

 

Changes to our Administration of Medicines Policy

To help reduce mobility around the school and maintain the integrity of our small groups/bubbles we have made a small number of changes to our administration of medicines procedures.

  • We will no longer be administering non-prescribed medication - if your child is unwell, keep them at home.
  • Our administration of medicines form is now a digital form and can be completed here. Parents must also contact the school via telephone to confirm, in person, their form submission.
  • Medicines will be kept in the school office (as usual) but taken to the appropriate classroom to be administered by a supervising adult within the class group.
  • The adult may wear PPE (disposable gloves, apron and mask) depending on the symptoms shown by your child).
  • Parents may drop off medicines (once agreed with the school) at the school office and collect at the end of the school day. Where medicines are to be used across a week, these can be kept in school if appropriate.

 

 

Changes to intimate care & physical handing

Where your child normally receives regular or occasional intimate care i.e. changing, we will update your child's existing care plan to reflect changes to any current arrangements. This may include the increased use of PPE worn by staff.

On a very small number of occasions it is necessary for staff to physically intervene with pupils to ensure their safety and the safety of others. We will be working especially hard to ensure these occasions do not occur, but if they do, staff may require additional PPE prior to intervening. This will be part of the dynamic risk assessment carried out for each individual incident. Parents will be informed if their child has been involved in any form of physical intervention.

 

 

Before & after school club (The Hub)

  • The Hub will re-open in September.
  • Pupil numbers have been limited to enable 'bubble' system. Priority has been given to pupils needing full time places to restrict numbers. Bubbles have been organised, where possible to protect integrity of wider class bubbles. These bubbles are broadly:
    • Bubble 1 = Rec-Year2/3 am/pm
    • Bubble 2 = Year 3-6 am/pm
    • Bubble 3 = Y1-6 am
    • Bubble 4 = Y1-6 pm
  • Each bubble will be supported by designated staff
  • Both morning and afternoon sessions will be run from the school hall
  • No other after school clubs will operate during the autumn term to enable the use of the school hall.
  • Hub staff will operate in line with all other aspects of this risk assessment where relevant.
  • Detailed registers will be kept to support 'Test & Trace strategy in the event of a pupil or member of staff testing positive with the virus.
  • All 'Hub' resources will be cleaned between sessions with intensive cleaning of resources when/if switching bubbles.
  • The Hall/Library will be sectioned to enable appropriate staffing ratios and social distancing of groups.
  • Where staff need to cross bubbles (i.e. first aid) this will be recorded to support Test and Trace system.


If you would like to be added to our 'Hub' waiting list, please complete this form.

 

In September the Hub will operate from the school hall for both morning and after school sessions. As such, parents are able to drop off and collect their child at the entrance door in the lower play ground as long as social distancing rules are followed.

For parents collecting their child between 5:30 and 5:45pm, please wait outside the office area (avoiding coming in to the school) as the lower gates will be locked at 5:30pm to support site staff securing the school for the evening.

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Covid-19 Home / School Agreement
 
To ensure all our parents have read and understand the changes we have put in place to protect the safety of our pupils and school community, we are asking parents to complete a specific home/school agreement before your child returns to school. This must be completed before their first day back at school and can be completed via this form. This agreement is based on the information on this page, so please unsure you have read each section carefully.
 
 
 

Parental Complaints/Queries

We have made no changes to our official complaints policy.

However, if a parent has an emergency or serious issue/complaint, they should in the first instance phone the school to speak with a senior leader. The school will follow its normal policy in dealing with any complaints; however, communication will not be face to face unless necessary. Where it is necessary, social distancing measures will be taken.