Return to school information
School re-opens for ALL pupils on Thursday 3rd September 2020.
Please see below for information and updates.
If you have any questions, please email the office or your child's teacher.
All children will have their temperature taken on arrival at school.
What if my child is unwell at home or at school?
If your child experiences any of the following symptoms they MUST not come into school.
- A new continuous cough,
- A high temperature (37.8oC or greater), or;
- A loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If they experience any of these while at school, they will be treated as though they have Covid-19 and will be sent home immediately. Please ensure you or a member of your family are able to collect your child as soon as possible. You MUST book a Covid-19 test and inform school immediately of the outcome.
If someone in your child's 'bubble' tests positive, then you will be given further instructions as to what to do next. If the test is negative, then they must be free of any illness prior to their return. Please support us in this.
We will not be able to administer paracetamol for any reason for the time being.
Please use the following link for households with a possible Covid-19 infection:
If your child is unwell (with any illness), please help us to prevent the spread of infection and illness by keeping them at home until they are better.
We will take the temperature of each child as they arrive at school. If it is 37.8oC or greater, they will be escorted to the isolation room. A second check will be taken after 10 minutes. If it remains high, we will contact parents / carers for them to collect their child and ask them to book a test (see above).
If you need to book a test for Covid-19, please click here https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
What are the hygiene measures in place?
This is of prime importance from Government and NHS guidance. Pupils will be asked / supported to wash their hands frequently. Staff will also follow this guidance. This is advised on entry to school, prior to eating, after play time etc.
Equipment and resources will be cleaned frequently during the day.
Toilets will be sanitised after each use.
‘Bubble’ outdoor play areas will be cleaned at the end of every day.
Where appropriate, pupils will be supplied with their own writing resources.
Hand sanitiser points will be installed in the main reception, outside of the hall and near the two external entrances to the playgrounds.
Will meetings take place in school?
At this time, all parent meetings / EHCPs etc. will need to be carried out over video call (TEAMs/FaceTime/Skype etc.). This will be reviewed on a regular basis.
If you need to approach reception for any reason, please ensure you practice social distancing and use hand sanitiser prior to entry.
How have the classes been organised?
Pupils will be class based and will have consistent class staff (unless we experience staff absence).
You will have heard mention of ‘BUBBLES’ in schools, to reduce the risk of transmission. We will have two main bubbles - Yellow and Blue. These correspond to the departments your child is currently in.
Your child will come to school each day and go to their classroom with their class staff and will spend the majority of the day in this small group.
At lunchtime and break time, they will be able to use the playground and outside equipment within a slightly larger bubble (2-3 consistent class groups from Yellow or Blue).
Scheduled cover for allotted Teacher Administration Time will be a consistent person each week that will teach in either the yellow or blue department.
Are you using specialist rooms / areas?
There are many spaces we CAN use in school but there are some where it will be restricted during the autumn term. These include the soft play room, Hydrotherapy pool, Hall, DT room and library. Activities within bubbles can replicate SOME of these activities.
We will re-introduce the use of these rooms when it is safe to do so.
Other areas have been carefully timetabled to include a cleaning schedule between groups.
What are the transport procedures if my child comes to school on the bus?
Transport staff should have been in contact by now to update transport arrangements. If you do not have confirmed information relating to your child’s transport arrangements, please contact transport directly. Timings of drop off and collection may have changed. Please be aware that this is not co-ordinated by school and we are unable to answer questions in this area.
Buses will arrive in controlled and timed groups and pupils will be taken, by appropriate staff, to their classes.
The arrival and drop off times will need to be closely adhered to by Parents/Carers and Local Authority transport vehicles, to allow us to minimise the time pupils have contact with others outside their school bubbles.
What are the procedures for parent drop-off and pick up?
We will not be able to accommodate waiting Parents/Carers in the reception area until further notice.
Parents who drop their child off will no longer be able to drive onto the school site but will need to park on the road in the local area. Please park outside the marked ‘school zones’ and be aware of new double yellow lines in the local area.
Parents will be expected on site at the times below. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes prior to your allocated time. You will be directed to wait in one of the playgrounds and your child will be collected from you (am) or brought out to you (pm). Staff will initially be available to guide you.
Please adhere to social distancing in these areas at all times.
Staff collect pupils from playground
Pupils depart playground with parents
Parents dropping pupils off
What will be happening at lunchtime?
Classes will either eat in the hall or their / shared classrooms (you will be advised by your class teacher). The kitchen will be cooking fresh meals again.
Time outside during the lunch period will be within the yellow / blue bubbles and in a yellow/blue playground area.
Over the course of the year, we will be introducing online dinner money payments through WEDUC.
Is after school club running?
This will not operate at the start of term but we will review this in the light of any additional government advice early in the term.
What will be covered in the curriculum?
Lessons will take place as normal but with restrictions on some equipment and specialist rooms. Movement around the building will be limited to ensure bubbles do not meet.
The main focus for our curriculum will be ‘Recovery’. We all want to get back to where we were. This means primarily that we want to re-establish relationships in school with pupils and staff, to support the pupils in confidence-building and self-esteem. This has been a tough time for all. We will be building on previous progress and supporting pupils in their learning within a broad and exciting curriculum.
Just in case, we have planned for a second school lock down. This may lead to direct online scheduled teaching activities. We hope that this need won’t arise! Assemblies will be pre-recorded and shared to each class within their classroom setting.
How will you communicate with parents?
We will continue to send letters by WEDUC and will increase its use to payments for trips/dinners etc. during this academic year. Behaviour letters will begin to be sent by this method over the next term.
We will return to home school diaries or class emails for a while but we plan to introduce a new system, which has been trialled with great success in one class during this period, as soon as possible in September (Class Dojo).
What personal items can be brought into school?
Please limit the items your child brings into school to essential items only:
- Lunchbox (hard plastic please, not fabric)
- Spare clothing (or you could send a labelled set to be kept at school)
- Home school diary, until advised otherwise
- PE kit
Please send in a supply of pads and wipes for your child at the start of term. Class staff will let you know when these stocks are running low.
Medication will need to be sent on the first day of term in the original unopened packaging with a prescription label. Please hand these to your bus escort or member of school staff as you arrive.
Where possible / necessary, your child will have their own set of equipment to use in class. Where this is not possible, good hygiene practices will be used.
Does my child need to wear a face covering?
The general Government approach to face coverings is: “children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area. Schools and colleges will have the discretion to require face coverings in indoor communal areas where social distancing cannot be safely managed."
We supports individuals who wish to wear a face covering on site, particularly in areas where it may not be possible to maintain social distancing, such as corridors. Wearing a face covering is not mandatory at this stage, but we will keep the matter under review subject to further government guidance.
If using face masks, students should ensure they wash their hands after removing them. Once removed, disposable face masks should be placed in covered bins and reusable masks placed in a plastic bag to be taken home.
Consistent with WHO’s new advice, schools and colleges should take additional precautionary measures in areas where the transmission of the virus is high. These areas are defined as areas of national government intervention. Information on areas with a status of ‘intervention’ can be found in the National coronavirus (COVID-19) surveillance report, which is updated every week.
In these intervention areas, in education settings where Year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults (staff and visitors) and pupils when moving around indoors, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. As in the general approach, it will not usually be necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and they may inhibit teaching and learning.
In the event of new local restrictions being imposed, schools and colleges will need to communicate quickly and clearly to staff, parents, pupils and learners that the new arrangements require the use of face coverings in certain circumstances. This updated guidance on face coverings for areas of national government intervention will come into effect on 1 September.
Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings. For example people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability, or if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate. The same exemptions will apply in education settings, and we would expect teachers and other staff to be sensitive to those needs.
Will staff be wearing PPE?
Staff will wear routine PPE (gloves and aprons) for toileting and feeding as before. They will wear a face covering if there is a risk they may need to be closer than 1m to a pupils face.
All staff have been issued with face coverings and a face shield. They may choose to wear these. In the case of local lock down measures being imposed, ALL staff will wear a face covering in communal areas.
If a child displays Covid-19 symptoms, staff will don full PPE to continue to support the child until they are collected by parents / carers.
Will staff and pupils be tested?
Staff will not be routinely tested for COVID-19. If there was a concern about a child or staff member having symptoms, we would follow the procedure below.
The Government stay at home guidance MUST be followed if pupils/staff become unwell with;
NHS guidance relating to coronavirus symptoms is available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
Parents informed of the requirement to keep pupils at home if presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 and to contact NHS 111 for advice.
Symptomatic individuals must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange a test to determine if they have COVID-19. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic individual first had symptoms unless a negative test result is achieved. The government stay at home guidance is available at: