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Carlton Digby School


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Return to school information

All arrangements are subject to change, following local and government updated guidance.

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 (PCR) and inform school immediately of the outcome. If the test comes back as negative, then your child can return to school when they are well enough to do so. If they test positive, then they must follow the isolation guidance.

If your child has close contact with someone who tests positive in school, then you will be given further instructions as to what to do next.

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-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 children if we have reason to belive it is raised. If it is 37.8oC or greater, they will be taken 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.

Areas will be well-ventilated during the day

Will meetings take place in school?

Hand sanitiser is available at reception.
 

At this time, parents are being offered the choice of face to face or video EHCP meetings. Parents' evening appointments will be by video call this term. 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? 

Following government advice, we are no longer using 'bubbles' in school. 

Are you using specialist rooms / areas? 

All areas of school are back in use currently, including specialist areas e.g. soft play, pool, hall etc

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. Parent shave been made aware of timings of drop off and collection.  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 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 ensure controlled arrival and departure from school for pupils.

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 given. You will either be met by staff outside the reception area ( yellow department) or at the entrance to the secondary play area( blue department). Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes prior to your allocated time. 

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 .

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 are currently planning to reinstate this club. 

What will be covered in the curriculum? 

Lessons will take place as normal. The curriculum has resumed but includes continued re-establishing relationships in school with pupils and staff, supporting the pupils in confidence-building and self-esteem. This has been a tough time for all.  We will continue to build on previous progress and support pupils in their learning within a broad and exciting curriculum.

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 continue to use Class Dojo for daily communication with parents.

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)
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • 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.

Does my child need to wear a face covering?
 

The general Government approach to face coverings is: 

"face coverings will no longer be recommended for pupils and students in classrooms or communal areas, in all schools and FE providers. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms.

The reintroduction of face coverings for pupils, students or staff may be advised for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern." 

Will staff be wearing PPE? 

Staff will wear routine PPE (gloves and aprons) for toileting and feeding as before.

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 continue to test at home twice per week and all secondary pupils are asked to do the same (if possible). This advice currently is in place until the end of September, when it will be reviewed ny the govenrment. 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;

  • A new continuous cough,
  • A high temperature, or;
  • A loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

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 and should arrange a test to determine if they have COVID-19. If positive, they will need to isolate for a 10-day period.  The government stay at home guidance is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance