Keeping our school open during the pandemic
Information for Parents
We are following the guidance which has been issued by the Department for Education to make the school as safe as possible for both children and staff.
What will school be like?
As far as is reasonably possible, school is as it was before the first lockdown in March 2020 although there are some changes.
There arel no longer be year group bubbles, as during the last academic year, so this gives us greater flexibility and opportunity to reintroduce some parts of the school day which were absent last year.
Attendance is compulsory for all children.
We continue to encourage children to practise good hygiene routines, including regularly washing their hands. This is simply good practice and will continue to reduce the risk of spreading germs and viruses. The NHS has produced a short video which parents can share with children to show how to wash hands well.
We are offering school dinners to ALL children who are eligible or who want them. Children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 are all entitled to a Universal Infant Meal and/or a Free School Meal. For children in Key Stage 2 we will be able to provide a school dinner to those entitled to Free School Meals or those who pay for a hot lunch. The new school menu can be found here.
Children who bring a packed lunch will eat with their friends in the dining room.
Bags and equipment
Children may bring a bag to school if they need to but realistically they do not need to bring anything with them other than their PE kit, packed lunch (if they have one) and drinks bottle. The fewer things which are brought in and out the school the better. All equipment needed in the classroom will be provided so there is no need for pens / pencils / pencil cases etc. If it is going to be a warm day please consider whether your child even needs to bring a coat.
Before and After School Childcare
We are offering before and after school childcare as usual. If you have not used our childcare previously but would like to now, please contact the school office.
Start of the School Day
There is a drop-off window for all children arriving at school.
ALL CHILDREN CAN BE DROPPED OFF BETWEEN 8.40 a.m. AND 8.50 a.m.
Children are not required to line up but are able to make their own way straight into school. A small number of staff will be on the playground initially to guide children in the right direction if needed.
Parents do not need to escort children to their classrooms or remain on the playground in order to continue to avoid large gatherings.
Teachers will not be on the playground at the start of the day; please continue to contact your child's teacher via ClassDojo.
Children who arrive after 8.50 a.m. will be marked as late.
The gates will be unlocked at 8.40 a.m. and locked at 8.55 a.m.
End of the school day
At the end of the day, children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 finish at 3.15 p.m.
Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 finish at 3.25 p.m.
Gates will be opened at 3.10 p.m. for parents to collect their child(ren); please wait on the playground and the classes will come out to you. This is a return to the routines which were in place before the first lockdown.
Managing Coronavirus - CHANGES JANUARY 2022!!!
Children must NOT come into school if they have any symptoms of coronavirus or if they have had a positive test. Similarly, if a child develops any of the symptoms during the day they will be isolated in school and parents called to collect them.
Symptoms of coronavirus are explained here.
Children who display symptoms of coronavirus must be taken for a PCR test. Information relating to how to obtain a PCR test can be found here.
If there is a positive test, either at home or at school, the guidance has changed (JANUARY 2022):
Individuals are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
New for January 2022:
School aged children (aged 5 and above) who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take a lateral flow test every day for seven days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they develop symptoms at any time.
Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend an education or childcare setting while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
Track and Trace will determine who the contacts are of the person who has tested positive and they will be advised to take a PCR test (but NOT to isolate). They will be able to continue to attend school whilst waiting for the results of the PCR Test.