Corona Virus Latest Guidance and School Re-opening
Parents/carers must not send any child/ or household member to school who displays symptoms of Corona virus/Covid-19. If you or your child display any symptoms of covid 19. The whole household must isolate and obtain a test for the person displaying symptoms. Phone 119 or 111 for NHS or go online at 111.nhs.uk
Please inform school immediately by telephone if you or anyone in your household develops these symptoms. School will advise and support you.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a 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)
a 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
School has carefully followed Government guidance to support protective measures school and the well-being of children we will :
Group children and staff into Year Group Size Bubbles
Stagger arrival / collection times at school and use a 'one-way' system so children/adults/parents are distanced
Aim to keep the children in the same bubble and these bubbles will not mix with other bubbles/ groups
Clean all surfaces and equipment frequently and ventilate classrooms
Have a cleaner on site throughout the day
Reduce and remove shared equipment - we will provide children with their own 'bag/tray' of pencils, paper, counters, colours etc)
Ensure that all Handwash and use sanitiser several times a day - teach children effective routines
Teach the 'Catch it, Bin it, Kill it' approach to respiratory hygeine
Changes to the Time of the School Day
As you are aware, it has been necessary to put actions in place to ‘minimise contact between individuals’ at the start and end of the school day, to do this we are introducing staggered start and end times for each year group. Please see the table below for details about the timings for each year group.
Lunchtimes have been reduced to 40 minutes in order to ensure that the year group bubbles do not mix, and to allow thorough cleaning between different groups who eat in the hall. Although the school day will be slightly shorter, all pupils will receive the same amount of teaching time as in ‘normal’ years.
Start time End of day Lining up
Nursery 8.30am 11.30am Nursery Playground
Reception 8.40am 2.55pm KS1 Playground
Year 1 8.45am 3.00pm KS1 Playground
Year 2 8.50am 3.05pm KS1 Playground
Year 3 8.50am 3.05pm KS1 Playground
Year 4 8.50am 3.05pm KS2 Playground
Year 5 8.45am 3.00pm KS2 Playground
Year 6 8.40am 2.55pm KS2 Playground
Drop off and Collection of Children from School
We would like to respectfully ask that only one parent/carer drops off or collects all of the children from one family. We encourage the use of Face Coverings at this busy time.
Enter through the gate where you need to drop or collect earliest. Please use the 'road' markings around the KS1 playground to guide you. ALL pupils and parents will exit through the large KS1 gate on Mount Street.
Your child’s class teacher will be present on the playground listed above ready to receive your child. In order to reduce risk of increased contact, please leave your child as soon as they are in their class line rather than waiting until they are taken into the school building. We will ensure that all children are appropriately supervised at all times. Parents of Reception children will be permitted to remain with their child whilst they line up at the start of the day for the first few weeks. This is to help their child, who may be new to school, to have a settled start to the day.
At the end of the school day, your child will be brought to the same lining up point that you dropped them off at in the morning. You will be able to collect your child from here. Please do not go to your child’s class door.
Please find below:
Consultation / Letter to Parents about full school reopening
School's Stay Safe Rules (Covid Behaviour Policy)
School's detailed Reopening Risk Assessment (Corona Virus / Covid 19)
Latest DfE / Government Guidance on School Reopening
If you require paper copies of any of these documents please contact the school office by phone - 01535 604656
The Penny Appeal : Grants for School Clothing and Free School Meals
This fund is for families experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. This will not include people on benefits listed below who will qualify for free school meals and may be eligible for assistance with school clothing/uniforms. School is not affiliated to the Penny Appeal .
When and how to apply? This is a small fund and grants are unlikely to be available after the end of October 2020. Applications can be downloaded from the Penny Appeal website and returned by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org What is the value of the grant? Free school meals will be paid for one whole term for one child per family up to £150. The value of the school clothing/uniform grant is up to £100 per family. Follow the link below to download or complete an application form.
Home Learning Packs have been provided for all children. Your child's classteacher will set tasks using our learning platform Purple Mash; books and reading activities through 'Bug club' and maths through TT Rockstars / Numbots. See our Learning At Home page for some great links to lots of Learning and Activity websites.
Like you, I understand that these are very challenging times for us all. It is very difficult for me to deliver many of these messages as I love seeing your wonderful children every schoolday. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact school on 01535 604656. Please do not come to school unless you have been invited by school . Keep checking this page for updates and information.