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September Re-Opening: Government guidelines relating to Covid-19

Following the most recent government guidelines relating to Covid-19, these are the changes from the Parent Handbook that have put in place for September 2020

Opening of school:

On Monday, 7th September 2020, the school will reopen for all children.

We will be organising children into year group ‘bubbles’ and will be minimising the number of adults they will interact with outside of their year group.  This does mean that, unfortunately, they will not see or mix with any of the children from other year groups.

Children will need to wear school uniform.  However, on PE days they must wear their PE kit.  Children should wear their normal school jumper over their PE top if it is chilly. They can also wear grey or black jogging bottoms either instead of or over their PE shorts. We will be trialling this for the autumn term.  (We will ensure Year 3 children are given a PE t-shirt in their house colour on the first day back.)  They should also have appropriate footwear to wear on the playground or in the hall.  Please ensure long hair is tied back and that all other uniform guidelines are followed.

Start of the day:

There will be no breakfast club available for children. We will be having a staggered start time to the day.  We realise this may be difficult but if we can find a way of restarting this as the term progress then we will.

8.30am

Year 3 children will enter through the Year 3 doors in the adventure playground

Year 4 children will enter through the doors leading from the chicken playground

8.45am

Year 6 children will enter through the doors from the adventure playground

Year 5 will enter through reception

Please ensure that you adhere to these times as if your child is late/early you will be asked to wait away from the school site until an appropriate time allows for your child to be taken into school.  Please ensure you observe social distancing at all times.

We need to minimise the number of things the children bring into school.  Children can bring in their packed lunch (if needed), water bottle and reading books, once these have been set up.  They do not need to bring bags, pencil cases, or anything else into school.  Everything will be bought up to the classrooms with them at the start of the day.  Please ensure water bottles ONLY contain water.

The children will not be able to bring mobile phones into school for any reason.

To help with social distancing, please ensure that only 1 person enters the playground to drop off or pick up your child.

Under the current guidelines, we cannot allow parents into the school.  If you have a message, please speak to a member of staff on the playground at the start of the day or please email/telephone the school office.  We cannot accept cash in school.  If anything does need to be paid this will need to be done online.  Any medicines will need to be placed in a plastic bag and given to a member of staff and will then be wiped with an antibacterial wipe.  You can give a verbal signature to medicines being allowed to be given to the member of staff on duty.  If you would rather give the medicines in at the office, please go to the reception door and wait outside until a member of the office team come out to see you.

End of the day:

We have set school finish times in liaison with Glenfield Infant School so that parents with children at both schools can ensure they have time to go between the schools.  Again this will be staggered so please ensure you are not late for any reason:

2.45pm

Year 3 out through Year 3 doors into the adventure playground

Year 4 out through chicken playground

2.55pm

Year 6 out through the adventure playground doors

Year 5 out through reception.

Currently will are not able to offer any after school clubs.

Breaktimes and lunchtimes:

These will be staggered and children will need to practice the social distancing rules.  I am afraid that we will not be able to provide toast or fruit at break times.  Please send your child into school with a healthy break time snack, especially for the children who will be having a later break and lunch due to the staggered times.  A healthy snack could be a piece of fruit, a cereal bar, or a roll or a small sandwich.  Please do not send in unhealthy snacks e.g. crisps, chocolate, or sweets.

Unfortunately, the water fountains and benches in the playground will be out of use.  It is really important to remember to send a water bottle into school with your child.

 

Lunchtimes: 

Cooked lunches will be available for those who require one and will be eaten in the dining room.  Sandwiches will be eaten in your child’s classroom before or after your allocated playground slot.  Unfortunately, they will not be able to eat them outside as other bubbles will be using the playground at these times. Please ensure that if you decide to send a packed lunch in then it is a healthy packed lunch.

 

Monday to Thursday Friday
Year 3 11.30-12.00 Year 5
Year 4 12.05-12.35 Year 6
Year 5 12.40-1.10 Year 3
Year 6 1.15-1.45 Year 4

 

Friday’s times are different as we have to rearrange assemblies and Golden Time to ensure that the Year Groups have these at different times.

Children will also have 20 minutes’ playground time either before or after lunch.  Equipment will not be able to be shared and the children will be taught some ideas for socially distanced games.  The Adventure Playground will be out of action because of hygiene issues.

In the classroom:

If your child has not been back to school already, please spend some time with them explaining that when they come back to school things will be very different and go through social distancing, hand washing, etc. with them.  We will be doing this when they come back but it is important that they are prepared as teachers will be also observing social distancing at all times.  We will of course make sure that we handle the children sensitively and with care and will ensure that there are PSHE sessions to help them deal with how different things are.

The children will have their own assigned seat in the classroom and all their own equipment.  The desks will be moved around so that they are all forwarding facing. There will be no sharing of equipment and children will have individual packs containing all they need.  Teachers will continue to maintain social distancing.

When the children leave or enter the classroom they will be using antibac.  They will also wash and dry hands before and after eating and after using the toilet.  They will be encouraged to wash their hands regularly.

More regular cleaning of the school will be undertaken both during and at the end of the day.

Illness: 

If someone becomes unwell at school: 

·         If there is a suspected case of Covid-19, the child will be sent home and should be tested – no-one else will need to go home

·         If the test is negative the child can return to school

·         If the test is positive, please follow the stay at home advice and inform the school.  The school will contact the local health protection team, they will risk assess who has been in close contact and say who needs to be sent home to self-isolate for 14 days

·         As now, if someone sent home to isolate because of contact, it does not mean the rest of the house needs to isolate

·         If there are more than two cases, the health team will be contacted and will advise

·         While awaiting collection, the child will be taken to the medical room

Testing:

–       All staff and pupils in schools have access to a test and should be tested if they have symptoms. Parents will be able to use the 111 online coronavirus service and to engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.

If a child is ill for any other reason they will be sent to the medical room.  The office staff will use PPE equipment at all times when dealing with any child for a medical reason.

 

 

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