INFORMATION ON COVID-19
This section of the website will be under constant review.
School attendance will be mandatory in Autumn and the usual rules on attendance will apply. Consequently, all children will be expected to be in school, every day.
On 1st August, the government paused it’s advice for vulnerable people to shield. This means that pupils affected by those rules are able to return to school. However, if your child is complying with clinical and/or public health advice given to them (e.g. if they’re self-isolating and waiting for a test result) in that case, school will not penalise absence and will offer pupils access to remote education. You must inform school if this applies to your child.
Pupil groups will increase in size to up to 60 pupils to allow everyone to return to school. Bubbles will be phase groups. There are no firm rules on group sizes and it isn’t an ‘all-or-nothing’ approach. Some mixing may be necessary, such as for specialist teaching. For most of the time, our children will be in their class groups. Pupils will be kept apart from other groups where possible and older children will be encouraged to keep their distance within groups. Staff can work across different groups in order to deliver the school timetable, but they will keep their distance from pupils and other staff as much as they possibly can and ideally 2 metres apart.
Equipment and resources can be shared within class groups. They will be cleaned regularly, as we do for frequently touched surfaces. However, people will not share individual and very frequently used equipment like pencils and pens. Children are provided with their own packs with everything they will need. Any resources shared between groups, such as sports, art and science equipment, will be rotated so they can be unused and out of reach for a period of 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different groups. Everyone will avoid unnecessary sharing, especially where it doesn’t contribute to pupil education and development.
The school day
The timings of the school day will be staggered to ensure we can maintain social distancing on arrival and exit from the school. The table below sets out the timings of the school day under the current circumstances.
|Key Stage||Start Time||Finish Time||Entrance/Exit Point|
EYFS gate on Western Ave near Y3/4 fire escape
EYFS gate on Western Ave near Y3/4 fire escape
|Y1||8.45am||3.00pm||Y1 – far gate on Western Avenue near Y5/6 fire escape|
Y2 – gate on Western Avenue near Y5/6 fire escape
|Y3||8.45am||3.00pm||Middle gate on Easton Rd and enter via main entrance|
Middle gate on Easton Rd and enter via main entrance
|Y5||8.55am||3.10pm||Lower gate on Easton Rd and enter via main entrance|
Lower gate on Easton Rd and enter via main entrance
Drop off/pick up/public transport
As you can see from the timings of the day, we have staggered these to ensure social distancing can be maintained as much as possible. Y3-6 parents dropping their children off must wait with their child/ren on the playground until the whistle goes for Y3/4 at 8.45am and then at 8.55am for Y5/6. Social distancing must be maintained.
Nursery – Y2 parents must walk their children to the gate entrance but not enter the site.
Y3-6 parents are permitted to socially distance with their child/ren on the playground until their class whistle is blown by Mrs Carroll. Children should not be left unaccompanied by parents unless they are in Y5/ and we have permission for them to walk to school by themselves. They will then walk in socially distanced once the whistle is blown and their year groups are called – no lining up. Their class teachers will be at their classroom doors waiting to greet them. Myself, Mrs Lyon and Mrs McCormick will be present on Western Avenue and Mrs Carroll will be on the main entrance door welcoming KS2 children in.
Please also ensure that only one parent/carer brings children to school and if possible, siblings not attending school are not brought to school.
No parents are the enter the site in the morning. We are also unable to have face to face chats so if you are wanting to speak to a member of staff, please call the office to arrange a telephone meeting. If for any reason you need to make an appointment at school, these will have to be between the hours of 9.30 – 2.30pm.
Upon arrival students will be asked to use the hand sanitizer or wash hands once they enter the building. As each year group has their own area this will limit the amount of cross over during the school day.
If you are using public transport, please ensure you and your child are fully aware of the guidance for the use of public transport. You should only use public transport if you cannot drive, walk or cycle to school.
Please can I politely remind all parents and carers to observe the social distancing measures at all times and be patient with each other and staff as this is new for everyone. You should not gather outside the school gates after dropping off or picking up.
All gates will be locked promptly at 9am. If you are late for any reason, you must bring your child to the office and sign them in. Children are not to be left unattended under any circumstances.
If someone has symptoms:
- The child will be escorted to the isolation room by a member of staff and parents/carers will be contacted and asked to collect them as soon as possible.
- The isolation room will be cleaned as soon as the child has been collected. If a member of staff shows any symptoms, they will be sent home.
- Parents and carers must arrange for a test if their child shows symptoms of Covid 19.
- Parents and staff must inform school immediately of the results of a test. School will not ask for evidence of negative test results or other medical evidence before welcoming back children.
If there is a confirmed case of Covid19
If school becomes aware that someone has tested positive, office staff will contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact school if they become aware that someone at our school has tested positive. The team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person when they were infectious, and make sure they are asked to self-isolate.
Close contact means:
- Direct close contact – face-to-face contact with an infected person for any length of time, within 1 metre, including:
- Being coughed on; a face-to-face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
- Proximity contacts – extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected person
To help our local health protection team, senior staff will keep a record of pupils and staff in each group and any close contact that takes place between children and staff. School will not share the names or details of people with coronavirus unless it’s essential for protecting others.
If there is a possible outbreak
If there are 2 or more cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus is suspected, school will work with our local health protection to decide if additional action is needed. In some cases, the team may recommend that a larger number of other pupils self-isolate as a precautionary measure, such as the whole year group. Whole-school closure will not generally be necessary and school will not consider this except if our local health protection team advises it. If an outbreak is confirmed, a mobile testing unit may be dispatched to our school.
We have revisited and updated our risk assessment to build on the learning to date and practices we’ve already developed and will continue to consider the additional risks and control measures that may be needed.
There will be a contingency plan in place in case of a local outbreak. If our local area sees a spike in infection rates, our school may be advised to close temporarily for most pupils as we did in March. If this happens we will offer immediate remote education for all pupils at home. This remote education will be a combination of online learning and pupil packs for those who have difficulty accessing web based activities.
Expectations for uniforms are back to normal. These are:
Burgundy school book bag with logo
White polo shirt
Burgundy school jumper/cardigan with logo
Grey trousers or skirt
Black, grey or white socks
Soft hair bobbles only – Burgundy, black or white
Plain white t-shirt
Plain black shorts
Grey marl joggers
Trainers/Velcro pumps (EYFS)
It is still recommended that pupils limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each . Ideally children should only bring in:
- Hat/scarf/gloves (if needed)
- Water bottle (water fountains will not be in use)
For Y1-6, weekly reading books and reading records will be allocated through our online reading platform, Oxford Reading Buddy, and home learning tasks will be set using Seesaw. EYFS children will receive a physical reading book and reading record book.
New expectations for curriculum
We have modified our curriculum for the start of the academic year, but aim to return to our normal curriculum for all pupils by Summer term 2021. We will assess pupils’ staring points and address gaps in their knowledge and skills, and use this to inform changes to our curriculum. It may be appropriate to suspend some subjects for some pupils in exceptional circumstances, as long as it is in their best interests. If this does happen, it will be discussed with the pupil’s parents or carers during the Autumn term.
For pupils in Reception:
- We will focus on the above, but also assess and address gaps in language, early reading and maths, particularly ensuring children’s acquisition of phonic knowledge and extending their vocabulary
For pupils in KS1 and KS2, we intend to prioritise:
- Identifying gaps and re-establishing good progress in the ‘essentials’ (phonics, reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and maths)
- Identifying opportunities across the curriculum so pupils read widely
- Developing pupils’ knowledge
We plan to keep the curriculum broad, so that the majority of pupils are taught a full range of subjects over the year (e.g. Science, Humanities, Art, DT, MFL, PE, RE). The Department for Education is planning on the basis that statutory primary assessments will take place in Summer 2021, although it has delayed the introduction of the new reception baseline assessment until September 2021. We will not be arranging any external visits or trips until further notice.
Breakfast Club will resume 7.30 – 8.45am on Monday 7th September. Children will be organised in their bubbles to reduce transmission. Parents will ring the bell and drop their child at the double doors.
Children must now be booked into Breakfast Club before so we can plan for appropriate numbers. You will need to pay via Parent Pay as we will not be handling cash. Please call the office to boo in your morning sessions.
All meals provided by school (free school meals and those that have been paid for) will resume to normal, with hot and cold options. Paid lunches should be paid in advance, using Parent Pay.
Reception children have a staggered start to September and begin school on part time hours: 8.45 – 11.45, quickly moving to 8.45 – 1pm so they can stay for lunch and then begin their full time hours with us.
Staggered start details are as below:
- 3rd – 4th September: Pupils will attend school for the morning session only until 11.45am
- 7th – 8th September: Pupils will attend school for the morning session, stay for lunch and will need to be collected at 1.15pm
- 9th – 11th September: all pupils will be in school for the full day from 8.45am – 3.00pm
We have a phased entry into the Nursery to enable children to settle in and make friends in a smaller group.
- 1:1 calls on Thursday 3rd September, instead of home visits.
- Stay and Play session from 9.30-10.30am on Friday 4th September. Parents stay during this session – socially distanced activities!
- Stay and Play session from 9.30-10.30am on Monday 7th September. Pupils will stay by themselves.
- Tuesday 8th September will be a full session 8.45 – 11.45am, every day onwards
As always, we will continue to use our social media and website to communicate any updates with you. These are listed below:
Finally, I would once again like to take this opportunity to thank you wholeheartedly for your understanding and ongoing support in helping us to manage this unprecedented situation. We are very much looking forward to having all of our children back whom we have missed so much!