Opening our school safely
Following the government guidance, we have put a number of measures in place to keep our school safe. The government information for parents/carers can be found here.
From 8th March, attendance at school is again mandatory for all children. If your child is going to be absent, you must contact the school office and let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01536 741657.
What will classes look like?
- Children will be taught in classes and these class and year group ‘bubbles’ will be kept apart as much as possible
- Children can mix within bubbles, but we will be encouraging them not to physically touch each other
- We will provide a filled pencil case for every child, so their personal equipment can be kept separate
- Teaching resources, such as Science equipment, can be shared within the bubble – but equipment will be cleaned or quarantined for 72 hours before being accessed by another group
- Children will be seated in rows, facing the front of the classroom
- Adults will be aiming to maintain a 2m distance from pupils wherever possible
- Strict rules will be in place to ensure the safety of our whole school community. All children are expected to adhere to the rules and follow all adult instructions.
What arrangements are in place to keep my child safe?
- Regular, supervised handwashing and application of hand sanitizer will be carried out during the day. Please practice handwashing at home with your child before they come to school – an NHS handwashing video can be found here.
- Enhanced cleaning regimes are in place and there will be a cleaner on site all day, cleaning sinks, toilets and high contact areas regularly.
- Class and year group bubbles will be kept apart.
- Breaktimes and lunchtimes will be staggered and will also be restricted to the class groups initially. No physical interaction will be allowed. Play equipment will be designated for individual bubble use only and cleaned regularly.
- At lunchtimes, children will have their lunch brought to the classrooms by staff members, or they will have their own lunch as required. They will eat at their desks. Desks will be cleaned before and after eating. No food/drink is to be shared between children.
- Toys are being kept to an absolute minimum, and only those that can be easily cleaned are to be used. There will be no soft toys or dressing up.
- An additional home/school agreement is in place at this time. A copy of this is attached. Your agreement to the home/school agreement is assumed on sending your child to school.
What arrangements are in place for the start and end of the school day?
- A one-way system is in operation across the infant and junior sites. Entry for all children and adults will be through the infant academy gate next to the skate park and the exit will be through the junior academy gates on Motala Close. Staff will be available to help you follow the one-way system. A site plan is also attached to explain this. Where there are siblings in the infant academy, the infant children can be dropped off first to maintain the one-way system.
- Only one adult should accompany a child to school. We need to keep the numbers of people on our school site to a minimum.
- Face coverings should be worn on the school site.
- Staff will not be able to physically take a child from you if they are resisting coming to school.
- No before or after school clubs will be running.
- All messages for staff should be emailed into the email@example.com inbox. Staff will not be able to meet with you at the start and end of the school day.
Staggered timings for the school day:
- All pupils should arrive in the morning between 8:45 and 8:55am. Gates will be shut at 8:55am. Staggered finish times are detailed below.
- You can wait on the playgrounds (socially distanced) for your child to meet you, but you cannot wait along the side of year 5 as this area is a walkway. There are 2 metre markings around the school site.
What does my child need for school?
- All necessary school equipment will be provided.
- Children should wear school uniform. On PE days, PE kit should be worn - kit must be appropriate for the weather conditions. PE days are detailed below:
- Children should bring a packed lunch, healthy snack and filled water bottle. The healthy snack is important as some children will be eating lunch later than usual as lunchtimes will be staggered. The water bottle should be filled, as the school water fountains are not in use. An additional drink should be brought for lunchtime.
- A hot meal or packed lunch will be provided for pupils who are entitled to FSM. All parents will be able to order lunches through Kingswood Catering as usual.
- Packed lunches must be nut free, as children are eating in classrooms and we have some children within the school with nut allergies.
- Children should not bring any toys or non-essential items from home into school, including mobile phones.
What will happen if my child gets injured or becomes unwell?
- If a child does require medical attention at any time during the day, a member of staff, wearing appropriate PPE will care for them, and if necessary, a parent will be called to collect.
Access to the school office
- The school office remains closed to parents/carers.
- No parents/carers are allowed into the school building, except in case of an emergency.
- Children must bring everything they need for school with them in the morning. There is no facility to drop things off at the school office later in the day.
- The firstname.lastname@example.org email will continue to be constantly monitored and the school telephone line will be manned.
What happens if a child shows symptoms of COVID-19?
- If your child is showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) then they should not come to school.
- If any child begins to show COVID-19 symptoms at school, then they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days and have a coronavirus test. Parents should inform the school immediately of the coronavirus test result.
- If there is a confirmed case of Coronavirus (through a positive test result), then the school will inform the local health protection team and follow their advice. The health protection team advice will determine who should be sent home and advised to self-isolate.