Updates regarding the impact of Coronavirus on our school can be found below.
Information for parents for September 2021
Ahead of September, I thought I would write to outline a summary of the latest Government Guidance regarding how schools should approach the management of Covid and how this will affect our school.
There are many things which will be staying the same in September. These largely focus around ensuring good hygiene for everyone (frequent handwashing and hand sanitising will still be encouraged), our enhanced cleaning regimes will continue and, as much as is practically possible, classrooms will be well ventilated (this might mean the need for a light-weight fleece during the winter months when we plan to keep the windows and doors open for as long as we can).
From September, we will no longer be required to group the children in ‘bubbles’. Among other things, this means that we can resume assemblies (we do plan on reintroducing Friday family assemblies – dates are already on the parents’ calendar) and go back to our original organisation for morning drop-off, lunchtimes and end of the day collection:
For our school, this means that all external doors will open from 8:50am. Key Stage Two parents will once again be able to walk children into the playground (although we would strongly encourage the independence which comes from dropping them off at the gate). External doors will lock when the bell rings at 9am. If your child has to use the front door, they will be marked late.
At collection, we will not be introducing the old system of older children being sent to meet younger siblings as the current system of collecting from each playground has worked well. Please use the front of the school to move between playgrounds and not the ginnel at the back of school (this is so parents are on one side of the playground and children on the other to help with a safer handover).
At both drop-off and collection, the carpark will return to a no-go zone for foot traffic.
In the morning, the office staff will continue to assist parents outside the front doors – this has worked well and prevented any congestion in the office area.
From September children in school (and adults who are fully vaccinated) will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact. Close contacts will now be identified by NHS Test and Trace and not by us (unless school is asked to help). If your child is identified as a close contact they will be advised to take a PCR test.
You will not be required to wear a face-covering when visiting school.
The most important thing to note that anyone with symptoms, however mild, will be sent home (to get a PCR test – not a LFT test) and to follow public health advice. Our approach to this will remain as it is now, with the symptomatic child waiting outside with a member of staff until they can be collected. The guidance is very clear that the school’s decision on whether to send a child home is final. We will err on the side of caution as it is better to be safe than sorry. Your support in this, especially as we approach the season of cough and colds is appreciated. As a reminder, the three main symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough (coughing lots in a hour or 3+ episodes in a day) and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).
In line with our current policy on remote learning, if your child has to self-isolate due to them testing positive for Coronavirus, teachers will provide work for the duration (and if your child is entitled to benefits-led free school meals we will arrange for you to be supported).
School trips are once again encouraged and we have planned for a few already (including a whole school trip to the theatre in December) and we also hope to invite you back into school for things like ‘stay and play’ and entry and exit points.
All of these plans (to bring normality back to schools) are subject to an ‘outbreak management plan’ which covers the possibility, that on the advice of health protection teams, we may need to reintroduce previously used protective measures (including the use of ‘bubbles’, remote learning, face-coverings etc).
All the best for the summer holiday. Stay safe and be happy.