Return to school in September Frequently Asked Questions
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How will the school keep my child safe?
Senior leaders meet regularly to ensure our policies and procedures continue to reflect the latest government guidance. Staff briefings are held weekly reinforcing our collective responsibility to keep the children safe. The full school risk assessment can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
Does my child have to come back to school in September?
Yes, the Government has now deemed the risk of Coronavirus low enough to make schooling compulsory. Our attendance policy will be applied where applicable.
Where do I drop off and collect my child?
Children will be dropped off and collected from their classrooms doors (Staff will be available on the first day to show you where this is). In order to aid social distancing we are operating a flexible arrival and drop off session. Children may arrive at any time between 8:40 and 9:00 and be collected any time between 3:05 and 3:20. Please take advantage of these times to reduce adult presence on the playgrounds and the surrounding streets. We also ask that only one adult drops and collects children.
Under what conditions should my child NOT come to school.
Your child should not come into school if they or any member of their family they live with have a cough, high temperature of loss of taste and smell. All children who experience symptoms must self isolate for 7 days and parents must engage with the NHS test and trace service by booking a test for child their immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access. any child who has a member of their family displaying symptoms must self isolate for 14 days.
What happens if my child is anxious about returning to school?
The past months have been a difficult time for both adults and children and it is natural for children to be anxious about returning. The school has in place for September a recovery curriculum which involves both the reassurance children need together with opportunities for children to develop skills to manage their own wellbeing. This is something we will also be rolling out to parents during the Autumn Term. If there are any children who we feel would benefit from more intensive support the school already has a number of resources at out disposal, these include our in- school counsellor, therapy animals and nurture groups and children will be signposted to these by their class teacher if they feel it is appropriate.
What will my child’s classroom look like?
Classroom will look similar to normal with a few key changes. Children in Year 1-6 will sit at tables which face forward to minimise face to face contact. All children will have their own pack of stationary and shared equipment will be cleaned after each use. Early years classrooms will remain as they normally would and material that is difficult to clean will not be used with children.
Can my child attend Care Club?
Our care club is open to all children and runs from 7:30 in the morning until 5:45 at nights. Places for Care club do not need to be booked in advance and charges can be viewed under the information tab on the school website. Children will be delivered to and from Care Club to their classroom bubbles.
How are we promoting good hygiene?
Across the school, good hygiene is promoted in the following ways:
- Staff and pupils are encouraged to wash their hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds, throughout the day and especially during break and lunch.
- Staff and pupils have access to hand sanitisers in classrooms.
- Staff have access to anti-bacterial wipes and cleaning products in classrooms.
- The use of shared objects and equipment is limited.
- Pupils receive teaching on the importance of handwashing and ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’.
How often is the school being cleaned?
The school buildings are being thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis, which includes sanitising all surfaces. Corridors and toilet areas are routinely cleaned throughout the school day. In classroom areas cleaning is an ongoing process during the day.
Will my child be in a bubble?
Children will be taught in classes and each Key stage will constitute a bubble. In EYFS, LKS2 and UKS2 there are 3 classes in each bubble. In KS1 there are 4 classes in a bubble. Children will spend the vast majority of their time in their class but will mix with their bubble at break and lunch time.
What should my child bring to school in September?
Children should wear school uniform on their return and bring a bag which contains their reading book and planner together with a water bottle and packed lunch if required.
What will be my child be taught in September?
Staff have been working hard to put in place a recovery curriculum which not only addresses the wellbeing of the children but also works to close any gaps children may have in their learning. In September after a period of settling in all children will be baselined to determine starting points and the curriculum will be tailored to your child’s next steps. Teachers will meet with senior leaders to create end of year targets that look to address these gaps and move learning forward for your child. The autumn term report will summarise this information for you.
Is there any part of the curriculum which will not be available to my child in September?
No. children will be able to take part in all lessons including Forest schools and PE. Extra measure are needed around swimming lessons and day trips as these require travel by bus but thorough risk assessments will be put in place to allow these to continue. The only area of the curriculum not allowed by current government guidance are residential visits and as such these have all been moved to the Spring Term.
Will parents be allowed into school?
Government guidance asks schools to limit the number of people staff and children come into contact with and as such we would ask parents to make an appointment to speak to their child’s class teacher either by writing in your child’s planner or by ringing school 01782 917640. This will allow the class teacher to ring you at home or complete a zoom meeting with you thus allowing them to answer your questions. Shine mornings and Homework sharing sessions will not take place until government guidance change and at this point we are planning to hold our Meet the teacher sessions and parents evening via zoom. the links for these meetings can be found on your child’s class page on the school website.
What steps will be taken if a child or staff member develops symptoms at school?
If a child is displaying symptoms, they will be isolated in school with a staff member in a designated room. Both will be provided with PPE to wear, whilst a phone call home is made to arrange for the pupils to be collected as soon as possible. A staff member will be sent home immediately.
The child or staff member will be asked to self isolate for 7 days and their fellow household members to self isolate for 14 days and a COVID- 19 test will be expected to be completed as quickly as possible.
What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus at school
After taking a test, if it is confirmed that a pupil or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, then the pupils whole class, including staff members, will be asked to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. If there are two or more confirmed cases then Public Health England will be informed and the whole bubble of children and staff will be asked to self-isolate. The school will then follow guidance from Staffordshire Health and Safety and Public Health to identify others at risk in an attempt to reduce the possible further spread of the virus.