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Information for parents for the 8th March 2021

               INFORMATION SHEET FOR March 8th 2021

 

While aiming to be comprehensive, this Information Sheet is not exhaustive.  If you do not find the answer you are looking for please telephone or email us so we can help you with your enquiry.  

 

1.

Reopening of school

 

All children should continue to attend school, full–time during the National restrictions.

 

2.

Bubbles

 

Children will be taught and spend their day in discreet bubbles. In Foundation and Years 1 & 2 this will be their year group. For children in Years 3,4,5, & 6 this will be their class. As far as is possible, children will not mix outside of their bubble, but for specialist teaching, such as Read, Write Inc, children may mix for a limited time.

 

3.

Attendance

 

  • It is vital for all children to attend school to minimize, as far as possible, the longer-term impact of the pandemic on their education, wellbeing and wider development.
  • Full-time school attendance is mandatory and the rules on school attendance will apply including fixed penalty notices.
  • Any children who are unable to attend as they are following clinical and/or public health advice will not be penalized.
  • If you feel worried about your child or family’s safety, please talk to us in the first instance.

 

5.

Drop off and pick up guidelines

 

  • The guidance from the Government is very clear about avoiding large gatherings of people. Pick off and drop off times at our school, are probably one of the largest regular gatherings that happen in our community. In order to help us keep everyone safe, it is important that we all work together to avoid this.
  • Parents will not be allowed on the school site without an appointment – there will be an exception for parents of children in Foundation stage classes and children really struggling to settle back into life at school.  All children will be met by a teacher from their year group at the blue gates.
  • Please observe the social distancing guidelines.
  • There will continue to be staggered arrival and departure times (see below); please be punctual. In order to try and help parents with children in different year groups, we have decided that siblings can come into school at the time allocated for the youngest child and go straight to their classroom. For example, if you have a child in Year one and one in Year three, both children should come to school at the time allocated for the year one child. Unfortunately, we will not be able to do this at the end of the day. Children must remain in the classes for all of the allotted teaching time.
  • All adults should wear a face covering unless they have a specific exemption.

 

6.

Drop off and pick up times

 

We have staggered the beginning and end of the day to enable social distancing, while allowing for exactly the same teaching time as we would have normally. On arrival children should go straight to the outside door of their classroom.
   

Year Group

Drop off

Lesson Start

Foundation

8:40 am

8:45 am

1

8:45 am

8:50 am

2

8:50 am

8:55 am

3

8:55 am

9:00 am

4

9.00 am

9:05 am

5

9:05 am

9:10 am

6

9:10 am

9:15 am

Year Group

Lessons End

Pick up

Foundation

2:55 pm

3:00 pm

1

3:00 pm

3:05 pm

2

3:05 pm

3:10 pm

3

3:10 pm

3:15 pm

4

3:15 pm

3:20 pm

5

3:20 pm

3:25 pm

6

3:25 pm

3:30 pm

 

Please do not arrive in the waiting area before your pick up time and leave as soon as you have your children. While waiting, please try to observe social distancing.

 

7.

Measures within the classroom

 

  • Children in Years 4 – 6 will be sitting at desks side by side and facing forward, rather than face to face or side on.
  • For children old enough, they will be supported to maintain distance and not touch staff and peers where possible.
  • Adults will try to maintain a 2 metre distance from each other and from children.  For the youngest children we know that this is not always possible.
  • For children with additional needs the staff will try to maintain a 2 metre distance where they can, as even doing this some of the time will help.
  • All members of staff have been asked to take a lateral flow Covid 19 test twice-weekly since January. This will continue until further notice.

 

9.

PE Lessons

  • Sports Lessons will continue, however, contact sports will be avoided.
  • Sports equipment will be cleaned between each use by the different year groups.

 

 

10.

Peripatetic Teachers and Volunteers

 

  • Peripatetic Teachers and volunteers will be allowed in school if they are able to work within our Covid 19 protocols.

 

 

11.

After School Clubs

 

  • We should soon be able to operate after-school clubs outside – further details will follow.
  • KOOSC will re-open to parents who meet their criteria.

 

12.

Remote Learning & Seesaw

 

  • We will continue to use Tapestry and Seesaw to support the children’s learning (eg homework).
  • When a group or even a small number of children need to self-isolate we will provide remote education that will be linked to our school’s curriculum expectation as we have been doing this term.

 

13.

Break and lunch times

 

  • Break times and lunch times will be staggered to ensure bubbles do not mix.
  • Bubbles will not be able to use the same playgrounds at the same time.
  • The School Field will also be zoned when used.

 

14. 

What to wear to school

 

  • The children will need to wear school uniform.   Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual.
  • The guidance says that children should not wear face coverings in school and should be asked to remove them before they enter the school gates. Temporary face coverings should be disposed of.  Re-useable face coverings should be placed in a plastic bag until home time.  

 

15.

What to bring to school

 

Please only bring:

  • Book Bag.
  • Coat.
  • Named water bottle & packed lunch as required.
  • Years 3 – 6 will need a healthy mid-morning snack e.g. fruit.  Key Stage 1 are provided with fruit. 
  • PE kit

 

16.

Drinks

 

  • The water fountains around school will not be available for use.
  • Your child will be able to refill their water bottles at school.

 

 

 

 

17.

 

Lunches

 

Lunch-time at our school is usually a very busy time, when the whole school mixes together in the dining hall. Under the latest guidance we will continue to operate as we did before Christmas.

 

  • For children in Foundation and Key Stage 1, all of whom are entitled to free school meals, hot meals will be provided.
  • Only children in Foundation classes and Year 1, will eat in the dining room. The two bubbles will come in at separate times and the tables will be cleaned thoroughly between servings.
  • Hot meals will be taken to the children in Year 2 in their bubble.
  • For children in Years 3,4,5 & 6, school dinners will be brought to classrooms. Children in these year groups will need to bring a packed lunch which they will eat in their classroom.

 

18.

Hygiene in school

 

We will ensure all adults and children:

  • Administer hand sanitizer on arrival.
  • Frequently wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly
  • Are encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose.
  • Use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’).

 

We will also:

  • Encourage young children to learn and practice these habits through games, songs and repetition.
  • Ensure that bins for tissues are emptied throughout the day.
  • Where possible, all spaces will be well ventilated using natural ventilation (opening windows).
  • Prop doors open, where safe to do so (bearing in mind fire safety and safeguarding), to limit use of door handles and aid ventilation.

 

19.

Cleaning in school

 

  • Mr Mitchelmore and his team have put in place a schedule to ensure cleaning is enhanced.
  • The foundation Stage, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 6 bubbles have their own toilets to use. Children in Years 3,4 and 5 will use the toilets in their part of the building.  Children will be encouraged to clean their hands thoroughly after using the toilet. Toilets will be cleaned on a regular basis throughout the school day.

 

20.

What if my child becomes ill at school?

 

We have set up an Isolation Area at school.  If your child becomes ill, they will be directed to the Isolation Room and you will be contacted immediately so you can take them home.  

 

 

 

21.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & First Aid

 

  • Generally, in class, staff will not be wearing face coverings. However, when working in close proximity to children, for a prolonged length of time, some staff may wear a visor of face covering. All staff in communal areas will wear a face covering.

 

22.

Engage with the NHS Test and Trace Process

 

Everyone will need to be ready and willing to engage with the NHS Test and Trace Process. 

  • Children must not come to school if they have coronavirus symptoms.
  • Children should self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus.
  • If your child develops symptoms at school they will be sent home to self-isolate.
  • You must book a test if your child is displaying symptoms.
  • YOU MUST INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY OF THE RESULTS OF A TEST.
  • If your child tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms they can stop self-isolating. 
  • If your child tests positive they should follow the “stay at home guidance”.  They must self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of their symptoms.  They can only return to school if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of smell/taste.  Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 10 days.
  • The school will take swift action when we become aware that someone who has attended school has tested positive.  We will contact Devon County Council’s Health Protection Team who will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the child during the period that they were infectious and ensure they are asked to self-isolate for 10 days.
  • If your child is sent home because another child in their class has developed symptoms you and other household members do not need to self-isolate unless your child develops symptoms.
  • If your child is sent home because another child in their class has developed symptoms and your child starts to develop symptoms within the 10 day isolation period they should follow the “stay at home guidance” and get a test.  If the test is negative they should remain in isolation for the 10 days. If the test is positive they should inform the school immediately and must isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of their symptoms and your household should self-isolate for at least 10 days.
  • If school has two or more confirmed cases within 10 days we will work with the Health Protection Team at Devon County Council.

 

 

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