COVID-19 Updates

Full Opening – Monday 8th March

All children will return to school on Monday 8th March.

Ready

The start and end of the day remains staggered. This is one of the most vital parts of reducing risk so please come at your allocated time. If your children have different surnames, use the surname of the youngest child. If you cannot drop off at this time due to work commitments, please get in touch with school directly to arrange a different time.
Drop off:
From 8:40am – Surnames A to E
From 8:50am – Surnames F to M
From 8:55am – Surnames N to Y
Collection:
2:45pm Surnames A – J
From 3pm Surnames K – Y

  • Children will continue to be dropped off at the school gate. Please prepare young children and those who struggle for this transition. If you would like to walk up to school to practice, please feel free to come up.
  • Only one parent/carer may collect at the end of the school day. Follow the one-way system.
  • Pupils should have a water bottle which can be refilled from the tap in the classroom. They must take their bottle home every day. Water fountains are not in use.
  • Reading books will be sent home as usual. Reading Records will not be used at the moment. Reading books and other resources will be left unused for 72 hours to reduce any transmission risk.
  • Pupils should wear smart school uniform every day. School hoodies can be worn too. If your child has grown out of their uniform or shoes, we understand, and will see them in their full uniform as soon as possible or after Easter when the shops have fully opened again.
  • Children in Key Stage 1 & 2 (not Reception or Nursery) need to wear PE kit on the days they have PE. Warm kit may be needed – leggings or joggers are fine with their school hoodie.
  • PE days are as follows:

Monday – Year 1

Tuesday – Year 4

Wednesday – Year 2

Thursday – Year 3

Friday – Year 5 & 6

  • Before and after school club is open 7:45am until 5:45pm. This must be booked and paid for in advance on Parent Mail.

Respectful

  • When the children return, we will have a whole school focus on reading, writing and maths, balanced with time for the arts and PE.
  • We respectfully ask families to follow the latest Government guidance. Following these guidelines are vital to keep the transmission in the wider community low.

Safe

  • All the systems we have in place to help to stay safe will still be functioning.
  • Hand washing – You do not need to provide your child with sanitiser and we do not recommend that you do.
  • Face Masks – should be worn by all parents/carers at drop off and collection. Staff will wear masks in communal areas such as corridors and the hall. Children are not required to wear masks, but any child who wishes to wear one will be permitted.
  • Distancing – for pupils in the class is almost impossible. However, we have set up our classroom environment to reduce transmission, including opening doors and windows. Children will be allowed to play games outside and enjoy time with their friends.
  • Use of the hall at lunchtime is staggered so that the number of pupils in the hall at any one time is limited and also so children in different classes are distanced. Playtimes are also staggered so the classes don’t mix outside.
  • Cleaning – we have additional cleaning throughout the day, focused on high traffic areas and touch points.
  • In line with current guidance, will be insisting that staff and children who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 do not attend school and are tested. If someone does test positive, a bubble closure is likely to be necessary.

If you need any assistance, please contact the school office or your child’s class teacher. We can also offer more support or nurture for families through our fantastic learning mentors.

We’re all here to help and can’t wait to have the school back together again.

COVID Symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 as described on the NHS website are as follows:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Even if a temperature comes down, it is important to get a test as soon as possible.

Looking after your mental health:

If you’re struggling, we’re here for you. Just give us a call. There are lots of other places ready to help too.

What to do if you need urgent mental health help:

  • Please call 0300 303 3972 and dedicated local NHS staff will support you to access the help you need
  • The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people
  • The helpline is now the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS 111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be re-directed to this local service – so call 0300 303 3972
  • Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems – call 0300 303 3972 to be directed to the best local service to support you
  • You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance
  • For non-urgent help and general wellbeing advice, the CWP website contains information and links to resources to support people with anxiety, low mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic www.cwp.nhs.uk
  • For children and young people there is also a dedicated website MyMind.org.uk

Guidance

Please continue to stay safe and follow NHS guidance https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Up-to-date advice can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response