COVID-19 Updates

This page provides information about our response to Coronavirus and Government advice. 

 

Full Opening – All year groups may return in September

Changes to Mitigate Risk

Many of the changes we have made over the past 5 months will need to remain.

Start and End of the Day

The start and end of the day will remain staggered. This is vital to reduce the amount of people on the school grounds at any one time. Your child should attend at the following times based on their surname. If they have a younger sibling in school with a different surname, then they should attend school at the time for their youngest sibling’s surname.

Surname

A-J K-Y
Day start 8:40 8:55
End of day 2:45

3:00

 

Children will enter through the school gates and parents will not be permitted onto the school grounds during the morning. Parents are not permitted inside school without an appointment. This means you will need to say goodbye to your child at the gate and they will walk straight round and into class. This has been working really well over the last few weeks. There will be staff out to support your child, but if your child is struggling to separate from you, it may be that you need to take them for some quiet time and try again later. You may collect your child from their classroom at the end of the day, but we ask that you distance yourself from other parents and do not come passed the cones outside the classroom doors. We have marked lines on the playground to show where you can wait.

Due to the staggered start time, and social distancing between classes, the Walking Bus will not be in place during the Autumn Term. We plan to bring this back as soon as the guidance changes.

Clothing and Equipment

Children should come to school in school uniform. The windows will be kept open throughout the day to increase ventilation so ensure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather. All children must come in smart uniform, including school shoes not trainers. Do not waste money on expensive trainers as this is not part of our uniform.

No stationery equipment is required as this will all be provided. Children should bring a water bottle if possible. Children may bring a packed lunch or order a school dinner as usual. If you pay for your child’s school dinner, this must be done on ParentMail as the school is now cashless. Pupils in the Infants will be offered toast and the Juniors may order snack from the kitchen. It will not be possible to pay cash for snacks so funds must be put onto to ParentMail (this is just like high schools). Children can also come to school with a healthy snack. Remember, please do not send any nut products into school.

Hygiene

For everyone’s safety and as per national guidance, children will be washing their hands regularly throughout the day. This includes when they arrive, before and after break and lunch, after certain activities, and before they leave. We also have hand sanitiser available in school for both staff and children. Our cleaners will be cleaning throughout the day to ensure that the school remains clean.

Behaviour

You will see from the Behaviour Policy Addendum that our expectations are that all pupils follow our school rules of ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe’. We don’t anticipate this being a problem for children, but want to make it clear that deliberate non-compliance of these expectations will be taken seriously and parents will be contacted immediately if we feel that any child is deliberately placing children or staff at increased risk.

Here to help

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We’re here to help and want to support all our families to enable their child to return to school confidently and successfully.

Behaviour Policy Addendum

 

For anyone who wishes to view or know anything more about our risk assessment for ‘Full Opening’, please contact the school office.

Teaching Staff for September 2020

Please see the letter below regarding teaching staff for September. Further plans with regards to COVID-19 will be shared as soon as possible.

Teaching Staff for 2020

Click the links below to watch the ‘Welcome Back’ videos

Reception Video

Year 1 Welcome Back Video

 

Looking after your mental health:

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

Local Information

The Port Grocery can no longer deliver to our school. Further information about their service is on their Facebook page.

Can you support The Port Grocery? Click the file for further information.