Please make sure you read the regular ParentMail communications.
Maps of Movement into, out of and around the school site:
Please see attachments below.
Expectations during this period:
Expectations of Parents:
To minimise risk, focus on wellbeing and ensure children are able to access the curriculum, we request that parents:
- adhere to the 2m minimum social distancing AT ALL TIMES
- keep to designated routes and times
- refrain from gathering inside or outside the school grounds
- provide a resources pack where possible: 2 pencils, a ruler, a rubber, a sharpener, a pack of coloured pencils, a pack of coloured pens, a glue stick,a rounded pair of scissors on day one, and a writing pen if used
- provide a packed lunch where necessary
- ensure their child brings in their own, labelled and filled water bottle each day
- ensure that the school office has been provided with any updates for medications and that medication is in-date (new medication should be handed in to the bubble teacher in a clear sandwich bag, labelled with your child’s name, usual class name, and dosage and include a spoon where necessary)
- inform the class teacher of any bereavement or specific issues relating to their child (before returning)
- call or email the office with any queries/information (the reception itself will be closed to parents)
Expectations of Pupils:
We expect pupils to:
- adhere to social distancing as appropriate to age
- wash their hands thoroughly and regularly as directed
- use a tissue to catch a sneeze, cough or runny nose and throw it in the lidded bin provided
- cough into the elbow if the cough comes before a tissue can be provided, not into the hand
- keep to one-way systems and follow the rules (created with children together on first day)
Expectations of School:
In school, we will:
- keep up-to-date with the latest guidance and developments and respond accordingly
- ensure parents receive regular communication about changes/important issues
- ensure children’s wellbeing is a focus for all ages
- prepare children for living longer term in a world with Covid-19
- tailor the education and revise our curriculum in light of the varied experiences of lock-down and the pandemic
- ensure the behaviour policy provides clear reference to children who do not adhere to safer practices during this transition period (see below)
School lunches will be packed lunch only. Please see the menu on the dinners page. Payment must be made in advance where appropriate.
The office will not be open to visitors and parents during this time, without prior agreement. Please contact the office on 01732 355577 or email email@example.com
As a school, we will be mindful of the following systems of control to reduce risk wherever possible, balanced with providing high quality education:
- minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
We ask parents to be hyper-vigilant and follow advice on the NHS website. Please keep us up-to-date with any relevant information regarding pupils and family members exhibiting symptoms. If there are any suspected cases of Covid in school, you will be asked to collect your child immediately.
- clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
The children will follow a strict routine and be regularly reminded how to do this effectively. Please ensure hands are washed on exiting and entering your house.
- ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
Children will regularly revisit this message and special lidded bins will be used and regularly emptied for such tissues
- introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach
In addition to rigorous cleaning by our cleaners, staff will frequently be sanitising commonly used areas such as toilet door locks and handrails
- minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
Children will be taught in class groups, working in a year group bubble. This means the majority of pupils’ time will be spent with classmates in their own classroom, but that there may be times where there is limited mixing with other classes within the year group. This is particularly important for free-flow play in Reception and for maths teaching in KS2.
- where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Staff will only be wearing PPE where more intimate contact is needed, such as for first aid purposes or to meet intimate care needs.
Response to any infection
- engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
Any staff member, pupil or family member who is exhibiting Covid symptoms, will be asked to take a test and report results as soon as possible.
- manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community
Parents will be informed in the event of a positive result in a year group. We will take necessary action in such a case, including asking certain classes or year groups to self-isolate.
- contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
Any decision such as those in the point above will be made in conjunction with the appropriate organisations.
School Uniform, Bags and PE Kit
Children will now be able to bring in their usual school bag and packed lunch bag, as previously. We ask that all children wear the full school uniform from the first day back on Thursday 3rd September. Your child’s class teacher will notify you in September which days your child will be taking part in PE lessons. On these days, we ask that children wear their PE kit to school and wear it for the day. In colder weather, this will include jogging bottoms.
Children will eat lunch in classrooms for term 1. Free school lunches are available to all children in Years R, 1 and 2 and those eligible for Pupil Premium funding in KS2. They will be packed-lunch style lunches initially with a fish and chip option on a Friday. The menu has been sent out via parentmail. Parents can opt to send in their own lunch and any parent of children in KS2 can decide to pre-purchase a school meal as usual.
Breakfast Club and After-School Provision
All clubs will be running at their usual times. Please speak to Denise on 07717214041 for Rainbow Club information.
We ask that children from Year 1 and above bring in a sensibly-sized pencil case with the following items in: 2 pencils, a ruler, a rubber, a sharpener, a pack of coloured pencils, a pack of coloured pens, a glue stick and a rounded pair of scissors on the first day back. Where this is not possible, we will provide resources for children. It allows for children to be the sole user of often-used resources.
Other resources will be regularly sanitised between uses.
Entry and Exit
Children in Year R and KS1 will enter via Sullivan Road. Children in KS2 will enter via the main front entrance. Those with siblings in both key stages will enter via Sullivan Road and drop off/collect Year R and KS1 pupils first, before moving along our one-way system to collect any siblings. There will be a one-way system around the school site, demarcated by blue arrows (both on the map attached and in real life), which we ask all parents to adhere to. This may result in a longer walk than usual, but is necessary at this time. Parents are asked to keep to social distance guidance and ‘drop and walk’ or ‘collect and walk’ – refraining from standing around for a chat. Sorry if this sounds a bit cold, but to enable 640+ children to be safely delivered and collected, this is a current necessity. Teachers will not be in a position to discuss any issues with parents on the door so please email teachers directly to arrange a meeting or contact the office if there is pertinent information for the day. Year R pupils will have more time on the first Thursday and Friday to settle them into the routine and parents will have time to say a proper ‘goodbye!’ We ask that Year 6 pupils enter and leave the school site without parents, arriving via the main front entrance and leaving via Lawrence Road (an exit only). Parents of Year 6 pupils should decide if their child will walk home alone or meet a parent off-site. The area outside the front of the school if you take the path down from Lawrence Road may be a good place to meet. We ask that only one adult per family comes on-site to try to minimise pedestrian traffic (except for Year R on the Thursday and Friday of the first week). I will provide more information about this for year groups before we return.
Please see videos wih further guidance on the one way system within the school grounds below.
Start and Finish Times
To allow for the flow of families, school gates will be open from 8.30 to 8.45 in the morning, and 3.15 to 3.30 at the end of school. Please adhere to these times to prevent lateness.
Any messages, absence notifications or queries should go to the ladies in Acorn office, either via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone-call. Parents will not be able to drop in to the office at any time in September but will need to call to make an appointment where required. Again, this is to minimise persons on site.
The government has been clear that attendance of all pupils of school age will be compulsory from September. Shielding as we have known it comes to an end on 1st August. Any children with specific medical issues, who have received contrary advice from a medical practitioner, will need to contact us to discuss schooling moving forward.
In the event of a local closure, will be in contact to explain a return to home-schooling.