Coronavirus (COVID 19) Information
Please see the school risk assessment for the re-opening of school in September 2020:
We recommend that you read the guidance for schools issued by the DfE and also the guidance for parents & carers regarding what they need to know about schools during the Covid 19 outbreak:
Who can get a test
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test. Coronavirus symptoms are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You can get a test for someone you live with if they have these symptoms. Do not get tests for people you live with who do not have these symptoms.
The fastest way to get a test result is to go to a testing site. Individuals will need a pre-booked appointment or they will not be given a test. People can also order home test kits to be sent directly to them. To book an appointment or order a home kit, please visit:
Useful guides for Parents/Carers regarding when to get tested:
Who to contact in an emergency
If at any stage someone you live with cannot cope with the symptoms or their condition significantly worsens, use the https://111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 service. If you do not have internet access, dial NHS 111. In a medical emergency, dial 999.
Return to School Information
Pupils will be in two Bubbles, as far as possible; Year R and Key Stage 1, and, Key Stage 2. School staff will need to move between the groups in order to deliver the curriculum, interventions and care that the children need.
All pupils are expected to attend daily. From September, attendance expectations revert to standard practise, will be monitored, and penalties served to those with continual unauthorised absence from school. Holidays in term time will not be authorised.
DROPPING OFF AND COLLECTING YOUR CHILD
Entry and exit to and from school will be staggered to reduce the risk of virus transmission between families. Families will be given a time to arrive. Please, stick to your time and ensure that no more than one adult drops off or collects a child. Please drop your child at the internal gate and ensure that you stay 2m away from any other person who may be present. You may, of course, watch to make sure that your child enters the school but an adult will be on hand at the school doors to welcome them in. A hand sanitising station will be available just inside the school gate during fine weather and inside the school doors during inclement weather. Your child is expected to use this to sanitise their hands before entering the building. Willow children will use the large cloakroom by the toilets, Maple group will use the small cloakroom by the kitchen and Ash will use the door at the rear of the playground and hang their belongings within their own classroom. This will keep children separate as much as possible.
COMMUNICATING WITH SCHOOL
Should you wish to speak with anybody in school then please use email or telephone whenever possible. Those questions which relate to your child and their learning, behaviour, social or mental health or are otherwise classroom related should be directed toward classroom teaching staff. Matters regarding payments, lunches, uniforms or letters should be directed toward the office staff. Questions or comments relating to management and operational arrangements can be directed straight to the Headteacher. Please be aware that video calling can be arranged if necessary.
|Osprey Teacher (Willow & Maple - afternoons)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Maple Teacher (mornings)||email@example.com|
|Ash Teacher (mon & tue):||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ash Teacher (wed – fri):||email@example.com|
Please ensure that your child wears school uniform every day to school. This should be laundered as necessary.
CHANGES TO THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
Tables and chairs will be forward facing and there will be as little equipment kept in the classroom as possible. Any equipment that has been used will be sanitised between groups of pupils. As much equipment as possible will be kept by individuals in plastic wallets in trays. Please do not send in equipment from home.
Teaching and learning strategies will be slightly different to normal standard practice. There continue to be limitations on the activities we can undertake but we aim to make the curriculum as interactive as possible while maintaining distancing. This can mean, for example, making multiple boards for board games with each child playing the same game at individual tables. PE will be timetabled to take place in ‘bubbles’ and will be, primarily, based on fundamental skills; individual challenges centred on improving personal bests. No contact sports are allowed.
There will be no whole school worship or community worship until further notice. Acts of worship will take place only in ‘bubbles’ and there will be no singing included as this is advised against at the moment. We have received supporting documents from the Oxfordshire Diocesan Board of Education which steer staff in the advised direction with regard to conducting class or group worship.
The school will continue to use Google Classroom for uploading work and homework. Anyone who then subsequently isolates will have immediate access to lesson materials and immediate online contact with classroom staff. Please be aware that regular homework issued to pupils can be viewed in the classwork section under the topic ‘Homework’.
LUNCHTIME AND PLAYTIMES
Break times will be staggered so that ‘bubbles’ are not outside at the same time. All children are expected to bring a home packed lunch and each ‘bubble’ will remain in their classroom to eat. They will then have a half hour slot to play outside at lunch time together but Key Stage 1 will be kept separately from Key Stage 2 for the time being. Adults will return to a near normal system rota for playtime supervision. For a number of operational reasons we will commence the school year without a lunch provider and for qualifying parents (free school meal & universal infant free school meal pupils) supermarket vouchers will be provided. If your circumstances have changed and you feel you may qualify for free school meals, please contact the office via email to make an application.
CLEANING AND HYGIENE
A programme of enhanced cleaning has been agreed with the cleaning company and this will be carefully monitored by Mrs Withey and the company managers. In addition, throughout the day, tables, door handles and other frequently used surfaces and equipment will be sanitised to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Children will be reminded to wash or sanitise their hands frequently; on arrival, before and after play and lunch, after handling certain equipment and after using the toilet. It is important that you encourage your child to comply with this expectation and to follow whatever instructions are given to them so that risk of infection is minimised.
ILLNESS AT SCHOOL
If your child becomes ill at school we will not leave anything to chance. Your child will be looked after, as at any other time, but also isolated from others. The attending adult will be wearing PPE. We understand that this may cause alarm or worry for some children but we are simply following best practise in order to keep everyone safe. We will ask you to collect your child as soon as possible. Please then follow government guidance with regard to testing for the virus and with regard to isolation procedures. It would be very helpful if you would inform the school when you have the test results so that, if necessary, we can take appropriate action.
If a member of staff falls ill and is absent from school then the children associated with that member may not be able to attend school for the duration of the staff absence. The school is able to contract supply staff but may not be able to find someone immediately. Members of that ‘bubble’ may be requested to self-isolate but only if the absence were owing to the coronavirus. We will inform you of such procedures on a case by case basis in this eventuality.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES
All of the standard health and safety checks and procedures will be taking place in school as usual. This will include fire evacuation procedures. Children will line up in ‘bubbles’ and must stand 1m apart from each other. (There is not enough space to stand 2m apart when all pupils are in school.)
We have been advised that the fewer items that cross the threshold between home and school, the safer everyone will be. This means that homework on paper will be kept to a minimum and may be quarantined for periods of time before being looked at. We will try and ensure that as much homework as possible takes place through Google Classroom. We politely request that children do not bring pencil cases, toys or other items into school and, by the same token, will send as few things home as possible.
- Although pupils are allowed to transport books in book bags as usual we ask that these are only brought to school on Fridays. Children will be given a number of books to last the week and these will be changed on Fridays with previously used books being quarantined over the weekend. No other items should be brought to school in book bags.
- Any work brought into school will be quarantined for three days before being viewed by teaching staff.
- Children should bring their own reusable drinks bottle every day; the water fountain will be out of use because of the risk of virus transfer.
- Every child in school will need a PE kit in school every day. This should be brought in on Monday and taken home on Friday to be laundered.
In the event that your child has to work from home due to quarantine, self isolation or school closure, please see the policy for remote learning: