March 8th Opening Information
Dropping off and collecting arrangements
We will be continuing staggered starts and ends to the day. Please could you try to arrive as near to your time as possible to avoid gates becoming pinch points.
Nursery – Entry via the car park. Morning session - 8:45am – 11.45am.
Afternoon session - 12:30pm – 3.30pm
Class 1 & Year 1 – Entry via the car park. 9am – 3:15pm.
Year 2 – Entry via the pedestrian gate. 9am – 3:15pm
Parents please do not approach the entrance door so that other pupils can keep their distance from you – please send children in from at least 2 metres away.
Class 3 – Entry via the pedestrian gate. 8:50am – 3:25pm.
Class 4 - Entry via the pedestrian gate. Start 8:55am – 3:30pm
Please be aware that Class 4 pupils need to allow Class 3 to clear the cloakroom before entering in a morning so may need to line up on the playground if early.
Class 5 - Entry via the pedestrian gate. 9am – 3:20pm.
As a result of the announcements by the government, we aim to provide our families with as much information as possible. To achieve this, we will publish some ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ regularly on this page, which we hope will answer many of your queries. In addition to this, parents are invited to send any specific questions that they wish to raise. These will be collated daily and we will publish responses that we feel will benefit all on the website.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Which year groups are returning to school?
It is the Government's plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from March 8th.
2. Does my child have to attend?
School attendance will be mandatory unless your child has a shielding letter. Please get in touch with us to discuss this. Obviously, children will still have to isolate if needed.
3. How big will the classes be?
Classes will return to full numbers with Covid precautions in place across school.
Siblings will be in their own year group class.
4. Will the children always be 2 metres apart? Can you guarantee that my child will be 2 metres away from others at all times and that social distancing will be enforced?
Staff or children cannot maintain distancing, particularly with younger children in primary schools, the risk will be reduced by keeping pupils in class-sized groups.
Small adaptations to the classroom will be made to support distancing where possible, seating pupils side by side and facing forwards. Adults who work in different classrooms will work at a distance whenever and wherever possible.
5. Will my child be expected to share resources, such as pens and pencils?
Where possible, children will be given their own equipment, which they should not share with anyone else. They must not bring any equipment in from home (except Year 6). Any resources that are shared (e.g. school laptop) will be disinfected before use.
Government guidance states that different groups don’t need to be allocated their own toilet blocks, but toilets will need to be cleaned regularly and pupils will be encouraged to clean their hands thoroughly after using the toilet. As a school we have decided to keep each class with their own set of toilets, this decision will be reviewed regularly.
6. What will the pupils be taught?
When the children return to school, the expectation is that we deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum and that we will resume the full National Curriculum. In the first week, we will be concentrate on ‘reconnecting’ with children and children reconnecting with each other. This will include settling children in, re-establishing routines and expectations and focusing on Personal, Social and Emotional aspects of learning and well-being. We will begin again on what the government refer to as ‘catch-up’. This will mean that we will identify and address gaps in learning - as we normally would.
7. Will SATS return in years 2 and 6 this year?
Statutory primary assessments will not take place in summer 2021. This includes. SATs in Year2 and Year 6 as well as Year 1 phonic screening check, Year 4 multiplication table check and reception baseline assessment.
8. Will everyone arrive at school at the same time causing an increase in risk?
School will have slightly staggered start and finish times to keep groups apart as they arrive and leave school. Staggered start and finish times will not reduce the amount of overall teaching time that your child receives as break times have been adjusted to accommodate.
9. Will the school have assembly?
Class groups will have a reflection time within their daily session, but there will be no mass gatherings or daily acts of worship as a school. Achievement assembly will take place on a Friday via 'Teams'.
10 . Will staff and children wear masks or PPE?
The following measures will be taken as recommended by the government: 'In primary schools, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and adult visitors in situations where social distancing between adults is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas). Children in primary school do not need to wear a face covering.'
Staff will have PPE available if required for:
- Caring for pupils with intimate care needs
- First Aiders where there is close contact with pupils
- Caring for a child with Covid.19 symptoms before collection to go home
- Where required in close contact with a pupil is required due to illness or injury for example.
11. Will my child need to wear school uniform?
Children will return to school in their normal school uniform. Please send in their PE kit in a draw string bag. PE lessons will be outside weather permitting.
12. Will the breakfast club and after school club be open?
School will be running wraparound care as normal but will observe enhanced hygiene regimes to avoid transmission of the virus.
13. Will we allow visitors and volunteers into school?
At present school volunteers are not returning. Specialist teachers, therapists and essential contractors will be will returning. Where visits can happen outside of school hours, they will. A record will be kept of all visitors. The school will expect all visitors to follow the school' Risk Assessment procedures.
14. Will extra-curricular clubs run (football club, dance club etc)?
Some clubs will return after Easter. School will constantly review advice to maximise the clubs we are able to offer.
15. Will the school office be open?
We encourage parents to contact school by email or telephone wherever possible. Please send slips, dinner money, etc. with children to put in their class boxes. Any payments can be made via BACS.
16. Will children be confined to the same classroom environment most of the day?
Government advice on the Scientific evidence shows that the outdoor environment is much more manageable in terms of virus transmission. Where possible the outdoor environment will be used e.g. for PE, staggered breaks and other play areas. Children will otherwise be based in one class area as usual.
17. Will you continue to provide online home learning activities?
School will only provide online activities where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate or a local lockdown requires pupils to stay at home. Please see the school's remote education plan.
18 How will lunch time work to ensure children are safe?
The school will run a staggered lunchtime to maintain as much spacing as is possible in the hall. Lunches will return as the government has requested “schools are expected to reopen their kitchens and ensure that meals are able to be prepared and served safely”. Free School Meal children will continue to receive meals including Universal Free School Meals for Reception and KS1 children. There is an interim menu in place which can be found on the school dinners page of the website.
19. What powers do schools actually have to enforce social distancing with parents and those who won't adhere to it?
Schools have no power under the law to enforce social distancing with parents other than to make that request. The school would have to contact the police where particular issues arose.
20. Will children and young people be eligible for asymptomatic testing?
Currently, all school staff can complete asymptomatic testing twice a week.
Adult household members of school age pupils are now eligible to follow this testing regime also. Test kits can be ordered on line here: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
or collected from a testing site: https://find-covid-19-rapid-test-sites.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/findatestcenter.html
Primary school children will not be regularly asymptomatically tested due to low levels of transmission between younger aged children but will continue to need to come forward for tests if they have symptoms
21. What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in a setting?
“Schools must take swift action when they become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools should contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact schools directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) attended the school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.”
22. Will the school take my child’s temperature every day?
No, but we may use a non-invasive thermometer which points to the forehead if we suspect a child of having symptoms.
23. Will there be any educational visits this year?
Educational visits will not be taking place for the time being. We hope that we will be able to participate in both residentials booked for July.
24. How can I speak to the class teacher if we are socially distancing?
You can contact your child’s class teacher by Class Dojo. If you are unable to do this, you can email the office via email@example.com who will then pass the message on. If your message is urgent you can phone the school office on 01777 818468.
25. What should my child bring to school each day?
Your child should bring their book bag, water bottle and lunch if required. Water bottles and lunch boxes must be taken home daily. PE kits must be in a draw string bag and can stay in school all week and must be washed at the weekend. No rucksacks please. (Year 6 children may bring their own pencil case. This should be of a reasonable size and only contain necessary items. Items cannot be shared with others.)
26. Where can I find more information about returning to school?
Information for parents can be found here:
27. Is the school bus service running as normal?
Yes, the dedicated bus service will be running as normal. It is not compulsory for children to wear a mask on transport but they may if you so wish. We will remind children to sit in their class/family groups on the bus.
If you use public transport, please refer the Government guidance: safer travel guidance for passengers -https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers
Do you have a question that hasn't been answered?
There will be a lot of communication over the next week or so but if you have read all the information above and you still have an unanswered question, please use this form to ask us.