Covid-19 Pandemic Wider Opening of School

Covid-19 Pandemic

Wider opening of school.

What will happen with key worker provision:

  • We will continue to provide key worker provision for frontline and critical workers. 
  • Children in the year groups identified to return will join their year group bubbles with a stand alone key worker group for those children in other year groups. 
  • This provision will run full time.
  • The measures identified below will apply to key worker groups also. 
  • Key worker children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 will join their year group bubble once the school reopens to those groups. 

What protective measures will be in place if the school reopens? 

 Please note this list may change and adapt as we work through the risk assessment process. We will issue confirmed measures with the return to school letters which will follow if schools reopen. 

  1. Start and finish times with an identified entrance, 2m distancing on school grounds for parents please. This is to help protect parents from passing the virus from one person to another and to staff when bringing in children.
    1. Social distancing markers will be visible on the yards and around school. Please use them to support social distancing. Where possible a one way system will also be used in school. 
    1. Temperature checks will occur for a child if they feel unwell. A child presenting with a temperature of 37.8 or more will be asked to sit for 15 minutes when their temperature will be rechecked. If the temperature does not go down- they will be sent home. Temperature will also be checked throughout the day and if a concern regarding a child’s health is raised, you will be asked to collect your child from school. Again, children with a high temperature will be sent home to isolate for two weeks or if symptoms present seven days. 
    1. Smaller working groups (for a limited period as there is physically not enough space in school to do this for all  R, 1 and 6 pupils plus key worker children and other year groups). Children may not be with their friends, own class teacher or in their own classroom. The will be in year group bubbles of no more than 12 children and will not mix with children in another bubble. They will have 2 members of staff with them throughout the day. Older children will be expected to adhere to social distancing rules. However we recognise this is not possible for our youngest children. Younger children will be able to play alongside their peers but will be encouraged to not touch them. We will ensure regular hygiene measures are followed strictly and all resources will be individual (for example their own paint brush or bag of playdough) be thrown away or cleaned thoroughly at the end of each session and prior to use by another group. 
    1. Regular handwashing and sanitisation. Children will wash hands at every transition point- coming into school, at the end of each lesson, before and after toilet use,before and  after breaks and before coming home. 
    1. Hand washing and sanitisation stations have been set up in all key parts of school including at every exit and entrance point
    1. Personal work stations and equipment. Where possible children will work at their own desks 2m away from the next desk with their own equipment brought to them. Equipment will not be shared and will be cleaned thoroughly each day. Workstations will be cleaned at key transition points. 
    1. When moving from one space in school to another a 2m distance will be encouraged but can not be fully enforced and is not realistic in a primary setting or where corridors are the only route to a classroom. 
    1. Breaks and lunch times will be staggered with routine tasks and exercises which encourage distancing during breaks.
    1. Lunches will be served to full time children at socially distanced seating. We encourage school lunches and packed lunches will not be allowed. 
    1.  Where possible staff will remain the same for each group. This does mean children will not be taught by their own class teacher or in their own classroom and may be supervised by support staff. Some classes will have two different teachers across a week where staff have a job share. 
    1. 2m markers will be established in school grounds to support parents and children with 2m distances on way into school. Please note pick up and drop off times will be significantly longer than usual and will be different for each year group- siblings who both attend school will attend with the oldest child. 
  • Older children in KS2 who could attend school without adults. 
  1. Parents will have an email contact for their child’s class teacher or can contact the school office via telephone. Parents will not be permitted into the school building. All communication will be via email or telephone and the teacher will not communicate at any length with parents at the school door. 
  2. Protective clothing will be worn where close personal care is needed such as nappy changes and first aid. Staff will have the option to wear masks. Children will be allowed to wear masks but we urge parents to consider if children can really not touch or move a mask all day and if it is then safer to not wear a mask. 
  3. Rooms will be well ventilated and all windows have been checked to ensure they open – this will require children to wear extra layers of clothing to keep warm.
  4. Doors will be held open wherever possible to avoid contact and aid ventilation.
  5. Learning environments will be reviewed and minimised so there are fewer resources and only those which can be deep cleaned at the end of each day or between being used by groups of children.
  6. If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 in school and that person has had contact in school, school will be closed for deep cleaning, bubbles of children or in fact the whole school may need to isolate for two weeks. 
  7. Additional cleaning of school and surfaces throughout the day using detergents in classrooms and an additional cleaner to clean toilets/ common areas.
  8. Promoting good respiratory hygiene with tissues available at all times and the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ message taught and displayed around school.
  9. Outdoor learning will be utilised as often as possible. This is weather dependent and children may be outdoors for much of their school day. Children will need to dress appropriately for the weather including sunscreen/ hats and appropriate clothing. 
  10. An appendix to our behaviour management policy will be issued. This will set out key changes to the policy and identify children who endanger other children or adults as a result of their behaviour will not be permitted to attend school. An example of this may be a child spitting at other children and staff.
  11. The curriculum will follow the home learning topics and will be delivered in the small bubbles. The government has asked that we catch children up during this return to school phase. However as children are limited to their bubbles, all staff are needed to supervise the small bubbles and resources are limited there will not be the usual focus on interventions. We will be following a reconnect curriculum to support children to process the changes and reflect on what has happened, rebuild confidence and basic skills. 
  12. Uniform will not be worn. Children will be doing PE (which will largely be fitness sessions) outdoors daily so will need to be able to exercise in the clothes they wear for school- we will not be changing into PE kits for daily exercise. We will be doing lots of art so please ensure any  clothes are not valuable 
  13. Staff who present with any symptoms, live with or have contact with another person who develops symptoms or where a child in school has symptoms, will be isolated as tested for the virus. 

When is my child likely to start school again?

We can not answer this question. The decision to reopen school will be based upon the following:

  1. The government 5 tests have been met
  2. The regional R rate is acceptable
  3. The school risk assessment indicates it is suitable to open schools
  4. The safety measures are fully in place- this includes the delivery of resources such as cleaning products and PPE, the fixing of widows which do not currently open and  staff being fully trained.

Will school run as normal?

No. School will be very different. 

  • Children will remain in one room all day apart from breaks and PE.
  • Children will work in much smaller groups often being supervised by other staff and not their class teacher. 
  • They will only be allowed to interact within their group bubble and older children will be expected to keep a social distance from peers. 
  • Younger children will have some play based learning but this will be tightly controlled with more regular hand washing and cleaning of the environment. 
  • Staff will aim to keep a social distance from children in school meaning work will not be marked with oral feedback being provided.
  • The curriculum will be limited. 
  • Parents will have limited face to face contact with school- quick messages can be passed onto the teacher at drop off for younger children such as ‘did not sleep well’ but staff will not engage in longer discussions and will ask parents to contact school office or will call parents later in the day. 

Will school be open from now on?

This depends on a number of factors:

  1. The governing board will regularly check the R rate and the number of daily cases. Where there is a local increase, governors will decide to close the school for the protection of our children, families and staff. 
  2. If staff and children become ill- even if this is not confirmed as COVID 19- the school may be closed as a protective measure. 
  3. If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 within school governors will decide to close a bubble or the school for a period of time. This may happen. The virus is still very active and may be for some time. Schools will have to respond accordingly. 
  4. The government may impose local area closures on schools. 

The above measures are not exhaustive and others will be added regularly in response to the ongoing risk assessment and guidance provided. We will reissue guidance with return to school letters for each year group prior to returning.