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Covid 19

Arrangements within School

  1. Children will be in a class bubble.  This means that they will only mix with children within their own class (unless they are in different intervention groups – see later)
  2. Siblings will no longer be kept together and will be in their own class bubble
  3. If groups of children are taken out for intervention, they will be kept in the same small group as far as possible
  4. We will not be socially distancing within the class bubbles
  5. Each bubble will have their own area at lunchtime and playtime
  6. Different adults may move between bubbles but social distancing will be observed as far as possible
  7. If children are swimming, the changing room and poolside areas will be cleaned between groups. (Advice we have received says that swimming is a safe activity due to the chlorine levels in the pool.)
  8. Children in Years 5 & 6 will sit facing the front of the classroom.  Other year groups will be seated in the most appropriate arrangement for the work they are doing
  9. Where possible children will be given their own equipment to use.  Where equipment is shared it will be wiped down by class teachers regularly
  10. There will be no school assemblies until further notice
  11. There will be no extra-curricular activities until further notice

Arriving and Departing

  1. Parents are asked to arrive at the prescribed times and avoid having to wait at either the beginning or end of the school day
  2. Please stand where indicated by the cones on the path to avoid crowds
  3. Where there are no cones available, please socially distance
  4. Try to ensure that only one adult collects your child from school
  5. Children who are reluctant to come into school cannot be physically taken from parents.  The parent must take the child home and bring them back at 9.30 am if they wish to do so.  The child must come into school willingly
  6. Any money being sent into school should be in an envelope with your child’s name and the amount written on

 

 

 

 

Times, Entrances and Exits

Class

Entry Time

Entry Place

Exit Time

Exit Place

Nursery Mornings

9.00

Nursery door on playground

11.30

Main Entrance

Nursery 30 hours

9.00

Nursery door on playground

3.15

Nursery door on playground

Reception

8.45

Rec door on playground

3.00

Rec door on playground

Year 1

9.00

Main Entrance

3.15

Y1 door on playground

Year 2

8.45

Year 2 door on playground

3.00

Year 2 door on playground

After dropping off/collecting children from the playground please follow the signs for leaving the site. (This will be through the gates on the infant playground and round the back of the mill.)

Year 3

8.45

Junior Gate

3.00

Junior Gate

Year 4

8.45

Junior Gate

3.00

Junior Gate

Year 5

9.00

Junior Gate

3.15

Junior Gate

Year 6

9.00

Junior Gate

3.15

Junior Gate

 

Lunches

  1. Children will eat in the same room they are working in
  2. Lunches must be ordered in the usual way.  (Anyone unsure of this please telephone the school and speak to Mrs. Paddock.) The lunches on offer will be restricted but will consist of one hot item and a packed lunch
  3. Children may bring packed lunches if they wish

 

Covid Infection

  1. If your child has symptoms which may indicate Covid infection please do not send them to school and arrange for a test as soon as possible by dialling 111 or applying online.  If your child tests negative they may return to school.  If they test positive, they should isolate 7 days.  The rest of the family should then isolate for 14 days.  If they do not take a test they will have to isolate for 14 days
  2. If  there is a known case of Covid 19 in any bubble in school, the whole bubble will be sent home to isolate for 14 days.
  3. If your child has had a shielding letter from the doctor would you please ring the school so that we can make suitable arrangements

 

 

 

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

Uniform and Equipment

As there is no requirement now to wash clothing any more often than normal, please ensure that your child is dressed in school uniform.  They will need to bring in PE and swimming kit on the days you are advised by your class teacher

Breakfast and Afterschool Club

Breakfast and Afterschool club will be open from 2nd September in the Mill.  Obviously this means that the children who attend the clubs may not be from the same bubble and will mix together.  This is unavoidable if we want to provide a service for working parents.  We will try to keep the children outdoors as much as possible and ensure that the Mill is well ventilated.  We would suggest that you do not use the clubs unless they are essential.

Contact between Parents and School

Please try to keep contact to phone, email and Class Dojo as far as possible.  If you do need to come into reception please observe social distancing.

We are aware that these arrangements can seem off-putting but we are compelled to follow the Government advice in order to ensure that school is as safe as possible for our children.  We would assure you however that we will do everything we can to make the children feel at ease.  We know that there are procedures which must be followed, but we also know that we must balance the risk between the children’s mental and physical health and no child who is sick, unhappy or frightened will go uncomforted.  The Government has insisted that school from September will be compulsory.  However we know that some of you may have concerns.  If this is the case or if your children have suffered any losses due to Covid, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help.

There has been some confusion as to the action we will take as a school if a child is symptomatic and we have put the information into the table below to try and provide some clarity:

 

Issue

Action for School

Action for Parents/Carers

Resolution

A child has Covid symptoms at home

Inform parents/carers that the child should stay at  home and get a test

Siblings should not come to school.  If they do attend they will be sent  home.  Other children in the bubble will NOT be sent home

Arrange for the child to have a test and let the school know the result of the test

The whole  household should isolate until the results of the test are known

If the test is negative the child may come to school straight away

If the test is positive the child must isolate for at least 10 days and the rest of the household must isolate for 14 days

A child has Covid symptoms at school

The child and siblings will be sent home and parents will be informed that they should arrange for a test.

Other children in the bubble will not be sent home

Arrange for the child to have a test and let the school know the result of the test

The whole  household should isolate until the results of the test are known

If the test is negative the child may come to school straight away

If the test is positive the child must isolate for at least 10 days and the rest of the household must isolate for 14 days

A child has tested positive for Cove

The whole bubble will be sent home for 14 days and work will be provided for them as in lockdown.  The rest of the bubble do NOT need to be tested as they will be isolating for 14 days anyway.

The whole household of the child with the positive test must isolate for 14 days

The other children in the bubble must stay at home and isolate for 14 days but their families do not need to.  However if any member of the household develops symptoms then they must isolate and be tested.

After 14 days the child and the bubble may return to school

A staff member has Covid symptoms

Staff member will go home and arrange for a Covid test

The bubble will NOT be sent home

None

If the test is negative the staff member will return to school. If the test is positive – see below

A staff member tests positive for Covid

The whole bubble will be sent home for 14 days and work will be provided for them as in lockdown.  The rest of the bubble do NOT need to be tested as they will be isolating for 14 days anyway

The other children in the bubble must stay at home and isolate for 14 days but their families do not need to.  However if any member of the household develops symptoms then they must isolate and be tested.

After 14 days the staff member and the bubble may return to school

 

 

 

 

Covid-19 related pupil absence

 

A quick reference guide for parents and staff (September 2020)

What to do if…

Action Needed

Return to school when…

…my child has Covid-19 symptoms.

- Do not come to school

- Contact school to inform us

- Self-isolate the whole household

 - Get a test

 - Inform the school immediately about the test result

…the test comes back negative or a period of 10 days has passed since the symptoms started, and the child feels well.

…my child tests positive for Covid-19.

- Do not come to school.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Agree an earliest date for possible return (minimum of 10 days).

- Self-isolate the whole household.

…10 days have passed since symptoms began, even if they still have a cough or loss of taste/smell. (These symptoms can last for several weeks.)

AND the child feels well.  

…my child tests negative.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Discuss when your child can come back (same day/next day).

…the test comes back negative.

…my child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19.

- Do not come to school.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Ring on each day of illness.

…after 48 hours following the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea (as per attendance policy)

…someone in my household has Covid-19 symptoms.

- Do not come to school.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Self-isolate the whole household.

 - Household member to get a test.

 - Inform school immediately about test result.

…the test comes back negative.

…someone in my household tests positive for Covid-19.

- Do not come to school.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Agree an earliest date for possible return (minimum of 14 days).

- Self-isolate the whole household.

…the child has completed 14 days of isolation.

…NHS test and trace has identified my child as a close contact of somebody with symptoms or confirmed Covid-19.

- Do not come to school.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Agree an earliest date for possible return (minimum of 14 days).

 

…the child has completed 14 days of isolation.

…NHS test and trace has identified a household member (other than my child) as a close contact of somebody with symptoms or confirmed Covid-19.

- The household member must self-isolate for 14 days.

- Child can continue to attend school.

…child can continue to attend school

… a sibling attending another school has been sent home to self-isolate due to their being a positive case in their school.

- Sibling must self-isolate for 14 days.

- SCHOOL NAME child(ren) can continue to attend.

 

…child can continue to attend school

… my child has travelled abroad from a country or territory that is NOT on the exempt list of countries.

If returning from a destination where quarantine is needed*:

-  minimum of 14 days self-isolation for all those who travelled.

- contact school to inform us you are back in the country and we will agree an earliest date for possible return to school.

 - Self-isolate the whole household.

 

*Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) – for up to date travel information

…the quarantine period of 14 days has been completed.

… my child has travelled abroad from a country or territory that IS on the exempt list of countries.

If returning from a destination where quarantine is NOT needed:

- Check the current Exempt countries and territories list to confirm the country you have travelled from or through is on the exempt list.

- Ring school to inform us you have returned to the UK and agree a return date to school.

… you have informed the office of your return to the UK (the office will ask you a few questions about your travel).

…I have travelled from a country that requires us to quarantine (but my child didn’t travel).

- As long as you do not have / have not had symptoms in the last 14 days, your child can continue to attend school.

- The person who has travelled MUST NOT leave the house, including to do pick-ups and drop offs (please contact school if you need support getting your child to school).

…child can continue to attend school

…we have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding.

- Do not come to school.

- Contact school to inform us.

- Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

…school inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school again.

…you receive medical advice that your child may return to school.

…my child’s bubble is closed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in school.

- Child must not come to school.

- Support your child at home with remote education provided by your school.

- Your child will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

- Other siblings may continue to attend school.

…school inform you that the bubble will be reopened.

… I am unable to get a test for someone in the household who has symptoms

If you are not able to get a test in the first 5 days of having symptoms, your child and anyone they live with must stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.

…the child has completed 14 days of isolation.

 

 

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