Coronavirus Updates and Remote Education
Return to School on Tuesday, 7th September, 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you are all safe and well. In preparation for the children’s return to school on Tuesday, 7th September, I thought I would update you on the current COVID guidance and any other relevant details for the start of the school year. I am aware that this will not cover everything but I hope it gives you enough information for a smooth start. The information with regards to Coronavirus is correct as of the 17th August and will hopefully not change. I will of course update you if there are any changes that will affect you.
Mr L. Fletcher
As you will be aware, we are having substantial building work completed over the Autumn Term, which we hope will be completed by December, 2021. This will cause disruption although I hope that this will be kept to a minimum and we can all be flexible in our approach to its completion. Building works started over the Summer break in order to get most of the internal sections completed. The external works should not directly impact on the rest of the school until near to the end of the project. Fingers crossed this continues to move according to plan.
START AND FINISH TIMES
Due to the restricted space that we now have available in the playground, we will have to continue for the Autumn Term at least, to follow a staggered start and finish time.
Key Stage 2 (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6) will line up at 8.40am and be taken into their classrooms.
Class 1 (Reception, Year One and Year Two) will line up at 8.50am and be taken into their classroom.
Please can parents of siblings in different key stages, pick up their Key Stage 2 child, move out of the playground then come back in to pick up their Class One child. This will help with keeping the limited playground space as free as possible for all families.
Parents are asked not to come into the classroom when dropping off their child.
Home Time Routine:
Class 1 (Reception, Year One and Year Two) will leave at 3.20pm.
Key Stage 2 (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6) will leave at 3.30pm
Many of our routines will return to ‘normal’ from September.
Children’s attendance is mandatory.
Children will wear school uniform.
Children should come to school in their PE kit on the day of their PE lesson (Thursday).
We undertook assessments immediately before the summer term so our assessment schedule will return to normal. This means the following:
EYFS: Baseline data to be collected in the first half term and ongoing throughout the year (children will not be formally tested).
Key Stage One and Two children will take part in termly assessment (October, February and May/June).
Statutory tests also resume: Year One phonics screen, Year Two and Year Six SATS, Year Four Times Tables Test.
Breakfast club will resume: all children will be together in Class Two.
The one-way system has worked well and we will retain this. All children and parents are now to enter via the large gate and leave via the small pedestrian gate at the front fence.
Parents are asked to not come into the school if possible. The office will be open however parents will not be allowed into the classrooms.
Bubbles will no longer be necessary at school.
(In the case of an extended outbreak, the school would revert to the use of bubbles).
Assemblies will resume for the children however we will not have parent assemblies yet.
Positive Cases, Isolation and Contact Tracing
Education settings are no longer expected to undertake contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parent to identify close contacts.
Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes dedicated transport to school or college.
Staff at school will be asked to wear face coverings in communal areas.
Parents will be asked to wear face coverings if entering the school however, wearing them on site is optional.
We will ensure children, staff and volunteers all use:
- Good hygiene.
- Regular cleaning including sanitising equipment and common touch points after use.
- Good ventilation.
- Pupils and staff will follow public health advice on testing, isolation and managing conformed cases of COVID-19.
- Staff should undertake twice weekly home tests whenever they are on site until the end of September, when this will also be reviewed.
- The Head Teacher reserves the right to refuse admission to the premises if, in their reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19.
Confirmatory PCR tests
Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.
Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.
As a treat, OFSTED inspections will also resume from September, in schools.
Home Learning Guidance
Transport update from the LA