Information on COVID-19 symptoms and school procedures
To help protect your children and the wider community, please be as honest as possible with school around symptoms, testing and results. You shouldn’t be embarrassed or concerned about reporting a suspected or confirmed case.
We want to provide as much information as possible on our approach to coronavirus symptoms, testing and isolation periods. Please see the answers to key questions below.
1. What do I do if my child displays symptoms?
2. Will the school tell me if another child in the class is displaying symptoms?
3. How many children have to be off school with unconfirmed symptoms before you notify parents?
4. Does my child need to take a test in order to come back to school?
5. What do I do if my child tests positive?
6. What do I do if my child tests negative?
7. Will the school tell me if another child in the class tests positive?
8. Will the school tell me if another child in the school tests positive?
9. What if someone in my family is isolating because they have tested positive with to the virus? Is my child expected to stay at home too?
10. What if someone in my family is isolating because they are aware they may have been exposed to the virus? Is my child expected to stay at home too?
11. What will happen if my child's teacher or TA is off sick?
This information is based on Government Guidance at the time of issue 21st May 2020 and is subject to regular review.
Things you need to know for September
See below for information on:
The Government has made it clear that school attendance will become compulsory again, and that they expect every child to return to school. Exceptions to this would be for pupils who are shielding due to medical conditions.
Pupils will be in their class ‘groups’ and staffing will be pretty much back to normal. There is a shift in focus now from small bubbles’ (which has enabled pupils to social distance) to ‘groups’. Consistent groups reduce the risk of transmission by limiting the number of pupils and staff in contact with each other to only those within the group.
Where we can social distance we will, but when we can't, the important thing is that we keep different 'groups' as separate as possible. In order to keep groups separate we will need to run a timetable with different breaks and lunchtimes for different class groups. Groups will not be allowed to mix in the playground, lunch hall, for assemblies etc. We plan to continue running assemblies through zoom, in order to bring classes together,
Preventing viral transmission
Preventative measures will be key. Much of the good practice that we already have running in school, will need to continue such as:
The guidance states that we should work to offer 'a full curriculum' by the summer of 2021 In the short term, there will be a focus on assessing pupils learning and where there are gaps in learning, and supporting pupils to catch up.
It looks likely that we will be able to have PPA lessons running as normal with specialist staff teaching pupils subject such as music and French, but with pupils remaining in their normal classrooms.
Wild Wood Club
The government guidance accepts that if we do run wrap-around care pupils will be moving into a different ‘group’ for that part of the day. It is looking likely that WWC may be able to open and we are currently working on a separate plan to ensure that we can do that as safely as possible. More information about that plan will be sent out when it is complete.
Personal, protective equipment
Pupils will not be allowed to wear face coverings in school. Public Health England does not recommend the use of face coverings in schools (based on current evidence). They are not required as pupils and staff are mixing in consistent groups, and because misuse may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.
The use of PPE will remain the same as it is currently – for first aid and cleaning.
Staggered start and end of the day
The guidance states that if we can, we should continue to have pupils arriving and leaving schools at different times, in order to avoid large numbers of people gathering. The current systems are working well and we are looking to continue this. We are currently considering whether we need to stagger the start of the term, in order to embed new systems.
Our kitchen will be open and able to provide meals for pupils. The school kitchen will provide cold lunches at the start of term in September. Once we are settled back in we will review when we can move to hot meals, and whether we will be able to use the hall again or save hot meals in classes.
The current price of school meals is £2.35
It is our ambition that we move to hot meals as soon as possible.
Pupils who are showing high levels of anxiety
It would be really helpful for us to know if your child is overly anxious about returning to school. Please contact your child’s current teacher on their year group email. Staff will then be able to offer you some guidance on how you can support your child and consider any further support that school can put into place.
We will be asking that all children return in September in their uniform. The new guidance states that pupils should wear school uniform as “uniform can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone.” It goes onto say that uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal. In Early Years, pupils are able to wear a pale blue polo shirt.
Home learning, which mirrors the in-school curriculum, will be provided for pupils who are shielding or self-isolating. This will be through a mix of online and paper resources, and involve interaction with teachers.
Currently, there is no government guidance on what to do if we need to return to half class sized bubbles. However, in that case, we would hope to run a part-time timetable so that all pupils have access to school, and when they are not in school, pupils are working on projects or consolidation activities at home.
In the case of a local or national lockdown, the guidance is saying we should plan to remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, and provide remote education for all other pupils. If this occurs we will be looking to build on our current remote learning support and offer:
What should children bring to school?