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Information on current school arrangements, including how school is organised, and what pupils should bring.

Information for the Spring Term 2022.  Updated January 2022

 

New or changed guidance is in red. 

 

Symptoms

The Government advice continues to outline that any children or adults who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough or loss of taste or sense of smell) may not enter the school. They should self-isolate immediately and seek a PCR test. If any children begin to show symptoms in school, we will continue to inform parents immediately and your child will need to be collected from school to seek a PCR test.

 

Home testing

Lateral flow home testing kits are available for families to order from the Government website below: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

 

The current advice is that adults and children who are able to, test themselves twice weekly to identify any asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. The guidance continues to state that these tests should not be used for anybody showing symptoms and in this case a PCR test should be sought instead. Please continue to inform the school office if your child has a positive test result on a  lateral flow test or a PCR test.

 

Social Distancing & Face Coverings

When talking to staff please can we request that you stay 2m apart and wear face coverings unless exempt.   Face coverings should be worn by secondary-aged pupils and adults (staff and visitors) when moving around in corridors and communal areas, especially where a 2m distance cannot be kept. 

 

Our staff will be wearing masks on the door in the mornings and after school to help protect them if any parents wish to speak to them.


Class organisation
The current guidance removes the need to maintain small bubbles. Nursery and Reception classes will be mixing again, and in all other years, we will work in year groups.


We will run a timetable with different breaks and lunchtimes for different year groups.  Year groups will be allowed to mix in the playground.  We will continue to run assemblies through zoom, in order to bring classes together. We are planning to introduce meeting in the hall for assemblies as the term goes on. 


Hygiene
Pupils will be supported to maintain good hygiene measures including:
•    Handwashing on entering and leaving school as well as regular use of handwashing or 6% alcohol hand sanitiser throughout the day
•    Using the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ routine for coughs and sneezes
•    Cleaning continues to be of a high standard and done regularly

 

Lateral Flow Testing

Staff and pupils are encouraged to take lateral flow device (LFD) twice weekly.  We suggest Monday morning and Thursday morning for pupils.  

 

If a positive LFD test result shows, the person should self-isolate and also get a PCR test to check if they have COVID-19. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, they should continue to self-isolate. 

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of a positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms. 
 

Ventilation
Classrooms need to be well ventilated.  Pupils can bring in an extra jumper if they feel that they need to. 

 

Engaging with the NHS Test and Trace process
Staff members, parents and carers will need to:
•    book a test if they or their child has symptoms


•    self-isolate immediately and not come to school if:
o    they develop symptoms
o    they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or the NHS app
o    they are required to do so having recently travelled from certain other countries

•    provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with, if they test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace

 

If a member of a household has suspected COVID, or has had a positive test, children can come into school unless they have symptoms themselves.  Parents should call the school office to inform us. 

 

Self-isolation

Staff and children who have COVID-19 may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. 

 

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. 

 

If both these test results are negative, and individuals do not have a high temperature, they may end their self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to school from day 7, if well enough.  

 

Close contacts

Close contacts will be identified through the  NHS Test and Trace system.  ‘Warn and Inform’ letters from the school will let you know if there are cases in individual classes.  It is likely that your child may be a close contact if another member of their class has tested positive.

 

Adults who are fully vaccinated (or exempt) and all children who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result. 
 

The curriculum
We will be following our normal curriculum which is in line with year group expectations. Staff have looked carefully at aspects of the curriculum that have not been taught due to lockdown, or not fully embedded.  Recovery/catch up support has been planned for.


We will continue to have the weekly planners and learning resources on the website so that children self-isolating can complete work at home, in order to avoid falling behind.  Pupils at home should send in at least one piece of writing per week in order to be given feedback from teachers.


When pupils have PE they can come into school dressed in their PE clothes.


Things to bring in
We would like to make as much use as we can of our school grounds, so that pupils have lots of space to move about.  All pupils should bring in a pair of wellies or old trainers and keep these in a bag on their peg. 
Children in Year 1 upwards can bring in a personal pencil case. 
Children in Year 3 upwards will need to bring in a healthy break time snack. This can be a piece of fruit, a snack labelled ‘one of your 5 a day’ or a more filling low fat snack, such as a sugar free cereal bar.  

 

Lunches/snacks
•    Children in Early Years will be given milk and fruit by school.
•    A break time fruit snack will be offered to children in Year 1 & 2.
•    The kitchen will be open as normal providing high quality meals.
•    Children in Nursery and Reception will eat lunch at 11:45am
•    Years 1 & 2 will eat at 12:00pm
•    Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 will eat at 12:30pm.

 

Music teachers, PE teachers and other visitors
The guidance allows for visits from professionals such as supply teachers, music teachers, sports coaches, speech therapists, social workers and psychologists. We support these visitors to follow our risk assessment and control measures. 

 

COVID cases in school  and Contingency Planning

We are no longer required to close a class if a positive case occurs.  We will inform parents of a case in their child’s class but the Government expects pupils to continue to attend school. 


However, if 10% of a group of pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period, we will to seek advice from Public Health on how to manage an outbreak in school. Further measures would then be put in place which would include enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures.  

 

Further measures can be put into place if the Health Protect Team consider them necessary. These could include: 
•    Increasing the use of face coverings by adults for a short period of time 
•    Limiting visits to site and visits off site
•    Increased use of testing within the school or across the local area 
•    Short term attendance restrictions (used as a last resort) 
•    Shielding may be reintroduced by the Government in case of a major outbreak

 

These plans are described in greater detail on our Contingency Plan which can be found on the COVID-19 pages of the school website.  

 

Further information can be found in these Government documents: 
Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak - GOV.UK
Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread – GOV.UK
Information for parents and carers – GOV.UK

 

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