School Re-opening Information
Week commencing 1st June 2020
If my child is eligible to return to school and I initially said I did not wish them to return, can I now change my mind?
No. Government guidance means that children are kept in a limited ‘bubble’ group throughout the school day. The group size is dependent upon the available class space in school. These groups are currently fixed and cannot now be added to.
If government guidance changes then we will review our systems.
When are other year groups returning?
The government have said their intention is for all Primary age pupils to return to school before the summer holidays. At the moment no final decision has been made so we await guidance. If the size of these groups is restricted, i.e. to a max of 15, then we will not be able to physically accommodate all the year groups without introducing a rota system.
When I bring my child/children to school can I bring other family members who are not attending the school?
Guidance states that only one parent should drop the child at school. If a sibling cannot be safely looked after at home then you can bring them with you but they must stay with you at all times and you are responsible for making sure they adhere to the current social distancing rules.
If I have accepted a place in a bubble for the week commencing 1st June, can I later withdraw my child from a bubble or delay their start?
Yes. Attendance is strongly encouraged but not compulsory so parents are able to withdraw their children from a bubble if they wish to or negotiate a later start date with the school. Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time. We would ask that the school office is notified immediately via email if you make these decisions.
How can I speak to the staff in the bubble if we are socially distancing?
You can contact staff by emailing us at email@example.com
Is school uniform required?
Yes. All children, including key worker groups, will be required to wear school uniform from 1st June. If we have warm weather later in the term the school may notify you that children can wear their PE kit.
Will the keyworker provision continue to be more childcare based?
No. Keyworker children will be completing the same tasks set for home learning for their year group wherever possible.
Can my child bring in a snack?
Yes. Children may bring in a snack from home in a named box or sandwich bag. Please note, Key Stage 1 fruit and the Upper Key Stage 2 tuck shop are not available at this time.
Will lunchtimes be staggered?
Yes. First sitting will be 11.45-12.45 and second sitting 12.45- 1.45. For some pupils this will be later than they are used to so remember to bring in a morning snack. School dinners and pack lunches will be eaten in the classroom or outdoor zones.
Will the bike sheds be open?
No. The bike sheds will be closed until further notice. This is to avoid any mixing of pupils from different bubbles.
Does my child need to attend every day their bubble is open?
No. If you know there are days when your child will not be attending please inform the school office in advance who will record this in the register.
What should I do if my children have different start and finish times?
Unfortunately, due to the staggered start and finish times for different bubbles, parents and pupils may have to wait out of school grounds for a period of time between drop offs and/or collections. We appreciate this is not ideal but is the only option given the circumstances.
Will the breakfast club and after school club be available?
Places for breakfast club and after school club for June/July 2020 can be booked via the school gateway. The numbers are capped to a maximum of eight pupils, on a first come, first served basis. Breakfast club will open at 8am and entry is made to the hall via the side door. After school club will also take place in the hall and will finish at 5.30pm. Collection will be from the side door to the hall.
Can children bring mobile phones to school?
No. Until further notice, mobile phones belonging to pupils will not be permitted on school site.
What should I do if I arrive at school late?
Parents should contact the school office in advance – office staff will then let you know if the child has to go to their assigned external door or if gates are already locked then staff from the bubble will meet them at the front office.
Will children or staff wear masks or PPE?
If parents or staff insist on wearing face masks we will not prohibit them from doing so, apart from when it becomes a danger to the child. Parents will need to exercise their own judgement around this and must understand that we cannot guarantee that your child will keep a mask on or wear it properly and should be able to put it on and off themselves. If parents wish their child to wear a face mask they must provide this themselves.
How do I explain social distancing to my child?
Be open and honest, using language they will understand. Explain that they are helping others by their actions. Use drawings if needed and use a positive tone. Try to make the children feel safe. Here are some YouTube videos that might help:
What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in school?
When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
Where the child, young person or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.
Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
Will the school take my child’s temperature every day?
No, but we may take their temperature if a child displays symptoms.
What will happen if a child in the class shows symptoms?
If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature in an education or childcare setting, they must be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance.
If a child is awaiting collection, they should be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.
My child is feeling anxious about coming back to school, how can I prepare him/her?
You will need to prepare your child by talking about what school was like and what it will be like now. It will be different. It will be important to encourage your child to talk about their experiences in ‘lockdown’ and that this period is now ending.
Will there be any swimming lessons or trips once school opens on June 1st?
No. There are no plans to take the children out of the school grounds until further notice.
What if another child ‘coughs’ deliberately in someone else’s face?
School will take this very seriously. We will explain to the child the dangers and consequences of these actions. Parents will be telephoned and may have to come and collect their child resulting in a fixed term exclusion.
Can I send my child into school if they are on antibiotics?
No. If your child is unwell or following a course of antibiotics they should remain at home.
Can my child travel to and from school independently?
No. All children, regardless of age, must be accompanied by an adult to and from school.
Will the nursery sessions run at ‘normal’ times?
No. Morning Nursery sessions are 8.30- 11.45.
Afternoon Nursery sessions are 12.45- 3.00.
Will my child be given reading books?
Your child will be given a reading book to keep in school. This will remain in their tray until they have finished reading it. Once finished it will be taken out of general circulation for one week.
Will my child need to bring in a water bottle?
Yes. All children should bring in a clearly labelled water bottle which will remain on their desk.
Can staff apply suncream for my child?
No. Sun cream should be applied before school. Staff can supervise children applying suncream. Any suncream brought in will need to stay in school in a named bottle.
Which gate should I come through if I am dropping my child off for an afternoon session at Nursery?
Afternoon nursery children should be brought through the main Sebert Road gate.
Can I bring my child to the school site early and leave them on their own to wait for the classroom doors to open?
No. When dropping children off please wait with them (socially distanced of course) until the classroom doors open.