COVID-19 Procedures in School
We know that children may feel nervous or anxious about returning to school and adjusting to life during the pandemic. We are placing as much focus on their social and emotional well-being as on their academic learning and will work with you regarding any specific issues that arise.
In order to reduce the number of contacts between staff and children and children with each other, classes are kept separate in their ‘Bubbles’. Y1-Y6 are sitting side by side, facing the front in their classes and they each have their own pack of individual equipment. Shared resources are kept to a minimum and are cleaned regularly. In Early Years, children are accessing a more usual play-based curriculum with an enhanced cleaning regime around shared resources.
Classes have staggered playtimes and lunchtimes and use a designated area of the playground for outdoor play.
Worship is taking place in class Bubbles. Children will have Bubble PE and Bubble singing in the halls where there is plenty of space to spread out and avoid close contact.
Children in Y1 – Y6 have lunch in their classrooms with a designated lunchtime supervisor. Children in Early Years eat in the hall in group Bubbles, again with consistent, designated staff.
Hygiene and Handwashing
There is a regular routine of handwashing for both children and staff. Hand gel is also used. Children clean their hands at each transition point e.g. change of activity, break times and before and after lunch.
In addition to the cleaning undertaken at the end of the day, staff are cleaning down surfaces and commonly used areas throughout the day.
Movement Around the School
This is kept to a minimum and a ‘Keep Left’ approach is taken around corridors and the stairs. This is for children and adults. Access to the toilets is also controlled to ensure only the number allowed in each area use the toilets at any time.
Teachers are providing a full curriculum with an emphasis on reading, writing and maths to help identify and address gaps in learning.
If a child shows symptoms of Coronavirus, a member of staff will escort him/her to the medical room whilst parents are contacted. The member of staff will wear PPE and keep a reasonable distance but will ensure that the child is reassured whilst waiting. Following collection, the area will be thoroughly cleaned and the staff member will return to normal duties.
Actions for Parents
Do not send your child to school if:
- they are showing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
- someone in your household is showing symptoms
Please make sure to:
- arrange a test if you or your child develop symptoms.
- keep school informed
In order to keep numbers on site to a minimum and avoid congestion:
- Please wear a face covering while on site
- Only one adult per child on site please
- KS2 children should enter the site alone
- Please ‘keep left’ around paths
- Please do not congregate or stop to talk to each other. Thank you.