COVID-19 has not gone away. By following the government guidance (including prevention measures) and extra cleaning, the risk of the disease spreading quickly through school is reduced. However, the measures do not stop the possibility of COVID-19 coming into school.
Across the country in recent weeks, some schools have had to send home groups of children to self-isolate and some schools have also had to temporarily close. Autumn may well be a challenging time. They may be times when a whole class needs to self-isolate at home (for 14 days). There may even be times when the school closes temporarily, either for additional cleaning, for staff absence or because of a localised outbreak. These are all scenarios which we hope to avoid but all must be planned for. Below are our arrangements for September 2020:
Following the government announcement that schools would reopen to all pupils in September, we have been busy assessing the risks and implementing a plan to support a successful return to school for all our pupils.
School will reopen to:
Year 3/ Year 4 pupils on Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Year 3 / Year 4 / Year 5 / Year 6 pupils on Thursday 3rd September
Attendance at school will be compulsory. The government has relaxed the rules on attendance during lockdown. However, this will change in September. The government guidance says: “School attendance will be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term.”
In line with government policy, you will be fined if your child does not attend school.
WHEN A CHILD SHOULD REMAIN AT HOME
A child who has a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) must not be sent to school. Please notify us as soon as possible and let us know which symptoms your child is displaying. Parents/ carers are asked to arrange a COVID-19 test and inform the school of the result as soon as possible.
CHILDREN WITH SYMPTOMS IN SCHOOL
If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow the government’s stay at home guidance, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms. Please note that if you receive a call from our school to say that your child is unwell, please treat this as urgent and arrange collection as soon as possible. We will make it clear whether your child has displayed COVID symptoms OR is otherwise unwell. Please note that children who have vomited or have diarrhea must stay away from school for 48 hours from the last bout of illness.
CLASSES/ GROUPS OF CHILDREN ASKED TO SELF ISOLATE
If there are confirmed cases in school, we will work with Public Health/ contract tracing. We will get in touch directly with any families who need to isolate. Please note that if your child is asked to self-isolate, this must be followed.
CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR THOSE CHILDREN WHO ARE SELF-ISOLATING
Individual child self-isolating because of COVID-19 (either with symptoms or self-isolating because of family members etc with symptoms):
Your child’s class teacher will put together a pack to keep your child going with their learning for up to two weeks.
A whole class self-isolating: Your child’s class teacher will continue teaching, as best they can from home, using either Seesaw and Zoom. We plan to have a visual presence online each morning either by using video to provide stimulus, encourage the children and explain learning tasks.
In line with the guidance received from the government and Lancashire County Council we have made the following provisions:
Health and Safety:
The additional health and safety measures have been implemented:
It is ESSENTIAL that all year groups adhere to these set times as we MUST limit the number of children accessing the site at any one time.
Year 6 – Start Time 8:50am – Finish Time 2:50pm
Year 5 – Start Time 9:00am – Finish Time 3:00pm
Year 5 and Year 6 Pupils can walk to and from school with parental permission
Year 4 – Start Time 9:10am – Finish Time 3:10pm
Year 3 – Start Time 9:20am – Finish Time 3:20pm
To support with the emotional wellbeing of the children, they will be able to interact freely within their Year Group Bubble.
Drop Off / Pick Up
Children to be dropped at the school gate on Emerson Road.
Unless dropping off siblings in other year groups, please stick to the specified times:
Year 6 – 8:50am
Year 5 – 9:00am
Year 4 – 9:10am
Year 3 – 9:20am
We are not permitted to use the Ribbleton Avenue Infant school entrance at this time.
Breakfast Club will be available for working parents from 8AM-8.30AM drop off. Children will be separated into Year group bubbles once inside the hall. Families with children in a more than 1-year group can drop children off at the same time.
Parents must book children into breakfast club via the school office 01772792083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast options for all other pupils will be made available upon arrival to site at designated start time.
As soon as this can be reviewed, we will amend the start time for all pupils and inform families
Families with children in more than 1-year group:
For non-working families unable to access Breakfast Club at this time, siblings can be brought at the same time, to reduce impact on your morning and afternoon.
Please bring all children to school at the start time of your oldest child e.g. If oldest child is Year 6 and youngest child is Year 3, bring both children at the Year 6 start time. The oldest child will start their learning immediately and the youngest children will go to their classroom where they will be able to access classroom provision until their class join them.
You MUST ONLY DO THIS if you have more than one child in the Junior School. We cannot allow early access to any other children at this time.
After School Clubs
At this time, we are unable to offer any after school provision however we will review this as soon as we can.
Children will wear their normal school uniform from September. This includes:
White polo t-shirt / white shirt or blouse
Black / Grey Trousers, shorts, skirt or couletts
Red and white check summer dress
Black school shoes / All black trainers
Due to Covid 19 You will need to wash school uniform every day so school do not expect that pupils need School Branded uniform.
What can my child bring to school?
All items brought to school MUST be taken home daily
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Children will wear school uniform the rest of the time and must not wear football shirts as part of their P.E. kit.
Our school kitchen will be open in September, and lunches will be available again. Pupils eligible for free school meals will return to having their lunch at school, and will no longer receive vouchers.
Dinners will be paid for using Parent Pay to support school to operate a cashless system.