Parents should be aware that all actions undertaken within school regarding Covid-19, are informed by and continue to follow recommendations within the latest government guidance. Please look at the two links below, which outline this guidance for parents.
A summary of key actions is detailed afterwards.
As you can imagine, the planning for the effective operation of schools during the Covid-19 pandemic has required a considerable amount of planning and organisation. In order to keep everyone as safe and happy as possible, there are a significant number of changes to every-day practice that had to be introduced and form part of our School's comprehensive risk assessment. The risk assessment process has taken all Government guidance into consideration. A link to the Department for Education where a summary of this guidance for parents and carers can be found at the bottom of this page.
A summary of some of the key actions regarding policy and practice in relation to Covid-19, is given below. All of these measures will need to be fully understood and implemented by the whole school community whilst pupils continue to attend school. Your on-going support in enforcing these changes is greatly appreciated.
- Retaining staggered collection times - 3.00pm for EYFS/KS1 and 3.05pm KS2.
- Request that only one parent/carer should drop off/collect a child, so as to reduce the number of people on site at drop off and collection time.
- Encouraging social distancing measures for parents when dropping off/collecting - reminders given via signage around the site. Unfortunately, parents and other visitors will not be allowed inside the buildings.
- A one-way system around the outside of the buildings is in place, so as to avoid congestion at the school gates.
- Ensuring that children arrive with minimal equipment e.g. no pencil cases etc.
- Continuing to allocate designated outdoor space to each class group/key phase.
- Continuing to reduce the amount of unnecessary mixing pupils are able do from across year groups at break and lunchtimes - introduction of key phase groups in addition to class and year group groups.
- Continued, increased focus on regular hand washing (including upon entry to school at the beginning of the day) and the on-going promotion of the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ message.
- Continuing to stagger break and lunchtimes between key stages, to provide children with increased space to play.
- Allocating pupils/pupil groups specific learning resources where appropriate, with a focus on enhanced cleaning between groups where required.
- Not having whole school assemblies in the hall - these will continue on line. Face to face key phase assemblies (2 year groups together) will be introduced.
- Encouraging lessons to continue to be taught outside where practical and relevant.
(NB: Please be aware however, that schools cannot enforce social distancing of pupils from their peers; moreover, social distancing measures within schools are no longer supported by government).