From September 2021, a number of key changes will come into effect:
- No in-class teaching restrictions;
- No requirement to maintain bubbles within school;
- No social distancing for students.
Arrangements for the beginning and end of the day
Children in Nursery should arrive at the beginning of their session
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 should arrive between 8.35am and 8.45am
Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 should arrive between 8.30am and 8.40am.
Children in Nursery should be collected at the end of their session.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 should be collected between 2.50pm and 3.00pm
Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 should be collected between 2.55pm and 3.05pm
Please drop and collect your child from the outside door of the classroom. Parents/carers should not enter the building.
Please continue to minimise face-to-face contact with the classroom and office staff; please continue to use email or telephone wherever possible.
School Uniform for Reception
From September 2021, we are making some changes to the school uniform for Reception children:
- School sweatshirt
- White/blue polo necked shirt
- Black or navy tracksuit bottoms, leggings or shorts
- Black trainers (Velcro fastenings)
- Wellington Boots
This is suitable for the play-based learning that takes place within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Please note that Reception children will not require an additional PE kit.
In September, children in Years 1 to 6 will continue to attend school in their PE kit on PE days. PE days will be communicated to parents/carers in September.
One great advantage to this is that it saves time with changing and allows us more time actually doing PE! It also makes it easier to ensure pupils have their correct kit as they arrive and to notify parents if they have forgotten that it is their PE day, or if they have incorrect kit.
We hope that the PE kit is very clear and simple:
- Normal school polo shirt with normal school sweatshirt;
- Plain black tracksuit bottoms (NO logos or coloured stripes etc.);
- Plain black PE shorts in summer (Please note: skorts and leggings are not suitable for PE);
- White trainer socks;
- Plain black trainers (velcro unless your child can independently tie their own laces).
Suspected Cases of COVID-19
If a child develops any of the symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, they should stay at home and a PCR test should be arranged.
Please note that Lateral Flow tests are designed for asymptomatic testing (where an individual does NOT display symptoms), and if an individual is symptomatic, a PCR test must be arranged. The child should self-isolate until the results of the PCR test are known.
What to do in the event of a positive Lateral Flow Test
Pupils with a positive Lateral Flow test result should self-isolate and arrange a PCR test. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the child should continue to self-isolate.
If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the lateral flow test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
What to do in the event of a positive PCR test
In the event that a child tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
If the child is symptomatic, the self-isolation period includes the date of the onset of symptoms plus the subsequent 10 days.
If the child has no symptoms, the self-isolation period is the 10 full days after the date of the test.
NHS Test and Trace will work with the child’s parent to identify close contacts.
Individuals are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to arrange a PCR test.
Staff who do not need to isolate, and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information, and we will do our best to provide you with the correct advice.