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Introduction

The government has now announced that pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from Monday 8 March 2021. 

All schools have been required to complete an extremely comprehensive risk assessment before opening.  Whilst we have implemented various social distancing control measures, please be aware that we cannot guarantee social distancing for pupils, nor for parents/carers who drop off and collect their children.

To reduce the transmission of the virus a combination of approaches is required to break the chain of infection wherever possible and Public Health England are clear that if we follow these requirements the risk of transmission will be lowered.

This document will set out some key information for parents/carers. 

Key Questions

Q: Does my child have to return to school?

Yes.  All pupils are expected to attend school from 8 March 2021 and our normal Attendance Policy will apply.

Q: Will the school be operating a normal timetable?

Yes.  All teaching and support staff will be working to a normal teaching timetable.

Q: How will we continue to maintain hygiene within school?

As before Christmas, pupils have been assigned to year group bubbles and these are separated within the school; bubbles will not share spaces or resources unless they have been disinfected.

Some staff may need to work across more than one bubble to enable us to operate our timetable.

Distancing will be maintained within their bubble where possible by making changes to class spaces and doing activities that avoid close contact.  We will maintain excellent hygiene standards by everyone handwashing more regularly and increasing our disinfection arrangements.

We will carry out activities outside where we can, and we will open windows to increase ventilation inside the building when it is safe and appropriate to.

Staff are implementing these universal hygiene measures and encouraging our pupils to do the same:

  • Children will wash hands and/or sanitise regularly.  Sanitiser stations have been installed throughout the building.
  • We will ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  • Children will avoid moving unnecessarily from classroom to classroom.
  • Wherever possible, year groups will have designated toilets.
  • Where possible, resources will be cleaned before use and will not be shared.
  • Laptops/iPads etc. will be cleaned after every use.
  • Pupils will use the same desk every day.
  • In Key Stage 2, desks will face forwards, so that children do not sit ‘face-to-face’.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth if they haven’t washed your hands.
  • Self-isolating if they or a member of their direct household has a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature/fever or a loss or change in their sense of taste or smell.
  • Going home if they develop symptoms, not matter how mild.
  • Wash hands when you get home at the end of the day
  • We have removed items that are difficult to clean and have new arrangements to disinfect all contact points that are touched regularly such as tables, door handles, toilet flushers, educational equipment and taps. The school building is also cleaned and disinfected daily.

Q: How should I prepare my child for returning to school?

Many pupils have not attended school regularly since December 2020.  Although we will be operating a normal timetable, we are aware that the children will need support to adjust to ‘the new normal’.

We are very mindful about the anxiety children may experience and we are encouraging them to talk about their worries and experiences. It is normal that they may have different reactions and some may need to talk to teachers and you about how they are feeling.

Hopefully none of the children will be upset when they arrive at school.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any concerns about your child returning to school.

Q: Where do I need to drop and collect my child?

  • In order to maintain social distancing, parents/carers will need to drop their child at the external door of their classroom where your child will be received by a member of staff.
  • Parents/carers will NOT be able to enter the building.
  • Parents/carers should accompany their child to the door of the classroom but wait for the staff member to open the door and welcome their child in.
  • Parents/carers are responsible for maintaining their own social distancing.  We encourage parents/carers to use their common sense, e.g. wait until others have moved if an area is clearly congested.
  • Please leave the premises as soon as you have dropped your child.

Q: What time will school start?

Children should arrive at school any time between 8.35am and 8.55am.  The gates will be opened at 8.30am and locked at 9.00am.  If you are late, then please report to the office.

Q: What time will school end?

Children can be collected at any time between 2.45pm and 3.05pm. The gates will be opened at 2.40pm and locked at 3.10pm.  Please leave the premises promptly.

Q: How will we travel to and from school?

  • Parents/carers should wear face coverings on the school premises.
  • Some areas of the school are narrow, e.g. gateways, and The Footpath from St Mary’s Road. We are relying on parents/carers to respect social distancing, and to work together to make the school premises safe for us all.
  • If pupils are using bikes or scooters, then parents/carers should supervise them storing them in the bike racks on a one-in one-out basis.
  • Parents/carers should not gather in the car park.
  • Parents/carers are responsible for observing the national lockdown rules when travelling to and from school (e.g. only members of a single household should travel together to and from school, by any means, and only one adult from the household should travel with pupils).  If older children are walking to and from school without a parent, this should not compromise bubbles within school (e.g. they should not be walking with a friend from another bubble).
  • If a member of the household has an underlying health condition which means they are clinically extremely vulnerable, they should not accompany pupils to school if it is possible for another member of the household to do so.
  • Wherever possible, pre-school siblings should not be brought onto the school premises.

Q: Will Breakfast Club be open?

Yes, Breakfast Club will resume on Monday 8 March.

Q: Will other lunchtime or after school clubs take place?

No.  Clubs will not take place until further notice.

Q: Will music lessons resume for Junior children?

Yes.  Parents/carers should have received a Parent Mail regarding music lessons.

Q: What happens at break times?

We will stagger break times and each year group will be allocated time to play in different areas of the school grounds.

Q: What happens at lunch time?

All children will need to eat lunch in their classroom areas.

If you are providing a packed lunch from home, please make sure that your child can open all packets independently, as we will NOT be able to assist.

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, then they can order a School Packed Lunch in the normal way. 

If your child is in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6, and is eligible for Free School Meals, then they can also order a free School Packed Lunch in the normal way.

If your child is in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6, and not eligible for Free School Meals, then you can order a School Packed Lunch in the normal way (payable by Parent Mail).

We will stagger lunch times and each year group will be allocated time to play in different areas of the school grounds.

Please note that lunch orders for week beginning 8 March should already have been submitted.  As always, lunches need to be ordered no later than 7 days in advance on the Pupil Asset App.

Q: Will assemblies take place in the hall?

No.  Assemblies and collective worship will take place within the classroom.

Q: How will First Aid be administered?

If a child requires First Aid, and it is realistically practicable, we will direct children to administer their own First Aid under adult supervision.

Where close contact is required, the First Aider will wear PPE.  There is a photo of this on the school website: http://www.poringlandprimary.co.uk/parents/summer-term-2020/

Q: What does my child need to bring to school?

  • Your child will need to bring a named water bottle.  This will be essential because the water fountains are not in use and we are unable to provide cups to children.
  • Children in Year 3 to Year 6 should bring their own pencil case to school with basic resources, e.g. pencil, ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener, coloured pencils, etc. (Please name all items).  These items will be provided for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
  • A waterproof coat is essential if there is a possibility of wet weather.
  • Your child will need to bring a packed lunch unless you have ordered a school packed lunch.
  • All children require a change of clothes on their peg.  Please note that we cannot provide spares in the event of a toileting accident, or if a child gets wet or muddy at playtime. 

Q: Will homework be issued?

Yes. We will be minimising the amount of paper going backwards and forwards from home, and we may continue to use Tapestry and Google Classrooms.

Reading books will still be provided but each bubble may ask for books to be sent home and returned on particular days.  This is to allow for books to be quarantined.  Class teachers will send out further information next week.

Q: Does my child need to wear uniform?

Yes.  Our normal school uniform will apply.  Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more than normal.

For the winter

Girls

  • Grey / Black skirt / pinafore dress or tailored trousers
  • White polo necked or open necked blouse
  • School sweatshirt or blue cardigan or sweater
  • Sensible warm coat or jacket
  • Black or grey tights, or white socks

Boys

  • Grey / Black trousers
  • White/blue polo or white/blue shirt
  • School sweatshirt or blue sweater
  • Sensible warm coat or jacket
  • Grey or black socks

For the summer

Girls

  • Grey / Black skirt / pinafore dress or tailored trousers / tailored shorts or blue and white checked dress (not jumpsuit)
  • School sweatshirt or blue cardigan or sweater
  • White socks

Boys

  • Grey / Black trousers or shorts
  • School sweatshirt or blue sweater
  • White/blue polo or white/blue shirt
  • Grey or black socks

Sensible black shoes should be worn.  All children require a change of clothes on their peg.  Please note that we cannot provide spares in the event of a toileting accident, or if a child gets wet or muddy at playtime.

Q: Does my child need a PE kit?

Yes.  On PE days, your child should come to school dressed in PE kit and trainers (if the weather is cold, then a tracksuit can be worn over the top).  This means that children will not need to change their clothes in the classroom.

Please note that all PE lessons will be outside and we will be unable to provide spare kit.

Please expect PE days to be the same as before Christmas, unless your class teacher has advised you differently.

Q: What happens if my child displays symptoms of COVID-19 at school?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss of or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Please let us know if any member of your household develops symptoms as soon as you can.

If staff are concerned about the health of a child, we will contact parents/carers immediately and request that they collect their child.  We may use temperature checkers if we believe that a child has a high temperature.

Parents/carers should ensure that the school holds up-to-date emergency contact information so that children can be collected promptly if they become unwell.

If a child displays symptoms of COVID-19, their parent/carer will be contacted and they will need to arrange for their child to be collected urgently.  The child will be quarantined and the supervising staff member will wear PPE.

If a child has symptoms, they should self-isolate for 10 days.  The period of self-isolation starts on the first day of symptoms and continues for 10 full days afterwards.  Their household should also self-isolate for the same period of time. 

If a child has symptoms, a test will need to be arranged: http://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Tests can also be ordered via NHS 119.

If the test result is negative, the child can return to school and their household can end self-isolation. 

Q: What happens if a child or staff member tests positive?

In the event of a confirmed positive test result, the school will notify the local health protection team.

The child or staff member will self-isolate for 10 days. The period of self-isolation starts on the first day of symptoms and continues for 10 full days afterwards.  Their household should also self-isolate for the same period of time.  The individual can return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of taste/smell.

If a child or staff member tests positive but has no symptoms (asymptomatic), they should self-isolate for 10 days.  The period of self-isolation starts on the day of the test result and continues for 10 full days afterwards.  Their household should also self-isolate for the same period of time. 

If someone tests positive, they must provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if asked by NHS Test and Trace.

Following advice from the local health protection team, your child may be required to self-isolate for 10 days if they have come into contact with someone who has a confirmed positive test result.  The households of their class or group would not need to self-isolate unless symptoms develop. 

Q: What is the school’s contingency plan for remote learning?

Remote learning will be provided via Google Classrooms and Tapestry.

Q: What do I do if I need to contact staff?

Face to face contact with staff is to be avoided.  If you need to contact your child’s teacher, then please use email. 

If you need to contact Mr Dean or Mr Walker, then please use their email addresses, and we will endeavour to respond as quickly as we can:

The main door will be locked at all times.  Visitors will only be admitted via intercom on a one-in and one-out basis.  Please do not attempt to speak to the office staff unless it is an emergency.  All payments should be made by Parent Mail.  Documents should be sent by email.  If you need to send paper documents, then this should be done via your child.

If you need to contact the office, then please do so by phone or email:

If you do need to speak to a member of the office staff face-to-face, the glass screen will be closed in the interests of hygiene.

We will continue to communicate with you regularly by email and Parent Mail.