Following the government’s announcement about the roadmap out of lockdown, I want to provide you with the information that you will need for our full reopening on Monday 8th March. The documents below provide a summary of the key information that you will need. If you require any further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our very best to provide you with the information that you need.
RISK ASSESSMENTS & INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
The following documents cover all aspects of the school day.
THE SCHOOL DAY
From Monday 8th March, and until further notice, please note the following key times:
Please drop off any time between 8.45am and 9.05am. We would kindly ask that you do not arrive any earlier than 8.45am. Children should make their way across the playground and go directly into school. The registers will close at 9.05am and children need to be in school by this time. We will continue to operate our one-way system, with parents following a route around the school building and exiting via the CVJS staff car park. Please follow this route to avoid congestion around the main gates. Thank you.
The end of the day will be staggered to allow for lower numbers leaving the school at the same time. Lower school (Y3 and Y4) will leave at 3.10pm and upper school (Y5 and Y6) at 3.20pm. We ask that parents wait on the playground (you can spread right across the space that we have) and we will bring the children out to you. If you have children in both groups, please remain in a space on the playground between these times. We will then ask everyone to continue to use the one-way system out of school. Please avoid gathering around the school gates in large numbers. Thank you.
Children will be asked to wear their usual CVJS uniform when they return to school. If you need to buy any school uniform, please just give us a call on 712330 or email us at email@example.com We keep a good stock of all items. We do know how hard it has been to source uniform over the recent months, so we will make allowances for this for the first few weeks back.
HM GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
The following documents, videos and web pages have been produced by HM Government. We have been asked to pass then on to you. These will be updated accordingly should there be any changes to the guidance we are being asked to follow.
www.gov.uk/backtoschool Useful resources for parents about the current guidance
Reducing Risks in Schools (HM Govt Video)
Protective Measures in Schools (HM Govt Video)
Travelling to School (HM Govt Video)
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD OR SOMEONE AT HOME HAS SYMPTOMS? (Govt Guidance)
It’s important that if your child (or anyone in their household) has any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, they do not attend school and stay at home. You should arrange for them
to get a test and tell your school the test results. This will help the NHS Test and Trace process. If you have a positive test result, your household should remain at home and follow the Test and Trace self-isolation guidance.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS AN OUTBREAK IN MY CHILD'S SCHOOL? (Govt Guidance)
If there is an outbreak at the school, or in your local area, local health protection teams will work with the school to agree what action is needed. Usually, the school will not need to close fully, but in case it does need to close for some children, it will have a contingency plan in place so that your child’s education can continue. If your local area sees a spike in infection rates that is resulting in localised community spread, the government will decide what actions need to be taken.
ACTIONS THAT SCHOOLS & COLLEGES WILL TAKE (Govt Guidance)
We have asked nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges to:
- manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the school or college, in line with current public health guidance - this means your child may be asked to self-isolate for 10 days by their nursery, childminder, school or college (based on advice from their local health protection teams) if they have been in close, face to face contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus
- ensure that everyone cleans their hands more often than usual, including when they arrive, when they return from breaks, and before and after eating - this should be done for 20 seconds with soap and running water or hand sanitiser
- promote the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach, to ensure good respiratory hygiene
- enhance cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often
Nurseries and childminders will also minimise contact between individuals where they can. This could mean using different rooms for different age groups and keeping those groups apart.
Schools and colleges will minimise contact and encourage maintaining distance as far as possible. They will decide how best to do this because it will be different for each school or college. This will involve asking children and young people to:
- stay within specified separate groups (or bubbles)
- maintain distance between individuals
We know that younger children may not be able to maintain social distancing. It is likely that for younger children the emphasis will be on separating groups, and for older children, it will be on distancing.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE (Govt Guidance)
Do not send your child to their nursery, childminder, school or college if:
- they are showing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
- someone in their household is showing symptoms
Arrange a test if you or your child develops symptoms. Inform your nursery, childminder, school or college of the results.
If the test is positive, follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.
It is really important that you help nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges to implement these actions by following the advice set out here and wider public health advice and guidance.
LOCAL OUTBREAKS (Govt Guidance)
Nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges will contact their local health protection team if they:
- have 2 or more confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) among pupils or staff within 14 days
- see an increase in children or staff absence rates due to suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19)
The local health protection team will advise what action is required. Usually, closure will not be necessary, but some groups may need to self-isolate.
If an outbreak in a school or college is confirmed, a mobile testing unit may be dispatched. They will test everyone who may have been in contact with the person who has tested positive. Testing will first focus on the person’s class, followed by their year group, then the whole school or college, if necessary.
If your local area sees a spike in infection rates that results in localised community spread, the government will decide what actions need to be taken.
Your child’s school or college should provide remote education if:
- groups of pupils need to self-isolate
- a larger restriction of attendance at school or college is needed