Charlton Church of EnglandPrimary School‘Living, Learning and Growing in God’s Love’

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COVID-19 Information and school procedures

January 2021 - National Lockdown

Schools are currently closed to the majority of pupils. The only exception is for the children of critical workers, who are out at work, and vulnerable children. If a parent is at home, your child should be at home. Parents must have registered with the office (by Friday 8th January) and been offered a place in order for children to attend. 


We need to limit the number of children and staff in school to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus and to protect the children and staff who need to attend.


Remote learning is in place. Eligible children, who need to attend school, access the same remote learning as children at home. We cannot guarantee that children who need to attend will be with their usual year group, teacher or TA as there is a limit to the number of children we can accommodate in each class. The number of children we can accommodate in each classroom depends on the room size, as social distancing is in place within the critical worker bubbles.  Staff are in school on a rota. Children are supervised by either a teacher or a Teaching Assistant while they access remote learning.


If any of the following applies, children must not be sent to school:

  • Your child has symptoms of coronavirus
  • Anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus
  • You have booked a test for your child and are waiting for the result
  • Someone in your household has booked a test and you are waiting for the result
  • Your child, or anyone in your household, has tested positive
  • Your child has been identified as a close contact of a positive case

Links to government guidance


National Lockdown: stay at home guidance


Guidance for households with possible or confirmed cases of coronavirus



Getting tested for coronavirus

School Procedures - applicable when schools are open to all pupils

Covid-19 protective measures are in place to help keep everyone safe. These are in line with the government guidance and our risk assessment. Each year group is a 'bubble'. Children remain in their 'bubble' all day and do not mix with children from different bubbles. 


Drop off and Collection

Year Group

Drop off



8.30 am 


Year 1

8.40 am


Year 2

8.50 am


Year 3

9.00 am


Year 4

9.10 am


Year 5

9.20 am


Year 6

9.30 am


  • Please wear a face mask while you are on the school drive dropping off or collecting your children.
  • Please do not arrive earlier or later than your child’s allocated time. The only exception is for siblings. Siblings can be dropped off at the time your youngest child starts and collected at the time your oldest child finishes. However, parents may choose to drop off and collect siblings separately.


  • Please do not pull over into the school drive to drop children off.



  • Please keep to the one-way system on the drive and maintain social distancing.


  • Please don’t congregate anywhere on the school drive.



  • Unfortunately, parents cannot come onto the school site. This includes the office. Please phone or email the office with any queries. We do need to keep the queue moving at drop off and collection times so staff are unable to hold conversations at the gate. Please email or phone the office if you would like to arrange a telephone appointment.




Illness/coronavirus symptoms

Children must not be sent to school if they, or if anyone in your household, has coronavirus symptoms.  If a child presents with any COVID-19 symptoms during the school day, they will be isolated and a parent will be called to collect their child immediately.  Parents will need to arrange a test and inform the school of the result as soon as possible.



Children must wear school uniform and shoes, unless it is their PE day. No jewellery is to be worn and long hair must be tied back.

 On PE days, children must come to school in PE kit (black/navy shorts or black jogging bottoms and a white T-shirt plus trainers).

PE Days

Yr 1


Yr 2


Yr 3


Yr 4


Yr 5


Yr 6




All KS1 children are eligible for Universal Free School Meals (packed lunch).  However, parents may prefer to provide their own packed lunch.

Key Stage 2 children who are not eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) must bring a packed lunch.

Key Stage 2 children who are eligible for FSM will be provided with a packed lunch.



This following is taken directly from the government guidance:

School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply.


Items that can be brought to school

Children can only bring a named water bottle, book bag and lunch box to school.  Children must have a water bottle as the water fountains have been turned off for hygiene reasons. Key Stage 1 children cannot bring rucksacks to school.

KS1 children are provided with a piece of fruit. KS2 children can bring a piece of fruit for break time.

Only children in Yr 6, whose parents have given written permission for their child to walk home alone, can bring a mobile phone (which will be switched off and handed in to Mrs. Gardiner). Children cannot bring anything else to school- including pencil cases.


Reading books

Reading books can be sent home.  When reading books are returned to school, they will be stored for 72 hours before being used again.



The current government guidance is that primary children should not wear masks in school: ‘because misuse may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission’.  If children wear masks on the journey to school, parents will need to remove them at the drop off point and take them home. We ask that all adults, who are dropping off and collecting children, wear a mask on the school drive.


Hand sanitiser

Key Stage 2 classrooms all have a hand sanitiser dispenser as these classrooms do not contain sinks. If your child is allergic to hand sanitiser, please email the office to let us know.


Returning from holiday

If your family has been on holiday to a country on the government’s quarantine list and you are therefore isolating for 14 days, please email to let us know. We will also need to know the date of your return to the UK.

Important links


COVID-19 Testing guidance

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested:

NHS advice and how to ask for a test:












What happens if someone becomes unwell at an educational or childcare setting?
 If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent 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 ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

This only applies to those who begin their isolation on or after 30 July.

Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

If a child is awaiting collection, they should be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age and needs of the child, with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.

If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they should use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom must be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

PPE must be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs). More information on PPE use can be found in the safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance.

 Taken from the latest government guidance (August 2020)



We will continue to update parents with any new information we receive via SchoolComms (as well as school website updates) so it is vital that the office has your most up to date contact details.

Unfortunately, parents are unable to come into school at this time.

Please phone or email the office with any queries:


Well-being and mental health


Please click on the following link for advice on mental health from Public Health England:

Please also the document below:


Government/NHS guidance on Coronavirus



Please click on the following links for the latest information from Public Health England:

Please click on the following link for the NHS Covid-19 advice:


BBC Newsround has some useful child appropriate articles you may wish to share with your child: