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:
Updated government guidance on social distancing
Reception and Year 1 bubbles
The Reception and Year 1 bubbles have now been set up. The Reception and Year 1 classrooms are being used for the two Reception bubbles and the Year 2 and Year 3 classrooms are being used for the Year 1 bubbles.
We based our planning on the wider re-opening of the school (from 1st June) on the results of the parent survey. We asked for a yes or no answer to enable us to plan effectively. All parents who initially confirmed they would like a place have been allocated one. If parents who declined a place change their mind, they will now go on a waiting list.
Children who have been allocated a place need to attend everyday (unless they are ill). Places are limited. Non-attendance will result in the place being withdrawn and offered to a parent on the waiting list.
Key Worker places are only offered to children whose parents are out at work. If there is a parent or other appropriate adult at home, we are unable to offer a place because we have very limited spaces. Key Workers, whose children currently attend, need to continue to let Mrs Morris know by 2pm on Thursdays the days required for the following week. Please do not book places if you don’t need them. If you have booked a place but then decide you no longer need it, please let the office know. If places are repeatedly booked but your child does not attend, we reserve the right to withdraw the space and offer it to another parent.
Other Year Groups
As parents are aware, the government have dropped plans for all children to return to school before the end of the summer term. This was not a surprise. We have had to complete very detailed risk assessments and implement many safety measures (based on an enormous amount of government guidance) in order to welcome back Reception and Year 1 in addition to Key Workers and other priority groups. Sadly, our school site does not lend itself to more capacity as we need to follow the social distancing guidance to keep all our children and staff safe.
In addition to our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, a separate safeguarding document has been produced which details our safeguarding procedures in response to COVID-19. Please click on the following link:
Please click on the link below for Government guidance on staying safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Free School Meals (FSM)– vouchers
A separate letter has been sent to the parents of children eligible for FSM about the Government voucher scheme for all families in receipt of Free School Meals (for eligible children who are not attending school). The vouchers are worth £15.00 per child, per week while the scheme is in place.
Please note: Universal Infant Free School Meals is a nationwide government initiative. EVERY child of infant school age is in receipt of this. It is different from Free School Meals (FSM). An application must be completed for you to receive FSM.
If your circumstances have changed and you believe you are eligible for FSM please click on the link below for the application process:
Support for families
The school continues to support our families during this difficult time. Mrs Charlton is our Family Liaison Officer and is available to provide support and advice (via telephone and email). In certain circumstances, Mrs Charlton is able to issue Foodbank vouchers. If you feel you would benefit from some discreet support, please contact Mrs Charlton by email firstname.lastname@example.org or on her school mobile number :07544834183 . Mrs Charlton is available during normal school hours (8.30am to 3.30pm).
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, we are unable to hold any face to face meetings with parents at this time.
If you have a query relating to home learning, please email your child’s class teacher. All teachers are now in school teaching 'bubbles' full time and will respond to queries as soon as they are able to.
Reception and Year 1 – Miss Broadley: email@example.com
Year 2- Miss Mitten: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 4 – Miss Spain: Cassandra.email@example.com
Year 5 – Mrs Kuti: Nadine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 6-Mrs Gardiner: email@example.com
All other enquiries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and emails will be forwarded to the appropriate member of staff.
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:
What happens if someone becomes unwell at an educational or childcare setting?
If anyone in an education or childcare setting becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow the .
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 of the child and 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 should be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.
PPE should 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).
In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.
If a member of staff has helped someone with symptoms, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves (and in which case, a test is available) or the child subsequently tests positive (see ‘What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a setting?’ below). They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell. Cleaning the affected area with normal household disinfectant after someone with symptoms has left will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people. See the .
What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a setting?
When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus (COVID-19), they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days and arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19. They can do this by visiting to arrange or contact NHS 119 via telephone if they do not have internet access. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
Where the child, young person or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.
Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the cohort or in the wider setting, Public Health England’s local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise schools and other settings on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases a larger number of other children, young people may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole class, site or year group. Where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary.
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: