The government has issued guidance for the full return of all pupils to primary schools from at the start of the next school year. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools
In accordance with this guidance (DfE 2July 2020: Guidance for full opening: schools), the school will implement the recommended system of controls.
System of controls to minimize coronavirus risks
This is the set of actions schools must take. They are grouped into ‘prevention’ and ‘response to any infection’ and are outlined in more detail in the sections below.
- minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
- clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
- ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
- introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach
- minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
- where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Numbers 1 to 4 must be in place in all schools, all the time. Number 5 must be properly considered and schools must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances. Number 6 applies in specific circumstances.
These measures are explained in more detail below:
- Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
All parents will be informed of COVID-19 notification procedures and the requirement to adhere to the directive. Information will be shared via ParentMail and on the school website.
- Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
Children and staff will be required to wash hands regularly: on entry to the classroom, before and after lunch, at regular intervals throughout the day. Handwashing will be supervised and monitored by staff.
- Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
Children will be taught good hygiene procedures in their new classes, including using toilets, handwashing, cleaning tables and equipment and not sharing table based resources.
- Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach
- An enhanced cleaning routine is in place with designated staff responsible for regular cleaning in the classroom and for communal areas across school (corridors, handrails, toilets).
- Stocks of cleaning and hygiene resources are readily available for all classes and all staff are briefed in their use.
- Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
- The school will do everything reasonable to minimise contacts while delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
- Children and class adults (teachers and teaching assistants) will operate as class ‘bubbles’ and contact with other children outside the bubble will be minimized.
- Within the class bubble, however, there will be more close contact than with the wider children and staff and the government recognises that it is acceptable for younger children not to distance within their group.
- In order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable, all teachers and other staff can operate across different classes as required. This means that when necessary, eg to cover absence and to deliver statutory teacher planning, preparation and assessment time, other adults can teacher the class bubble.
- Children will be in their class groups for the majority of the time, but may also mix into wider groups for specialist teaching and wrap-around care. Endeavouring to keep these groups partially separate and minimising contact between children will still offer public health benefits as it reduces the network of possible direct transmission.
Response to any infection:
- engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
- manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community
- contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
Numbers 7 to 9 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.
Additional Protective Measures
Measures within the classroom
Where reasonable and practicable, the school will make small adaptations to the classroom to support distancing where possible, such as seating pupils side by side and facing forwards, rather than face to face or side on.
- Where reasonable and practicable, the school will keep groups apart, including avoiding large gatherings, including assemblies and collective worship in one place.
- The school timetable will be organised to reduce contact for groups when moving round the school, including the use of designated routes and one-way systems.
- Rotas will be created to stagger break times and lunchtimes.
- Where reasonable and practicable, areas will be well-ventilated with open windows and doors.
Measures for arriving at and leaving school
- The start and end of the school day will be staggered to keep groups apart as they arrive and leave school.
- Parents are required to use will be informed of the designated arrival and collection points and of the need to adhere to social distancing rules.
- Parents are aware that they may not come onto site without an appointment.
- It is not recommended that primary pupils wear a face covering; however, should some choose to do so, there will be process removing face them on arrival at school, including pupils not touching the front of their face covering during use or when removing them and washing hands immediately on arrival. Guidance on safe working in education, childcare and children’s social careprovides more advice.
Parents are required to support the health and safety of the whole school community by adhering to the following:
- Ensuring that children are well before bringing them to school each day.
- Not sending in any children displaying Covid-19 symptoms
- Informing school of any suspected Covid-19 infection as soon as possible
- Being prepared to collect children from school immediately if we suspect that they may have Covid-19 symptoms and agreeing to have children and family members tested.
- Ensuring that only one adult per family will drop-off and collect each day.
- Ensuring that children do not mix with other children from different classes before or after school
- Not socialising with other adults outside school.
- Not coming into the school but communicating by email or by phone.
Entry into school Premises
- Parents/carers to use the entry/exit route for each class as indicated in correspondence prior to school opening.
- Parents/carers to maintain social distancing and avoid any gatherings around or on school premises.
- Parents to follow all markings and signs set out by school to ensure safe entry/exit onto the premises.
- Parent/carers of Year 6 may wish to drop children off away from the school (public gardens, top of Church Hill etc..) to reduce the numbers of adults coming onto the school site.
- Only one parent/carer should bring a child or children to schoo
- Parents must expect/encourage a swift handover of child to adult at the door specified.
- School adults will not be available for discussions on entry into school.
- Parents are requested not to visit the school office and all queries are to be by phone or email only.
Movement around school
- On entry into school all adults and children must “walk on the left” and adhere to the one-way system which is in place throughout school.
- Children will be taught about the importance of self-distancing when moving around school.
- Break and lunch times are staggered to ensure reduced movement in corridors.
Children will eat lunch in their classes until further notice. They will wash their hands before and after lunch. Children may bring a packed lunch to school, or a school packed lunch can be ordered in the usual way.
We would like all children to wear school uniform.
Parents will be informed when PE kits is required in school.
The government has indicated that is safe for all pupils to return to school at the start of the new school year. Therefore, attendance will be mandatory. Parents and carers that have any concerns, regarding children returning to full-time education, should contact the school to discuss these with staff.