Coronavirus – Guidance for Schools

This page explains some of the changes that children and parents may experience in school during the current Coronavirus situation. All measures taken to reduce the risk of infection and ensure that the school is safe, are in-line with the latest government guidance.

https://www.moultonprimaryschool.co.uk/parents-information/covid19-phased-reopening/

 

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.

Prevention:

  1. 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
  2. clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
  3. ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  4. introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach
  5. minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
  6. 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.

 

Other Measures

  • 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.

 

Parents Responsibility:  parents are required to support the health and safety of the whole school community by adhering to the following:

Health

  • 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.

Social Distancing

  • Ensuring that only one adult per family will drop-off and collect each day and wearing a face covering.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Home-school communication

An open-door policy leading to a strong partnership with parents, has always been one of our key priorities at Moulton and we are determined that the Coronavirus situation will not damage this, despite the additional restrictions this places on schools.

In order to minimise the risk of transmission, home-school books will not be used for communication. This is so that parents and staff avoid contact with potentially contaminated items. Short, verbal messages can still be given at handover as long as this does not slow down drop-off/collection flow. For longer or more sensitive conversations, parents should phone or email the school office. Teachers will endeavour to respond as soon as possible but if this is not immediate, we would appreciate your patience and understanding.

Unfortunately this means that due to the health and safety guidance, children are not able to bring in anything from home to share with the class, including birthday treats and party invitations. However, birthdays will be celebrated in class so do make sure your child lets us know when it is their special day.

The School Day

In order to keep groups of children apart, as per government guidance, children are spending more time in their classrooms, including eating lunch. All classes have at least two timetabled outdoor breaks (morning and afternoon) and access to other time for outdoor learning when the weather allows. One of these daily breaks is used for a short, games activity and the other is for free play. We will attempt to get the children outside as much as  possible throughout the winter period, so please make sure that they have suitable outdoor clothing when the weather changes.

Longer periods of time in the classroom will be broken up with short comfort breaks as needed, including mini-relaxation sessions, listening to audio storybooks and games.

Lunchtimes - 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.

Uniform - children should wear school uniform if possible. However, during the colder weather, warmer clothes (jogging trousers) and/or additional layers may be worn as classrooms will be well ventilated.

PE - children may come to school wearing their PE kit on the designated day.  This reduces the number of items being brought in from home and the need for them to get changed in class. Clothes should be suitable for outdoor lessons (jogging or tracksuit trousers, leggings, PE T-Shirts and trainers). They will not need to bring their uniform to school and will stay in these clothes for the day.

Attendance - 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.