Information about reopening of school to all pupils on March 8th 2021
Next week, we will reopen for all children from Monday March 8th. We have a system of controls in place to reduce the risk in school, in line with government guidance. We regularly update our Covid Risk Assessment but many of the systems we are using are the same as in Autumn Term, so children should already be familiar with the expectations. We have written to the children about returning to school – please share the letter with them.
The school day
It is very important that children arrive at the time specified as this has been arranged to limit contact between different ‘bubble’ groups. Playtimes and lunches are also staggered throughout the day for this reason.
At home time, parents should use the main entrance and walk around to wait on the yard, following social distancing guidelines. Please keep to the left when you arrive and leave, as indicated by the signage. Only one adult per household should collect children. Please ensure you wear a mask when collecting your child. Please leave the yard as soon as your child is dismissed.
Hand and respiratory hygiene
Children will be asked to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. The “Catch it, bin it, kill it,” approach will be promoted with plenty of hankies available. Pupils should also wash their hands when they return home from school. Children do not need their own hand gel and should not bring this to school.
Enhanced cleaning arrangements
In addition to our normal robust cleaning procedures, classrooms have additional cleaning products for use throughout the day. All frequently touched surfaces are
cleaned regularly throughout the day and toilets are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
Water bottles and packed lunch boxes
These should be clearly named and taken home daily for a thorough wash before bringing back to school the next day.
Children collect their dinner from the hall and eat in classrooms to avoid contact between bubbles.
Children will be taught in their usual class group. Different classes will not mix so assemblies will take place using Teams. Children will be seated facing forwards and encourage to maintain social distancing where possible. Pupils will have an individual classroom pack containing named resources and will be instructed not to share any resources with each other. Doors and windows will be kept open to increase ventilation so it is a good idea for pupils to always have a jumper.
Uniform and PE
Children should wear normal, clean school uniform. On days when classes are timetabled for PE, children should wear their PE kit (plain T shirt, leggings or joggers and trainers) with their school jumper.
Year 3 PE Monday
Year 4 PE Wednesday
Year 5 PE Thursday
Year 6 PE Tuesday
Please note, PE days will change after the Easter holidays and will be announced at the end of this term.
Children should bring their guided reading book to school on their allocated day.
Pupils should not come into school if they have coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms (a high temperature, a persistent cough or a lack of smell or taste.) Please follow guidelines from
and arrange a test as soon as possible. Please inform school of the results of any test. If a pupil tests negative, they feel well and no longer have symptoms, they can stop isolating and return to school.
If pupils develop symptoms whilst at school, they will be moved away from other children until they can be picked up.
Pupils should also stay at home if someone in their household has coronavirus symptoms.
In the event that a pupil or member of staff tests positive for Covid-19, we will follow advice from Public Health England about who should self isolate.
Parents and carers must follow the usual school procedure for reporting any sickness absence.
Where children are absent and the school do not receive a phone call from parents/ carers, the school will contact them to find out the reasons for their absence.
Children are expected to engage in remote learning if they cannot attend school due to isolation for Covid, unless they feel unwell. All plans are available on the Weduc app.
Communication with school
For safety reasons, parents cannot be admitted into the school building. Please use our Weduc app to communicate with teachers.
We can’t wait to see everyone back at school. See you all soon!
Mrs Wilson and Mrs Hughes.