Returning to School
We are regularly reviewing the COVID-19 safety measures that we have in place in school to ensure that they reflect current government guidelines.
Arriving and leaving school
Start of the school day:
8:20am - Both school gates open. All pupils will be able to enter their classroom straight away to take part in morning activities such as reading and warm up activities.
8:30am - The school bell will ring and the school day will begin. Any pupil arriving after this time will be marked late.
End of the school day:
3:50pm-4:00pm - Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils can be collected.
4:00pm - Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils can be collected. Year 5 and 6 pupils can walk home on their own. If you would like your child to do this, you must let the office know in writing by emailing email@example.com at the start of each school year.
All pupils must be collected by 4:00pm (unless attending an after school club or joining after school care).
We will no longer operate bubbles in the autumn term, which means that assemblies and larger group activities can resume and students from different classes and year groups will be able to mix.
The government has removed the need to wear face coverings on school premises. However, they recommend that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not usually meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school. We appreciate that some staff and students may wish to wear face masks at school, and they can do so if they want to.
Bikes and scooters
We are now able to allow a small number of bikes and scooters to be parked in the bike/scooter area, located in the covered section of the playground. Please consider whether you need to use the parking area, or whether you are able to take your child’s scooter/bike home with you instead.
Children should walk, scoot or cycle to and from school wherever possible.
The government has asked all schools to remind parents and carers that school attendance is mandatory. This means that the legal duty for parents to send children of compulsory school age applies. Please let us know if your child needs to shield as we will need to support their learning at home. Your child will have received a letter from their GP if they are required to shield.
If your child displays symptoms of COVID-19, you must inform the school office and your child will need to self-isolate. They should not attend school.
Close contact tracing
Schools are no longer responsible for contact tracing for positive cases of COVID-19, and this will be led by NHS Test and Trace.
Children under 18 years old identified as a close contact of a confirmed positive case do not need to self-isolate and will be advised by NHS Test and Trace to take a PCR test. Children aged 18 years old will be treated as a child until four months after their 18th birthday and will then be treated as an adult.
In the event of an outbreak at the school or in the local area, we may be advised to reintroduce bubbles and face coverings and may be asked to support NHS Test and Trace with close contact tracing. If this becomes necessary, we will communicate this to you.
Testing remains essential in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within our school community. We will continue to encourage staff to take rapid lateral flow tests twice a week during term-time and the holidays if staff are on site.
Isolating if travelling from abroad
Keep in mind that you and your family may need to self-isolate when you return from a trip overseas. You should play your trip so that any self-isolation should also fall within the school holidays.
The government can change the red, amber, green classification of countries at short notice. You will need to respond to the latest rules on international travel, even if you have already left the UK, while also minimising the impact on your child's education. You can find out more about the travel rules here:
Where possible, we will provide remote education for students unable to return from abroad due to COVID-19 travel restrictions while they are abroad.
For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. If you are worried about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk or by phoning 111. There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19, do:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
We will continue to ensure students have regular handwashing opportunities: before and after eating, after breaks, changing rooms etc. Hand sanitiser is available throughout the school, and we will make sure that children wash their hands often. The school will continue with enhanced cleaning arrangements, paying particular attention to surfaces that are regularly touched. We will also keep spaces well ventilated and will not allow anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to enter the site
Home learning on Seesaw
We would like to continue to build upon the children’s improved online learning skills and therefore will now be using Seesaw for home learning. Each week your child will have an open-ended home learning question to respond to. This will be shared in the newsletter, as it has been in the past. Your child can then use Seesaw to take a photo or video of their response to this question or upload a file such a PowerPoint or Word document which can then be shared in class easily by the Class Teacher. Your child will be able to login and use Seesaw with the same email and password that they used during school closure and respond to tasks just like they did in their online lessons. Home learning is set on a Friday and then shared the following Friday after that, giving families a week to complete the work. Other home learning activities such as spelling, and reading will also be expected but will not involve Seesaw.
If you have any issues logging in, email firstname.lastname@example.org giving the exact email and password that you use to log into Teams for your live lessons, and we will do our best to help you. Please click here for a video showing how to log into Seesaw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES5i6ukmLIE&ab
We are pleased to be able to provide breakfast club and after school care every day of the week. Please click here for further information.
Uniform and Bags
Your child should wear uniform as usual and must wear PE kit on days that he/she does PE. These days are the same as they were last term:
- Reception - Tuesday
- Year 1 - Friday
- Year 2 - Monday
- Year 3 - Monday
- Year 4 - Tuesday
- Year 5 - Wednesday
- Year 6 - Wednesday
Pupils should bring their school book bags/school rucksacks into school each day, containing their reading books and their water bottle (clearly labelled).
Parent Meetings and School Office
If you need to speak to someone in the school office please either call (020 3249 1180) or email email@example.com . If you need to arrange a meeting with your child’s class teacher, you must book a meeting in advance through the school office by emailing the email address above.
Behaviour and well-being
- We will support pupils back to the routines of school. We are very mindful that many children have been out of school for a large number of weeks and may need support to return to the routines and to re-learn behaviours. We will also prioritise having fun!
- The well-being and mental health of all of our pupils will be more of a focus than ever before and staff have already been planning how to support that through initiatives such as 1 to 1 conversations, whole class lessons and professional support via Place2Be and others.
- We are conscious that being out of school also means that most children (and staff!) have not been able to be as active as usual and so we will be increasing the amount of time dedicated to movement, both in lessons (eg PE) and also in play times and beyond.
- Our behaviour policy’s core aims and principles will remain and we will continue to have high expectations of all our children.
- If your child has a special need, Miss White (our Special Needs Coordinator) will ensure there are suitable plans in place to support your child’s return to school. Please contact her if you have queries or concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Our emphasis on positive praise will continue.
- Any child that wilfully disregards instructions and puts other children, adults and themselves at risk will have time away from the bubble. We will work with parents as needed to ensure those children can be kept safe in school. If necessary, children will be excluded. Please see our Behaviour Policy guidance on the website.
Thank you very much for your ongoing support with these measures. They are helping to keep us all well and safe!