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 info@arkconwayprimary.org 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).

Face coverings

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

Bikes and scooters can 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. 

Attendance

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.

Self-isolation

Staff or children who have tested positive for COVID-19 may be able to end their isolation period after 7 days instead of 10 if they test negative on two consecutive tests, taken from day 6 of their isolation period onwards. We will contact you with more information if you inform us that your child has tested positive for COVID-19.

Close contacts and daily testing

If your child is identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, they should take a rapid lateral flow test every day for seven days, or until ten days since their last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier.

Children under the age of five should not do a daily test or self-isolate and should continue their on-site learning unless they receive a positive PCR test result or begin to display symptoms.

Outbreaks

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.

COVID-19 testing

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:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

Where possible, we will provide remote education for students unable to return from abroad due to COVID-19 travel restrictions while they are abroad.

Staying safe

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

After school care, breakfast club and enrichment clubs

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. Enrichment clubs take place after school from 4pm to 5pm each day and further details can be found here.

Uniform and Bags

Your child should wear uniform as usual and must wear PE kit on days that he/she does PE.  Please find PE days below:

  • Reception - Wednesday
  • Year 1 - Friday
  • Year 2 - Friday
  • 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).

Thank you very much for your ongoing support with these measures. They are helping to keep us all well and safe!