It is important that we all take steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the community to save lives and protect the NHS. Please be aware of the latest update to the current guidelines from the government.
From 19th July, 2021, the government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. This marks a new phase in the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk.
As COVID-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education - particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low, and every adult has been offered a first vaccine and the opportunity for 2 doses by mid-September, 2021.
Attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. This means it’s your legal duty as a parent to send your child to school regularly. Information on our attendance policy and procedures can be found here. If you have concerns about your child attending school, please discuss these with us.
Holiday requests during term time will not be authorised. Requests for leave can only be approved in exceptional circumstances. Unauthorised holidays could result in a fixed penalty notice being issued by the Local Authority.
In the event that your child is unable to attend school due to following government guidance or law relating to COVID-19 (for example if they need to self-isolate, or if they have tested positive but are well enough to learn from home), we will provide remote learning. Information on our remote learning offer can be found here.
Tracing and Self-Isolation
From 19th July, 2021, as with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parents to identify close contacts. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. As parents or carers, you may be contacted to help with identifying close contacts.
Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Instead, NHS Test and Trace will inform affected individuals, children or their parents or carers that they have been in close contact with a positive case, and advise them to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
Children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school who have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal.
If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in our school, or if our school is an enhanced response area, we may need to reintroduce some temporary controls measures. Further information can be found in our Outbreak Management Plan.
If you suspect your child has coronavirus or has a positive test...
Do not send your child to school if:
- they are showing one or more coronavirus symptoms
- they have had a positive test result
- there are other reasons requiring them to stay at home, for example, they are required to quarantine
|Class Name||Class Teacher||Arrive||Home time|
|Nursery Bears||Mrs Habib||8:45am||11:45am|
Children will no longer be staying in ‘bubbles’ and will return to sharing toilets, play areas, the main hall for Collective Worships and for lunchtimes. We will continue to avoid ‘mixing’ as much as possible e.g. children sitting in classes. Increased cleaning procedures and routines during the day, after school and throughout the week will remain in place.
Children will be with their class teacher and adults that work in their classroom as much as possible in the same year but there will sometimes be a crossover of staff and groups of children e.g. when grouping children for phonics. We will mitigate the risk of infection by keeping to the hygiene guidelines e.g. maintaining good hand hygiene, including washing hands/using hand sanitiser between groups.
Children will share resources but increased cleaning will take place and children will be encouraged to wash hands regularly after use. Windows and doors will be open where possible to increase ventilation in classrooms. We have been informed by the Department for Education that all schools will receive carbon dioxide monitors to monitor suitable ventilation in the Autumn term. We are awaiting further information.
All children will return to eating their lunch in the main school hall but we are continuing with a staggered timetable to minimise the number of children together at any one time. We continue to encourage all children to have a school dinner (they are free!). We are still not permitting home dinners to minimise the number of contacts during the school day.
Face coverings are no longer required but staff will be continuing to wear them on the main school gate in the morning and at the end of the school day as social distancing cannot be guaranteed. Parents may wish to continue wearing face coverings when dropping off/collecting.
- BEARS Nursery pupil check list.pdf
- BEARS Reception pupil check list.pdf
- CROCODILES pupil check list.pdf
- FLAMINGOS pupil check list .pdf
- ELEPHANTS pupil check list.pdf
- How to book a COVID test.pdf
- How to book a COVID test - Slovak.pdf
- Having a Covid test - support for your child.pdf
- Having a COVID test - support for your child SLOVAK.pdf