COVID UPDATES AND GUIDELINES

  • All adults are required to wear a face mask when dropping off and picking up children

  • All adults are asked to remain 2 metres apart when queuing outside

  • Children and staff are part of bubbles (a bubble is both classes in one year group) so the majority of adults are fixed to one bubble

  • Children can only go in a classroom if it is part of their bubble

  • The corridors are only used by children when going to the toilet or hall if necessary which has significantly reduced movement around the school

  • Break times and lunch times are staggered and each bubble uses a different area of the playground

  • Y2 – Y6 eat in their classrooms so don’t mix with other bubbles, YR and Y1 eat in the hall but are spread out

  • The kitchen staff are in their own bubble and prepare all lunches following food preparation guidelines as outlined by Harrisons Catering Co.

  • Adults use designated areas for their bubble so don’t mix with other adults for long periods of time during their breaks

  • Cleaning and lots of it! We have cleaning rotas for the children’s toilets, staff wipe down tables and touch points regularly, staff areas are also cleaned regularly. We have plenty of cleaning stock in school

  • Hand washing or using hand gel has been built into the children’s daily routine e.g. when entering school, before break, after break, before lunch, after going to the toilet

  • The school is well ventilated – on that note please make sure your child is wearing extra layers to keep warm

  • We have virtual assemblies and meetings so bubbles and adults don’t mix

  • We have a clear system in place for suspected cases of coronavirus during the school day and if we have any concerns parents are contacted immediately

  • Where possible, resources are not shared between bubbles e.g. children have their own pencils and pens that they use

  • Reading books that go home and come back into school are quarantined before being put back in the class library

  • We ask that only essential items are brought into school by the children

  • All children wear correct school uniform or PE kit on a PE day

MEASURES WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE

We have set up railings at the front entrance of the school to guide all adults and children

through the one-way system now in place.

 

Please ensure you maintain 2m distance while in the queue until you reach the end of the railings near the gate. In the morning, once you have dropped off your child, please then follow the arrows round and exit via the path across the car park. In the afternoons, please enter the playground using the same route then exit via the double gate and use the path across the car park to leave the site. Do not enter the playground using the double gates.

 

Reception drop off is now at the same time as the rest of the school so there will only be one queue into the front entrance. Reception parents will also exit via the path across the car park.

 

Face coverings rule is still in force.  Please ensure you comply with this for your safety but also to protect our staff.

RAILINGS

Face coverings requirement

In response to the concerns parents have raised and the obvious difficulty surrounding social distancing, we have decided that with immediate effect, every adult must wear a face covering when dropping off and picking up children.

 

Adults turning up to the school without a face covering will not be allowed to enter the school site and children will be brought to them when a member of staff is available to do so.  Likewise, all staff who are on the gate or at classroom doors will also wear a face covering.

 

Reception parents: with immediate effect, please drop your child off at 8:45am at the Nursery garden gate. To get to the Nursery garden you will need to come in via the main front gate. To your right, the garden gate is between the Nursery entrance and Site Manager's workshop. Pick up will be from the same place (NOT the back gate) at 3:00pm.  Watch video here.

FACE COVERINGS REQUIREMENT

Following current government guidelines, please only bring essential items into school e.g. book bags, coats, hats, reading books, lunchboxes.  We are trying to reduce the number of items being brought into the school.

X     Drinks bottles – children not to bring in these unless it is part of their packed lunch.  All children have a school water bottle that will be washed regularly.

X     Pencil cases – children not to bring in these. They all have pencils, pens, rulers and other stationery provided for them.

X     Sanitiser & tissues – children not to bring in these. We have enough in every class for all the children.

ESSENTIAL ITEMS

Your child MUST stay at home if you have observed one or a combination of the following:

  • A high temperature.

  • A continuous cough.

  • A change to their taste or smell.

  • Feel unwell.

  • Sickness and diarrhea

 

We have been advised that if children have a temperature they should be monitored or observed without medication. This will help identify whether their temperature is continuous or going up and down.  We are not medical professionals so if you would like further information then please visit the NHS website or contact the following helpline number.

The Department for Education corona-virus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about corona-virus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687          Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm

STAY AT HOME

       Important drop-off pick-up instructions:​ 

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  • Drop-off: both gates will be open at 8.35am.

  • Pick-up: both gates will be open at 3pm. 

  • Years 1, 2, and 3 to drop-off and pick-up from the OAK TREE ROAD main gate (the usual entrance).

  • Y1 (Brook and Wye) and Y3 Mersham to be collected from the gazebos.  All other children to be collected from their respective classroom door.

  • Years 4, 5, and 6 drop-off and to be collected from the NOAKES MEADOW entrance (back gate). 

 

       General guidelines

  • Please do not arrive early.  

  • Maintain social distancing at all times when waiting near other parents.

  • Leave as soon as you have dropped off or collected your child/children.

DROP-OFF PICK-UP

How are we making sure that the school is safe?  

Does my child have to come to school?  

What will go back to ‘normal’?  

What will be different?  Drop off and pick up?

Will my child have an opportunity to be with their friends?

Find the answers to these and many more questions that you may have.

PARENTS/CARERS HANDBOOK
 

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