Bedonwell Junior

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Covid-19 information for parents/carers- updated for September 2020

We are incredibly excited and pleased that the Government plan is that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.

The Government have stated that from September schools will be able to open up to all children in all year groups because:

  • the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased
  • the NHS Test and Trace system is up and running
  • the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments within schools are clear

Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing and we will do everything we can to keep our children, staff and school community safe. The guidance from the Government provides measures, which when implemented will enable us to keep everyone as safe as possible.

 As a school we must follow Public health advice to minimise coronavirus (COVID-19) risks. Essential measures include:

  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable

 Attendance

The Government have clearly stated their wish for all children to return to school in September.  The guidance states:

In March when the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was increasing, the Government made it clear that no parent/carer would be penalised or sanctioned for their child’s non-attendance at school.  Now the circumstances have changed, it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.

Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

 We understand that you and your child may feel anxious about your child’s return to school and we will support you in any way we can to provide you with the confidence and reassurance you need to ensure they attend. Please contact the school office if this is an area you feel you would like further support with. The systems and procedures we will have in place are detailed below and these will hopefully provide you with some reassurance that measures are in place to help keep your child safe.

 Uniform

Uniform can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone and children will be required to wear school uniform again from September.

Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods, which are different from normal.

 Measures put in place at school (in addition to the essential measures mentioned above prescribed by PHE) as set out by the Government guidance:

  • Each class of children will become a ‘bubble’ (Apart from Nursery, which will be a year group bubble). Children within the bubble do not have to socially distance all the time but are encouraged to do so where they can.
  • Adults will maintain a 2-metre distance from children and other adults as much as possible. If an adult has to be less than 2-metre distance with a child/ren, they will wear PPE.
  • Each bubble will use and make use of outdoor spaces as much as possible. External classroom doors will be used for entry and exits to limit corridor usage.
  • Children will use hand sanitiser/wash their hands upon entry to school, each time they enter their classroom, before they eat and at regular intervals during the day.
  • Communal spaces will not be in use, which means:
    • Assemblies in the hall will not take place
    • Initially, lunches will be eaten in classrooms (we are currently working with Independent catering to look at the food options we can provide in these circumstances)
    • PE will be outdoors wherever possible and any equipment used will be cleaned before used by different children.
  • In KS1 and KS2:
    • Children in each bubble will be allocated individual pencil cases with all the equipment they need for most lessons so they do not have to share.
    • Other resources can be shared in the bubble but will be cleaned regularly.
    • Children will sit facing the front of the class/their class teacher
  • Children will only be allowed to bring essential items into school- coat, lunchbox, water bottle, medication etc.
  • Visitors to the school will be essential visits only and must be pre-booked in advance.
  • Parents/Carers will be reminded not to gather at the school gates and ensure they depart from the site as quickly as possible at pick up/drop off times.
  • Each year group will have a specified strict arrival/pick up time and place:
   

Start time

Entry point

Pick up time

Year R

9:00am

Amazon – gate 1

Danube – gate 2

Nile & Thames – gate 3

Staff will direct children to their classroom.

3:00pm

Year 1

8:40am

Arctic – gate 1

Atlantic & Pacific – gate 2

Caspian – gate 3

Staff will direct children to their classroom.

3:10pm

Year 2

8:50am

Granite & Quartz – gate 1

Sandstone – gate 2

Mable – gate 3

Staff will direct children to their classroom.

3:20pm

Year 3

8:40am

Junior milling area.  Your teacher will meet you on the playground

3:10pm

Year 4

8:50am

Junior milling area.  Your teacher will meet you on the playground.

3:20pm

Year 5

8:45am

Main junior school entrance (opposite Elmhurst).  Staff will direct children to their classroom.

3:15pm

Year 6

8:55am

Main junior school entrance (opposite Elmhurst).  Staff will direct children to their classroom.

3:25pm

Transport

In line with government advice, we would encourage our parents and children to walk or cycle to school, where possible, and avoid public transport.

Here are a few photos to show the types of markings/signage we have on site and what staff will look like when they are wearing PPE:

Covid Sign                                          Corridor Markings   

         Corridor direction of travel markings                                   Playground Markings

Bubble Classroom Layout                                  Bubble classroom layout

Staff in PPE                       Staff in PPE

Path markings

Covid Documentation

In line with Government guidance and Local Authority expectations we have completed a thorough Covid-19 Risk Assessment in preparation for the children to return to school. The documents below have been ratified by the Governing Body and Trustees:

The_Bedonwell_Federation__FULL_OPENING_Covid-19_risk_assessment_

_September_Action_Plan-_Covid-19_