We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding school life and the current pandemic. Please let us know if there is anything else you would like us to add to the page.
Last updated: 20.10.20
Where can I find the DfE's parental guidance? It can be found here.
Where can I find the DfE's guidance on shielding and the clinically vulnerable? It can be found here.
General School Day Arrangements
What time does my child start / finish school? We will be operating a staggered start and finish time in school in order to minimise contact between adults and children during these particularly busy parts of the school day. The times for the year groups are as follows:
|Early Years and Year 6||8:30||2.45|
|Years 1 and 3||8:35||2.50|
|Years 2 and 4||8:40||2.55|
|Year 5 and Nursery||8:45||3.00|
How do I drop / collect my child from school? Your child should be dropped off and collected from school in the usual way at the time indicated above. Teachers will greet children in the morning at the external door to their classroom and the children should be collected from there at the end of the day.
When is my child due back into school? All children are due to start on 7th September 2020. If your child is in Nursery or Reception, you will have received guidance on start dates so please re-read that and contact the school office with any queries.
Can my child bring in equipment from home? As before, any equipment that your child needs while in school will be provided by the school. Each child will have a pack of equipment solely for their own use in order to minimise equipment being shared between children. We ask that you do not send your child in with their own pencil cases or equipment of any kind.
Will children and staff need to wear face masks? Children will not need to wear a mask. We will be encouraging staff to do so in communal areas such as the staffroom and front office when dealing with visitors. They will not be wearing masks in front of the children unless there is a suspected case of Covid-19 with a child. We are encouraging parents and visitors to wear face masks when entering the school office.
Will children mix with other year groups during the day? We are a fully functioning school so we cannot eradicate all risk of children mixing. However, we have established year group bubbles and will endeavour to keep them separate from other year groups during the day.
What will happen at lunch and breaktimes? Lunch will be in sittings as usual in both halls. Children will be called to the halls in year group bubbles and tables will be separated according to guidance. Break times will be staggered but there will be separate areas for each year group.
Will there be hot lunches available? Yes. We will be offering the usual service.
Can my child bring in a lunchbox? Yes and it will be kept within the bubble.
My child goes home for lunch so what do I need to do? Where possible we like children to stay for lunch due to the positive interactions that they have with each other. However, if there is an existing arrangement, we will escort your child to the school office for you as the parent to collect. We ask that you remain socially distanced from any staff that you may encounter.
Wraparound Care Arrangements
What are our options for wraparound care currently? We are offering an hourly booking rate of £4.50, but we will need you to book in advance and also guarantee two sessions per week. There will be three options for booking – one hour, two hours or three hours. Due to current government guidelines, we will only be able to accommodate 15 children at breakfast club and 30 children after school. The 30 children after school will be split into two bubbles of 15 children each, and they will not be allowed to mix.
What happens with bubbles at wraparound care? In line with advice, we have established a KS1 and KS2 set of bubbles of no more than 15. We would greatly appreciate it if parents could minimise the number of settings they send their children to.
Will my child have access to a full curriculum? Yes, we will be offering a full curriculum but with enhanced cleaning of resources. Sessions such as PE (including swimming) will take place but children will be asked to wear their kit to school so that there is a reduced need for changing.
Does my child have to attend school? Yes, it is statutory for all children to attend. If you believe that your child should be shielding, please read the guidance at the top of the page and let the school office know.
Will I be fined for my child's low attendance? We aspire for all children to have at least 96% attendance. This means that we will be carrying out the usual attendance checks and issuing advice letters to parents if attendance percentages drop. We will issue fines if the attendance analysis meets the set criteria.
What happens if my child becomes unwell? If your child becomes unwell while in school, a member of school staff will contact you immediately. Your child will be isolated from their peers and remain with a single member of staff who will be wearing PPE. It is therefore essential that the contact details that we have for you are up to date. Please contact the school office if you think that your details may need updating. If your child becomes ill whilst at home and is unable to attend school, please contact the school office so that our attendance registers can be updated.
What happens if one of our family becomes unwell with suspected Covid-19? If you or a family member suspects that they may have contracted Covid-19, then the family should self-isolate and order a test for all family members living in the house. Children should not be sent into school if they, or a family member in the same household, has suspected Covid-19.
What happens if there is a local outbreak? If transmission rates increase in our area, we may well be asked to close the school. Should this happen, we will inform you by email and a message will be posted on the front page of the school website, just as we would if there was inclement weather. Please make sure your contact details are up-to-date with the school office.
If the school has to close temporarily, how will my child learn? Firstly, we will assess the potential length of time for lockdown and decide upon the best course of action. This may be home learning packs with offline and online activities. If the lockdown looks to be more than a week, we will instigate home learning using Microsoft Teams and other online packages. This will be called our ‘remote learning package’.
Will the school close to everyone? We will be advised by the PHE Health Protection Team as to the level of closure. As soon as we know, we will communicate this with Parents / Carers.
Cleaning and Hygiene
What will happen with enhanced cleaning? There will be additional cleaning during the day. Everyone coming into school will be encouraged to wash their hands and / or use hand sanitiser on a regular basis. Hand sanitiser stations will remain at key points around the school and children will be asked to wash their hands frequently throughout the day.
How should my child travel to school? Wherever possible, we ask families to walk to school maintaining social distancing from other adults and children. If a car is to be used, the advice is that there should only be one household present within the vehicle.
If we organise any school trips, we will take into account the latest guidance and decide on the safest option. There will be no residential trips during the academic year of 2020-2021 unless the R rate reduces significantly.