As per Government advice, Kingsfield will be open for pupils from 6th January 2021 for families who are critical workers and / or deemed as vulnerable.
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.
As part of the pandemic support package, the Government has allocated a funding stream to every school. Please find our catch up funding statement here and our remote learning policy here. Our Remote Education Provision Information for Parents can be found here.
Last updated: 27.01.21
Trust and School Communications
If you are a critical worker or have a child who is deemed as vulnerable, please complete this form from the Active Learning Trust. The collated spreadsheet will then be shared with us and we will endeavour to offer a place to your child.
Lockdown procedures 05.01.21
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.
Am I a critical worker? The definition can be found here.
General School Day Arrangements
What time does my child start / finish school? At this current time, the school day will run 8.30am-2.45pm for vulnerable and key worker children. Children need to be dropped off and collected from the classroom door. Latecomers need to go via the school office to sign in.
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? We are currently open to welcome children for vulnerable and critical worker children. We will keep you updated when this changes due to Government Guidance.
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 whenever entering the school office.
Will children mix with other year groups during the day? 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 bubble.
Will there be hot lunches available? Yes. We will be offering a simplified service of hot lunches during this Lockdown period.
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
There will be no wraparound schooling so breakfast and after school clubs will not be running at this point in time. We can also not offer early collection due to staffing levels.
Will my child have access to a full curriculum?
We will be offering a remote learning package that will be updated on the school website daily. There will be access to PowerPoints that teach the session along with activities on Purple Mash and TT Rockstars. We will also be creating a challenge sheet that will have a range of activities to be completed offline over the course of the lockdown.
SLT members will be offering assemblies on a Monday and Friday to also be shared with children via the school website. These will focus on key themes, current affairs and children’s mental health.
The curriculum within school will be the same as the online content.
My child has been offered a place at school during lockdown. Does my child have to attend school every day? We would like those due to attend school to come daily. In the last lockdown, it was suggested that children are only sent in on the days that you need the provision. However, this makes it very hard to plan for so we would like to recommend full attendance.
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.
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 attending school to walk 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.
Our most recent Risk Assessments can be found here:
Kingsfield 02.01.21 Risk Assessment - Tier 4
Kingsfield 08.01.21 Risk Assessment - Lockdown