Plan for the full reopening of Aveton Gifford Primary School in September 2020
We hope you have all had a restful and relaxing summer break and thank you for all your support during the previous lockdown period. We are now planning for the full reopening of school to all our children on Monday 7th September and I wanted to share with you what this will look like for your children.
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. We understand that some parents will be anxious about their children returning and I hope the details below help to allay these fears.
The DFE have informed us that from September the rules for attendance reapply and therefore all children should be attending school.
If you are NOT intending to send your child back to school in September, please contact us so we can discuss options and how we can support them to return.
If a child has one of these:
- High temperature, for any length of time
- New continuous cough – for 2 hours or for 3 or more episodes in 24 hours
- Loss of smell or taste, for any length of time
They are to stay at home and request a Covid test online, or book an appointment at a test centre. They will then stay home until they have received a negative result/have isolated for 14 days. Siblings stay home too.
If a child has come into close contact with a confirmed case but they have no symptoms, they need to isolate for 14 days – no test needed if they do not have symptoms.
Please note, a sore throat is not a symptom.
From September each class will be treated as a separate ‘bubble’ in order to reduce grouping children together and also to avoid contact between other groups. We aim to keep bubbles separate at lunch and playtime by staggering times. Pupils will eat their lunch in their own classrooms, we are unable to access the hall due to multiple health and safety issues. Hot school dinners will still be offered to all pupils throughout the school, the normal ordering system still applies.
Staff may be needed to alter classroom layouts to maximise the distance between all teachers and pupils. Each classroom door has a door wedge which allows doors to remain open to both eliminate people touching door handles and to keep classrooms well ventilated. All pupils will, as much as possible, sit side by side facing forwards towards the front of the classroom. Children will be given their own ‘tool kits’ to avoid the sharing of pencils and other resources as much as possible. Resources such as books and games can be used and shared within the bubble but will be cleaned regularly. Children will be allowed to bring in bags, coats, scarfs, gloves and water bottles as normal. Children will bring home reading books and they can be changed regularly as normal. (All books returned will be set aside for a minimum of 48 hours before they are put back on the shelves to reduce the risk of cross contamination).
Children in KS2 may bring in a pencil case and can we please ask all parents to supply a pack of coloured pencils for their child, if possible, to reduce the need to share.
The beginning and end of the school day
We will be staggering the start and the end of the school day to reduce the risk of parents and children gathering on the playground please see the staggered times below:
Class Start End
Kingfishers 9:00am 3:30pm
Egrets 8:50am 3:20pm
Herons 8:40am 3:10pm
Swans 8:30am 3:00pm
We appreciate that many of you have siblings within the school and therefore the staggered times will be more challenging. If you are a parent of multiple children in the school, please drop ALL children at the time of the eldest child e.g. if you have a year 6 and a year 2 child please drop at 8:30am and then collect at 3:00pm.
Drop-off and collection will remain at the front of the school; parents will be unable to access the school site.
Initially there will be no extra-curricular activities as we do not want to mix bubbles. However, Saints South West will be running their football club, as normal on a Monday, following the DFE guidance on social distancing and non-contact sports.
It is essential that parents know how to access the Google Classroom with their child as should there be a need to return to home learning, this will be the main focus of our teaching provision. Teachers will check that you are able to access this platform over this next week, please ensure you and your child have activated your account.
During the first few weeks back, teachers will prioritise identifying gaps in children’s phonic, reading, writing and mathematics knowledge and skills. However, our curriculum will remain broad, so pupils will still be taught a full range of subjects, including science, art, PE, geography and history. We will also be assessing children’s wellbeing and ensuring our curriculum has lots of opportunities for the children to talk about the last few months and make sense of the changes they have experienced. Some pupils will receive additional support from teachers and teaching assistants through target support, as appropriate. The aim of our recovery curriculum is to provide the essential elements that will allow our children to ‘catch up’ their academic knowledge and skills while supporting their mental welfare and well-being. This will not be a quick fix and we envisage focusing on this for a large part of the year. Having fun and spending time with their friends will be a big part of the recovery plan!
From September, we expect all pupils to wear normal school uniform. 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.
Parents are required to check their child’s temperature before the pupils attend school each morning (anything above 38C is considered high) please do not send your child to school if they have a temperature. Pupils can bring their own small bottle of hand sanitizer if they wish too (it is also provided within school).
In order to avoid social gathering on the main street outside the school, we ask parents to socially distance from each other and avoid waiting in groups. Please help us and the community by arriving at the time allocated to your child’s class, drop the child and leave promptly to avoid congestion on the road.
DfE guidance recommends groups/bubbles are to be kept apart, meaning that schools should avoid large gatherings such as whole school assemblies, so these are presently suspended.
Please can we remind you that NO parking is permitted outside of the school, this will be particularly important in September when our numbers increase and there are likely to be children and parents queuing on the side of the road. Alternative parking is available at Timbers carpark at the bottom of the village or the Church has kindly offered it’s parking for parents to use.
Updated protocols on visitors to the school building are in place. All necessary visitors (school nurse, educational psychologist etc) to the school will be required to use hand sanitiser and to leave their contact details should we need to contact them in the future. Initially any parental meetings will be conducted either via telephone appointment or virtually.
‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
We will be promoting good respiratory hygiene at all times. Children are encouraged to always carry tissues and to sneeze or cough into a tissue, dispose of the tissue in a pedal bin and then wash their hands as soon as possible.
Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms and furniture will take place at the end of every day. This includes common touchpoints, such as door handles, light switches, taps and soap dispensers. Table top surfaces are also being wiped after lunchtime. Toilets are cleaned at the end of the day and also after lunchtime.
Thorough hand washing routines will be implemented throughout the school day. All visitors to the site will be required to use anti-bacterial hand sanitiser. Pupils will be asked to wash their hands when they arrive in school, before and after play time, before and after lunch time and at the end of the day before returning home.
Covid-19 Signs and Symptoms
We ask that if someone in the household has Covid-19, that your child does not come to school. Here is the exact Dfe guidance in relation to this;
· Parents must be clear about the need to inform school if their child is tested positive for COVID-19
· Parents will need to check daily that their pupils are not displaying any symptoms before they leave home for school.
· Ensure that pupils, staff and other adults do not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in the last 7 days, and ensuring anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home, are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). All schools must follow this process and ensure all staff are aware of it.
· If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell(anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
Testing facilities are available at our nearest NHS testing centre which is at Derriford. NHS testing is now available to anyone in the UK that is showing COVID-19 symptoms, including under 12s. If a child displays symptoms, they will be required to take a test.
Possible Bubble closure
If school has two or more confirmed Covid-19 cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, we may have an outbreak, and the school must continue to work with their local health protection team who will be able to advise if additional action is required. In some cases, health protection teams may recommend that a larger number of other pupils self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure –perhaps the whole site or year group. If we are implementing controls, addressing the risks we have identified and therefore reducing transmission risks, whole school closure based on cases within the school will not generally be necessary, and should not be considered except on the advice of health protection teams. Please contact the school or your child’s teacher if there are elements of the plan that you would like to discuss. The plan is flexible and should I adapt it in line with new guidance I will of course share an updated version, so please keep an eye on school emails as this could potentially be in the summer holidays.
Thank you again for your brilliant support during the lock down and the amazing job you have done with your children! We look forward to having them back.
Fern de Beer
Head of School