Coronavirus (Covid-19) Full reopening of School September 8th 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
The School Day
Are the timings of the school day changing?
- We will be operating a staggered start/finish to the school day. We hope that this will be manageable to all parents, including those with children in multiple year groups. Please see page 6 of the parent handbook, and YouTube videos for the timings of the school day and correct gates. (Videos will be available from 7th September)
What time will my child need to arrive at school?
- Children will need to arrive at school within the drop off times for their year group - please see the page 6 of the parent handbook.
- Unfortunately parents will only be allowed to enter the school buildings in exceptional circumstances - it is really important therefore that your child arrives at school on time each day.
I have children in different year groups how will drop off work for our family?
- We are operating a staggered start, each year group has between 10 and 20 minutes for drop off and collection, please see page 6, this is sufficient time to be able to take your children to the correct drop off/collection points at the start and end of the day. If any family is worried about drop off and collection please contact Mr Parkhouse directly.
Are the children going to be in school full time from September?
- Government guidance states that schools should prepare to reopen full-time from the start of the Autumn Term. For Grove Road Children this means that all year groups (except Reception) will be expected to attend school full-time from Tuesday 8th September. Reception children will follow a short part-time transition timetable and will attend full-time from 28th September.
Where are the drop off points for each Year Group?
- We are fortunate to have a number of entrances to school and these will all be used at drop off, please see page 6 of the parent handbook and also YouTube videos from the 7th September to see the relevant entrance for your child. Staff will be present by these gates every morning and it is important that you use the correct gate for each year group.
What will the end of the school day look like?
- At the end of the school day, the teacher will bring the children to the relevant collection point. Unless your child is in Year 5 or Year 6 and has permission to walk home alone, children will not be allowed to leave site without a parent/carer.
Will we be allowed to take our children to their classroom?
- Unfortunately, parents/carers will not be allowed onto the school playground or into the school buildings unless deemed an exceptional circumstance by Mr Parkhouse. This means that you will not be able to take your child to their classroom; staff will help children into school.
What time will the school office be open?
- The school office team will be available as normal from 8:30am to 4pm however parents are not allowed to come into the school building, this includes the school office. If you need to speak to a member of the office staff, please either call or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Payments for meals etc. should be made through ParentMail, card payments can be taken over the phone or if you would rather use cash a barcode can be printed to enable you to make payment using paypoint.
Will there be reading books sent home or available online?
- Pupils will be able to bring reading books home from school. When these are returned, they will be cleaned and safely stored for 72 hours before another child is able to borrow the book. Please see page 8 of the handbook.
Will I be able to see my child in their classroom?
- Unfortunately, parents are not able to access the school building unless deemed an exceptional circumstance by Mr Parkhouse.
Will we be able to have informal chats with the teacher?
- Conversations at the school entrance should be kept to a minimum. Teachers will continue to be contactable via SeeSaw and will happily arrange telephone conversations where there particular concerns.
What will transition for the reception children look like?
- Transition packs were sent to parents at the end of the summer term, please contact school if you have not received this information.
How will the children be supported in returning to the classroom and meeting their new teachers?
- Meet the teacher sessions were held prior to the end of the summer term. Teachers will send videos introducing themselves and showing the children where to go and morning routines as well as the layout of the classrooms. Staff will be available at drop off and collection to help where needed.
How will parents evening be held?
- It is unlikely that parents evening will be able to go ahead in our usual format. Therefore, our intention is to offer phone or video consultations. These will take place towards the end of the first half term.
What to the children need to bring with them on their first day?
- Please see the essential items list on page 8 of the parent handbook.
- Children DO NOT need to bring their own stationary/equipment
Will the children be taught the standard curriculum or is it going to be relaxed due to distancing measures?
- Our focus is to support all pupils’ health and wellbeing and to help them transition back into school life successfully whilst continuing to offer a broad and balanced curriculum. For more information please see the curriculum section on page 11 of the parent handbook.
Is the year 6 residential still taking place?
- Current guidance advises against any overnight trips, we will be working with Robinwood to reschedule and will update parents as soon as possible.
Play time and lunch time Arrangements
What are the arrangements for lunchtime and playtimes?
- Reception, Rec/Y1 and AP – in own outdoor provision
- Years 1 and 2 – KS1 playground 10:15am – 10:30am
- Years 3 and 4 – KS2 playground 10:35am – 10:50am
- Years 5 and 6 – KS 2 playground 10:55am – 11.10am
The children will eat lunches within bubbles in the hall space. All three halls will be utilised for this.
- Reception, Y1 and Y2: Eating: 11.30-12.00pm / Play: 12.00pm-12.30pm
- Years 3 and 4: Eating: 12.05pm-12.35pm / Play 12.35pm – 1.05pm
- Years 5 and 6: Eating; 12.35pm-1.05pm / Play 1.05pm -1.35pm
Children will be supervised by the midday supervisors whilst eating in the halls, support staff will supervise play provision within bubbles outside on the playground.
There will be a rota for how the halls are used allowing appropriate time for additional cleaning.
Will hot meals be available?
- Yes, the full menu will be available from the 8th September. We will be sending information regarding pre ordering meals week commencing 31st August.
- Meals will be delivered to the children in their relevant hall instead of a queuing system.
Can my child bring a packed lunch from home?
- Yes, it would be helpful if packed lunches could be provided in a paper bag so all items can be disposed of/recycled at school. If this is not possible, then please ensure that you provide a named packed lunch box that can be thoroughly cleaned each day.
Before and After School Care
How will breakfast and afterschool club work with potentially children from different bubbles
- Breakfast and afterschool club will move from the house into the middle school hall. Each bubble will have a designated space and resources. There will be two members of staff available for each session, breakfast/grab bag food will be provided by the school caterers. Drop off and collection should be via the front of school. Please ring the bell and the children will be bought to you by a member of staff.
Will childcare be provided from 7:30am to 6:00pm
- Breakfast club will open at 7:30am until the start of school
- Afterschool club will run until 5:30pm. Please note this is a change to previous years and will be reviewed at the start of the spring term.
- It is essential that all sessions for both breakfast and afterschool club are booked in advance. Booking can be made through ParentMail and will open on 1st September. All sessions must be booked 72 hours in advance.
Will breakfast club run on the first day back?
- Yes, please see above, booking must be made in advance
Will there be clubs other than Sammy's Den running in the autumn term?
- Unfortunately, we will not be running any other extracurricular clubs initially in the autumn term. This will be reviewed at the end October.
Will there be PE lessons?
- Yes, PE lessons will continue to ensure pupils get the exercise they need; however, activities within these lessons will be strictly non-contact and pupils will remain in small, consistent groups with other pupils from their bubble throughout the term. PE lessons will take place outside whenever possible.
Will children change for PE?
- No, initially children will only be required to change their footwear. This will be kept under review by Mr Parkhouse. Please provide suitable footwear in a named bag. Where possible, this should be kept in school.
Confirmed cases of Covid-19
What will happen if there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the school
- Please see detailed information in the parent handbook on page 8
If there is a case in the school community will the whole school be notified or only the relevant bubble
- Please refer to the detailed information and procedures that we will follow outlined in the parent handbook on page 8.
- School will follow all relevant guidelines and will implement any updated guidance.
Bubbles/Social Distancing/Hygiene measures
Do the children have to social distance, will they be told off if they are not social distancing?
- To reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus in our school, social distancing measures will be implemented. We expect pupils to follow these rules; however, we understand that some pupils may be unable to fully understand social distancing principles, e.g. because of their age or needs/disabilities. Staff will work with all pupils to ensure their safety and positively reinforce good social distancing behaviour.
- Please see detailed information on page 4 onwards of the parent handbook we will add our social distancing policy to the school website once agreed by the governing body.
What will happen if a child hurts themselves will they be comforted?
- School will be operating as normal as far as possible, guidelines and procedures will be adhered to whilst appropriately supporting children’s social and emotional wellbeing.
How will first aid be administered?
- First aid will be administered by trained members of staff using appropriate PPE equipment.
What will the arrangements for bubbles be in school?
- Children will be predominantly grouped into class bubbles, however there are some exceptions, e.g. phase bubbles for outdoor play. Please see the full details on page 4 onwards of the parent handbook.
How will it work with part time teachers who work across many classes as they will be working across the different bubbles?
- We will be following the government guidelines, which enables adults to work across more than one class, provided that they adhere to social distancing measures and hygiene procedures.
How will the children be monitored with hand washing?
- Staff will support the children to wash hands effectively at numerous points during the school day. Please see the infection control section on page 7 of the parent handbook.
Will my child need a facemask?
- At present current guidance from Public health England states that children under the age of 11 do not need facemasks. Please see infection control section of the parents handbook on page 7.
Will you have hand soap more suitable to a child’s skin? Will they be able to bring their own if not?
- School purchases gentle hand soap however, if your child needs an alternative product, e.g. a medicated soap, this can be bought in from home, please notify school.
How will parents be reminded about social distancing at drop off and collection?
- Social distancing markers will be clearly painted on the floor at all entrances.
Will there be assemblies?
- Yes, there will assemblies however, these will be held in class groups and online celebration assembly will continue.
Questions from the children
Where will I hang my coat?
- You will be able to hang your coat on your peg.
Will I be able to bring my school/book bag and PE kit?
- Yes, you can bring you book bag, you only need to bring PE trainers.
What happens if I am poorly?
- If you are poorly, an adult in school will look after you and they will wear a facemask and gloves to help keep everyone safe. Someone from home will be contacted by school to come and collect you if can’t stay at school.
- You will need to stay at home until an adult tells you that you can go back to school.
Full School Reopening Documents
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 20th May 2020
As you will be aware, schools are planning for a wider reopening, at the earliest from the 1st of June 2020. As part of our planning we are working on a comprehensive risk assessment to establish what we believe we can offer in June. This risk assessment covers areas such as:
- Health & safety checks and school site preparation
- Cleaning & hygiene
- Vulnerable staff and pupils
- Group sizes & movement around the building
- Practical steps to reduce risk including social distancing
- Support for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
- Changes to school routines & curriculum
- Pupil and staff wellbeing and mental health
- Online/home learning during wider opening
In developing this risk assessment we have made use of the guidelines published by the DFE, (available here) information guidance and support provided by the local authority, the responses from the parents to our re-opening survey and the views of the staff and governors.
Above all we believe the most sensible thing to do is to take the appropriate amount of time to ensure we have a carefully considered, measured and balanced view to assess what is safe for our school and for our community. That must be based on a principal of care and caution for all. It is not about setting a date, it is about when we can feel wholly confident that what we are offering is as safe as possible for everyone and enables us to offer a positive, rich and worthwhile educational and pastoral experience.
Further information regarding our Safe, Sensible and Staged approach can be found in the letter to parents at the bottom of the page or you can watch the video update below.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 8th April 2020
School remains open for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. From Friday 10th April we will also be acting as a hub school. As always our priority remains the Safeguarding and well-being of the children in our care. Please see the addendum to our school child protection policy, which details our safeguarding procedures during this time.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 20th March 2020
School is now closed to all pupils except children of critical workers and vulnerable children until further notice from the Government. For any children who remain in our care we will be following the same stringent health and safety procedures that have been in place prior to the school closure. We will be limiting the number of people who access the building and will be operating with a reduced staffing team.
Our priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff and students and so we ask that you follow the guidance issued by the Government which can be found here Maintaining Education Provision
The Guidance states:
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.
Before requesting childcare for your child(ren) please ensure you have considered the above.
If you still need to request a place for your child(ren) please read the below:
Following the Government’s clarification yesterday regarding childcare provision for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, we asked all parents and carers to contact us via a survey and follow up form in order for us to organise suitable childcare arrangements in school from Monday.
Government guidance was also clear that critical workers should make every effort to arrange suitable safe childcare as an alternative to sending their child to school. This is to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
School staff have worked extremely hard to make sure that school will be a safe environment for those children who need our support so that parents and carers can be on the frontline helping to save lives. We have had to work within an incredibly short time frame to achieve this and have tried to give as much time as possible for returning requests for information. In order to give estimated numbers to our catering teams and to keep our staff and their families safe we imposed a cut off for responses which was 2pm yesterday. However, we are acutely aware that Critical workers timetables/rotas are likely to be changing all the time. Therefore, if you need help please contact Mr Parkhouse directly via email@example.com
In order to help our teachers focus on organising home learning and support children in school, please DO NOT message them via SeeSaw with requests for childcare. Any requests that do not relate to your child’s learning should be directed to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
To find out how we will process your data during this time please read our Covid-19 Privacy Notice HERE
You are likely to be aware of the outbreak of Coronavirus and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. At Grove Road, we take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we’re sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.
There’s currently no cause for concern at the school, but we’ll keep you informed about any developments and ensure we’re keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.
Preventing the spread of infection
These are general principles Public Health England advises anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
- covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin.
- people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
- pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
- before leaving home
- on arrival at school
- after using the toilet
- after breaks and sporting activities
- before food preparation
- before eating any food, including snacks
- before leaving school
- use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
- see further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.
Measures we are taking in school
We have significantly increased the cleaning of the school building. Our hand washing areas remain well-stocked and we have talked to all children about how to properly wash their hands, placing posters in key areas to remind us all to maintain good hygiene.
All visitors and staff have been asked to wash their hands on entry and exit of the school building. Classrooms and toilets will continue to receive additional cleaning throughout each day.
We will be monitoring all proposed trips. including the Reception - Y2 visit to the National Railway Museum on the 30th March, and when necessary we will make an informed decision acting on the most up to date advice.
If you become unwell
If you or any of your children become unwell and have symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19), which are recent onset of a:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
Please follow the Public Health England Stay at Home Guidance
Please inform us that you have symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and that you are self-isolating so that we can take the correct action in school.
In the event of school closure
School will remain open until we receive guidance to the contrary. Decisions regarding school closure will be communicated via this website, our Parentmail text and email service and on Seesaw.
We are preparing to provide work for your children should we have to close the school for any length of time and we feel that we are well prepared for this situation, with excellent learning platforms in place. We will use Seesaw to enable staff to share home learning opportunities and we will also provide educational packs where appropriate.