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Newlands Spring Primary and Nursery School

CORONAVIRUS

We are pleased to be welcome back all pupils in September 2020.  

The arrangements the school are putting in place for this return takes into account the Government’ guidance for the full re-opening of schools. This Guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools.  Many of you will have read the guidance or heard about what we should be doing to keep our community safe and reduce risks.

Outlined below are the key pieces of information we feel will explain how the new government guidelines will impact on the children’s return to school and the new procedures that will be place for the safety of the children and staff. Our priority is, and always will be, the Health, Safety and Wellbeing of the entire community and although we cannot guarantee that we can keep everyone safe from catching Covid-19, we can and will take a wide range of steps to minimise the risks and meet the priority. 

Bubbles

A bubble is a group of individuals that will be placed together for their day to day time in school. Organising children and staff into bubbles (or consistent groups) is a central part of the government’s reopening guidance. Establishing small bubbles will help in managing the school should any positive COVID-19 case occur. They will make it quicker and easier in the event of a positive case of Coronavirus to identify those that may need to self-isolate and to keep those numbers as small as possible.  In continuing to ensure the segregation of each discrete bubble we aim to prevent a whole setting having to isolate and close and to reduce any potential spread of the virus.  This essential provision will exist in September and for the majority of the new academic year.  Any decision to vary this provision will be made based on the best interests of the health and safety of the whole school community.

Each class will form a ‘bubble’ with teaching staff remaining consistent. Each bubble will be expected to avoid or minimise contact with any child in another bubble. On some specific occasions it will be necessary for two bubbles to join but these occasions will be as few as possible e.g. two classes from the same year group may join together for a football club, once a week.

Attendance

All children are expected to return to school at the start of term in September 2020. School attendance will be mandatory, which means that the usual rules of school attendance will apply:

  • Parents have a legal duty to ensure their child regularly attends school
  • Schools have a legal responsibility to record attendance and follow up absences
  • Schools have a legal responsibility to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices with Essex County Council’s codes of conduct.

 Returning to school is very important from both an academic and social point of view.

However, children must not attend school if they have Coronavirus or are showing symptoms of Coronavirus (however mild). They must also not attend school if a member of their household has Coronavirus or is showing symptoms of Coronavirus.

There is an expectation that parents/carers will engage in the test and trace programme, please visit NHS test and trace: how it works - GOV.UK for more information. A negative result would be required before a child was able to return to school.

The school will respond to a confirmed case by closing the relevant ‘bubble’ (or group) for a 14-day isolation period and deep clean the classroom and facilities. Siblings of isolated pupils would also have to isolate for 14 days but not their corresponding ‘bubble’.

Drop Off and Collection

To prevent congestion and maintain an element of social distancing, a staggered start and end approach for each class will operate.

Please find below the arrangements for dropping off and collecting your children:

There will be a one-way system in place. Entrance to the school site will be through the two back gates and exit will be through the front gate only. You will not be able to enter the site through the front gate opposite Morrisons.

Arriving at school

  • Please bring your child(ren) to school between 8.40 and 8.55am.
  • Each class will enter by a designated gate. If a family has more than one child they should enter by the gate of the youngest child.
 

 

 

Back Gate (Swimming Pool side)
Back Gate (Other side)
Temporary Back Gate (onto top playground near adventure playground)

8.40 – 8.55

Oak R
Willow R
Sycamore Y5
Rowan Y5
Spruce Y6
Cedar Y6
Pine Y3
Holly Y3
Beech Y4
Chestnut Y4
Lime Y1
Ash Y1
Elm Y2
Maple Y2
 
  • Parents of Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) children should drop their child off at the designated gate and should not enter the playground.
  • Parents of reception or key stage 1 (years 1 and 2) children may walk their child to the blue reception gate or their classroom door.
  • Children should go straight to class.
  • Parents must not enter the classroom. If you require time to speak to staff, please call the office and arrange an appointment at the earliest convenience.
  • Nursery children will enter through the nursery gate at the front of the school.

Note: Only year 6 will be able to access the bike/scooter shed. If a younger child cycles or scoots to school, their parent must take the bike/scooter home.

End of day pick up

Pick up will be staggered to minimise the number of adults and children on the playground. Social distancing must be observed by adults.

  • Please arrive at the time stated below, enter through one of the two back gates and wait on the top playground.
 
Usual back gate
Temporary Back Gate (onto top playground)
2.55
Willow
Oak
3.00
Lime
Ash
3.05
Maple
Elm
3.10
Holly
Pine
3.15
Chestnut
Beech
3.20
Rowan
Sycamore
3.20
Spruce
Cedar
 
  • Each year group will come out on to the bottom playground. The two classes will remain socially distanced.
  • Siblings of each younger year group will be dismissed at the same time as their younger sibling and will stand with their sibling on the bottom playground.
  • Teachers will dismiss each child/sibling group to their parent in turn who will then lead them straight out to the front gate and leave the playground.
  • Please leave the school site immediately.

Parents unable to arrive in time for the slightly earlier pick up should nominate a parent in the same class to collect their child(ren) and take them off the playground, ready to be met by you later. Please tell the class teacher who will be collecting your child.
If you use a childminder, inform your teacher of the days your child goes to a childminder and their name and contact details. Childminder groups will be treated as sibling groups.

If you have a younger child in our new nursery class you can collect them from the nursery as soon as you have collected your other children.

Uniform

Children are expected to wear the usual school uniform. Footwear this academic year will be plain black trainers to enable use of the field for a longer period of time.  PE kits will be used as normal; you do not need to provide a second pair of trainers for PE.

Bags and equipment

Each child in years 1 - 6 will be expected to bring a named pencil case to school containing writing pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, 15cm ruler, colouring pencils and felt tip pens. A school handwriting pen and whiteboard pen will be provided to relevant year groups. Each child will keep this on their desk and not share the contents. Pencil cases will remain in school.

Children should also bring a named water bottle with fresh water every day. The water dispensers and water fountains will not be in use. Their water bottle will also be kept on their desk.

Reception and KS1 should bring a book bag. KS2 should bring a small drawstring type bag.  No toys may be brought to school.

Nursery children should bring a named water bottle and any clothing/personal care items as suggested by the nursery team

Social Distancing and Hygiene

Maintaining hygiene is of the utmost importance. All children will need to regularly wash or sanitise their hands, including on entry to school, after using the toilers, before and after eating or moving from one are to another. You can send in some hand cream for your child to keep in school if they suffer from dry skin.

Social distancing is not a requirement for the children who are in a bubble together, they may share equipment and work together on tasks. However,

  • Throughout the school day, ‘Bubbles’ will be kept separated from others. This includes break and lunchtime, breakfast and after school clubs, and during any interventions and/or activities the children may be involved in.
  • Children will be seated at a desk with another child and all the desks will be facing the front of the classroom. They will need to stay at their desks as much as possible.
  • Children will be expected to keep their distance from the adults in school (and all adults will be socially distancing from each other as well).
  • At playtime and lunchtime they will be directed to play in a certain ‘zone’ with the rest of their class, and not mix with other classes.
  • The school won’t meet together as a group – assemblies will beheld  in each class. We are making plans for our usual autumn term events – some will happen virtually and some will have to be cancelled.
  • staff are still expected to maintain social distancing from the children where possible.

Government advice is that face masks or PPE are not necessary in schools as it interferes with teaching and learning. There may, however, be occasions when a member of staff wears a mask or a visor.

Should your child use a mask travelling to and from school they will be asked to keep the mask in their school bag for the duration of the school day.

Cleaning

Our cleaning protocols and regularity of cleaning have increased significantly and will continue to do so in all areas of the school, toilet facilities, hall, door handles, classrooms etc. cleaning materials will be available in each room.

Behaviour

We know the children are looking forward to returning to school, however our expectations of behaviour will remain high and even more important than ever to keep our entire community safe and able to focus on their learning. These expectations will be shared with the children when they come back to school.

Helping to keep our school community safe

If your child has symptoms of Covid 19 you must keep them at home and not send them to school. The government advice is clear - 

Symptoms
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. 
For more information click here.

If your child displays any symptoms of covid-19 at school you will be required collect them and take them, along with any siblings, home.

For guidance on testing please click here 

To request a test click here or call 119

Emergency Closure Procedures

In the event of school closure or the requirement for a 'bubble' to self-isolate, we will notify parents and carers as soon as possible via SchoolComms. If you are not registered for SchoolComms please enquire at the school office. 

Risk Assessment

The academy carried out a thorough risk assessment prior to reopening the school in line with government guidance. This risk assessment is under constant review to ensure  its effectiveness. The current version of the risk assessment is available on request from the academy office.

Further Information

Further guidance and information is available via the links below should you wish to read more about the government plans to reopen in September:

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