Living with COVID in 2021!
From September 2021, school will be able to resume many of the usual practices we use in order to give our children the best educational experience possible as well as allowing them the freedom to meet and play with children in other classes. However, we still need to be prepared for any positive case in school, or any concerning rise in COVID cases in our local area. The documents below demonstrate what we would do if we needed to 'step our measures up'. The section below also gives some answers to questions you may have about the way school will operate.
If you are worried about any of our processes or procedures or have any further questions, the best things to do is call the school office (01384 818315) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our Risk Assessment
Our Risk Assessment is regularly updated and the latest version is supported by our Outbreak Management Plan.
Our Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Thank you for your support and understanding. If you need to talk to a member of staff, please call school on 01384 818315 (during term time) or email on email@example.com (This email address will be checked once a week during school holidays so please bear with us if we don't reply immediately.)
Question you may have...
Q. Do parents still need to wear masks on the playground when dropping off and picking up?
A. No you don't need to wear a mask unless you'd prefer to. Please remember that drop off is anytime from 8:40am but children MUST be in school by 9am. Pick-up is at 3:15pm for everyone.
Q. Will children still be in their class 'bubbles'?
A. No, we don't need to keep to bubbles now. Although classes are usually taught together anyway, without bubbles we can re-start our lunchtime clubs, House Team events and other activities where children from different classes get together. There is no need for staff to 'socially distance' whilst in school either.
Q. Will children still need to keep to certain areas at playtime?
Q. No, they will be able to play on their Key Stage playground and mix with other children! Children will still eat lunch with their classes and there will still be one allocated supervisor per class.
Q. Will children still be washing hands in school?
A. Yes, children will still wash their hands regularly, especially before eating.
Q. How will classrooms be kept clean?
A. Frequently touched surfaces will still be cleaned twice during the school day as well as the usual cleaning from our site team every morning. Rooms will continue to be well-ventilated. There will still be a lidded bin in every room for used tissues.
Q. Will staff still wear visors/masks?
A. Only if they would like to. Staff will still wear PPE when they are dealing with poorly children (where appropriate).
Q. Will staff still do LFTs?
A. All school staff will be encouraged to test twice a week until September when it will be reviewed by the Government.
Q. Will my child need to stay at home if I test positive?
A. No, children don't need to self isolate now, neither do adults who are fully vaccinated. However we will ask for your child to have a PCR test and will ask for them to stay at home until they receive the result. The full details can be read here.
Q. Will 'Remote Learning' still be in place if my child tests positive?
A. Yes, if your child is well enough, we will still expect them to complete work set- full details can be found here.
Q. Will our children be able to go to assemblies with other year groups and will there be assemblies for parents to attend too?
A. Yes, we are planning for 'normal' daily assemblies for children and will be holding our weekly 'ABC Assemblies, our Class Assemblies and other celebratory assemblies throughout the year. These are usually on a Friday- please go to the calendar on our webseite/app to see everything we have planned so far!