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Covid-19 Related Information

We will be using this page during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in order to share useful information regarding the school's procedures and to assist parents and carers to support their children during this period.

Contingency Plan for Home Learning

I am delighted that Cheriton Primary School will be fully open to all children from  Thursday 3rd September.

Should the Government change its decision to open next week or if they issue a change to the current guidance I have received, I will inform you of any changes which may be required to the plans I am setting out in this letter.

 

A very large majority of the children would have had some time in school between June 16th and the end of the Summer Term and it will hopefully be a comfort to your children and yourselves that many of the procedures followed at this time will remain virtually unchanged in the new term.

 

A detailed risk assessment has been produced and we will be taking every possible precaution to reduce the risk of transmission between children and staff.

 

System of Controls

 This is a set of actions our school, and every school, MUST take. They are grouped into ‘prevention’ and ‘response to any infection’.

 

 Prevention.

We will continue to follow these over-arching principles for our school community:

 1. Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.

2. Clean hands more thoroughly than usual (we will continue to ask pupils to wash their hands on arrival at school, when they come in from a break-time, come inside from outdoor learning, before they eat and after visiting the toilet).

3. Promote good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

4. Continue to have enhanced cleaning procedures: wiping down frequently touched surfaces, such as light switches, banisters, laptops etc. with anti-bacterial wipes throughout the day as well as continuing with a midday clean of the toilets for both staff and children

5. Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible for staff.

6. Where necessary, wear appropriate PPE.

 

 Response to any infection

7. Engage with NHS Test and Trace process (all visitors, which will be kept to essential and emergency only, will be asked to leave a contact number which will be kept for 21 days).

8. Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community (we will need your assistance with this – please keep us informed of any COVID-19 related symptoms).

9. Contain any outbreak by following DFE and local health protection team advice.

 

Attendance

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, well-being and wider development. School attendance is therefore mandatory from Thursday 3rd September for all children. If for any reason you chose to not send your child in to school, it is vital that you contact the school in order to discuss your reasons for this decision.

 

Bubbles

The school will continue to operate a system where children are grouped into separate bubbles but these will now be whole classes. Each class bubble will be kept apart from other class bubbles to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus through the whole school community. Each class will:

  • Arrive at and leave school in at specified times (see below).
  • Have sole use of designated toilets.
  • Have their own play space and equipment at break times.
  • Eat their lunch in their classroom.

Whole school assemblies and events will not be taking place for the foreseeable future.

 

As a school we can now allow visitors such as music teachers into school and adult staff can move between bubbles during the day where necessary.

The School Office will be open but parents and visitors will be expected to only come in to the school building by prior arrangement with the office staff.

 

Staggered start and finish times

In trying to assign drop off and pick up times, I have been mindful of the challenge this may present to working parents. My priority has to be to meet the requirement for class bubbles to be kept apart from each other. I also wish to avoid the risk of transmission between parents which could be caused by too many trying to drop off or collect children in time slots that are too short.

As was the case last term, one adult should bring their child onto the front playground at the allotted time and when asked to do so by a member of staff. There are floor markings at 2 metre intervals to assist with correct social distancing. Your child’s teacher will then collect your child from you and gather them prior to bringing them into the building. The adult should leave the playground via the side gate.

Pick up at the end of the day is also the same as last term with parents coming onto the front playground to receive their child from the teacher before leaving via the side gate.

Please take care when exiting through the side gate as vehicles do use the road.

Times for drop off and pick up for each class

Class

Drop off

Pick up

1 (after initial introductory weeks)

9.00 - 9.10

3.00 - 3.10

2

8.50 - 9.00

3.30 - 3.40

3

8.40 - 8.50

3.20 - 3.30

4

8.30 - 8.40

3.10 - 3.20

If you should arrive early for your time slot, please do not approach the area in front of the school. If you should arrive late and miss your time slot, please wait until all classes are in before allowing bringing your child in.

 

Before and After School Club

This facility will be available from Monday 7th September.

Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance and numbers will be limited to ensure they can be cared for safely.

 

Response to suspected cases

It goes without saying that, if your child exhibits any symptoms of the covid-19 virus, you must not bring them to school. If you suspect they may have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case then you must follow the government guidance including self-isolating.

If a child exhibits any symptoms during the school day they will be brought to a room where they will remain with a member of staff wearing PPE until the child can be collected by a parent. They should then be taken for testing.

A small number of home test kits will be available from the school but they are to be issued only to those parents who are unable to attend a test centre.

 

PPE

Face masks should not be worn by primary aged children whilst they are at school.

Some members of staff may wear face shields or masks if they are needing to work very closely with a child or to administer first aid.

 

Uniform

All children should attend in full school uniform. There is no longer the requirement that all clothing is washed at the end of each.

 

Equipment

Each child will be provided a set of equipment for them to use in class. This will include items such as pens, pencils, a ruler etc. and will be not be shared between children within a class. Any equipment that needs to be shared will be cleaned after each use. Children must not bring their own stationery equipment to school.

Please could you also keep any bags brought to school to the smallest possible such as a book bag.

If you a wondering how best to talk about the virus with your child, this link offers you some support and guidance.
The link below will take you to other e-safety information gathered on our website
A short video tour of the school is available to be viewed on the About Us page of this site.
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