COVID

Welcome to this page.

We hope to give you up to date information on this page as it happens

For the latest Risk Assessment, please follow this page to the bottom.

Delta Variant Symptoms

As you are no doubt aware, the Delta variant of Covid-19 is now the most prevalent form of the virus in Leeds. The Zoe Covid Symptom Study, the largest ongoing global study of Covid-19, has highlighted that a headache, sore throat and runny nose are now the most common symptoms of the Delta variant, instead of a cough and loss of smell, although fever is still common.  A colleague has therefore asked whether there are any plans to update the national schools guidance to reflect this. We understand there are currently no plans to update the list of symptoms in the schools’ guidance that would trigger the need for staff or students to seek a test. However, PHE colleagues have said anyone who suspects they may have Covid due to displaying any of the symptoms related to the Delta or earlier variants, should be encouraged to seek a test.

Parents of school age children can now order lateral flow tests for the adults living in the household. Information has been emailed out to parents and this link is here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae 

The information below relates to the academic year 2020-2021. Should we need to revert back to previous procedures, then the following information will be updated.

Remote Learning:

From 8th March, we will only be providing remote learning for those who need to isolate and in accordance with the Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance.

Schools affected by the Remote Education Temporary Continuity Direction are still required to provide remote education to pupils covered by the direction where their attendance would be contrary to government guidance or legislation around coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes, for example, where such guidance means that a class, group, or a small number of pupils need to self-isolate or that clinically extremely vulnerable children are to shield. All such pupils not physically unwell should have access to remote education as soon as reasonably practicable, which may be the next school day.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/923539/Remote_Education_Temporary_Continuity_Direction_-__Explanatory_Note.pdf

Click here to read our review of the DFE Remote Learning offer: Dfe Remote Learning offer

Remote Learning Offer Jan 2021 – Updated

Home Learning Policy: Remote Home Learning Guidance October 2020 (1)

Useful guides to Google Classroom: These documents will help you to understand how to access the site and also how to upload your completed work.

Parent-Guide-to-Google-Classroom-Laptop

Parent-Guide-to-Google-Classroom-ipad_iphone

Risk Assessments and Policies

Our latest School Risk Assessment can be found at the bottom of this page.

A series of comprehensive risk assessments are updated regularly and are approved by our school governors, LEA, and unions. Some school policies have also been updated in order to reflect the changing environment in which children will work.

Attendance:

It is mandatory for all pupils to attend school full time from 8th March. Due to the number of school days children have missed, no holidays will be authorised and are actively discouraged. Full attendance is expected from all pupils wherever possible and only genuine absences will be authorised. Medical appointments, where possible, need to be made outside the school day. Usual protocols are in place to report genuine absences to the school. All children need to be in school each day wherever possible and 100% attendance will once again be the aim.

Lessons begin at 9.00 am for all pupils. At this point, the gate will be closed and your child will receive a late mark. Latecomers must report to the main entrance where you will be directed by Miss Leonard.

When will school open?

  • School will open fully on 8th March for all pupils
  • Parents unfortunately, will not be allowed into school grounds
  • Meetings will be by appointment only and where necessary
  • Assemblies and gatherings will not take place, but we will continue to stream assemblies via Zoom.

 Access to the School Site

In order to prevent any mass gatherings, it is imperative our parents adhere to the following guidelines in order to ensure the safety of our children and staff:

  • ALL adults must wear masks whilst on the school premises and remain at least 2m away from anyone else
  • Adults must adhere to social distancing on and off the premises in order to make it safe for everyone and to ensure the school remains open
  • Adults and children must always maintain social distancing from other families within or nearby the school grounds.
  • Start times will be staggered to reduce congestion.
  • Entry and exit points will be supervised by staff members.
  • Parents will not be allowed onto the school site due to logistics and the possibility of gatherings and the site not allowing for a through flow.
  • Access to the school office in person will only be permitted in an emergency. Contact with the school should be in the form of an email (head@rothwellstmarys.org.uk) or telephone (0113 2828182).
  • Children must arrive at school at the designated time. Late attendance will be monitored as it risks the safety of admin staff and pupils in other pods.
  • Where a childminder is collecting multiple children, we would ask them to inform the school directly in order to assist efficient pick-up.
  • It is essential all children are collected on time in order to maintain the systems in place.
  • If you are planning to use My Bus, then please contact the school office as soon as you possibly can, so that we can liaise with the company and offer guidance.

How will I drop off my child?

  • One parent (or adult dropping off) will enter via the top gate to the school car park (this will be closed to staff cars at 8.30 am)
  • They will socially distance at the markers set out along the fence line
  • The child is allowed to enter via the green gate outside Y1 and go round to their classroom
  • Siblings will enter at the same time (older children will ensure that younger children enter their classrooms)
  • Staff will be waiting at fire exits to welcome children into the classrooms
  • Parent to exit via the hand gate at the bottom of the carpark
  • Parent must adhere to the set times in order for this to work
  • The same routine will be repeated for home time

 Drop off times: all pupils will enter school by 9am –

Year Groups Drop off
Y4/5/6 8.45 am
Y2 / Y3 8.55 am
Rec / y1 9.00 am

How will I pick up my child?

  • One parent (or adult picking up) will enter via the top gate to the school car park
  • Children will exit in year groups/sibling groups e.g. Y6 exit and collect any siblings, Y5 exit and collect sibling …
  • Staff to bring children to the green gate at the allocated time and stand on 2m markers
  • As parent arrive and line up, each child will be dismissed
  • No conversations will take place here as the line needs to continually move
  • Parent must adhere to the set times in order for this to work

Pick up times: – from 8th March onwards

Year Pick up Teacher
Year 6 (+siblings) 3.00pm Mrs. Hallos
Year 5 (+siblings) 3.00pm Mrs. Collins
Year 4 (+siblings) 3.05pm Miss Stephens
Year 3 (+siblings) 3.10 pm Mrs. Sweeney/ Mrs. Martin
Year 2 (+siblings) 3.15 pm Miss Nicholson
Year 1 3.20 pm Miss Drury
Reception 3.20 pm Miss Cohen

Pre Booking Facilities:

Breakfast / ASC:

Breakfast and After School Club letters have already been sent out. This is a service for those who absolutely need it  from 8th March. Please see the guidance in the letter.

DFE guidance for the use of these is as follows:

You should advise parents that where they are accessing this provision for their children, that they must only be using this, where:
• the provision is being offered as part of the school’s educational activities (including catch-up provision)
• the provision is as part of their child’s efforts to obtain a regulated qualification or meet the entry requirements of an education institution
• the use of the provision is reasonably necessary to support them to work, seek work, undertake education or training, attend a medical appointment or address a medical need or attend a support group

Dinners:

All dinners are now pre-bookable on the school money site, this includes indicating that your child is bringing their own packed lunch. These will need to be booked two weeks in advance to allow food to be ordered.

If you have applied for Universal credit during the lockdown, please let Ms. MacPherson know as your child/children may be eligible for free school meals. For Year Reception, Year 1, and Year 2, the system will know that you are free meals, but you still need to book.

Menu: Rothwell St Mary’s Menu Option 1v7 KSv2 (1)

Clubs:

Up to Easter, there will be no sport or extracurricular clubs run by Premier or staff. This again gives us breathing space to get all children back to school prior to the Easter Break.

Uniform:

The grid below indicates what uniform is needed on which day. We are asking all children to come to school in the correct uniform – standards still remain high.

No pumps will be needed.

No bags please – only the allocated bookbag given by school.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
PE Kit- with trainers that they can manage (no laces if they cannot be tied) Uniform (school shoes) PE Kit – with trainers that they can manage (no laces if they cannot be tied) Uniform (school shoes) Uniform (school shoes)

 

What does my child need to bring to school?

  • all items that were taken home during lockdown (pencil case and all contents, pens, whiteboards etc)
  • their own water bottle filled
  • a coat and the correct uniform for each day
  • a fleece to wear inside if they get cold

What will school look like?

School will still remain as it was in the Autumn term. All safety procedures will continue as before.

Classrooms

  • Classroom bases are set up for 30 pupils in Y1 – Y6
  • Tables are facing forwards as per the government guidance
  • Reception classroom remains as normal as possible with restricted numbers in areas of provision
  • Soft furnishings are at a minimum
  • Sharing of resources is allowed by pupils but these will be cleaned after use
  • There can be no doubt that school and the classrooms within it will look very different. Photographs/school tour can be seen on the school website over the summer
  • Pupils will all be given their own pencil case with all the equipment they will need (please do not send any pencil cases into school)

Behaviour Policy

School has written an addendum to our policy, following DFE guidance. This policy can be found here: Covid behaviour policy

It is essential that all children abide by social distancing and rules set out in this policy. If a child fails to follow the guidance, then parents will be requested to come and collect their child from school. This is in place to ensure the safety of everyone.

  • Children need to bring their own large water bottle. These can be filled up by staff during the day. Children will NOT be able to access water points as stated in the guidance to schools.
  • Own packed lunch if you have selected this as an option. No bottles or sweets.

PPE

  • As a school, we have decided that if staff feel they need to wear PPE then they are allowed. Please prepare your child that they may see staff in school wearing masks, aprons, and gloves.
  • Sneeze screens and visors will be used where staff cannot maintain a suitable distance from a child or where 1-1 work is needed e.g. Speech and Language interventions
  • If your child becomes ill, then the first aider will be wearing PPE to look after them while we wait for you to collect your child.
  • First aid – if your child has an accident in school, we will send a text home instead of an accident form. These will be logged as usual in school on our accident forms.

Health and Safety

 There are a number of updates to our Health and Safety procedures within the school. Below is a summary of these procedures, linked to the frequently asked questions we have received from parents:

  • All staff have been briefed on the increased safety protocols relating to COVID-19 and will follow the control measures identified in the Risk Assessment document.
  • Additional safety equipment, PPE equipment, and signage has been purchased to structure the school environment and ensure staff and pupils are socially distancing, wherever possible.
  • All persons who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 MUST NOT come into school and should follow government guidance on testing and self-isolation. The website required can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
  • If any pupils display symptoms for Coronavirus they will be asked to isolate in school in a well-ventilated designated space until they can be collected. Staff monitoring these pupils will wear protective PPE equipment if they cannot safely maintain a 2m distance.
  • Persons whose family members are displaying symptoms and / or are having a COVID test must follow Government guidance on self-isolating and must not come to school
  • All persons in school displaying Coronavirus symptoms, however mild, will be sent home immediately and they should then follow Government guidelines on self-isolation including the use of test and trace. Any pupil/staff member with symptoms must be tested at the earliest opportunity using the Government test and trace scheme with parents or staff informing the school immediately regarding the outcome.
  • If a pupil or staff member tests negative for Coronavirus they are welcome to return to school.
  • Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for Coronavirus current guidance will be followed and the pupil or staff member will be asked to isolate for the required timescale and the class bubble will be collapsed.  The school will seek advice from the LEA and National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP).
  • If the school is concerned for the safety of the staff or pupils it will contact the National Institute for Health Protection and ask for advice. Under the direction of the Head Teacher and Local Authority, school will close if safety measures cannot be maintained and the control measures identified on the agreed Risk Assessment cannot be met.
  • Increased handwashing protocols, social distancing where possible and reduced access to some facilities for pupils will be in effect to prioritise pupil and staff safety in school.
  • Staff will always attempt to socially distance from each other.
  • All inhalers, epi-pens, and medicines should be updated by parents and sent into school, clearly labelled before their child returns to school.
  • The school has a new behaviour policy annex which can be viewed online to ensure the safety of all pupils and staff.
  • Isolation is 10 days from the day after symptoms begin or after a positive test if you are asymtomatic.

Curriculum

Guidance from the DFE states:

  • The key principles that underpin our advice on curriculum planning are as follows:
    • Education is not optional. All pupils receive a high-quality education that promotes their development and equips them with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
    • The curriculum remains broad and ambitious. All pupils continue to be taught a wide range of subjects, maintaining their choices for further study and employment.

For pupils in Reception, disapplications of specific EYFS requirements can be used where coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions prevent settings delivering the EYFS in full.
You may consider focusing more on the prime areas of learning in the EYFS, including communication and language, personal, social and emotional development, and physical development, if you think this would support your children
following time out due to coronavirus (COVID-19). For pupils in Reception, teachers should also assess and address gaps in language, early reading and mathematics, particularly ensuring children’s acquisition of phonic knowledge and extending their
vocabulary. For Reception, consider how all groups of children can be given equal opportunities for outdoor education.

Key Stages 1 and 2
For pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2, you are expected to prioritise identifying gaps and re-establishing good progress in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing, and mathematics), identifying opportunities across the curriculum
so they read widely and developing their knowledge and vocabulary. You should ensure your curriculum offer remains broad so that the majority of pupils are taught a full range of subjects over the year, including sciences, humanities, music and the
arts, physical education and sport, religious education and, at Key Stage 2, languages.

There will also be some changes to the normal school routines:

  • Books will be marked in line with current safety guidelines.
  • Staff will provide verbal feedback and whole class feedback to children.
  • Homework will be sent using Google classroom – where necessary
  • Reading books will be sent home. These books will then be quarantined for 72 hours before being back in circulation.
  • No pupil mobile phones will be permitted unless a child is in Y6 and is walking home alone.
  • Increased handwashing, hygiene, and safe working practices will be taught to the children.
  • No assemblies with children in the hall until further notice.
  • Virtual assemblies will take place on Monday and Friday.

Summary

We have worked tirelessly once again, to provide an environment and curriculum in which children can continue to learn and feel safe, whilst ensuring the safety of all staff and pupils. When we extend our offer to an increased number of children, we can promise:

  • We will continue to listen and respond to official guidance from all sources to keep our practices in school up to date.
  • We will monitor the well-being of our children, parents/carer as much as we possibly can.

We will continue to stay in touch through letters, newsletters, phone calls, text messages, social media, and the school website. All we ask from our families in return is:

  • To follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines as strictly as possible.
  • To keep the school informed of relevant health and attendance issues.
  • A continued commitment to home learning.
  • To prepare your child for returning to school.

Thank you for your continued support. Though this guidance is comprehensive, it is not completely exhaustive. If you have any further important questions that are not covered in this document or any of the government-based guidance available online, please contact the school by email or phone.

Government Documents:

Guidance for parents: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term

Essential Documents approved by the Governing Body:

Risk Assessments 2021-2022

New Risk Assessment: V6.01 – Covid 19 RA for September 2021 RSM

 

Risk Assessments 2020-2021

Updated Risk Assessment V5.09 V5.09 – Covid 19 RA for 28.5.21 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment V5.08 V5.08 – Covid 19 RA for 28.5.21 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment V5.07 V5.07 – Covid 19 RA for 14.5.21 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment V5.06: V5.06 – Covid 19 RA for 23.4.21 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment V5.05: V5.05 – Covid 19 RA for 16.4.21 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment V5.04: V5.04 – Covid 19 RA for 8.4.21 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment V5.03:V5.03 – Covid 19 RA for March 8th 2021 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment V5.02: V5.02 – Covid 19 RA for March 8th 2021 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment V5.01: V5.01 – Covid 19 RA for March 8th 2021 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment V4.06: V4.06 – Covid 19 RA for Jan 2021 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment V4.05 V4.05 – Covid 19 RA for Jan 2021 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment 4.04 V4.04 – Covid 19 RA for Jan 2021 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment 4.03 V4.03 – Covid 19 RA for Jan 2021 Final St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment 4.02: V4.02 – Covid 19 RA for Jan 2021 St Mary’s

Updated Risk Assessment 3.1.21: V3.10- Covid 19 RA for Sept 2020 updated 11.12.20 final

Updated Risk Assessment 11.12.20 V3.10- Covid 19 RA for Sept 2020 updated 11.12.20 final

Updated Risk Assessment: 8.12.20 V3.9- Covid 19 RA for Sept 2020 updated 8.12.20 final

Updated Risk Assessment 8.11.20: V3.8- Covid 19 RA for Sept 2020 updated 8.11.20 final

Updated Risk assessment 31.10.20: V3.7- Covid 19 RA for Sept 2020 updated 31.10.20

Previous Correspondance:

Letter to parents 22.2.21

Guidance for parents letter 22.2.21

Letter sent out 5.1.21: letter to parents 5.1.21

Request for a school place 4.1.21: Request for care Jan 2021

Letter sent to parents 13.5.20: Information letter re return to school 13.5.20

Letter to parents: 26.5.20 – for those parents who replied yes to the google form requesting a place for their child.

Guidance for parents letter 26.5.20

Risk Assessment: V2.1 – Coronavirus RA 31.5.2020 web version

Updated Risk Assessment: V2.1 – Coronavirus RA 15.6.2020

Curriculum Recovery:

Recovery of children’s wellbeing and learning is vital upon their re-entry into school in September.

Vast amounts of guidance and research has been sought after to ensure that children have the best possible re-entry into school.

Evidence for Learning has provided an excellent base we have used to adapt our practice in September:

https://www.evidenceforlearning.net/recoverycurriculum/

The principles are as follows:

Please see individual class recovery plans for each year group:

Y1 recovery

Y2 recovery

Y3 recovery

Y4 recovery

Y5 recovery

Y6 recovery