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Leeds: New Tier 2 Restrictions 12.10.20- What does this mean?
Zoe App: Symptoms in Children – School also had this advice from a leading consultant at the LGI during a Zoom meeting this week;
As you will be aware, the government is insisting that we all follow the guidance and look out for the classic symptoms. We also know that children display quite different symptoms, and these are becoming more well known. Please can I suggest that you all follow the link and download the Covid Zoe app to record symptoms so that we can get all symptoms on the government list. Thank you so much. https://covid.joinzoe.com/schools
The research highlighted that children display a different range of symptoms compared to the overall adult population. The top five symptoms in school aged children who test positive for COVID are: fatigue (55%) headache (53%), fever (49%), sore throat (38%) and loss of appetite (35%). This was different compared to the App’s data on adults; fatigue (87%), headache (72%), loss of smell (60%), persistent cough (54%) and sore throat (49%). In addition to this, research from the app has also found that one in six (15%) children who test positive for COVID also present with an unusual skin rash.
New Government Guidance (correct on 11/9/20):
The government has a plan to control the virus and protect the public, as well as keeping the economy and society open. That plan is working: with great collective effort, we have reduced infections significantly from its peak, and enabled the return of more normality to our lives. This is not the time for complacency; we have seen big increases in the spread of the virus in Europe and other countries. With cases increasing in the UK, we all – businesses, individuals, and government – need to take action to suppress the virus.
It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:
- HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
- FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
- SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down:
- From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce. There will be a limited number of exemptions. COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30. From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law. See refreshed guidance on social contact, including the exceptions to the 6 person limit
As you will be very pleased to know, all schools will be fully open in September. Our return to school date is Thursday 3rd September for Y1 – Y6. Reception children and parents have already been informed of their transition arrangements, visit days and full time start dates.
Over the period that many pupils have been at home, school has done a brilliant job of providing home learning, contacting vulnerable families, and providing phone calls and guidance where necessary. I am aware that there have been ups and downs for many families, but the light is now switched on at the end of a very long tunnel. We are here, ready to welcome you all back to St Mary’s for a new school year and hopefully, a safe and COVID free one.
There will still be many changes that you will notice when you return to school. These changes are clearly outlined in the letter below and it is of high importance that this is read and discussed with your child at home.
Risk Assessments and Policies
A series of comprehensive risk assessments are in the process of being finalised. These are currently in the process of being approved by our school governors, LEA and unions. Some school policies have also been updated in order to reflect the changed environment in which children will work.
It will once again be mandatory for all pupils to attend school full time from Thursday 3rd September 2020. Due to the amount of school 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 9.00am for all pupils. At this point the gate will be closed and your child will receive a late mark. Late comers must report to the main entrance where you will be directed by Miss Leonard.
When will school open?
- School will open on Thursday 3rd September to all pupils in Y1- Y6.
- 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 plans are in place to stream assemblies to classrooms from September
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:
- 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 school should be in the form of email (email@example.com) or telephone (0113 2828182).
- Children must arrive to 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 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 carpark (this will be closed to staff cars at 8.30am)
- 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:
|Y2 / Y3||8.55am|
|Rec / y1||9.00am|
How will I pick up my child?
- One parent (or adult picking up) will enter via the top gate to the school carpark
- 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 green gate at 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:
|Year 6 (+siblings)||3.00pm||Mrs Hallos|
|Year 5 (+siblings)||3.00pm||Mrs Collins|
|Year 4 (+siblings)||3.05pm||Miss Stephens|
|Year 3 (+siblings)||3.10pm||Mrs Sweeney/ Mrs Martin|
|Year 2 (+siblings)||3.15pm||Miss Nicholson|
|Year 1||3.20pm||Miss Drury|
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 in the Autumn term. Please see guidance on the letter.
All dinners are now pre bookable on the school money site. These will need to be booked two weeks in advance to allow food to be ordered. Dinners in the autumn term will initially follow the same hot grab bag option that we are currently using. This avoids the use of trays, cups, cutlery and allows us to get up and running with bubbles, numbers, staggered lunch etc. Please can children be either choosing dinners all week or their own packed lunch all week. If you do not book dinners via school money, we will assume that your child is bringing their own lunch. Mrs Timms has done an amazing job at catering and the children have enjoyed their meals.
If you have applied for Universal credit during 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.
Mrs Timms has altered the salmon to fish cakes.
For the first half term there will be no sport or extracurricular clubs run by Premier or staff. This again, gives us breathing space to get our own ASC up and running and use the space to segregate bubbles etc if the weather is not kind to us.
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, and all children will put their coat on the back of their chairs. No bags please.
|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?
- their own water bottle filled
- a coat and the correct uniform for each day
What will school look like?
A number of logistical and aesthetical changes have been made within school in an attempt to maintain the Health and Safety protocols listed above. We have attempted to provide a summary of these changes below.
- 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)
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.
- 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 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 on 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 of Coronavirus must follow Government guidance on self-isolating.
- 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 Governments test and trace scheme with parents or staff informing 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. Subsequent cases within a 14-day period may result in the closure of the class bubble or the school as advised by the LEA and National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP).
- If school is concerned for the safety of the staff or pupils it will contact 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.
- School has a new behaviour policy annex which can be viewed online to ensure the safety of all pupils and staff.
We will work creatively to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum. We will ensure all children have access to high quality content and stimuli. Within school, our priorities will be:
- PSHE and the emotional wellbeing of our pupils
- RE and Spiritual development
- The core skills in English and Maths
- Reading and Phonics instruction
- PE and health related exercise – Premier Sport will continue to deliver sessions to each class
- Key themes and key knowledge in foundation subjects
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 – details of this will be given in September
- Reading books will be not be sent home initially.
- No pupil mobile phones will be permitted.
- Increased handwashing, hygiene and safe working practices will be taught to the children.
- No assemblies with children in the hall until further notice.
Should a child or bubble have to self-isolate, we have a new system in place from September onwards. We will be using Google Classroom. This has been the advised route by the government and the school has received a grant for this to happen for the first year only. We may use this to set homework and to avoid books going home.
Log in details have now been sent out.
Unfortunately, we will not be sending reading books or reading diaries home in the first instance. Staff will hear children read with the use of sneeze screens or visors during the school day. We will continue to use reading eggs and as always, we encourage children to read many books at home too.
We have worked tirelessly 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 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.
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:
Updated Risk assessment :V3.4- Covid 19 RA for Sept 2020 18.9.20
Guidance letter sent to parents July 2020: Guidance for parents letter 10.7.20 a
Risk Assessment – updated August 2020: V3.2 – Covid 19 RA for Sept 2020 22.8.20
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.
Risk Assessment: V2.1 – Coronavirus RA 31.5.2020 web version
Updated Risk Assessment: V2.1 – Coronavirus RA 15.6.2020
Recovery of children’s wellbeing and learning is vital upon their reentry into school in September.
Vast amounts of guidance and research has been sought after to ensure that children have the best possible reentry into school.
Evidence for Learning has provided an excellent base we have used to adapt our practice in September:
The principles are as follows:
Please see individual class recovery plans for each year group: