COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan
GOV UK Guidance for Parents and Carers
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Who can get a test
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test. Coronavirus symptoms are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You can get a test for someone you live with if they have these symptoms. Do not get tests for people you live with who do not have these symptoms.
The fastest way to get a test result is to go to a testing site. Individuals will need a pre-booked appointment or they will not be given a test. People can also order home test kits to be sent directly to them. To book an appointment or order a home kit, please visit:
Useful guides for Parents/Carers regarding when to get tested:
Who to Contact in an Emergency
If at any stage someone you live with cannot cope with the symptoms or their condition significantly worsens, use the https://111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 service. If you do not have internet access, dial NHS 111. In a medical emergency, dial 999.
Remote / School Learning Information
For children working from home please see the policy and information for remote learning on our Home Learning page:
The school will continue to use Google Classroom for uploading work and homework. Please be aware that regular homework issued to pupils can be viewed in the classwork section under the topic ‘Homework’.
All pupils are expected to attend online lessons and google meets. From January, the DfE expectations are made very clear In Restricting Attendance during the National Lockdown:
Acts of worship will temporary be replaced by a ‘thought for the week’ which is based on our normal worship plan. We are exploring materials and alternative avenues to help deliver worship while we are separated from each other.
Teaching and learning strategies will be slightly different to normal standard practice. There continue to be limitations on the activities we can undertake or provide for home learners but we aim to make the curriculum as interactive as possible while maintaining distancing. This can mean in school, for example, making multiple boards for board games with each child playing the same game at individual tables. PE will be timetabled to take place in groups and will be, primarily, based on fundamental skills; individual challenges centred on improving personal bests. No contact sports are allowed.
Communicating with the School
Should you wish to speak with anybody in school then please use email or telephone whenever possible. Those questions which relate to your child and their learning, behaviour, social or mental health or are otherwise classroom related should be directed toward classroom teaching staff. Matters regarding attendance, access to Google Classrooms, payments, or letters should be directed toward the office staff. Questions or comments relating to management and operational arrangements can be directed straight to the Headteacher. Please be aware that video calling can be arranged if necessary.
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During lock down pupils in school will be in one Bubble with one teacher and one TA daily. Further support will be provided through remote means from a second TA.
Dropping Off and Collecting your Child
Entry and exit to and from school will be staggered to reduce the risk of virus transmission between families. Families will be given a time to arrive. Please, stick to your time and ensure that no more than one adult drops off or collects a child. Please drop your child at the external gate and ensure that you stay 2m away from any other person who may be present. You may, of course, watch to make sure that your child enters the school but an adult will be on hand at the school doors to welcome them in. A hand sanitising station will be available just inside the school gate during fine weather and inside the school doors during inclement weather. Your child is expected to use this to sanitise their hands before entering the building. All children will use the large cloakroom by the toilets.
Please ensure that your child wears school uniform every day to school. This should be laundered as necessary.
Changes to the School Environment
Tables and chairs will be forward facing and there will be as little equipment kept in the classroom as possible. Any equipment that has been used will be sanitised between groups of pupils. As much equipment as possible will be kept by individuals in plastic wallets in trays. Please do not send in equipment from home.
Lunchtime and Playtimes
There will be one break time for all pupils in school. All children are expected to bring a home packed lunch and will remain in their classroom to eat. They will then have a half hour slot to play outside at lunch time. Adults will return to a near normal system rota for playtime supervision. For a number of operational reasons we continue the school year without a lunch provider and for qualifying parents (free school meal & universal infant free school meal pupils) supermarket vouchers will be provided. If your circumstances have changed and you feel you may qualify for free school meals, please contact the office via email to make an application.
Cleaning and Hygiene
A programme of enhanced cleaning has been agreed with the cleaning company and this will be carefully monitored by Mrs Withey and the company managers. In addition, throughout the day, tables, door handles and other frequently used surfaces and equipment will be sanitised to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Children will be reminded to wash or sanitise their hands frequently; on arrival, before and after play and lunch, after handling certain equipment and after using the toilet. It is important that you encourage your child to comply with this expectation and to follow whatever instructions are given to them so that risk of infection is minimised.
Illness at School
If your child becomes ill at school we will not leave anything to chance. Your child will be looked after, as at any other time, but also isolated from others. The attending adult will be wearing PPE. We understand that this may cause alarm or worry for some children but we are simply following best practise in order to keep everyone safe. We will ask you to collect your child as soon as possible. Please then follow government guidance with regard to testing for the virus and with regard to isolation procedures. It would be very helpful if you would inform the school when you have the test results so that, if necessary, we can take appropriate action.
Health and Safety Procedures
All of the standard health and safety checks and procedures will be taking place in school as usual. This will include fire evacuation procedures. Children will line up in register order and must stand 1m apart from each other.
We have been advised that the fewer items that cross the threshold between home and school, the safer everyone will be. This means that work on paper will be kept to a minimum and will be quarantined for periods of time before being looked at. We will try and ensure that as much work as possible takes place through Google Classroom. We politely request that children do not bring pencil cases, toys or other items into school and, by the same token, will send as few things home as possible.
- Although pupils are allowed to transport books in book bags we ask that these are only brought to school on Mondays. Children will be given a number of books to last the week and these will be changed on Mondays with previously used books being quarantined. No other items should be brought to school in book bags.
- Any work brought into school will be quarantined for three days before being viewed by teaching staff. Work should be brought in on Mondays.
- Children should bring their own reusable drinks bottle every day; the water fountain will be out of use because of the risk of virus transfer.
- Every child in school will need a PE kit in school every day. This should be brought in on Monday and taken home on Friday to be laundered.