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Newlands Spring Primary and Nursery School

CORONAVIRUS

The whole team at Newlands Spring is looking forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 8th March 2021.  

The arrangements the school are putting in place for this return takes into account the Government’ guidance for the full re-opening of schools. This Guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools.  Many of you will have read the guidance or heard about what we should be doing to keep our community safe and reduce risks.

Outlined below are the key pieces of information we feel will explain how the new government guidelines will impact on the children’s return to school and the new procedures that will be place for the safety of the children and staff. Our priority is, and always will be, the Health, Safety and Wellbeing of the entire community and although we cannot guarantee that we can keep everyone safe from catching Covid-19, we can and will take a wide range of steps to minimise the risks and meet the priority. 

Bubbles

A bubble is a group of individuals that will be placed together for their day to day time in school. Organising children and staff into bubbles (or consistent groups) is a central part of the government’s reopening guidance. Establishing small bubbles will help in managing the school should any positive COVID-19 case occur. They will make it quicker and easier in the event of a positive case of Coronavirus to identify those that may need to self-isolate and to keep those numbers as small as possible.  In continuing to ensure the segregation of each discrete bubble we aim to prevent a whole setting having to isolate and close and to reduce any potential spread of the virus.  This essential provision will exist in September and for the majority of the new academic year.  Any decision to vary this provision will be made based on the best interests of the health and safety of the whole school community.

Each class will form a ‘bubble’ with teaching staff remaining consistent. Each bubble will be expected to avoid or minimise contact with any child in another bubble. On some specific occasions it will be necessary for two bubbles to join but these occasions will be as few as possible e.g. two classes from the same year group may join together for playtime or lunchtime outside.

Attendance

All children are expected to return to school from the 8th March. School attendance will be mandatory, which means that the usual rules of school attendance will apply:

  • Parents have a legal duty to ensure their child regularly attends school
  • Schools have a legal responsibility to record attendance and follow up absences
  • Schools have a legal responsibility to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices with Essex County Council’s codes of conduct.

 Returning to school is very important from both an academic and social point of view.

However, children must not attend school if they have Coronavirus or are showing symptoms of Coronavirus (however mild). They must also not attend school if a member of their household has Coronavirus or is showing symptoms of Coronavirus.

There is an expectation that parents/carers will engage in the test and trace programme, please visit NHS test and trace: how it works - GOV.UK for more information. A negative result would be required before a child was able to return to school.

The school will respond to a confirmed case by closing the relevant ‘bubble’ (or group) for a 10-day isolation period and deep clean the classroom and facilities. Siblings of isolated pupils would also have to isolate for 10 days but not their corresponding ‘bubble’.

Drop Off and Collection

To prevent congestion and maintain an element of social distancing, a staggered start and end approach for each class will operate.

Please find below the arrangements for dropping off and collecting your children:

There will be a one-way system in place. Entrance to the school site will be through the two back gates and exit will be through the front gate only. You will not be able to enter the site through the front gate opposite Morrisons.

Arriving at school

  • Please bring your child(ren) to school between 8.40 and 8.55am. This window of time is intended to stagger the arrival of children in each class.
  • Each class will enter by a designated gate. If a family has more than one child they should enter by the gate of the youngest child.
 

 

 

Back Gate (Swimming Pool side)
Back Gate (Other side)
Temporary Back Gate (onto top playground near adventure playground)

8.40 – 8.55

Oak R
Willow R
Sycamore Y5
Rowan Y5
Spruce Y6
Cedar Y6
Pine Y3
Holly Y3
Beech Y4
Chestnut Y4
Lime Y1
Ash Y1
Elm Y2
Maple Y2
 
  • Parents of Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) children should drop their child off at the designated gate and should not enter the playground.
  • Parents of reception or key stage 1 (years 1 and 2) children may walk their child to the blue reception gate or their classroom door.
  • Children should go straight to class.
  • Parents must not enter the classroom. If you require time to speak to staff, please call the office and arrange an appointment at the earliest convenience.
  • Nursery children will enter through the nursery gate at the front of the school.

Note: Only year 6 will be able to access the bike/scooter shed. If a younger child cycles or scoots to school, their parent must take the bike/scooter home.

End of day pick up

Pick up will be staggered to minimise the number of adults and children on the playground. Social distancing must be observed by adults.

  • Please arrive at the time stated below, enter through one of the two back gates and wait on the top playground.
 
Usual back gate
Temporary Back Gate (onto top playground)
2.55
Willow
Oak
3.00
Lime
Ash
3.05
Maple
Elm
3.10
Pine
Holly
3.15
Chestnut
Beech
3.20
Rowan
Sycamore
3.20
Spruce
Cedar
 
  • Each year group will come out on to the bottom playground. The two classes will remain socially distanced.
  • Each class will keep 'only' children in a line and will dismiss those to parents first
  • Siblings of each younger year group will be dismissed at the same time as their younger sibling and will stand with their sibling on the bottom playground nearer to the school buildings..
  • Teachers will dismiss each child/sibling group to their parent in turn who will then lead them straight out to the front gate and leave the playground.
  • Please maintain social distancing when coming down the slopes to collect your cild/ren, wait for you child/ren to be dismissed to you and then leave the school site immediately. Do not linger by the front of the school to chat to other parents.
  • Parents collecting their child/ren from the side of the playground nearest the demountable should follow the marked  route off the playground, this avoids crossing in front of the other classes and their parents.
  • Please main tain social distancing when walking along the narrow path past Year 2 and the main hall.

Parents unable to arrive in time for the slightly earlier pick up should nominate a parent in the same class to collect their child(ren) and take them off the playground, ready to be met by you later. Please tell the class teacher who will be collecting your child.

If you use a childminder, inform your teacher of the days your child goes to a childminder and their name and contact details. Childminder groups will be treated as sibling groups.

If you have a younger child in our new nursery class you can collect them from the nursery as soon as you have collected your other children.

Uniform

Children are expected to wear the usual school uniform. Footwear this academic year will be plain black trainers to enable use of the field for a longer period of time.  PE kits will be used as normal; you do not need to provide a second pair of trainers for PE.

Due to increased ventilation in the school you may wish to send your child in a vest or plain white t-shirt under their school shirt.

Children should wear their  PE kits to school on the follwoing days:

Foundation Stage Tuesday and Wednesday
Year 1 Thursday and Friday
Year 2 Tuesday and Friday
Year 3 Wednesday and Friday
Year 4 Monday and Wednesday
Year 5 Monday and Tuesday
Year 6 Tuesday and Friday

 

Bags and equipment

Each child in years 1 - 6 will be expected to bring a named pencil case to school containing writing pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, 15cm ruler, colouring pencils and felt tip pens. A school handwriting pen and whiteboard pen will be provided to relevant year groups. Each child will keep this on their desk and not share the contents. Pencil cases will remain in school.

Children should also bring a named water bottle with fresh water every day. The water dispensers and water fountains will not be in use. Their water bottle will also be kept on their desk.

Reception and KS1 should bring a book bag. KS2 should bring a small drawstring type bag.  No toys may be brought to school.

Nursery children should bring a named water bottle and any clothing/personal care items as suggested by the nursery team

Remote Learning

If any areas in the school are required to close pupils will be provided with remote learning via our DB Primary Learning platform or Tapesty where relevant.

If you were unable to upload your work to DB Primary or Tapestry during the January/February lockdown please send thir work in to be reviewed on Monday 8th March. If your child's work has been uploaded, you do not need to send in the paper version.

Lunchtime

Children can bring a packed lunch or order a hot lunch from the kitchen as usual.  We will  have our usual tasty menu on a three week rotation. Th

e menu can be found here

Parents and Carers can check eligibility for Free school Meals through the LGfL FSM Eligibility Checker. You will need to provide your name, date of birth and National Insurance Number or Asylum Seeker Reference to check.

Children witn a packed lunch will eat their lunch in the classroom, to allow for more space in the dining hall.

Social Distancing and Hygiene

Maintaining hygiene is of the utmost importance. All children will need to regularly wash or sanitise their hands, including on entry to school, after using the toilers, before and after eating or moving from one are to another. You can send in some hand cream for your child to keep in school if they suffer from dry skin.

Social distancing is not a requirement for the children who are in a bubble together, they may share equipment and work together on tasks. However,

  • Throughout the school day, ‘Bubbles’ will be kept separated from others. This includes break and lunchtime, breakfast and after school clubs, and during any interventions and/or activities the children may be involved in.
  • Children will be seated at a desk with another child and all the desks will be facing the front of the classroom. They will need to stay at their desks as much as possible.
  • Children will be expected to keep their distance from the adults in school (and all adults will be socially distancing from each other as well).
  • At playtime and lunchtime they will be directed to play in a certain ‘zone’ with the rest of their class, and not mix with other classes.
  • The school won’t meet together as a group – assemblies will beheld  in each class. We are making plans for our usual autumn term events – some will happen virtually and some will have to be cancelled.
  • staff are still expected to maintain social distancing from the children where possible.

Government advice is that face masks or PPE are not necessary in schools as it interferes with teaching and learning. There may, however, be occasions when a member of staff wears a mask or a visor, such as in communual areas and walking around the school.

Should your child use a mask travelling to and from school they will be asked to keep the mask in their school bag for the duration of the school day.

All adults over 12 years of age visiting the school will be expected to wear a mask whilst on school premises.

Visitors

Visitors, including volunteers, will only be allowed on site when absolutely necessary and by prior appointment. This will be kept to essential persons only to minimise the risk to the school community. All adults over 12 years of age visiting the school will be required to wear a face mask whilst on school premises.

Cleaning

Our cleaning protocols and regularity of cleaning have increased significantly and will continue to do so in all areas of the school, toilet facilities, hall, door handles, classrooms etc. cleaning materials will be available in each room.

Behaviour

We know the children are looking forward to returning to school, however our expectations of behaviour will remain high and even more important than ever to keep our entire community safe and able to focus on their learning. These expectations will be shared with the children when they come back to school and will apply both onsite and on remote learning

Helping to keep our school community safe

If your child has symptoms of Covid 19 you must keep them at home and not send them to school. The government advice is clear - 

Symptoms
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. 
For more information click here.

Due to the expanding list of symptoms being reported, if your child displays any of the following symptoms  you will be required to collect them and take them, along with any siblings, home:
new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change in sense of smell or taste, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion/runny nose and/or nausea/vomiting.

For guidance on testing please click here 

To request a test click here or call 119

Emergency Closure Procedures

In the event of school closure or the requirement for a 'bubble' to self-isolate, we will notify parents and carers as soon as possible via SchoolComms. If you are not registered for SchoolComms please enquire at the school office. 

Risk Assessment

The academy carried out a thorough risk assessment prior to reopening the school in line with government guidance. This risk assessment is under constant review to ensure  its effectiveness. The current version of the risk assessment is available on request from the academy office.

Further Information

Further guidance and information is available via the links below should you wish to read more about the government plans to reopen in September:

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