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COVID-19

Do not come into school if anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms. 

Continued Opening Plan

Remote Learning Plan

Symptoms

Do not come into school if anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms. 

‚ÄčThe medical advice is clear: You must self-isolate if you have coronavirus symptoms or live in the same household as somebody who does.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
• high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
• new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
• loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most people with Coronavirus have at least ONE of the above symptoms, but we are advised that sniffles, sneezing, sore throats, ear aches and runny noses are not ‘key symptoms’ of COVID-19.

 

If you, your child or anyone else in your family home/bubble have any of these 3 main symptoms, you must:

  • Arrange a test for the person with symptoms. Others in the household do not need to have a test unless they too have symptoms HOWEVER, whilst awaiting the test and/or awaiting the test results themselves, no-one in the household should come to school, whether they have symptoms or not.
  • Once the test results are received you need to inform school of the results.
  • If the test is positive, you must follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.
  • The person testing positive must isolate for 10 days starting from the day the test was taken.
  • All the other household members must isolate for 14 days from the day that the first person became ill. If any of these people within those 14 days start to show symptoms they too must then have a test and start a 10-day period of isolation from the date of their test.
  • If you are worried about your symptoms or simply do not know what to do, use the NHS 111 help line or online service  (https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/); do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.
  • If the test is negative, and everyone in the family is well and no signs or symptoms have developed in any one else, you and your family no longer need to isolate and the children may return to school, HOWEVER, if any of you have started showing signs and symptoms of Coronavirus the process starts all over again!

School Day

Do not come into school if anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms. 
We have staggered our start and finish times for the Autumn Term in order that we reduce the number of children/parents meeting before/after school. Our breaktimes and lunchtimes are also staggered. 
Yr Gp Gate Entry Start Gate Exit Finish
EYFS EYFS Gate 8.50am EYFS Gate 3.10pm
Y1 Greenbelt Gate or Main Gate 9.00am Greenbelt Gate or Main Gate 3.15pm
Y2 Greenbelt Gate or Main Gate 9.00am Greenbelt Gate or Main Gate 3.15pm
Y3 Greenbelt Gate 8.50am Greenbelt Gate 3.20pm
Y4 Greenbelt Gate 8.50am Greenbelt Gate 3.20pm
Y5 Greenbelt Gate 9.05am Greenbelt Gate 3.30pm
Y6 Greenbelt Gate 9.05am Greenbelt Gate 3.30pm

 

Parent Engagement

Do not come into school if anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms. 

  • Visitor numbers on/to site to be restricted as much as possible i.e. visitors to have pre-arranged appts.
  • Visitors to follow signage guidance; only one visitor to be allowed into Reception Area at a time. Glass panel to remain closed. One-way system to operate (up ramp and down steps) + social distance Waiting Zone.
  • Pre-booked visitors to be asked if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have had contact with anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, before they arrive on site (simple list of questions to be asked by Administrative Staff on duty before allowing entry to the building).
  • Visitors expected to hand sanitise before entry in to the building and to abide by all available guidance signage i.e. safe distancing.
  • Visitors expected to wear a face covering before entry in to the building and/or site.
  • Parents/Carers to be advised to contact the school by phone if they wish to speak to a Class teacher (CT) or member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), and meetings are to be arranged and accommodated either outside the building or in a planned manner within the building.

Cleaning and Hygiene

Do not come into school if anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms. 

•        Deep clean of whole school undertaken at the start of each half-term/term.
•        Additional 'Cleaning Presence' throughout the day with teaching and support staff asssisting Premises Team and Lunchtime Teams.
•        Staff to have access to disposable cloths and virucidal cleaning fluid that is safe to use around children so that they can clean surfaces and handles more frequently.
•        Each class to have accesss to soap and water, hand sanitisers, paper towels, tissues and bins.
•        Children encouraged to wash their hands for 20 seconds when entering and before leaving school, after coughing or sneezing, after using the toilet, before and after handling food.
•        Children to be taught to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’.
•        Internal doors to be propped open to avoid use of handles.

•        Cleaning an area with our usual disinfectant after someone with suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) has left school to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people. Using a disposable cloth, first cleaning hard surfaces with warm soapy water. Then disinfecting these surfaces with the cleaning products we normally use. Paying particular attention to frequently touched areas and surfaces, such as toilets, grab-rails on doors and door handles. 
•        If an area has been heavily contaminated, such as with visible bodily fluids, from a person with coronavirus (COVID-19), staff should use protection for the eyes, mouth and nose, as well as wearing gloves and an apron. Waste should be double bagged and stored safely away from children and kept aside for 72 hours before disposing of in general waste.
•        Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds, and after removing gloves, aprons and other protection used while cleaning.
•        Liaise with Premises Team to review cleaning arrangement and make any necessary changes.
 

Protective Measures

Do not come into school if anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms. 

  • Keeping children in their classes with staffing as consistent as possible, and minimising contact with other classes around school.
  • Cleaning our hands more often than usual. We have developed routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly, or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered. If your child has an allergy to alcohol hand gel and/or you do not wish them to use it, please contact the office asap
  • Ensuring our children understand good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach and ensuring a good supply of tissues and bins throughout the setting.
  • Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the day, including table tops, door handles and play equipment.
  • Asking parents and carers to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent or carer per household.
  • Asking parents not to congregate at school at drop off/pick up times. Staggered start/finish times have been introduced to help avoid bottlenecks and crowding.
  • Asking parents to wear face coverings when entering the school site.
  • Asking staff to wear face covernings whem moving in/through communal school areas.

Links to DfE, NHS, PHE COVID-19 Documents

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

The DfE have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Information re. School and COVID-19 can be found under the News and Events tab > COVID-19. All letters sent home re. COVID-19 can be found under Parents tab > Letters Sent Home :-)
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