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COVID Guidance for Parents (as of 06.11.20)

All year groups at Furley Park Primary Academy

What Parents Need to Know to keep everyone Covid Safe

 November 2020

In welcoming all children back this term, we are continuing to minimise the number of contacts that a pupil has during the school day as part of implementing the system of controls outlined below to reduce the risk of transmission.

Our staff are experts in education and continue to deal with the changes we have had to implement over the last few months. We continue to consider the extra changes and protective measures the government is asking schools to put in place to manage the risk and help ensure our schools are as safe as possible for everyone. We regularly review and update our detailed health and safety risk assessment to reduce the risk as much as we can.

In line with health and safety laws, we have continued to assess risks and keep in place proportionate control measures. Essential prevention measures include:

Minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school

Pupils, staff and other adults should not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in the last 10 days, and anyone developing those symptoms during the school day will be sent home. If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow ‘guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection,’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated, depending on the age and needs of the child, with appropriate adult supervision if required. The room will be well ventilated.

PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).

Engagement with the NHS Test and Trace process

Staff and parents/carers should understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:

  • book a test if they or their child are displaying symptoms. The main symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change to the sense of smell or taste. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested if they have symptoms, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents or carers if using a home testing kit
  • provide details of anyone they or their child have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
  • self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in their household develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Parents and staff must inform us immediately of the results of a test:

  • If someone with symptoms tests negative for coronavirus (COVID-19), then they should stay at home until they are recovered as usual from their illness but can safely return thereafter. The only exception to return following a negative test result is where an individual is separately identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, when they will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of that contact.
  • If someone with symptoms tests positive, they should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should continue to self-isolate until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should all self-isolate for the full 14 days.
  • If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 amongst the school community, the school will work with the local health protection team and carry out a rapid risk assessment and decide on the actions to be taken.
  • If there are two or more confirmed cases within 14 days in school or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, we may have an outbreak, and so would work with their local health protection team who would advise if additional action is required. In some cases, health protection teams may recommend that a larger number of children and staff self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole site or year group.

Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They should get a test, and:

  • if someone who is self-isolating because they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) starts to feel unwell and gets a test for coronavirus themselves, and the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.
  • if the test result is positive, they should inform their setting immediately, and should isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 14-day isolation period). Their household should self-isolate for at least 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, following guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Hand Cleaning

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on the skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser. Pupils will continue to clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks and before and after eating. Regular and thorough hand cleaning is going to be needed for the foreseeable future.

 ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ approach

The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important, so we will ensure that there are enough tissues and bins available in each class for children and staff to follow this routine.

Face Coverings

Public Health England does not (based on current evidence) recommend the use of face coverings in schools. This evidence will be kept under review. They are not required in schools as pupils and staff are mixing in consistent groups, and because misuse may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission. There may also be negative effects on communication and thus education.

Enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces

We continue to use the same cleaning schedule which was put in place to ensure cleaning is enhanced and includes:

  • more frequent cleaning of rooms / shared areas that are used by different groups
  • frequently touched surfaces being cleaned more often than normal

Minimising contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible

Minimising contacts and mixing between people reduces transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Contacts continue to be reduced by:

  • grouping children together in bubbles the size of a full class, year group or phase
  • avoiding contact between groups
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks where possible
  • staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible
  • avoiding large gatherings e.g. assemblies
  • staggered start and finish times
  • staggered break times and lunchtimes
  • All parents or adults collecting or bringing children into school must observe the 1-2 metre distancing rule and must wear a mask whilst on school premises. Any children that have that have to be brought onto the premises at these times must stay with their parent at all times (anyone over the age of 11 must wear a mask whilst on school premises). Anyone refusing to follow either of these requests will be asked to leave and may be refused entry to the premises in the future

What Children Can Bring to School

Pupils may only bring:

  • A book bag
  • Clear water bottle (this must be taken home every night to be cleaned and sanitised)
  • Fruit snack for breaktime
  • Key Stage Two only – Packed Lunch in a disposable wrapping/container (Lunchboxes are not allowed)
  • No mobile phones can be brought to school
  • Currently we cannot store bikes and scooters on the school site so these should not be brought to school.

Pupils and teachers can take books and other shared resources home, although unnecessary sharing should be avoided.

Drop Off Procedures

  • When entering and leaving school all children must walk next to their parent or adult. Children must not be running around and social distancing must be observed. Anyone over the age of 11 must wear a face mask whilst on school premises.
  • A staggered pick up and drop off time is being introduced to reduce the volume at the entrance. On arrival at school there will be a one-way system in place. Parents and children will stand at 2 metre markers while waiting to come into school. Parents and children over 11 years of age must wear a face mask whilst on school premises.
Drop Off Pick Up
Year 2 and 6 8.35am 3.20pm
Years 1 and 5 8.40am 3.10pm
Years 3 and 4 8.45am 3.15pm
Foundation 8.50am 3.05pm

 

  •  Years 1,2,3 and R will enter through the KS1 gate and queue on the footpath on the field side of the driveway.
  • Years 4, 5, and 6 will enter through the KS2 gate and queue on the footpath on the on the woods side of the driveway.
  • Parents will then exit on the driveway on the woods side this will be closed to traffic.
  • The parent drop off and car park will be closed for parent parking unless they have a blue badge. Parents are encouraged to walk to school.
  • Blue Badge Holders will be able to drop off by using the exit side of the driveway but please be very aware of any other cars coming in and out. Badges will need to be shown at the gate. A member of staff will meet you at the car and bring your child into school. Please email enquiries@furleypark,org.uk to let us know that you need us to do this.
  • Bikes and scooters must not be brought into school.
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent when coming to school and going home including year 6.
  • All children must and walk around the outside of the building and enter their classroom using the outside classroom door.

 

Pick Up Procedures

  • Please follow the one-way system at pick up time. This will be slightly different from the drop off.
  • At pick up time parents should queue at 2-metre intervals on the pathway on the field side of the drive and enter via the KS1 Gate. Please walk around the building to the classroom and queue at 2 metre distances outside the classroom doors. Children will wait at their table and be released one at a time to the parent at the front of the line.  The parent and child must walk around the outside of the building and leave via the KS2 gate observing social distancing and exit on the pathway on the woods wide of the drive.
  • To maintain social distancing and reduce crowding, we ask that only one adult enters the school gates. If more than one adult wishes to collect, they must wait in a space outside the KS2 gate.

Wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Parents/Carers and children over the age of 11 years of age, must wear a face mask whilst on school premises.

In school, PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases, including:

  • where an individual child or young person becomes ill with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at school, and only then if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained
  • where a child or young person already has routine intimate care needs that involves the use of PPE.

Attendance

School attendance will continue to be mandatory. This means the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to ensure that their child attends regularly at school
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

Safeguarding

As we have done throughout this time we will follow the guidelines in our safeguarding policy.

Designated Safeguarding Leads will be alert to new safeguarding and welfare concerns.

Catering

Our kitchens continue to be fully open and normal legal requirements apply about provision of food to all pupils who want it. All Reception and Key Stage One children will have school lunch.

Key Stage Two pupils wishing to have lunch the price is £2.30 unless they are entitled to benefits-related free school meals. Alternatively children in year 3, 4 ,5 and 6 may bring a packed lunch in a disposable wrapping/container (Lunchboxes are not allowed)

School Uniform

We continue our usual uniform policy. However, for the time being the children should come to school in their PE kits on days when they have PE.

Curriculum

As we mentioned in September, we have had to make some modifications to the curriculum at the start of the year to create time to cover the most important missed content. In Term 1 we reviewed the learning objectives from the previous year and will be moving on to the new year objectives from November. The aim is to return to our normal curriculum by summer term 2021.

We will continue to do as much outdoor learning as possible and outdoor PE will be prioritised too.

Behaviour

We will continue to follow our school’s behaviour policy and are still following additional rules which reflect the strict measures taken to adhere to the restricted movement within school, the hygiene rules and social distancing; this is to ensure the safety and well-being of all. Any pupil that breaks these rules deliberately will be deemed a ‘risk to themselves and others’ and may be excluded; in this case we will ask parents to collect their child immediately.

Parent communication

If parents wish to communicate with the school this needs to be via telephone or email. Please do not visit the school office.

Parents must implement their own social distancing when dropping off and collecting children and should wear a face mask whilst on school premises.

Wrap Around Care

  • Breakfast or Afterschool Club will continue to run. Children will remain in their year group bubbles during this time.
  • There will be no after school activity clubs or outside agency clubs until further notice.

These measures will be kept under review in line with any Government guidance and we will update you as necessary.

Emma Collip

November 2020