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St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Reopening of School 8th March

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

 

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

We are planning to reopen school fully on Monday 8th March. The schools risk assessment has been updated in accordance with government guidance and has been approved by the board of governors on Tuesday 2nd March.  In the sections below, I have updated the procedures which were originally issued last September.

 

Prevention

The school must comply with health and safety law, which requires us to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures.

 

We must always:

1) Minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate by ensuring they do not attend the school.

2) Ensure face coverings are used (by adults) in recommended circumstances.

3) Ensure everyone is advised to clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.

4) Ensure good respiratory hygiene for everyone by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

5) Maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents.

6) Consider how to minimise contact across the site and maintain social distancing wherever possible. 7) Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

In specific circumstances:

8) Ensure individuals wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) where necessary.

9) Promote and engage in asymptomatic testing, where available.

We must always:

10) Promote and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.

11) Manage and report confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community. 12) Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.

 

This letter details the arrangements for the full reopening of St. Teresa’s and contains essential information and advice about how we plan to keep our school community safe.

 

Attendance

It is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.

Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from 8th March 2021. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

 

  • parents’ duty to ensure that their child attends regularly at school where they are of compulsory school age;
  • 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

 

Where children are not able to attend school, as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, absence will not be penalized and pupils will be given access to remote education.

 

Keeping Coronavirus Out of School

 

Pupils, staff and other adults must not come into the school if they, or members of their household, (including someone in their support bubble or childcare bubble if they have one) has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days, anyone developing coronavirus symptoms during the school day will be sent home.

For more information please click on the link: COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance Please familiarize yourself with the coronavirus symptoms below:

  • 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

 

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with the symptoms stated above, they will be sent home and advised to follow COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance, which sets out that they should self-isolate and arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Staff and parents must inform school immediately of the results of a test so that an assessment can be made of the potential impact on school. If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they must restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

 

As is usual practice, in an emergency, we will call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Anyone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms should not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.

 

Public Health England is clear that routinely taking the temperature of pupils is not recommended as this is an unreliable method for identifying coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

If someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have any symptoms similar to those identified for coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They may still have another virus, such as a cold or flu, therefore it is still advisable to avoid contact with others until they recover. However other members of their household can stop self-isolating.

 

Staff who have assisted someone who has taken ill with COVID-19 symptoms and any pupils who have been in close contact with them, will wash their hands with warm, running water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. They do not need to go home unless they display the symptoms themselves or are advised to do so by NHS Test and Trace or Local Health Protection Team.

If a pupil displays symptoms their parent/carer will be required to take them home as soon as possible. The pupil will be placed in the meeting room until they can be collected, whilst being mindful of the individual pupils' needs.

 

Procedure – Positive COVID Test

 

If someone tests positive, they are instructed to follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ self-isolating for the full 10 days from the onset of their symptoms. They will be advised that other members of their household must continue self-isolating for the full 10 days.

 

A rapid risk assessment will be conducted to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.

Based on advice from the health protection team, school will send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 10 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. Close contact means:

 

  • face to face contact including being coughed on or having a face to face conversation within one metre;
  • being within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer without face to face contact;
  • being within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day);
  • travelling in a small vehicle, i.e. a car, with an infected person;

 

School will keep a record of pupils and staff in each group (bubble) and any close contact that takes place between children and staff in different groups. School will not share the names or details of people with coronavirus (COVID-19) unless essential to protect others.

 

Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the pupil 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 10-day isolation period they are instructed to follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and instructed to get a test.

 

If the test is negative they are instructed to remain in isolation for the remainder of the 10-day isolation period as they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.

 

If the test result is positive, they must inform school immediately, and must isolate for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms.

 

They are advised that their household should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

 

Class Bubbles and Groups

 

The classes will work as bubbles and will be kept as separate as possible from other class bubbles.

The only exception to this will be the Year 5 and Year 6 classes. They will operate as an upper key stage 2 bubble to enable the pupils to be streamed. Extra cleaning will be implemented between lessons if pupils move classrooms.

 

 

 

Lunchtimes & Playtimes

 

These will be staggered so a smaller number of pupils are on the playground. The children will only be able to play with those children in their bubble and will be in group zones on the playground, supervised by an adult at all times.

 

Lunchtime has been shortened to accommodate the staggered start and finishing times so that the amount of overall teaching time is not reduced. Teachers have been asked to plan extra outdoor learning activities.

 

Years 1 -6 will eat their dinner in their classrooms or designated outdoor space. Reception pupils will eat in the hall to familiarize themselves with the lunchtime routine but the two reception groups will be sat separately.

 

Travelling to School

 

The majority of staff and pupils travel to St. Teresa’s either by private transport, walking or cycling. Please avoid using public transport, if possible, to travel to school. If this is your only option, you must follow social distancing rules and wear a face covering when on public transport. Please click on the link and read this guidance carefully if you are travelling to school by public transport: safer travel guidance for passengers

 

The Start of the School Day

 

Each class has been allocated a ten-minute arrival slot to enable a staggered arrival time. Please ensure that your child arrives at school no later than their allocated time as pupils must receive the correct amount of teaching time. If you have children in school with different start times you may bring them into school at the earliest time slot you have been allocated. The pupils who are not going straight into class will be supervised on the playground in their class zoned area.

 

Please maintain a 2 metre distance, from others, at all times. Staff will be waiting at the gates to guide children and parents.

 

Infants

 

We would like children & parents to walk up the infant footpath when they arrive at school and leave via the carpark – please note this is a change to the original procedure.

 

Key Stage 2 / Juniors

 

 

We will be using the same one-way system for the juniors. The children will be entering the school through their external classroom door apart from Joseph (3) and Edmund (3/4) who will enter via the KS2 door.

 

Class

Drop off window

Dismissal / Collection Time

St Ignatius (6)

8.25 -8.35am

2.45pm

St Gregory (5/6)

8.30 -8.40am

2.50pm

St Augustine (5)

8.35 -8.45am

2.55pm

St Anthony (4)

8.45-8.55am

3.10pm

St Edmund (3/4)

8.50 - 9.00am

3.15pm

St Joseph (3)

8.55-9.05am

3.20pm

St Bernadette (2)

9.00-9.10am

3.15pm

St Veronica (1/2)

8.55 -9.05am

3.10pm

St Cecilia (R/1)

8.50-9.00am

3.05pm

St Martha (R)

8.45-8.55am

3.00pm

 

End of the School Day

 

Please arrive at the allocated time to collect your child to avoid lengthy queues and people gathering /waiting on site.

 

Infants

 

At the end of the day the infant children will be dismissed from the infant playground, a group at a time, to avoid contact with other children from a different class bubble. We would like parents to walk up the path when they arrive at school and leave via the carpark – please note this is a change to the original procedure.

 

Year 3 and 4 pupils

 

They will be dismissed from their classroom door / KS2 playground door at the times stated above. Please wait outside the classroom door and socially distance.

 

Year 5 and 6 pupils

 

If children are walking home, we will dismiss a group at a time at the times stated above. If parents are collecting children, you may collect from the classroom door or arrange to meet your child at an agreed meeting point.

 

If you previously made arrangements to collect siblings together at the same time, these arrangements will resume.

 

Only one person should be picking up children as this will support social distancing, but you may have children of primary school age or younger with you (if you are unable to leave them with someone else). If waiting for children, please keep 2m apart and move away from any thoroughfares.

 

All adults must wear face coverings when picking up and collecting pupils.

 

No one experiencing Coronavirus symptoms (or someone in their household) should come onto the site.

 

Remote education support

 

If your child is required to shield or isolate, a remote home learning plan will be sent home via Seesaw, as promptly as possible. There is a 24/48 hour activity sheet available on your child’s class page so that you can access remote learning immediately.

 

  • Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we will offer immediate remote education.
  • We will provide a curriculum sequence that allows access to high-quality online and offline resources and teaching videos, and that is linked to the school’s curriculum expectations.
  • We will give access to high quality remote education resources e.g. Reading Plus, Pearson Bug Club, Purple Mash, My Maths, White Rose and Oak Academy.
  • SeeSaw will be consistently used across the school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback.
  • Provide printed resources, such as textbooks and workbooks, for pupils who do not have suitable online access.
  • We recognise that younger pupils and some pupils with SEND may not be able to access remote education without adult support, and so we will work with families to deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum.

 

When teaching pupils remotely, we will:

 

  • Set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects.
  • Teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject.
  • Provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, through high quality curriculum resources and/or videos.
  • Gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks and set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check work.
  • Teachers will adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding.
  • Plan a programme that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school.

 

Well-being

 

We are fully aware that your child might be apprehensive and anxious about returning to school.

If anyone feels that lockdown has had a significant impact on their child, please discuss this with your child’s class teacher. We are very fortunate to have access to a wellbeing coach, Miss McNulty, who will offer advice to our teaching staff and will work with identified individuals.

 

Catch-up Programmes

 

Following on from the mid-year reports and parent consultations we are ready to roll out our catch-up programmes. Intervention has been carefully mapped out throughout the school and pupil progress will be closely monitored.

 

 

 

After School Clubs

 

Mrs Allen intends to operate Schools Out at St. Teresa’s following government advice regarding before and after school clubs.

There will be no other after school clubs this term. This will be reviewed at Easter.

Parents are advised to only use one out-of-school setting in addition to the school (as far as possible).

 

Collective Worship / Assemblies

 

Collective worship will take place daily within the class bubble. There will be no assemblies to minimize contact between classes and year groups. The pupils will still receive Star of the Week Awards but this will be done within their classroom or via a Zoom assembly.

 

Cleaning

 

Persistent and rigorous cleaning will take place throughout the day. Each classroom will be cleaned thoroughly at the end of each day and shared areas will be cleaned frequently throughout the school day. We are following government guidance regarding enhanced cleaning for schools.

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

 

PPE is available for staff to wear when necessary. Staff will wear face masks when moving around corridors and in communal areas around school in accordance with government guidance.

 

Social Distancing

 

Where space allows, pupils who are old enough are supported to maintain a distance from each other and are encouraged not to touch staff and their peers where possible.

Where staff or pupils cannot maintain social distancing due to space restrictions the risk is reduced by keeping pupils in smaller, class-sized group bubbles.

Classrooms have been adapted to support social distancing where possible including;

Ø seating pupils side by side and facing forwards, rather than face to face or side on;

Ø moving unnecessary furniture out of classrooms to make more space;

 

 

 

 

School Lunches

 

The school lunch menus that were completed prior to lockdown will be used to order your children’s school lunches from Monday 8th March.

 

Uniform

 

Children must return to school in their school uniform. Please let your class teacher know if you have any difficulty with school uniform e.g. shoes no longer fit etc. If your child cannot tie their own laces, please ensure that they are wearing shoes with Velcro fastenings. On the days the children have PE they will need to come to school in their school PE kit. PE days are the same as they were in the Autumn Term.

 

Belongings

 

No bags, toys, pencil cases etc. must be brought into school other than lunch boxes and water bottles (please label). The infants may bring their book bags. There may be exceptions to this which can be discussed with your child’s class teacher.

 

Office

 

We are asking that no parents enter the school building, so all communication with the office must be done via email or telephone. Please make any payments online, if this is not possible cash or cheques should be placed in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, class, amount and reason for the payment. Envelopes should be handed in, to the class teacher, by your child.

 

Contact Details

 

Please ensure that your emergency contact details are up to date. If your child displays symptoms of COVID we will need to contact you urgently.

 

Control Measures

 

1. Handwashing (for all the school community) or hand sanitizing will take place on entry into school and at the end of the day. Frequent handwashing will also take place throughout the day and hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom. Children will be reminded not to touch their faces. Posters will be displayed in all toilets.

2. Well – ventilated classrooms.

3. We will encourage good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

4. Children’s desks will be facing forward (where possible) and pupils will need to stay at their desks (in the juniors).

5. Adults will not touch the children, unless it is an emergency.

6. Drills will be necessary as children start school e.g. moving around the building, fire drills, lunchtime and break procedures, home time etc.

7. Year 2 – Year 6 pupils will have their own zipped wallet of equipment (provided by school) – pencils, white board, books etc.

8. Reception pupils – equipment used will be cleaned frequently throughout the day.

9. All shared equipment which will be cleaned before it is used by another class bubble or left 72 hours before it is used again.

10. Surfaces will be wiped down at regular points throughout the day.

11. Younger children will be escorted to the toilets, where necessary, to avoid cross contamination of bubbles.  

12.Each class bubble will have its own timetable for using the outside areas, the wildlife garden, the field, playground etc

13. No contact sports will be played.

14. Only essential visitors and contractors will be allowed on site and they must adhere to our procedures.

 

Risk assessments will continue to be reviewed throughout the rest of the academic year and we will communicate to you any changes to our procedures and arrangements. Thank you so much for your patience and continued support; it is greatly appreciated. We are really looking forward to welcoming all the children back to school on March 8th. We will endeavour to make sure that your child feels safe and happy on their return and maintain our caring Catholic ethos. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs Jillian Holmes

Headteacher

 

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