Gallow Field Road
Foxton
Market Harborough
Leicestershire
LE16 7QZ

Telephone: 01858 545 328

Covid

24th May 2020

Dear Parents

I hope that you and your family have managed to stay safe and well during lockdown.  It has been a difficult time for everyone and continues to be so.  From the week commencing 1st June at the earliest, the Government is asking primary schools to welcome back children in Pre-School, Fox Cubs, Year 1 and Year 6, alongside priority groups.  We have prepared the school for this and have followed the guidance and produced a plan that fits our situation and was acceptable to staff.  We appreciate that there will be many different views on this decision and that, for a variety of reasons, you may not wish your child to return.  I do not feel that it is my role to persuade you to send your child to school and I would not like any of you to feel any pressure from school or anyone else at all to do so.  The decision remains yours, for your family, and hopefully this letter and the government guidance will help to inform you to make your decision.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Implementing Protective Measures in Education

The guidance is to deliver the return to school in the safest way possible, focusing on measures put in place to help limit risk of the virus spreading within school.  Preventing the spread of coronavirus involves dealing with direct transmission (for instance, when in close contact with those sneezing and coughing) and indirect transmission (via touching contaminated surfaces).

These include:

  • individuals who are unwell – with coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does – must not attend school
  • cleaning hands more often than usual – washing hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and drying them thoroughly or using alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach
  • minimising contact and mixing by altering, as much as possible, the environment (such as classroom layout) and timetables (such as staggered break times).

We will not penalise parents for keeping children at home once they are eligible to return to school.  A system will be in place to keep children in small groups and with as little contact with others as possible.

Uniform and Equipment:

Ideally children need to wear school uniform, please.  However, we will be taking a relaxed view on this until the end of term.  If your child has outgrown their uniform for example, please don’t spend money buying something new for the last few weeks. We are happy with something that looks as much like school uniform as possible.  This is so that children feel a sense of normality.

Personal Protective Equipment

Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended.  However, if adults and children wish to wear them then that’s fine. 

Clinically vulnerable children/adults and living with a shielded or clinically vulnerable person

We do not expect these children/adults to be attending school.

Group Sizes

Early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff.  Therefore, groups are to remain the same with as limited as possible crossover of staff.

Potential Numbers

Fox Cubs

Two groups of 5, a Mrs Bellamy group and a Mrs Foster group

Year 1

5

Year 6

9

Key Worker Children

4

 

Staff and Classroom Plans for Week beginning 1st June, 15th June, 29th June

 

Location

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

AM

PM

AM

PM

AM

PM

AM

PM

AM

PM

Fox Cubs

Fox Cubs room

AB & SS

AB

AB & SS

AB & SS

AB & SS

AB & SS

LF & KS

LF & KS

LF & KS

LF & KS

Year 1

Year 1 & 2 room

PL

PL

PL

PL

PL

PL

PL

SB

PL

SB

Year 6

Year 5 & 6 room

PF & KF

PF & KF

KF

KF

KF

KF

KF

KF

KF

KF

Key Worker Children

Year 3 & 4 room

JO

PC

JO

PC

JO

PC

SE

SE

SE

SE

 

Staff and Classroom Plans for Week beginning 8th June, 22nd June, 6th July

 

Location

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

AM

PM

AM

PM

AM

PM

AM

PM

AM

PM

Fox Cubs

Fox Cubs room

AB & SS

AB

AB & SS

AB & SS

LF & KS

LF & KS

LF & KS

LF & KS

LF & KS

LF & KS

Year 1

Year 1 & 2 room

PL

PL

PL

PL

PL

PL

PL

SB

PL

SB

Year 6

Year 5 & 6 room

PF

PF

KF

KF

KF

KF

KF

KF

KF

KF

Key Worker Children

Year 3 & 4 room

JO

PC

JO

PC

SE

SE

SE

SE

SE

SE

 

Break Times

Outdoor gym equipment and fixed equipment requiring touch are out of bounds.

Fox Cubs 10.15 – 10.30 Front Playground / Field

Key Worker Children 10.15 – 10.30 Back Playground / Field

Year 1 10.40 – 10.55 Front Playground / Field

Year 6 10.40 – 10.55 Back Playground / Field

Where individual play equipment is used, it is appropriately cleaned and kept for the same group of children.

Home Learning

We plan to continue to provide distance learning for all children who are not attending school (irrespective of which year group they are in).  We will do this in the same way that we have for the previous weeks.

School Curriculum

It will be very difficult for us to continue where we left off in March.  We will be providing lessons that recap and extend previous learning.  For part of the day the children will complete the same work which has been set for the children who are home learning.  Sadly, there will be none of the usual events that take place at this time of year.  For Year 6, we will ensure that their final weeks with us are as happy as possible with work that is aimed at supporting their transition to secondary school.

Lunchtime Rotation between Field, Front Playground, Back Playground

 

 

Fox Cubs

AB or KS

Year 1

SB

Year 6

VL

Key Worker Children

PC

 

Meals will be cooked for those children wanting a school meal, served in the hall and brought back to their classroom.  Packed lunches also to be eaten in the classroom.

Classrooms

In classrooms where the children sit at desks, there will be one child per desk and the desks will be spread out in the room.  The children have the same desk each day with the equipment they need on it.  Classroom activities can take place outdoors bearing in mind which other groups are outside and where.  Unnecessary items have been removed from classrooms and other learning environments where there is space to store it elsewhere.  Soft furnishings, soft toys and toys that are hard to clean (such as those with intricate parts) have also been removed.  All spaces should be well ventilated using natural ventilation – i.e. open windows.  Doors are propped open to limit use of door handles and aid ventilation.  Class Teachers have their own guidelines for their class.  Where possible, the children do not share equipment.  No pencil cases or book bags are needed.

Timetable

Class teachers will decide the lessons and work to be completed.  There will be no assemblies.

Drop-off and Collection

Only one parent should accompany their child/children to or from school.  Year 6 children should be OK to come to school on their own from the roadside.  There is a one-way system for parents to drop off children from 8.45am – 9.00am.  Mornings – signs indicating entry from the usual gate and exit through to the gate to the car park.  Fox Cubs to use their new classroom door.  Year 1 and Key Worker children to use the Infant Cloakroom.  Year 6 to use the Year 5 & 6 cloakroom.

Staggered collection times – 3.15pm Fox Cubs and Year 1, 3.20pm Year 6 and Key Worker Children.  One-way system entry from car park gate and exit through the usual gate.  Parents asked to respect 2 metre social distance between each other.

Parents are not to enter the school.  Contact with the school is to be done by telephone.

Hygiene

We will supervise the children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds, more often than usual, with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues.  The children are to clean their hands on arrival at the school, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing.  The children are encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose and to use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’).  We will use sinks in classrooms or toilets.  Classrooms have hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes which can be used at any time.

Toilets

So that toilets do not become crowded, we will limit the number of children who use the toilet facilities at one time.  Children ask for permission to go so numbers are monitored.  Additional cleaning of the toilets will take place after break time and after lunchtime.

Cleaning

School has been deep cleaned during the last six weeks.  Derek and Jenny will complete enhanced cleaning from 7am each morning.  Tables, toilets, handles, equipment will be disinfected and carpets vacuumed.  Any shared equipment to be disinfected.

P.E.

Equipment should not be shared.  This means no sports kit or equipment that is passed from one student to another using their hands should be used.

There should be no organised contact activities (including team practices or training).

Non-contact sports, or games where young people are close (within 2m) should not take place.

Fixed Playground equipment cannot be used.

Outdoor fields, playgrounds, courts, or artificial surfaces are ok but 2m physical distancing is required.

No shared gym equipment is to be used.

Do not share drink bottles/whistles/bibs/bands.

Injuries at School

If your child sustains a minor injury whilst at school, we will encourage them to administer their own first aid by providing the equipment and talking them through what to do.  If they are unable to, we will administer first aid.  In some cases, we will ask that a parent takes them home.

Key Rule

Everyone – DO NOT enter the school if you are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus – self-isolate for 7 days.  Your fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.

Explaining Coronavirus to the Children

Parents may find this website as a useful source of information for talking to children about the virus: https://www.brighthorizons.com/family-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid19

If Someone Becomes Unwell at School

If anyone at 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 of smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance.

If a child is awaiting collection, they will wait in the Music Room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required.

If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they should use the disabled toilet. This will be cleaned and disinfected before being used by anyone else.

PPE should 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).

If a member of staff has helped someone with symptoms, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves (in which case, a test is available).  They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell.  Cleaning the affected area with normal household disinfectant after someone with symptoms has left will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people. See the COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings guidance.

If There is a Confirmed Case of Coronavirus at School

When a child or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days.  Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.  All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus.

Where the child or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class/group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days.  The other household members of that wider class/group do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the child group or in the school, Public Health England’s local Health Protection Teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise the school on the most appropriate action to take.  

I trust you can see that we have given consideration to a wide range of issues, all of which are being put in place to ensure that we can keep children and staff as safe as possible while at school.  You may want to refer to guidance the Government has published for parents and carers by following the link below to help you think about whether you will be ready to send your child/children to school.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

As Head Teacher, I read whatever information I can and am continually reviewing and tweaking our routines and support for everyone in the building at school.  Therefore, our plans are under constant review and we will communicate any changes which have to be made as soon as practical.

Yours sincerely

 

Mr P Clark

Head Teacher

 

 

 

21st May 2020

Dear Parents

 

Update Regarding Possible Opening from 1st June for Fox Cubs, Year 1 and Year 6

 

You will, no doubt, be aware of the possible opening plans announced by the government.  There has been a large amount of supporting information and guidance.  We have been working through all the information in detail and developing our plans for the partial re-opening of our school.  There has been a great deal for us to consider and implement in order for us to make the school as Covid secure as possible for the return of some children and staff.

Thank you to those who replied stating if you were or were not planning to send your child to school if we open from 1st June.  This has been a helpful insight into your thoughts.

A detailed plan of how the school will operate has been out to consultation with teachers and governors.  It is being updated and will be added to this page.  A text message will be sent to you with a link once it is ready.  Teachers will send out specific information for children they will be working with and this will be added as well.

There are 4 groups that we have planned for: Key Worker children, Year 6, Year 1 and Fox Cubs (split into two groups for different days each week).  The children will not be able to mix with children from different groups.  The adults working with each group will not be mixing with the other groups either.

We will not, at this stage, be able to provide Pre-School, Breakfast Club or After School Care.

There is lots of other information that I will share with you as soon as I can.  Please be patient with us for a few more days as we navigate through the requirements.

When to return your child to school is a very difficult decision for parents to make and I empathise with you.  If you have any questions, please do contact me and I will do my best to answer them.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding during these unprecedented and challenging times and to thank you for all the support you have given to the children.

Yours sincerely

 

Mr P Clark

Head Teacher