School Day, Breakfast Club and After School Activities
I am pleased to confirm that we are in a position to offer our full provision of Breakfast club (7.30am) and after school activities through to 5pm and the extended day through to 6pm. As is our normal process the online booking system for these will be opened on our website next Monday 31st August from 2pm.
School lunches will operate with our talented Chef Leon looking forward to creating a number of new dishes and clubs will return (both early morning and after school) from Monday 7th. Details will be provided to you on Tuesday 1st September.
In accordance with the guidance, children will not be mixed at these times to avoid contact between groups (ie.kept 2m apart).
In light of the fact that we are able to offer our extended day, and based on previous demand/footfall, we do not anticipate there being a need to require specific drop off times as was necessary in the latter part of the summer term. In addition to the breakfast club (7.30am), we have the option of an early drop off between 8am and 8.05am and then the extended time from 8.15am through to 8.30am, with all children expected to be in their classroom ready for the start of lessons at 8.30am.
We would ask that any new children joining our nursery at the start of the academic year will arrive between 8.30am and 8.45am to ensure you have more time to ensure a smooth transition.
We will continuously review this and introduce set times for drop off should there be the need. Irrespective of this, the school day for all will still commence at 8.30am.
I regret that in line with the DfE regulations, we are expected to restrict access to the school site.
On arrival, ensuring a calm and welcoming environment, the process will be as follows:
Children and parents to walk up the slope (by the minibus)
I will greet each and everyone of you by the main school door (temperature check)
Parents to then make their way down the school steps to the pavement
Children to enter through side gate
Children will wash hands using soap and water at their allocated facility before going to class
Internal doors will be kept open to avoid contact and a route to each classroom identified
We will continue, wherever possible and appropriate, to place an emphasis on lessons taking place in an allocated area in the school grounds. We consider time outdoors and in the natural environment crucial for the health of our children.
Desks will be arranged to maintain social distancing rules as effectively as the space allows. Official guidance states that children do not need to adhere to the 2m requirement during the day. However, working areas are set to maximise distance between individuals.
Children will need to bring and then leave in school their own stationery. iPad devices will remain an essential tool and will be cleansed on arrival and again prior to dismissal.
We are enormously proud of the unparalleled standard that we have set and the fact that all of our children at least met and the majority exceeding their academic targets for the academic year. We shall also continue to identify and support the individual learning needs of each of our children.
First Steps children will continue to enjoy a continuous provision within their airy classroom and separate outdoor area and toilet facilities as will Second Steps with their own shaded area and facilities.
Assemblies will sadly not be able to resume at St. Paul’s Church but will be provided via my zoom access, I do hope that you will all continue to join me on a Thursday morning from 9am.
We are fortunate to have a great deal of outdoor space available to us, and similarly, we already use our space efficiently in the structure of break times prior to this outbreak.
Break will continue to take place as normal.
Individual classes will be allocated their own areas of the schools grounds, with surfaces cleaned prior to use and following each break.
Children will eat lunch either in their classrooms, in their allocated ‘outdoor classroom’ or in a controlled and managed way in the dining room when circumstances necessitate. Desks and tables will be wiped down and disinfected after they have eaten.
Moving around site
We have marked out safe distance indicators around site. Access to the toilets will be controlled to maintain distancing, and children expected to use the hand sanitiser on return to the classroom.
Parents are asked to wait on the pavement outside school and calmly respect social distancing measures. Children will be dismissed from the side gate from 3.30pm having been called one at a time from their classes. Children will wash their hands as they depart.
1530 -1540: Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
1540 -1550: Year 3 to Year 6
1700 - Clubs
1800 - Latest collection from the extended day
I would be grateful, given the considerable logistics, that these times are strictly adhered to. Please contact the school office if you would like to discuss alternative arrangements.
The school will undertake a full disinfecting deep clean prior to the start of term. In addition to this, additional time has been allocated to disinfecting cleaning to take place each evening by our cleaning contractors.
I very much look forward to seeing all of our children in their school uniform next Wednesday 2nd. On days where children have PE and Games or Adventure School, they should wear PE kit for that day.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have experienced any difficulty in obtaining uniform from our supplier AlleyCatz prior to the start of term.
Children will need a school cap, with sun protection applied prior to the start of the day as teachers will be unable to apply cream. Children are welcome to apply their own sun protection, ideally through a spray method.
Cycling and Scooting
I am very keen to encourage more of our children and families to cycle or scoot to school. I am hopeful that with the Government promoting such activities that we, as a school, can also encourage children to enjoy these modes of transport. Again, the physical and mental benefits of this are particularly important. As such, we have invested in additional secure bike and scooter racks for the front of school to encourage their use. Queens Road does now have width restrictions in place and a reduced speed limit of 20mph. I have applied for the road to be classed as a school street and await response from the council.
In the event of symptoms or positive case
Whilst we will be proactive and diligent I employing our systems of control, it is essential that you understand the steps that will be followed in the event of a child or member of staff becomes unwell with a new and persistent 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 will follow this guidance -
They should self-isolate for at least 10 days and must arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).
If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms. 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 behind a closed door, depending on the age and needs of the child, with appropriate adult supervision.
Any members of staff who have helped someone with symptoms and any pupils who have been in close contact with them do not need to go home to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves or if the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive or they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace.
It is imperative that the following is understood:
book a test if you or your child are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and will be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit
provide details of anyone you or your child has been in close contact with if you were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
self-isolate if you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in your 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.
7. We will ask parents and staff to inform us immediately of the results of a test:
if someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.
if someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: 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 keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
8. Upon receipt of a confirmed case, we will contact the local health protection team. The health protection team will work with schools in this situation to guide them through the actions they need to take. Based on the advice from the health protection team, schools must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious.
Close contact means:
direct close contacts - face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person
The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home.
9. 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 ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’. They should get a test, and:
if 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 the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.
if the test result is positive, you must inform us immediately, and 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 ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’
We are not permitted to request evidence of negative test results or other medical evidence before admitting children or welcoming them back after a period of self-isolation.
10. Where a pupil is unable to attend school because they are complying with clinical and/or public health advice, we will immediately offer them access to remote education. If a child is required to remain at home due to isolation, we will provide resources via our online platforms (Showbie/Tapestry), and if, and only if, the whole class is required to isolate, we will return to the full model employed in the Summer Term using Zoom live lessons and Showbie to provide the timetabled lessons.
If a situation arises whereby we are subject to a local lockdown, we will follow government guidelines. In previous examples around the United Kingdom, local lockdown has applied to gatherings and mixing of homes. We will follow the instructions received from the government, and will communicate this with you as soon as practicably possible.
The Park Hill Community
A key strength of our school has been the close and harmonious relationships across all areas of school life. The open relationship between families and teachers must be maintained and indeed enhanced. This is a challenge given the restriction of access to the school site. Therefore, I will be asking teachers to bring their children to the front of the school at the end of each day for that invaluable (socially distanced) chat and essential feedback. Put simply, we will double our efforts to ensure a continuous flow of information and communication despite the (understandable) restrictions in place. I would be grateful for your support, assistance and occasional patience as we navigate our communications and way into the new term.
I am delighted that we are able to welcome you all back in strict adherence with the regulations. I am similarly pleased that we will continue to navigate the line between adhering to the DfE regulations whilst ensuring the children will be happy and thrive in our nurturing and positive environment.
We will continue to monitor the advice from the Department for Education and communicate to you any recommended or required alterations or amendments.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide you with any further information or support at this time.