School Closure January 2021

Thank you to pupils, parents and staff for all your ongoing understanding, support and continued hard work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and school closure Jan 21.
This has been very much appreciated and has ensured Milefield Primary continues to support all pupils, whether in school or at home, to learn, progress and thrive.
The COVID outbreak certainly continues to test us all in many different ways and I continue to wish that you, your families and friends are keeping safe and well at such a challenging time. - Mrs Trickett
As of the 5th January 2021, Milefield Primary will be closed to all pupils with the exception of those deemed vulnerable or for children of critical workers.
As a school, I would like to assure you that the safety and well-being of all our pupils, parents and staff is our priority. We will continue to work tirelessly, throughout the school closure, to ensure every measure and strategy is in place to support and keep everyone as safe as possible.
We have followed government guidelines to adapt teaching, routines and school procedures whilst ensuring that pupil’s welfare and education remains at the the forefront of everything we do.
I know I can rely on the support of both parents and staff to ensure that these new ways of working and systems continue to support pupils so they feel confident and secure to progress and learn.
Thank you- Mrs Trickett
Key Worker & Vulnerable Pupils...
Guidance from the DfE has been updated reiterating that whilst children with at least one parent/carer who is a critical worker can go to school if required, parents/carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can.

If you are a critical worker who is working from home and can keep your child at home, you should.

Please note that whilst places in school for critical worker children are available, you should only take up a place if absolutely necessary. As a community, we must ensure that there is space for children of healthcare workers and those involved in vital roles that are actively helping to fight the pandemic. Many critical workers, particularly hospital and frontline medical staff, will be working additional hours and covering multiple shifts and we must ensure that we prioritise those with the most urgent need.
School Closure...
Since the closure of schools to all pupils except those of critical workers & those deemed as vulnerable (Jan 21), updated Government guidance and documentation has been circulated.
As a school, with the support of Hoyland Common Academy Trust (HCAT), we have:

1. Devised and implemented a remote education approach and system. Details of which can be found on the school website in the Remote Education Guidance:

2. Reviewed and revised the school's risk assessment and procedures implementing changes and adaptations as appropriate to ensure school can remain open safely for vulnerable pupils and those of critical workers who urgently require a place.

Please find below important information to provide clarity about what the school day will look like for vulnerable pupils and those of critical workers and the measures in place to ensure safety is given full priority. You can also view our School Closure FAQs for further information.
  • All pupils and staff are allocated a bubble.
  • Where possible, staff and pupils will remain within key worker bubbles at all points throughout the school day including lunchtimes, breaks etc.
  • Staggered start/end times to the school day, break times and lunch times have been implemented.
  • Bubble toilet allocations are in place- these are adhered to at all times and toilets will only be used when a cubicle/stall space is free.
  • Bubbles will be adhered to at all times for safety.
  • Communication between bubbles will be done via the use of technology.
In order to keep pupils, parents & staff as safe as possible we will be using the following times for dropping off and collection:
  • FS1 am session 8.40am - 11.40am
  • FS1 pm session 12.30pm – 3.30pm
  • FS2 8.45am – 3.10pm
  • Year 1 8.45am – 3.10pm
  • Year 2 8.45am – 3.10pm
  • Year 3 8.50am – 3.15pm
  • Year 4 8.50am – 3.15pm
  • Year 5 8.50am – 3.15pm
  • Year 6 8.50am – 3.15pm
With some classes using the same entrances/exit points, it is important that parents and pupils stick to the assigned drop off and collection times.
Please refer to the information below for further details regarding bubbles, staggered school timetables, staffing etc.

To ensure safety on entry and exit of school, eliminate bottle-necking and limit the number of pupils and parents accessing school site, the following has been implemented:

  • Staggered school day
  • Allocated entry/exit points- as detailed below.
  • One-way system- as outlined below.
  • Staff allocated at key points, at start/end of school day, to support pupils and parents, ensure social distancing is in place and answer any questions.
  • Cone markers will be placed two metres away from entrance/exit points to reinforce drop off/collection points.
  • Staff members will be available on the door of entrances/exits.
  • The one way system has been marked out by arrows on footpaths and school grounds as a point of reference.
Due to social distancing, only pupils will be allowed to enter the school building and all adults should remain outside.
When accessing school site, we ask that all parents adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear face masks.
We ask that all parents and pupils respect the one-way system and follow the direction of travel shown above.
Please remember that our office staff are in a bubble. Parents will not be allowed to enter the school reception.
Registers, including dinner registers, will be taken in class.


The following protocol will be in place for pupils who arrive late:
  • Pupils arriving late should come to main reception and use the buzzer to alert admin team.
  • The admin team will alert Miss Jones (Attendance Officer).
  • Miss Jones will come and speak with the pupil (and parent) and contact staff in the appropriate bubble to alert to late arrival.
  • Miss Jones will accompany the pupil to appropriate class/bubble- social distancing applied where they will be greeted by a member of staff at the allocated entrance.

In the instance of late collection, staff within the bubble should contact Miss Jones/admin team. Pupils should remain with staff in their bubble. Miss Jones/admin team will contact parents and inform staff of arrangements.


As of week commencing 11th January, we will continue to offer breakfast club provision for vulnerable/critical worker pupils. This will be led by Mrs Little and Mrs Archer.

Activities will be split so pupils are kept in key worker bubbles.

Areas used for breakfast club will be thoroughly cleaned down after use.

Places for breakfast club need to be booked. A place for the following week should be booked via the school office by Thursday at 3.15pm and paid for in advance/upfront.

Due to Government guidelines we will only be offering a capacity of 30 each day.



  • Staggered break and lunch times have been implemented- refer to key worker bubble timetable. These will be strictly followed each day.
  • Multiple spaces have been allocated within the dining hall to prevent cross contamination between key worker bubbles.
  • Outdoor spaces/playgrounds have been allocated and each class/bubble has been allocated SMSAs.
  • Lunchboxes will be kept on trolleys in classrooms.
  • School dinners will continue the full menu offer.
  • Tables and seats will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each lunch sitting ready for the key worker bubble.
EXTRA CURRICULAR PROVISION: Unfortunately, at present, we are unable to offer after school clubs. This will be reviewed over the course of the half term and any changes communicated. Please watch out for further information.
WALKING BUS: Unfortunately, due to social distancing guidelines and to ensure pupils remain in allocated bubbles, we will not be able to offer walking bus provision until further notice.

School Uniform:

All pupils accessing a key worker or vulnerable school place should wear a school uniform as normal.
In line with guidance, pupils DO NOT need to wear face masks or visors.
On Bubble PE days pupils should come in PE Kit. This will be communicated by year group teachers.

Frequent hand washing is a MUST!

All pupils in school will wash their hands as they come into school and at regular points through the day. They do not need to bring their own hand gel or cleaning products.

A hand washing scheduled has been devised which will be adhered to:

Everyone must wash their hands with soap and water whenever asked throughout the day.

Everyone must use tissues to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing.

Anyone experiencing symptoms MUST inform a member of staff/SLT immediately, follow instructions for isolation (allocated room) and will be sent home.

Adult or child showing symptoms...
The following protocol has been implemented:
  • Pupil to be taken to COVID isolation area.
  • Escorting adult to wear face mask and supervise at distance.
  • Office/SLT will be informed.
  • Where appropriate, Public Health and the Local Authority will be informed and advice followed.
  • Parent/family member collecting child will be advised about self-isolation and testing.
  • Deep cleaning of bubble and isolation area will be conducted.

FIRE SAFETY: Fire drills will follow same process as normal. Social distancing is not applicable. In the event of a fire alarm, getting pupils out of school safely is the main priority.

To ensure safety and hygiene, the following cleaning procedures have been put in place. These must be adhered to by all:
  • Staff will clean down frequently touched surfaces throughout day- lunch time; end of day at a minimum.
  • Staff will replace bin bags at midday.
  • Daily checks will be completed to ensure classrooms are stocked and replenished with: Anti-bacterial Soap; Hand Sanitiser; Paper Towels; Bin Bags; Tissues; Anti-bacterial spray & kitchen roll.
  • Classrooms will be well-ventilated by leaving classroom doors/windows open and ventilating when pupils are not in session.
  • FS1 classroom will be cleaned between am/pm session by staff.
  • Additional cleaning will be conducted by facilities staff at midday including contact points and toilets.


Areas for learning have been adapted to support social distancing. Classroom layouts have been adapted in line with Government guidelines.
Outdoor spaces have been scheduled on a ‘rota style’ basis to avoid free flow of groups and ensure children continue to remain in their key worker bubbles.
Pupils are asked to bring essential items to school only e.g. coat, medical items (inhalers etc. -prescribed only) and packed lunch (as required). All children in school have a school water bottle.

The following has been implemented to reduce risks and ensure safety...

  1. Table/seating arrangements will be forward facing.
  2. Pathways around classrooms, entrances/exits and sink areas will be kept clear at all times.
  3. All excess/unnecessary furnishings, particularly soft furnishings have been removed.
  4. Pupil access to resources will be limited and pupils will have their own set of equipment/resources.
  5. Pupils will store coats in cloakrooms. Staff will monitor number of pupils accessing cloakrooms at any one time.
  6. All pupils will be provided with a school water bottle (September) which should be kept on/under desks.
  7. Tables/surfaces will be kept tidy and cleared at the end of each day to ensure surfaces can be easily cleaned.
Whole school assemblies will continue to take place online during the school closure. If your child is due to receive an award, you will receive their certificate via email and will be able to view the assembly via Seesaw.
  • Inhalers/medication must be signed for and brought into school via main office. Only vital medication must be brought in and a doctor’s prescription must be printed on the item.
  • A number of medical stations have been set up around school to avoid children moving to different areas around school.
  • The school has devised a number of areas to act as staffrooms to ensure staff working within different bubbles have limited contact with each other.

Our vision, core values and learning behaviours will continue to be at the heart of all we do and will be upheld at all times...

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. We appreciate that this is an extremely difficult time for parents and understand that you may have concerns and worries. However, we hope that having communicated our plan for your child and the school will help to alleviate some of those concerns. If you require a meeting or would like to speak with a member of school staff, please call the school office. Unfortunately, we cannot allow walk-in appointments- Mrs Trickett
Key Dates: Spring Term 2020-21
  • January 2021- Big School Bird Watch
  • Friday 29th January- Sunday 31st January- Big Garden Bird Watch
  • Monday 1st February- Children's Mental Health Week
  • Monday 8th February- Safer Internet Week
  • Thursday 4th March- World Book Day
  • Wednesday 10th March- Milefield's Got Talent Auditions
  • Thursday 11th March- EYFS Parent Meetings
  • Friday 12th March- Comic Relief
  • Monday 15th March- National Science Week
  • Monday 15th March- KS1 Parent Meetings
  • Tuesday 16th March- LKS2 Parent Meetings
  • Wednesday 17th March- UKS2 Parent Meetings
  • Thursday 18th March- Milefield's Got Talent
  • Monday 29th March- Friday 12th April- Easter Holidays
Virtual coffee mornings and parent workshops will be organised throughout the Spring Term- please watch out for notifications.


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