We are proud to be working with Ilfracombe Academy and One Ilfracombe on the 'Welcombe Back to School' campaign!
We are very much looking forward to a full return to school life on September 7th. We feel very confident that we can welcome back all children in line with the government guidelines and are so excited by the prospect of us all being together again! We also have a special page with additional information for parents in Year 2 here and will be hosting an open afternoon for Year 2 parents and their children to visit on Friday 4th September. We will contact you directly to arrange a visiting slot.
The guidance below details some of the key actions we will be taking to manage risk effectively. I fully understand that there is a lot of information here but I would ask that you read it carefully as there is key information you and your child will need to know before arriving back to school. Government guidance and key points have been included in red. We will review our plans regularly and update this page as they change. We will also post updates in the blog below and you can submit questions using the contact form at the bottom of the page.
These plans have been shared with our Full Governing Body and the full government guidance about school in the autumn term, for parents and carers, can be found here.
What to do if you are feeling unwell
Pupils, staff and other adults must not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in the last 7 days.
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 must be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 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.
Please keep us up to date with your latest contact information.
The government now expects all children to return to school in September. Whilst many parents and children will be looking forward to this, we do understand that some of you may feel anxious or have questions. Our Pastoral Team will work with any families that need additional support to feel confident about returning to school. There is a great resource here for anyone that might be feeling anxious. Please email us on email@example.com should you need to discuss any pastoral care we could provide.
The full government guidance on attendance can be found here:
In March when the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was increasing, we made clear no parent would be penalised or sanctioned for their child’s non-attendance at school.
Now the circumstances have changed and 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 the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:
parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and 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
Pupils who are shielding or self-isolating
The following government guidance is in place for shielding vulnerable people and can be found here
We now know much more about coronavirus (COVID-19) and so in future there will be far fewer children and young people advised to shield whenever community transmission rates are high. Therefore, the majority of pupils will be able to return to school. You should note however that:
a small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves; or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
shielding advice for all adults and children will pause on 1 August, subject to a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that even the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding. Read the current advice on shielding
if rates of the disease rise in local areas, children (or family members) from that area, and that area only, will be advised to shield during the period where rates remain high and therefore they may be temporarily absent (see below).
some pupils no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school (usually at their next planned clinical appointment). You can find more advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health at COVID-19 - ‘shielding’ guidance for children and young people.
We have completed a risk assessment in line with the government guidance and based on the Devon Local Authority template. In doing so, we know that we have managed the risk effectively with a range of protective measures in place. This still prioritises the need for good hand and respiratory hygiene, along with social distancing wherever possible. Our Risk Assessment can be viewed here.
Children under the age of 11 are not required to wear face masks on public transport and pupils in schools are currently not to wear face masks. If this guidance changes we will of course let you know and prepare for this. If your child does come to school wearing a face mask we will store it safely in the school office for them to collect at home time.
Collection and drop off
In order to maintain social distancing outside of school, we have staggered the start and end times of the school day. Older siblings can enter school through the bottom gate with and make their way to the top yard or the playground from within school.
8:40 & 3:10
Year 4 (bottom gate) & Year 6 (top gate)
8:50 & 3:20
Year 3 (bottom gate) & Year 5 (top gate)
Initially, parents of children in Year 3 and 4 will be allowed into the school playground as we know you will want to be with your child at the start and end of the day. Please support us by arriving only at these times and by following the social distancing measures that will be in place in the playground. Only 1 adult per child will be allowed on site. Year 3 & 4 parents will need to arrive through the bottom gate and leave via the main gate on the driveway. Year 6 pupils should make their way to the top yard to meet their teacher and Year 5 pupils should go straight to their classroom once they have arrived through the top gate on Princess Avenue.
Please do walk or cycle to school wherever possible in order to avoid traffic congestion on the roads close to school which can be a significant safety issue when too many cars are parked on the road.
Each class will work and play together as a ‘bubble’. This means that we will aim to reduce and limit mixing with other groups. The children will have their own play area for break and lunchtime and will not be mixing with children in other groups, for example in an assembly, in the dining hall or during a club. We know that children will miss spending time with friends in other classes but this is important in order to be able to trace any contacts should there be a confirmed case of Coronavirus. In order to do this we will need to stagger break times and lunch times. These timings can be found below:
Year 4 10:20am - 10:40am (Bottom Yard)
Year 6 10:20am - 10:40am (Top Yard)
Year 3 10:45am – 11:05am (Bottom Yard)
Year 5 10:45am – 11:05am (Top Yard)
Year 4 & 6 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)
Year 3 & 5 (12.30pm - 1.30pm)
We will not be offering after school clubs for the first half term at least but Breakfast Club will still be available before school in the hall at your child’s start time.
Children will eat their packed lunch in the classroom and dinners will be served to children in their bubbles in the school Hall. Staff will accompany children to the toilets and a one way system will be in place around the school to reduce contact with other groups as much as possible.
In the classroom...
Once in the classroom, school should feel very much like normal. Lessons and sequences of learning will be adapted to take into account any gaps the children may have in their learning and there will be a lovely focus on developing the class community over the first few days.
The children will be sitting in rows, facing the front and this will allow us to accommodate all of the children in the classroom. They will have their resources at their tables as much as possible and regular cleaning of surfaces and shared equipment will take place throughout the day. We will try to encourage social distancing in the classroom and the school grounds wherever this is possible.
As before, children will have a routine of regular hand washing which will be supervised by staff and will be reminded to 'catch it, bin it, kill it' whenever they cough or sneeze. We have lidded bins in every classroom for tissues to be safely disposed in.
What to bring into school?
The children should try to reduce the amount of things they bring in from home and should aim to limit this to essentials such as their packed lunch/snack, water bottles (to be cleaned at home daily), reading books, home learning and PE kit. Please ensure your child has a waterproof jacket and suitable trainers for PE as we will be heading outdoors as much as possible – even when it rains!
Our normal school uniform will be in place. Details can be found here.
On P.E days, pupils must wear their PE kit to school. This should include sensible trainers, black shorts and a house t-shirt underneath their school jumper. If it is cold, pupils may wear black or blue tracksuit bottoms. Year 3 children will be allocated a house on arrival in September and a white t-shirt will be fine until this has happened. Pupils should have a waterproof coat everyday as we will try to have PE and break times outside wherever possible. We know it can be tricky sometimes to always organise a PE kit but we will need to follow up on this with parents in the event that a child has forgotten to wear one.
Process in the event of an outbreak
The following is government guidance on managing and the full information can be found here
If a school or college experiences an outbreak, either because they have 2 or more confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) among pupils or staff in their setting within 14 days, or they see an increase in pupil or staff absence rates due to suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), they will need to contact their local health protection team. This team will advise if additional action is required, though the closure of the whole school or college will generally not be necessary.
Where an outbreak in a school is confirmed, a mobile testing unit may be dispatched to test others who may have been in contact with the person who has tested positive. Testing will first focus on the person’s class, followed by their year group, then the whole school, if necessary.
If your local area sees a spike in infection rates that is resulting in localised community spread, decisions will be made on what measures to implement to help contain the spread. The government will be involved in decisions and will support individual schools and colleges to follow the health advice.
In all cases, where groups of pupils need to self-isolate or where a larger restriction of attendance at school or college is needed, your child’s school or college should seek to ensure children and young people’s education can continue remotely.
Summer holiday childcare support
The Early Years and Childcare Service have put a list together of those holiday schemes that are intending to open over the summer holidays. The list is available on Pinpoint and includes Early Years group settings, childminders and holiday clubs.
If you cannot find what you need, please complete the Unable to Find Childcare Form and return it to Pinpoint. If you are happy to do so, one of the team will contact you to help with finding the childcare you need over the summer holiday period.
Summer Holiday Meal Support
FSM Vouchers have been issued to all eligible families to cover the summer holiday period. If your child is in Year 6, we have issued the voucher ahead of the transition to their next school.
If you need to register for Free School Meals you can do so here:
Healthy Start offer free vouchers each week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. You may be eligible for these vouchers if you are pregnant or have children under the age of 4. More information can be found here: https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/
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