The children have made a fantastic start to school and although there are changes to our usual routine they have adapted brilliantly.
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.
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 primary 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.
We would like parents to wear a face covering inside school for any appointments that have been made. Staff members wear face masks when moving through the communal areas in school in order to help reduce the risk of transmission between adults.
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 their brother or sister and make their way to the top yard or the playground from within school.
8:40am-8.50am & 3:10pm-3.20pm
Year 4 (bottom gate) & Year 6 (top gate)
8:50am-9am & 3:20pm-3.30pm
Year 3 (bottom gate) & Year 5 (top gate)
The entrance next to the council playground on Princess Avenue / Whittingham Road will be open to all children in the morning but parents will not be able to access the site through this gate. This gate will not be open at the end of the day for leaving school however we will keep this under review.
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 will still be available before school in the hall at your child’s start time.
Children will eat their lunch in the classroom in their bubbles and the school dining hall if having a school dinner. 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 or trousers over their PE shorts. The pupils can then put their warm clothes over their PE kit when finished and wear these home.
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.