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Information Post-Covid September 2020

Here you will find important information about safety measures designed to keep everyone safe when school reopens in full on Thursday September 3rd 2020. This information is subject to change at short notice as it closely follows current government guidance. Please keep checking for updates. 

 

Keeping everyone safe

Parents & carers, under no circumstances, should send children to school if they or any member of the household have any symptoms indicating Covid-19 or have been asked by Public Health England or NHS Test &Trace to self-isolate.

NHS England define symptoms as:

1.   Fever or high temperature (including ‘hot to touch’)

2.   New, persistent cough

3.   Loss of taste or smell

Parents must report through to AJ in the usual way, by ringing school before 9.00am on the first day of absence.

How children are organised

 

From September, our pupils will be organised into groups or ‘pods’ with as little interaction as possible across groups. We have opted for class pods for the vast majority of the time. Play areas will be used by different pods at different times so although they share a space, they do not use it at the same time. The toilets will be also need be shared with children from other pods for example, all junior girls will use the junior girls’ toilets. Where areas are shared there will be enhanced cleaning throughout the day. This means that the children should only have transitory contact with another child from a different class/ pod when visiting the toilet or passing in the corridor on their way to play outside. The DfE has stated that pupils passing each other briefly in a corridor or playground (e.g. walking past each other) is a relatively 'low risk', but we will have measures in place to avoid large groups of pupils mixing together in these spaces at the same time.

 

Social distancing within pods

 

The DfE has recognised that strict social distancing will not always be possible, especially with primary-aged pupils. The guidance specifically states, ‘We recognise that younger children will not be able to maintain social distancing, and it is acceptable for them not to distance within their group’.  We will promote and encourage social distancing amongst the children and classrooms will be reorganised to allow maximum space between children who will be facing forwards and sitting side-by-side. The DfE has accepted that pupils will need to be sitting close to each other in most classrooms.

 

‘Plan B’: remote-learning

 

Schools are also being asked to prepare arrangements to allow remote learning to take place if a pupil is self-isolating or if partial or full closure of the school is required at any point in the next academic year. We have already made a detailed plan of how we will do this, using the Oak Academy and daily contact with the class teacher using Microsoft Teams. There is a clear expectation from the government that schools will provide the support and that parents will pick up the home-learning as seamlessly as possible. We are using the information gathered from the parent survey issued recently to inform our plan and to make provision for additional digital devices where necessary.

 

Arrangements for children who become unwell

If pupils become unwell in school with symptoms of Covid-19, then they will be isolated in school until taken home by a parent or carer, who must then arrange for their child to be tested:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Siblings will also need to go home and parents must follow the ‘Stay at home’ guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection#ending-isolation.

As a school, we are required to ask you to inform us of when a test has been arranged to take place, and the outcome of that test once completed.  If a pupil or member of staff tests positive for Covid-19, they must then follow the ‘Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) infection’:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance.

We must inform Public Health England of any positive test outcomes. Public Health England would then advise the school on appropriate next steps to manage risk.

 

Other Important Measures

 

Strict hand-washing routines and respiratory hygiene measures will be in place. 

Pupils will be required to either wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival at school, every time they visit the toilet and before and after eating at break times.  Soap and hand sanitizer will, of course, will be provided by the school. Each classroom has ample supply of tissues for children to capture sneezes or to blow their nose, and a foot-operated lidded bin for their safe disposal. It is  important that your child follows handwashing and social distancing guidelines when not in school as well.  Please ensure that they wash their hands in line with government guidance upon arrival home, and when leaving home in the morning to come to school.

 

Our enhanced cleaning routines and systems will fully comply with the government requirements. 

 

Children should wear school uniform each day.

 

The amount of equipment children bring into school each day will be limited to essentials, such as school bags, water bottles, lunch boxes, hats, coats and books. Children (Y1 to Y6) will be allowed to bring one pencil case to school. This must be small enough to easily fit in the trays under the desks so the surface of the desk can be easily cleaned and must stay in school, rather than come back and forth from home risking transmission of the virus. Children will also be provided with stationery and will be encouraged to retain these for their own use only.

 

Classroom-based resources, such as books and games, can be used and shared within the group; these will be cleaned regularly, along with all frequently touched surfaces.

 

Pupils can take books and other shared resources home, although unnecessary sharing will be avoided, especially where this does not contribute to pupil education and development.  Books will be isolated for a period of time when they are returned to school.

 

Resources that are shared between pods, such as sports, art and science equipment, will be cleaned frequently and will either be cleaned between pods, or rotated to allow them to be left unused and out of reach for 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different pods.

 

Outdoor playground equipment will be more frequently cleaned and hand railings will be cleaned throughout the day.

 

PE will be a normal part of our provision in September with priority given to outdoor sports.  Children will not be getting changed for PE, but will be required to have a named pair of black plimsolls that are kept in school at all times. PE equipment will be cleaned or rotated between groups.

 

Our free school breakfast club will be running as normal from September 7th from 7.45am. Parents must now book a place in advance for their child (email AJ at ahiscocks@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk or phone her on 01246 234 626). You can then drop your child/ children at the main gate between 7.45am and 8.00am. Children from different pods will all be in the hall, but separated into their pods on 2m distanced tables. They will not be able to play outside together after breakfast as they have done before.

 

After-school clubs These are paused for the time-being until we have more information about how we can safely run these across pods.

 

We will delay the booking of any day trips (educational visits) until the Autumn term.  Currently, residential visits are not permitted at all although we are hoping we can go ahead with a Y6 residential visit to Ravenstor in June 2021.

 

First aid will be administered by qualified staff outside where possible using our first-aid travel packs. Where this isn’t suitable the child will be treated in the first aid room. All surfaces will be thoroughly cleansed in-between within the allocated groups as required.

 

The DFE guidance states that ‘Public Health England does not (based on current evidence) recommend the use of masks or face coverings in schools. This evidence will be kept under review. They are not required in schools as pupils and staff are mixing in consistent groups, and because misuse may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission. There may also be negative effects on communication and thus education.’ If a child does wear a mask or face covering to school there is strict guidance about how it should be safely removed ‘Pupils must be instructed not to touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing it. They must wash their hands immediately on arrival (as is the case for all pupils), dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can take home with them, and then wash their hands again before heading to their classroom.’

 

Teachers and staff can move between classes and pods. This will enable our support staff, specialist and peripatetic teachers to work with our children whilst social distancing as much as possible.

 

There will be no whole-school or family assemblies for the time being.  We will plan alternative methods to allow us to share achievements and messages between the children in school and with you at home. This is very important to us.

 

Break times will be staggered so that only one pod uses the playground at a time.

 

Lunchtime plan. During partial opening, the children have eaten at their tables in their classrooms. This has worked well and we will continue to do this in September. We will be providing hot meals for those children who have a school lunch and will be operating ‘family dining’ with two adults in each classroom eating their lunch at the same time and supporting the children where necessary. Children with packed lunches will also eat at their tables. Either immediately before or straight after lunch, the children will play outside with their class pod, depending on the weather.

 

 

The DfE guidance states that we must limit the number of additional adults that come onto site. Therefore only the parents of Nursery and Reception children will be allowed to come through the gates. All other children will be met by members of staff at the three entry gates (see below for times and location). If you need to speak with your child’s class teacher, please email them and they will phone you back as soon as they can. All staff are listed below:

 

Staff email addresses:

 

Headteacher/ safeguarding: Mrs Purvis headteacher@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Nursery Owls: Miss Dudley joannedudley@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Reception Rabbits: Mrs Brookes jbrookes@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Y1 Hedgehogs: Mrs Harris dawnharris@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Y2 Foxes: Miss Cass rcass@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Y3 Jays: Mrs Gregson sgregson@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Y4 Kingfishers: Mrs Elliott amandaelliott@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Y5 Nightingales: Miss Ibrahim sairai@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Y6 Woodpeckers: Mrs Steer & Miss Farrow ssteer@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

zoefarrow@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Mixed KS2 Badgers: Mrs Towers sallytowers@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Special needs: Mrs Jackson jjackson1@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Family support: Miss Mark joannemark@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

General queries / attendance/ dinner money: AJ ahiscocks@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Uniform enquiries: Mrs Cook megancook@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Governance or finance: Mr Benn jbenn@williamrhodes.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

School phone number 01246 234 626

 

Please note: you can no longer text into school as we are now using Parent Hub for all our school communication. Please download the app onto your mobile phone ASAP.

 

We need to organise the start to the school day so that children do not all arrive and leave at the same time through the same gate. Therefore, we will stagger start times and finish times and have different year groups using different gates. If you have more than one child you are dropping off and have to wait for a later time, please walk round the block or across the road so that you are not gathering with other parents. If you are comfortable letting junior children walk by themselves, please ensure they leave home to arrive at the allocated time and are instructed to only mingle with children within their pod.

 

Start and Finish Times

Please arrive as close as possible to your allotted arrival and collection time. The register will be taken for all children at 9.00am. 

Class

Teacher

Drop off

Collect

 Where?

Nursery Owls

 

Miss Dudley

9.00am

12.00pm

In the Nursery playground

Reception Rabbits

Mrs Brookes

8.50am

Mon-Thurs 2.50pm

Fri 1.50pm

On the grass in front of the school

Y1 Hedgehogs

Mrs Harris

8.30am

Mon-Thurs 3.00pm

Fri 2.00pm

 At KS1 gate (on Hunloke Avenue close to Parkside top gate)

Y2 Foxes

Miss Cass

8.40am

Mon-Thurs 3.10pm

Fri 2.10pm

At KS1 gate (on Hunloke Avenue close to Parkside top gate)

Y3 Jays

Mrs Gregson

8.30am

Mon-Thurs 3.00pm

Fri 2.00pm

At main gate

(on corner of Hunloke Avenue & Central Avenue)

Y4 Kingfishers

Mrs Elliott

8.40am

Mon-Thurs 3.10pm

Fri 2.10pm

At main gate

(on corner of Hunloke Avenue & Central Avenue)

Y5 Nightingales

Miss Ibrahim

8.30am

Mon-Thurs 3.00pm

Fri 2.00pm

At KS2 gate on Central Avenue

Y6 Woodpeckers

Mrs Steer & Miss Farrow

8.40am

Mon-Thurs 3.10pm

Fri 2.10pm

At KS2 gate on Central Avenue

Mixed KS2 Badgers

Mrs Towers

8.30am

Mon-Thurs 3.00pm

Fri 2.00pm

At furthest gate on Central Avenue

 

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