Schools re-opening to all children
From the 8th March 2021 the government have instructed schools to opening again to all children.
Keeping everyone in school safe
Under no circumstances should parents & carers send their child 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 or change in 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.
If your child self-isolating we will provide them with their education remotely. We will use pre-recorded lessons and the teacher will check in with them on the phone or using Teams. If you need to borrow a laptop to access the lessons, please ask AJ and she will arrange for one to be provided for you.
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 by phoning 119.
Siblings will also need to go home and parents must follow the ‘Stay at home’ guidance.
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’:
We must inform Public Health England of any positive test outcomes. Public Health England then advise the school on appropriate next steps to manage risk.
How children are in school are organised
Children are being taught in their own classes each day. Our pupils will be organised into groups or ‘bubbles’ with as little interaction as possible across groups. Play areas are designated to particular year groups to reduce cross contamination. The toilets will be also need be shared with children from other pods. 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/ bubble when visiting the toilet or passing in the corridor on their way to play outside.
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 water bottles, lunch boxes, hats & coats and reading books. Children will 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 bubbles.
Outdoor playground equipment will be more frequently cleaned and hand railings will be cleaned throughout the day.
PE/ physical activity will be a part of our provision with priority given to outdoor sports. Children will not be getting changed for PE as they are already in leggings or joggers, 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 is open every day. Please phone or email AJ to book a place. Children should arrive between 7.45am and 8.00am.
After-school clubs These are mostly paused for the time-being until we have more information about how we can safely run these across bubbles, but we are running one sports club each week for just one class group at any time.
First aid will be administered by qualified staff. Children will be treated in the first aid room. All surfaces will be thoroughly cleansed in-between children.
Staff can move between classes and bubbles. However, we are keeping this to an absolute minimum and only moving between classes/ bubbles fleetingly or if absolutely unavoidable.
Lunchtime plan. Children are having a hot option or packed lunch provided by the Parkside kitchen (unless they bring their own sandwiches from home). Y1 and Y2 eat at their tables in the classroom. The other children eat in shifts and at 2m distance from each other in the hall. Straight after lunch, the children will play outside with their class bubble, depending on the weather.
Staff email addresses:
Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Purvis firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Headteacher & SENCO: Mrs Jackson email@example.com
Nursery Owls: Miss Dudley firstname.lastname@example.org
Reception Rabbits: Mrs Brookes email@example.com
Y1 Hedgehogs: Mrs Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
Y2 Foxes: Miss Cass
Y3 Jays: Miss Newman
Y4 Kingfishers: Mrs Elliott email@example.com
Y5 Nightingales: Miss Burgess
Y6 Woodpeckers: Miss Farrow
Family support & Deputy designated safeguarding lead: Miss Mark firstname.lastname@example.org
General queries / attendance/ dinner money: AJ email@example.com
Uniform or Nursery admission enquiries: Mrs Cook firstname.lastname@example.org
Governance or finance: Mr Benn email@example.com
School phone number 01246 234 626
Please note: all communication from us will now come through Parent Hub. Please make sure you've downloaded the app and are following our school @williamrhodes
Start and Finish Times
School starts at 8.30am each day for all children between Reception and Y6. Children in Nursery start at 8.40am. Children should arrive in good time and the gates are opened at 8.30am. All infant children should be brought to the gate door by their parents/ carers. Reception & Nursery, Year 2 and Year 3 children enter through the main gate on the corner of Central Avenue & Hunloke Avenue (Nursery at 8.40am). Year 1 children enter at the KS1 gate on Hunloke Avenue. Year 4, 5 and Year 6 children enter at the KS2 gate on Central Avenue.
All the gates are manned by Designated Safeguarding Leads or members of the Senior Leadership Team. They are very happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.
If your child is more than 10 minutes late for school (after 8.40am) they must come to the main gate and down through the front door so we can take a record of what time they arrived for school.
If you are anxious about leaving your child for any reason, please feel you can phone AJ on the front desk. She is always happy to check and report back to you.
The school day finishes at 11.40am for Nursery and 2.50pm for Reception children. All other children finish at 3.00pm each day. The children will leave through the same gate as the start of the day. Only junior children are allowed to walk home alone. All others will only be released to a known adult that we are expecting, so please make sure you keep us informed should anybody other than the parents/ carers be collecting your child. You will also need to make sure your nominated person is on our list of ‘approved people’ that you as a parent have chosen and that they know your unique password. If your child is not picked up for any reason we will keep them safe until you arrive.
It is really important that we keep the area around school as safe as possible so we would ask that you park your cars responsibly. Don’t double park or park up on the pavements.