Plans for returning to school
As you will be aware, the Government have announced the statutory return of all primary aged pupils from September. Therefore, The Meads will be expecting all pupils from Years 1-6 in school full time from Monday 7th September 2020. Reception aged children will be following the separate transition letter sent home to families for the first 2 weeks of the Autumn Term. Any plans made by the school may be subject to change, and we endeavour to keep parents/carers informed of any changes we may need to make to our plans. The following outlines the school’s plans for all pupils to return.
- To reduce the number of pupils and parents entering and leaving the school site at the same time, there will be a staggered start and end to the school day.
- Years 1/2 and 5/6 school drop off time will be between 8.50am and 9.00am, and collection time will be at 3.25pm.
- Reception and Years 3 and 4 school drop off time will be 9.00am until 9.10am, and collection time will be between 3.15 and 3.25pm.
Where parents/carers have multiple children to collect, we ask that they collect the youngest child first if the collection time is the same for their children.
- Parents/carers will need to leave the site promptly at drop off and collection times and must not gather on the school site.
- Only 1 parent/carer will be allowed access to the site at drop off and collection times.
- All children, staff and visitors to the site will be required to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more when they arrive at school, before leaving school, before and after eating, after break times and whenever else it is appropriate, i.e. coughing, sneezing, touching face.
- Following Public Health England guidelines, the school will no longer be checking the temperatures of the children when they arrive at school. However, parents/carers can assist with this by checking their child’s temperature before leaving for school in the morning.
- The school will not accept pupils into school who are unwell with symptoms of Covid19 (cough and/or temperature and/or loss of taste or smell). Parents must not bring children into school if they have any of these symptoms, and are required to engage with the NHS Test and Trace process. If the child does not have a test for Covid19, the school will not be able to accept the child into school for 14 days (following Public Health Guidance). Once a negative test is received and the child no longer feels unwell or has symptoms of Covid19, the child may return to school. Any siblings in the school will also be required to self-isolate. This is in line with Government guidelines for households to self-isolate.
- Any child who attends school and develops symptoms of Covid19 (cough and/or temperature and/or loss of taste or smell) will be immediately isolated. Parents/carers will be contacted to collect their child from school immediately. Again, families are required to engage with the NHS Test and Trace process. If the child does not have a test for Covid19, the school will not be able to accept the child into school for 14 days (following Public Health Guidance). Once a negative test is received and the child no longer feels unwell or has symptoms of Covid19, the child may return to school. Any siblings in the school will also be required to self-isolate. This is in line with Government guidelines for households to self-isolate.
- All of the school community will be expected to follow good respiratory hygiene. All children will need to follow the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ approach.
- Each class in the school will become a protective bubble. Children will remain in these bubbles throughout the school day, including break times and lunchtimes, and there will be no mixing of these bubbles. Lunchtimes and break times will be staggered to ensure bubbles are able to remain apart.
- For Key Stages One and Two, lunches will be eaten in the classrooms. Reception lunches will be staggered and eaten in the hall.
- Following Government guidance, the children will be allocated the same seat in the classrooms. Classrooms will be set up in rows with all children facing the front.
- Bags, bookbags, lunchboxes and water bottles are allowed to be brought into school, and children will be allowed to bring reading books home. However, books that are returned to school will be stored away for 72 hours before another child is allowed to read the book, to ensure there is no risk of transmission.
- Pencil cases will not be allowed to be brought into school. All writing equipment will be provided by the school and will be named. This will reduce the chance of equipment being shared.
- Staff will be required to continue to follow social distancing guidelines in their classrooms. This includes staff who are covering PPA time for teachers. Government guidelines expects school staff to continue to do so.
- There will be regular ongoing cleaning throughout the school day of classrooms, toilets and equipment.
- There will be no large gatherings of pupils and/or staff in school. Assemblies will be pre-recorded and watched in the classrooms.
- Unfortunately, under current guidelines, school events such as the Harvest Festival and Christmas Nativities are cancelled (unless there is a change in Government guidelines-parents/carers will be informed if such changes are made).
- Parents’ evenings will be held over the phone for the Autumn Term.
- We ask that families do not use public transport to travel to and from school if possible due to the associated risks.
- All children will be required to wear school uniform. On PE days, the children will need to attend school wearing their PE kits. Class teachers will inform families of which days these will be.
- Any visitors to the school will be required to have their temperature taken on entry and to wash their hands. Visitors will be kept to a minimum and approved in advance with the Headteacher.
- Parents/carers will not be allowed access into the school building. If teaching staff need to speak with parents/carers, they will phone them at the end of the school day.
- The school will work with the Local Health Protection Team if there is a positive case of Covid19 within the school community, and will follow their guidance with regard to those who can and cannot attend school and who will need to self-isolate.