Please see below the risk assessment for the school reopening:
This document has been drawn up in consultation with staff and Governors of Churcham Primary school. The aim of the document is to provide detailed information relating to school reopening, after the Covid-19 closure, so that we can all follow a consistent approach ensuring that we manage the return safely and effectively, and at the same time meeting the needs of all our children. We have followed ALL government guidance and our risk assessments align with this guidance.
The plans outlined in this document cover the first half of the Autumn term.
As children return, staff will focus upon settling them back into school. They will work with the children on understanding the changes that have been made and why school life is now different for all of us. There will be activities to ensure the children and staff feel safe and settled. There will be a mixture of time indoors and outside. We want the children to feel happy and confident about coming back into school.
During this time, we will be limiting the contact with parents and the access they to the school site, as this reduces potential transmission vectors.
If you have any concerns about your child’s return to school, please let us know. You can message your child’s teacher via Class Dojo, or send an email. Miss Alway is also available to answer your questions and she can be contacted by email. Please rest assured that we are committed to providing the very best for your children whilst they are in our care.
Each class will form their own bubble and these bubbles will be kept separate at all times. Should a case of Covid-19 be confirmed for one of our children then appropriate action will be taken for that bubble.
Ensuring a safe school environment
As per the advice from Government, we will continue with the following infection control actions:
- Information posters outlining control measures displayed around the school
- Encouraging good hygiene and promoting the importance of handwashing for at least 20 seconds using warm water and soap at the following times throughout the day:
- Before leaving home
- On arrival at school
- After using the toilet
- After breaks and any outdoor activity
- Before preparing food
- Before eating any food or snacks
- Before leaving school
- Ensuring soap and hand sanitiser is available
- Ensuring pupils and staff understand that they must cough or sneeze with a tissue, or into their elbow, use a tissue and then to throw the tissue into the rubbish bin. Repeating the message of “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!” Reinforcing the message not to touch their mouth, nose and eyes
- Frequently touched objects and services will be cleaned regularly throughout the day
- Calling NHS 111 if someone becomes unwell, isolating the person in the hall with access to a separate bathroom, if possible
- Telling staff to stay at home for seven days if they develop symptoms of coronavirus
- If a child is unwell, and subsequently tests positive for the virus, parents will be informed and the whole group should isolate for 14 days
- Encouraging children, where possible, to socially distance in enclosed spaces. Please do not expect your child to be 2 metres apart from other children at all times
- Keeping class/bubble sizes to a maximum of 30
NHS and government advice states that if your child or anyone within your household displays symptoms of coronavirus they should stay at home and you must notify school immediately. If anyone develops these symptoms, you must get tested for Covid-19 immediately and, that individual, must self-isolate for 10 days. Other members of the household, must self-isolate for 14 days.
If a child develops any of these symptoms, whilst in school, they will be sent home and advised to follow the ‘Stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.’ We have clear procedures in place to deal with any child who may develop symptoms. If your child develops any symptoms, parents must collect them immediately.
If you think your child may have been exposed to or has the coronavirus, please contact the school as soon as possible.
Arrangements for the start and end of the school day
These are busy times of the day and it is vital that we put in measures to maintain safe distances for everyone. We ask that you arrive at your allocated time, as this will help us in protecting everyone.
Please do not park on the zig-zag lines in front of school. This poses a danger to other children, parents and staff.
Class 1 – 8.45am
Class 2 – 8.50am
Only one parent/carer is permitted to drop pupils off and entrance to the playground will not be permitted. We ask that you enter the school via the small metal gate from the footpath. Make your way around to the driveway where a member of staff will meet you. They will see your child into school. You should then leave via the wooden gate. To help with social distancing we ask that parents do not gather in front of the school.
If you wish to pass any information to your child’s teacher, this can be done; via the staff member on the gate; by contacting Miss Birch by phone of email or by emailing your child’s teacher or via Class dojo. Please be aware that teachers are not always able to check their emails/Dojo when the children are on site.
Class 1 – 3.10pm
Class 2 – 3.15pm
At the end of the day, arrive at your allocated time and wait (observing social distancing) for your child on the driveway between the wooden and metal gates. A member of staff will bring your child to you. Please leave promptly via the wooden gate. There will be no parental access to the playground.
If you have children in both classes, please arrive at 3.15pm. Class 1 teachers will supervise your children until you arrive.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
All children must wear school uniform from September 2nd 2020. As outlined before the summer holidays, on PE days, children will come to school wearing the correct PE kit – Tuesday and Friday.
Your child/children will need to bring a filled water bottle in daily. This will be returned at the end of the day for cleaning.
Children will be required to bring a playtime snack and a packed lunch in from home. These will be stored in the classroom. Plastic lunchboxes are preferable to fabric/material. We expect fruit to be available for Class 1 from Monday 7th September.
Caterlink will be advising us on ordering of packed lunches from Monday 7th September. There will be no hot lunches this half term.
No bags or other belongings will be allowed in school. Children will be provided with their own, labelled stationery; no equipment/pencil cases are permitted from home.
As the weather can still be hot, please provide your child with a named sunhat/cap. Sun cream must be applied before coming to school. Staff will not be able to help children with this.
We will provide further details regarding reading books and homework when we return.
Parents will be informed when piano lessons will resume.
MOVEMENT IN AND AROUND SCHOOL
Both classes and their teachers will be a bubble. The bubbles will be kept apart. Assemblies will take place in each class – there will be no whole school assemblies. Teachers are permitted to move across bubbles.
Children will be sharing tables. In line with government guidelines, children in Class 2 will have front facing tables. Staff will sit beside children and not in front of them. Tables will be placed as far apart as possible.
We have reduced the amount of resources the children can use and each class will have access to their own set of resources/playtime toys. Access to the outdoor equipment will be timetabled. Regular cleaning of resources will take place. Items containing small parts and soft toys have been removed from the classrooms.
Where possible, doors will be kept open, to minimise the need for touching door handles. Reasons for this will be explained to the children.
Children will follow designated pathways around the school. Class 2 will enter and exit via the fire door and ramp. Class 1 will use the main door into the classroom block. The children in Class 1 will continue to use the toilets next to their classroom. Class 2 will use the toilets in the main school building. This will ensure groups are separate and infection control maintained.
The hall will be used for some small group work. If a child is working individually with a staff member, the staff room may be used. Cleaning will be carried out following any usage.
We will be delivering lessons to help the children understand how they will be learning in their classes and the restricted environment around school.
BREAK AND LUNCHTIME
It is important that children spend time outside and reacquainting themselves with their friends is an important part of school life.
Break times will be staggered meaning that Class 1 and Class 2 will be out at different times. The adventure playground and trim trail will timetabled. Teachers will work with the children on ideas for enjoying their time outdoors whilst still staying safe. Full use will be made of all available outdoor space.
Lunches will be eaten in the classrooms; children will stay with their bubble. Outdoor space will be utilised to ensure all children have time outside without groups mixing.
Children may be supervised by different staff members at break and lunch times.
Children will be given their own stationery appropriate to their age and stage of learning. No resources and/or toys will be shared between classes. If any outside resources are used, these will be class specific and will be for individual use. Children will have access to ipads but not computers.
We will be asking the children NOT to share equipment in their resources pack. Teachers will have spare, clean resources for any child who needs them.
FIRST AID AND CLEANING
School will continue to be cleaned thoroughly every evening as usual. Weekly deep cleaning of specific areas will also be undertaken. Areas such as, toilets, door handles and tables will have additional cleaning throughout the day.
Teachers will take responsibility for ensuring chairs and tables are wiped down between sessions. The children will be involved in this.
Hand sanitizer will be available. However, hand washing still remains the most effective form of infection control.
Please be assured that staff will continue to provide safe and effective First Aid when required, throughout the school day. Social distancing may not be possible in all circumstances, but the usual high standards of infection protection and control will be maintained. If a child, feels unwell during the school day, their temperature will be taken (using a non-contact thermometer) and parents may be required to collect them.
Children will be expected to follow the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ rule and to put all used tissues in the correct bin and to wash their hands. They will be encouraged, not to touch their face, mouth or eyes.
Where possible, medical requirements e.g. antibiotics will need to be administered at home. If you have any specific medical requirements for your child, please speak to/contact Mrs Kelly.
The school has a supply of basic PPE equipment. All staff know how to put it on and how to dispose of it.
We are proud of the standards of behaviour we have in school. Throughout the recovery period, we will continue to use all the positive systems the children are familiar with.
Time will be spent talking to the children about any changes that we may need to make to the way that we behave and how we will do this. The children will be encouraged to ask questions and to share their thoughts and feelings. At all times, we will ensure the children know that any changes made are to ensure we all stay safe and healthy.
It is also important to address any issues of unacceptable behaviour and, in particularly, those that relate to possible transmission of the coronavirus. Examples of unacceptable behaviours include; coughing directly into a person’s face and spitting. These behaviours will not be tolerated and will result in the child being sent home.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN’S SMOOTH RETURN - SCHOOL
In school, we will be teaching the children about hand washing and sanitizing using a range of approaches.
We will be helping the children to adjust to the changes we have made in school.
Time will be spent, with the children, on games and activities to make playtimes fun. Children playing closely together will happen.
We will be delivering lessons that will help the children to talk about their feelings and emotions. Our curriculum will be adjusted to meet any gaps the children may have in their learning.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN’S SMOOTH RETURN – PARENTS
Talking about our new routines with your children.
Wearing their school uniform and correct PE kit.
Practicing hand washing and sanitising in fun ways.
Reinforcing the ‘Catch it, Bin it, kill it’ message.
Labelling all your children’s clothes, lunch boxes and bottles. Please help them to recognise their belongings
We hope that these arrangements provide the information you need in order to support your child to return to school. As we review and adapt our provision, we will inform you of the changes made. On behalf of the staff and governors of Churcham, I would like to thank you for your continued support.
Staff and Governors of Churcham Primary School