Frequently Asked Question and Answers
Schools reopening to all year groups on March 8th 2021
Classrooms and Groupings
Will my child be taught by their class teacher when they come back?
All of the children will be taught in their class group, by their class teacher or staff member who is timetabled to teach the class whilst the teacher is receiving their allocated planning (PPA) time.
My child has a medical condition, will they be taught by their class teacher?
Yes. All children will return to their usual classrooms and class teachers upon their return back to school.
Will the children be expected to maintain social distancing or can they play with their friends in their group?
The classrooms have been set up in order to facilitate social distancing as per Public Health England and government guidelines, as far as possible. This is the same for all schools, not just Bishop Chavasse. All children, in all year groups will need to maintain distancing as far as possible, and periods of face to face time is reduced as far as possible. This means that children in Years 1 - 3 will be encouraged to remain in their seats, and will not be sat in small groups with their friends. However given the age of the children, Year R classrooms will not be set up in rows and we recognise that some children will need reminders to maintain this distance.
We do however know that the rate of transmission is reduced when in the outside area. Therefore the children will be able to play with their friends from the same bubble, during play and lunchtimes.
I have found it difficult to stop my child playing with their friend, will they be able to play with their friend if they are in the same group at school?
We know that the rate of transmission is reduced when in the outside area. Therefore the children will be able to play with their friends from the same bubble, during play and lunchtimes. The classrooms have been set up in order to facilitate social distancing as per Public Health England guidelines.
Is it possible to see some photos of the classroom where you have made changes as it is nice to visualise the changes to give us a better understanding.
Photographs of some of the classrooms have been put up on the school website in order to help parents to visualise what the classrooms will look like for your children. We encourage parents and carers to share these with their children.
Curriculum and Lessons
Will it be return to normal learning pattern?
Families will likely have been aware of press coverage about the gaps in learning emerging because of the lockdown. Our experience from the first lockdown, and return to school in September, is that for most children most of the gaps in learning were reduced by November time. Nevertheless, some children may need some support in catching up on their learning following an extended period not at school. Once more, teachers and teaching assistants will quickly assess the children’s learning and determine exactly where extra help is needed and will do all we can to provide the support. We will communicate with parents individually to keep you informed and give you ideas on how you can support this.
The first lockdown and subsequent return to school saw staff supporting children’s wellbeing – their mental and physical health – this remains an important focus for us going forwards. We will be supporting children in readjusting to school life and will of course be available to talk with you as parents or with children if there is a need to do so. We will aim to strike a good balance between acknowledging everything that has been happening and talking to children about the pandemic on the one hand, but also focusing on getting back to a normal school life on the other. Families with specific concerns should contact their class teacher in the first instance.
Will my child still need to wear school uniform?
Children must wear clean school uniform to school each day, except Wednesday's when the children will access one of their PE lessons. Children in Years 1 - 3 should wear full uniform, which includes their blazers and ties each day. Please also send your child in with a named sun hat and coat. We are asking all parents to ensure that the uniform washed cleaned regularly in order to keep viruses on clothing to a minimum.
Sumer uniform may be worn after the Easter holidays.
We are asking for you to send you child to school wearing their PE kit on a Wednesday as all classes will be teaching PE on this day. Please note that the kit worn MUST be their school PE kit (their plain house coloured t-shirt and plain navy/ black shorts) and trainers/ plimsolls, and not own clothes. This will provide parents with an opportunity to ensure that their child’s uniform is washed clean ready for the rest of the week.
Will my child still need to keep their PE kit in school?
No your child will not need their PE kit in school as we are asking for children not to bring equipment from home to school for this term. As above, we are asking for you to send you child to school wearing their PE kit on a Wednesday. Please note that the kit worn MUST be their school PE kit (their plain house coloured t-shirt and plain navy/ black shorts) and trainers/ plimsolls, and not own clothes. This will provide parents with an opportunity to ensure that their child’s uniform is washed ready for Wednesday.
Drop off and Collection
Will it be a normal full school day? 08:45 to 15:15? If not, please confirm.
The school day is going to have a staggered start and finish time.
Years 2 and 3 will arrive at 8:45am and finish at 3:05pm
Years R and 1 will arrive at 8:55am and finish at 3:15pm
This will be reviewed regularly, and will operate whilst social distancing restrictions have to remain in place.
In order to reduce congestion at the school gate and to enable social distancing to be maintained, and limit the risk of contamination to pupils, parents and staff we ask that parents and children arrive at their allocated time slot.
Wrap Around Care
Will Enrichments and wrap around care be running as normal?
We are beginning to plan for the return of these provisions and will be offering wraparound care in the form of breakfast club from 7:30am and
Wraparound Care provision from 3:15pm – 4:30 and 3:15pm – 6pm
Spaces will be offered on a first come first served basis and spaces will be limited due to needing to keep Wraparound Care bubble numbers lower than we would during a normal school time.
Children attending this provision will have childcare in place for them, but the activities they complete during this period will be limited, due to reducing the risk of transmission, needing to avoid prolonged periods of face to face contact and the need to isolate and clean resources after use. We look forward to returning to our normal curriculum focused enrichment provision, as soon as guidance and restrictions permit. In the meantime, we do ask that parents who sign up for wraparound care do so in the knowledge that the provision of activities available to the children will be limited to activities such as drawing, puzzles, construction and outdoor play.
As per government guidance, this provision needs to be used in order to support critical worker parents to work, and parents to attend educational studies. Where parents are able to collect their children at the normal time, they are asked to support our critical worker families by not taking up one of the limited spaces.
Any payments which have previously been made, and not accessed, for wrap around care have been saved against your child’s name and will be used to cover any provision now booked.
The Schools Buddy system for the signing up of wraparound care places will open at 7:30am on Monday 1st of March. The places will be offered on a first come, first served basis, so we ask that parents who require this provision in order to work, please sign up promptly. Another reminder to do this will go out on Friday 26th February.
Hygiene, Sun lotion and Medical
Will children be actively encouraged during the day to wash their hands? Ie every hour or so or as appropriate?
Hand sanitizer is available in each classroom and accessible for all the children? At every transition period staff and children will follow the hygiene recommendations and will frequently wash their hands with soap and water and also use antibac. The children will also be reminded how to clean their hands properly as well as taught the reasons why it is important to establish a good hygiene routine.
Will children and staff all wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)?
Children will not wear PPE in school. We ask parents not to send their child in with PPE as they may try to share this with others. Children between the ages of 4 and 6 years old are also not able to wear or remove this is a manner which enables them to reduce the risk of contamination.
Staff will not be wearing PPE except when completing activities as directed by government guidelines such as fulfilling intimate care duties, administering first aid etc and when they are not able to socially distance from another adult, such as when outside of the classroom in coridors for example.
Government advice is clear that children in primary school do not need to wear a face covering at any point. Face coverings may be worn by staff and adult visitors in situations where social distancing isn’t possible.
What happens if my child, another child, household member contract Coronavirus?
We are asking parents to continue to be very vigilant for any signs of infection in their children, and should they occur, not to send the child to school. The symptoms to look out for are a new continuous cough, a temperature or a loss of sense of smell or taste. Should any of these occur, you must keep your child at home and book a test via Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk), or by contacting the NHS on their free-phone number of 119.
If children develop any of these symptoms while in school, we will need to send them home immediately. We will need your support as parents or carers to manage this. A child who develops symptoms which could be COVID-19 will immediately be removed from other children in their class bubble and supervised safely until they can be collected.
As before, children must not come to school if a member of the household (including someone in their support or childcare bubble) has COVID-19 symptoms or have had a positive test for coronavirus. This period of self-isolation lasts for at least 10 days from the day after the start of symptoms or following the notification from NHS Track and Trace.
Remote learning will be enabled for children who can’t attend school because they are self-isolating or shielding because they are clinically extremely vulnerable.
Can I send my child in with Calpol if they are unwell or have a temperature?
Due to the social distancing rules we will not give Calpol or pain relief to a pupil, but will administer any medicine which is prescribed by a doctor and only where this is more than three doses a day, as these three doses can be administered at home, in the morning, upon collection from school and before bedtime. Where medicine is being given by a member of staff, the staff member will need to wear PPE equipment to prevent any risk of contamination to adult or child.
Can I send in suntan lotion with my child for the staff to put on at lunchtime?
Due to the social distancing rules, staff are unable to put suntan lotion on the children. Most suntan lotions last for a period of 12 hours and so we ask parents to apply this before your child comes to school. We also ask all parents to send in sun hats and rain coats with your child. No child must bring their own lotion to apply in school.
Lunch and snacks
A hot lunch will be offered each day, by our caterers Nourish. Nourish will be sending out a menu shortly.
We encourage all children to enjoy this hot nutritional meal.
The school will supply each child with a fruit snack at playtimes, so do not need to bring their own to school, however we do ask that they bring in a water bottle every day.