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Highbury Primary School

COVID 19 information

Further information on our plans for the careful re-opening to all pupils from Monday 7th September.

We are all looking forward to welcoming all of your children back to school next week and we have been working hard to ensure that the school is ready to receive all of the children in a secure and sensitive way. Our Risk Assessment and planned model for all pupils returning have been reviewed and approved.

The changes to government guidance has allowed some flexibilities for staff to work in different bubbles. If this is the case, additional control measures will be introduced such as increased distance and/or reduced time. The school also has robust systems to monitor when staff work across bubbles through the school’s own track and trace system.

How will my child's class be organised?

  • Each school class of 30 children will create a ‘bubble’. The children and the adults will remain in the same ‘bubble’ all day.
  • Some adults will work with different bubbles so that the school can effectively manage lunchtime, PPA (teacher planning, preparation, and assessment), small group interventions.
  • Classrooms have been re-organised to allow all children to face forward, and to provide the safest possible spacing. Children from Year 2 – Year 6 will be sat in pairs. Children in Nursery, Year R and Year 1 will be working in a way which continues to promote the development of language, communication, collaboration. This may not always be in pairs, sat at a table.
  • Each child will have their own resources which will be provided for them.
  • Timetables have been managed to reduce the number of staff and children engaging across bubbles.
  • Each class bubble will stay together with their adults and will not mix with other children from other bubbles. They will play in a designated play zone area
  • We will use outside areas for teaching where possible.
  • The children will be washing their hands on a regular and frequent basis.

How will the school day be organised?

  • The start and departure times remain staggered to avoid congestion in and around school.
  • There are 4 times for start and 4 times for departure.
  • There is 10 minutes between each group’s arrival and each group’s departure.
  • It is important not to arrive earlier than your time or later than the 10-minute interval. Unfortunately, there cannot be any flexibility in these times as we have made sure that there is an equal amount of families arriving at one time.
  • If your child is attending breakfast club, they will be taken to their class at 8:30am. If your child is attending after school club, they will stay in their class with an adult and be taken to after school club at 3:15pm.

What are the drop off and pick up arrangements for my child/ren?

  • Children and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times. If you are using public transport to get to school, you must wear a face covering. Face coverings used on public transport must be removed and disposed of or kept securely in a wipeable bag prior to cleaning. Please click here for guidelines on safe use of a mask/face covering.
  • Children should be taken to their own entrance and an adult will be there to welcome your child and send them to their classrooms.  Staff will be available to direct parents and children.
  • All children must be brought to and picked up from school by one adult only to reduce the amount of people attending the site.
  • If you are happy for your Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 child to walk to their classroom from the single gate, we would encourage this. Again, this would reduce the amount of people in the school grounds during this time.
  • All families must adhere to the social distancing guidelines (in our school grounds, we are insisting on 2m between adults).
  • The current one-way system will remain. The only entrance is the single gate in Dovercourt Road. We request that you use the path closest to the school when arriving.
  • There are 2 exits. One is through the double gates (driveway). For some Year 1 and Year 2 parents, the exit will be via 2 staff car park exit points.
  • When leaving the school grounds, we request that you use the path furthest from the school grounds. Therefore, please do not drive down Dovercourt Road to turn or drop your children off as we will be using the driveway and staff car park as an exit for other groups.
  • The single gate will be the main entrance. The path to the main playground will be used for Nursery, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 children. The diagonal pathway will be used by the Year 1 and Year 2 children.
  • There will be an adult from their class waiting ready to take the children to their class.
  • Our YouTube channel will include entrance and exits for you and your child to talk through.
  • Before the Summer, Mrs Pitts (attendance assistant) contacted all parents and carers who had more than one child to give specific start and finish times. 

What does my child need to bring into school?

  • Children can only bring in lunch boxes and these will be stored on or underneath the children’s table. (Packed lunches do not need to be in disposable bags). Remember that we are an egg and nut free school due to children having sever allergies. If your child is entitled to a free school meal this would be in the style of a packed lunch or a take-away hot dinner. These will be delivered to your child to eat in their classroom.
  • Do not allow your child to bring in a rucksack/or pencil cases as this is not needed. Only coats will be on their coat peg.
  • Children should bring a named water bottle to school which can be refilled in class.
  • Children will need to wear school uniform from the date they return. Uniform will need to be clean on each day and laundered after use.
  • Your child is required to come to school in their PE kit on their PE days. Please see attached timetable.
  • A coat will be needed as well if it looks overcast or is cold/windy.

What are the expectations on parents and carers?

  • Please check your child/ren’s temperature before they come to school.
  • Arrive to school and leave to go home at the designated time.
  • Do not congregate in school at the beginning or end of the day.
  • Only have one parent/carer bringing child/ren to the school and collecting child/ren at the end of the day.
  • Follow the one-way system as set out by the school to manage the social distancing during drop off and collection times.
  • If you need to speak to a member of staff, please use Studybugs. A member of staff will be in contact with you as soon as possible.
  • Do not park or turn in Dovercourt Road unless you are a disabled badge holder.
  • Do not come into the school reception. The staff have guidelines to follow in order to ensure that any visitors have appointments. Anyone without an appointment will not be allowed to enter the building.

What do I do if my child or a member of our household has symptoms?

Parents must only send children into school if their child/ren or a member of their household do not have COVID-19 related symptoms. These symptoms are; 

· a high temperature

· a new, continuous cough

· A loss of, or change to, your sense of taste

· A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell

If your child has any of these symptoms, it is vital that your child gets tested for COVID-19; this can be arranged online:

Whilst you are waiting for the test, your child needs to isolate for 10 days and all your family members of your household need to isolate for 14 days.

For more detailed information on what to do next refer to the following online link:

What to do following a negative test:

If your child tests negative, please inform the school office with a phone call or a study bugs message and your child can then return to school. Following a negative test, the rest of the family no longer need to self-isolate.

What to do following a positive test: 

You must notify the school immediately. Your child must self-isolate at home for 10 days. Anyone you live with who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days and follow the guidance available online:

How can I let the school know the results of the test?

You must notify the school immediately. This is how we can control the spread of the virus.

You will be required to provide proof of the test result. This can be done by sending a screen shot of the message you have received confirming the result.

What will happen if someone from my child's 'bubble' has been tested positive?

  • If your child must go home because we have been informed that someone in their ‘bubble’ has tested positive for Covid-19, they must self-isolate for 14 days. This will be under the advice from the local health protection team.
  • The health protection team will work with our school in this situation to guide us through the actions we need to take.
  • If your child is sent home to self-isolate, they will only be tested if they become symptomatic in those 14 days. They will not be contacted for their close contact details unless they themselves test positive for Covid-19.
  • In addition, the health protection team will support the school to identify those close contacts who will need to be advised to self-isolate and any further testing required.

If anyone has to self-isolate, there will be learning available to individuals or class bubbles. This will follow the previous model we used before the Summer break.

What will happen if my child is unwell at school?

Please click here for a parent/carer leaflet we have created. If your child has to go home, we will give this to you on collection of your child.

If a child has symptoms they will be moved to the 'Rainforest Room' (our additional medial room in response to COVID) and you will be asked to collect them immediately. Any person with symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days and the people they live with must self-isolate for 14 days. 

How has the curriculum been adjusted  for my child?

Children will not have all of their normal lessons. We will ensure that returning to school will be a positive experience for the children. Well-being will be a priority and there will be a focus on  personal, social and health education, increased opportunities for PE  and plenty of outdoor learning. Reading will be at the heart of the curriculum and there will be a strong focus on this. Basic skills in English and maths will also be a priority and will be taught daily.

The children will need to wear PE kit on their designated PE day/s.

Has the process for attendance changed?

From September, the government have said that all children must attend school. We will continue to follow our school’s attendance policy which was in place before the response to COVID-19. Mrs Pitts, our Attendance Assistant, will be following up any non-attendance. It is important to remind you that holidays will not be authorised and leave of absence forms must be completed. Please contact the office via Studybugs so that we can arrange a safe collection or delivery of this form.

How is the school ensuring it is clean?

Our cleaning and premises staff have given the school a deep clean. A cleaner will be in school each day so there will be regular cleaning of toilets, door handles, light switches and hard surfaces during the day. All of the classrooms have been cleared of unnecessary equipment and items that are difficult to keep clean, such as soft furnishings and soft toys. Each day there will be thorough cleaning of the school. Cleaning materials are available in every classroom for staff to use if necessary.

How will the school manage my child's behaviour?

One of our school golden rules is “ Safe”. Linked to this we have added to our Behaviour expectations a set of “Bubble Rules”. All staff will take time to ensure that children know and understand the new rules and routines .  We will be regularly reminding and encouraging the children to follow these rules. We will continue to reward and celebrate positive behaviour. It is important that children follow the expectations. If a child does not and their behaviour is unsafe, we will work closely with their parents. 

Please click here to see our behaviour policy.

What Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and hygiene will be used?

Children should not wear masks or face coverings. Staff will not wear masks or face coverings unless they are supporting  a child with symptoms, who is waiting to be picked up or they are delivering intimate care.

Regular handwashing will take place throughout the day. Children will be encouraged to follow good respiratory hygiene - ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it ’.  Regular toilet breaks will be built into the day and access to toilets will be carefully managed by staff. The number of children in toilets at any one time will be limited. Toilets will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.