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Phased Re-Opening of the School: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:


“What will provision look like at Hillmorton Primary School where we have implemented health and safety guidance for social distancing?”


How will children be grouped and where will they be?

  • Children will be in small groups of no more than 10, with the same adult/s, which may not be their usual class teacher. They will remain in this ‘bubble’ at all times. There will be no mixing of children between these bubbles at any time during the day including break and lunchtimes.
  • Children will remain in one room all day. They will be spaced at desks at least two metres apart.

Will my child be able to play with their friends?

  • There will be the opportunity to go outside for breaks at mid-morning, lunchtime and mid-afternoon but children will only mix with the children within their class bubble. These breaks will be staggered to ensure that children will not mix with any other bubble. Children will not be allowed to use the play equipment - this will be cordoned off.

How often will my child be in school?

  • Provision will be offered on a part time basis only. Children will be offered three days a week (M,T and W) every other week.

I am a Key Worker, will my child join their class bubble?

  • No. If you have indicated that you require additional provision as a Key Worker, your child will remain as part of the separate Key Worker provision where we offer you childcare on the days you require it. (There is no change to Key worker childcare provision for the foreseeable future).

Will Home Learning Tasks still be provided?

  • Yes, via class blogs and through the ‘Learn at Home’ section of the school website. Home Learning Tasks will be set on a Thursday for the following week.
  • Staff will have time on Thursdays to respond to email questions and queries regarding home learning and offer any support required.

Will there be before and after school club provision?

  • No. As children cannot mix outside of their ‘bubbles’, we are unable to offer before and after school provision at this time.

What safety measures will be put in place in classrooms and around school?

Entering and leaving the school site:

  • There will be a staggered start and end to the day with different year groups arriving at different time, using different gates. We ask that only one parent accompany their child at these times.
  • Parents are not permitted to enter the school building. All communication with the school should be through telephone or email
  • There will be a one-way system in place


Two-metre distancing

  • The 2 metre rule will be in force on the school site and within the school building.
  • Children will sit at individual desks each placed 2 metres apart.



  • Children will be provided with their own individual pack of resources, which will not be shared with anybody else.
  • Children will only be permitted to bring a coat, lunchbox and water bottle into school. They will store their belongings at their desk


Hygiene and Cleaning:

  • Children and staff will wash their hands on entry to the building and regularly throughout the day. Hand sanitiser stations will be placed outside of each classroom.
  • There will be increased cleaning of the building, particularly pupil areas, at regular intervals during the school day. There will be a weekly deep clean of the school and resources on a Friday.
  • Where possible, doors and windows will be open for increased ventilation. Parents should ensure that children are dressed in suitably warm clothing.

What are the arrangements for lunchtimes and school dinners?

  • Children will eat their lunch in classrooms at their desks. Children who qualify for Free School Meals (including the Universal Free School Meals for Reception and Year 1) will be provided with a packed lunch.

What if a child/adult displays symptoms of Covid-19 when in school?


  • Following government guidelines, if a child or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they will be sent home immediately and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Where a child or staff member tests positive, the rest of their ‘bubble’ will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus.

Will parents be penalised if their child does not attend school?

  • Parents will not be penalised if their child does not attend school.


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