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September Opening of the School: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will school be open to any children over the Summer Holidays?

  • School will be closed to all pupils from Friday 17th July. There will be no Key Worker provision from this date. School will re-open to all year groups, including pre-school children on Thursday 3rd September (details of Pre-School and Reception children’s September induction will be shared separately).
  • Information about activities for the whole family in and around the Rugby area can be found by signing up to the Warwickshire ‘Family Information Service’ newsletter, which can be found by visiting https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/children-families
  • If your child is eligible for benefit-related Free School meals and have been receiving vouchers from Edenred, you will receive a voucher for £90 per eligible child to cover the 6-week holiday period. If you have a change in financial circumstances over the summer, you can apply for Free School Meals at any time by calling the Customer Service Centre: on 01926 359189 (Mon-Thu: 9am-5pm, Fri: 9am-4:30pm). Information about the Summer Food Scheme has been emailed to parents.

 

From September 2020:

How will children be grouped and where will they be?

  • Children will be taught in whole class groups, in their new classrooms with their new teachers and support staff. Classes will be grouped into coloured ‘zones’ around the school building, with each zone sharing toilets and cloakrooms where necessary.

Zones are as follows:

Red Zone – Year 6 and Year 4 (The two upstairs classrooms)

Blue Zone – Year 5

Green Zone – Year 3

Purple Zone – Years 1 and 2

Orange Zone – Reception and Pre-School

They will remain in these ‘zones’ for the vast majority of the school day. There will be no mixing of children between zones during the school day, including break and lunchtimes.

  • Children are not required to socially distance from other children in these zones although members of staff visiting these zones will be asked to socially distance where possible.

Will my child be able to play with their friends?

  • There will be the opportunity to go outside for breaks as usual but children will only mix with the other children in their zones. These breaks will be staggered to ensure that children will not mix with any other zone.

How often will my child be in school?

  • From Thursday 3rd September, Year 1-6 children will attend school on a full-time basis. Our new starters in Reception will begin their staggered induction programme on this date. New starter parents will have received details of this in a separate letter.

 

Will there be before and after school club provision?

  • Parents have the option to access wraparound care (Breakfast and After-School Clubs). Please be aware that children from a number of zones will be mixing in this provision.

Will my child be accessing the full curriculum?

  • Yes – children will be offered a full, balanced and broad curriculum. However, at the start of the term there will be an emphasis on team building, well-being and catch-up as part of our Re-Engagement and Recovery Programme.
  • Homework and Achievement for All activities will be set on a regular basis
  • Some outdoor-based after school clubs will be operating. Further details will be provided at the start of term.
  • Until further notice, children will not be going swimming

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

Entering and leaving the school site (normal start and finish times):

  • There will be a one-way system in place around the school site and all parents and children are required to observe social distancing.
  • Each zone will be allocated either the front or back gates via which they will enter and exit the school site.

Red Zone – Year 6 and Year 4 - Front Gate

Blue Zone – Year 5 - Back Gate

Green Zone – Year 3 – Front Gate

Purple Zone – Years 1 and 2 – Back Gate

Orange Zone – Reception and Pre-School – Front Gate

Where you have children in more than one zone, please use one gate for entering and exiting the site consistently

  • We ask that only one parent accompany their child for drop-off and collection. Parents and children should avoid gathering on the playground or at the school gates

 

Visitors to the School Site

  • Parents are not permitted to enter classrooms. Where possible, communication with the school should be through telephone or email
  • Information which will normally be shared in meetings with parents, will be sent electronically e.g. Curriculum Meetings and AfA meetings.
  • Parents will not be invited onto site for ‘live’ class assemblies and school performances until further notice.

Social distancing

  • Children are not required to socially distance within zones, but there will be social distancing between zones on the school site.

 

Uniform and Resources:

  • Children are expected to wear full school uniform, including black school shoes. Children should only wear trainers for PE.
  • Where possible, children will be provided with their own individual resources.
  • Children will only be permitted to bring ‘essential items’ into school e.g. a bag/bookbag (containing: link book, spelling book, home reader), coat, lunchbox, water bottle and PE Kit into school. They will store their belongings in the cloakrooms allocated to their zone. Children can bring their pencil cases into school but must not share the contents with any other children.

 

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • Children are not required to wear face coverings on the school site.
  • PPE may be worn by staff administering first aid or providing personal care.

 

Hygiene and Cleaning:

  • Children and staff will continue to wash their hands on entry to the building and regularly throughout the day. Small children and those with complex needs, will continue to be supported to wash their hands properly. Hand sanitiser stations will be placed outside of each classroom. Children should not bring their own hand sanitiser into school.
  • Children will be taught to use the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to respiratory hygiene – lidded bins and tissues will be provided in every classroom.
  • There will be increased cleaning of the building, particularly pupil areas, at regular intervals during the school day.
  • 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. KS2 children can pre-order a school packed lunch at the cost of £2.30 a day or £11.50 a week. Payment must be made through the online payment system – please see the office for details.

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

 

  • Following government guidelines, individuals who are displaying coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have someone in their household who is displaying symptoms, should not attend school. Individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) should not attend school for 7 days following a positive test.
  • If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
  • Staff members and parents/carers must be ready and willing to:
    • Book a test if they are displaying symptoms.
    • Provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
    • Self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • Inform the school immediately of the results of a test
  • If someone tests negative, they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can return to school. Proof of a negative test will be required by the school office.

 

What if a child/adult in school tests positive for Covid-19?

 

  • If someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
  • Where a child or staff member tests positive, the school will work with the health protection team to carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate. In most cases, this will mean that the whole of their ‘zone’ will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms.
  • If schools have two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, this will be classed as an outbreak. In the case of an outbreak, health protection teams may recommend that a larger number of other pupils self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – this may be the whole school population.

What Home Learning opportunities will be provided to children who are required to self-isolate?

  • Remote education will be provided to all children who are self-isolating at home. Details will be shared at the start of September.

Can I choose not to send my child into school?

  • The government are clear that from the start of term in September, usual attendance rules will apply.
  • Parents who may be reluctant or anxious about their child returning to school should contact the school to discuss their concerns.

What support is available to me over the summer holiday?

  • Warwickshire School Health and Wellbeing Service ‘Compass’ can provide advice and support with the following:
  • Sleep: Promotion of good bedtime routines
  • Safeguarding: Keeping children safe
  • Wellbeing: Promoting positive feelings and behaviours
  • Healthy Eating: Promoting healthy eating habits
  • Continence: Helping children to be toilet trained both day and night
  • Health: Supporting children with medical conditions
  • Starting School

Support can include individual or group support or parental workshops

Contact Details: 03300 245 204     Parentline Text Service: 07520 619376

Website: www.compass-uk.org

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