The Wessex Learning Trust and the schools in the Trust are following Government guidelines regarding the reopening of schools. As such, schools are currently open for children in nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Any communication from the Trust or schools regarding reopening for other year groups is based on Government guidance and any implication that this decision came from the Regional School Commissioner is retracted. We hope to welcome children from other year groups back to our schools soon but only when Government guidelines permit this.
Frequently Asked Questions
Government Guidance for Parents and Carers can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june
My child is eligible but has siblings who are not. Can they attend?
No, it is just Reception, Year 1 and Early Years pupils who are allowed in schools at present. Alongside children from the Keyworker group.
What happens if my child needs first aid?
A trained first aider would attend to your child, wearing suitable PPE. Normal procedures would be followed, and you will be informed accordingly.
What happens if my child needs medicine?
If your child is unwell, they should remain at home. Any use of medicine in school will need to be discussed with the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. If agreed, a form need to be completed as normal. A member of the SLT will administer the medicine, using appropriate PPE.
Can my child be tested?
Children and young people and staff in all settings are eligible for testing if they become ill with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, as are members of their household. This will enable children and young people to get back to childcare or education, and their parents or carers to get back to work, if the test proves to be negative.
A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect their classmates and staff in their setting.
What happens if my child displays symptoms during school hours?
When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus (COVID-19), they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. All staff and students will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Whilst waiting for a parent to collect they will be taken to our designated isolation room (our school Library) with either the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher, where the room is ventilated and will wait there until a parent/carer can collect. There is direct access outside from this room.
What will the school day look like?
The children will follow a familiar timetable, with regular breaks in the morning and afternoon, as well as lunch. We have planned for opportunities to learn outside as much as possible.
Will the children in Reception and Year 1 children return full time at any point?
This will be determined by central government and social distancing rules and measures. We do not envisage this happening before September.
If the children forget to socially distance will they be told off?
No. The children are gently reminded to keep a safe distance from each other and staff. We refer to our own ‘bubbles’ and how we must try and keep them intact. The children are used to this terminology and lining up in a ‘bubble’ line.
Will schools be allowed to close if there is an outbreak of the virus or staff need to self-isolate?
Yes, this could happen for a temporary period.
Will those starting school for the first time have a phased start, considering many have received very little nursery time?
We will be contacting families whose children are due to start in September and providing virtual induction procedures this term. We would plan for the children to undertake their induction period in September, but we will have to await further Government guidance before confirming these arrangements.
What is the Government’s advice for families who have a parent who is shielding?
Current advice is for families to stay at home.
How will risk of infection be reduced?
A multitude of measures have been put into place to reduce the risk of infection. Such as:
- Bubble groups will be created for your child. They will remain with these children during this period.
- Each group will remain in their one allocated classroom space each day and won’t mix with other groups who are in school.
- Children will have an allocated desk space where they will sit each day they are in.
- Outside learning opportunities will be provided as much as possible.
- Lunchtime and breaks will be covered by another member of staff and will be staggered. Children will only mix with other members of their group during these times.
- There will be staggered arrival and collection times
- Once in the school grounds, one parent alone will be able to escort their child to school.
- You will be asked to queue at a 2m distance whilst your child is welcomed to school. There will be signs to help you identify where.
- Your child does not have to wear school uniform to school. This is so your child’s clothes can be easily washed after they have attended school each day.
- Strict hygiene measures will be in place for your children, and our staff. As in the weeks prior to lockdown, the children will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently and staff will adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- We are following government guidelines and are adopting enhanced cleaning procedures at the end of every day. As well as our normal thorough clean, each area will be disinfected using a pressure sprayer system ensuring 99% of all rooms are disinfected during each clean.
Can my child wear a mask?
Your child can wear a mask if you wish them to do so.