Dear parents and carers,
We hope that you are all having a fantastic summer holiday, despite the rather grey weather, and that you have all had a chance to rest, relax and recharge your batteries.
Staff are in full swing getting ready for the start of the new term, and we look forward to welcoming your children back to school on Tuesday 7th September 2021.
Please find below revised information regarding arrangements for the new term. I would ask that you read this through and ensure that you are clear on the changes to onsite arrangements, particularly drop off and pick up, and changes to actions around suspected/confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community.
Mrs L Challis
Will my child need to wear school uniform when they return in September?
Uniform should be worn. Due to increased ventilation in class, during cold periods we suggest that your child/ren wears an extra layer and brings additional warm clothes in to school. An extra jumper, winter coat, hat, gloves and a scarf are recommended.
Will my child need to bring in a PE kit?
If your child/ren has PE, we ask that they come into school on that day in their PE kit, they will stay in this for the day. Please ensure that they are in kit appropriate to the weather as rooms will be well ventilated.
Will the school still operate bubbles?
In September the use of bubbles will no longer be part of our school day. The children will be able to mix as a whole school, although we will of course be mindful of any developing situations and limit mixing inside where we can. The school will resume assemblies.
What will happen if there is a positive case in the school (child or staff member)? The guidance around how the school manages positive cases in its community has changed. The school will no longer have to close for onsite education if there is a confirmed positive result unless:
5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period
Or 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period.
Further information on this can be found here: Contingency framework: education and childcare settings (publishing.service.gov.uk)
What should I do if my child has contact with or shows symptoms of COVID-19? Please do not send your child to school if:
they are showing one or more coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
they have had a positive test result, LFT or PCR, or there are other reasons requiring them to stay at home, for example, they are required to quarantine If this is the case, you should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. Children under 16 no longer need to self-isolate after contact with a confirmed positive case, but we would ask that you are mindful regarding your child displaying symptoms and take action accordingly.
What should I do if my child has a positive lateral flow test? Anyone with a positive test result will need to:
self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance
book a further test (PCR) to confirm the result.
Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate. If the PCR test is taken within the 2 days following the positive LFD result, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and your child can return to school as long as they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
What if my child shows symptoms of COVID-19 at school?
If your child shows symptoms during the school day, they will be isolated in a safe well isolated space and supported by a staff member from their bubble in PPE. You will be asked to collect them as soon as is possible. Please ensure that your contact details are up-to-date and that you are contactable whilst your child is at school.
What will happen if my child does need to self-isolate?
If your child needs to self-isolate due to a positive test or whilst they are awaiting a result, the school will provide remote education, set by your child’s class teacher. Your child will only be expected to complete this work if they are well enough to do so.
What will happen if my child needs to be supported with intimate or personal care such as first aid?
If your child needs support in the school day, such as with first aid or help with accidents staff from their bubble will support them. In these instances staff will be encouraged to wear PPE.
How will the school ensure my child is safe and that Health and Safety protocols are being followed?
The school closely follows the most recent government and Department for Education guidance along with guidance from Public Health England and Somerset County Council. The school has a range of risk assessments in place at all times. These are regularly updated and communicated to all staff and are available to parents on request.
Will drop off and pick up times change?
Drop off and pick up times will be revised for September. Please drop your child/ren off at the top playground via the front gate from 8.30am. Teaching staff (or a member of each class team) will be on the top playground to greet the children and for you to pass any messages over or for a quick chat. Drop off will be between 8.30am and 8.45am.
If you arrive after 8.45am, please take your child/ren to the school office. There will be no staff on the playground before 8.30am, so please ensure you do not leave your child unattended before this time.
We would ask that all adults wear a mask at drop off and pick up times and observe the 1m plus guidance. Pick up will also be from the front playground at 3.15pm for all children.