19 May 2020

We recognise that our students will not be able to practice social distancing measures and that this will put them and staff at increased risk of contracting and/or transferring the virus. We have therefore put a number of measures in place:

 

“Bubbles” Defined as a group of people with whom you have close physical contact.

  • Your child will be working with the same group of staff and students at all times when they are in school. This will be their “bubble”. This is to ensure that should someone within that group contract the virus then it can be isolated.
  • Each “bubble” will enter and exit school from the same door
  • Each “bubble” will have its own break space for staff
  • Students will have their meals in their classrooms
  • Bathrooms will be allocated to “bubbles”

 

Medical Needs

  • There will be no medical staff on site, therefore we ask that you only send in medication that is usually administered in school.
  • We will not accept medication in to school for your child’s respite facility. You must make arrangements for this to be delivered and collected safely with your respite provider.
  • We will not be able to administer paracetamol to your child. If they are ill for any reason they must not be sent in to school.
  • If your child or a member of your family shows symptoms of the Coronavirus you must inform school immediately

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Suspected Case of Coronavirus in School

  • If a student or member of staff develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they will 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 have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and will be provided with support to access this.
  • Where the student or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting.
  • Where the student or staff member tests positive, the rest of their “bubble” will be sent home and will self isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that bubble do not need to self-isolate unless the student or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
  • If a student or staff member tests positive parents and other staff will be informed and the SLT will take advice as to whether the whole setting should close.
  • As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the group or school Public Health England’s local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise us on the most appropriate action to take.

 

Personal Protective Equipment

  • All visitors and staff must wash their hands or  use the alcohol gel provided as soon as they enter the building
  • Staff have been provided with face shields, masks, gloves and aprons


Transport

  • If you usually use school transport then you will need to contact the Transport Team to request transport on your child’s days.
  • Transport vehicles will drop off and pick up from the transport road as usual
  • Passenger Assistants will hand over your child and their car seat to a designated member of staff.
  • Car seats will be sprayed with disinfectant spray after drop off and prior to pick up.

 

Parent Drop Off/Pick Up

  • You will be asked to queue on the Single Access Road or outside Early Years from 08:50. (Depending on your child’s class space). The areas will be marked at 2 meter distances.
  • A member of staff will be in the areas and will call forward your child’s designated member of staff to take them from you.

 

General Controls

  • All students to be supported to try to follow social distancing measures 
  • All staff and students to wash hands regularly and to use hand sanitizer in rooms with no washing facilities
  • Member of SLT on site at all times
  • Timetable for personal care
  • Handles and equipment wiped down at regular intervals throughout the day
  • Rooms deep cleaned daily
  • Whole school deep cleaned on a Friday

 

If you feel it would be too high risk to send your child to school because they, or someone else in your family, is at particularly high risk, there is of course no requirement to send your child in.  The guidance still states that if your child is safer at home then they should stay at home.