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IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

Last updated: Fri 29/5/20

The way school will operate during this period will be significantly different from normal.

There will be adjustments and amendments to practice as time goes on, as issues arise and as further guidance is published by the government.

We will keep our web pages up to date with any of these changes.

If at any time you have questions or concerns then do not hesitate to contact us via phone or email.

Which children can return to or attend school?

The present situation is that the children in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 6 can return to school on June 1st.

Children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 who have been attending as their parents/carers are in critical work in the Covid-19 response and those who are identified as vulnerable will continue to attend. To access this provision from June 1st you must complete a registration form available from the school office and from this web site prior to your child starting. Provision is not available to parents/carers returning to work in non-essential roles - that is roles not essential to the fight against Coronavirus.

Do I have to send my child?

The decision as to whether your child returns is for families to decide having considered the risk assessments and measures put in place by the school.

Can my child attend part-time?

Children in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 6 that return, must return full-time.

You may change your mind of course and we ask that you let the school know if this is the case.

Children of Critical Workers in Years 2, 3, 4, and 5 will continue to attend on a part-time basis as dictated by the work patterns and care options of the parents/carers.

Can the school fit more children in?

We are very much looking forward to having the Year 6 back in school on Monday June 1st.
We have undertaken extensive planning to accommodate the children in line with
government health and safety guidance. Our planning extends to the Year Groups R, Y1 and
Y6, vulnerable children and also the children of Key Workers whose work is critical to the
Covid-19 response and have been accessing our provision throughout the heights of the
pandemic. We also factored in children of key workers who had informed us of the critical
nature of their work and the time scale in which they would be required to return to front-line work.
We have, in the past few days, had a number of requests from parents/carers who up to
now have not accessed Critical Worker provision but are wishing to claim a place under the
broader key worker definition at this point as they now wish to return to work and have no
other child care options available and, as the guidance sets out, may attend school. This
potential unpredictable increase in numbers may result in a situation where we are unable
to maintain the social distancing restrictions required.
With the new Test and Trace regulations introduced by the government we are having to
plan for the possibility of self-isolation of numbers of staff and the impact this might have
on staffing ratios.
In such scenarios the government guidance to schools is clear: that is, the school must
prioritise vulnerable children, key worker children - as defined by the government guidance,
then the youngest children. If such a situation arises, to comply with this guidance, we may
have to ask the Year 6 children to return to home learning.

Can I drop off or collect early if my shift allows it?

Children in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 6 are expected to be in for the full school day.

Parents/carers in Critical work who have placed a child in Year 2, 3, 4 or 5 in key worker provision will be expected to drop/collect via the school office as their shifts allow.

Is before School and after School provision available (Play and Learn)?

No, not at this time.

Will I be penalised if my child does not attend?

Any decision not to send your child will not affect their attendance record and no fines will be issued.

Will my child be able to access online learning if they do not attend?

Online learning will continue to be provided for all children not attending either through parental choice or because their year group is not in school.

How will the school reduce the risk of contact at the start and end of the school day?

  • The site will operate a one-way system. This will be clearly signed. Entry will be down the right-hand pedestrian path and follow an anti-clockwise route around the exterior of the building. This MUST be strictly adhered to by all parents/carers.
  • Only one adult is to attend with children.
  • The start times and end times are staggered and MUST be strictly adhered to. Please do not arrive earlier or later than the allotted time. If you arrive early please do not enter the site until your allotted time.

I am dropping/collecting more than one child at different times, where shall I wait?

Drop/collect your first child at their allotted time and then follow the one way system before waiting at a safe distance from the building, allowing others to pass safely until it is time to drop/collect your second child. You must not re-trace your steps against the flow of traffic to go back to another door...you must follow the one-way system and go round the building in an anti-clockwise manner until you get to the door for your second child.

I have a child in a year group not yet in school. Can I bring them with me to drop a child off?

If there is no-one at home that can look after them then you may bring them with you. Please keep them beside you and do not let them breach social distancing rules.

Can Year 6 travel to and home from school on their own?

Yes, providing that within the school site they are able to follow all social distancing rules.

What happens if I arrive late?

Occasionally events happen and lead to an unplanned late arrival. If you arrive later than your allotted time please head straight through the pedestrian gate following the one way system, keeping social distance from others and head straight to your child's entrance. If the gate is closed take your child to the main reception paying close attention to the health and safety signage.

What happens if people don't follow the rules?

If children are regularly late or parents/carers are not able to follow the measures in place they will be asked to keep their child at home and access our home learning.

Can I approach the classroom door, come into the cloakroom or speak to the teacher?

Please do not approach the classroom door - send your child in from a safe social distance - staff will be at the door to receive them.

No parents/carers are to enter the cloakroom or classroom.

At the end of the day please wait away from the door and staff will send the children to you.

If you need to speak to the teacher please send your message by email or contact the office by phone. If it is urgent please visit the office observing the signage with regards to health and safety.

My child is very anxious and I need to hand them over to an adult.

If this is the case a member of staff will come out to you. Social distance will be maintained. The adult can take the child by the hand and bring them in. (strict hand washing protocols are in place)

Who will be teaching my child and in what room?

Children in school are taught in small pods of no more than 15. They may or may not be based in their regular area. Their area will not change. These arrangements will be decided by staff and are not negotiable.

They will be taught by staff known to them but not necessarily by their class teacher. The staff with your child will not change unless there is staff absence.

The learning for each child is planned and overseen by the class teacher.

Parents/carers will be notified of the groupings, areas and staffing for this by the Friday of the week before the school opens.

Does my child need to wear school uniform and does it need to be washed more regularly?

Yes, your child does need to wear school uniform. We would not expect parents/carers to buy new items of uniform at this stage of the year. If the child is wearing an alternative it must be appropriate for school and in sensible colours.

It does not need to be changed everyday but in the current situation ensuring that it is clean and fresh is important.

Will my child need indoor shoes (plimsolls)?

We would like to encourage the use of these where possible to keep our carpets clean but we would not expect any new ones to be bought at this stage of term.

Will my child need their PE kit?

Yes. Please send it on a Monday and it will go home to be washed on a Friday.

My child has a book bag will they need it?

Your child can bring in their book bag.

Should my child bring a water bottle?

Yes.

No communal drinks fountains or water dispensers are in operation. Children should bring enough water for the day (including lunch). They can bring more than one bottle. Bottles should be named. Bottles will go home each evening to be washed and refilled.

Can my child bring their mobile phone and leave it with the school office as normal?

No phones can be left with the school office. We would discourage children from bringing mobile phones. If they do need to bring one it must be off when entering the school site and will remain with the child and be their responsibility. School will accept no responsibility for them.

Can my child bring toys or comforters from home?

We would prefer to limit this as much as possible so please only consider this if it is absolutely necessary. These will not be allowed to be shared and will be kept in their bag.

Can my child bring their bike or scooter?

No bikes or scooters are to be brought and the bike shed/scooter store will not be in use.

How will social distancing be managed inside the building?

The children will be taught in small groups of no more than 15. These 'pods' have their own entrance, cloakroom, toilets, sinks and work space that is not shared with any other group. Surplus furniture has been removed to ensure each child can have a space to undertake their learning. Age appropriate signage is present and reminders from staff will happen regularly.

Routines around arrival, home time, movement in school, hand washing and toileting have been established to ensure children are not put into a position where they have to get within 2 metres of another child or adult.

Break times and lunchtimes will happen on a staggered rota so that the children will have plenty of space to play and only with their pod.

Given the age of our children we can not guarantee that a child will not get with 2 metres of another child or adult.

How will hygiene be managed inside the school building?

A strict hand washing protocol is in place supported by a full supply of soaps, hand sanitisers, air dryers, disposable paper towels and lidded bins.

Children and adults will wash hands on arrival at school and before going home.

Hands will be washed regularly - including either side of break time and lunchtime.

Resources available to the children will be largely unique to the child and not shared with others.

Routines for the regular and systematic cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and surfaces are in place.

What will lunches be like?

Children in school can continue to order a hot lunch or bring a packed lunch as before. The hot lunch menu will be limited but will be sent out to families in advance.

Children entitled to a free meal will continue to receive one and this includes those currently delivered to children who will still be at home.

In school lunch will be taken in the 'pod'. The lunchtime supervisor is fixed to the pod and does not serve to other groups. Strict distancing and hygiene rules are in place.

Where will packed lunches be stored?

Packed lunched will be stored in each pod.

All rubbish will be brought home in the lunch box.

Please ensure it is washed each day.

My child has milk from Cool Milk. Will this continue?

Cool Milk will continue as normal. Distancing and hygiene measures will be in place.

Can my child wear a face mask?

Children are not to wear face masks in school.

Will staff wear PPE?

Staff will not routinely be wearing PPE.

Gloves will be worn to assist the serving of food and drinks, to undertake first aid and to undertake intimate care.

If a child is coughing, sneezing or likely to vomit a member of staff caring for that child may wear a face mask or visor if they have to get within 2 metres and there is any risk to their safety.

What happens if my child is ill?

If your child exhibits any symptoms of coronavirus they are not to come to school. You must access a test and only return your child to school once they have had a negative outcome or have self-isolated for 7 days in line with government guidance.

If your child develops any symptoms at school they will be moved to a safe room in school, looked after and you will be called for immediate collection. The above then applies.

What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus at Thythorn Field?

A confirmed case is one confirmed by a test.

If there is a confirmed case then all children and staff in that child's pod will be asked to self isolate for 14 days.

What will the curriculum look like for those in school?

The curriculum will not look like it did prior to this pandemic. teaching methods will be heavily adapted too to support social distancing and hygiene.

Staff will make decisions on curriculum content that support: mental health and well-being, catch-up and transition.

Will my child be able to borrow books?

We wish to limit the number of items travelling between home and school. Books can be borrowed. When they are returned they will go into quarantine for 72 hours and any plastic covers cleaned before returning to the shelves.

Will my child in school have homework?

They may have some age appropriate homework at the teacher's discretion but they are not expected to access and complete any of the home learning on the website.

My child is not attending as they are in Year 2, 3, 4 or 5 or I have chosen not to send them. What will their learning look like?

The high quality home learning offer will continue and be led by teachers.

Miss Shepherd will plan the home learning for Foundation children, Year 1 children and Year 2 children.

Mrs Boyd will plan the home learning for Year 3 children and Year 4 children.

Mr Smyton will plan the home learning for Year 5 children and Year 6 children.

What are the expectations about behaviour and how are other policies affected?

Children in school will be expected to adhere to all behaviour policies, to work to the best of their ability as usual and the usual rewards and sanctions will be in place.

Click below to read our child friendly adapted behaviour expectations and a social story for younger children...

Can I contact my child's teacher?

Staff are always happy to be contacted however in the current circumstances we would ask that contact is made by email or phone and the lines of contact below are used. Staff in school will be focused on the children in school and will not be undertaking responsibility for any home learning.

Who are my points of contact?

 

In School

If your child is in school your contacts are as follows:

 

At Home

If your child is at home your contacts are as follows:

 

SENDCo

 

Safeguarding

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Our contacts in school are:

If you believe a child is in immediate danger please phone 999.

If my child is working at home will the school contact me from time to time?

We expect all children working at home to keep in regular contact by email with the nominated staff member above (at least once a week). The staff above may call from time to time to check how things are going and of course you are welcome to request a call at any time.

Will there be provision during the Summer holidays?

There are no plans for this at the current time.

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