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Welcome toSt. Bernadette'sCatholic Primary SchoolWe Follow Jesus

Return to School September 2020

WELCOME

 

We have now welcomed back Years 1 to 6 and Reception will be joining us week beginning Monday 21st September 2020.  We have worked extremely hard to make plans that are safe and in the best interests for our children. We are still following Government Guidance regarding Covid and will keep you updated with any changes.

 

CLASS BUBBLES

 

As you are aware, each Year has their own entry and departure door, arrival and departure time and their own Class Bubble.  Each Bubble is as self-contained as possible to minimise the risk of cross-contamination.  

 

ARRIVALS, DEPARTURES AND MOVING ROUND THE SCHOOL

 

Children will enter school through the designated entrance at the agreed time. Children will go straight to their designated class/bubble, keeping a 2m distance where possible. There will be markers on the floors to support children with social distancing. At their designated home time, children will leave the building from their designated exit. They will leave school when their parent has come to collect them, again keeping their distance using the markers on the floors as a guide.

 

Movement around the school will be limited. When the children leave their Bubble to go outside for break, lunch or outdoor learning, they will follow the markers on the floor to ensure they stay 2m from peers and adults. Children will follow an adult from their Bubble on their designated route. Some children will use different rooms for interventions/ assessments.

 

Children will be expected to tell a member of staff if they are unwell and are exhibiting signs of Coronavirus by raising their hand.

 

Children must have a responsibility for their own equipment e.g. water bottles and ensure that these are not shared with other pupils.

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING

 

Children who are old enough will be expected to socially distance from their peers and adults in school and on the playground/field where possible. When children enter their Class Bubble, they will be expected to go straight to their allocated table. Children will put their hand up if they need an adult’s support, they will not get out of their seats. Teachers will ensure that pupils, wherever possible, adhere to social distancing measures. We understand socially distancing is more difficult for younger children, therefore, in Reception Class greater focus will be placed upon supporting handwashing and hygiene procedures.

 

HANDWASHING AND HYGIENE

 

Children will be expected to follow all hand washing and hygiene routines while in school.  Each Class Bubble will have a wash station that is clearly labelled with the guidance for correct hand washing and a plentiful supply of Anti-Bacterial Soap and paper towels.  Children will wash hands on entering School, before and after returning from the outside, before and after eating, after using the toilet and before going home.  

 

We ask children to follow the catch it, bin it, kill it, mantra when in school; if they need to cough or sneeze, they should use a tissue or crook of their arm.  Children will be reminded not to touch their face, mouth, nose or eyes while in school.

 

Internal windows and doors are kept open for increased air flow and ventilation.

 

TOILET BREAKS

 

Each Bubble will have allocated toilets to use and there will be a maximum of 3 children at a time.  When a child has finished using the toilet, they must wash their hands.

 

Toilets will be cleaned regularly with Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Viral Spray.

 

BREAKTIME

 

Children will have a designated area to play during break and must stay in their designated area at all times.  Early Years and Key Stage 1 will continue to have a piece of fruit, Key Stage 2 may bring in a healthy snack.

 

LUNCHTIME

 

Children will eat their dinner in the Hall in their Class Bubble at their allotted time.  They will have their own Lunchtime Supervisor.  Years 5 and 6 eat their lunch in their Classroom.

 

Our School Kitchen is offering a limited menu for our children on a 2 week rolling period.  Please ensure that you let our Kitchen Staff know your child’s choice of hot meal so that they are able to order the correct amount of meals.  Please see a copy of our letter dated 15 July 2020.

 

 

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

MONDAY

Fish Finger

Sausage Roll/Vegetarian Sausage Roll

TUESDAY

Bacon Baguette/Quorn Sausage Baguette

Chicken Wrap/Quorn Wrap

WEDNESDAY

Chicken Wrap/Quorn Burger

Cheese and Tomato Pizza

THURSDAY

Burger/Quorn Burger

Hot Dogs/Quorn Sausage

FRIDAY

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

 

All meals are served with Potato and Salad and various Desserts

 

You are also welcome to send in a packed lunch from home, however, please ensure that your child is able to open items independently as due to the current circumstances staff may not be able to assist.

 

Please ensure your child has their own named water bottle every day.

 

BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOL

 

Where possible we will follow our usual Behaviour Policy. However, if a child’s behaviour is deemed high risk, for example, refusing to adhere to safety measures, such as, hand washing, social distancing, remaining in their bubbles or deliberate behaviours that put themselves or others at risk, such as deliberately spitting or deliberately coughing at people. The following sanctions and disciplinary procedures could be used:

 

●  Conversation with pupil, which could include a verbal warning, moving seats if logistically possible and other behaviour management

    strategies in line with our current behaviour policy.

 

● Once all appropriate behaviour management strategies have been exhausted, contact should be made with pupil’s parent/carer

 

● If the health and safety of other pupils and staff members are put at risk by the pupils not adhering to social distancing measures,     then the parent/carer will be expected to collect the pupil and a fixed term exclusion may be applied in accordance with our 

   Behaviour Policy

 

BEEHIVE AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

 

The Beehive will be open as usual with children going into their own Class Bubble in their own separate room with a member of Beehive Staff.

 

ILLNESS

 

Please follow normal school procedures when informing us of your childs illness.  Calling our absence line and leaving a message or calling the School Office.

 

It is extremely important that parents follow the advice given by Government to help restrict the spread of the Covid.  If you or your child feels unwell and you cannot manage the symptoms at home, please use NHS 111 online for further guidance.

 

PUPILS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

 

School acknowledges that children will have had a range of different experiences during the lockdown period which may have an impact on their behaviour presentation upon return to school. Some may present with frustration as a result of being isolated from friends and school. For many, the process of re-engagement with learning and the school community, under unusual circumstances, may require some additional input and encouragement. As a result of these varied experiences children may present with behaviour that is not usual, this may include: anxiety, lack of confidence, challenging behaviour, fight or flight response, anger, shouting, crying, hyperactivity and difficulties maintaining attention. For some children, including those with attachment concerns or SEN, and especially those with autism, the change in routines and lack of familiarity will require additional adjustment. If necessary, school will seek external support from other agencies.

 

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

 

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:

 

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

 

If you think you have coronavirus, please stay at home and follow this NHS advice.

 

Everyone aged five and over in the UK with symptoms can now be tested to confirm if they have the virus.

 

FREE NHS COVID TEST

 

You can have a swab test to check if you have Coronavirus (COVID-19) now. You can choose to take the test:

 

  • at a test site near you today and get your result tomorrow

  • with a home test kit

 

This service is for people of all ages in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

There is another test, the antibody test to check if you’ve had Coronavirus. This is not widely available yet.

 

CLICK BELOW TO BOOK A TEST

 

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION HELPLINE FOR STAFF AND PARENTS

 

Phone:  0800 046 8687

Email:   DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

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