Covid19 – Keeping us all Safe
It is more important than ever that we all work together to keep our school community safe.
- Since September attendance has been mandatory once again.
- Once back at school, please contact the school office to let us know if your child is absent due to sickness.
- If your child or a family member displays symptoms of COIVD-19 then they must stay at home and get a test.
- Do not send your child into school if you are awaiting a COVID-19 test result.
- They must remain in isolation with you at home. They will not be penalised for this.
Mental health & well-being support
- Staff are aware that the coronavirus outbreak may be causing mental health or well-being difficulties for some children, and that there will be an increased need for mental health support in school and opportunities to talk and share experiences within the school day.
- There will be support available at both individual and group levels where required.
- Remember you can always talk to your child’s class teacher via email or telephone if you have any concerns or questions.
- For confidential home life support please contact Mrs Shear our Pupil-Parent Support Worker: Sheard@hoylecourt.bradford.sch.uk
Hygiene/safety precautions in school
- Social distancing
- Cloakroom use will be staggered so that only one class bubble enters at a time.
- Bags are discouraged but if absolutely needed please bring in small ones as they will be stored in the classroom.
- Desks will be spaced as far apart as possible, and children will sit at the same desk every day.
- Children will stay within their allocated group or ‘bubble’ at all times and will remain in the same classroom.
- When teachers need to help their pupils with their work or care for them if they’ve had an accident or become distressed then social distancing measures will not be able to be applied.
- As the children are now operating in class bubbles there will be times when the children are not 1+m apart. The Government recognises this isn’t possible in Primary Schools. In the early years reception classroom children will be working in free flow areas of play, playing and interacting together and sharing resources and so social distancing will not be possible. Resources will be cleaned regularly.
- With the older children we will discourage touch between friends and encourage space between friends, however it cannot be guaranteed that they will not physically touch each other during the day, especially when children are working side by side, passing each other resources and playing together.
- Each bubble will only use their designated classroom, hall for PE (if it is wet outside)
- Windows will be kept open, where possible, when the building is occupied, to aid ventilation. The dining room and main school hall will not be used for large groups of children. No whole school assemblies/shows/clubs etc. can take place under these new regulations. Assemblies will take place in individual classrooms. Celebration assemblies will take place on-line via Microsoft Teams
- Each class will be allocated their own equipment/resources/toys to keep in each bubble. Please note however, that the range and variety of toys/equipment will be limited due to increased hygiene and COVID regulations.
- One-way systems will operate in corridors where necessary
- The trim trail will be back in use, but on a rota basis, one class each week
- The grounds will be divided up into zones for multi-use purposes, e.g. three classes will be outside at the same time.
- Children and staff will wash their hands for the recommended time before leaving home, on entry into school, and at regular intervals throughout the day (including, but not limited to, eating/drinking, using the toilet, after PE/sports activities).
- All classrooms have access to new hand sanitisers which have been placed near all external doors and corridors to uses alongside handwashing. This hand sanitiser lasts for 6 hours protection. Regular hand washing throughout the day will also be encouraged.
- Children will be supported with this where needed.
- Paper towels and bins will be provided in toilets, to ensure adequate drying of hands.
- Hand sanitiser will be available in the school entrance for any visitors who must enter school and at all the entry points into classrooms or cloakrooms.
Tissues and facial hygiene
- Disposable tissues are available in each room for both staff and children to use, although if possible, please send your child in with their own packet of tissues.
- Children and staff must sneeze/cough into tissues (never into hands), adhering to the ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ guidance. Additional hygiene lessons will be covered in PSHE lessons and assemblies.
- Used tissues will be put in a lidded bin immediately after use.
- Children will be reminded not to touch their face (eyes, mouth, nose) with hands that are not clean.
- Toilets and sinks will be allocated to specific class bubbles to ensure your child uses the same one during their time in school.
- Staff will ensure that toilets do not become over-crowded, by limiting the number of children
- A full range of PPE is available in school for staff to use when administering first aid or dealing with an unwell child.
- In addition to the daily cleaning which takes place on site, a cleaning schedule will be implemented for more frequent cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day for high-touch areas, including door handles, light switches, toilet flushes, and taps, as well as toys, books, desks and chairs.
- Electronic entry systems and keypads will be regularly sanitised, particularly first thing in the morning and, where possible, after each use.
- Hand gel is available upon entry to school. Staff can remotely sign in and out using their ID badges as a scanner.
- Bins for tissues and other rubbish are emptied throughout the day. • School will remain fully stocked with liquid anti-bacterial soap, sanitising wipes, anti-bacterial spray, paper towels, toilet roll, tissues, and PPE equipment.
Fire safety & lockdown procedures
- Normal procedures will be in place for fire and lockdown drills.
Lessons and curriculum
- The curriculum will remain broad and balanced. Teachers will identify any gaps in pupil knowledge through teacher assessment activities early on in September. Teachers will plan for catch up activities to support them in their learning. Some pupils may also have additional ‘catch up’ sessions (more information to follow in the autumn term once further details have been released about ‘catch up’ funding).
- PE lessons will take place, however the content of the curriculum may have to be adjusted to accommodate new guidance (non-contact sports, resource sharing etc.) The PE long term plan has been adjusted to ensure different sports are covered at different times to reduce the number of pupils using the same equipment at the same time. All PE equipment will be cleaned after use. On the day your child has PE they will come to school wearing their PE kit. This is to avoid using the smaller changing rooms and to maximise the PE time.
- Music lessons will resume, with music being taught by the class teachers. Choir will not taker place until further notice. Violin and keyboard lessons will resume, however groups will now only contain children from the same bubble.
The government is planning on the basis that statutory primary assessments will take place in summer 2021. The early years foundation stage profile, and all existing statutory key stage 1 and 2 assessments, should return in 2020 to 2021 in accordance with their usual timetables.
- The phonics screening check
- Key stage 1 tests and teacher assessment
- The Year 4 multiplication tables check
- Key stage 2 tests and teacher assessment
- The statutory rollout of the reception baseline assessment has been postponed until September 2021.
Break Times and Outdoor Play
- Children will remain in their bubbles during all break and play times.
- Each bubble will be assigned a separate playground/field area for play.
- Break times will be staggered. Reception class will play in their own outdoor area. Three classes will have one play time and three classes a different play time. This is to reduce the number of children outside at once and ease the movement around school.
- Each bubble will have their own outdoor play equipment, which will be cleaned after each session.
- The adventure trim trail will be open in September, but only for one year group at a time, on a weekly rota system. This will be cleaned at the end of the day.
- Toys and items from home must not be brought in for play times.
- School meals will be provided as usual for children who require them. These will be delivered to the classrooms and take the form of a hot meal pack up box, which will include a range of hot pasta dishes, jacket potatoes, panini, etc. Across the week there will be a mixture of hot and cold sandwiches.
- If you want to send your child in with their own packed lunch, please do so in a named Tupperware box that can be cleaned in the dishwasher each evening. Please make sure that ice packs to keep the food cold are included inside.
- The children will continue to eat their lunches in the classroom in their bubbles. They will then have a lunchtime playtime outside. Lunchtimes will be staggered with a maximum of three classes playing out at any one time.
- Parents/carers should contact school by email or phone rather than face to face. Mrs Renton or Mr Lawson will be happy to help with any queries you may have. If you do need to speak to a Teacher directly, please let the office know so we can put you in touch via email or phone.
Parent/carer access to school building
- Parents/carers must not enter the school building (other than by pre-arranged appointment). Any pre-arranged appointments will be carried out remotely (for example, by telephone or conference call) where at all possible.
- Visitors to the premises will be discouraged and all non-essential visitors will be cancelled or postponed.
- Contractors are to attend by agreement only after school have satisfied themselves that it is necessary for the visit to take place at that time and that all required controls are in place to allow the work to continue safely.
- Contractors will be asked to provide risk assessments prior to their visit which includes their own controls around infection spread and prevention.
- Hand sanitiser is available in the school entrance and must be used before entering school.
Illness in school
Staff and children or young people should not attend if they have symptoms of COVID 19 or are self-isolating due to symptoms in their household.
- Illness in school – children if a child becomes unwell with a new continuous cough, high temperature (above 37.8) or loss of taste and smell, they will be sent home immediately.
- All children who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of Covid-19, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
Procedure if a child displays symptoms of Covid-19 in school:
- School will contact parent/carer.
- Staff member stays with child who will be isolated from others and taken down to the new isolation room (support room near ICT suite), which is situated in a well-ventilated area. If they need to use the toilet there are separate ones in this area to use. Any staff member staying with the child will continue to look after them safely until their parent comes to collect them. PPE equipment is available for staff members.
- If you are asked to collect your child due to symptoms of COVID 19 developing, you will collect them from the external door near the ICT room, where the isolation station is based. The second set of steps in the car park leads directly to this door.
- The isolation room will then be deep cleaned and all affected areas will be cleaned thoroughly.
- The staff member who has looked after the child will also be given time to disinfect the PPE (dispose of single use items in a double bag) wash hands and change clothing, if necessary.
- The child will then be sent for a test ASAP. Tests can be booked online at:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
- The children within that group will remain in school until the outcome of the individual’s test result.
- Anyone who has been in contact with the child or shared a classroom environment must wash his/her hands for the recommended time.
Response to any infection
All members of the school community must engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.
Staff members and parents/carers will need to be ready and willing to:
- Book a test if they are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and will be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit.
- Provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test & Trace. • Self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
- You’ve developed symptoms of COVID-19 Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet.
- School has been provided with a small number of home testing kits we can give directly to parents/carers collecting a child who has developed symptoms at school, or staff who have developed symptoms at school, if they are unable to get to a test site.
School will ask parents and staff to inform them immediately of the results of a test:
- If someone with symptoms tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better.
- If someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than which can last for weeks after. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10 day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 10 days.
Managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID19) amongst the school community
- School will take swift action when we become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). School will contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact school directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) attended school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.
- The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.
The health protection team will work with school in this situation to guide us through the actions they need to take. Based on the advice from the health protection team, school will send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious.
What does close contact mean?
Direct close contacts a person who has had face to face contact with an infected individual (within 1m), with someone who has tested positive for COVID 19, including:
being coughed on o a face to face conversation within 1m
unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin) o people who spend significant time in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID 19
Proximity contacts – a person who has been within 2m of someone who has tested positive for COVID 19 for more than 15 minutes.
- Travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person or a large vehicle or plane near someone who has tested positive for COVID -19.
- The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home. To support them in doing so, we will keep a record of pupils and staff in each bubble, and any close contact that takes places between children and staff in different bubbles.
- Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 10-day isolation period they should follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’. They should get a test, and:
- If the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 10-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.
- If the test result is positive, they should inform their setting immediately, and must isolate for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 10-day isolation period). Their household should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, following ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’.
- Illness in school – staff All staff member will take their temperature before leaving for work. If a staff member becomes unwell with a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste and smell, they must be sent home.
- All staff who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of Covid-19, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
Procedure if a staff member displays symptoms of Covid-19 in school:
- Staff member will return home and a replacement teacher will be brought in to teach the children of that group.
- The staff member will have a test ASAP.
- The children in that group will remain in school until the outcome of the staff member’s test result.