If your child, or anyone in your household or support bubble, has symptoms of coronavirus, the whole household or support bubble will need to isolate and a test will need to be arranged for the individual showing symptoms. Please inform the school.

‘The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a 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)
  • a 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 1 of these symptoms.’ (from the NHS website)

A test can be arranged via this NHS link. Please inform the school of the result.

 16th September 2020

Guidance for schools around illness and school absence

We understand that schools are receiving a lot of calls and questions about the health of their pupils.

With children starting to mix together again, it is likely that they are going to get seasonal colds and coughs but not all illnesses mean they must stay off school or self-isolate.

We want to remind you that COVID-19 symptoms are a high temperature (hot to touch on the back or chest), a new continuous cough (continuous cough is coughing consistently for a while and not just every now and again), a loss of or change to your taste or smell.

More detail of the symptoms can be found:

Please see below of different types of illness and what action should be taken:


What to do if… Action needed… Return to school when…
…my child has COVID-19 symptoms* – Do not come to school

– Contact school to inform us

– Self-isolate the whole household

– Get a COVID-19 test

– Inform school immediately about the test result

…the test comes back negative
…my child tests positive for COVID-19 – Do not come to school

– Contact school to inform us

– Agree an earliest date for possible return. (Min 10 Days)

– Self-isolate the whole household

… they feel better. They can return after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of taste/smell. These symptoms can last for several weeks


All children who test positive must complete the 10-day isolation.

…my child tests negative – Contact school to inform us

– Discuss when your child can come back (same/next day)

…the test comes back negative and your child feels well enough to return


*COVID-19 symptoms are: a high temperature, a new continuous cough (continuous cough is coughing consistently for a while and not just every now and again), a loss of or change to your taste or smell


Vomiting and diarrhoea

If a child has sickness and diarrhoea they should not come to school. Parents/carers should contact the school to inform them of a child’s absence and ring the school on each day of illness.

A child can return to school 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. Check with the school for more information.


If a child is poorly with symptoms of a cold such as a runny nose or sore throat,

– Check temperature and for symptoms of COVID-19

– If no COVID-19 symptoms, come to school if well enough

– If not well enough, ring on each day of illness

The child can come back to school when they feel well enough and are not showing symptoms of COVID-19

For all other advice around schools relating to COVID-19 please visit:



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Welcome Back Letter 04092020

September Arrangements Letter 15072020


Start and End of the School Day

Children should arrive at school at 8:45 and by 8:50 and be collected at 3:05 via the following gates;


Bubble 1 (Explorers: Nursery and Reception) – main walk way entrance. One parent per child may accompany children to the entrance to the EYFS area.  Nursery hours will be 8:45-11:45 morning session and until 12:15 for those staying for lunch, with the full day ending at 3:05.



Bubble 2 (Pathfinders: Year 1/2 and Adventurers: Year 3/4)– playground gate up the road beside the school. Parents are to wait on the pavement near the playground gate. Staff will meet children at the gate and they will line up on the playground before entering the school together via the hall. Parents may not enter the site.


Bubble 3 (Navigators: Year 5/6) – field gate (up the  footpath beside the school). Parents are to drop children at the gate and not enter the school site. Staff will meet children at the gate and they will line up on the playground before entering the school together via the top end of the corridor. We advise walking up from Lower Sea Lane towards Double Common in the morning and down the lane from Double Common towards Lower Sea Lane in the afternoon to support distancing.

For families with children in multiple groups, parents should arrive via the entrance for the youngest child and the older children should be directed to where their class is lining up on the playground.

At the end of the day, staff will bring the children back to these gates for collection. We will be releasing children one at a time to support social distancing. Older children will be escorted to the gate of their younger sibling when the rest of their bubble has been collected.

The earlier collection time is a temporary measure due to staff working hours affected by a shortened lunch break.

We request that parents maintain social distancing when waiting at the start and end of the school day.

Parents are advised to walk to school whenever possible and to consider our local community when arriving and leaving the school site, particularly when driving by parking and stopping at appropriate places. Current guidance advices against sharing a car journey. (Government guidance:

There will be no access to the school car park for parents.

Please email the school office if you give your child permission to leave school at the end of the day without being collected from the site by an adult. Please note that if this permission is given, it will be assumed to be the case everyday unless we are informed otherwise.

Late arrivals: If you are delayed and will arrive after 8:50, please wait offsite near the main front school gates and telephone the school. A member of staff will then come to the gate as soon as possible to collect your child.

School Uniform

Children should wear their usual school uniform to school each day with trainers as we will be taking part in a daily physical activity similar to the Daily Mile. Children should come to school in their PE kit on the day their class has PE (this will initially be once a week, with physical activity daily).

School uniform:

  • grey or black tailored trousers or shorts, skirt or dress
  • white polo shirt
  • royal blue jumper or cardigan (preferably with the school logo)
  • or summer blue checked dress

PE kit:

  • black or navy shorts, tracksuit bottoms or leggings
  • white t-shirt
  • royal blue jumper or cardigan
  • trainers (with laces or Velcro, not slip on)

Wrap Around Care

We will be offering a club before school. Children attending will need to arrive at 8am at the main entrance where they will be met by a member of staff and taken into the building. We will not be providing breakfast at the club, but children may bring food with them in a disposable container. We will not provide crockery, cutlery or beakers. Places at the before school club must be booked in advance and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

There will be no after school clubs when we return to school in September.


No one displaying any Covid-19 symptoms (currently recognised as a persistent cough, temperature of 37.8 degrees or a loss of taste and/or smell) should enter the building for any reason; this applies if any member of the household displays any symptoms. If any child or member of staff displays symptoms, they will be isolated in school until they can be collected. A Covid-19 test will need to be arranged as soon as possible and the individual and their household will need to isolate and follow current guidance.

If the test result is positive, the school will inform the local Health Protection Team and follow their guidance, which will include participating in the test and trace system. We will only share information in compliance with GDPR.

Items brought into school

We will be limiting items being carried between home and school to help limit transmission. As such, children may bring their lunch box, water bottle, coat and reading book and record into school each day only. Water bottles will be kept on tables with children so please ensure that they are bottles which will withstand being knocked over without spilling all over work. Children in younger year groups may also bring a bag with a change of clothes which can be kept on their peg.

The school will be providing each child with a pencil case and the stationary they need. We will also provide children with a healthy snack so children should not bring an additional snack into school.


We will be operating a staggered lunch time to help minimise any contact between bubbles. All children will have a packed lunch; this can be provided from home or ordered from Local Food Links.

Children will eat in their classrooms and then have a lunchtime play outside with their bubble.

Inside the building

Access to the building will be limited as far as possible. Parents will not be able to enter the building without an arranged appointment. Appointments can only be made by telephoning or emailing the school office or by using the new class teacher email addresses which will be shared at the start of term.

Each bubble has been allocated areas of the school, minimising the shared spaces. This includes the toilets, which will be organised into unisex toilets for each bubble. Staff will monitor who is in the toilets and children will be encouraged to use the toilets at playtimes rather than during teaching time to support close monitoring.

With the exception of Explorers, coats will be stored on the back of children’s chairs and lunch boxes on a table beside each classroom door, further minimising contact between groups or sharing of spaces.


We have grouped the children into the above bubbles, which will, as far as possible, keep separate in order to minimise contact.

Throughout the day, children will be asked to wash their hands and/or use alcohol based hand sanitiser. There will be posters to remind everyone to wash and sanitise hands. There will also be reminders to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ when children cough or sneeze.

Cleaning will take place daily of all used areas and cleaning wipes will be available in every classroom to ensure that shared equipment can be quickly and easily wiped down.


You may be aware that the government expectation is that attendance measures return to an expectation of usual daily attendance. I am keen to work with families who have any concerns to see how we can help reassure you of the measures we are taking to support all members of the school community to stay as safe as possible, so please email the school via the office if you would like further information or support.



Want to contact us?

Feel free to give us a call during school hours, or send us an email using the address provided.

Please contact Niamh Vercoe or Georgie Morton in the school office.

Charmouth Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safer recruitment procedures are followed for staff and regular volunteers and visitors.

Charmouth Primary School