As the pandemic continues, we are regularly reviewing our risk assessments, routines and procedures in line with Government guidance. Changes can happen quickly quickly but we will notify families who may be impacted as quickly as possible, usually via email.
During the current lock down, our nursery remains open to all children and in the rest of the school children who have a parent whose work is critical to the coronavirus response or who are more vulnerable can attend school. This must be arranged in advance of children attending. Any child who can safely stay at home, should remain at home, even if a parent is a critical worker. Children attending school should continue to wear school uniform, bring only essentials into school (eg water bottle, packed lunch, coat) and be dropped off at 8:45 and collected at 3:05. We will continue to follow hygiene advice, particularly by ensuring regular hand washing/sanitising. If your child develops symptoms while at school, they will be isolated and you will need to collect them as soon as possible.
Learning should continue for all children; Mrs Cornish oversees the remote learning and our learning from home plans can be found on the website page ‘Learning at Home‘. Information on how to get additional support is regularly included on our ‘News‘ website page.
Our plans for the use of the Covid Catch Up Premium are outlined in Covid Catch-Up Premium Plan – January 2021 Update.
Full Opening from 8th March 2021
From Monday 8th March, all children are expected to return to full time education in school. We are delighted that they will be back, but also mindful of the impact that the lock down has had on learning (both positive and negative), wellbeing, social interaction and physical activity.
|Drop off and Collection
Children should be dropped off at 8:45 (gates will close at 8:50) and collected at 3:05 from their designated gates;
Explorers (Bubble 1) – from the EYFS gate
Pathfinders & Adventurers (Bubble 2) – from the playground gate
Navigators (Bubble 3) – from the field gate
Siblings can arrive at the gate of the youngest sibling and will be directed to their class.
When children return, we would like to see them in their uniform. We recognise, however, that they will have grown and popping to the shop to buy new uniform is not easy at the moment. Wherever possible, please wear a royal blue jumper, white polo or t-shirt and plain black or dark grey trousers/shorts/dress or skirt; this may be in a PE style. Girls may alternatively wear a blue checked summer dress. Trainers are encouraged (preferably dark in colour) to support our active time.
All children will need to wear PE uniform on the following days;
Explorers – Fridays
Pathfinders and Adventurers – Mondays and Fridays
Navigators – Wednesdays and Fridays
If you arrive after the gate has closed, please phone the school office to arrange for your child to be met at the main gate.
|School Car Park
The school car park is open to staff and visitors only; no parents or carers should be using the car park.
NHS website – includes the latest information, advice and links for booking a test
Government website – includes the latest advice as well as recent and upcoming changes
Public Health Dorset website – includes local information and updates as well as advice
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 if your child has attended in the last 48 hours.
‘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: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
Please see below of different types of illness and what action should be taken:
*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: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare
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