Following the government’s directive that schools should reopen in September to all pupils, this plan has been written and will be implemented so that the children and members of staff at St Lawrence’s can be safe when at school. These arrangements have been drawn up following a robust risk assessment process and have been approved by the school’s Senior Leadership Team and governors. An original plan and risk assessment received the approval of the Local Authority for re-opening in June - this plan and the accompanying risk assessment build on established practices and routines that worked successfully in the summer term, when the school had more than 70% pupils in school for at least four days.
The Department for Education’s ‘Guidance for full opening: schools’ (updated 7th August 2020) has been referred to in the production of this plan.
Parents should read this plan and also visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their children’s return to school.
We will open to Reception pupils on the morning of Wednesday 2nd September 2020 and then to all pupils including Nursery children on Thursday 3rd September 2020.
We recognise that some parents will have concerns about children returning to school and also understand that the past six months will have been challenging for many families. Hopefully, a return to school will be possible for all pupils, but if any parent/carer thinks this will be difficult, then we must be informed, so that support can be put in place.
Maintaining a Safe Environment
The following preventative measures will be put in place from 2nd September 2020, in order to minimise the spread of infection at our school:
Parents/carers will be asked to encourage good infection control practices, such as thorough handwashing at home and keeping children informed about the things they can do to discourage the spread of infection. It is essential that social distancing (in line with current Government guidance) and preventative measures (wearing masks in shops etc.) are continued at home by pupils and their family members, to avoid the virus being brought into the school and spread amongst pupils and staff.
As per the current NHS and government advice, children must be kept at home, if they develop coronavirus symptoms, for a period of 10 days and parents should arrange for coronavirus test immediately. Symptoms include a high temperature, a new & continuous cough and loss/change in of sense of smell/taste. If someone in a child’s household has symptoms, the child (and everyone in the household) must self-isolate until a test has been carried out and result obtained. More information regarding symptoms and actions can be found on the NHS website:
If parents/carers think a child may have been exposed to, or has, coronavirus, they must contact the school at the earliest opportunity.
If a case of COVID-19 is identified in school, we will take advice from Public Health. It is likely that a class/bubble might be closed for a period of time. Whole school closure can hopefully be avoided, but it is possible that this may be necessary, in order to prevent the spread of the virus. In this scenario, education and communication would take place using EXaTT/Seesaw learning platforms as was successfully practised in the lockdown period.
Any members of staff who work/volunteer in more than one setting will be asked to be particularly vigilant and careful, so as to not risk bringing the virus into the school environment.
Arrangements for the Start and End of the School Day
The beginning and end of the day are the busiest times for children and adults congregating together in one place and maintaining safe distances within normal arrangements needs to be carefully controlled. We have implemented the following measures for when all pupils return:
*Not Nursery children or pupils whose parents have to work.
Breakfast Club Arrangements
Breakfast Club will run from 7:45 a.m. each morning. On arrival (at a door close to the main entrance), children will be asked to wash their hands. The children will then enter the school hall and sit at a table allocated only to children from their own class. Staff will then serve breakfast to them. There will be activities for pupils to do, but only at their specified tables. Class teachers or T.A.s will collect their pupils from the hall for the start of classroom sessions.
Booking for Breakfast Club must be in advance – by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday for any of the days of the following week.
Children can bring in a packed lunch or order a cooked meal from the school kitchen. Nursery, Reception and Y1/2 pupils will have lunch in their class bases. Y3/4 pupils will eat together in the school hall, sat on class tables 2m+ apart from other Y3/4 classes and after a thorough clean of the hall Y5/6 will do likewise (or vice versa). A staggered outdoor break will also occur, with the children in the same socially distanced zones and groups as they were in for the staggered morning break. Free School Meals will be provided for all Reception, Y1 and Y2 pupils and those eligible pupils in KS2.
To minimise the number of children and staff mixing together, children will remain in their own classrooms with the same members of staff all week. There will be plenty of opportunities for outdoor learning too, but this will be away from other classes. Pupils within their class groups will be kept 1m+ apart when possible, but given that children naturally play and learn through physical interaction (especially in younger years) it will not be realistic to implement social distancing (other than from other classes/bubbles).
Children will, on the whole, be taught by their usual teachers and teaching assistants, unless one of them is unable to be at work. Our regular supply teachers will be used if teachers are absent and they will take particular care to keep 2m+ apart from pupils where possible. They may choose to wear face masks or other forms of PPE as might other members of staff (it will be their choice). Music and French (KS2) will be taught by specialist teachers who will make arrangements so that they can keep a 2m+ distance at all times.
Full school uniform should be worn by all pupils (not Nursery children).
Professionals visiting school will be asked to keep 2m+ distance from children they are supporting and cleaning before and after the use of rooms will take place. Professionals might be asked to wear face masks if this is advised by Public Health.
Volunteers will not be used initially, but are likely to be of great help in educating pupils as the term progresses. A separate plan and risk assessment will be written to help co-ordinate the use of volunteers safely.
An addendum to the school’s Behaviour & Discipline Policy has been written and shared with parents. It will be shared with new parents and explained to all returning pupils in September 2020.
Clubs, Visits and Swimming
At the time of writing this plan, no arrangements for after-school clubs or school visits have been made. We want to bring these activities back and will write again to parents when we are able to do so. Swimming will hopefully resume at some point in September 2020 after a separate plan and risk assessment has been completed.
Support for Pupils and Families
We do not underestimate how difficult the recent weeks have been and the significant impact the coronavirus pandemic may have had on families. The school recognises the need to focus on children’s emotional wellbeing. Staff will continue to prioritise the good mental health of those children on their return to school.
Our Pastoral Support Team will continue to be on hand to help families. Parents/carers should contact us if they need any help, support or guidance.
Parents may wish to seek support for themselves from the following support agencies:
Alan Brannen (Headteacher) 27/08/20
17th March 2020
Safeguarding vulnerable children.
In school we are following advice from the Government which is updated in-line with the changing situation. Information can be found by clicking on the link below.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us via the admin email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the event of school closure, the office email will be continuously monitored and any queries will be forwarded to appropriate members of staff.
Safeguarding children in school.
All children have been given appropriate hygiene lessons and these have been regularly updated using child-friendly language from sources such as espresso daily news.
Hand sanitisers and soap is available in every classroom and children have been trained in hand washing techniques. Children are washing their hands regularly throughout the school day.
We advise that children bring their own pencil case with basic contents to help reduce the risk if cross contamination.
Whole school assemblies have been suspended and classes will do their own smaller assemblies within the classroom.
After School Club will continue as planned whilst the school remains open and enough staff are available to run it. Our extra curricular clubs will end with immediate effect. Parents will be notified of any changes to After School Club via Parentmail.
Parents evening and parental contact
We have postponed both parents' evening and the Spring Fair. We are encouraging parents to contact the class teacher to arrange a phone consultation only if there are immediate concerns that need to be discussed. School reports will be sent out when ready or made readily available for collection from school, more information will be sent out to parents via Parentmail on this.
We will let parents know when these events can be rescheduled.
Please let us know if you or anyone in your family have suffered from any symptoms or visited locations where you may have been in contact with the virus.
Access to work when pupils are not in school.
We are giving all pupils a link that allows them to access many of the resources that are used in school. Details will be sent out via parentmail and the link can be found on the webpage linked below:
Class teachers will create a list of activities that parents can take part in with their children which will be made available via Parentmail.
Staff will keep in touch with their class via Parentmail.