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For Parents & Carers

Health and safety, routines and procedures

Cohorts and limiting contact

  • We will return to operating two bubbles. One for EYFS and one for KS1 and KS2.
  • All staff will be in school, unless they have been asked to shield, they are self isolating or they have COVID-19 symptoms and are awaiting a test result. Everyone must follow the systems of control.
  • Staff and visitors to wear face covering in situations where social distancing between adults is not possible (for example when moving around in corridors and communal areas) if staff wish to wear their face coverings in classrooms, we support their decision to do so.
  • Regular handwashing remains a priority with extra opportunities for this built into the school day. All staff and children will wash their hands when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks, when they change rooms and before and after eating.
  • Children in KS1 and KS2 will continue to sit in either rows or a horseshoe formation. They will continue to use their own essential equipment and have their own peg.
  • Children should limit what they bring into school. Essential items such as lunch boxes, hats and coats, Forest School kit, books and stationary and bags are allowed.
  • Pupils and teachers can take books and other shared resources home although unnecessary sharing should be avoided.
  • Classroom based resources, such as book and games can be shared and used within the bubble. These should be leaned frequently. When sharing equipment between bubbles it should be cleaned before it is moved between bubbles and left unused for a period of 48 hours (72 hours for plastics)
  • It is expected that all children will continue to wear school uniform but will come into school wearing their PE kit on the days they have PE - Thursday and Friday. 
  • All visitors to school, must wash and sanitize their hands on entry
  • No visitors are permitted on site during school hours, unless emergency visits to include heating engineers, essential building works, pest control, post and deliveries, food for the kitchen. 
  • Parents are only allowed on site to collect their children, collect books and any resources needed. We politely ask that all parents drop off and collect their child/ren as quickly as possible to ensure the time spent on the school site is limited to a minimum.
  • Government guidance states that ‘all teachers and staff can operate across different classes and year groups to facilitate the delivery of the timetable and specialist provision’ where applicable staff will operate across our two bubbles to facilitate learning
  • Reception remains the point of contact for visitors with only 1 person in this area at anytime. We will not permit any visitors into our school without a prior appointment and a face covering being worn.
  • Meetings will be face to face only on a 1:1 basis in a well ventilated space with masks worn at all times. All other meetings will remain via Teams.

Beginning and end of school day arrangements

  • The school day will be staggered with KS1 and KS2 hours being 8:45-3:10 and EYFS hours being 8:50-3:05.
  • We will continue to operate our one way system for all KS1 and KS2 pupils, there will be no changes to where and how pupils arrive and enter the school building and their classrooms.          
  • Morning registers will close at the normal time.
  • We will return back to our normal codes for registration and resume our normal attendance policy.
  • Breakfast and after school clubs will resume from Monday 8th Breakfast club will be led by Mrs Freeman from the 8th March until 15th March and this will run from 8:00. Mrs Howard will return from shielding from the 15th March and breakfast will be available once again rom 7:45. After school club will operate its usual hours of 3:10-4:30.

 Areas of school in use

  • Dining hall for lunchtime use by all children. EYFS will eat from 11:55-12:25 and KS1 and KS2 will eat from 12:30-13:00. EYFS will have their own eating area and tables which are separate from KS1 and KS2.
  • Staffroom used for making tea/coffee and preparing lunch, this space is not to be used as a place to sit. Classrooms are used by staff to have their lunch.
  • Staff and pupil toilets used as normal
  • Our COVID-19 isolation room will remain in place.
  • Tom to ensure his daily cleaning routine continues as normal but with an extra focus on doorhandles, tables in all classroom areas, hand sanitiser units, toilet handles, taps, sinks, the photocopier, kettle.

 Break and Lunch time arrangements

  • EYFS playtime will be from 10:10-10:30 where children have access to the main school playground, hut playground and field (in weather that is suitable).
  • KS1 and KS2 playtime will be from 10:30-10:50 where children have access to the main school playground and field (in weather that is suitable)
  • Children wash their hands on return from play and lunch times
  • Children to wash their hands before lunchtime
  • Dining hall for lunchtime use by all children. EYFS will eat from 11:55-12:25 and KS1 and KS2 will eat from 12:30-13:00. EYFS will have their own eating area and tables which are separate from KS1 and KS2.

  Social distancing and classroom environments

DfE and LA guidance recognises that we will not always be able to keep the children apart, particularly with younger children and with all children being welcomed back to school. The LA have clarified this:

We recognise that you will not always be able to keep children apart.  Ultimately this is a balancing act between reducing the opportunities for the virus to transmit from one person to another whilst being able to deliver your curriculum requirements and support the educational development of our young people.  So, where we can keep our distance we should, but where this compromises educational development you do not need to. Keeping bubbles as consistent as possible will also help, but again with limits on staff available and the variety of activities children participate in this will not always be possible.  This is why cleaning and personal hygiene become more important than ever. The more settings can do to facilitate excellent personal hygiene the better.

  • Classrooms and all used space will remain well ventilated with a comfortable teaching and working environment maintained
  • Natural ventilation will be applied by opening windows (in cooler weather windows should be opened just enough to provide constant background ventilation and opened more fully during breaks and when the room is not being used to purge the air in the space). Opening internal doors will also assist with creating a throughput of air
  • KS1 and 2 children continued to be taught about the importance of social distancing when possible. No hugging or high 5’s.
  • It is important for adults in school to practice social distancing.
  • Tissues and bins will be available in every classroom and the hall, so children can practice the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  • Handwashing and desk cleaning will remain a priority
  • Classrooms set up with desks facing in the same direction, except in EYFS. Children may sit next to each other but where possible they will have their own desk/space. We will continue to follow the guidance and seat children in either rows or in a horseshoe shape
  • Teachers need to create as much space as they can at the front of the classroom.
  • Children’s books can be marked, but we will continue to restrict the amount of marking in books and adopt our current practice of self-marking and whole class feedback.
  • We have reorganised the PE curriculum so lessons can be outside as much as possible and we avoid sports that involve a lot of contact. Mrs Land will resume her PE teaching every Friday morning. If the weather is bad and we cannot have PE outside this will be in the hall.          
  • Forest School will run every Friday afternoon, from the start of the Summer Term. This will be led by Mrs de Neve with up to x2 adults supporting her.
  • We will continue to not have any interactive displays.

 Curriculum

  • From Monday 8th March we will begin our recovery curriculum. This will last for three weeks until the end of the Spring term. Alongside this we will benchmark and ‘light’ assess the children’s reading, writing, times tables and maths on return and begin a cycle of intervention and recap to bridge learning gaps and misconceptions.
  • We acknowledge that in order to teach an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects, to achieve this we may need to make substantial modifications, making effective use of our baseline and formative assessments on return. We will adopt a flexible approach to our recovery curriculum which we see us creating time to cover the most important context in which pupils are not yet secure.
  • We will prioritise subjects of the most important components for progression, we will not remove subjects which could deprive pupils of the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
  • We will continue to provide remote education to pupils who are unable to attend school because they are complying with government guidance or legislation around coronavirus
  • Our remote learning plan was emailed to all parents and staff in January, but should you need a copy of this it can be found on our website or you can request a copy from the school office.
  • We will continue to use the following online subscriptions to support the children’s learning:
  1. Bug Club
  2. 1Decision
  3. Times Table Rockstars

 Attendance

  • School attendance will be mandatory for all pupils from 8th March with the usual rules on school attendance applying including:
  1. Parents duty to secure their child’s regular attendance at school
  2. The ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with the local authorities’ codes of conduct
  • We will use a code X if a child is self-isolating or quarantining because of coronavirus
  • We have invited all parents to contact us should they feel anxious about their child returning to school. We need to remind parents that pupils of compulsory school age must be in school unless a statutory reason applies
  • Further guidance on attendance can be found in the DFE Publication entitled Schools Coronavirus Operational Guidance February 2021.

In the event of a child or member of staff developing Covid symptoms whilst in school

  • They will be taken immediately to the isolation room. If the person using the isolation room needs to use the toilet, they will be taken to the toilet block outside Dragonfly classroom. They will not walk through the school but use the outside area to walk to this toilet block.
  • The child’s parents or carers will be contacted where they will be asked to collect the child immediately
  • The side entrance to the school will be used for collection (electronic door)
  • We will follow our school plans and a member of the SLT will contact PHE for further guidance
  • All staff will be notified of the guidance given
  • For more information, please See the DFE Publication Section 11 Managing confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst the school community from the Schools Coronavirus Operational Guidance February 2021.

 LFD Staff Testing

  • All staff will continue to use their LFD testing kits at home to test twice weekly every Sunday and Wednesday. There are clear procedures in place should a test show a positive result.
  1. Book a test if a LFD test shows a double negative or positive result OR if they have symptoms
  2. Self-isolate immediately and not come to school
  3. Should a bubble need to close we will follow the advice and guidance from Public Health England
  • Primary age pupils will not be tested with LFD’s

 Cleaning and disinfection

  • Each classroom has a cleaning kit. If this is running low staff to inform Tom. 
  • All staff to maintain high hygiene levels throughout the day by washing their hands thoroughly and more often than usual, cleaning used surfaces and touch points frequently throughout the day eg desks, chair backs, light switches, door handles
  • All staff to promote and model good respiratory hygiene for everyone by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • Tom to focus more on these areas as he does his daily cleaning routine
  • The school will continue to be fogged once every 3-4 weeks, this was last done on Thursday 25th February
  • Pupil chrome books and laptops may be shared within each bubble but must be cleaned before and after use.
  • Teachers’ and other computer equipment to be used by owner only.
  • Cleaning staff are following special cleaning requirements described in the DFE Publication entitledSchools Coronavirus Operational Guidance February 2021.

Safeguarding

  • Our named DSL’s are Sam Petchey (HoS) and Ruth De Neve (EYFS teacher)
  • There will be a minimum of one DSL on the school site at all times. We will continue to follow our usual safeguarding procedures and policies

 Emergencies and first aid

  • Normal emergency evacuation procedures
  • Each class base has own first aid kit. Children to apply plasters etc themselves as much as practicable.
  • For PE and playtimes and lunchtimes staff on duty to take a walkie talkie out with them. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday one handset is handed to Mrs Flatman and on a Tuesday and Thursday one is handed to SP.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.