COVID-19

To support the return to school and to ensure that all parents have the latest information about our risk assessments and how we plan to keep children, parents, and staff safe, we have this dedicated page which is updated regularly.

Symptoms

In order to minimise the spread of infection, if your child or any household member is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (see NHS definition below), children from this household must not attend school (call to inform us of non-attendance) and self-isolate for 7 days if the child has symptoms, 14 days if another household member has symptoms. If any household member is being tested, children from this household should not attend until the test results have been confirmed.

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • 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 and will not stop even after a drink of water)
  • 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

In school should anyone display symptoms:

  • Any adult or child exhibiting symptoms will be sent home immediately. Children will be isolated until they can be collected by a parent/carer. 
  • The household is advised to isolate and we will refer you to the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. 
  • Anyone displaying symptoms will be expected to be tested and cannot return to school unless the test is negative. We would expect test results to be shared where possible. 
  • Where the child or adult tests positive the rest of their class, or group will be sent home to self isolate for 14 days.

Please see out Attendance Page for information about general illness and attendance policies.

Please read our support on When to Isolate

Entrances to school

To allow us to keep start times as close together as possible, we have restricted school to one entrance and one exit. This allows us to create a circular route through school grounds. 

In order to keep contact to a minimum and our children and staff safe, in the Autumn Term we will not be allowing parents and visitors to access school, parents are encouraged to move swiftly through the school grounds and TAs will be out to ensure this is happening. No parents are to congregate in the school grounds or by the gates to allow for access. Any visitor to school from outside agencies must first be authorised by Mr Williams and wear PPE in school.

There are two entrances into the school. Orange route for KS1 & KS2. Pink route for Foundation. 

The orange route enters school off of Jewitt Road to allow parents to drop off KS1 and Lower KS2 children. We are asking Y5 and Y6 children to either walk to school or parents to leave children at the gates. 

The pink route enters school off of Crane road and continues through Foundation outside area in a circular route. 

We have calculated routes to allow us to get children into school as quickly and safely as possible limiting the ammount of time parents would need to wait to drop children off. This one entrance in and one exit out system allows us to do this safely and we will appreciate everyone’s cooperation. It may add time to the usual drop of but we believe this is the most effective way to get all children into school as quickly as possible. 

Children will not line up outside school before school starts and will instead come straight into school when they arrive. This allows parents to drop off siblings if needed. Staff will be positioned outside and inside the classroom to greet children. Staff will manage congestion at the doors to allow everyone to enter safely. 

Start & Finish Times

Upper KS2 Bubble Year 5 and Year 6 classes Start time: 8:45 am

Finish time: 3 pm

Friday Finish time: 1:30 pm

Lower KS2 Bubble Year 3 and Year 4 classes Start time: 9:00 am

Finish time: 3:15 pm

Friday Finish time: 1:45 pm

KS1 Bubble Year 1 and Year 2 classes Start time: 9:00 am

Finish time: 3:15 pm

Friday Finish time: 1:45 pm

Chestnuts Bubble Chestnuts FS2 classes Start time: 8:45 am

Finish time: from 3:00 pm

Friday Finish time: 1:30 pm

Acorns & Little Acorns bubble Acorns and Little Acorns classes Morning session

Start time: 8:45 am

Finish time: 11:45 am

Afternoon Session

Start time: 12:15 pm

Finish time: between 3:00 pm and 3:15 pm

Friday AM Sessions Only

Please note, where possible, we will allow KS1 and Year 3 & 4 parents into the grounds to collect children as soon as Year 5 & 6 children are off the grounds and it is safe to do so and as soon as children and staff are ready. On occasion, you may need to wait until the designated collect and drop off times. 

Lunchtimes

We will continue to offer hot dinners when we return. Children will have the choice as to whether they bring sandwiches from home or choose from the lunchtime menu on offer (this is already available on the school website). 

The following organisation for lunchtimes  has been put in place:

  • Lunchtimes will be staggered in four stages. Foundation, KS1, Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6. 
  • Each bubble has been allocated a time slot for hot dinners to ensure all children eat in the designated time. 
  • Each year group will be allocated a space to eat their lunch.
  • All tables and chairs will be wiped down before a new group of children use them.
  • Outdoor playground spaces have been timetabled so that no group shares the space with another. 
  • A box of equipment has been organised for each group of children. These resources will not be shared with any other group.
  • The children will be supervised by the same member of staff each day, wherever possible.

Please remember our healthy lunchbox policy – we ask that children do have crisps, chocolate bars, fizzy drinks or sweets in their lunch boxes and that these are left as treats for when they are at home.

Breakfast Clubs & After School Clubs

Unfortunately, we are not running any breakfast or after school clubs until further notice. Children will have the option of a free breakfast snack when they enter their classrooms from Thursday 3rd September. This will be ½ or ¼ of a bagel depending on children’s ages.  

Uniform and PE Kits

We have always expected children in school to wear full uniforms throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are expecting all children to be in full uniform from September and have an appropriate PE kit in school. Correct school uniforms will help children feel a sense of pride and belonging to our school following what has been a difficult time for many. Children wear our uniform with pride and represent the school and our values, vision and ethos.

Updated: 15/09/2020


Questions & Answers

  1. What is Social Distancing? The government recommends we keep 2 meters away from others. We are doing this as much as possible in school and keeping our distance from other children and adults in school where possible.
  2. What if I hurt myself? If you have an accident in school then we will look after you as we normally would. If there is time, adults may put on a visor to protect themselves and you. If it was an emergency, adults would do whatever was necessary to help you as soon as possible. If you need help getting up because you have fallen over, adults will help you up. If you were upset, adults would comfort you.
  3. What do you do in lessons? We are learning as normal but we know you have not been in school for a long time. We will be back into our normal routine as soon as possible with Reading, Literacy and Maths in the mornings. You will have PE every week with your class. We would like to hear about your experiences of lockdown too.
  4. What is a bubble? A bubble is what we are calling a group of children and staff. Your bubble will only come into contact with limited staff and will not mix with other children. We have larger bubbles now to accommodate more children in school. A bubble is now three classes.
  5. How many children will be in my bubble? The government says all children should be back at school from September. Our bubbles are approximately 70 children. You will only see other children not in your class at lunch and break times.
  6. What happens at Lunchtime? Your group has their own adults who will take you to lunch and look after you in the dining hall and then when all children have eaten, they will take you outside.
  7. What’s on the lunch menu? The lunch menu is on the school website.
  8. What happens if I forget to social distance, will I get in trouble? No. You will be politely reminded about trying to try and keep your distance from others where possible. We are all encouraged to politely remind others about social distancing if someone gets too close. We know the school will be busy and it may not be possible.
  9. What happens at break times? Break times are staggered so bubbles go out together. When outside there are activities you can play in your bubbles.
  10. Do we still use the ICT suite and iPad? Yes, we are using technology to present our learning in different ways. We will be wiping down keyboards, mice and iPad screens after we use them.
  11. Do we share equipment? No. You will have a clear plastic wallet with your own personal equipment to use in class. This will be kept in your draw and only used by you. We don’t share crayons, glue sticks, or any other equipment at the moment.
  12. Do we have to wash our hands all the time? We are washing our hands much more than we usually would as this is what will help stop the virus. We wash our hands at transition points such as coming into school; before break and lunch; after break and lunch; and before we go home. You may also want to wash your hands at other points during the day and that is fine.
  13. Will we be scaling? Yes, of course. Everyone in the school is scaling because it’s a great way to see how children and adults are feeling. If you need to talk to someone you will be able to. Miss Whitworth is also in school and is available to talk if you need to.
  14. Is the school clean? Of course. Your classroom is cleaned twice a day. It is deep cleaned in the evening or morning and then at lunchtime. While you are having lunch, surfaces are wiped down along with any other things that lots of people touch such as door handles and handrails. Toilets are also cleaned twice a day.
  15. Can I come to school on my bike or scooter? Yes, you can come to school on your bike and scooter. Please put it away carefully and do not touch anyone else’s belongings. Please make sure you wear a helmet.
  16. Do I have to wear a school uniform? Yes, we are at school and you should wear a full school uniform. This helps us feel like we belong and that we are all part of the Roughwood family, here to support each other.
  17. Do I need a water bottle? No, you will be provided with a water bottle that you can then take home and bring to school every day to clean.