To ensure you have the latest information we have developed this section of our website to give you all the information you need with regard to our COVID-19 response and procedures. It is important that we all follow the following procedures to ensure we can keep everyone safe and school open.
Symptoms or Positive Cases
Please visit the Symptoms page if you have questions about what to look for. If you suspect that anyone in your house is displaying symptoms you must stay home, isolate and arrange a test. Please always inform the school as soon as practically possible of a positive case.
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 to 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 length 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.
We appreciate that this adds time to your collection & drop-off. However, it is crucial that we continue to follow this. We will not release children to parents waiting at the gates for safeguarding reasons. We must ensure that children are released to the appropriate adults. Once you enter the grounds, please continue the one-way system and do not go back through the entrance, even if it is quiet.
Timings of the day
Please see below the list of times classes can enter the grounds. We are giving a 5-minute break between allowing in some year groups to allow for social distancing. In bad weather, we will get everyone in as quickly as possible. We will always do everything we can to ensure that the gates are open on time.
We are supporting families to be punctual to school and we do understand that sometimes, for various reasons, children are late for school. The gates at Jewitt Road will be closed at 8:55 am to allow for registration to be completed. All children arriving after 8:55 am when the gates have been closed will need to go through reception and will receive a late mark. Please try to ensure children are on time for school.
Please be reminded that we cannot legally release children early from school for any reason other than medical appointments. We always ask for confirmation of appointments where possible.
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.
We also apologise if the current arrangements make pickup and dropoff times difficult, however, these measures are to keep everyone safe and we believe they are the best routines we could put in place.
We continue to offer hot dinners while possible. There have been times other schools have closed kitchens due to a positive case. Please be aware this is always a possibility, however, we will try to ensure normal service resumes as soon as possible in this case.
Children 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:
- We have changed the timings of the day slightly to allow extra time for younger children to eat their lunches.
- Each bubble has been allocated a time slot for hot dinners to ensure all children eat at 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 the 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.
We are asking that all parents MUST wear a face covering when on school grounds to further enhance our safety measures. Please do not be offended if you are reminded to put on a mask. We understand that sometimes people can forget. Please also be sensitive to those who are exempted from wearing a face-covering due to medical reasons.
Teachers and Teaching Assistants are using a mixture of face shields and face-coverings where appropriate. All school staff will wear face coverings when out of the classroom. When a class is together in the classroom we do not wear masks. Some staff may wear a visor. Children do not need to wear masks in school as our procedures ensure that they do not need to.
Visitors to school
We have limited visitors to the school to only essential and key workers. All essential workers in school will be required to wear a face-covering for the duration of their stay.
Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils
from Monday 1 March, households with primary school, secondary school and college-age children, including childcare and support bubbles, can test themselves twice every week at home as schools return from Monday 8 March. Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary, secondary and college staff can also be tested. Twice-weekly testing will also be offered to adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers and after school club leaders. The twice-weekly test kits can be accessed:
- via employers, if they offer to test to employees
- at a local test site
- by collecting a home test kit from a test site
- by ordering a home test kit online
Read More about Home Testing HERE
Returning to School – Pupil Voice
We have enjoyed talking to children about what they thought of remote learning. I think everyone agreed that all our staff and parents did a tremendous job and children certainly did rise to the challenge. However, we are happy to be back at school!
Questions & Answers
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What’s on the lunch menu? The lunch menu is on the school website.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Will we be scaling? Yes, of course. Everyone in 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.