Lerryn School Parent and staff Covid19 School
Full school and Nursery
Re-opening pack September 2020
Thank you for taking the time to read this pack and all previously shared information.
I would like to thank all those that read our previous documents and I hope this answers your questions.
Throughout this period, I have tried to be as transparent as possible and share Government and Celtic Cross Education guidance.
Your responses have helped, and all queries and questions have been fed back and helped Celtic Cross Education steer the setting up of a full return to Lerryn School in September.
The purpose of this document is to publish the school’s ‘full opening plan’ providing instruction on how Lerryn School will open to all pupils in all year groups from the beginning of the autumn term. This is based on our summer experience of opening to 15 pupils, Government and Celtic Cross Guidance and current information.
This plan links specifically to the ‘Guidance for full opening - schools’ published by the Department for Education on 2nd July 2020 and specific wording from this document is included in italics for your reference.
Before publishing to parents, this document has been analysed and amended by school staff, Celtic Cross Education and approved by Trust directors.
As you are aware, the government originally made the decision to open schools to only key workers and vulnerable children with the aim of reducing transmission of coronavirus. On the 1st June, this extended to prioritised year groups with school leaders given some autonomy in allocating remaining spaces based on their knowledge of families and the school community. From the beginning of the autumn term, attendance at school will become compulsory for all children in all year groups.
Before looking at school arrangements for the autumn term, we wish to praise the combined efforts of the school community. This was an unpredictable period of absence for many children with little warning; we thank parents for prioritising children’s emotional well-being and engagement in home-learning platforms, especially those ‘juggling’ additional work commitments and staff for altering their working times, hours and reducing their lunch break to facilitate a ‘full school day’ both in school and at home.
This plan condenses the ‘DFE Guidance for full opening-schools’ and draws on its specific implications and procedures in place for Lerryn school, beginning in the autumn term.
Although this is intended to be the final school plan, advice remains subject to change. Should this be the case, an amended document will be sent with all adaptions in blue to your primary email address, through ClassDojo and a reminder by notification of the change via text message and our closed Facebook page.
I want to reiterate my thanks for staff that have worked through this period, parents that have supported and the children's hard work completing homework tasks. These are trying times and you are having to make decisions based on the information to hand- so please keep in touch. We are here to help all at Lerryn School.
From March to end of this academic school year, it was made clear that parents would not be penalised or sanctioned for their child’s non-attendance at school.
This guidance is now being changed and, from September, attendance for children from reception to year six is compulsory.
“Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. School attendance will therefore, become mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:
· Parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school, and they are of compulsory school age.
· Schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence.
· the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct.”
Attendance for pupils who are shielding
Shielding advice for all adults and children will pause on the 1st August, subject to a decline in rates of transmission.
Children who remain under the care of a specialist health professional should discuss their care before returning to school in September and any specific medial information impacting their attendance should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alongside authorised absence relating to our current school policy, absences will be authorised for all public health advice recommending non-attendance at school. This medical advice could include:
· Covid-19 symptoms
· Positive test result
· Localised lockdown
Should this be the case for an individual/group of individuals/bubble, or the whole school, we will immediately switch to a personalised, or individual, class based remote learning system through ClassDojo.
Arrival drop off and collection
Primary Children 8:45- 3:15
As previously used through the summer term. Parents need to be on the main playground in their own space by 8:45. Pupils will be welcome to the top playground and have their hands sanitised. Parents will need to enter from the main gate- and then leave by the small wooden gat at the shed side of the playground.
When collecting pupils at 3:15- the system remains the same. Pupils will stand on the top playground and sent down to parents waiting behind the coned area.
Nursery 9:00- 3:00 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only
Parents will need to book a place by contacting the school ahead of reopening by Friday 31st July.
Parents/Carers will need to arrive when Nursery starts at 9:00- Claire will then walk down and collect each child, once hands have been washed. Children will then be taken to small playground.
At 3:00 parents and carers will need to wait by the coned area and each child will be sent over once the parent/carer has been seen.
Schools should consider how to manage other visitors to the site, such as contractors, and ensure site guidance on physical distancing and hygiene is explained to visitors on or before arrival.”
“School leaders will want to consider how to minimise the number of visitors to the school where possible.”
Required items for first week.
Full school uniform (please see previous post and school website).
Full school P.E. Kit.
Sun hat (if still sunny).
Sun cream applied and named bottle in bag.
Packed lunch (we currently have no meal provision).
Named drinks bottle.
Book bag and any books from home (to be quarantined).
No toys or show and tell items as they will have to be quarantined.
“Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal”.
“We would, however, encourage all schools to return to their usual uniform policies in the autumn term. Uniform can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone.”
To add and remind from to previous plan.
We are expecting French and P.E. as normal but at this moment we have no set date.
PPA time will need to be managed and organised.
Staffing and contact kept to a minimum.
No on-site visits by parents, children, deliveries without previous appointment.
Resources reduced and kept to individual children.
Consistent and persistent handwashing, surface cleansing and stringent hygiene practices. All children will be using soap and water and paper towels disposed in a special bin. Current guidance is to not check pupil's temperature due to unreliability of data in young people.
Staff will continue to clean through the day, and it is important that we have no unplanned site visitors.
Pupils will operate in a bubble of 15 per class.
Break times will remain on separate playgrounds.
Within their groups, primary schools do not need to keep children 2 metres apart from each other – this has been the case throughout the outbreak.
It is still important to reduce contact between people as much as possible, so children, young people and staff where possible, should only mix in a small, consistent group and that small group should stay away from other people and groups.
Schools should aim to minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing where possible.
We recognise that younger children will not be able to maintain social distancing, and it is acceptable for them not to distance within their group.
Clubs and pre-afterschool provision
There will be not provision for either on the first returning week.
Parents will need to book for the following half term as per normal. Children not booked in will need to be collected.
Parents wishing to book childcare will need to follow the prospectus. All bookings must be 7 working days in advance to allow for staff availability.
Children must attend a full week during the opening hours. We do not offer flexible attendance. This follows the guidance:
Use of PPE
We have a limited access to PPE equipment and resources.
They will be worn by an adult if an adult or pupil shows any if the symptoms. We will follow the protocol already highlighted.
Teaching and curriculum
Government guidance on teaching has been made clear.
Pupils may be experiencing a variety of emotions in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, such as anxiety, stress or low mood. This may particularly be the case for vulnerable children, including those with a social worker and young carers. It is important to contextualise these feelings as normal responses to an abnormal situation. Some may need support to re-adjust to school; others may have enjoyed being at home and be reluctant to return; a few may be showing signs of more severe anxiety or depression.
So we will plan to assess pupils as we settle back into school. Daily timetables will aim to add routine. But will allow for flexibility. Some orientation for new pupils will be required and so extra visits to the woods and field are planned to coincide with team building and self-esteem activities.
In the event of a localised lockdown, Lerryn School will follow the remote learning alternate plan explained on the following pages and will open again as a hub offering provision for children of key worker and vulnerable children.
Remote learning provision in the event of a second lockdown
How will remote learning be delivered?
Following the closure of the school or bubble, Lerryn School will, in-line with Government requirements, provide ‘immediate’ remote learning resources of a high quality based on the class learning at that point in time. These will be available through the Class Dojo ‘Class Story’ learning platform we have been using throughout the summer term and staff will ensure that they are available to be accessed for learning to take place on the day following ‘lockdown’.
For individuals who are self-isolating, learning resources will also be available through Class Dojo but via the personalised ‘messages’ section. As these will be for individuals, they may not be presented in exactly the same format as a whole class resource in order for them to be ‘personalised’ to the individual concerned.
Accessing Class Dojo
The school have ensured that all parents have access to Class Dojo by ‘inviting’ them to join via email. The instructions remain on our COVID 19 page on the website. It is essential that parents respond to this invitation in order to activate their account. If anyone is unable to access Class Dojo because of technical problems or the lack of electronic equipment, they must contact the school who will ensure that a solution is found.
What will learning resources look like?
Whole class resources will be posted in ‘daily learning resource’ pdf files. These will look similar to those which have been used across the school in the summer term. Each daily resource will include literacy, maths and ‘topic’ subjects e.g. history, geography, science which are part of the class topic for that term and which parents will have been informed of via the class planning information at the beginning of term.
Each daily resource will begin with a contents page to enable easy access to the relevant subject and year group task. On the resource pages, key symbols and shapes will be used to aid clarity:
We have also built an enormous amount of links/ planning and resources on the school website and will continue to share via our Closed Face book page. All parents/carers have signed up to this now.
Enabling teachers to assess progress and adjust materials to support or extend learning
It is essential that parents and staff work together to ensure the best possible outcomes when using remote learning. Staff need to be able to gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum’(DfE) in order to support or extend learning for each individual child, and can only do this if the child’s work is posted regularly for them to view. Ideally, this should be done by posting completed pieces of work to the child’s portfolio where the teacher can then view and comment and the child can respond. This has proved highly successful in supporting learning in the summer term and has enabled both pupils and parents to feel supported, valued and ‘connected’. Work samples can also be sent via messages or if a parent prefers, via email to their class teacher. Should parents encounter any difficulties in posting work, they should message or email their child’s teacher immediately or phone the school, and help will be given.
Class Dojo – who has access to the various areas?
The whole Dojo system is ‘closed’ and cannot be accessed by anyone other than those who are registered, and registration is only possible if the school has sent an invitation.
When parents and children post a picture/work sample, the teacher can comment and save it to the child’s portfolio. The parent/child who has posted is able to see this, so are the teachers and TAs from Lerryn who are registered to that class.
No one else has access to this unless a child’s other parent also has a dojo account in which case, they have access in the same way. Staff respond to a child’s work but know that the parent will see this first and will be able to pass it on to the child.
When sending a ‘message’ to a member of staff, they are the only person with access to that message apart from the sender.
Class story can be accessed by everyone within the class and the registered teachers. Only the registered teachers can post anything onto class story so any posts sent in, will not appear for other parents and children to see unless the teachers select it and post it. If parents do not wish any of their child’s posts to be shared and celebrated on class story, they need to inform the class teacher before the end of the summer term.
EYFS remote learning
If an individual/group of children or the school close temporarily on advice from Public Health England, then a remote learning plan will be implemented. This will be through ClassDojo and, on closure, you will receive an email invite to the website where resources will be posted via the ‘class story page.’ Features will include the capability of teachers being able to comment on work uploaded, private messages as well as work to be set and shared within the class.
Cleaning and Hygiene
Staff will explicitly teach and supervise health and hygiene arrangements such as handwashing, tissue disposal and toilet flushing. Children will be made to frequently wash their hands with soap and dry them properly throughout the day including every time they come in from outside and before and after they eat snacks or lunch and after sneezing or coughing. Help will be available for children who have trouble cleaning their hands independently. All classrooms have their own sink and toilets to use.
‘Essential measures include robust hand and respiratory hygiene.’
Each group will have their own cleaning wipes and spray that adults in the group can use to frequently clean surfaces that children are touching e.g. toys, books, desks, chairs, doors, sinks, light switches.
Children will be actively encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and noses. Children will regularly be reminded of ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ procedures. All classroom bins have been replaced with pedal and these bins will be emptied regularly throughout the day.
All rooms will be well ventilated by opening windows and wherever possible doors will be propped open to aid ventilation and limit the use of door handles. Children will reduce traffic in the school corridor; they will only use their allocated room and enter and exit this via the fire escape unless there is an exceptional circumstance. At the end of each day, each room will be cleaned.
‘Schools should ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
Parents and carers will need to be ready to:
Book a test for their child if they are displaying symptoms; not come to school during that period of time and self-isolate. If the test result is negative, they may return to the school and their period of self-isolation ends.
Book by calling NHS 119.
Inform the school of the test results (positive or negative) immediately.
Child/adult shows symptoms of Covid-19
If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of smell (anosmia), they will be sent home.
Any child/adult that develops symptoms will be brought to isolation room (servery). Staff members developing symptoms will be sent home. If a child/adult is symptomatic outside of school hours they should remain at home and contact the school.
PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if direct personal care is needed and a suitable distance cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).
In an emergency, the school will call 999 if a child is seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.
Schools will not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.
The child/staff member should then follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, available in the link below.
All children will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus. If they develop symptoms, they should be tested. If they test negative, they can return to their setting and their fellow household members can end their self-isolation. If they test positive, education and childcare settings should follow guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings.
When a child or adult develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.