Thank you to all of our families who have shown a really calm and rational approach to the current situation facing us all. We know this is a worrying time.
Because the situation relating to COVID-19 is changing all the time, we will be keeping parents up to date via parent mail. However we will also use this section of the website to communicate the information alongside this.
We have been excited and relieved to have been able to welcome all of our children back to St Anne's on Monday the 7th of September. however, whist we have worked incredibly hard to make sure that we are able to make the school feel as 'normal' as possible for children and there families, there have been new policies and procedures that the school has had to put into place to ensure that we comply with government guidelines and keep children, families and staff as safe as possible during the COVID pandemic.
Staggered start and end to the school day:
To ensure that social distancing can be maintained around the school building during drop off and pick up times and that the shared cloakroom areas can be managed effectively, the school has introduced a staggered start and end to the school day.
Please ensure that your child arrives in school within the allotted drop off and pick up time and that they go straight to their classroom where an adult will greet them. The process of waiting on the playground, lining up and waiting for the whistle, will no longer apply.
Wrap around care and afterschool clubs:
The school has no plans currently, to run the usual after school sports clubs. This will be reviewed on a half termly basis.
The OSC (Out of school club) is formally suspended in its current role at providing care for children before and after school. However the school is able to run some wrap around care for families where it is essential for them to return to working roles. School Child care is available from 8am in the morning and until 5pm in the evening. There are limited spaces available but if you find that you require this, please contact Miss Moor directly email@example.com
What is it like within the classroom?
The government guidelines are strongly recommending that children are sat front facing where possible throughout the day. The social distancing rules will be in place wherever it is practically possible. However, it is advised that when children do need to sit together within a classroom that they are sat ‘side on’ wherever possible. We need to avoid all face to face contact and children sitting in groups were they are facing each other. The staff are working hard to arrange their classrooms to accommodate this.
Reception class will be different to this to allow for their curriculum to be taught appropriately. However, the classroom and activities will be set up to avoid face to face contact wherever possible.
Year 1 will have access to an outside space where they can continue some of the child initiated learning that may be required during the first few weeks of transitioning over from early years to KS1.
Do children share resources?
Although government guidelines states that it is possible for children to share resources within a class bubble, the school is planning to avoid this as much as possible. We have invested in additional resources over the summer so that children will have their own plastic wallet with their own stationary (pens, pencils, rubber sharpener etc) that they can use throughout the day. These items will be kept in their own plastic wallets and the plastic wallet can be cleaned at the end of the morning and end of the day.
Children will be able to use the reading books within the classroom. They will not be permitted to use reading books from other classes or the library. These can travel between home and school, but the book will be kept in the plastic wallet in school and not on desks. When is book is returned it will go into a special area to be quarantined until it is placed back on the shelf for others to use.
Collective worship, class assemblies and school events.
Please be aware that to avoid having more visitors into the school than is absolutely necessary, we have cancelled class assemblies, musical performance assemblies and the homework sharing open afternoons. However, we are delivering assemblies to children each week through Google Classrooms. There is a general school assembly video on Monday that sets the theme for the week. There is a spiritual themed assembly video on Tuesday and the usual Celebration assembly on Fridays where house point totals are announced and Stars of the Week are celebrated. Whilst children watch these within their class bubble and not within the hall, it provides an opportunity for children to come together in spirit.
We are opening up the opportunity for each class to produce an assembly video. When these are produced we will ensure that these are shared with parents and families remotely.
In the event of a partial or complete school closure the school will move to 'online learning' through the Google Classroom platform that has been set up and used before the summer break. If your child is required to isolate due to a suspected or confirmed COVID outbreak, the school will continue to deliver online learning through Google Classroom, within 24 hours of the isolation period starting. The school will do all it can to ensure that pupils have access to the equipment needed to access this. If you do not have the ability to access Google Classroom at home, please ensure that you notify the head teacher by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org at the start of any isolation period.
Other procedures the school is taking:
The school is required to produce a detailed risk assessment to outline the steps it has taken to keep children, families, staff and visitors as safe as possible during the pandemic. You will find a copy of the schools risk assessment and other related documents and within the 'policies' section of this website.
Where there is a possible case of coronavirus in school
If a child or member of staff develops symptoms of coronavirus, the individual concerned will be sent home and asked to self-isolate for 10 days. They will be asked to arrange a test at the earliest convenience (either by visiting a test centre, or by requesting a home test kit) and to share the results with the school.
Where there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in school
If a child or member of staff tests positive for coronavirus, the individual concerned will be asked to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.
If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.
Other members of their household or support bubble should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms and should continue this period of isolation even if they too have been tested and have received a negative test result.
The school will work with the Health Protection Team of Public Health England to carry out a risk assessment to determine who else, if anyone, also needs to isolate.
The parents/carers of other children within the bubble will be sent a letter to notify them of this situation, and will be advised of any additional measures which are required. The individual will not be named and personally identifiable information will not be included.
What you can do
If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we would ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.
· - a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
· - a 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)
· - a 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
If they receive a negative test result, they may return to school provided they are well, and no one in the household or support bubble has any coronavirus symptoms.
For more information about COVID-19, symptoms and advice for social distancing and self isolating please contact the NHS website.