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School Re-opening Guidelines - January 2022

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                                                                                                          3rd January 2022

 

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School –  4th January Opening

 

As you will be aware, Covid figures are rising and are currently at the highest they have been in Doncaster with the Omicron variant being the most dominant. This is a highly transmissible strain of the virus and in light of this we are revisiting our school provision plans to try to minimize the spread of the infection as much as possible. We are delighted to be able to welcome everyone back to school tomorrow.  Please note school attendance is mandatory, and all children must return to full time education on this date.

 

Currently we are finalizing our plans and risk assessment, whilst working in line with current government guidance, to ensure that our school environment continues to be safe for all children and staff, and follows all health and safety guidelines. We are sure that you will appreciate that this continues to be a considerable undertaking and has involved a number of challenges for us.  Please be aware that these plans are still subject to change, in light of ongoing government guidance, both locally and nationally.

 

Throughout the course of the pandemic, we have endeavoured to develop an environment and provision that is as close to normal as it can be, alongside ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all our children and staff.

 

START AND FINISH TIMES

We wish to minimize congestion at the beginning and end of the school day, start and finish times will remain as normal but we would be grateful if you would note the following changes in collection and drop off procedures. Wherever possible please leave your KS1/ KS2 child in the playground under the supervision of the Senior Teacher on duty in the morning  from 8.40 am.

The entry and exit points are set out below:

 

Group

Start Time

Finish Time

Drop off/ collection point

 

EYFS

8.55 for 9.00

3.15

Reception playground

 

Bottom car park gate and wait at the  Reception playground

Year 1

Gates open 8.40 for 8.55 start

Gates open at 3.00 for 3.15 pick up

KS1 playground

 

Pedestrian gate aircraft museum/ steps/ green gates. / ramp/ across back of playground following yellow path.

Year 2

Gates open 8.40 for 8.55 start

Gates open at 3.00 for 3.15 pick up

KS1 playground

 

Pedestrian gate aircraft museum/ steps/ green gates. / ramp/ across back of playground following yellow path.

Year 3

Gates open 8.40 for 8.55 start

Gates open at 3.00 for 3.15 pick up

KS2 playground

 

Pedestrian gate aircraft museum/ steps/ green gates. / ramp/ across KS2 playground .

Year 4

Gates open 8.40 for 8.55 start

Gates open at 3.00 for 3.15 pick up

KS2 playground

 

Pedestrian gate aircraft museum/ steps/ green gates. / ramp/ across KS2 playground

 

Year 5

Gates open 8.40 for 8.55 start

3.15

KS2 playground – drop off

 

Collection at 3.15

Parents to wait on Sandy Lane for children to be brought out by class teacher

Year 6

Gates open 8.40 for 8.55 start

3.15

KS2 playground – drop off

 

Collection at 3.15

 

Parents to wait on Sandy Lane for children to be brought out by class teacher

 

 

 

When dropping your child off, please ensure that you follow the social distancing measures which will be clearly marked on the school paths.  Gates will be supervised by a member of school staff. Gates will be locked promptly each morning.

 If arriving late, please ring the buzzer at the school office for your child to be admitted into school.  At the end of the day, teaching staff will have the children ready for a speedy and efficient pick up. Your child will be waiting on a designated red spot at their collection point so that the one way flow of parents can be facilitated. To assist us, we ask that your child is collected promptly at the correct time.

 

 

 

 

CLASSROOM ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT

 

Schools have not been asked to keep children in class/year group sized ‘bubbles’. However as much as possible we will be limiting contact between classes for the next half term, This is alongside protective measures such as regular cleaning and handwashing. Children will therefore be grouped with their usual class, and a small number of allocated staff will be maintained as much as is possible. 

 

The sharing of resources will be minimal, but where resources are shared, this will only take place within the class and they will be cleaned daily.

 

In addition, break and lunch times will be staggered in order to reduce contact between year groups  and each class will have a designated area of outdoor space to facilitate outdoor learning. 

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT

Correct school uniform should be worn at all times. In line with school policy, we request that no jewellery or trainers should be worn by any child.

 

Children will be allowed to bring a named book bag and water bottle to schools stated above, equipment which is generally used in the classroom, e.g. books, games and art resources will be regularly cleaned.

 

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Hot meals will be provided by school.  Lunch times are timetabled over three sittings and will be staggered to minimise contact between classes in the dining hall.

CLEANING AND HYGIENE MEASURES

In addition to the range of logistical measures outlined above, a wide range of strict health and safety measures continue to remain in place. A series of strict cleaning and hygiene practices have been implemented, which include:
 

  • frequent hand washing;
  • each class will be allocated a nearby toilet for their exclusive use, thereby eliminating contact between year groups ;
  • toilet visits will be monitored by school staff, with supervision when needed;
  • regular cleaning of settings, to include cleaning and spraying of desks, taps, door handles, door frames etc. at frequent intervals throughout the day;
  • minimising contact and mixing;
  • minimising sharing of classroom resources between classes;
  • minimal movement through school with a one way system in place;
  • each group of pupils  will remain in their own class with their own external door and designated toilet facility;
  • sanitisation/cleaning stations in each classroom;
  • educating the children about the importance of hand washing and respiratory hygiene;
  • staff will wear facemasks and PPE equipment (to be provided by the Local Authority) when supervising a child who develops symptoms; and
  • first aid will be administered in the first instance by the first aider present, using gloves and a

facemask.

 

MANAGEMENT OF CASES AND CLOSE CONTACTS

Cases: The self-isolation advice for people with Covid-19 has changed. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart. The first LFD test should not be taken before the sixth day. School staff and pupils who have 2 consecutive negative tests on day 6 and 7 can return to school. Any person retuning to the school setting should take additional precautions to limit close contact with other people.

 

CLOSE CONTACTS, INCLUDING HOUSEHOLD CONTACTS:

Vaccinated persons and children: Any persons aged under 18 years and 6 months and fully vaccinated school staff are strongly advised to take an LFD test every day for 7 days. This daily test should be completed before the person leaves the household for the first time that day. If any of these test results are positive, the person should self isolate and arrange a PCR test.

 

People who are not fully vaccinated: Any persons not fully vaccinated and living in the same household as someone with COVID-19 are legally required to stay at home and self-isolate. Fully vaccinated is defined as 14 days after having received 2 doses of an approved vaccine. This applies only to people ages 18 years and 6 months or above.

 

IN THE CASE OF A SCHOOL BASED OUTBREAK OF COVID-19

If a child or member of staff develops symptoms, they will be isolated and sent home immediately.  They should arrange to be tested. In the event of a member of staff or a child testing positive for COVID-19, we will be guided by the current advice from the local health protection team. Current guidance states that close contacts should be notified but may continue to attend the school providing that they complete a negative lateral flow test for 7 days after contact with a positive case.  Should the situation arise where through staff shortage due to isolation we are unable to open a class, remote learning will be provided for pupils via Microsoft Teams. 

 

 

BEHAVIOUR GUIDELINES

 Our staff will very carefully remind children of the health and safety routines on their first day back in school using child friendly language.  They will also be reminded of the importance of social distancing, regular handwashing and personal hygiene.  If a child is considered to be deliberately ignoring these health and safety measures, they will be removed from their year group and parents will be contacted immediately.

 

We understand this continues to be a worrying time for you as a parent or carer, but we hope our plans give you the confidence and reassurance that your child will return to school as safely as possible. We, as school leaders, take our responsibility to protect and care for children and staff very seriously, and we place their wellbeing and safety at the heart of our decision making. This task cannot be underestimated.

 

Throughout the pandemic, we have been doing everything we can to adhere to the national and local government guidance and keep everyone as safe as possible. We will continue to risk assess accordingly and keep you informed as fully as possible.  We appreciate and value your ongoing support and understanding.

 

 

 

 Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Mrs S Groarke

Headteacher

 

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