Please find below the plans put in place to help ensure the safety of the whole school community:
Children will be with their class teacher and Teaching assistant/s in their class and this will be their ‘bubble’. There will be occasions when adults will work with more than one bubble and this is in accordance with the DfE guidance. The children will have to remain in their class bubble for the duration of the day. They cannot mix with the groups of children in the other bubbles.
The classroom bubbles will be cleaned throughout the day. The bins (closed top) will be emptied and desks will be cleaned and sprayed throughout the day. The classroom (bubble) will be cleaned at the end of every day too.
The toilets will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day. Only two children will be allowed to use the toilet area at a time.
The children will work at their desks. They will only work facing one another at a distance of more than 1m+ and they will not sit on the carpet (except Reindeer Class).
The children will be able to bring a filled water bottle and a packed lunch in their school bag - no pencil cases please. The children will keep their water bottles with them at their desk. They will be provided with stationery and equipment at their desks and these will only be used and touched by them. These will be cleaned at the end of the day by the teacher/bubble staff. When any other equipment is used it will be cleaned before other children use or touch it.
Outside playing equipment such as the climbing frames, the outdoor gym and the trim trails will be available for use during the Spring Term. Children will continue to use hand sanitiser at the end of break and before they re-enter their classroom bubble. Children will have an allocated play space for their class bubble – they will remain within this space during outdoor playtimes.
The DfE guidance states that there is no need for social distancing between children – we feel though that there should still be some expectation around this – to this end we are saying there will be no physical contact between children and that they will not be face to face at anything less than 1m+ for any significant amount of time. Adults in school are still expected to socially distance from other adults and can only work more closely with children (1m+) for periods of up to 15 minutes.
Movement Around School
Corridors will only be used by pupils when they are going the toilet – at all other times each learning space or bubble will be accessed directly via a door from the outside. Staff will be moving around the school but they will be adhering to the social distancing expectations.
Hand Hygiene/Catch it, Kill, it, Bin it
This will continue to be a very high profile element of day-to-day life at school. We will continue to support children to understand the importance of this and to remind them of the best and safest methods for both hand hygiene and what to do when we sneeze or cough. All of the children will still be required to use hand sanitiser prior to entering/leaving the school site.
We will also continue to use hand sanitiser when children leave and enter their class learning ‘bubble’.
The DfE guidance states that children should not wear face coverings. They have updated their guidance to include the wearing of face masks by all adults in schools.
Lateral Flow Testing
All staff take 2 tests per week as part of our work to interrupt any infection risk and to play our part in the wider test and trace system.
If a child falls over or has a toileting accident, they will be encouraged to change themselves and clean their scrape or cut. We will only use PPE (following the COVID 19 guidance for Educational Settings) for staff protection should a child vomit, not for trips, falls or scrapes. If it is not possible for a child to clean themselves in the event of an accident, the parent will be called to collect them so they can do that at home.
If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home and advised to follow the staying at home guidance. If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required. If it is not possible to isolate them, move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.
If the child needs to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected before being used by anyone else.
If anyone develops symptoms and is found to have contracted the virus following a test – the school will follow guidance from the DfE around subsequent isolation proceedings.