As the number of children attending school will be doubled in September, consideration around minimising contacts is the focus of our current risk assessment planning.
The guidance refers to a ‘system of control’ to ensure the Prevention and correct Response to infection. There are five essential elements in the guidance that schools must risk assess and plan around:
- A requirement that people who are ill stay at home
- Robust hand and respiratory hygiene
- Enhanced cleaning arrangements
- Active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
- Formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable
Levels of infection have decreased, and this means that all children can return to school. School will be statutory in September and our usual attendance expectations will resume. If you have any ongoing concerns around the return to school, we are here to listen and support you. If your child is identified as extremely clinically vulnerable, we will be contacting you to discuss your child’s individual medical advice.
The school has already implemented many protocols around enhanced cleaning and robust hand and respiratory hygiene. We will be reviewing and updating this in light of more children attending school.
The guidance continues to acknowledge that young children are not able socially distance and the focus is therefore on separating groups. It is also acknowledged that in order to provide a rich and appropriate curriculum, these groups will now need to be larger and there will be times during the day when bubbles will change in order to ensure a full educational offer.
The staggered start and end to the day has been very positive in terms of both reducing contact between parents and providing a calm start for children. We will continue to take this approach for September, but the size of bubbles will be increased to year groups as opposed to classes. Teachers will continue to welcome their children on the small playground. Parents will not be allowed onto the school premises so will need to say goodbye to children at the gate. This system has been working extremely well for the vast majority of children and even our more anxious children are now coming into school happily.
Please see below the timings for September:
Further useful school information.