Grazeley Parochial CE (Aided) Primary School

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Covid-19 Guidance

Current outbreak school guidance (from 14th September 2021)

Current Outbreak School Guidance

Dear Parents

As you are all aware, we now have increasing numbers of cases and have reached the threshold for outbreak management. We are being supported by the Local Authority to put in additional mitigations. Our original contingency plan was to move to mixed bubbles as we had been using successfully last term, however, due to the specific year groups where we have cases we are moving to class bubbles from tomorrow.  This will look similar to what we had in place in September last year.

Please see below for guidance:

Arrival and departure to school:

We are keeping the same timings but changing gates for some year groups:

  • If you are late please call the school office and we will arrange a time for you to safely drop off your child.
  • Please ensure you social distance when lining up at the gates, wear face coverings (unless you are medically exempt) and do not gather in the school car park.
  • Parents will not be allowed on site unless they have been given a specific appointment.  In most cases, communication between school and parents will now be via email or telephone.

Class name

Staff

Entrance & exit gate

Arrival time

Leave school

Chestnut

Miss Balchin

Mrs Hanson

Mrs Steer

Mrs Carter

Mrs Hicks

Car Park gate 

8:40 am 

8.40am

3.00pm

Hazel

Miss Hannington

Mrs Harding

Mrs Simpson

Mrs Greenwell

Mrs Bown

Main Gate 

8.40am 

8.40am

3.00pm

Willow

Mrs Clifford

Mrs Wright

Mrs Clark

Side Gate 

8.40am 

8.40am

3.00pm

Cedar

Mrs Briercliffe

Miss Easton

Mrs Tizzard

Side Gate 

8.55am 

8.55am

3.15pm

Birch

 

Mrs Mullen

Mrs Emes

Mrs Taylor

Mr Driver

Main gate 

8.55am 

8.55am

3.15pm

Sycamore

Mrs Tiffin

Mrs Houldcroft

Mrs Crowley

Field  gate 

8.55am 

8.55am

3.15pm

Oak

Mr Soares-Mistry

Mrs Greer

Mrs Lowe

Car Park gate

8.55am 

8.55am

3.15pm

Nurture and well- being support

Mrs Crowley

 

 

 

All children lining up at the side gate must be accompanied by an adult.

If you have more than one child entering different gates at the same times, please follow the guidance below:

  • Sycamore and Oak children should be left to line up while the parent takes the younger child to their gate. A member of staff will be at the gate from 8.30am
  • When siblings are at the same time and different gates, please take the children to the youngest child’s gate and the older child will be directed to walk to their classroom.
  • On collection, where two or more siblings are collected at the same time, older siblings will go to the youngest siblings’ gate.

Bags and belongings:

  • Children should arrive at school with only these specific items in their bags:
    • Lunchbox (if required)
    • A separate snack in an accessible container/wrapping (healthy, e.g. fruit/veg/cereal bar)
    • Water bottle
    • Reading books
    • Coat

Children are not permitted to bring in any other items into school unless specifically requested by their teacher.

Hand Cleaning:

  • On arrival at school all students will sanitise/wash their hands.
  • Children will sanitise/wash their hands at the beginning of break time and the beginning of lunch time.
  • Children will sanitise/wash their hands on the return to lessons following break and lunch times.

Additional measures:

  • Other equipment will be regularly cleaned and deep cleaned before being passed to another bubble.
  • There will continue to be a one way system in school to avoid children bumping into one another.
  • When books are returned to school they will be quarantined for 72 hours before being passed on to other children.
  • Children are all allocated specific toilets for their bubble/class.
  • Lunch times and play times will be staggered and children will be allocated specific areas to play.
  • Children will eat lunch in their classrooms.
  • Assemblies will be recorded and played back in classrooms.

Wraparound care

We are carefully monitoring breakfast club and afterschool club and putting children into smaller bubbles.

Minimise transmission:

COVID-19 symptoms:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Additional symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

Please do not send your child in to school with these symptoms. Contact the school to inform them and immediately arrange a test for your child.

Further Guidance:

We are now in regular communication with the Local Authority and Public Health England.  If you have received a notification that there is a case in your child’s class, in order to support keeping us all safe and to reduce further transmission we would strongly advise and encourage you to get a PCR test for your child.

Children who are at home and well enough to work will be provided with an online learning experience through Google Classroom.

At this time, we are unsure how long the new restrictions will remain but we are receiving regular support from the local authority and we will communicate with you as soon as we are aware of any changes we can make.

Thank you for all your continued support and working with us to keep everyone safe.

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