Frequently Asked Questions

Hand washing & hygiene

How often will the children be asked to wash their hands and what will be the procedures?

In all year groups, the children will be encouraged to wash their hands at regular intervals including when they arrive at school, after using the toilet, coming in from outside, before eating, and before they leave the classroom at the end of the day. They will use liquid soap which the school will provide.

Can children bring in their own hand sanitiser?

Children are not required to being hand santiser in, there will be allocated times for them to wash their hands thoroughly and provision made for this in school. However, if you would like your child to bring an extra bottle in for their own personal use, this is fine.

Will staff be wearing face masks?

Wearing a face covering or face mask is now a requirement at drop off and collection times in order to try to reduce the chances of transmitting the virus. Staff will also wear face masks in communal areas of the school and will wear face shields when working closely with pupils. 

Will Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) be used within the school?

The majority of staff within the school will not require PPE. The staff will use PPE if a pupil becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus when they are at school and need direct personal care until they can return home.

Cleaning

What will be cleaned, by who and how often?

Throughout the day the classroom surfaces, door handles and other hard surfaces will be regularly cleaned with sanitising spray. At the end of the day, the classrooms will be more thoroughly cleaned.  The toilets will also be cleaned frequently throughout the day.

Will my child share stationery?

Each child will have their own set of stationery and shared resources will be limited.

Social Distancing

How are you promoting and monitoring social distancing?

Safe distancing is a preventative measure that will be adopted so far as is reasonably possible but it is acknowledged that this is not always possible in schools.

We have put in the following measures to reduce the risk of transmission;

  • Year groups will be kept together throughout the day and will not mix with other year groups.
  • The number of pupils in shared spaces will be limited, there will no collective acts of worship and lunch will be eaten in classrooms.
  • The toilet facilities will be monitored to limit the number of pupils who use them at one time. 
  • Seats and desks will be forward spacing.
  • Classes will have an allocated time to have their break and lunchtime – the children will be supervised by midday assistants allocated to their bubble.

What if my child becomes upset?

Your child will be comforted and reassured by a familiar adult if they become upset.

What if I choose not to send my child to school?

The Secretary of State for Education has made it clear to schools that the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including: 

• parents’ duty to ensure that their child attends school, where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age; • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence; and 

• the option to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct.