Frequently Asked Questions

Will all Covid-19 systems be removed from September?

No, not all systems related to Covid-19 will be removed from September

1. Frequent and thorough hand cleaning will remain regular practice. 

2. The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important.

3. We will ensure teaching environments reamin well ventilated.

4. Risk assessments will be updated regularly

5. Inidividuals displaying symptoms will be asked to go home.

6. An enhanced cleaing system will remain in place.

7. Staff will continue to  undertake twice weekly home tests.

What will change in September?

Government documentation states that children no longer need to stay in consistent bubbles and maintain social distancing. Assemblies will resume and all pupils will eat their lunch in the lunch hall. Collection times will revert back to 3.30pm for all pupils.

Will staff wear face masks?

Staff are able to choose whether they wish to wear face masks in communal areas around school. Parents will also be able to decide to wear a face mask at arrival and collection times.

Is there any possibility of school closing again?

If school has several confirmed cases within 14 days, we may have an outbreak. We will then be advised by PHE and refer to the Oak Trees MAT outbreak management plan, which can be found on the September Return page.

Does my child have to attend school?

School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and it is a priority to ensure that as many children as possible regularly attend school.

All clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) children and young people should attend their education setting unless they are one of the very small number of children and young people under paediatric or other specialist care who have been advised by their clinician or other specialist not to attend.

Can I insist that my child attends school?

In most cases, parents and carers will agree that a pupil with symptoms should not attend the school, given the potential risk to others.

If a parent or carer insists on a pupil attending your school, school can take the decision to refuse the pupil if, in our reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19. 

What will happen if my child has to self-isolate?

School will support those who need to self-isolate because they have tested positive to work or learn from home if they are well enough to do so.

We will maintain our capacity to deliver high-quality remote education, which will be equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school. We will work collaboratively with families and put in place reasonable adjustments so that pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can successfully access remote education.

I feel like my child is falling behind due to lockdown. What can I do?

Teachers frequently assess pupils progress from their individual starting points to identify any recovery intervention needed. The government provide catch-up funding to schools as part of the education recovery support. Any parent with concerns should discuss them with their child's class teacher.

Additionally,  some pupils may be experiencing a variety of emotions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as anxiety, stress or low mood. Uuseful links and sources of support can be found on promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools.

How will I know that my child is safe in school?

We willl undertake full and thorough risk assessments in relation to all school systems and any educational visits to ensure that any public health advice, such as hygiene and ventilation requirements, is included as part of that risk assessment. Any changes to key systems will be communicated to parents. Any concerns that you may have should be forwarded to the school office and a member of the Senior Leadership Team will respond.