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 in schools or other education settings for staff or pupils is not recommended by Public Health England.

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. On a Friday afternoon, when the majority of school is closed to children, every classroom will be deep cleaned. The toilets will be cleaned at after lunchtime and at the end of every day.

Will my child share stationary?

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

Social Distancing

How are you promoting and monitoring social distancing?

Safe distancing or 2 metres 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;

• Reduced class sizes – no more than 15 children will be in a class at any one time.

• Class groups will be kept together throughout the day and will not mix with other 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/outside.

• The toilet facilities will be monitored to limit the number of pupils who use them at one time and toilets and sinks will be allocated per class.

• Seats and desks will be spaced as far apart as possible.

• The same teacher(s) and teaching assistant will be assigned to each class and these will stay the same as much as possible.

• Classes will have an allocated time to have their break and lunchtime – the children will be supervised by the adults working in their class.

What if my child becomes upset?

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

What if my child is clinically vulnerable?

If your child is considered extremely clinically vulnerable, shielding should continue and they will not be expected to attend school.

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

The guidance is that if you can send the children in, you should. But, this is a very personal decision based on your individual circumstances and potentially a daunting one for families. The return to school guidance within the website has been designed with children in mind to help them adjust to the idea of returning. We do ask that if your child is returning to their year group bubble, they should endeavour to attend every day.

Will the school open for Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5?

No, at the present time the Government has directed us to take Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. We will await further guidance.