Frequently Asked Questions - September 2020 re-opening
Which children will be coming back to school? Can I keep my child at home?
All children will return to school from the beginning of the Autumn term. Returning to school is vital for children's education and their wellbeing. The government has stated that attendance from September will be mandatory.
What time can I drop my child off and pick my child up? Are there staggered times?
We have staggered the drop off and pick up times to ensure everyone can enter and leave the site safely, with appropriate social distancing. Please leave 2 metres between each other when following the one way system and ensure you follow social distancing guidelines at all times. We have endeavoured to maintain our usual school hours as much as possible.
|AM Nursery||PM Nursery||Reception||Year 1||Year 2|
|Drop off time||8.30||12.30||8.45||8.30||8.45|
|Drop off arrangements||Enter through the side gate near the cycle track and follow the one way system. Drop off at Nursery door and continue following the one way system.||Wait outside the side gate near the cycle track. Staff will collect children at the gate.||Enter through the side gate near the cycle track and follow the one way system. Send children to their door and continue following the one way system.||Enter through the pedestrian gate nearest the car park and walk near to the fence. Send your child to their door and continue on the one way system around the pirate ship and out of the gate into the car park.||Enter through the pedestrian gate nearest the car park and walk near to the fence. Send your child to their door and continue on the one way system around the pirate ship and out of the gate into the car park.|
|Pick up time||11.30||3.30||3.15||3.00||3.15|
|Pick up arrangements||Wait outside the side gate near the cycle track. Staff will send children out of the gate one at a time.||Enter through the side gate near the cycle track and follow the one way system. Wait in a space outside Nursery. Children will be sent out one at a time. Continue following the one way system.||Enter through the side gate near the cycle track and follow the one way system. Wait on the bank, back from YR. Children will be sent out one at a time. Continue following the one way system.||Enter through the pedestrian gate nearest the car park and walk near to the fence. Wait in a space away from the classrooms. Children will be sent out one at a time. Continue following the one way system around the pirate ship and out of the gate into the car park.||Enter through the pedestrian gate nearest the car park and walk near to the fence. Wait in a space away from the classrooms. Children will be sent out one at a time. Continue following the one way system around the pirate ship and out of the gate into the car park.|
|Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6|
|Drop off time||8.45||8.45||8.30||8.30|
|Drop off arrangements||Walk through the car park, past the minibuses and through the double gates to the back playground. Say goodbye to your child on the back playground and send them to their classroom. Parents/carers should not approach the classrooms and should exit back through the car park.||Drop your child at the main gate next to the defibrillator and they will walk straight to their classroom. Parents/carers cannot come onto site.||Drop your child at the side gate, near the cycle track and they will walk straight to their classroom. Parents/carers should not come onto site.||Drop your child at the main gate next to the defibrillator and they will walk straight to their classroom. Parents/carers cannot come onto site.|
|Pick up time||3.15||3.15||3.00||3.00|
|Pick up arrangements||Walk through the car park, past the minibuses and through the double gates to the back playground. Wait in a safe space on the back playground and your child will be sent to meet you.||Children will be sent out the main school gate. Wait in a safe space or in your car. The children will walk out to meet you.||Children will be sent out the side gate, near the cycle track. Wait outside in your car or in a safe space. The children will walk out to meet you.||Children will be sent out the main school gate. Wait in a safe space or in your car. The children will walk out to meet you.|
I have children in different year groups. Can I drop them off at the same time?
Unfortunately, we need to strictly enforce our one-way system and staggered times to ensure the safety of everyone on site. If you have children in different year groups you MUST drop them off at their specified time. You will need to enter via the designated gate and follow the one-way system for EACH child. This will mean completing one route to drop off your first child, and then completing another route to drop off your next child. We understand that this may be inconvenient for you, but we must prioritise the health and safety of everyone on site. Please allow adequate time to drop off your children safely, following the one-way system, with 2m distancing.
What will my child need to bring to school?
The government guidance states that children should only bring essential items into school each day. Children can bring:
Footballs will not be allowed in school at the moment. Please do not send your children to school with any toys or teddies. Only essential items should come into school.
My child sometimes has accidents and needs changing; can I bring a bag of spare clothes for them?
Children can bring a bag with spare clothes etc. into school. Staff are required to wear gloves to change a child who is wet. If a child is soiled we will contact you to pick them up and change them. If you are unable pick your child up to change them, a face mask and gloves will be worn by staff to change them.
Can my child bring their own hand sanitiser to school?
Children will be supervised to wash hands regularly throughout the day. As a school, we will also be providing each classroom with hand sanitiser. There is no need for children to have their own supply.
Does my child need to wear school uniform?
Full school uniform will be required from September. Any clothing worn should be washed as usual.
Will breakfast club be available?
Breakfast club will be available from 7.30 a.m. each day. All children attending breakfast club must be in by 8.20 a.m. Children MUST be booked into breakfast club through the school office to enable us to plan ahead and ensure social distancing is maintained in the hall.
Please come in through the car park gates as usual and drop your child off at the gate. A member of staff will be based at the doors and will welcome your child, who will go through into the main hall. We will not be taking cash payment at the door. Therefore, the office will invoice you for any provision you have used at the end of each week.
Can my child still have a school dinner?
Debbie and her team will continue to offer hot meals. Children in YR, Y1 and Y2 will continue to be eligible for universal free school meals and children who are eligible for Free School Meals will also continue to be provided with a meal. Children in Yrs 3-6 can order a school meal as usual.
My child needs medication at school. How do I drop it off?
Firstly, you MUST email the school office with details of your child's medication and dosages/times required so that we have a written record of your consent. Please then place the medication in the box near your entrance gate when you arrive at school, ensuring it is clearly named. Staff will then collect these and ensure medication is administered at the correct times. The boxes will be placed by the gates at home time for you to collect your child's medication.
How will you keep my child safe at school?
We cannot guarantee to completely eliminate every risk, but we have put a number of things in place to minimise the risk to children and staff as much as possible. Children will be kept in year group 'bubbles' with limited contact with others which will reduce risk. Each year group will have a zone on the playground and will remain together as a group throughout the day, during lessons and at playtime/lunchtime. Doors and windows will be open whenever possible to ensure ventilation. We will also ensure children wash hands regularly. We will explicitly teach children good hand washing techniques and the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' approach. There will also be increased cleaning of regularly touched items throughout the day. Shared items will be reduced. Children in Years 1-6 will have their own frequently used equipment on their table. In Nursery and Reception, equipment will be cleaned regularly.
What will the classroom look like?
Distancing will be encouraged where possible both inside and outside the classroom. Tables will be positioned facing the front of the class with children sitting side by side, to reduce the amount of face-to face contact. Children will have their own set of frequently used equipment. In Nursery and Reception, toys that can easily be washed will be used. Distance will be encouraged as much as is possible through stories. However, inevitably with 3-5 year olds this will not always be possible so regular hand washing and cleaning of equipment, will be key in these year groups. Staff throughout school will try to remain 2m away from children wherever possible and will limit the amount of time spent in closer contact than this as much as possible. Movement around the school will also be minimised.
Will my child have a reading book?
Children will be able to take home reading books in September. When these are returned, they will be put to one side and left unused for 48 hours before going back into the trolley for more children to use.
If my child has to self-isolate, will home learning still be provided?
We will still be providing support with home learning when it is needed. This will be provided for parents/carers as it is needed.
Can I access the school office ?
We ask that you do not attempt to access the school office. Any enquiries should be by phone or email using the details below. If you need to drop off/collect something from the office, please contact them to arrange an appropriate time for this. We do have a postbox located next to the school gate for any letters/forms for the office.
Office contact details:
Phone: 01636 683900
I need to pass on a message/speak to my child's class teacher or the adult working with my child. What should I do?
You MUST not approach classrooms to speak to the adults. Their priority is ensuring the children are safe and social distancing is maintained. If you need to speak to an adult at school, or pass on a message, please phone the school office. Messages can be passed on through the office and if necessary, the appropriate adult can ring you back at a convenient time.
What will happen if my child is upset or needs first aid?
There will be some circumstances when we cannot maintain social distancing and need to put the health and happiness of the children first. We will never leave your child upset, or in need of medical care. However, it will be the adults in your child's small group who supports them to minimise risk, wherever possible. Staff and children will also wash hands after any close contact to minimise risk further.
Will staff or children need to wear personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves?
The Government does not recommend wearing a face covering, or gloves, in school for staff or children. Increased handwashing, cleaning and hygiene are effective measure to control the spread of the virus. These will only be used if a child becomes unwell with COVID-19 symptoms at school and is waiting to be collected. Gloves will be worn by staff for changing wet children. Gloves and a mask will be worn for changing soiled children.
What happens if my child, or another child or adult in their group, shows symptoms of COVID-19?
We have been given strict guidelines to follow should this happen. If a child or staff member develops COVID-19 symptoms they will be sent home to isolate for 7 days; their household must also isolate for 14 days. A test should be booked and school should be informed of the results ASAP.
If a child or staff member tests negative, they can return to school, if they are well enough, and their family can end their isolation. If a child or staff member tests positive, they will need to isolate for 7 days, or until their temperature returns to normal. Household members of these children/staff will need to continue isolating for the full 14 days. In this situation, we would liaise with the health protection team who will advise us on the actions needed. It may mean the rest of their year group/close contacts will be sent home to isolate for 14 days. Clear information will be provided for parents/carers in this instance.
You MUST inform the school office, and ensure you do not send your child to school, if anybody in the household is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
What will happen at playtimes and lunchtimes?
Children will stay in their year groups throughout the day. They will have a specified zone on the playground to ensure they do not mix with children from other groups to minimise risk. Children may bring a skipping rope for personal use, but footballs will not be allowed in school. At lunchtime, year groups will have a designated space in the school hall and will eat at staggered times. Areas will be cleaned between each group. KS2 children who bring sandwiches will have these in their classrooms.
Has the behaviour policy changed?
Our behaviour policy remains in place but we have made some amendments to ensure everyone stays safe during this period. You can find the amendments to our behaviour policy on our website - https://www.barnbyroadprimary.com/special-amendments-to-the-behaviour-policy-during-/.