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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions - June 1st Reopening

 

Can my child come back to school?

Children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 can come back to school from June 1st if the Government moves to the next phase of easing lockdown. Only vulnerable children and children of critical workers in Years 2-5 can attend school, either full time or for full days when they are working. The DfE have stated that parents can choose not to send their child back to school without facing a fine. If you change your mind and decide to send your child further into the term, please inform the school office ASAP so that we can ensure we are adequately staffing each year group. Children who are extremely clinically vulnerable or clinically vulnerable children are not advised to attend currently and should continue to follow Government guidelines and MUST seek medical advice before returning.

 

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. However, this is under constant review and may need to change.

  AM Nursery PM Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 6

Key Worker/

Vulnerable Children in Years 2-5

Drop off time 8.30-8.45 12.45- 1.00 8.45-9.00 8.45-9.00 8.45-9.00 9.00-9.15
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 one at a time. 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. Drop your child at the main gate next to the defibrillator and they will walk straight to their designated room. Parents/carers should not come onto site. Enter through the main car park and walk to the end, through the double gates, past the minibuses and drop your child at the double gates onto the field. Staff will meet them here and take them to their designated room. Exit the same way you entered.
Pick up time 11.30-11.45 3.30-3.45 3.00-3.15 3.00-3.15 3.15-3.30 3.15-3.30
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. Children will be sent out the main school gate (this will be staggered). Wait outside in your car or in a safe space. Year 6 children will walk out to meet you. Enter through the main car park and walk to the end, through the double gates and past the minibuses. Go through the double gates and wait on the big playground. Children will be sent to you one at a time. Exit the same way you entered.

 

What will my child need to bring to school?

The guidance states that we should limit the number of shared resources. Therefore, all children should bring a named water bottle. This should be filled at home and taken home each day to wash thoroughly. Children can also bring a lunch box, if needed. NO OTHER ITEMS should come into school. PE kits, book bags, footballs, pencil cases, sun cream etc. MUST remain at home. School items will be used and cleaned regularly. 

 

My child sometimes has accidents and needs changing; can I bring a bag of spare clothes for them?

If your child only has odd accidents, staff will change them using our spare clothes at school. However, if your child has daily accidents you will be permitted to bring a bag with spare clothes etc. into school on a Monday. This will remain at school throughout the week and then be sent home on a Friday to be re-stocked. This will limit items going back and forth between school and home, as per our risk assessment. 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?

We have been advised to limit items travelling to and from school. Therefore, your child MUST NOT bring in their own hand sanitiser. 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.

 

Can I send sun cream in for my child to apply?

We have been advised to limit items travelling to and from school. Therefore, your child MUST NOT bring sun cream into school. We advise you to apply long lasting sun cream before your child comes to school. Your child may bring a sun hat when needed.

 

Does my child need to wear school uniform?

We recommend children wear their school uniform as usual. However, we are aware that some children may have outgrown their uniform so will take a more relaxed stance if children are not in full school uniform. We encourage children to wear trainers and appropriate clothing for the weather; we will be spending lots of time outside. Please note that children will do PE activities in the clothes they are wearing. Any clothing worn should be washed each day, 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 the 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. Please note that the menu may need to change due to availability of products. Please contact the school office nearer to us reopening to enquire about the menu.

 

How will my child learn at school from June 1st?

As recommended by the DfE, children will be placed into groups of up to 15 with 1/2 adults. They will remain in this group, with these adults, at all times in order to minimise contact. Groups may not be in their usual classrooms or with their usual adult, but we will try to keep changes to a minimum. Each group will have a zone on the playground and will remain together as a group throughout the day, during lessons and at playtime/lunchtime. The children will still be doing some Maths, English, Topic and PE throughout the week, but it may not follow the same structure or content as was previously planned. The focus will be on

ensuring children are happy, healthy and consolidating previously learnt skills.

 

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. By staying in their small groups, with consistent adults, the children will be in a 'bubble' with limited contact with others which will reduce risk. 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 equipment on their table. In Nursery and Reception, equipment will be used only by children in one small group and will be cleaned regularly.

 

What will the classroom look like?

In each classroom some equipment that is not needed, or cannot be easily cleaned, will be put away. In Years 1-6 tables will be spread out as much as possible. Children will have their own table and their own set of equipment. If sitting on the carpet, markers will be used to encourage children to sit with as much space as possible between them. In Nursery and Reception, toys that can easily be washed will be used. 'Activity stations' will be set up to encourage children to maintain distance. However, inevitably with 3-5 year olds this will not always be possible so regular hand washing and ensuring children remain in their small group, with dedicated equipment, will be key in these year groups.

 

Will my child have a reading book?

Unfortunately, the Government guidance is to limit shared resources. Therefore, we will not be sending any reading books home at present. Instead, we continue to advise children to read books from home. Younger children can access the Oxford Owl e-reading books online and older children can access Read Theory or Serial Mash. Please see our online learning links for more details. Children reading to an adult at school will use an ipad to read using these resources, from a safe distance. The ipad can then easily be cleaned between uses.

 

My child will still be at home. Will home learning still be provided?

We will still be providing support with home learning. However, as most staff will be in school this may not be as comprehensive or in the same format. You can find out more information about the home learning available from June 1st on our website - https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/barnbyroad/UploadedDocument/f3cea2e6c8b94923921aa6acff4b8155/home-learning-changes.pdf

 

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. 

Office contact details:

Phone: 01636 683900

Email: office@newarkbarnbyroad.notts.sch.uk  

 

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.

 

Does my child need a PE kit?

We will still be having outdoor PE sessions. However, as we are required to limit resources coming into school NO PE kits will be allowed in school. Your child can wear trainers with their uniform each day. If the weather is nice, we encourage children to wear shorts. 

 

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. We have been advised to limit items travelling to and from school. Therefore, if first aid is given, the school office will ring to inform you of this. First aid notes will not be sent home at this time.

 

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. Children will be eligible for a test and we strongly recommend that you book this and inform school of the results immediately.

 

If a child or staff member tests negative, they can return to school and their family can end their isolation. If a child or staff member tests positive, all children and staff in their small group will be sent home and will need to isolate for 14 days. Household members of these children/staff will only need to isolate if they themselves develop symptoms. 

 

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 small 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. We will provide footballs and equipment for each group which will cleaned regularly. At lunchtime, Year 1 and Reception children will eat with their small group in the school hall. Children will be spaced out on tables and the area will be cleaned between each group. Key worker and Year 6 children will eat their lunch in their classroom, again staying only with their identified group.

 

Can my child bring their own hand sanitiser to school?

We have been advised to limit items travelling to and from school. Therefore, your child MUST NOT bring in their own hand sanitiser. 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.

 

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-/.

 

Will me child be able to bring painting/pictures/artwork home?

We have been advised to limit items travelling to and from school. Therefore, we will be displaying children's work in the classrooms and storing it at school until we are able to send things home. Children will not be bringing any work home at present.

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