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Covid 19 Advice for Parents in GM


THIS GUIDANCE IS FROM SALFORD LOCAL AUTHORITY


Parents should not send their child to school/setting if they are unwell in any way. If anyone in the household is unwell, awaiting testing or testing result then the child should not attend the setting or school.

If someone becomes unwell in school, they should be sent home and advised to isolate the result of the COVID test. The school or setting should undertake any necessary cleaning after someone has been unwell on the premises. All staff are aware of the need for PPE for cleaning or dealing with an unwell person.

All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus.

 


What do we mean by a ‘contact’?

A ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) anytime from 2 days before the person was symptomatic up to 7 days from onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others). For example, a contact can be:

  • People who spend significant time in the same household as a person who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Close personal relationships/partners
  • A person who has had face-to-face contact (within one metre), with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), including: being coughed on, having a face-to-face conversation, within one metre, or having skin-to-skin physical contact, or any contact within one metre for one minute or longer
  • A person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) for more than 15 minutes
  • A person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or in a large vehicle or plane near someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • In a schools/setting context, all children/staff in the ‘bubble’ will be classed as a close contact.

If you have any queries regarding the practical implementation of this guidance in your school or setting, please contact Neil.Fazackerley@salford.gov.uk or Roberta.Greenwood@salford.gov.uk


Groupings (Explanation)

Pupils will be in groups of no more than 15 depending on classroom size. They will remain in these groups at all times. Think of these as ‘bubbles’ to stop any potential transmission of the virus. Two adults will be assigned to each bubble so therefore some bubbles will not have their regular teacher. We will aim, wherever possible, for pupils to be cared for by one familiar adult. The pupils will only mix with the adults and children in their bubble throughout the day and will not play with pupils from other bubbles as play-time and lunch time will be staggered and zoned.

Lunch and Breaks

Lunch will be eaten in classrooms which will be cleaned by staff afterwards. It is preferable for pupils to bring a packed lunch in throw away bags where possible. If your child will require a school meal please order in the usual way.  Dolce, our catering provider, will organise for food to be prepared in take away grab bags in the school kitchen. These will be brought to the children by a member of staff. Please ensure that your child brings a water bottle with them each day. In the case of wet play, children will stay in their classroom. Pupils will be supervised at all times to ensure sure these requirements are followed.

Hygiene

All staff will be engaged in regular cleaning of surfaces and equipment. Pupils will wash and dry their hands and use alcohol hand sanitizer on a regular basis. PH neutral soap has been installed in all dispensers. Paper towels, not hand dryers, will be used to dry hands. Class bubbles will be supplied with tissues, and pupils instructed to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’. Support staff will respond when children may become unwell or are hurt. PPE has been provided to be used only when applying first aid or sensitively supporting a child who is sick. Any personal staff-pupil contact without PPE is not recommended. Each bubble has a lidded bin so that all paper towels and tissues are able to be safely disposed of before being double bagged at the point of disposal. Bins will be emptied twice a day.

In all cases, children will enter their bubble via an external door. Coats & packed lunches/snack will remain in their allocated seating area. Pupils must not bring any school bags, book bags, pencil cases, reading books or other personal items into school except a water bottle. Additional clothing and PE kits will not be required.


Curriculum

Teachers will be prioritising the learning as covered in our home learning plans. All equipment will be cleaned on a regular basis. Teachers will ensure tasks enable socialisation between pupils through conversation, games and activities whilst still observing safe practices. Wellbeing is an important aspect of return to school and we endeavour to support the pupils during this time.

We will promote self-marking of work, pending further safety advice. Stationery packs will be provided to all children and used exclusively by them. They should not bring pencil cases into school. Staff must wash their hands before and after handling children’s workbooks. Disposable gloves are also available to all staff members.

Drop off 

Each year group will have a separate start time.  Children will be directed at the main gate to a designated point. Parents/carers must maintain social distancing when dropping off – floor markings will ensure this takes place. It is important that pupils do not arrive at school before there allocated drop off time.  External classroom doors will remain open during drop off so

that touch points are minimised. (All internal doors for spaces in use, excepting toilets, will remain open during the day for the same reason).

Key workers will arrive between 8.45a.m. – 8.55 a.m.
Year 6 will arrive between 9.00a.m. - 9.10 a.m. 
Year 1 will arrive 9.15a.m. – 9.25a.m.
Nursery and Reception to follow
If you have more than one child in these year groups please arrive at the earliest time stated.

Pick up

Each year group will have a separate time. Parents will wait on the Key Stage 2 playground on socially distanced markings. Parents/carers will be responsible for maintaining social distancing at all times. We ask that only one parent/carer enter the site, as this will help support social distancing. The exception to this is if you have a child with you of primary school age or younger. Parents must not gather at the school gates, either on entry or exit.

Nursery, Reception pick up time to be confirmed
Year 1 pick-up time: 3.00.p.m
Year 6 pick- up time: 3.10.p.m
Key Workers: 3.25.p.m
If you have more than one child in these year groups please arrive at the earliest time stated.

Sickness

If a child or staff member has symptoms of Coronavirus they must not come to school. Anyone who develops symptoms must isolate, be tested and not return to school until it is safe to do so (i.e. a negative test or symptom free after two weeks of isolation). If your child becomes unwell please follow the Coronavirus infection guidance.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

The government guidance is clear that PPE should only be worn in specific circumstances in school. It will not be worn by children. School staff will only be required to wear PPE if having to work closely with a child, for example, administering first aid or intimate care. PPE will also be worn by any staff member supervising a child who has symptoms of Coronavirus whilst the pupil waits to be picked up by a parent/carer.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS ARE UP TO DATE.

It is important to note that should a child have an accident, for example on the playground, they will have first aid administered to them as usual (with a staff member wearing appropriate PPE).

School Uniform

We ask all pupils, to wear school uniform. Where possible, after a day in school, children should put the clothes they have been wearing straight into the wash and have a shower. Please ensure your child wears appropriate footwear to undertake physical exercise. During this period, children are encouraged to wear trainers. They must only wear lace up shoes if they are able to tie them independently. Where possible, learning will take place outdoors, therefore please ensure children have a coat and are dressed for outdoor conditions.

Cleaning

All classrooms will have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to children returning to school. Our school cleaners will work their current contracted hours at the end of the school day. They will report to the site team/school office to check if any areas require specific deep cleaning. Toilets, sinks and main touch points will be cleaned throughout the day. Staff in each bubble will be required, as is usual practice, to maintain a clean environment, including resources used. Disposable gloves will be provided for this purpose. Anyone using classroom computers or other devices will be required to ensure that touch points are cleaned after every use. Further deep cleans will take place each Wednesday to ensure the site is as safe as possible.

Visitors to School

Only essential visitors to school will be allowed on site. An example of an essential visitor would be a contractor completing statutory tests which would potentially affect the health of the school community if they were not carried out. Parents will only be able to come onto the site to drop off and pick up children (as detailed above). Any concerns will be discussed with a staff member via telephone or email as this will help to ensure the safety of both staff and parents.

Bereavements

Many families across the world have lost loved ones and friends. This is also the case in our school community and our thoughts and prayers are with those families. Please let us know via email to the school office if you require any support for your family or child.

Review

The Governing Board, in consultation with the Headteacher, will keep the plan under constant review considering changes in government and local authority guidance, informed views of our community and joint decisions proposed by the local cluster of schools.

Any changes will be sent to parents via email. 

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