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COVID 19 Update - November 5th 2020 

The Government guidance for schools about the 'National Lockdown' arrived at the end of the school day on Wednesday.

We have reflected on this latest guidance, the current rise in Coronavirus cases and the national situation. 

We have always followed the guidance primary schools have been issued however we are now applying the discretion given to us in relation to the wearing of face coverings.    Any visitors who enter the school building, however briefly, should wear a face covering.  We do understand that there are some people who are exempt and will respect this.

In line with the primary school guidance, class teachers will not be wearing face coverings when teaching. (The protections identified in this case are more thorough cleaning, handwashing and the bubble system). There are some identified situations when the precautions for staff interactions in school will include the wearing of a mask. This will not impact on your children in any way.

We are not asking parents to wear masks in the school grounds, however, of course you may wear them if you wish. We firmly believe that the nature of our school site means that the staggered times for drop off and pick up, together with the one-way system, easily enable a safe flow of people and stringent social distancing at the start and end of the school day. In order to enhance this we are reinstating the 2 metre distancing lines at classroom doors . 

  

Thank you for working with us to keep everyone safe

COVID 19 

 

We are delighted that we could welcome all children back into school from September 3rd.  Our absolute priorities are the health and emotional wellbeing of the children and the whole school community.

 

This page outlines the measures we have put in place to nurture and protect every child without using some of the more extreme and rule based systems seen in the media.    

School Times  

For the safe arrival and departure of children we have staggered start and finish times that minimise the number of people arriving and leaving our school at any one time.  You will see that there is a ten minute drop off window for each group to further support the transition of children into the classroom in a calm, physically spaced way.

 

Class 

Drop off-Morning session 

Pick up

Nursery 

8.35-8.45

11.45

Drop off-Afternoon session

Pick up

12.15

3.15

 

Main School 

 

Reception

8.30-8.40

2.40

Year One

8.40-8.50

2.50

Year Two 

8.50-9.00

3.00

 

For families with children in more than one class please use the later time.

A map of the school site has been provided on the school website showing the one way system and the location of classrooms.

 

Please can we ask that you are mindful of the following mitigations that support social distancing and apply them whenever possible:

  • Each child should be brought to school by just one adult.
  • Please keep your child with you at all times at the start and end of the school day.
  • We have put in place a clear one-way route through school which starts at the main gate and finishes at the nursery gate. This will be marked with arrows. 
  • Staff will welcome your children into the classroom in the morning. If you need to talk to your child’s teacher, please respect social distancing measures. 

 

What does my child need to bring?

  • Please can children wear a clean school uniform. This should include a named sunhat.
  • Bookbag
  • Water bottle 
  • PE kit
  • A packed lunch (if you choose for your child to not have a hot dinner) Please remember that every child is entitled to a Free School Meal. 
  • From September we will be sending home reading books and reading records. There will be a 48 hour period between one user and the next.   

How are children grouped?

We are adopting a stringent bubble system where the children will remain with their own class, and class staff for all aspects of the school day including lunchtimes.

The bubble system means, that in line with guidance, young children can mix in a more age appropriate way in an environment that reflects our ethos and the principles of early years education. Where ‘catch up’ and other interventions are delivered these will be stringently distanced but in spaces that promote this in a child friendly way.

 

Personal Hygiene and Cleaning 

The enhanced cleaning includes the cleaning of shared resources and the additional cleaning of high touch areas. Those resources that are used by all children within the bubble will be cleaned regularly. Resources will not be shared across bubbles without cleaning or quarantine measures. Some resources such as pens and pencils will be personal to children, 

Children will be taught about personal hygiene including use of tissues, catching coughs and effective hand washing. They will wash their hands on arrival at school and throughout the day, including before and after eating.  

Self-Isolation 

We have been informed that the Government expect all staff and families to be ready and willing to engage in the Government track and trace system. This system will help prevent transmission of COVID 19 by helping to ensure the self-isolation of anyone who has been in close contact with a case of coronavirus.

Government are giving the clear message that children must not attend school if they are showing symptoms of the coronavirus or have been in contact with anyone who is either displaying symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus, (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell).  

Attendance

The government are expecting all children to attend school in September and as such our usual procedures for attendance will be in place including parents completing absence request forms and phone calls to the school office if your child is not in.

As part of the track and trace procedures it is very important that we are told if your child is absent as a result of coronavirus symptoms or if they have had contact with a case of coronavirus.    

 

Communication between parents and school 

We really value the two way communication we have with parents, when school and families work in partnership together we know that children achieve the best possible outcomes. At the current time more of this is being conducted remotely.

We use our website to share all information with families. Information includes:

  • Health and safety and organisational updates. 
  • Remote learning (if needed in the case of isolation or class or school closures).
  • All forms have been put on the school website for you to fill in electronically and email back to us.
  • There are extensive transition pages to help the children prepare for their new classes in September. These will remain in place until the children return to school.
  • From September new class sections of the website will include photographs of your children learning in school and videos of children taking part in class presentations for parents. We will provide further information on this in September. 

 

If you require direct contact with any member of staff, please do this through a telephone call or email. 

Email: secretary@torpoint-inf.cornwall.sch.uk  Phone: 01752 812245. 

 

Learning 

We are aware that each and every child has their own learning needs and will have had their own learning experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. Learning will be personalised to each child with a focus on emotional health and wellbeing within the context of our full curriculum. 

 

If your child needs to self-isolate it is explicitly expected by the government that school supported learning continues at home. This will be delivered through emails and our school website. Work completed at home will be shared with school, via emails, and staff will provide direct emailed feedback on an at least weekly basis.  

 

Nurture and Support 

For every child returning to school we will be ensuring that our environment is nurturing and that our provision recognises the very different experiences each child has had since the outbreak of the coronavirus. We are aware that some children and families may have suffered bereavement, hospitalisation or other trauma; to enable us to support these children more effectively, please can you call or email the school office with any information we need to know.  

 

I would like to thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times and we look forward to welcoming your children into school in September. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office
 
 
 
 
File icon: pdf Map- Nursery One Way System [pdf 2MB] Click to download
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Should my child attend school?

The Government expect all children to attend school in line with our normal attendance regulations i.e. unless they are unwell or have another authorised absence.

Please be aware that your child should not attend school if

  • they have symptoms of coronavirus. 
  • they have had a positive coronavirus test result themselves, or are self-isolating while awaiting results of a test.
  • they are self isolating because a member of their family has symptoms or confirmed coronavirus.
  • your family are in 14 days quarantine following a holiday abroad.

It is very important that if your child is not attending school as a result of these coronavirus reasons you contact us so that we can 

(1) ensure the correct Public Health England procedures are followed.

(2) we can arrange remote education resources for your child, in line with Government instructions.

File icon: pdf 23rd September - PHE letter to parents and guardians.pdf [pdf 110KB] Click to download
We follow Government and NHS guidance. It is updated daily and we advise you to always check this advice