Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19 Return to School
Answers to most questions about the measures we are taking in relation to Covid-19 can be found in the Coronavirus section where we post the latest information about our arrangements. Parents can also find information about schools reopening on the DFE website here
The following we hope answers some frequently asked questions that you may have.
Q: Can students bring in their own soap/hand sanitiser to school?
A: Yes, we support students bringing in their own hand sanitiser, especially if they have skin conditions such as eczema. As with other equipment, this must not be shared with anyone else.
Q: What are the arrangements for hand hygiene?
A: All classrooms have been provided with hand sanitiser and hand sanitiser is available in corridors throughout the school. Classrooms with sinks (Art, Science etc.) have hand soap provided. Toilets have been allocated by year group and staff will be on duty to monitor social distancing and good hand hygiene in these areas. If a student wishes to bring their own sanitiser with them to school we are happy to support this. They must not share this with anyone else.
Q: If my child forgets their homework or equipment, can I bring it to the school?
A: We have to keep numbers of visitors to the school site to a minimum in order to control the risk of virus transmission. This means you will not be able to come to the school to bring in any forgotten equipment or homework. We recommend that you make sure your child gets into the habit of organising themselves for school the night before.
Q: Can I come to school to speak with a member of staff?
A: To control visitors to the school site please phone in the first instance. Most issues should be easily resolved by phone. If we do need to arrange a meeting with you we ask that only one parent or member of the family attends.
Q: What is the policy on students wearing masks in school?
A: At the present time, the government advises that face coverings are not required in our school. However, the school supports students who wish to wear a face-covering in communal areas such as toilets, corridors, etc but not in the classroom. Students who wear a face-covering must wear it in the correct manner and place it in a bag or box when not in use. Face coverings should be changed at least daily. You may wish to watch this short film about wearing a face-covering safely.
Q: Will the children be changing classrooms throughout the day, as before?
A: We have adjusted timetables to minimise student movements around the school.
Q: Where will the children eat their packed lunches?
A: Students will be able to eat their packed lunches in their dedicated playground spaces. Wet weather arrangements will be communicated to students in due course.
Q: Will the children be expected to adhere to social distancing?
A: Following government guidelines, it is clear that it will not be possible for students to maintain social distancing at all times. Students will remain in year groups throughout the day and break and lunchtimes will be staggered to minimise close contact.
Q: Are class sizes being reduced to aid distancing?
A: Due to the numbers of students on site, this is not possible. However, by operating in year group bubbles, the risk of contamination is greatly reduced.
Q: What are the arrangements for cleaning?
A: We have employed additional day time cleaners who will be cleaning frequently used surfaces and areas on a rotation throughout the day. All rooms have been provided with sanitisers and additional cleaning materials. We will also carry out enhanced cleaning once students and staff leave the site.
Q: What is the procedure when a child or member of staff tests positive for Covid-19?
A: The school has been instructed to notify the SE Public Health team using a dedicated phone number. The SE PH team will conduct an assessment with the school and advise us if anyone needs to self isolate. The DFE has also advised schools that if a local area sees a spike in infection rates that is resulting in localised community spread, appropriate authorities will decide which measures to implement to help contain the spread. Any areas used by staff or students who test positive will be thoroughly cleaned.
Q: How will you minimise contact between staff?
A: All staff have been instructed to follow government guidelines on social distancing. Risk assessments with measures to control the transmission of the virus from person to person have been carried out to cover all aspects of school life. These have been shared with staff. In some instances additional personal protective equipment has also been provided.