How will Coronavirus Risks be minimised?
The government guidance states that essential measures will include:
- a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
- regular hand-washing
- enhanced cleaning arrangements
- good ventilation in all areas of the school
How will you reduce contacts between classes?
Guidance from the Government states that children no longer have to social distance from each other within the classroom. We will no longer be using the bubble system.
Will the children wear school uniform?
Yes, children will be wearing school uniform but we advise that this is washed regularly.
Does my child need to bring in a book bag?
We would stronly encourage the use of school book bags. Most letters will be sent home via email but occaiosnally paper copies will be sent home.
Will staff be wearing PPE?
The Government advice suggests PPE will not be needed in most cases unless closer contact is needed e.g. an unwell child or a child who has hurt themselves. However, if staff feel more comfortable wearing PPE, I am happy for them to wear it.
Are children allowed to wear PPE?
This entirely up to you and your child. The school cannot take responsibility for when your child wears their mask.
Will there be daily checks on staff and children for high temperature?
We will only check a child’s teperature if they become unwell. Routine checking of temperatures will not take place in school. All families are asked to monitor themselves closely for any symptoms of Coronavirus. If you experience symptoms of Coronavirus, get a free NHS test. Don’t forget to notify the school
How will school lunches be served?
Meals prepared by the school kitchen/packed lunch) will be in the school hall.
Will Breakfast Club and After School Club be offered at this time?
Breakfast and After school Clubs are back. Please contact the school office or sections of the website for more information.
Will children share resources as before? How will classrooms and equipment be cleaned after use?
We have returned to sharing of classroom resources
Will children be encouraged to maintain handwashing?
Absolutely! This is a fundamental safety precaution that will be in place. There will be clear expectations for all pupils and staff to wash their hands several times per day. Hand sanister will also be available. This will include on arrival as well as transition points throughout their school day. Staff will also meet these expectations.
When should I drop my child off at school?
In the morning we have adopted a ‘soft start’, staff will be ready to receive children from 8:30 am onwards. The main gate and Reception gate are open from 8:30 am – 9 am. Please escort your child to their classroom door.
If you need to communicate with your child’s teacher, then please see the section below on communication.
Please help us by arriving as close to 8:30 am as possible, especially if your child does Lexia.
What if I am late?
Please buzz for entry at the main gate if you arrive after 9 am.
How do I communicate with the school?
Please speak to your child’s class teacher at drop or pick up. As these are busy times you may wish to make an appointment.
Please use firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to communicate with your child’s teacher. Please put their name into the subject.
Your teacher will also contact you after school by phone if they need to speak to you about your child. They may be ringing from a number which will be withheld. If you need to speak to your teacher, then please call the school on 0208 985 3466 to arrange an appointment.
Can I come to the office?
School office is open to parents/carers and visitors. Remember you can use the email address or telephone number above to contact the school.
When should I pick up my child from school?
Pick times are 3:30 pm for children in Reception to Year 6. Nursery pick up is at 3:15 pm.
What should I do if my child is ill?
If your child feels at all unwell, please do not send them to school. Report their absence in the usual way by calling the school office by 9:30 am.
What if someone develops coronavirus symptoms whilst attending school?
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
When a pupil or staff member develops coronavirus symptoms, they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate and get a test.
What if someone at St Scholastica’s tests positive for Coronavirus?
The new guidelines from the Government tell us that there is no need for the rest of the class to be sent home. The school will make parents aware so that you can keep a close eye on your child’s health and if they have any symptoms of covid (fever, cough, loss of taste and smell) you are advised to get a PCR test.
Full details of our Outbreak Management plan can be found in our Health ans Safety Policy