Information for Parents and Carers March 2021
What time are the current school sessions?
Staggered drop-off and collection times will continue to follow the same pattern as in the Autumn Term.
Children from Year 2 upwards are encouraged to come in the school gates themselves, there are staff along the way to support them and they will be greeted at their classroom door by their teacher. We are asking that only one adult escorts a child into school (if necessary) and that adults wear a face-covering when on site. Please avoid congregating around the doorways and please depart the school site in a timely manner. When dropping off and collecting, please keep 2 metres away from others and encourage your child to do the same.
We are asking that you stick to the times allocated to your child's year group to reduce congestion on the school site and to ensure lessons can begin promptly. Please note that there are also new barriers inside the school gates at the main entrance; please maintain a social distance as you negotiate these.
What measures have School introduced to minimise the current risks?
Our full Risk Assessment is available on our website in the Parents Section. Please click on this link:
What additional measures are in place to support my child’s safe return?
Staff have access to twice-weekly asymptomatic testing. This ensures that any asymptomatic cases of coronavirus are identified and managed to reduce any spread of the virus.
How can I help the school?
What will my child need to bring?
Will my child need to wear school uniform?
Please send your child to school in their school uniform, summer uniform may be worn if preferred. We have increased ventilation into the school building, this may mean that it is cooler than usual. Your child may benefit from wearing an extra layer of clothing on cold days. On PE days, the children should come dressed in sportswear.
Can my child wear a face covering in school?
No. The government advise that face coverings are not required for primary-aged school children and that wearing one could actually increase risk due to touching it throughout the day. If your child wears one as part of their journey to school, we request that you take it home with you upon dropping them off.
Will staff be wearing PPE?
Staff will be wearing a face-covering when in communal areas with other adults. This includes moving around the school and at the beginning and end of the day. In class staff may wear a visor if they wish to. Staff will only be using additional issued PPE where an individual is presenting with coronavirus symptoms.
Should my child return to school if they are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’?
Please let us know as soon as possible and send a copy of their letter into school.
Should my child return to school if someone within the home is ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’?
Yes, please make arrangements for your child to be brought to and collected from school by another member of the household or your support bubble. If this is not possible, please contact us to discuss this further.
Am I required to send my child to school?
School attendance will be mandatory and the usual rules on school attendance will apply. We are aware that some children may be required to be absent from school due to the requirements by the government regarding self-isolation and these absences will be recorded according to guidance from the Department of Education.
What do I do if someone in my house is experiencing symptoms, however slight?
The main symptoms include:
If you, your child or anyone in your house (this includes those that are now in you are in a ‘support bubble’), please self-isolate immediately and visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ to arrange a test or call 119 and please inform the school urgently.
Children must not attend school and must self-isolate if they:
What will happen if my child becomes unwell with coronavirus symptoms whilst at school?
What will happen if there is a confirmed case within school?
In this instance, we will follow government guidance which involves informing Gateshead Public Health Protection Team. They will conduct a rapid risk assessment and advise on next steps.