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Welcome back everyone September 2020

 

Welcome back to school everyone!

Thank you for your support in keeping everyone safe.

We are now fully re-open and protective measures are in place to ensure a safe return for all of our children. These are in line with the government guidance and our risk assessment.

At Lawrence we are minimising the number of visitors we receive during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. This will help to minimise group mixing and make it easier to maintain social distancing in our school.

We expect all visitors to:

  • only visit the school premises if absolutely necessary. Please phone instead, request a call or request an online meeting if possible.
  • not enter the premises if you or any members of your household have symptoms of coronavirus.
  • clean your hands with alcohol gel (provided) when you enter and leave the building.
  • follow the same procedures as those in place for staff, ie social distancing, avoid touching surfaces and do not enter areas of the school without the permission of staff.

 

Please do not arrive earlier or later than your child’s allocated time.

Please do not pull over outside the school drive to drop children off or pick them up.

Please don’t congregate on the pavement outside the school.

Unfortunately, parents should not come onto the school site which includes the office. Please phone or email the office with any queries.

We do need to keep the queue moving at drop off and collection times so staff are unable to hold conversations at the gate.

Please email or phone the office if you would like to arrange a telephone appointment.

 

Illness/ coronavirus symptoms

Children must not be sent to school if they are unwell or if anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms.  If a child presents with any COVID-19 symptoms during the school day, they will be isolated and a parent will be called to collect their child immediately.  Parents will need to arrange a test and inform the school of the result as soon as possible.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

 

Uniform/ PE

During the first few weeks of school parents will be invited onto the school site to purchase uniforms in a Covid-safe manner, all parents will be informed when it is their turn.

 

Lunch

Children wanted to use the canteen deli will order their sandwich in the morning and their lunch will be delivered to them in the classroom. Children wanting a hot dinner will enter the hall with other children from their bubble and the sitting and queuing arrangement will all be Covid-safe.

 

Attendance

This following is taken directly from the government guidance:

School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply.

Items that can be brought to school

Children can only bring a named water bottle, book bag and lunch box to school.  Children must have a water bottle as the water fountains have been turned off for hygiene reasons.

KS1 children will be provided with fruit for break time from Monday 7th September. KS2 children can bring a piece of fruit for break time.

Only children in Yr 6, whose parents have given written permission for their child to walk home alone.

 

Reading Books

Teachers will begin to send reading books home during the week beginning 7th September.

 

Hand Sanitizers

Classrooms, corridors and offices all have a hand sanitiser dispensers and the children are all be taught how to clean their hands safely and sensibly.

 

Returning from Holiday

If your family has been on holiday to a country on the government’s quarantine list and you are therefore isolating for 14 days, please email us on info@lawrence-primary.co.uk  to let us know. We will also need to know the date of your return to the UK.

 

COVID-19 Home-School Agreement & COVID-19 Behaviour Appendix

Please look at these on the school website

Important links

 

COVID-19 Testing guidance

Children are not being tested in school or receiving any injections only parents can do this

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

 

NHS advice and how to ask for a test:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

 

Updated government guidance on social distancing

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

What happens if someone becomes unwell at an educational or childcare setting?

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

 

If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age and needs of the child, with appropriate adult supervision. Ideally, a window will be open but if it is not possible to isolate them, the child will be movee to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.

 

If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom must be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

PPE must be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs). More information on PPE use can be found in the safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance.

Taken from the government guidance (August 2020)

 

Communication

We will continue to update parents with any new information we receive via twitter and the school website, it is vital that you keep up to date with these and also make sure that the office has your most up to date contact details.

 

Unfortunately, parents should not come into school at this time.

Please phone or email the office with any queries: info@lawrence-primary.co.uk

 

Well-being and mental health

Please click on the following link for advice on mental health from Public Health England:

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

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