Unfortunately, it's the season of coughs and colds. This means there is understandably a lot of uncertainty about whether to send children to school if they have a sore throat, runny nose or cough.
We have been reading and re-reading the guidance today as well as talking on the phone to the Local Outbreak Response Team.
Children with a bit of a runny nose, stuffy nose or sore throat can attend school if they are well enough.
If your child has any of these symptoms:
They MUST stay at home and you should arrange for a Covid-19 test. Any brothers and sisters must ALSO STAY AT HOME as should the whole household and any support bubble.
If there is a negative test result and there is no high temperature for 48 hours, the children may then return to school.
Should a child or member of staff test positive for Covid-19 - nad we hope this doesn't happen - Public Health will make an assessment about who else outside their household needs to isolate at home.
Also, if you are in any doubt about your child's health, do ring your GP or NHS Direct for advice. We only know about what we read in the guidance and you should always get professional advice if you are worried.
Thank you as always for your support. Let's remember to stay 2 metres apart (adults) and for us all to be rigorous with hand hygiene and catching coughs and sneezes safely.
We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back in September and to meeting our newest children and families too. (There is separate information about induction procedures for new starters.)
There will be a whole range of feelings about starting the autumn term whilst the virus is still at the forefront of everyday life and these feelings are perfectly normal and understandable.
However, the Woodrow Community is amazing and has always been a supportive one. Together we will make sure that Woodrow is full of smiles, laughter and learning.
The government have published guidance for schools for when all children return or start in September. This will mean that Woodrow will be a bit different for everyone. If we all do our bit, together we will make school as safe as possible for everyone.
Children, Parents, Carers and staff must not come to school if they or anyone in their household shows symptoms of Covid-19 or if they are instructed not to do so through the Track and Trace system. They should follow the guidelines for self isolating and inform school.
If anyone in school becomes ill they will be taken to the isolation room until they can be taken home or for medical treatment. We have PPE for anyone staying with the unwell person until they leave the building.
Children and staff do not need extra PPE or face coverings in school because of the other protective measures which will be in place.
Beginning and end of the day
Everyone should arrive through the main entrance and follow the one way system to the classrooms - from Nursery round to Y4, Y3, Y2, Y1 and Reception in that order. ONE ADULT PER FAMILY ONLY.
The main gate will be pedestrian access only - disabled badge holders should speak to Mr Kieran about arrangements. Taxis will need to park off site.
The day will start at 8.55am and children should be dropped off at their classroom door between 8.45am and 8.55am. There should be only one adult per family please.
Parents/ Carers should then follow the one way system to leave the school grounds. Everyone should leave immediately and not gather in the school grounds. Whilst we know this is an inconvenience, it means we do not have to have different start times for different classes if the one way system is successful.
Parents/ Carers will not be allowed in school and should try not to go to the school office unless really necessary. Phone calls, emails, the website and Facebook page will be the main way of communicating during the autumn term.
The day will end at 3pm and Parents/ Carers can collect children from the classroom doors from 2.50pm onwards. Again the one way system must be followed strictly and everyone should leave immediately.
Class bubbles and social distancing
Each class or year group will be what the government calls a “bubble”
Children in a class do not need to social distance from each other, but they will stay separate to all of the other classes. This means they will have their own playtime and at lunchtime they will have a place where only they play so they will not be able to play with children from other classes.
The space for our two Reception classes is quite open. We have planned for one class to learn indoors whilst the other learns outdoors and then swap over to minimise contact. However there may be some times when they are both inside and in their own class base. For this reason, Public Health state that both Reception classes must be considered as one bubble and if there is a case of Covid -19 in one class, both classes will need to self isolate.
In order to be able to offer hot dinners to Year 1 and Year 2 children each year group will need to share the hall space. (See details in the lunchtime section). Therefore Public Health state that both Year 1 classes must be considered as one bubble and both Year 2 classes must be considered as one bubble. At all other times the contact between year group will be minimised and the classes will stay separate for their learning and playing.
So our bubbles are as follows
Reception (two classes)
Year 1 (two classes)
Year 2 (two classes)
Year 3 class A
Year 3 class B
Year 4 class A
Year 4 class B
The adults will work with no more than 2 classes and they will try to stay at least 1m away from the children. The furniture has been arranged in the classrooms to help with this. If adults need to work in closer proximity to a child they will make sure this is for no more than 15 minutes. Staff will social distance from any adult not in their bubble - there are separate staff rooms for instance.
Each child will have their own set of stationery and not share this. Any equipment which is shared will be cleaned after use and children will wash their hands when they have used anything which is also used by other children.
Hand washing is very important. As a minimum, children will wash their hands when
*they come in to school
*they go out to play and come back in
*after using the toilet, coughing or sneezing
*after using shared resources
*before they go home
During the day staff will clean desks, taps, door handles etc and toilets and washbasins will be cleaned at lunchtime as well as the end of the day.
Assemblies will be held using technology and children will participate from their classrooms.
Parents will not be able to join us for Friday assembly.
Children need to stay in their class groups at lunchtime. Because of this, some children will eat in their classrooms. We will not be able to offer lunch for children in Nursery.
Children from Reception to Year 2 are eligible for Universal Free School Meals and can have a hot dinner each day ordered in the usual way. They can also choose to bring their own packed lunch.
Reception children will continue to eat in the “Blue room” one class at a time with cleaning in between.
Children in Years 1 and 2 will eat in the hall, two classes at a time, in set places facing forward. So for example both Year 1 classes will eat in the hall. They will be spread out and will sit on one side of the table with children from their class and not opposite or facing other children. The tables and benches will be cleaned before the two Year 2 classes eat their lunch in the hall in same arrangement. When they are not eating lunch, they will be playing outside in a designated class area.
There will be no hot lunches for Year 3 and 4 during the Autumn term whilst we see how the arrangements for the younger children work and if there is time for the older children to access the hall. Only children eligible for Free School Meals can order a ham or cheese sandwich with a piece of fruit and a biscuit/cake. Everyone else must bring a packed lunch.
Year 3 and 4 will eat in their classroom.
Each bubble will have a set place to play with their class at lunchtime.
We will start the school year with a project based on “Here we are - notes for living on planet earth” by Oliver Jeffers. This will offer opportunities for the children to talk about what has been happening over the past few months and for them to settle into class.
This will lead in to Mantle of the Expert work where we will continue to use drama and inquiry as a base for learning across school. There will be lots of reading and writing and we will be following government guidance to do everything possible for children to reach age related expectations in maths.
Some children may be involved in catch up or intervention programmes if they would benefit from an extra boost with their learning.
Children with SEND will continue to have their needs met through support in and out of the classroom by staff in their bubble.
Homework will be slightly different during the autumn term. We will send out information for each year group on how we plan to do this.
PE will be non contact for the first half term eg tennis, athletics, gymnastics and dance. Children may wear their PE kit all day. There will be no swimming.
We will be sending out information about extra curricular activities during the first few weeks of term.
Any questions, please contact Mr Kieran by phone or email.