This page has been created so parents and carers have a clear understanding of the adaptations to the school day and so they have access to the latest information.

Returning to School:

When pupils return to school, there will be a number of adjustments to help keep them safe and reduce the transmission of COVID – 19. The below video sets out these changes.

In addition to the video, please see the response to frequently asked questions. These will be updated regularly during the Summer Holiday.

FAQ 21.9.20

There are a number of books that we recommend you share with your child. By sharing the following books with your child, they will have the opportunity to share any worries that they may have. Please click on the front cover to open a copy of the text.

How will my child access remote learning in the event of a closure/isolation?

In the event an individual child, a class bubble, or indeed the whole school need to self-isolate for a period of time, we have a plan in place for remote learning so that all children can continue with their education.  Please click on the link below for more details regarding our remote learning procedures:

Blended Learning – Oct 2020

What are the symptoms of COVID – 19?

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.

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

What do you do if you have symptoms?

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

Stay at home (self-isolate) – do not leave your home or have visitors. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate.

Get a test – get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, should also get a test if they have symptoms.

Get a test:

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 you MUST notify the school via telephone or email ( as soon as you receive the result of the test.  This is so that we can ensure appropriate measures are in place and that contact tracing within school can be completed.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 whilst the school is closed (e.g. over the weekend or during school holidays), you MUST notify the school using the dedicated email account (  This is so that we can ensure appropriate measures are in place on our return to school and that contact tracing within school can be completed.

At South Bersted Church of England Primary School, we are actively following the Government’s Test and Trace process. To ensure that we work together to reduce the risk of transmission all members of the school’s community are expected to engage in the test and trace process.

Further information on the test and trace process can be found at:

What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19 outside of school hours?

If a child who attends the school tests positive for COVID outside of normal school hours, you must let us know by emailing  For more information, please click here.

Why is it important to wash our hands?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser. Regular and thorough hand cleaning is going to be needed for the foreseeable future. When your child returns to school they will be washing their hands:

  • On arrival,
  • Before and after eating,
  • When return from outside or changing rooms,
  • Before going home.

Please ensure that your child is clear on the expectations of how to wash their hands before returning to school:

In addition to the above information, Mrs Stanton – the school’s science lead – has also created a video explaining the importance of children washing their hands, which your child will watch in school.

Government’s Returning to School Campaign: 

To provide further information for parents, the government have created the following documents.

What Parents and Carers need to know

West Sussex Helping Children Return to School Safely:

West Sussex have also shared a range of links and videos that are supporting pupils returning to school in September.

Helping children get back to school with confidence

Accessing Support During COVID-19:

We are very aware of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals and families within the community.  If you feel you may need additional support, information is available here about how to access this.