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:
We look forward to welcoming all children back to school on September 6th 2021. Over the past 18 months, children have been amazing at responding to the new rules and routines in keeping themselves and others safe.
In returning to school, the children will already be familiar with a number of routines including knowing the importance of good hygiene including Catch it Bin it Kill it and washing their hands at key parts of the day. Many of these routines will remain in place for September 2021.
What are the expectations related to attendance?
School attendance is mandatory and outlined in the school’s Attendance Policy.
Discussing returning to school with your child:
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, 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:
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.
If when at school, a child begins to display symptoms, you will be contacted and asked to collect your child.
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.
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.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 you MUST notify the school via telephone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as you receive the result of the test.
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 (email@example.com).
When do I have to self-isolate?
From 16th August 2021, the rules on self-isolation changed.
If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
- you are fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS,
- you are under 18 years, 6 months old,
- you are taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial,
- you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.
How will I know of I or my child is a close contact?
Close contacts will be identified through Test and Trace who will contact the individual or parent. If someone is identified as a close contact through test and trace, that person is advised to book and take a PCR test.
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: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
In addition to the above information, Miss 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.
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.
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.
Videos to make us smile:
During school closure, we created videos to remind us of how important it is to be a connected community: