During the current COVID-19 crisis all relevant letters and links for parents/carers will be posted to this page.
The start back to any school year always leads to a number of colds and runny noses and we are seeing a high number of these after the extended period away from school.
This year, Covid-19 has made the return to school a difficult and worrying time for parents and carers, especially when they become ill. We have had a number of calls from families unsure of what to do if their child becomes unwell.
Re-opening our school safely
To ensure you are kept up to date with the latest information, please check this page on a regular basis, as we are constantly updating it.
We have compiled a list of key questions for your information.
In accordance with the Risk Assessment, Parental information will follow regarding protocols for Covid-19 illness and outbreaks.
Finally, THANK YOU! Thank you for your support of our school as continue on our journey.
- It is important to remember that COVID-19 has been in existence for a few months and the scientific data is not completely robust and is changing as the scientific community finds out more about the virus.
- However, current, DfE guidance is based on the following scientific principles:
- The rate of transmission of the virus is very low between children; especially children under the age of 6.
- Children are less likely to pass the virus from one child to another child or a child to an adult.
- Adults are more likely to pass the virus to other adults and this will need to be factored into the planning.
- It is thought to take at least 15 minutes of close contact with an infected person for the virus to pass to another person.
- The virus can last for up to 6 days on some surfaces. Additional cleaning is essential to ensure that any places in which the virus can live are significantly reduced.
- When planning for the re-opening of our school, safety planning will be based on the current and changing scientific principles and will be under constant review.
- I feel it is important to be clear that the social distancing of children is impossible in schools.
- Children naturally gravitate towards each other and we also need to weigh up the impact of enforcing children to stay away from each other with their mental health and well-being. I have seen this first-hand with my children.
- Instead, our plans will be focused on promoting social distancing between groups/classes of children.
- We aim to do this by changing the classroom layouts, making sure that children only have access to a set of personal school equipment that must not be shared with others and staggering play, lunchtimes, start and finishing times.
- We will also be working hard to socially distance year group ‘bubbles’ of children from other year groups ‘bubbles’ of children.
- Yes, they will.
- The children will be in their class group and we will be working hard to maintain the integrity of these groups throughout the school day.
- Each class will arrive at school and enter the school immediately through designated doors. They will also have different playtimes and lunchtimes. This information has been sent to you.
- We are planning to open our Breakfast Club and After School provision from Wednesday 2nd September 2020.
- Information is being sent out to parents/carers regarding Beam’s After School Provision.
- Our After-School Provision is strictly booking only and children will only be accepted if payment is made in advance of the planned sessions in school. Priority will also be given to children who usually use our provision for 5 days a week in order to maintain the integrity of the groups.
- Sporting clubs have not been planned for, yet. We will advise you when we anticipate resuming sporting extracurricular activities.
If you are interested in putting your child’s name onto our After-School Provision list, please press this link:
- The cleaning of our school will increase to cope with the demands of ensuring that we promote a ‘COVID Secure’ environment.
- From May, we have had cleaners in every day, throughout the day, as well as before and after school. Their job has been to ensure that our toilets and communal areas are kept clean and they will also be cleaning the spaces our children will occupy during the day.
- Each class will also be provided with antibacterial wipes to ensure the regular cleaning of surfaces between usage.
- At the end of each day and every time an indoor space is used by a different group of children, the learning space is cleaned by our cleaning team.
- As soon as the children come into school and enter their class, they will need to wash their hands either with soap and water for 20 seconds; or with hand sanitiser at the hand sanitising stations in their room.
- Hand washing will become embedded in our teaching and learning process and we will schedule regular handwashing sessions in school for all children.
- We have installed outdoor handwashing facilities and internally will provide hand washing/sanitising for use throughout the day for children and adults.
- Your child is not required to wear a mask and data suggests that using a mask could increase the chances of passing on the virus, especially in children as it promotes people touching their faces more often. However, if you would like your child to wear a mask, please provide a face mask for use in school only. This may mean that if they are travelling in a mask, they will need to have another one for in-school use.
- Instead, we will be promoting excellent respiratory hygiene.
- Our children will be taught ways we can ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’.
- We have purchased bins with closed lids and all bins will be changed regularly throughout the day.
- Adults in school will not routinely wear masks or other forms of PPE when in school.
- Surgical face masks or face coverings and any other PPE equipment may be worn by staff in the school based on the role of the adult and an individual’s health risk assessment.
- There will be times when we will insist that PPE will be worn by staff and these are shared below:
- Anytime an adult is required to be in close contact with your child including administering first aid or providing personal care.
- When a pupil or adult displays symptoms of COVID-19.
- Our children will be taught what PPE means and that is there to protect everyone in the school.
- You will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org advising that you wish to speak to your child’s teacher or if you have a concern please complete the parental concern form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=noiJDDX00EWYayGZ58m1X41ek1W4jKJNtFFNyAcPDb5UQ0JYUUNTRDhSV1Y0TFNDWFlSNjlEQ1ZBNy4u
- During the lockdown period, most of you emailed your child’s year group – THESE EMAILS WILL NOT BE MONITORED AND HAVE BEEN DE-ACTIVATED. If the school was to have a Coronavirus outbreak, then the email accounts will be activated.
- To minimise adult contact within the school, appointments will need to be booked.
- Our main reception area has a Perspex screen as a control measure.
- Sanitising stations are located at key access and egress points for visitors.
- Sanitiser wipes are available for the school’s logging in and out system.
- Our aim is to keep this area free, as our year 5 and 6 pupils will be accessing and vacating the premises via the main reception. The office will be closed to visitors between the following times:
- 8:30 – 9:00 AM – (8:30 – 8:40: Year 6); (8:40 – 8:50: Year 5)
- 3:00 – 3:10 PM
- In September, we will be offering a normal school lunch service which includes our normal hot options for our children.
- Parents are free to provide a packed lunch for their child. I would encourage you to ensure that any packaging is fully disposable if possible to eliminate any unnecessary surfaces to which the virus can live.
- Lunchtimes will be staggered and year group bubbles will play in their allocated section in the playground or field.
- Aside from years 5 and 6, all year groups will eat in the small or large dining hall, once their eating area has been thoroughly cleaned. Classes will eat together as one bubble.
- During their allocated time slot, Years 5 and 6 will collect their lunches from the dining hall and eat in their classrooms. They will then go out to play, to their allocated area.
- Wet weather will require pupils to take their break in their classrooms.
- Yes, your child will still be required to wear full uniform when they return to school in September.
- For pupils in KS2, on the days they have PE, they are to wear their full winter games kit.
PE Timetable PE Kit day Monday Year 5 Tuesday Wednesday Year 6 Thursday Year 3 Friday Year 4
- Clothes should be changed as soon as the children get home and kept clean.
- Year 6: 8:30 – 8:40 – 15:00 – Main reception
- Year 5: 8:40 – 8:50– 15:10 – Main reception, PM – Home walkers – Main reception; PM – Parents collecting KS2 playground
- Year 4: 8:50 – 9:00 – 15:10 – 15:20 – Red gate – KS2 playground (via cage)
- Year 3: 8:40 – 8:50 – 15:10 – 15:20 – Red gate – KS2 playground (via cage)
- Year 2: 8:40 – 8:50 – 15:05 – 15:15 – Blue gate – KS1 Front playground
- Year 1: 8:40 – 8:50 – 15:05 – 15:15– Blue Gate – KS1 Front playground
- Reception: 8:50 – 9:00 – 14:50 – 15:00 – Blue Gate through to the Reception classrooms
- Only one parent/carer should bring their children onto the school site.
- Parents/carers must follow the one-way system in place and sanitise their hands upon entering and exiting the site and at the end of the day.
- Pupils who arrive late to school should proceed directly to the main office: they will be recorded as late, and the reasons will be investigated, subsequently, by the safeguarding team.
- If you are late, collecting your child, please ensure that you contact the main office on 020 8270 4700. To ensure the safety of all pupils your child will kept in their designated areas. If we are unable to contact you and you have not advised us, your child will be taken to our after-school club and you will be charged accordingly.
- PLEASE DO NOT GATHER BY THE EXITS AND REMEMBER TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE
- From September 2020, attendance for all pupils is compulsory and our school will be following our standard attendance management policies.
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Translation of guidance for parents and carers on early years providers, schools, and colleges in the autumn term
The DfE has translated our guidance for parents and carers with children in nursery, school, or college in the autumn term.
The guidance is now available in the following languages:
COVID-19 (Coronavirus Absence): Quick Guide for Parents
Available Testing Routes
- Remote test sites – these are drive-in only;
- Local test sites – these are walk-in;
- Mobile test units – these are mobile and move around every few days so you may notice addresses change.
London Test Centres
Remote Test sites – Drive through only
Local Test site – Walk in site
- Edmonton (NE) (Remote Test Centre) – Lee Valley Athletics Park N9 0AR
- Hackney – (Local Test Centre) Bentley Road Car Park N1 4BZ
- Heathrow (Remote Test Site) Heathrow Airport Car Park E2 TW6 2SQ
- London (Remote Test Site) Chessington KT9 2NE
- London (Remote Test Site) Greenwich SE10 0PH
- London Brent (Local Test Site) Harlesden Town Garden NW10 4BB
- London Newham (Local Test Site) East Ham Care Centre Hilda Road E6 1DD
- Redbridge (Local Test Site) Mildmay Road Car Park IG1 1DT
- Waltham Forest (Local Test Site) Stanley Road Car Park E10 7FF
The test sites are generally open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.