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Wykeham Primary School


Committed to Excellence, Equality and Enjoyment

Coronavirus Update and Guidance

 20th May 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

As the country is now in Step 3 of the Government’s coronavirus response, I am reminding and updating you of some of the measures that are in place in school to help reduce the risk of transmission and keep the whole school community safe.

 

If you or your child/children are unwell with symptoms of coronavirus

As a reminder, parents and children should not come to school if they:

  • have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive;
  • live with someone who has symptoms or have tested positive.
  • are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

If your child becomes unwell whilst at school with symptoms of coronavirus, we will call you to collect your child who must go home. You should follow government guidance, which sets out that your child must self-isolate for at least 10 days and you should book a test for him/her. Other members of the household should also self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms of the virus. Your child will be isolated from others in the school until they are collected.

You must inform the school as a matter of urgency if your child’s test is positive and must provide details of anyone your child has been in close contact with from school. You may also be required to provide details to NHS Test and Trace. 

 Please contact your GP or NHS 111 for further advice. There is a local walk-through testing site at Harlesden Town Garden, Challenge Close, Harlesden, NW10 4BF. Tests must be booked by phone 020 8937 4440. The line is open seven days a week from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Further information can be found on the Brent website. https://www.brent.gov.uk/council-news/june-2020/new-covid-19-testing-site-opens-in-harlesden-for-local-residents/

 

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not recommended for primary school aged pupils. You do not need to send your child to school with a face covering from now. It is also recommended that staff no longer need to wear masks in classrooms but can wear them in communal areas of the school.

 We are continuing to advise all parents/carers and other visitors to wear a face covering when they need to come into the school building, especially where social distancing measures cannot be maintained. This must cover the mouth and nose at all times.

 

Holidays

Families are strongly encouraged not to travel abroad to countries that fall in the Government’s ‘red’ or ‘amber’ categories during the half term as this will result in further time out of school to quarantine. Please visit the Government website for further guidance on travelling abroad and countries in different categories: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england  

 Holidays during term time are strongly discouraged. In exceptional circumstances, you must request and complete a Leave of Absence form before bookings are made. These can be collected from the School Office. This Leave of Absence may not be authorised, the school may refer this to the Education Welfare Service, and you may incur an Educational Penalty Notice.

Attendance

School attendance is mandatory and our usual rules on attendance will apply.  If your child has to self-isolate, their class teacher will continue to set Remote Learning tasks. Please report this to the School Office in the normal manner as soon as possible.

 

Our Safety Measures

Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to reduce the risk of transmission to keep pupils, parents and staff as safe as is possible.

 

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and expectations for attendance and the government’s Test and Trace

  • The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are: a new continuous cough; a high temperature; a loss of, or change in normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
  • You must not come into school or send your child/children into school if you or your child have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive in the last 10 days. Parents should report this to the School Office in the normal manner as soon as possible.
  • If your child becomes unwell whilst at school with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), we will call you to collect your child who must go home. You should follow government guidance, which sets out that you must self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test. Other members of the household should self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms of the virus. Your child will be isolated from others until they are collected.
  • You must inform the school if your test is positive and must provide details of anyone you have been in close contact with if asked by NHS Test and Trace.
  • Please note that, anyone with coronavirus symptoms should not visit a GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.

 

Hygiene

  • Your child will be required to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and running water or hand sanitiser when they arrive at school, after break times, before and after lunch times and after PE activities, before leaving school and when asked to do so by a member of staff.
  • Please support your child at home so that they continue to wash their hands thoroughly outside of school to support him/her to take responsibility and adopt good hand hygiene.
  • Hand sanitising stations and dispensers have been fitted at entrances and around the school.
  • The school promotes the ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’ approach and expects you to support your child to take responsibility and adopt good respiratory hygiene.
  • Class teachers will remind pupils to catch their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into the elbow on a regular basis. Please encourage your child to carry a pack of pocket tissues on them at all times for personal use only. Tissues will be available in classrooms if required.
  • The Government advice is that there is no need for anything other than normal personal hygiene and washing of clothes following a day in school. As such, the school expects all pupils to wear full school uniform as of September.
  • Your child should only bring minimal items into school: named water bottle for personal use only to avoid sharing cups in school; named lunch box that can be easily wiped down at home if they have a packed lunch; PE/swimming kit on allocated day only in an appropriately sized bag; a coat dependent upon weather.
  • Resources will be wiped down after use and your child will be encouraged to take responsibility for items they have used.
  • There will be additional cleaning during the school day of frequently touched items and toilets.

 

Pupil Groupings or Bubbles

  • The school recognises that younger children will not be able to maintain distancing. For older children we encourage pupils to maintain a distance from one another and from staff.
  • The school will continue with year group sized bubbles, which will be kept apart from other year group bubbles wherever possible. This means that your child will remain with their own class for the majority of the classroom time and will only share rooms or social spaces as a year group bubble for breaks and lunches. Each year group will be allocated a designated play area and canteen area.
  • In order to keep year groups apart, we will continue to use the various designated entrances around the school will be used We would like all year groups to start and finish as normal from 9.00 a.m. to 3.15 p.m. except Nursery who will start at 8.50 a.m. and finish at 3.30 p.m. (accounting for full time and part time pupils)
  • Please see the table and map below for which entrance to use for your child. Staff will be at the entrance from 8.50 a.m. and children will be asked to walk straight to class. Please note that you will not be allowed on the premises to drop off or collect your child.
  • Please do not worry if you have several children in school. We will keep your child safe until you collect them as you make your way around school. 

Year Group

Entrance/Exit

 

Nursery

Nursery entrance on Annesley Close 

 

Reception

Nursery entrance on Annesley Close 

 

Year 1

Middle entrance on Annesley Close 

 

Year 2

Field entrance on Ardley Close 

 

Year 3

First entrance on Annesley Close 

 

Year 4

First entrance on Ardley Close 

 

Year 5

Middle entrance on Ardley Close 

 

Year 6

Main entrance on Aboyne Road 

 

SEND Group 

First entrance on Annesley Close 

Your journey to school, using public transport and expectations around the perimeter of the school

  • To help ease the pressure on public transport and the congestion outside the school, we encourage you and your child to walk to and from school where possible. If you do have to use public transport, you and your child should follow government requirements and wear face coverings for their journey.
  • If possible, only one parent should be dropping off or collecting your child, keeping at a safe distance when you arrive at school and using the markings along the perimeter railings/ fencing.
  • Please avoid any unnecessary gatherings outside the school.
  • If your child is in Years 4, 5 or 6 and will be travelling to and from school independently, please set clear expectations with them to ensure that they are kept safe.
  • Please note that you will not be allowed onto the school premises unless you have an appointment. You should call to make an appointment avoiding key timings. You will not be allowed into the front reception area during the start and end of the day when pupils are entering/exiting the building. Please note that you may be required to wait.

 

Behaviour

Whilst expectations in our Behaviour and Discipline Policy remain vital, it is necessary, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, to make some adjustments for the safety of all pupils and staff. Please view the polic and the school's  COVID-19 Addendum -  Behaviour and Discipline Policy and our Home School Agreement, which must be adhered to.

 

After School Clubs

Please be aware that in order to avoid breaching year group bubble arrangements, the school will not be able to run the After School Club or any after school sports clubs when we return as the clubs are made up of children from various classes. We will follow the Government’s guidelines and let you know when we are able to resume these. We are sorry for the inconvenience that this will cause for some parents.

 

This is still an anxious time for all of us. However, together, we resolve to do everything we can to ensure that we keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. 

 

Mr. Sharpe

     For more information and advice, please visit the Government website and Brent website