Parent - FAQs September
September Re-opening FAQ for parents
Which year groups can come to school in September?
In September, the school will be open to all children Monday – Friday.
Do children have to attend school?
Yes, attendance rules will resume as normal. If you are anxious about your child returning to school, please give us a ring to discuss this.
What will be the size of the bubbles?
We will be keeping year groups apart as much as possible but classes within year groups will need to work together at times in order for us to provide the best education. For example, children will need to be in the right phonic group.
Can staff move between bubbles?
Yes, staff can work across different year groups.
Will there be extra cleaning taking place?
Yes, the cleaners will continue to thoroughly clean the school each day, especially areas such as door handles. In addition, all the toilets in the school will be cleaned at lunchtimes.
How will you help my child to catch up with the learning they have missed?
In the Autumn term, we will be finding out what your children need to learn, including this in the class teaching and putting in additional interventions. The government have announced some money for 1-1 tuition but no further details have been sent to schools yet.
What won’t be allowed?
We won’t be able to invite parents in for assemblies and we think Christmas will have to be different this year. We will not be able to run the Heatree trip this year. Parents who have paid a deposit have been contacted about this.
Will classrooms look different?
Many classrooms will look the same but we will be moving group tables so that children are sat side by side as much as possible.
Can children share resources?
Yes, within their year groups they can share resources but pens and pencils will be in separate pen pots or zip lock bags.
Will children wear uniform?
Yes – we will be returning to full school uniform.
Can children and staff wear masks in school?
No, these should be removed on entering the school. New government guidance about wearing masks in corridors is for secondary schools only.
Can parents come into the building?
Parents are not allowed to come into the school building without an appointment. Activities like Wish Wednesday won’t be able to restart yet. We will, however, let parents into the playgrounds at the end of the day to collect their children but please do not arrive early or congregate in groups.
Can clubs run?
We are hoping to run after school clubs which will be open to individual year groups.
We are also intending to gradually re-open Breakfast & After School Club. If your child attended last year, further details have been sent to you about this. We are starting by opening Breakfast Club for children in years 1, 4 and 5 and After School Club for children in years 2,3,5 and 6.
Will the behaviour policy change?
We will be using the Prince Rock Behaviour Policy as normal although we know some children may need some support in the first few weeks to settle back into a school routine. If your child has a Behaviour Support Plan, we will be reviewing this to ensure they do not put their own safety of that of others at risk.
What happens if a child is ill?
No child who is ill should be sent to school.
If a child displays any symptoms of Covid-19 (NHS list below) whilst at school, the child will be sent home and parents MUST request a test for their child. If the test is negative, all children and staff will be able to remain at school. If this test is positive, all other children and staff in the ‘bubble’ will also need to self-isolate for 14 days. If children are required to self-isolate, we will provide home learning for them.
There may be individual cases where we send children home at an earlier point should a risk assessment suggest this.
A new continuous cough – coughing a lot for more than an hour
A new continuous cough – 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
A loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal