Return to school 6th September 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

 We hope that both you and your family have had a well-deserved break over the summer and been able to enjoy quality time with each other. We are delighted to be welcoming the children back to school on Monday 6th September and hope that this academic year will be an undisrupted one in your child’s education. This letter will set out important information for the return to school. If your child is due to start in one of Reception classes, you will have already received information about their staggered starting dates, but the information below will also be relevant to you.

 As you will be aware, the country moved into ‘Step 4’ of its Covid-19 roadmap from 19th July 2021. New guidance for schools has been published by the Department for Education and Public Health England in light of this. Please see details below:

 What are the changes to contact tracing and self-isolation?

  • From 19th July the responsibility for contact tracing if a pupil/staff member tests positive for Covid-19 will pass from the school to NHS Test and Trace. As a result, families will not necessarily hear from school should a positive case occur.
  • From 16th August, children are no longer required to automatically self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. Instead, you will be advised to take your child for a PCR test if they have been deemed to be in close contact with a positive case.

 What should I do if my child is unwell?

  •  Normal guidelines apply for illnesses other than Covid-19 (48 hours absence for vomiting and diarrhoea etc).
  • Children displaying any of the main symptoms of Covid-19 (see below) should not attend school. You should arrange for your child to have a PCR test as soon as possible and inform the school of the result:

◊ If the result is negative, your child can return to school.

◊ If the result is positive, your child must stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. Please inform the school as soon as possible.

 The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means your child will feel hot to touch on the chest or back (you do not need to measure their 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 your child usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your child’s sense of smell or taste – this means that your child cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If your child has any of these symptoms, you should arrange for them to get a PCR test (a test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have Covid-19 and stay at home until they get a result, even if the symptoms are mild.

 Can I use lateral flow tests to check if my child has Covid-19?

  •  No, Lateral Flow tests (LFTs) are used to test people WITHOUT symptoms.
  • A PCR test should be taken if your child has symptoms, however mild.

 Children must not be given Calpol or other medicine to relieve symptoms for the school day.

  • This could mask symptoms of COVID-19. If it becomes clear that a child has been given Calpol/paracetamol before coming to school, they will be sent home immediately.
  • If a child has a diagnosed illness (such as tonsillitis, ear infection etc) or needs pain medication for an injury (such as a broken bone) this may be permitted in consultation with the school’s lead first aider (Mrs Jones).

 What are the arrangements for prescribed medications?

  • Prescribed medication (such as allergy medication, inhalers and drugs to control long term conditions) that is kept in school for your child for the new school year require a medication consent form to be completed (please reply to this email or print off the attached form at home).
  • On Monday morning Mrs Jones will be outside collecting in your child’s medication and the completed forms. Please can you help us by ensuring all medicines are in their original box with the child’s name on the prescription labels. (This includes inhalers).
  • Antibiotics can be administered in school if they are to be given 4 times a day. This is per Dorset Council’s ‘Administering Medicines in School Policy’.

 What happens if my child becomes unwell at school?

  • If your child becomes unwell with any COVID-19 symptom they will be moved to a separate room from their class and parents/carers will be contacted to collect immediately. Please ensure we have up to date contact information for you.
  • If a child requires face-to-face contact during this period, a staff member will wear PPE which may include gloves, apron, and a face covering.
  • The parent will be advised to arrange a PCR test upon collection.
  • Immediate cleaning of possible contaminated areas and surfaces will take place.

In most cases, parents and carers will agree that a pupil with symptoms should not attend the school, given the potential risk to others. However, the Department of Education guidance states that:

‘if a parent or carer insists on a pupil attending your school, you can take the decision to refuse the pupil if, in your reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19.’

We ask that you work together with us in order to keep our school community safe and reduce disruption to learning as much as possible. Verbal abuse of staff regarding this issue will not be tolerated.

Which restrictions will be lifted this term?

  • Class ‘bubbles’ will be removed and children can mix with other children in their year group, for example at playtime, lunchtime and some curriculum times.
  • Hot school meals will be served in our lunch hall.
  • Equipment and resources can be shared.
  • Face coverings not required by adults during drop-off or collection.
  • All subjects areas will be taught again as we return to the full curriculum provision, including music and contact sports.
  • Extra-curricular clubs will resume. More details to follow shortly.
  • Classroom tables no longer need to be laid out in rows.

 Which safety measures will remain in place as part of our risk assessment?

  •  Enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures.
  • Regular hand washing
  • Well-ventilated spaces. CO2 monitors will be provided to all schools during the Autumn Term to measure air quality.
  • Continued use of the established one-way system for drop off and collection.
  • Parents/carers dropping off at the main blue gate next to the playground in order to reduce the number of people on site (with the exception of Nursery and Reception parents)
  • Face coverings to be worn by adults if meeting inside with other adults they do not normally meet.
  • Continued use of additional exit point on the MUGA at the end of the day to reduce congestion.
  • Communication with the main office via telephone or email.
  • Allowing children to come to school in their PE kit on their class’ designated PE day.
  • Children not permitted to be given calpol or other medicines that may mask symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Increased use of outdoor spaces when appropriate.

 We believe that these measures will help to continue to keep all members of our community as safe as possible, whilst having no major impact on pupils’ educational experience.

 How do I contact the main school office?

  • Where possible, please continue to contact the school office via email:

office@holytrinitypri.dorset.sc.uk

  • Or by phone call 01305 783200
  • The school office will be also be accessible between 9-2.30pm for in-person visits and will be restricted to one person in the office foyer at a time. Please queue in the outdoor area external to the office foyer while you wait your turn.

 What will my child need to bring to school?

  • Children should wear normal school uniform. Please find the uniform guidance attached.
  • PE kit on your child’s PE day. All children should wear school uniform on the first day back.
  • A labelled coat and / or sun hat.
  • All children can bring a healthy snack (fruit or vegetables please) to have at the mid-morning playtime. Reception and Key Stage 1 children are provided with a free fruit snack.
  • All children should have a named water bottle with a small flip-top or pull-top opening (not a bottle where the lid gets unscrewed and removed please). Plain water only in these bottles.
  • Children will bring a Reading Record book and reading book to and from school.
  • Children should bring a bookbag or compact backpack to carry their water bottle, lunchbox, and reading books. No other items, including toys, should be brought to or from school.
  • Key Stage 2 children may bring a pencil case.
  • Medication: please remember that children should not have medication on them, such as inhalers or tablets. Please email the office for a medication consent form (or download the form from the school website) and ensure that all medications are given to Mrs Jones (who will be on the front gate every morning) together with a signed completed form.
  • Mobile phones: Year 5 and 6 children may only need a mobile phone if they are walking home unaccompanied. A mobile consent from should be completed to indicate permission for your child to bring in their phone (Forms available from the school website). All phones must be turned off on entry to the school site. The phones must be given to the class teacher on entry to the classroom each morning and will be given back at the end of the day. Phones may be switched on when your child has left the school site. No other devices capable of messaging or taking photos (eg. watches) should be worn.

  Drop-off & Collection times and locations

 All children (except Reception and Nursery children) should be dropped off at the main blue entrance gate next to the playground. 

 

Entrance  location for children

Collection point for parents to meet their child

Times

 

Nursery

Nursery gate

Nursery gate

8.40-3.15pm

Reception

RH-EYFS corridor door accessed on playground

RT– EYFS Outdoor area

RH-EYFS block end of corridor door on playground

RT– EYFS Outdoor area

 

 

 

 

Drop off between 8.40-8.55

 

Collection time

3pm

Year 1

1H – Yr1 gate -near the outside shed

1T&1P – Yr1 corridor door

1H– Yr1 Outside Area

1T– Covered area next to stairs on playground

1P– walk past the Year 2 side doors and wait on the playground at the furthest end of the building.

Year 2

Yr2 classroom external doors next to the playground

Yr2 classroom external doors next to the playground

Year 3

Doors next to the swimming pool

On the MUGA

Drop off between 8.40-8.55

 

Collection time

3.15pm

Year 4

Year 5

Main staircase

Main staircase

Year 6

 When queueing to drop off your child in the morning, please ensure that your child and any younger siblings stay with you at all times and that their behaviour is respectful of others.

Gates will not be open until 2.50pm at the end of the day so parents will not be able to enter the school site until this time. Upon collection, again, please keep your child with you and explain to them that they should not be running off ahead of their parents.

 Once you have collected your child, please leave the school site swiftly in order to help us keep the number of adults in the grounds to a minimum.

 PE days – Children can wear their PE kit on their class allocated PE day 

Monday

(except Mon 6th Sept)

 

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

RH

1P

4H

6T

1T

3T

5T

6H

Nursery

2P

4P

5H

RT

2H

2T

6P

1H

3H

4T

5P

 You will be aware that all information is subject to constant review and will be reflective of the situation in the local area and the National picture. Should any Government advice or guidelines change, we will, of course, keep you informed.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this information. Please email the office  if you have any unanswered questions and we will be happy to help. Following the successful implementation of the class Dojo communication platform last year, we will continue to utilise this method of efficient contact with you this year too. As soon as the new accounts are set up you will be made aware of this.

The start of a new school year is often a cause of anxiety amongst children (and parents!). Please take the next few days to reassure your child that school will be a safe and friendly place, where they can play, learn and have fun with their friends. There will be many staff around to help you and your child from ‘Day 1’, so please do not worry if you, or your child, are unsure of anything. In the meantime, please know that we are genuinely excited to be seeing you all again, and we will do all we can to nurture your children. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your ongoing support.

Kindest Regards,

Miss Fordham

Deputy Headteacher

 

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