January 2021 open to Vulnerable and Key Worker children.
We will ensure:
- Enhanced cleaning of surfaces and ‘touch points’ (door handles, banisters)
- Loose carpets/rugs have been removed
- Soft toys, and smaller resources have been removed
- Some tables and chairs have been removed from classrooms
- Classroom surfaces cleared
- Protective screen on the office counter
- Readily available PPE for staff and visitors
- Hand sanitiser in every classroom, lunch hall, Great Hall and main office entrance
- Risk assessments shared with all of our school community via this website and during staff INSETs
- Summary protocols for reducing the risk within a staff leaflet
- We recommend that families avoid using public transport as much as possible, and if you do so, a face covering should be worn and hands sanitized. Do not touch your face with your hands.
- Children should come into school in their school uniform, but as in the Autumn Term we would encourage children to change their clothes as soon as they come in from school.
- Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 should enter and leave via the Blackstone Gate – elder siblings may also enter and leave through this gate
- Gates are open from 8.50 for a 9am start.
- School will finish for all bubbles at 3pm – timetables have been adjusted accordingly to ensure sufficient teaching time.
- Children have been split into 4 bubbles consisting of a Reception/Yr 1 bubble, Yr1/Yr2 bubble, Yr3/Yr4 bubble and a Yr 5/Yr6 bubble
- There will continue to be no before and after school clubs
- Staff and Children will have their temperature taken on arrival and children will go straight up to the classroom
- Parents will continue to not be able to enter the school premises unless they have made a pre appointment
- Good hand hygiene will continuously be encouraged throughout the day and coughing into tissues or elbows
- Children in school will be following the same learning objectives as their class mates at home, however it will be taught by the teachers in school.
- Children will only mix with other children in their bubble
- Adults will mostly only mix with children who are in their ‘bubble’/group
- Playtimes have been timetabled to be staggered so that a bubble has exclusive use of their area of the playground
- Bubbles will only play with their own class’s playground equipment
- Children will sit facing in the same direction at specific place settings
- Classroom surfaces and tables will be wiped down frequently throughout the day
- Windows and doors will remain open for ventilation. Windows will be closed periodically for very short periods of time if the classroom gets too cold
- Children continue to have their own resource pack containing a pencil case, pen, ruler, glue, scissors etc and they will only use their own pack. They will have a tray to keep these in when not used.
- Children must take their water bottles home every day and these must be washed.
- The majority of staff will have to be out of the school building by 4.30pm to allow for more thorough cleaning of the building and for any staff travelling on public transport, to do so out of rush hour. It is therefore imperative that children are not picked up late.
To minimize the number of different people entering the school:
- Parents will drop their children at the school gate and cannot enter the playground – we ask that only one adult from the family drops your child off and collects them. Please do not gather close
to the entrance gates. Markers are on the pavements outside to support families with social distancing
- Parents can only enter the building by appointment. We are more than happy to talk to parents on the phone if there is an issue.
- Please make sure your child has everything they need before they come to school – parents will not be able to drop forgotten items or packed lunches off during the school day.
- Payments must be made via an envelope given to your child to give to their teacher.
- We will not use supply teachers to cover staff absences or to cover staff PPA time. If we do not have sufficient teachers, the DFE have advised that Teaching assistants can cover a class (under teacher direction).
Only key services will be allowed into the building (e.g. Educational psychologist, school nurse, Family Therapist, social workers).
If your child is vulnerable and we have contacted you, or if you are a key worker, the decision whether to bring your child back to school lies with you. We hope that the information outlined above will help you to make the right decision for your child and importantly your family.
We are continuing to take many measures that we need your support, understanding and patience with. We would love nothing more than to see all of our children back at St Gabriel’s and we pride ourselves on being welcoming and open to all of our community. It therefore truly saddens us that all of these stringent measures have had to be taken, however they are all necessary to ensure our school community are as safe as possible.
There will still be a risk wherever groups of people are gathered, however we aim to reduce this risk with the measures we have taken. If a case of Covid 19 is confirmed at school, we will immediately follow all of the Public Health England guidelines. Please click here to see school protocol for responding to a suspected case.