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Corona Virus Updates

School will re open for all our children on Monday 7th September. Please see our Safeguarding section for the 'Preparation for the full opening of Hinguar' document

Letter from Mrs Waite 15th July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to you to inform you of the plans to re-open Hinguar Primary and Nursery School, in September, as outlined by recent Government guidelines, for years 1-6 within the school.  Nursery and Reception pupils will have a phased return and Nursery and Reception staff will make parents aware of their transition plans this week.  I would like to thank you all for your patience whilst these plans were being finalised and your understanding during these unprecedented times. 

Hinguar Primary School will re-open on Monday 7th September, 2020 for all pupils in Years 1-6.   The rationale for this is:

  • to ensure the safety of all staff and pupils;
  • to establish the behaviour and distancing requirements with children returning;
  • to ensure that the revised curriculum offer is understood by all who work with your children;
  • to ensure that all cleaning and site checks are completed following the announcement of the final guidance, which occurs during the summer break and to ensure we can implement it safely.

All classes will return to their normal classrooms, apart from Y5 whose new classroom will be the break-out room as the ICT suite will be installed in the current Y5 classroom over the summer break in preparation for September.

Entry and Exit to the School

To ensure that we maintain social distancing, we request that only one adult attends the site when dropping off and collecting the children.  Please do not come to the school if you are displaying symptoms. Please adhere to the social distancing markers on the fences when dropping off and picking up and please do not enter through the gates to the playground.  The children will be collected from and brought to their allocated entrance/exit and will be 1+ metres apart.  No scooters or bikes will be allowed on site.

We will be implementing a staggered start and finish for the different year groups. (See Appendix).  Please ensure you are clear as to which entrance/exit to use when dropping off/picking up.

First Aid

A triage room will be in the back office for any child presenting with the symptoms of Covid-19 so that they can be isolated from their bubble whilst waiting for parents to collect them.  If any child/member of staff does display symptoms, the following must be implemented:

  • The guidance is clear that they must go home immediately and be tested
  • If the test is negative, they can return to school/work
  • If the test is positive the whole bubble must be sent home to isolate for the required period of time.

Masks will not be routinely worn by staff or children as is recommended in the guidance.  This is so that we create as normal an environment as possible but PPE will be worn in the triage room when looking after children/staff who are displaying symptoms or when intimate care is needed.  We will be in constant contact with each bubble through the use of ‘walkie talkies’ so that the bubbles are not breached unnecessarily.

The front office will be a medical room where pupils will be treated for the normal cuts and bruises that occur.  PPE is provided for the office staff to treat pupils accordingly.

Hygiene

Cleaning throughout the day will be as the guidance states ‘more regular than normal’ but within the ‘families’ of bubbles where toilets are in the same bubble. Where they are not, they will be cleaned regularly but not necessarily after each use.

Within the bubbles, desks will be facing the front of the room, situated 1+ metres apart and will sit 2 pupils, side by side, facing forwards.  Each pupil will have their own pack of resources; there will be a box of tissues and a waste bag attached to each side of the desk.  Tissues will be disposed of in a lidded bin which will be regularly emptied throughout the day.  All rugs, soft furnishings and soft toys have been removed from all classrooms.  Each class will have its own set of PE equipment and other necessary equipment, appropriate to that year group, which will remain within the bubble and be thoroughly cleaned after each use.  Desks will also be constantly cleaned by staff within the bubble at regular intervals throughout the day.  Children and staff will be encouraged to wash their hands approximately every half an hour and when they enter the building at the beginning of the day, before and after break and lunch.

All rooms will be thoroughly cleaned in preparation for the following day.

Break and Lunchtimes

Breaks and lunchtimes will be staggered to ensure social distancing.  Furthermore, each bubble will have its own identified area in which to play.  A hot lunch will be provided for those who are eligible for Free School Meals and Universal Infant Free School Meals.  Children not entitled to Free School Meals or Universal Infant Free School Meals can either pay for a school hot lunch or bring a packed lunch.  Please make sure that your child’s lunch box is one that can easily be wiped clean ie plastic not fabric.  Children having a school lunch will eat in the hall where a one-way system will be in operation and social distancing will be adhered to.  Children having a packed lunch will eat in their bubbles and then go onto the playground via their allocated exit point.

There will be staggered, timetabled break and lunchtimes for all groups of pupils. (See Appendix)

We request that the children bring their own bottle of water each day and that they do not bring anything else into school from home, apart from their packed lunch.

Emergency Escape Routes

In the unlikely event of an emergency evacuation, each year group will be given an emergency route map with social distancing being a priority, as much as it is safe to do so.         

There will be a fire drill after the first week to practice evacuating whilst maintaining social distancing.

Communication

We would ask that you ensure we have the correct contact details for your child in school.  At the beginning and end of the day, staff will continue to maintain social distancing and will therefore have limited engagement with parents in comparison to our normal practice.  If there is anything we need to know about your child, then please contact the school office via email or telephone.  We will also make contact with you should there be anything we need to make you aware of.

We will constantly review our processes and procedures throughout this time to ensure that we adhere to the Government guidance as well as the health and well-being of all within the school, whilst maintaining good practice.

We look forward to seeing you all in September.

Kind regards

Mrs Waite