Updated Guidance - 11 January 2021
The DfE guidance for children of Critical Workers has changed since w/c 05/01/21.
It now states: “Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.”
Parent Information 5th January 2021
School is now closed except for those children who have a parent who is a key worker or who fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category – this list is different from the previous list that was sent out in March – “children who may find it difficult to access home learning due to a lack of devices or space” for instance are now mentioned in the list of vulnerable categories.
Vulnerable children and young people include those who:
- are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
- have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
- children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services
- adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
- those living in temporary accommodation
- those who are young carers
- those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
- others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health
If you think that your child or children fall into any of these categories and would like to discuss this confidentially, please email me or call the school.
COVID-19 Catch up Funding Report
Currently only people with COVID-19 symptoms need to get tested - please access the document below for the current guidance
Please see below our current arrangements for the school day
ATTENDANCE – Full attendance is expected for all pupils. However, anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend school and arrange to be tested.
UNIFORM – Uniform will be an expectation for all students. PE kits must be in school from day one.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE – In order to decrease the risk of groups of adults accumulating at school gates, we will be operating staggered drop off and pick up times and we are continuing to ask parents not to enter the school site. Only one parent should bring the child to school.
If walking to school via School Lane please ensure that you are 2m from others. As you approach the gates, keep to the left.
If arriving by car, one parent should walk the child through the church yard to the little brown gate (maintaining 2m from other families).
Once your child is through the gate they go straight to his or her classroom and wash their hands. Parents should leave immediately – keeping left down the lane or avoiding other families in the churchyard.
Please remember to use follow social distancing guidelines and leave the car park promptly after you have dropped off your child(ren)
At the end of the school day, teachers will escort the class from their classroom.
If collecting to walk home via School Lane, please wait outside the gates (keeping 2m from each other) – space yourselves out down the lane. Children will be dismissed by their teacher when they can see you and the child will walk down to meet you. Please leave immediately.
If collecting by car please park in the car park. The class teacher will escort the children to the car park, when you see your child’s class, please get out of the car so the teacher can see you, they will then dismiss children to walk to you at your car.
We understand that the staggered pick up times are awkward for many people but we must insist that parents and carers do not drive in and out of the car park while children are crossing to their parents.
The earliest pick up time is 3.15pm and the last is 3.30pm. We will endeavour to get the children out to the car park on time so we are requesting that you do not drive in and out between 3.15pm and 3.30pm.
If you need to get away quickly, the Baptist Church car park is an alternative.
- Please stick to these timings and make every effort to be prompt.
- If you are dropping off more than one child, please come at the earlier time.
- If you are picking up more than one child from School Lane, please be here at the earlier time
- If parking in the village hall car park please arrive by 3.15pm (to comply with the Child Safety request).
PLAYTIMES AND LUNCHTIMES – To avoid mixing the bubbles, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will have separate break-times. (KS1 10.45-11.00am and KS2 10.30-10.45am)
Each class will be able to use half the playground and will have its own basket of equipment to play with. They will not be able to use other classes’ equipment.
The infant free fruit scheme will be running (children in Pipits and Kingfishers). Older children are welcome to bring a piece of fruit from home to eat at playtime.
At lunchtimes children will have their lunch in their own classrooms; the serving of food and time to play will be staggered.
Meal time supervisors will be allocated per class, ensuring the children are supervised at whatever stage of lunch they are at: eating, playing inside or playing outside.
Please book school meals in the usual way via the ParentPay system, the deadline is still the Thursday before they are required.
WHAT TO BRING – The School will provide all stationery needed. Please do not bring any stationery from home – no pencil cases, notepads, etc. All we want the children to bring is a small bag for their reading books, lunch box, drink bottle and sunhat. (PE kit to be left in school)
Children should also be taught, at home, to pack their own bags in the morning – even the youngest children can get their lunch box, bottle and reading books to put in the bag themselves. They should also carry their own things. If you pack their bags for them they will never learn to think about what they need for the day and will never learn independence.