The Glyn Learning Foundation

Covid 19

Our wider re-opening has been underpinned by two key principles:

  • The safety of our children, our students and our staff is paramount; this includes their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. All our decisions are led by the welfare of children and staff, guided by the latest advice from government, PHE and other scientific evidence
  • We must continue to provide children and students with the best quality learning that we are able to, given the circumstances.

 

School will not be open to children on Fridays, except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. 

If your child has a medical condition which deems them to be critically vulnerable, or if another member of your household is critically vulnerable, then your child should remain at home and not return to school. 

For year groups not returning and for any children in returning year groups who remain at home remote learning will continue using Google Classroom, suggested programs, websites and paper packs where requested. Unfortunately, initially, we will not be able to continue to provide twice daily live teacher contact via the ‘stream’ on Google Classroom as all teachers will be teaching in class. However, we will review this as soon as we understand the staffing capacity needed. 

Organisational points for opening

  • Travel to and from school: Government advice currently advises us to avoid using public transport to travel to school and that wherever possible, you should travel (to school)  either by walking or cycling whenever possible. Travelling to school by car could cause congestion and inevitably social distancing problems.
  • Arrival and end of day procedures: Children should be accompanied by one adult only and siblings only if necessary. If you enter the site, please move through quickly and do not congregate. Drop off and collection times will be staggered to minimise the number of people on site. A one way system will operate, entering through the glass sliding doors and exiting either by the gate between year 4 and Nursery (Nursery, Year R and 1) or the top playground gate (Year 6). If you have a child in multiple year groups that are returning, please choose the drop off/pick up time for one of your children to avoid multiple visits to school or waiting in the playground.  
  • Movement around school: Corridors upstairs and downstairs will be one way only.
  • Lunch arrangements: Provision will be packed lunch only. Children in Reception and Year 1 will continue to be entitled to Universal Free School Meals and so are eligible for a free school packed lunch. If preferred, they can have their own packed lunch. Children in Nursery and Year 6 can choose to pay for a school packed lunch or provide their own from home. Children’s own packed lunches will remain with them in the classroom and school packed lunches will be delivered to their classroom door and distributed by the staff in the classroom. 
  • Breaktime play and lunchtime play: Children will play in their groups of 15 in an allocated space and be encouraged to socially distance. They will be supervised by their classroom staff. Where this is not possible, alternative staff will supervise outside while maintaining social distancing. 
  • Writing equipment: Writing equipment will be provided for individual children by school and will not be shared. Please do not provide pencil cases from home. 
  • Toilets: Toilet facilities will not now be organised into boys and girls. Each class group of 15 will be allocated a labelled toilet cubicle that will only be used by this group. Doors into rooms will be kept open where possible to avoid touch points. 
  • Uniform expectations: The children will be expected to wear school uniform. Please refer to the school website for further detail. However, if your child does not have the shorts detailed on the website and would like to wear the PE shorts instead, this would be acceptable. If children have grown out of items, including shoes, I would not expect you to purchase new at this point in the year and would advise wearing a sensible alternative. Please ensure that all uniform is named and that it is washed daily. 
  • Before and after school clubs: There will be no before or after school clubs and Camp Glide will not be returning at this point in time. 
  • Behaviour Policy Addendum : Lime Tree Primary School is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all its children and staff. The school will refer to the Government guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement social distancing and will continue to follow the advice from Public Health England on handwashing and other measures to limit the risk of spread of COVID19. 

Additional health and safety protocols have been established and all members of the school community are expected to adhere to these. The school will adopt a risk assessment approach for anyone who forgets or does not adopt our safety protocols with age appropriate sanctions where necessary. 

  • Hygiene practices which will be in place: All classrooms have handwashing facilities (soap, hot water and paper towels). Children will wash hands with soap and water at any point they exit or enter the classroom, before and after eating, at other regular points during the day as deemed necessary. Alcohol based hand sanitiser will be available for use in all classrooms. Classrooms will be hygiene cleaned daily along with all common areas. This includes all desks, switches, door handles and touch plates which will also be cleaned by school staff during the day. 
  • First aid: First aid facilities for minor incidents will be available in all classrooms and can be managed by the supervising staff. If more serious, children will be taken to a dedicated first aid station. If social distancing cannot be adhered to when dealing with an incident, staff will be provided with PPE to enable them to safely manage the situation. Hand washing procedures will be maintained.  
  • Procedures should a child develop symptoms and use of isolation rooms: Should a child develop symptoms of Covid19 they will be taken to an isolation room where they will be looked after by a member of staff who will be wearing full PPE. You will be contacted and asked to collect your child immediately. IT IS THEREFORE IMPERATIVE THAT YOU ENSURE THAT WE HAVE THE MOST UP TO DATE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS.
  • Visitors to school: As has been our normal practice since before 20th March, we will only be allowing essential visitors on to the school site.                                                                                                                                 
  • Parent visitors to the office/visitors for meetings: Please only come in to the office if absolutely necessary. If absolutely necessary, only one person will be allowed into the office reception area at a time. Please form a socially distanced queue away from the school gate to enable people to flow through comfortably. If possible, please communicate via email to info@limetreeschool.org. or call the office on 01737 645836. We will endeavour to reply as soon as possible. Where a ‘face to face’ meeting is required, meetings will take place observing social distancing rules. All such meetings will need to be booked in advance via email / telephone with the office. 
  • Free School Meal Vouchers: We will continue to provide Free School Meal vouchers for those eligible children not in school. If your child is in a year group which is returning to school, but remains at home, then we will only be able to provide vouchers retrospectively once we know that you child has not attended for that week. 

Further general information and guidance for parents and carers regarding coronavirus is available here: http://www.glfschools.org/1168/coronavirus-covid-19.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.