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Garden Suburb Infant School

Back to School on March 8th 2021 Managing Risks related to Covid-19

After this long period of disruption, it is absolutely essential that we get the children back to school, to work and play alongside their friends and to be with their teacher in school again. We are very much looking forward to a creative, happy and inspirational time for the remainder of the school year!

On this page, you can find out about the measures we have put in place to keep our school safe, and give you very important organisational information.

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supporting your child's return to school
 

Our Zoom meet-ups have been important in helping the children make connections with their friends and their teachers and for helping to prepare them for their return.

Barnet council have a wide range of useful resources for parents, carers, teachers, children and young people on their Back to School page. Some of these include links to the latest government guidance, tips on how to get back into a routine, important information on potential changes to the school setting and advice on dealing with anxiety.

There’s also a guide for parents and carers here: Parent/Carer Booklet

There’s a presentation for children here:

Back to School presentation for Children

Attendance 

School attendance will be compulsory for all pupils from 8th March.

A small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice to self-isolate because they:

  • have symptoms or have had a positive test result
  • live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive and are a household contact
  • are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)

If your family has travelled abroad, we expect you to return to school when we reopen. You must ensure that you isolate in line with the government requirements.

If your child has been instructed to shield because they are Extremely Clinically Vulnerable, they should not attend school and we will continue to support them at home. We will need to see a copy of your letter from your GP.

If you have any concerns, or if your child will not be able to attend school on March 8th, please email the school on admin@gsis.barnetmail.net.

system of controls
 

As it is overwhelmingly clear that children need to be in school, we need to make our building as safe as possible for our school community, whilst we remain in this period of the pandemic. The “system of controls” is the set of actions we must take to do that.

As in the autumn term, we will continue with the principle of “minimising contacts; maximising distance”:

  • With our young children, it is not in their best interests to remain distanced from their peers, but we will be working hard to ensure the adults can maximise distance between each other.
  • To allow for this, the children will be staying within their class or year group “bubble” as much as possible (minimising contacts), with staggered start times, playtimes, lunchtimes and home times.

In addition to this:

  • Individuals who are required to self-isolate MUST NOT attend school
  • The adults in school will wear masks more frequently, particularly when we cannot keep our distance from other adults.
  • Thorough hand-washing will be carried out routinely throughout the day. Please practise this at home! You might like to sing the NHS Handwashing song here: NHS Hand-washing Song (You Tube)
  • We will promote good respiratory hygiene by promoting the “catch it, bin it, kill it” approach to using tissues to catch germs: Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!
  • We will maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents.
  • We have considered how to minimise contact across the site and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
  • We are keeping our rooms very well-ventilated.

In specific circumstances:

  • We will ensure individuals wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) where necessary.
  • We are promoting and engaging in asymptomatic testing, with all staff being offered lateral flow tests to use twice a week. Parents have access to this too (see below to find out how to get yours).

We will always:

  • Promote and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.
  • Manage and report confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community.
  • Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice. 

timing of the school day
 

When parents are dropping off or collecting their children, they are reminded to keep a 2 metre distance from one another and to wear a face mask whilst on school premises.

Year One:

Arrive between 8.45 – 8.55am and line up along the front of the caretakers’ house.

Pick up will be at 3pm from the coloured square at the front of the building.

Reception Year:

Arrive between 9.00 – 9.10am and line up in the playground along the front of the main building.

Pick up will be at 3.15pm from the coloured square at the front of the building.

Year Two:

Arrive between 9.15 – 9.25am and line up along the front of the caretaker’s house.

Pick up will be at 3.30pm from the coloured square at the front of the building.

Siblings can arrive together at the first drop-off time for the family if absolutely necessary (if you are able to wait outside until your child’s actual start time, it would help us).

 

school uniform
 

Children will need to wear school uniform again. Our uniform supplier can be found here: Uniform 4 Kids. Children will need a good waterproof coat with a hood! We want to get outside as much as possible.

physical education (PE) kits
 

The children should also bring their PE Kit in to school again (shorts, T-Shirt and plimsolls) in a school drawstring bag. We are doing this because we really feel the children need to develop their independent changing skills, but also we want to focus on some of the gymnastics skills we have not been able to cover yet. We will have extra safety measures in place, training the children to get changed in their own space and stacking their clothes neatly, and we will be cleaning the equipment thoroughly. We really don’t want the curriculum to be restricted any more than it has to.

after school clubs and childcare
 

Funtime will be starting up again in the first week back, and our after-school clubs will start up in the following week. Specific information about this has been sent out via Parentmail, and you can access contact information here:

After School Clubs and Childcare

We are asking parents to limit the number of additional childcare or out of school activity providers they access, as far as possible. Where parents use other childcare providers or out of school activities for their children, you should seek assurance that the providers are carefully considering their own protective measures, and only use those providers that can demonstrate this. Further guidance can be found here:

Government Guidance on After School Clubs and Childcare

Asymptomatic testing for parents 

Parents and other adults in households with children at school, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

 

  • through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
  • by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most

If you have any queries about the tests please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test. Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible.

It will be vitally important that all members of our school community comply and fully engage with the system of controls that have been set out by the government. This includes:

  • Minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend settings.
  • Fully complying with the governments “Test and Trace” programme.
  • If you are travelling abroad, adhering to any quarantine periods that are in place when you return.

All information from the UK Government can be accessed here:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We have revised our Risk Assessment in order to support our planning for the return to school, The full Risk Assessment can be accessed below: