Avening Primary School

COVID-19 Risk Assessments and Reopening from 1 June

On 10 May the Prime Minister outlined his plans to begin a phased return of children to schools in a way that is measured, reduces risks and is guided by the science. Guidance from the Department for Education outlines the measures schools should put in place as we plan to welcome more children back to school. This has been supplemented by information sent out to us by the Local Authority SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) unit.

With this guidance, we have produced detailed risk assessments and plans to ensure that the school is as safe as possible for children, parents and staff. The risk assessments and plans, closely adhering to the advice we have been given, have the full support of the governing body.  

Following the daily briefing by the Prime Minister on 28 May, Avening Primary School will be opening for children from EYFS, Year 1 and Year 6, as well as for children of key workers and those who are most vulnerable from Monday 1 June.

Key to the success of our safety measures is keeping staff and children in small ‘bubbles’ of no more than 15 children. Avoiding cross-contamination between the bubbles is central to our risk assessments. This means that from Monday 1 June, unfortunately no parents will be permitted onto the school site; this goes against all of our usual policies, but we hope that parents will  understand our position and respect the guidance we have put into place.

We would also like to remind our school community that we will be operating a one way pedestrian system along the school lane, following the one way direction of traffic, as well as a staggered start and end to the school day. We are asking for parental cooperation in sticking strictly to the times for their children to minimise gatherings of parents and children by the school gates. Please remember that only one person should be collecting a child to further minimise risks.

We have hand sanitiser for frequent use by staff and children in each bubble. Please contact the school if your child is NOT able to use hand sanitiser.

To protect everyone, we are asking for parents to ensure that school uniforms are washed daily. To help with this, children will be asked to wear their PE kits to school on some days. The days we expect children to wear their PE kits to school are:

  • Year 6 and Year 1: PE kits on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • EYFS and Key workers: PE kits on Mondays and Wednesdays (they can also wear PE kits on Fridays if clean school uniform is not available)

Children should not be bringing toys or comforters to school. The only items permitted will be:

  • book bag
  • lunchbox
  • Children must have their own water bottle; they will not be permitted to share cups in class
  • They must also have their own sun hat; we will not be providing school hats
  • There will be no snacks provided by the school, so a piece of fruit is also allowed.

It will be vital that we are able to contact parents easily and that there is someone who is able to collect a child quickly in the event of their child exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or if their child is behaving in a way which is putting staff or children at risk, e.g. by refusing to cooperate with instructions or adhere to social distancing rules.

For those children still learning at home, please note that we will not be holding the fortnightly Zoom calls, as all teachers will be working full-time in school. We will, however, continue with the weekly phone calls. 

 

We are likely to be living with the threat of the virus for some time to come, so it is essential that we work together to follow the government guidance to ensure that we do all we can to make the school as safe as possible for everyone. 

Please find below links to our risk assessments and school guidance, as well as links to to two key documents from the DFE.

Guidance for parents from 1 June

Home-School Behaviour Agreement COVID-19

GCC Risk Assessment for Avening Primary School

Avening Primary School COVID-19 Plan from 1 June

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020/actions-for-education-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020