• We are holding a parents open evening for prospective Reception parents - September 2022 starters on November 9th at 4pm and 5pm call or email school to reserve a place. 

     


COVID 19 - Info for Parents/Carers

COVID risk assessment up-dates and reminders – September 2021

Welcome back to school. This update contains information about how we are keeping school as safe as possible for the children.  Some things have changed and have become more relaxed; others have not. If you have any questions, please email info@swinnowprimary.com and we’ll get back to you.

COVID symptoms

If your child has any symptoms of COVID, please do not send them to school. You should book a PCR test – CLICK HERE for the website. LFD tests – the ones that are widely available and done at home – are not accurate enough if someone has symptoms. Your child will need to stay at home until they have a negative PCR result or have completed their isolation if positive. 

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • They are fully vaccinated;
  • They are below the age of 18 years and 6 months;
  • They have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial;
  • They are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons;

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and advised to take a PCR test.

 So, if one of your children has symptoms or tests positive, the rest of your children can continue to come to school as normal. 

Bubbles

If a child in your child’s class tests positive for COVID, we will let you know, but we will not collapse the bubble. The children can continue to come to school as normal. If we get a lot of positive cases in a short space of time, we will contact the local authority and Public Health England, who may recommend that we ask children to isolate at home.

There will be more flexibility with classes; we are grouping classes for break and lunchtimes so there will be more children in the hall or outside at the same time.

At first, assemblies will continue to be held on zoom, but we may introduce assemblies with 3 classes at a time, in the upstairs hall.

Ventilation

Windows in classrooms and around school will be open as much as possible. When it gets cold again, we will have them slightly open, to maintain some air flow – and then opened wide at other points during the day – such as a break when no-one is there. Because of this, it will get cold, so children can wear extra layers and coats inside. 

Hand and respiratory hygiene

The children will be asked to wash hands or use sanitiser regularly throughout the day. Tissues will be available – and will be binned after use.

PE kit

Children will not need to get changed for PE at school - they should come in PE kit on PE days.

Masks

Some members of staff will continue to wear masks at school. Others will not. If you need to come into school for a meeting, we ask that you wear a mask; if the meeting is in a large, well ventilated space then it might be appropriate for you to remove it. 

Visits to school or office

We only have space for one person at a time in the entrance next to the school office. If you need to speak to the office team and someone is already there, please could you wait outside until they have left.

Water bottles

Children should continue to bring their own water bottles to school – they should take their bottles home each night for washing and filling.

Cleaning

We will continue to clean the school regularly throughout the day. This will include wiping frequently touched surfaces. 

Start and end of the day

We are having a ‘window’ of time for the start and end of the day. Children can be dropped off at any time between 8:45am and 9:00am. This doesn’t mean we expect people to be waiting outside at 8:45 - we will still be aiming for a steady flow of people moving around the school grounds – so please don’t stop for a chat with friends. Children can be collected at any time between 3:00pm and 3:15pm. There is no need to be waiting outside your child’s class at 3:00 on the dot. Please be flexible and look for times that suit you. We will review this in the first couple of weeks.

Entrances to school

We are also keeping the current entrances for the classes. To support the steady flow of people moving around school, we are keeping our one-way system. The table below shows where your child’s class entrances are and how we would like you to walk around school. There will be staff outside to help you if you aren’t sure where to go.

Up-to-date information

Please make sure we have your contact details – you will receive a print out of the information we have. Let us know if anything is incorrect. Also, we need to know if your child has any health issues which have changed – particularly if this makes them more vulnerable to COVID.

 

 

Route around school

Classroom entrance/exit

N

In - Children’s Centre car- park

Out – pedestrian gate next to Children’s Centre car park

From Nursery garden

R

In – pedestrian gate next to staff car-park – through the gate OR Children’s Centre car park

Out – Staff car-park gate OR pedestrian gate next to Children’s centre car park

From Reception garden

Y1

In - Children’s Centre car- park

Out – pedestrian gate next to Reception class

Year 1 fire exit door

Y2

In – Children’s Centre car-park, past nursery, through the playgrounds to the Y2 fire exit door

Out – in reverse, then use pedestrian gate next to Reception class

Year 2 fire exit door

Y3

In – Children’s Centre car-park; turn right to wooden double doors next to Reception class

Out – pedestrian gate next to Reception class

Double wooden doors next to Reception class

Y4

In – pedestrian gate next to staff car-park

Out – Staff car-park gate

Year 4/5 fire exit in staff car park

Y5

In – pedestrian gate next to staff car-park

Out – Staff car-park gate

Year 4/5 fire exit in staff car park

Y6

In – pedestrian gate next to staff car-park

Out – Staff car-park gate

Year 6 fire exit – just past main office doors

OASIS

In – pedestrian gate next to staff car-park – straight down path next to school and around to the playground

Out – Staff car-park gate

Through the double yellow doors