Returning to School
Information for parents and carers about the Autumn Term in Ysgol Acrefair
Following on from our phased return to school, we are delighted that all the children are now back in their classes, getting to know their new teachers and settling into their new routines. We are looking forward to welcoming our Nursery children for their first days in school in the coming weeks.
We would like to take this opportunity to share some information with you about the school day and how we are managing the new routines which are necessary at this time.
Uniform and Equipment
- All pupils are expected to wear normal school uniform however, on PE days and days where children have Forest School, we are currently asking them to wear the appropriate clothes for these activities to reduce the need for them to have to change in school/carry clothes and equipment back and to from home. Class teachers will share the relevant days for your child’s class.
- Snacks are available to buy for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
- Children in Years 3-6 should bring their own healthy snack for breaktimes- as per usual rules, crisps and chocolate are not allowed. We strongly encourage children to bring a piece of fruit.
- All children should bring their own water bottle which should be refilled each day as children are unable to use the water fountains in school.
- Pupils in Year 3 to 6 are asked to bring their own pencil cases.
- Children’s learning experiences will continue within the indoor and outdoor environment. Allocated equipment and resources will only be used within Year group bubbles.
Masks and Hygiene
- There is currently no expectation that primary school pupils should wear face masks. Those wearing masks to school should be able to remove them independently and either place masks safely in a plastic bag within their personal belongings or hand them to their parents. Teachers will not be able to take the masks off.
- All staff will be required to wear PPE (face mask, apron, gloves) when attending to the personal needs of children. Some members of staff will also wear masks and/or visors when working with children, especially in situations where a 2m distance cannot be maintained. We will always speak to the children about this to help them to feel comfortable in these situations.
- Children will be required to wash their hands (preferably with soap and water) on entry to the classroom, prior to eating, before and after visiting the toilet/blowing their nose and prior to going home at a minimum. Hand washing stations are available in every classroom with soap and hand sanitiser available for use.
- Hand-driers and water fountains will be out of use.
- All classes will have a bin, children will be requested to put paper towels, tissues etc. into the bin which will be emptied on a daily basis.
- Teachers and support staff will ensure resources are cleaned / wiped down at the end of each day and between use where appropriate.
- Cleaners will be on site at the end of every day to ensure all areas are deep cleaned.
- Snacks and packed lunches will be eaten within the classroom and all rubbish or leftovers put back into children’s containers / bags provided and taken home. Surfaces will be wiped down prior to and following food being eaten. Hands will be washed prior to and following food being eaten.
- Children will only use toilets during the times allocated to their year group bubbles. They will use the hand sanitiser at the entrance to the toilet and they will be reminded to pull the flush and wash their hands. Staff will monitor the use of the toilets to ensure cleanliness is ensured, e.g. surfaces wiped down and children following handwashing protocol.
- In the event of a toileting accident, you will be contacted and informed.
Entering and Leaving School
- No parents will be allowed onto the school grounds. If you need to speak to a member of staff please use Seesaw, EMAIL or call the school office.
- Please keep to a minimum the number of people doing the school run and disperse from outside the site as quickly as possible for the safety of everyone.
- Where possible, please walk to school to limit traffic and support social distancing measures. If parking around the school grounds is necessary, please be respectful of our neighbours and avoid blocking driveways.
- Parents will be requested to stand at 2 metre distances (in line with continued guidance for adults to observe social distancing) whilst waiting for gates to open at the beginning of the day and when collecting pupils.
- Pupils will be met at their allocated entrances by Teachers and support staff. Children will be directed to line up in designated space before entering school to wash their hands before going into the classroom.
- All year groups to enter into school though the allocated gates. This will ease congestion and aid social distancing between both Parents / Adults and pupils in different year group bubbles. Start times at school are currently staggered and information regarding these times will be shared via SeeSaw and the school app if necessary.
- Please ensure siblings are dropped off at the correct entrance to avoid pupils from different Year group bubbles mixing together. If you have any difficulty with dropping off siblings at different entrances, please contact your child’s class teacher.
- As pupils are welcomed into school, staff will ask about and observe general health and wellbeing. Please inform a member of staff if your child is unwell. Please remember that if your child has any of symptoms of Covid-19 it is essential that they stay at home and self-isolate until a test has been carried out and the result is confirmed as negative.
Year Group Bubbles
- Children will be taught in their class groups of approx. 30 pupils and this will be their year group bubble.
- Each year group bubble will use allocated rooms, spaces and resources within the indoor and outdoor environment. Shared areas such as Forest School are used on a strict timetable to avoid groups mixing.
- Active breaks and lunchtimes will be staggered to enable children to remain in their year group bubbles.
- Where possible, children will be encouraged to socially distance 2 metres.
- Where possible, furniture arrangements in classes will support forward facing and side by side seating arrangements.
- Adults have been allocated to year group bubbles to ensure consistency for learners- movement of adults between bubbles has been kept to the minimum amount possible.
- Where possible, all adults will follow 2 metre social distancing guidance in classrooms, additional spaces and when moving around the school.
- There will be minimal movement around the school to avoid groups of pupils coming into contact with each other.
- School dinners will be available but we can no longer accept any forms of cash payment- all payments must be made online. If you have any difficulty paying online, please speak to Mrs Wright in our school office.
- All lunch times will be staggered to avoid year group bubbles coming together at any point. A period of time to eat then access the outdoor environment for physical activity has been planned. Some bubbles will eat their lunch before their outdoor activity.
- Reception children will eat their lunch in the school canteen.
- Year 1 through to Year 6 will have lunch in their classes. Hot meals will be provided in individual containers which will be served and collected by the class teacher lunch time staff. All children will be supervised by their class teacher whilst eating lunch in their classroom.
- In each case, teachers and teaching assistants will prepare classes prior to and following lunch being eaten. This will include tables being wiped and cleaned as appropriate.
- Where possible, Adults will maintain a 2-metre social distance from all pupils and each other.
- Staff will ensure all hygiene procedures are effectively carried out by their pupils.
- Teachers will continue to teach towards the requirements of the New Curriculum but will be mindful of the need for pupils to work independently and not in close contact groups.
- Teachers will utilise the outdoor areas as much as possible to support teaching and learning.
- Children will be informed of when they will have PE sessions within the next week. Please do not send PE kit in to school.
- Children will be asked to wear PE kit on their allocated PE days. Please ensure PE clothing is appropriate to the weather, e.g. wear leggings or joggers instead of short on a cold day.
- We will not be able to lend PE kits to children.
- Resources will be allocated to different year group bubbles to avoid cross-contamination.
- Wellbeing and Personal, Social and Emotional Education will continue to be our central focus.
To avoid contact between groups of children, collective worship will now take place in the classroom and will be led by the class teacher.
Mrs Turner will be holding a whole school ‘Celebration assembly’ each Friday which children will participate in through the interactive whiteboard (via Teams) during which the successes of the week will be shared and VIP certificates will be awarded.
Covid-19 symptoms whilst in school
If anyone becomes unwell with either / or:
- A new continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
- Loss of, or change in normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
- Pupils or staff who feel unwell or display symptoms will be isolated in the school Reception area.
- Parent / carer / partner / family member will be contacted and individuals will be sent home to begin self-isolation for 10 days whilst making arrangements to be tested. If negative, they can return to school within the 10-day period.
- Everyone in the household will need to self-isolate for 14 days or until the outcome of the COVID-19 test is known.
Test, Trace and Protect Procedures
In the event of individuals entering the school building who are not part of the recognised and consistent staff, e.g. delivery drivers, they will log their contact details in line with Test, Trace and Protect procedures.
- People are considered as potential contacts if they were in contact with the person who has tested positive during a period beginning up to 2 days before symptoms started and ending when the case entered home isolation.
- An initial positive test on site does not require closure of the school.
Welsh Government Advice Covid-19
Latest Update August 4th 2020
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you must self-isolate at home for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19.
- If not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 you must self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, you must restart your 10-day isolation from the day you develop symptoms.
- After 10 days, if you still have a temperature you must continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice.
- You do not need to continue to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.
- If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), then you must stay at home for at least 10 days. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
- If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period.
- Following a positive test result, you will be contacted by a contact tracer on behalf of the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. You will only be contacted after you have had a positive test.
Will my household be tested if we think we have COVID-19 symptoms?
- Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must immediately self-isolate and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19. Follow the guidance at apply for a coronavirus test.
- People who have tested positive will be contacted by a contact tracer on behalf of the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. You will only be contacted after you have had a positive test.
- You will be asked to provide information on who you’ve been. The information you provide will be handled in strict confidence and will enable the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service to get in touch with your contacts.
- They will tell them that they have been in contact within someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Your identity will not be revealed unless you give permission.
- They will be provided with support and advised to self-isolate for 14 days from their last contact with you. Members of their family will not be asked to self-isolate, but should follow the general social distancing guidance and avoid contact with the person isolating at home.
- Your contact will only be advised to take a test if they are displaying symptoms. Testing people without symptoms is not recommended as they may become infected even if the test is negative. If they test positive, the process will be repeated for this person, their household members and contacts.
- If you have had symptoms of COVID19 or a positive test, then you may end your self-isolation after 10 days and return to your normal routine if you do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste. If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal and seek medical advice.
Our plan has been based on:
- https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2020-08/operational-guidance-for- schools-and-settings-from-the-autumn-term-version-2.pdf