Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the frequently asked questions from parents/carers regarding the reopening of school to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on June 1st 2020. This page will be updated with the most commonly asked questions.
Will the school be checking the temperature of each child or asking parents to declare temperatures each morning?
Government guidance for implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings is available on the link below and provides the following information regarding the taking of temperatures every day: 

Parents, carers and settings do not need to take children’s temperatures every morning. Routine testing of an individual’s temperature is not a reliable method for identifying coronavirus. Educational and childcare settings should reiterate to parents the need to follow the standard national advice on the kind of symptoms to look out for that might be due to coronavirus, and where to get further advice.If anyone in the household develops a fever, or a new continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they are advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance (which states that the ill person should remain in isolation for 7 days and the rest of the household in isolation for 14 days).

As per the home-school agreement, it is a parent/carers responsibility to not send their child into school of they or another member of the household is displaying symptoms of the virus.


What will happen if a child is unwell?

As per the 'Health and Safety Check' document emailed to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 parents and carers (and available on the COVID-19 tab of the website), in the event a child is unwell:

• Pupils will be taken to the office.

• If necessary parents will be contacted and advised on how they can collect their child safely.

• Pupils will be kept at a safe distance from staff and other pupils in the medical area until they are collected from school.

• Staff are aware of the precautions they need to follow to reduce the risk of infection, while still remaining sensitive to the needs and well- being of the children in their care.

• Staff will gently explain why they are wearing a face mask and gloves as they take care of them.

• If a child is taken ill in with suspected COVID19, or the school is informed by parents that a child in school is being checked for COVID 19, the area where the child was present will be deep cleaned and all the parents of the children in the same ‘pod’ will be notified.

• A child diagnosed with the virus should remain in isolation for 7 days.

• The family of the child diagnosed with COVID19 should isolate for 14 days.


Will online home learning still be provided?

At present, online learning will still be provided for all year groups as the reopening of school is phased meaning at present, pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will not be attending school full-time. This means that initially learning will need to continue at home for at least part of the week for each class. Learning in school will be led by a teacher and will be supplemented with additional resources.


Will you be able to tell us which children will be in my child's pod?

Unfortunately, we will be unable to inform you of which children will be in your child's pod prior to reopening on June 1st. We will be emailing parents of those children returning individually after Thursday 21st May to inform them of what pod their child will be in.


Will the pods be set up according to ability groups, making it easier for the adult supervising?
The pods will be mixed ability as teachers are trained to teach to a group of children of different abilities.
If uptake is low (15 or less) will the class be left as one pod, or will they still be split into two pods?
The class will still be split into two pods because we have to anticipate that more children might return in the coming weeks.
Where will the children be based in school?
At present, each pod will be based in their normal classroom. 
Will children have their own set of equipment when in class?
Yes, children will have their own equipment when in class.
Will students be able to get feedback in terms of the quality and accuracy of their work?
At present, there are health and safety factors to consider here so specific written marking and feedback on a child's piece of work will not take place. As stated in the home-school agreement, books and paperwork will not be sent home for the above reason.