Covid-19

Attendance at school is now statutory and the staff have been working tirelessly, using the Government guidance, to prepare the school and ensure that we have everything in place to keep our children and staff as safe as possible on their return. 

The Government has listed a set of control measures to keep both children and adults safe at school. Please find below our response to these control measures, along with some frequently asked questions. We have also attached the school risk assessment.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Mrs McKenzie via admin.northway@schools.sefton.gov.uk.

 

School Response

PREVENTION

Minimise 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 SCHOOL.

All families reminded of the importance of being vigilant for key symptoms of COVID-19:

  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
  • A loss of taste/smell – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If anyone experiences any one of these symptoms, they MUST NOT ATTEND SCHOOL OR VISIT THE SCHOOL SITE.

They should self-isolate for 10 days. The people they live with should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms. The person experiencing the symptoms should book a test or have a test booked for them by phoning 119 immediately. School should be informed of the test result immediately.

If the result returns negative – provided the person is feeling better, they can return to school.

If the test is positive – school MUST be informed immediately. This person should continue to isolate for the remaining 10 days. Their household should isolate for 14 days.

Where recommended, use of face coverings in schools.

Face coverings are not currently recommended for use in primary schools.

If a child travels to school by public transport and is using a face covering, they will be asked to wash their hands on arrival, remove the mask and store it in a plastic wallet in their book bag and wash their hands again. This will stay in their book bag until they are collected by their parent at the end of the day.

Clean hands more thoroughly than usual.

Children will be expected to wash their hands regularly throughout the school day. Adults have planned this into their day.

Children will be expected to wash their hands on arrival, before and after playtimes and lunchtimes, after using the toilets, before and after using a shared area e.g. the ICT suite.

Adults in school will support children in socially distancing whilst washing hands. Soap is provided and medicated soap will only be accepted if it is prescribed by a doctor. This will need to stay in school.

Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it!’ approach.

All classrooms will have a supply of tissues and lidded bins. Children will be reminded of the importance of ‘Catch it! Bin it! Kill it!’.

Classrooms have lidded bins to store used tissues and children will be told to wash their hands after sneezing or using a tissue.

Should a child sneeze or cough onto a table, it will be cleaned with disinfectant by an adult wearing gloves. These will be removed and disposed of safely.

Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard  produced such as detergents and bleach.

The cleaning regime has been enhanced.

Touch points around the school and within classrooms are to be cleaned during the school day.

Classroom tables will be cleaned during the day.

Each bubble will have its own outdoor play equipment which will be cleaned during the week.

The outdoor play areas will be cleaned twice during the week – children will wash their hands before and after playtimes.

Shared resources will be quarantined for a minimum of 48 hours (72 hours if plastic) before use if the cannot be thoroughly cleaned.

Cleaners are now in school during the school day to clean any key areas shared by bubbles e.g. toilets.

Cleaning materials are available to staff to clean any shared area after use so it is usable by another bubble.

Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.

From Y1 to Y6 each class will be considered a bubble. This means they will operate independently of the other bubbles.

In EYFS, reception will be one bubble and nursery will be another bubble.

Staggered start and end times allow children to enter and leave the site with minimal crossing of bubbles. This allows fewer people to be on-site.

A one-way system around the site has been set up to ensure minimal contact between adults and from different bubbles. It is vital that all adults follow this.

In EYFS and KS1, all bubbles will have their own toilets to use.

In KS2, two bubbles will share a set of toilets. To limit children from different bubbles coming into contact with each other, all children will be given a toilet sticker. This will be placed on the outside door of the toilets, indicating there is someone in there and another child from another bubble cannot enter. The toilets will also be cleaned down during the school day.

Where necessary, wear appropriate PPE.

PPE is available for staff when dealing with a first aid or intimate care situation. Staff have been shown how to don and doff this. After use, it will be stored safely in a specific bin.

RESPONSE TO ANY INFECTIONS

Engage with NHS Track and Trace process

The NHS Track and Trace process will be shared on the school website.

Parental permission for sharing of information will be sought.

School will liaise and offer support to any families who become part of this process.

Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community

School will keep records of who (both adults and children) was in specific lessons to support the management of the coronavirus.

If a child were to develop symptoms when in school, they would be immediately isolated in a well ventilated room. Parents would be immediately contacted and asked to collect their child as quickly as possible. Parents would be expected to book a test for the child and inform school of the results as soon as possible. The child would not be allowed back into school until a negative test was given or 10 days of isolation had elapsed. The household would be expected to isolate for 14 days.

School will provide remote learning for any child/group/class who need to self-isolate.

Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

School will follow the Government guidance and advice from the Local Health Protection Team and inform parents if other children need to self-isolate following a positive COVID-19 test.

 

FAQ – COVID-19

  1. What will my child wear for PE?

We ask that all parents provide their child with a full PE kit and this is brought in at the start of the half term and kept in school. They will be able to get changed for PE in their bubbles and will not cross with children from other bubbles.

  1. Will my child have a reading book?

Your child will be given a reading book by mid September. We encourage children to read regularly, as normal. The books that have been home will be quarantined for 48 hours when they are finished with and then put back into the libraries.

  1. Does my child need any equipment?

All children will be provided with their own equipment by school. This will remain in school and not be brought home. The only things your child will need to bring each day are: lunch box, clear plastic water bottle, book bag, coat. PE kits should be brought in at the start of the half term and they will be sent home at the end.

  1. Can I see my child’s class teacher?

Visitors to school will only be allowed if absolutely necessary and must be by appointment only. School staff will be maintaining a social distance from parents at all times. Staff are able to hold phone consultations, however this will have to be in non-teaching times at a mutually convenient time. Parents can contact teachers via the year group email addresses or contact the school office by email or telephone. If a parent has to enter the building, they will be expected to wear a face covering and use hand sanitizer on arrival.

  1. Will my child get to see their friends in other classes?

Unfortunately, the playtimes and lunchtimes have also been staggered. Our playgrounds have been divided in half and two bubbles will be given specific zones to play in. Although another bubble may also be on the playground at the same time, they will be distanced from each other. They will be able to wave to each other but not play together.

  1. Will these staggered start and end times last all year?

The staggered times and changes to our wraparound care are only place as long as the Government guidance dictates. We hope to get back to our normal school day and timetables, as soon as we are allowed.

  1. Will extra-curricular clubs happen this year?

At the moment, we are unable to offer extra curricular clubs as this would mean mixing bubbles. As soon as the guidance is lifted, we will resume our provision.

  1. Can my child have a hot meal at school?

All children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals can opt for a hot meal. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are able to opt for a school prepared packed lunch. All other children will need to have a packed lunch provided from home. This is because we cannot accommodate children from different bubbles mixing in the dining hall nor are we able to sufficiently clean down between sittings. This is a temporary measure and we hope to reinstate normal lunch time procedures as soon as the Government guidance on distancing is lifted.

9. Will my child have to quarantine following a holiday abroad?

In order to keep everyone safe, we expect all families to follow the Government rules regarding quarantining. If you are returning from a country which is not listed on the England travel corridor list, your child will not be allowed to come into school until you have submitted, via email, proof of your return travel. This must detail the place you are travelling from and the date and time of arrival back into the country. Please remember the list of travel corridors for England is being updated regularly.

 

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Northway Primary School

Dodds Lane
Maghull
Merseyside
L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

Tel: 0151-526-2565
Fax: 0151-526-6303
admin.northway@schools.sefton.gov.uk