Covid-19 Return to School
We are looking forward to welcoming all children back to school in September.
Years 1-6 return on Monday 7th September.
Letter to parents and carers detailing procedures.
Main playground entrance
Dolman Road entrance
After October half term the timings will be:
|Start time||Home time||Main playground entrance||Dolman Road entrance|
|8.50 am||3.10 pm||Year 2||Year 6|
|8.55 am||3.15 pm||Year 1||Year 5|
|9.00 am||3.20 pm||Year 3||Year 4|
|9.05 am||3.25 pm||Reception|
Nursery and Reception have scheduled Stay and Play sessions on Monday 7th or Tuesday 8th September. Home visits will take place virtually via Zoom over the following days:
Nursery - Wednesday 9th - Friday 18th September
Reception - Wednesday 9th - Friday 11th September
Term will be phased in from Monday 14th September for Reception and from Monday 21st September for Nursery. Details of all starting school arrangements can be download here:
Preparing for school
School will be different because of the procedures we have had to implement to ensure that it is as safe as it can be. Please read the Golden Rules and take time to share them with your child. School will ensure that time is given to help all children get used to these changes and new routines.
Golden Rules for Early Years are slightly different:
Washing hands will continue to be very important! Please watch the video with your child on how to wash hands carefully.
For the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from Coronavirus (COVID-19). Children must return and start to reverse the impact of missed school. Returning to school is essential for their education, wellbeing and wider development. This will be an important move back towards normal life for children and families. We understand that families have differing opinions on the return to school and circumstances will be unique to each family. We will do our very best to work with you and support you in bringing your child back to school.
Does my child have to come back to school?
Yes all children have to return to school and the usual attendance procedures will apply, including:
- parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;
- schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
- the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct
I am worried that my child is vulnerable or that a family member in our household is, should s/he come to school?
The vast majority of pupils will now be able to return to school.
There are a few exceptions – see below.
- A small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves; or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Shielding stopped on 1st August. Those who were shielding are allowed to return to work and visit shops etc by following the safety regulations e.g. keeping a distance of 1m+ and washing hands frequently. For detailed government guidance published on 18th August please click here
- If rates of the disease rise in local areas, children (or family members) from that area, and that area only, will be advised to shield during the period where rates remain high and therefore they may be temporarily absent (see below).
- Some pupils no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school (usually at their next planned clinical appointment). You can find more advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health at COVID-19 - ‘shielding’ guidance for children and young people
How will the children be organised?
Children will be with class for most of the day but they will operate in year group bubbles. This means that they will arrive and leave as a year group, eat lunch and have play times as a year group.
How will my child know what the new rules and routines are?
On the first day back, each year group will have an assembly led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team that focuses on these changes. Class teachers will also discuss the changes with their own class.
What if my child is anxious or worried about returning?
Please arrange to speak to a member of the team through messages@belmont and one of us will get back to you straight away.
Will my child be able to play with a friend or sibling in another year group?
No. At this stage we must keep the children in year group bubbles to create a school that is as Covid-safe as it can be.
Will the children have to socially distance?
They do not have to within their class or when in their year group bubble. Moving around school, they will have to distance from others e.g. in a corridor when walking to the toilets.
Will it be different for the children to move around the school?
Yes, we will operate a one way system. This will be explained carefully to the children when we are in school.
Will the classrooms be different and can my child share resources?
Yes they will be different as the tables in Years 1-6 have been arranged in rows and the children will all be facing the front. Government advice has stated that the children can share classroom resources but these will stay with the class and not share with classes.
Our classrooms are still vibrant and stimulating. We pride ourselves on creating engaging learning environments and this will still be the case.
Should my child bring any equipment?
We would ask that they bring a water bottle please. We would like the children to use class resources and we have a clear plastic pencil case for each child to keep in school. We ask that they do not bring in pencil cases and stationery from home.
Will children continue with the National Curriculum for the new school year?
We are planning to deliver an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects from the start of the Autumn term so that children can enjoy a wide range of subjects straight away on their return. At the same time we will put aside time in our timetable to build in 'catch up' sessions for children who may have fallen behind by addressing any significant gaps in knowledge. Our curriculum planning will be informed by an assessment of children's starting points and address the gaps in their knowledge and skills, making effective use of regular formative assessment e.g. quizzes, observations, talking to the children to assess their understanding and scrutinising their work.
Should my child wear uniform?
Yes, full school uniform as normal please.
Will children and staff wear masks?
We will follow advice on this matter. At present this is not required unless someone needs close supervision such as managing intimate care or first aid. When all hygiene procedures are followed to minimise the risk of spreading Coronavirus, it is not considered necessary for primary aged children to wear masks in school. A member of staff may choose to wear a mask if s/he is working closely with a child for 15 minutes or more.
Where will the children eat lunch?
They will eat with their year group only. For logistical reasons, Reception - Y4 have a designated time in the canteen but Y5 and Y6 will eat in their classroom and then taken out for playtime. All lunchtimes will be supervised by the year group SMSAs.
Do they need a PE kit in school?
No. On the day of PE we would like the children to come to school in their PE kit.
Where will my child put their coat?
On their peg as usual. These are organised in year groups and the children are allowed to mix within their year group bubble.
When is the school cleaned?
We have cleaners working throughout the school day, focusing on toilets, door plates, handles etc. At the end of each school day a team of cleaners will clean the whole school. Twice a week the school will be disinfected using a mist machine.
When will my child be able to wash their hands?
On arrival, using the outside troughs and then throughout the day on a regular basis. This will also happen as a matter of routine either side of all playtimes and lunch. Children and staff will have access to hand sanitser throughout the day.
Will there be assemblies in the hall?
Some assemblies will be taken by a member of the Senior Leadership Team for a year group bubble in the hall. Other assemblies will be delivered in class by the teacher.
Will there be Breakfast club and Aftercare?
Yes. Further details about the organisation of these can be downloaded here.
Will there be clubs?
Yes there will be some but they will be based outdoors. Information regarding clubs will be communicated once term begins.
When will we be able to visit school for presentations and parent consultations?
At present we will not have visitors in the school building unless absolutely necessary e.g. the school nurse to administer flu vaccinations. We are looking to share presentations to parents and conduct parent consultations virtually.
What do I do if my child or a member of my household have symptoms of Covid-19?
- To prevent contact with those who have or may have COVID 19 pupils are instructed not to come into school if they or members of their household have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms-a new continuous cough/high temperature and loss of taste or smell (anosmia).
- Children must self-isolate for 10 days from the date when their symptoms are first displayed and will not be permitted to return to school within that period, unless their test results are negative.
- If they still have a high temperature after 10 days, they will be asked to keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal.
- If the test result is positive for anyone becoming ill with COVID-19 symptoms whilst at school the pupil will need to self-isolate for 10 days and their household members for 14 days. The school will work with Public Health Hounslow to identify close contacts and these people will be asked to self-isolate as well.
- If there are two or more confirmed cases within 14 days or there is a rise in the number of children absent with suspected Covid-19 the school will work with the Local Health Protection Team and it may be that the class or wider year group bubble have to self-isolate for 14 days.
- The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child/young person they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms or receives a positive test result.
- Please refer to the COVID-19 guidance for households with possible infection coronavirus guidance. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance.
What happens to my child if s/he displays Coronavirus symptoms in school?
- We will follow our usual practice and phone you.
- If your child displays Covid-19 symptoms we will keep them in isolation with our welfare officer until collected.
- Anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home, reminded to self-isolate for 10 days and instructed to arrange a test online through the NHS website to see if they have COVID-19 and to follow GOV.UK Stay at Home guidance. If your child does not take a test, your household will have to isolate for 14 days.
- Staff dealing with an unwell child will wear PPE.
- The school will have a limited number of home testing kits available to hand out. It will be essential that you take the test and inform school of the outcome.
- Should the test be positive, your household will need to isolate and follow procedures for Test and Trace. In school, we will contact Public Health England immediately and follow their procedures. We will of course inform parents of the situation and next steps as soon as possible.
Will there be Home Learning during partial or full closure?
Yes. Depending on the circumstances, online home learning will resume for individual bubbles or the whole school as required.
Will school be closed again?
Possibly. We may be instructed to close the school or part of it due to the rate of infection in our local area. We may also be instructed to close a bubble (or the whole school) if there is a case in school. We will always follow instructions from Public Health England.
We will be vigilant in hygiene and cleanliness throughout school each day to ensure that we do all that we can to keep our school Covid-safe.
Got Coronavirus symptoms? Get tested now.
There is a range of local testing options available to you, including a Mobile Testing Site with a mixture of walk-through and drive-through appointments available For more information, please click here.
NHS Test and Trace is an essential part of the Government’s response to stopping the spread of Coronavirus and to save lives. Get tested and do your bit to protect your friends and family.
The Department of Health and Social Care have published the following letter on Friday 25.9.20:
Date: 23 September 2020
Dear parents and guardians,
This is an important letter to share some information on how we can work together to make sure we can continue to give children and young people the best education in the safest way possible.
One important part of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils, students, parents and our communities is testing for coronavirus. We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with COVID-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested.
Therefore, I ask that you all follow these principles:
you should only book a test if your child has any of these 3 coronavirus symptoms:
- a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)
- a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal
- your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus
- if you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly
- only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the 3 symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result
- if the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms
- if a pupil or student in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop symptoms.
No one else in the same class or bubble as the symptomatic person needs to take any action unless advised by the school or college. Schools and colleges have detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.
Contacts of a person who has tested positive must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. Students should only book a test if they get symptoms.
The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful.
It is vital for children and young people’s learning and future opportunities that they are able to return to school and college. It is therefore vitally important that all we work together and do our bit to make this possible.
Professor Viv Bennett CBE
Chief Nurse and Director Maternity and Early Years, Public Health England
Dr Susan Hopkins
Interim Chief Medical Officer, NHS Test & Trace
Deputy Director, Public Health England
Consultant in Infectious Diseases & Microbiology, Royal Free, London