Norbury CofE Primary School
Information for parents
Health, safety and logistics
As we know, returning to school is vital for our children’s education and well-being therefore we need to ensure that our children can return in September.
Social distancing and ‘bubbles’
It is important to reduce the number of contacts between children and staff. This can be achieved through keeping groups separate (in ‘bubbles’) and by maintaining distance between individuals. The children will be in class group bubbles and we will minimise contact with other classes wherever possible.
Staff will continue to stay 1 metre apart from each other and will distance from the children as much as possible. We acknowledge that this is challenging in an educational setting, particularly with the youngest children but we will aim to do this wherever appropriate.
Although there is no requirement that staff will be expected to wear PPE (mask, gloves and apron) they may choose to make use of protective equipment in scenarios such as; first aid emergencies, dealing with suspected cases of Covid-19 or because of their own personal preference.
Infection control; we are ensuring that we put in a system of controls
Firstly, we will minimise contact with individuals who are unwell. Those who have symptoms of Covid-19 or have a household member with symptoms, will not be able to attend school until they have either tested negative for Covid-19 or have been away from school without symptoms for seven days. Where we have a confirmed case of Covid-19, current advice will be sought and class bubbles may close.
Children will be given clear guidance on the following;
- The importance of handwashing on entry and exit of the school building using the sinks throughout the school or the new automatic hand sanitizing stations in each classroom, the office and village hall.
- Regular handwashing throughout the day for 20 seconds.
- Good hygiene, promoting the ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’ approach.
- Maintaining a 1 metre distance from staff where possible.
We have also appointed an additional cleaner to ensure the cleaning of frequently touched surfaces is done more often and the toilets are cleaned throughout the day.
- If your child is displaying any symptoms a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), you must keep them at home. This will be strictly enforced. Please support us by being vigilant and keeping your child at home even if their symptoms appear to be mild.
- Any child who displays symptoms when at school, will be sent home and advised to follow the guidance which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
- Parents will be expected to ensure that there is never a time that there will not be an adult available to collect a child within 45 minutes of receiving a call from school. If the child needs to go home because of symptoms, our school will have an area that is not used for anything else where the child will be isolated whilst being supervised by an adult who can maintain at least 2m distance throughout.
- If there is a confirmed case in school, we will enact policies to test and/ or isolate the rest of the class and all parents will be informed.
Start and end times of the school day
We will be implementing staggered starts or adjusting start and finish times to keep groups apart as they arrive and leave school.
The school day will run as follows;
|Class||Start time||End time||Entry/Exit|
|Starlings [EYFS / Year 1]||8:45am – 9.30am||3:00pm
[If you have children in older year groups please pick up at earlier time to ease numbers on site]
|Please park and drop off /pick up your children in the area outside the gate to the left of the main door. A member of staff will be outside with the children.|
|Kingfishers [Year 2 and 3]||8:45am – 9.30am||3:15pm
[If you have children in older year groups please pick up at earlier time to ease numbers on site]
|Please park in the car park. Please do not drop off by the school gate. Please drop off / pick up your child by the main gate to the right of the main door. A member of staff will be outside in the playground.|
|Herons [Year 4/5/6]||8.45am- 9.30pm||3.30pm
|Please park in the main car park. Please do not drop off by the school gate. Please drop off / pick up your children at the main door of the school. If the door is closed please ring the bell.|
Arrangements at the end of the day; If you have children in younger and older year groups please collect all of your children at the same time and at the earlier time.
We respectfully ask that parents do not ‘gather and chat’ in the car park. It is crucial that the virus is not spread on the school grounds. Please help us to keep school open. Parents are not allowed to enter the school building without an appointment. Please drop your child at the designated place. If you need to speak to a teacher, please email the class teacher who will either phone you or respond by email or arrange an appointment.
If your child is upset when coming into school, we will not be able to physically take your child from you unless we are wearing gloves. We ask that you positively encourage your child to come into school. Mrs Wright and the EYFS team have a few strategies to help if the new starters have a wobble, so don’t worry if your child does find it tricky. Please support your child’s independence by ensuring that you do not express any of your own anxieties around the start of the school year.
Breaktime and lunchtime
Breaktimes and lunchtimes will be staggered and the children will play in designated areas within their class bubbles.
Fruit is provided for EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 [KS1]. Due to lunchtimes being staggered we would strongly recommend that your child eats the fruit offered, or brings in a snack of their own. Mrs Wright and I feel very strongly about healthy snacks in school and will replace any inappropriate snacks from home with a piece of fruit or cut up vegetable. As a general rule, if it comes in a packet it is not considered healthy [for example winders, mini cheddars, breakfast bars]. Please ensure that your child has had a decent breakfast or has a healthy snack as lunchtimes will be staggered. We are allowing pupils in KS1 and EYFS to bring their own healthy snack in rather than eating the fruit on offer in case they do not like what is provided. Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 – Please ensure your child has a healthy snack each day to eat due to lunchtimes being staggered. It could be a long morning.
(Remember a healthy snack is- fresh fruit, dried fruit, vegetables (celery, carrots, etc-) Please do not bring sweets, crisps or sandwiches to eat at break time.
The children will have lunch in the hall in sittings with their bubble groups. Two bubble groups can fit safely in the hall and the tables will be cleaned between each sitting.
Classrooms and resources
For individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils and pens, it is recommended that staff and pupils have their own items that are not shared. Classroom based resources, such as books and games, can be used and shared within the bubble.
Children may use resources provided by school. Items will only be used by children within our class bubble and will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.
Kingfishers and Herons
Named pencil cases should include: several pencils, a soft nib pen [no biros please], a pencil sharpener, a soft rubber, ruler and pencil crayons.
What can be brought from home?
It is still recommended that pupils limit the amount of equipment they bring between school and home each day. Therefore, only essential items please – lunch boxes, hats, coats, reading books and reading diaries. PE kits and Forest School kits can be kept in school until they need a wash.
Book bags are allowed and are preferred to big ruck-sacks.
Children will change for PE in the hall so that social distancing can be maintained. Children will keep their PE kits at school.
In order for us to run wrapround care safely and within the guidance it is important that we know when your child will be attending. I am afraid the ad-hoc service that we provided in the past will now come to an end. Please ensure that Miss Pritchard has been notified if your child will be attending morning or afterschool club. You can contact her on the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let Miss Pritchard know by 12 noon each Friday if your child will be attending either morning or after school club the following week. In order to maintain distancing and class bubbles, we will have limited places available at both breakfast and after school club. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you already know that you will require breakfast or after school club from September, you may book a place for your child now. You will be charged for any places that are booked for your child, whether or not they attend.
Morning club takes place every day of the working week, Monday to Friday, from 7.45 am to 8.45am. The club takes place in the village hall away from the busy bustle of morning set up at school. If your child arrives before 8.15am breakfast is provided comprising of cereal, porridge, drinks, fruit and toast.
Afterschool club runs Monday to Thursday from 3.00pm – 5.30pm and utilises the village hall and the wonderful outdoor learning areas that Norbury offers. The club is designed to provide affordable and safe childcare to help our parents and guardians balance work and family commitments. All sessions are planned to ensure that children are able to have fun, burn off some energy and be as creative as possible with in the broad sessional themes. A light snack and a drink will be offered to the children.
Charges are as follows:
|7.45am – 8.45am||8.15am – 8.45am|
|£ 4.50||£ 3.00|
|After School Club|
|3.30pm – 4.30pm||3.30pm-5.30pm|
|£ 4.50||£ 7.00|
|We offer siblings 20% discount off these prices.|
There will be a zero-tolerance policy for any pupils undermining the health and safety procedures and putting staff or other pupils at risk. The Code of conduct for behaviour can be viewed on the school website.
Pupils who are shielding
The majority of pupils will be able to return to school. There will only be a small number of pupils who will need to stay at home. These pupils remain under the care of a specialist health professional. We will contact parents of these pupils directly to discuss their education.
Attendance and fines
The government have stated that it is vital for all children to return to school.
Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:
- parents’ duty to ensure 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
The government guidance is that schools return to their usual uniform policies in September. Wearing the Norbury School Uniform helps us to feel part of our community again, it contributes to the school ethos.
We expect all of our pupils to wear the blue Norbury school jumper and or cardigan, grey trousers/skirts and white polo shirts. We ask that every child wears the school uniform. Some exceptions are made in EYFS to aid with toilet training and outside activities.
All risk assessments will be on the school website for you to read and have sight of.
Our School Timetable
We will be operating the same timetable to ensure focused learning. We will be reducing staff movement between bubbles and it is anticipated that teachers will remain with their classes only. There will be no collective worship, Gold Book or large gatherings in the school until further notice. For the first 45 minutes of the day we will be utilising the time to give intervention, repetition and stretch to the pupils in a bid to catch up with some basics that have been missed over the last few months.
In the event of another outbreak we will continue to use the school website and Class Dojo to communicate with you. Please ensure you are still connected to Class Dojo. If your child is moving classes, you may get another email over the summer from Class Dojo.
If you have ANY questions or worries, however small, please do email me and I will do my best to help. Your worries are our worries and we find it easier to deal with them when they are small. If you leave worries they grow and then become more difficult to tackle. As the doors are no longer open in the morning or afternoon please use the following email addresses to tackle any concerns or questions regarding your child’s welfare and education.