COVID-19 GUIDANCE AND CONTINGENCY PLAN

 

COVID Risk Assessment March 2021

 

Government guidance now allows school to remove some of the restrictions that have been in place for children during the last few months. Please see the ‘Return to school contingency plan’ below for more details of what these changes mean.

 

However, the pandemic has not gone away and as per government guidelines, we now need to learn to live with Coronavirus. We are adopting a cautious approach and several measures will remain in place certainly for the first part of the Autumn term (see the plan below about what has changed and what is the same).

 

GENERAL UPDATES:

 

The School Day

 

The School day will start at 8:50 am and finish at 3:15pm for all classes (but see the ‘order of entry/departure’ instructions below) – if you have children in more than one class we will be patient so do not panic but be as ‘on time’ as you can.

 

Children will be met by staff at the door and will still be expected to sanitise their hands on entry to the school. Still do not let your child bring any toys or unnecessary items into school.

 

We ask parents to be at the relevant entrance points as on time as possible to support the organisation of the school day.  Ensuring your children are in school promptly has a huge impact on their learning. 

 

Please continue to maintain social distancing as much as possible and IF you want to wear a face covering on the playground you can but it is not a requirement.

Parents are NOT to come into school but leave their child with the teacher (they’ll be fine!)

 

Entrance and Exit Points:

 

Nursery (Moons) – Line up at the green door to the left of the EYFS blue fenced play area (Shawbrook building) off the main playground.

 

Reception (Rockets) – Line up at the blue gate into the EYFS blue fenced play area (Shawbrook building) off the main playground

 

Year 1 (Dorado) – Line up at the blue gate (see the dots on the ground) into the ‘Imagination Space’ from the back playground of the Millbrook building (Dorado pupils will be received into school first at 8:50am)

 

Year 2 (Orion) – Line up at the blue gate into the ‘Imagination Space’ from the back playground of the Millbrook building (Orion pupils will be received into school after Dorado pupils have gone in as close to 8:50am as possible)

 

Year 3 (Hercules) - Line up at the door to Hercules class (see the dots on the ground) from the back playground of the Millbrook building

 

Year 4 (Pegasus) - Line up at the door to the hall (near the IT suite facing away from the field) from the back playground of the Millbrook building

 

Year 5 (Leo) - Line up at the door to the hall from the main playground of the Millbrook building (Leo pupils will be received into school after Phoenix pupils have gone in as close to 8:50am as possible)

 

Year 6 (Phoenix) - Line up at the door to the hall from the main playground of the Millbrook building (Phoenix pupils will be received into school first at 8:50am before Leo pupils who will wait until  Y6 have entered)

 

Collecting children at the end of the day.  School finishes at 3:15pm.  Parents should line up and wait at the relevant points to collect children in an organised and orderly way (maintaining social distance where possible).  Children will be handed over to the parents in an organised way and leave the school site promptly (most messages and communications to parents will be delivered via Class Dojo)

 

P.E

Your class teacher will let you know when your child’s PE lesson will take place. This year we are suggesting that pupils come to school (and go home) in their PE kits on the days when they are doing PE.

Further information will go out about PE kits but simple tracksuit bottoms & long sleeved top would be ideal for when the weather becomes cooler.

 

Lunches

Children will continue to eat with their classes at lunchtime and tables & chairs will be wiped between classes.

We are continuing with the red and green lunch choice system and the menu for September is on the school web-site.

 

Playtimes

Children will be encouraged to play with their friends in their own classes and certainly with Key Stage/Phase groups to limit contact initially. We will review this restriction as the term progresses.

 

Assemblies

Whole school assemblies will be held outside if the weather permits (we did this before the Summer holidays and it worked well). We will have key stage assemblies to reduce numbers initially and review this as the term progresses before we decide to return to everyone in the hall at the same time. Some assemblies may continue initially to be held by Zoom.

 

School Events and Clubs

Breakfast and After-school clubs will continue (see separate information about booking/terms & conditions)

We will begin to hold additional after-school clubs for some year groups and will let you know about these as they get booked in (e.g. sports clubs and others).

 

Seven Stars is great at hosting events and we have really missed these. We will let you know what and when events will be taking place and how we will manage them once we all return fully in September.

 

Support

We are aware it has been a challenging time for many families over the last few months. If you need any support in any way please get in touch at the number above or contact Mrs Wright (our Family Support person) at d.wright@seven-stars.lancs.sch.uk or ask for Mrs Wright when phoning school. If we can’t help directly we will know someone who can.