Expectations for the new term are informed by the DfE’s Schools COVID-19 operational guidance and Local Authority risk assessments. These outline that schools should follow these control measures:
- Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
- Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
- Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
- Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The school has conducted an in depth Local Authority risk assessment which assesses over 40 separate areas of control and over 200 individual control measures. It remains a ‘live’ document, which is regularly reviewed on a weekly basis. You can access a copy of this by clicking here. If required, this will be updated again over the summer break. Of course, as we know, even with all these measures in place it will still not be possible to remove the risk entirely.
Schools are also required to formulate an Outbreak Management Plan in accordance with DfE regulations. This plan outlines how the school will deal with any individual or localised outbreaks as well as actions in the event of a more concentrated number of cases. You can access a copy of this by clicking here.
What do I need to know as a Parent or Carer?
Please do see the transition presentations from each year group, these outline lots of day to day practical aspects too. Click here to access
Will there still be staggered start and finish times in September?
No. Although we know that these have reduced the congestion on the playground and surrounding areas, we are also mindful that it has been hard for families managing multiple drop offs and impacted on the children at playtime as they have not been able to access all of the playground space they would normally be able to play in. As a result, we will return to the normal start and finish times. These are:
- Nursery: 8.45am-11.45am (morning session), 12.45pm-3.45pm (afternoon session)
- Reception: 8.50am-3.20pm
- Years 1 and 2: 8.55am-3.30pm
- Years 3 to 6: 8.55am-3.30pm
Which door will my child be entering and leaving from?
- Nursery - Nursery main door
- RCC - From the ramp by their outdoor area (one way system in place)
- RHC - From the side door by the Main Entrance
- Year 1 - From the Key Stage One door
- Year 2 - From the Main Entrance (2cc- Main Entrance, 2LM - side door)
- Year 3 - Modular build for 3KM and Year 3/4 door for 3KW
- Year 4 - Year 3/4 door
- Year 5 - Year 5/6. 5LR will receive additional instructions when term starts
- Year 6 - Year 5/6
Will there still be year group ‘bubbles’?
No. Following DfE guidance the year group bubbles will not be in place in September. This will allow for better access for all children to the playground, a return to key stage and year group assemblies and the resumption of hot meal provision for Key Stage 2 children in the Key Stage 1 Hall. We will of course remain responsive to advice from PHE if local outbreaks mean we have to put this measure back into place.
Do I have to wear a face mask on the playground?
No, however this is recommended when social distancing is not possible. If there is an outbreak at school, PHE may direct schools to resume wearing face masks in communal areas, corridors and for visitors. Parents and carers may be requested to wear face masks in school where social distancing is not possible. Please continue to come to the main office for any enquiries.
What should I do if my child has symptoms?
Do not send your child(ren) to school if they show symptoms. Self-isolate and get a PCR test. As this year, please continue to let the school know the reason for your child’s absence and the PCR result when it is received. You can click here for more information about how to get a LFT kit for home.
Who identifies close contacts?
NHS Test and Trace will make contact with you and any close contacts. Please let school know if you are required to self-isolate to allow for remote home learning to be provided for your child(ren). This will also allow us to contact our most vulnerable families too. Knowing the result will also be important to allow us to build a picture of any concentrated outbreaks for which we will seek the support of PHE if needed.
How will hygiene be maintained?
We will continue with our hand washing and hand hygiene, including use of sanitiser in and around school for all children, adults and visitors. The children will be reminded how to wash their hands thoroughly and will continue to be encouraged to regularly sanitize their hands. This will combine with our cleaning routines in school.
I am worried about sending my child to school, what can I do?
Please continue to discuss these worries with either Mrs Gill, Mr Rivers or Mrs Liddington. We know that these discussions have been helpful and reassuring for those most vulnerable within our community. If you have any worries over the break, please email email@example.com
Will we continue to wear PE kit on PE days?
Yes. As outlined in the school uniform policy children can wear their PE kit on PE days. Please follow the school uniform policy. Click here to access this or go to the uniform page on the website (via the School Office tab). Please do not worry about sending your child in their PE kit for the first week back. Your child’s class teacher will let you know these days from the second week onwards.
What about clubs?
We will be getting these up and running again. The Autumn term will focus on free after school clubs for Years 3 to 6. If this is successful, we will roll this programme out for Key Stage 1 too in the Spring term. Further details on clubs will follow in September.
Will parents and carers be able to come into school for assemblies and showcases?
We have planned a programme of year group assemblies, faith assemblies and curriculum showcases for the new term. You will be able to attend class assemblies, however will request that parents and carers wear masks at these events, unless there is a specific health and safety concern, the plan is to continue with these events. We know how much these have been missed by all. Dates for events will be available to view on the home page of the school website and sent home in the first week back.
I need access to free home rapid flow test kits, how do I get one? Click here to find out how. Please remember that the official advice is that if you or your child has any symptoms of Covid -19 (high temperature, new and continuous cough, loss of sense of smell or taste) you should get a PCR test and not use a home LFD test. A negative LFD test for a symptomatic person will not be sufficient evidence that they are negative. As before, please inform the school via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 0113 2934086.
For details about our Remote Learning Policy click here. (Updated October 2021)
'Catch-up' fund strategy
The government has announced a national programme of £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time as well as £350 million to access the National Tutoring programme for eligible children. At Talbot, we will use the funding to enhance the following:
- Teaching and whole school strategies – i.e. enhancing and adding capacity for whole class teaching
- Targeted approaches – i.e. small group tuition, intervention programmes and extended school time
- Wider strategies – i.e. supporting parents and carers and access to technology
It is important to note that whilst we will automatically receive the catch-up premium, access to the National Tutoring programme may be more variable and dependent upon DfE criteria for eligibility. This will prioritise disadvantaged children in priority areas. Wherever possible however we will seek to access this support.
To find out more about how we intend to make the most of this funding please click here. (Will be reviewed again in September 2021).