Due to the continued requirements for social distancing school in September will carry on maintaining class distancing between year groups. Classes will stay in year group bubbles of up to 30 children. The groups will be allocated a classroom of their own ensuring there is space between the children whilst they are in class. Children will share a table and use their own equipment which is marked so other children cannot use it. Children will be given a place in class which is only for them. They will have a tray to keep any belongings in but bringing resources in from home will be kept to a minimum. Children will not share resources between classes.
The groups will be supported by specified staff. The children will not be able to swap group and the staff will only support one group. The children will be supported by a class teacher and a Teaching assistant. The children will be back in their usual classroom for the year.
Groups will be timetabled to have play time outside and will not mix with other groups during that time. Movement within school will be timetabled and monitored to ensure that only one group of children is moving within an area in school at any one time. Lunchtime will also be staggered so that the children maintain social distancing from other classes.
In addition to playtime, all groups will have the opportunity to have learning time outside. This may take a variety of forms. PE will only be done outside in September.
Cleaning within school will be continuous. The children will be washing their hands frequently throughout the day. In addition, all classrooms will have access to hand sanitiser. Cleaning staff will clean door handles, handrails, sinks and toilet areas throughout the day. When any group is outside their classroom will be cleaned – all desks, chairs, door handles and sink areas will be cleaned.
Wherever possible, doors and windows will be left open to ensure thorough ventilation throughout school, however exterior doors will remain closed for security reasons and the opening of any interior doors will be reviewed for fire safety, safeguarding and social distancing impact.
Government advice indicates that if social distancing is maintained and hygiene advice is followed, there is no needs for staff and pupils in school to wear PPE (personal protective equipment). We have arranged a supply of PPE equipment to be used in the event that a child becomes unwell within school and Covid-19 is suspected. In that case staff supporting caring for your child until they are collected from school will wear appropriate PPE in order to protect themselves and to prevent the spread of Covid-19.