We were incredibly pleased to welcome all children back into school at the start of the new academic year. While we are trying our very hardest to make Larkrise the warm and welcoming school that we all know and love, we have altered some of our routines and systems to minimise the risk of coronavirus.
Staggered Start and End Times
Our school day has a staggered start and end to reduce the number of people entering and exiting the school at any one time. The start and finish times for each class are listed below:
Peacocks (Year 1), Swans (Year 2), Snowy Owls (Year 3) and Doves (Year 4) start their day at 8:45am and finish at 3:25pm.
Robins (EYFS), Emus (Year 5) and Larks (Year 6) start their day at 8:55am and finish at 3:25pm.
The school gates open for children, parents and carers at 8:35am and 3:05pm. Mrs Osborne or another senior member of staff will be available in the playground if you have any questions or would like a quick chat. Class teachers have flexibility at the end of the school day to talk to parents. If you wish to book a confidential or personal appointment with a member of staff, please contact the school office. Currently we are limiting the number of individuals entering the school so it is best to call the school office rather than visiting in person.
Increased Hygiene Measures
There are increased opportunities throughout the school day for children to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitiser. We have installed hand sanitiser stations at most entrances to the school building to make this straightforward and easy. An extensive cleaning regime is in place to ensure the whole school, particularly high traffic areas, are cleaned regularly.
We follow the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' approach to minimise the spread of germs.
Wash Your Hands More Often
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser, particularly when you:
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Social Distancing and Face Coverings
We are asking all adults in school to social distance by 2 metres whenever possible. We do also ask that parents and carers enter and exit the school efficiently to help us to minimise the number of individuals on the school site at any one time. If you are able to do so, please wear a face covering at drop off and collection times.
Stay at Home
We are following the government guidance as closely as possible to minimise the risk of coronavirus. For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However if you have any of the symptoms below, stay at home and arrange to have a coronavirus test:
Please contact the school office to inform us of your child's symptoms. Once a child has received a negative test they are welcome to join us back in school. If your child tests positive, please inform the school immediately.
If unsure, it is better to stay home, contact the school and if necessary arrange a test. We would prefer to act on the side of caution to keep everyone safe.
Government guidance on when to stay at home and get tested:
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, restart your 10-day isolation from the day you developed symptoms.
After 10 days, if you still have a temperature you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. See the ending isolation section below for more information.
If you live with others, all other household members need to stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken. If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period. The ending isolation section below has more information.
We have a comprehensive risk assessment in place to minimise the risk of coronavirus. It is aligned to the most recent government guidance and is updated regularly as required. If you would like to view a copy of our risk assessment, please contact the school office.
COVID-19 Contingency Plan
We have a COVID-19 contingency plan in place that we will execute according to the government's tiered approach. If you wish to view this plan, please contact the school office.
Our Home Learning page, which can be found under the 'parents' tab on our school website provides information relating to procedures for remote learning if a singular child is unable to attend school due to shielding or self-isolation.
Government and NHS Guidance
We will endeavour to inform you of any changes to the government guidance for schools as soon as possible. As the term progresses, we may need to make changes or amendments to our risk assessment or routines to maintain the safety of all. Again, if this is the case we will aim to keep the school community informed. Updates regarding coronavirus will be shared on our school website and also in our weekly school newsletter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school or speak to Mrs Osborne or another senior member of staff on the playground at the beginning or end of the school day.
Thank you for your continued support in helping to make Larkrise a safe place for learning.