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Covid-19

This page holds all of our latest information, policies and arrangements in relation to the on-going pandemic.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Does my child have to come to school?

All children are expected to attend full-time in September. Our normal school attendance rules will apply.

What time will school start and end?

In order to implement Government guidance and minimise numbers of people on site we will need to stagger times of the day slightly. We have managed to arrange just two start times that are only ten minutes apart. Please follow year group arrangements at all times and do not gather at the school gates.

School gates will open at 8.45am and 3.00pm. Please do not arrive on site more than five minutes before your time. If you have more than one child, please come on to site at your earliest start time but keep other siblings with you.

Year Group arrangements can be found on class pages.

What will children need to bring with them?

A school bag for reading books, a snack and drink for playtimes (we will not be selling these in school at the moment) and a water bottle that can be refilled (we won't be selling these either). Please don't bring any other items into school.

What will children wear?

Full school uniform policy will be in place, including PE kit. For more information, see the Information tab.

What size bubbles will be children be in?

Year group bubbles are the biggest bubbles your child will be in. Year groups will not mix and be kept separate at all times including playtimes, lunchtimes and when using the toilets.

For the majority of the time, children will be kept in smaller class size bubbles in their classrooms with their teacher.

For some parts of the day, including playtimes, lunchtimes and for specialist teacher or intervention work, children may be grouped across the two classes in a year group.

What are the arrangements for lunchtime?

Each year group will have a separate time in the hall to eat and a separate playground or zone of the playground to play in. The kitchen will reopen and will provide packed lunches only.

Children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to this packed lunch free of charge under the Governments Universal free school meals programme.

Children in Years 3 - 6 may be entitled to free school meals, based on the benefits that families claim. If you have a child going into Year 3, please note that they will not necessary get a free school meal. Please contact the school office with your national insurance number and date of birth if you believe your child is eligible.

Any child can bring a packed lunch and drink from home if they don't want the school packed lunch. Vouchers will no longer be given as school is providing food. Cityserve, (our school meal provider) will review the decision to serve packed lunches at half term in October.

What will the curriculum look like?

We have planned an emergency curriculum for the first half term.

The focus here will be on identifying and closing gaps quickly in reading, writing and maths. It will also give children opportunity to process all that has happened in lockdown with a clear focus on PSHE and, in particular, children's mental health. Children will also take part in two PE lessons weekly.

From October, we will move seamlessly onto our recovery curriculum, which will be broad and balanced and lead children back to our normal curriculum by Summer 2021

What do I do if my child is ill?

If your child or any member of your household has any of the three symptoms of Covid-19, please follow the guidance in our Covid-19 School Agreement.

It is expected that all stakeholders will engage with the test and trace process. School will need to be informed of any test results in order for us to take action where necessary. A positive test will mean that person needs to isolate for at least 7 days and the rest of the household for 14 days.

A positive test is likely to mean closure of a whole year group for 14 days as staff and children are likely to be asked to self-­isolate.

Please report all absence to the school office by 9.00am in the usual manner whether it is Covid-19 related or not.

How will the school be cleaned?

We are operating an enhanced cleaning schedule in line with guidance. Cleaning staff will now be on site all day. Shared spaces such as toilets, will be cleaned frequently, as will all touchpoints throughout school. This process has been in place since March and has been effective to date.

What additional hygiene process will be in place?

In line with guidance, children will be asked to wash hand frequently and at set points during the day. We have built time into the school timetable to ensure this is done. There are additional sanitiser points around school. Children will be asked to use the catch it-bin it- kill it approach or cough or sneeze into their elbow if needed.

One of the themes of PHSE lessons will be health and hygiene.

What happens if my child is ill in school?

We will contact you and send them home as normal.

If we see any of the three symptoms of Covid-19, your child will be isolated immediately. An adult will supervise them until they are collected and may wear PPE.

Please ensure we have up to date contact details and that you are able to answer if school calls. We will do all we can to ensure that further closures of classes or year groups are avoided but we need your help and support with this.

What will classrooms look like?

There will be changes to classrooms. We will not have soft furnishing, e.g. cushions in classrooms at this point.

Wherever possible desks will face the front, with two children at each table. Tables will be as far apart as we can make them, although school guidance recognises that we will not be able to keep children 2m or even 1m apart at all times.

Children will have individual stationary items but may share other less frequently used class resources. These will be cleaned after use. 

Can I come into school?

We are restricting the numbers of visitors to school and, in line with Government guidance, will not be having assemblies or celebrations in large groups - we will find alternative ways of doing this.

The school office will be open between 9.10am - 9.30am but we ask you to queue on the marks on the ramp outside and only have 1 person in the office at a time.

Please phone school or use the enquiry@grendon.bham.sch.uk email address if possible instead of visiting the office in person.

Year group emails that have been in operation throughout lockdown will remain in use as a way of you contacting your child's teacher. We will be able to speak to you by phone if required. 

Will children and/or staff wear PPE?

No, not as a rule. Staff may use PPE in first aid situations or if isolating a child with symptoms. Children or staff are not required to wear masks in school. Masks must be worn on public transport and should be removed at school safely, without touching the front of the mask or your face. They can be kept in children's bags if needed.

If you have further questions or need anything clarifying please ring school on 0121 474 2460 or email enquiry@grendon.bham.sch.uk