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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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For further information please see:

Government Coronavirus (Covid19) Advice

NHS 111 Online

Worried about how to speak to your children about  Covid19? Worried yourself? This site has some great advice: Place2Be

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Forward Thinking Birmingham  PAUSE help for families 

To ensure that children , young people and young adults are able to access support trained practitioners will be available through information found on their website below. 

www.forwardthinkingbirmingham.org.uk/services/13-pause


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 is fully open.

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 lunch.

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

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 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.

What do I do if...?

What has happened What do I do? When can my child come back to school?

Your child has Covid-19 symptoms:

a new, continuous cough,

a high temperature,

changes to senses of smell and taste.

Do not come to school.

Let school know immediately.

Self-isolate the whole household.

Get a test for your child.

Keep school updated.

When you have informed school that your child has a negative test result.

If they haven’t been tested, 10 days after the symptoms appeared providing your child does not still have a temperature and they feel well. They may still be coughing. This is ok.

A member of the household cannot leave home to bring the child to school as they must continue to self- isolate for 14 days.
Your child develops symptoms of Covid-19 at school.

We will self-isolate your child and contact you.

Collect your child as soon as possible.

Self-isolate the whole household.

Get a test for your child.

Keep the school updated.

When you have informed school that your child has a negative test result.

If they haven’t been tested, 10 days after the symptoms appeared providing your child does not still have a temperature and they feel well. They may still be coughing. This is ok.
Your child has a test which is positive.

Contact the school to let us know.

Your child must self-isolate for at least 10 days.

The rest of the household must self-isolate for 14 days.

Engage with NHS test and trace.

10 days after the symptoms appeared providing your child does not still have a temperature and they feel well. They may still be coughing. This is ok.

A member of the household cannot leave home to bring the child to school as they must continue to self-isolate for 14 days.
Your child has a test which is negative.

Contact the school to let us know.

As soon as you have informed school that your child has a negative test result. 
You cannot get a test for your child.

If you cannot get a test for your child in the first 5 days, your child should self-isolate for at least 10 days.

Continue to isolate the whole household for 14 days.

Keep the school updated.

10 days after the symptoms appeared providing your child does not still have a temperature and they feel well. They may still be coughing. This is ok.

A member of the household cannot leave home to bring the child to school as they must continue to self- isolate for 14 days.
Your child is ill with a cold, sore throat, headache, sickness or other symptoms not related to Covid-19.

If your child is too ill to come to school, keep them at home and follow our usual guidelines.

You child can come to school with a cold or other illness if they would normally, as long as they do not have any of the 3 Covid-19 symptoms.

Your child can continue to attend school if they are well enough or can return as soon as they are well enough.

Normal procedures apply. Remember that your child should not attend for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea (as normal).

Someone in your household, (not your child), has symptoms.

Do not come to school.

Let school know immediately.

Self-isolate the whole household.

Get a test.

Keep school updated.

When you have informed school that the household member has a negative test result.

If they haven’t been tested, other household members, including children, should continue to self-isolate for 14 days.
Someone in your household tests positive for Covid-19.

Do not come to school.

Let school know immediately.

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.
After 14 days self-isolation as long as your child doesn’t develop symptoms themselves during this time.
You cannot get a test for the member of your household with symptoms.

If you cannot get a test in the first 5 days, the person with symptoms should self-isolate for at least 10 days.

Continue to isolate the whole household for 14 days.

Let school know and keep us updated.
After 14 days self-isolation as long as your child doesn’t develop symptoms themselves during this time.
NHS test and trace have identified your child as a close contact of a confirmed case.

Do not send them to school.

Let school know.

Your child has to self-isolate for 14 days. The rest of your household do not need to isolate as long as your child doesn’t develop symptoms.
After 14 days self-isolation as long as your child doesn’t develop symptoms during this time.
NHS test and trace have identified someone in your household, (not your child), as a close contact of a confirmed case.

The household member should self-isolate for 14 days.

Your child can continue to come to school unless the household member develops symptoms.
The child continues to attend school if they are not the direct contact.
A sibling in another class or school has been sent home with Covid-19 symptoms.

Do not come to school.

Let school know immediately.

Self-isolate the whole household.

Get a test for the child with symptoms.

Keep school updated.

When you have informed school that the sibling has a negative test result.

If they haven’t been tested, the sibling can return 10 days after the symptoms appeared providing they do not still have a temperature and they feel well. They may still be coughing. This is ok.

Other household members, including children, should continue to self-isolate for 14 days.
A sibling in another class or school has been asked to self-isolate as a result of being a close contact of a confirmed case. The sibling who has been a contact should self-isolate for 14 days. The rest of the household including other children can continue to attend school. Your child can continue to attend as normal. Only the sibling needs to self-isolate.
My child’s bubble is closed due to a Covid-19 confirmed case. The child in the bubble should not come onto school site and the child  (not whole household) should self-isolate for 14 days. School will give you a date when the bubble will reopen. Other siblings can continue to attend school unless your child develops symptoms themselves.

*14 day isolation starts from 48hrs before symptoms begin

IF YOUR BUBBLE HAS BEEN CLOSED YOU MUST FOLLOW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES REGARDING SELF-ISOLATION. CLICK THIS HERE FOR DETAILS.

REMOTE EDUCATION STRATEGY

Our Remote Education Strategy is now available and can be downloaded below (01.10.20). There is also a letter that accompanies it which helps explain what happens during different situations.

I have to isolate but my friends are at school...

Reception

 

Years 1 to 6

 

What do I do if my whole bubble is closed?

Reception

 

Years 1 to 6

 

What else do I need to know?

 

 

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