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

In the event of an urgent update, a red banner will return to the top of the Home Page with the required information.

All documents can also be downloaded in PDF version below. For past copies of letters, please refer to our School Letters section of the website found HERE

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REMOTE LEARNING

All the information you need can be found HERE

All children have been expected to attend full time from March 8th.  Our normal school attendance rules apply.

What times does school start and end?

We will continue to stagger start and finish times in September, but review and make changes for October half term if needed.

Please do not arrive on site more than 5 minutes before your start time. If you have more than one child, please come on to site at your earliest start time, but keep other siblings with you. Remember your child has changed year groups and so times will be different. Please also note that Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will now be collected from the side playground and not the car park area.

Year Start End Entrance Exit Drop off & Collection
R 8.50 3.05 Middle gate (between our main entrance and Grendon and Billesley Nursery drive) Blue gate onto path by Grendon and Billesley Nursery Line up in front playground on yellow stripes. An adult can wait with their child. Collect from the same area.
1 9.00 3.15 Middle gate (between our main entrance and Grendon and Billesley Nursery drive) Blue gate onto path by Grendon and Billesley Nursery Line up in front playground on yellow stripes. An adult can wait with their child. Collect from the same area.
2 8.50 3.05 Middle gate (between our main entrance and Grendon and Billesley Nursery drive) Blue gate onto path by Grendon and Billesley Nursery Line up in front playground on yellow stripes. An adult can wait with their child. Collect from the same area.
3 8.50 3.05 Main pedestrian gate Main vehicle gate

Zebra crossing area by bike shelter. Children enter side playground and line up under staff supervision Adults do not wait.

Collect from the side playground.
4 9.00 3.15 Main pedestrian gate Main vehicle gate

Zebra crossing area by bike shelter. Children enter side playground and line up under staff supervision Adults do not wait.

Collect from the side playground.
5 8.50 3.05 Main pedestrian gate Main vehicle gate

Zebra crossing area by bike shelter. Children enter side playground and line up under staff supervision Adults do not wait.

Collect from the side playground.
6 9.00 3.15 Main pedestrian gate Main vehicle gate

Zebra crossing area by bike shelter. Children enter side playground and line up under staff supervision Adults do not wait.

Collect from the side playground.

(This information can also be found on class pages)

Can children continue to come to school on bikes or scooters?

Yes! We would love them to as part of our drive to encourage less cars on the surrounding roads. We have bike and scooter racks available.

What do children need to bring with them?

A school bag for reading books, a snack and drink for playtime as we will not be selling these in school for the moment. A water bottle which can be refilled in school.

What do children wear?

Full school uniform policy will be in operation from September including PE kit. Uniform can be ordered online through your SchoolMoney account. We will arrange collection with you. I have attached information about school uniform. Please make sure you follow this and that children wear shoes and not trainers for school.

What size bubbles are children in?

This is no longer a requirement for schools. This makes a huge difference to not only how we teach children, but their ability to socialise and get involved in school life. Because we will retain staggered starts, at least for a while, children will still spend time in their year groups, as timings are staggered, but there will be increasing opportunities for them to mix. Children and fully vaccinated staff will no longer have to isolate in response to a positive case which means far less disruption to learning.

What are the arrangements for lunchtime?

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children are entitled to school meals free of charge under the Governments universal free school meals programme. Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and  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 check with the school office if you believe your child is eligible. Children can bring a packed lunch and drink from home if they don’t want school meals. Children are able to bring squash or juice to drink with their packed lunch, but are only allowed water in classrooms.

What does the curriculum look like?

We are returning to our usual school curriculum from September. We know children may still have gaps in learning and will use formative assessment processes before and during each unit and high quality interventions to close these. We will continue to focus on mental health, with weekly PSHE lessons and Feel Good Friday sessions.

What do I do if my child or a household member is ill?

If your child has any of the 3 symptoms of Covid-19, please follow the guidance that we are now familiar with. Your child  must have a PCR test and isolate until the results are known. If positive, your child must continue to isolate for 10 days. School will no longer need to identify close contacts or close bubbles in response.  If a child develops symptoms in school, they 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 for you. With regard to all other illnesses, our usual processes apply.

How is the school be cleaned?

We will continue with our enhanced cleaning schedule. Cleaning staff will be on site all day. Shared spaces such as toilets, will continue to be cleaned frequently, as will all touchpoints throughout school.

What additional hygiene processes are in place?

Children will continue to be asked to wash hands or sanitise at set points during the day. There are additional sanitiser points around school and in classrooms. 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 do classrooms look like?

Restrictions on classroom organisation will be lifted. Children will no longer have to be seated in rows and soft furnishings etc will make their return. While we will still operate enhanced cleaning procedures, resources will be available to be shared. Classrooms will continue to be well ventilated with high and/or low windows open as appropriate.  

Can I come into school?

We will continue to restrict access to school for the first half of the Autumn term. While individual and smaller meetings can now take place on site, we will still restrict the numbers of adults in school and not have large gatherings such as assemblies for this first half term. The school office will be open between 9.10am – 9.30am. However, 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 this year will remain in use as a way of you contacting your child’s teacher. Remember to use your child’s new year group! We will be able to speak to you by phone if required.

Do children and/or staff wear face coverings or PPE?

No, not as a rule. Staff may use full PPE in first aid situations or if isolating a child with symptoms.  Staff may choose to teach in clear visors.  In a change to guidance, staff in primary schools are now asked to wear face coverings in communal areas and corridors.  We will not be teaching in masks.  There is no need for primary children to wear masks in school; they are not able to maintain the strict hygiene processes involved in putting masks on and off and not touching them while they are on. Constant touching would actually increase risk.  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.

Will staff and children be tested at school for Covid19?

Staff are taking twice weekly lateral flow tests at home.  This is another layer of protection that will keep us all safe in school, however, it may result in short notice bubble closures in response to a positive test. There are no plans to routinely test primary children in school or at home and we would never do this without your permission even if this was introduced. There is an option now introduced for adults in families with school age children to have access to lateral flow testing for themselves. This is not arranged through school. For more information, please see:

Lateral Flow Testing for Households

Have staff been vaccinated?

Some staff have been vaccinated if they fall into the priority groups that have currently been vaccinated.  Vaccination has been prioritised in age groups and for medically vulnerable adults and not on the basis of their profession. 

Please keep your eye out for email communication from school from now on.  As part of our move towards paperless communication, we will generally not send out information by paper unless there is no other way.  Paper copies will always be available from the school office.  Please ensure you contact the office if you change your email address or are not receiving emails from school.

If you have further questions or need anything clarifying please ring school on 0121 474 2460 or email enquiry@grendon.bham.sch.uk and we will respond as soon as we can.

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 PCR 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. Members of the household must also isolate for 10 days from the day the person showed symptoms.

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 PCR 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. Members of the household must also isolate for 10 days from the day the person showed symptoms.

Your child has a PCR 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 10 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.

Members of the household must also isolate for 10 days from the day the person showed symptoms or 10 days from the day of the test if asymptomatic.
Your child or any member of your household has a positive asymptomatic lateral flow test.

Contact school to let us know.

Self-isolate all members of the household.

Book a PCR test for the person with symptoms.

If the PCR is negative, it overrules the lateral flow, so isolation ends and your child can come back to school.

If PCR confirms a positive result, the whole household must isolated for days from the date of the test.

If you do not get a PCR test, the whole household must continue to self isolate for 10 days from the date of the lateral flow test.
Your child or household member 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.

Contact school – we may be able to provide you with a test. 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 10 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. Members of the household must also isolate for 10 days from the day the person showed symptoms.

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.

Your 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 three 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 PCR test for the person with symptoms.

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 10 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 10 days.
After 10 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 10 days.

Let school know and keep us updated.
After 10 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 10 days. The rest of your household do not need to isolate as long as your child doesn’t develop symptoms.
After 10 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 10 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 PCR 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 also self-isolate for 10 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 10 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 10 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.

 

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