Visiting our School during COVID-19
As we return to School, please note that visitors to our school site are permitted strictly by appointment only, and only when your visit is essential.
If you are visiting our school with an appointment, please make sure that:
- You sign in on arrival
- You wash and/or sanitise your hands when you arrive and as necessary during your visit
- You carry a mask or face covering and wear it as required
- You maintain a safe distance (at least 1 metre, and ideally two meters) from other people at all times
- You have read and understood our risk assessment found below.
We have comprehensive processes in place to keep our community safe. Further details are available below in our school risk assessment.
The return to school means that, for most, this will be the end of children learning from home, with parents/carers supporting. We thank you for all you have been doing to support your children at home - you have all done an incredible job considering the circumstances. However, in the event of a bubble closure or the need for a child to isolate, we will still be providing remote learning which your child can access.
Our staff are dedicated in providing high quality and consistent home learning for our children. After the successful use of Google Classroom throughout lockdown, we would like to continue to use the online learning tool throughout this term. We will be using this platform in some of our lessons as an intervention tool but it will mainly be used to set homework and weekly spellings.
Learning at home
As you will hopefully now know, Google Classroom is an easy to use online tool that allow our teachers to send information to your child at home. It is a secure learning network which provides a safe way for us to connect, share content, access homework, participate in discussions and receive class information. Sometimes, this will be simple class messages 'Don't forget to wear your PE kit tomorrow', but more often it will be instructions and resources for homework or classwork. Google Classroom is accessible at home through the internet and can be used through multiple devices with Internet capabilities-including iPhone, iPad and Android.
Your child has been assigned to their online class through their Coastal Federation email account. By logging in to either the Google Classroom website in a web browser or by using the Google Classroom app (Google Play, App Store) on their phone/tablet, they can see all of the 'announcements' (messages) and 'assignments' (homework) that their teachers have sent them. There is also a handy 'To do' list that collects all of their upcoming homework deadlines in one place.
Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children's mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having an impact on everybody's lives. Regardless of their age, this will be a challenging time for many children and young people. How a child or young person responds to their individual situation will vary. Some may react immediately, some not at all, while others may show signs of difficulty later on. It is important to recognise that in most cases, these are normal responses to an abnormal situation.
How a child or young person responds to their individual situation may vary in different ways according to their individual characteristics and circumstances. For example, their age, physical or mental health condition, how they deal with stress, previous experiences or pre-existing mental or physical health condition. Children and young people want to feel assured that their parents and teachers can keep them safe. It will not always be possible to provide answers to all the questions that children and young people may ask, or to address all their concerns, so focus on listening and acknowledging their feelings to help them feel supported. There are some actions you can consider to support a child's or young person's mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic, including:
- Look for changes
- Making time to listen
- Providing clear information about the situation
- Being aware of your own reactions
- Support safe ways for children and young people to connect with their friends
- Creating a new routine
- Limiting exposure to media and talking more about what they have seen and heard
If you require more information please click here.
Returning to School
If your child is anxious or worried about coronavirus (COVID-19), there are things you can do to help. And if they're struggling with their mental health, we have advice to help you support them and keep them safe. There's a lot of uncertainty in the world at the moment. And there won't always be answers to the questions your children are asking. But we can help you have these conversations in a safe and open way with information on this page.
It is natural to have worries about how the return to school will work for your child and family life. However it is really important that children are able to get back to socialising and learning at school. Most children have been out of school for a long time during the pandemic lockdowns. There will still be changes to keep the risks of COVID-19 as low as is possible for staff and students. Children are very tuned in to how their parents are feeling so may pick up on your worries about them going back to school. Getting information and support for your concerns will help you feel more confident and help your child feel more confident too.
With most children returning to school you may be worried about how safe it is for your child to go back. Rest assured, our schools have put in place lots of measures to ensure that your child and you are kept safe.
Our school day and routines are still slightly different from before and this might take a bit of getting used to. Each school will make their own plans to keep risks as low as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I speak to my child's class teacher at pick up and drop off?
Unfortunately you will not be able to speak to your child's class teacher face-to-face. If you have any concerns or questions you want to ask your child's teacher you can contact the office. The office will pass on your message promptly. If you want to speak to your child's class teacher directly, you can either send them an email or you can ask to make a telephone appointment with them after school.
What happens if my child is late for school?
If your child is late for school, you will need to take them to the school office. You will not be able to drop your child off using the one-way system outside their allotted drop off times. Please ensure your child is prompt to school.
My child is upset, anxious and/or worried about coming into school?
This is a 'new normal' for all of us, but we are confident that we have all the processes in place that mean your children can come to school safely. If your child is anxious, share with them all the processes that we have put in place around hygiene and bubbles. School staff will be on hand to help reassure your child if they are upset. We know it's going to be a really tricky time for them and we want to support them the best we can. The most important thing is communication, and if you need some help broaching this subject with your child, there are some really useful guides on the Just One Norfolk website.
Will my child be required to wear a uniform? Does my child need to bring in their PE kits?
Yes. All children will be required to wear their full school uniform. Please ensure the correct uniform is adhered to.
No. Your child doesn't need to bring in their PE kits. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are having to change how we plan PE this term. PE will be taught once a week for a morning or an afternoon. We have doubled up their PE time so they won't miss out and ensured that equipment is used by one class bubble per half-term. As well as these changes, children will be required to come to school dressed in their PE kits.
Can my child wear a face mask?
Absolutely. If your child feels more comfortable wearing a face mask in school then that is your and your child's decision. We only ask that face masks are non offensive and appropriate for school (no scary, offensive mask will be permitted).
We do ask that any parents that are entering the school building wear a mask - this is for the safety and protection of you and our staff. Some of our staff may wear face masks or visors too. We recognise that guidance can change rapidly - we will monitor this, and if anything changes, we will update you.
What are the toilet arrangements in school?
Children will have access to class bubble toilets and sinks. This is to minimise contact between other bubbles. Toilets will be cleaned at regular intervals and monitored closely by school staff. There will be antibacterial gel available outside the toilet for the children to use after hand washing.
What will my child be learning when they are back to school?
We know that some of our children have spent a long time out of school, and have some anxieties about returning to school - our priority is to ensure that our children are ready to learn, and we will be doing lots of well-being work.
Schools are required to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum as well as creating a recovery curriculum which helps support our children with their return to school. In the first two weeks back, our children will be spending time in the afternoons learning skills to support their social, emotional and mental health needs. The mornings will focus on key skills in reading, writing, maths and spelling. After the 2nd week, children will start their new topics.
What happens if my child becomes ill?
It is important that we keep our class bubbles healthy for the safety of our children, families and staff. If you are in any way concerned that your child may be unwell with the virus, please do not bring them into school. Testing is widely available and is now very fast, so please get your child tested if you are concerned in any way.
You will only need to take your child out of education if they are experiencing the three main symptoms of coronavirus.
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste - this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Typical symptoms of a cold, such as a runny nose or a sore throat, are not considered symptoms of coronavirus, and as such, children do not need to be kept off school. We hope this helps with your question.
Following government guidelines, we will contact you if your child falls ill. You may be required to collect your child and take them to a covid-19 testing centre. We will not be carrying out Covid-19 testing in school. We will err on the side of caution here at school, and will expect you to take your child home and self-isolate for the required amount of time if they are tested positive.
What preventative measures are the school taking to keep the children safe?
-The children will remain in their year group bubbles during the school day.
-We will be asking the children to wash their hands frequently with both soap and gel sanitiser - on entry into classrooms, after using resources, before and after play, before and after eating, after using the toilet and at any other points that are necessary
-Drop off, pick up, lunches and playtimes are all staggered to ensure the different bubbles stay separate.
-There will be minimal movement of children around the school and they will have their own specific areas
-Assemblies will take place virtually in classrooms
-The staff team will clean the classrooms and resources regularly.
-We will require parents to keep their children off school/take them home and remain off for the government allotted timescales if they are clearly unwell or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19
-We will require any children or staff who demonstrate any symptoms of COVID-19 to have a test.