Q. Are you able, at this stage, to say more about what the 20 days of in-school learning for Y2-5 may look like? Is that 20 days for each child or 20 days across those year groups?
A. As an aspirational aim, we are trying to follow DfE principles relating to getting eligible children, whose parents would like them to attend into school for four week’s worth of learning. This will be subject to further DfE guidance and our ongoing management of risk.
First question and reply I'm going to add to the FAQ section of Risk Assessment section of the website:
Q. I understand that you are working hard to create “bubbles” of children to try to lower the risk of the virus spreading from children to children, if my child comes in as a key worker on Mon and Tues will he be able to be in one of the groups on the other days year 1 are in each week? Or, does he have to remain as part of the key worker group to protect the “bubble” situation?
A. Whilst we can accommodate Key Worker children on the other days we will, for the first fortnight at least, be using the Village Hall for Key Worker children from the other groups. It will be a logistical challenge to maintain the integrity of the bubbles for Key Workers. Far easier for Year Six and a greater challenge for the younger children.
It is important to state here that whilst we will try hard to maintain bubbles whilst the children are in school we are relying on social distancing to occur out of school, but note that the bubble model has limitations that end at the school boundary.
Q. I would like some clarification on layout in the classroom/school and what social distancing will look like upon return.
A. The classes have been stripped back to the bare essentials and each child in Years One to Six has their own desk (please see photo of Wagtails [year Six] and Hedgehogs (Year One]. In Reception children will sit opposite a friend one of our tables or tables on their own to work on activities. We have followed guidance regarding rooms and as per guidance, for example, soft furnishings have been removed and plastic toys in reception will be washed in Milton every day.
Additionally we have employed a fulltime cleaner to be available as and when required.
Q. At the moment, children don’t appear to be 2m apart so they are not social distancing. Will this change?
A. Whilst key workers have been present we have attempted to maintain social distancing. This has been easier in classrooms (separate tables etc.), but more challenging outside of the classroom. Similarly it has been easier to impose with older pupils than younger ones.
As from the 1st June we will attempt to maintain strict bubbles (i.e. groups of children who do not mix with others and keep the same teacher).
On social distancing, its important to say that the government has acknowledged that social distancing at 2m is challenging in schools, especially for younger children and they instead focus on “reduced contact and mixing”, which we’ve thought through in detail.
Q. I can see you plan to have 12 max in a room. What about movement around the school? Lunchtime? Playtime?
A. Lunchtimes and breaktimes will be operated on a rota basis and using different elements of the school site.
Clearly defined path ways around the school will work to reduce contact as much as possible.
Q. We have two people at home, who are in the vulnerable group so we are being particularly careful.
A. This is a key consideration for parents. Our main means to manage risk will come from good hygiene and the operation of the bubbles. However, we are just managing risk. No school can guarantee safety. Parents ultimately have the power to make the decision as to whether or not to send children in.
Q. Staff or pupils become symptomatic whilst in school”, will a member of staff be supervising the child whilst in isolation
A. Whilst we are endeavouring to reduce the number of adults on site, we have factored in staff who will be available to over sea children from a distance should this occur. The child would be isolated, siblings removed too, and children’s family in the bubble informed.
Q. Also, just to clarify that the child would be isolated in a meeting room and the female toilets would be used should the child need the bathroom whilst in isolation?
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