Getting Ready for the Start of the New Term - access to teachers and site rules for parents/carers
From September - due to COVID-19 restrictions - it will not be possible to have quick chats with teachers at the classroom door before or after school. Instead, parents and carers are asked to send quick messages via ClassDojo.
If a quick exchange of messages with the teacher is not able to resolve matters, meetings will be available online (via Teams or Zoom) or by telephone at a pre-arranged and mutually convenient time. Please contact Mrs Deal or Mrs Comrie (via ClassDojo) to request an appointment or ask the teacher directly, via ClassDojo, if a session can be booked in.
In the unlikely event that this cannot resolve the issue, then parents or carers should ask for a meeting with the Year Group Leader and then a member of the Senior Leadership Team - all in accordance with our complaint policy.
Otherwise all other meetings, whether virtual or in person, must be pre-booked: due to increased supervision around the site and the deployment of other staff in bubbles, all senior leaders are on gate duty before and after school as well as on lunch and break supervision. Being called to an ad-hoc meeting would compromise our security: consequently, appointments should be pre-booked to guarantee availability. If the meeting is onsite, a space also has to be booked and cleaned before and after, so those resources have to be factored in too - socially distanced spaces are not always available at all times in the day and, again, we have to plan in advance for the provision.
When it comes to parents/carers being on site, there are some new rules we ask you to observe:
* only one parent/carer on site for any child at any time (this includes at any in-person meetings)
* if you can, walk to school and avoid parking a vehicle on local roads
* keep to the one-way system through the grounds between 8.25am and 9am and 2.55pm and 3.40pm (entry is via the lower playground pedestrian gate and exit via the Westborough Road pedestrian gate) - outside these times, entry can be via the Westborough Road pedestrian gate
* maintain social distancing (2m) from anyone outside your family bubble and with all members of staff
* avoid coming onto the site if you can (to prevent having to walk around the whole block) - say goodbye to your child at the lower gate if you can
* avoid congregating with other parents/carers on site and leave as soon as possible
* waiting inside the building (such as at the Main Reception) is not permissible
* try and encourage your child to keep to socialising with other children within their bubble if possible, try not to have them mix with children outside their bubble (it is understood that this may be very difficult to achieve - but all attempts to avoid or mitigate against bubble-mixing would be appreciated)
* if you receive a call to collect your child, as they have become ill, you or a representative should come to school to collect them immediately.
There may be times when parents/carers want to drop off an item or ask something at the Main Reception: to do so, please form a socially distanced line outside the reception and wait until the person being dealt with has finished and left before entering the lobby - given the small space and risk of contagion, we ask that the number of visitors in the lobby is kept to one adult plus any accompanying younger children.
At all times, no-one with any of the recognised symptoms of COVID-19 should ever enter the school grounds. The symptoms are:
* a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
* a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
* a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19:
1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
2. Your child must stay at home and must not have visitors until they get their test result – they should only leave their home to have a test.
3. Anyone your child lives with, and anyone in your child's home bubble, must also stay at home until they get their result.
4. You will be asked to cooperate with the Track & Trace services to identify anyone your child may have had contact with.
I appreciate that this is another bank of rules - but, ultimately, they are about keeping as many people safe in our community as possible. Together, we can ensure we all avoid this disease as best we can.
Keep safe; stay happy; be kind.