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FAQs

How will you be able to maintain the bubbles during whole school activities?

Whole school gatherings will not be possible in the autumn term.

We will be not be having assemblies and it is, unfortunately, unlikely that we will plan performances for the Autumn term.

Playtimes will be staggered and each bubble with have a dedicated zone. Children will not mix bubbles during these times. Areas can be used by more than one bubble but not at the same time.

What will happen at lunchtime?

Schools will provide packed lunch options only until at least October half term. Lunch times will be staggered a and to ensure that everyone has time to eat and enjoy some time outside, lunchtimes will be reduced to half an hour – this will be kept under review and we will extend lunchtimes as soon as we are able. Children will eat in their classrooms for the time being but we will return to eating in the dining hall (or school hall for Trumpington Meadows) as soon as is safely possible.

What happens if there is a suspected case of COVID 19 in my child’s class?

If there is a suspected case of COVID 19 in school the person involved will be isolated and sent home. They will be advised to take a test. If this test is negative, the person can return to school. However, if it is positive, parents will be notified and the bubble will be sent home to socially isolate for a period of 14 days. If this was to occur, the classes will once again revert to home learning and we will set up learning to be undertaken at home.

We ask all parents to please make sure that anyone who is displaying symptoms does not enter the school site. Also, if there is anyone at home displaying symptoms, children should be kept away from school until test results are known. This is to protect all children and adults in our school community.

What is school going to do to support children to catch up?

We are yet to receive comprehensive details regarding the national catch up programmes.

After a settling in period when our priority will be to ensure that our children feel happy and safe at school, we will embark on a process of assessing the children’s learning, identifying any gaps and directing teaching towards those.  We will continue to deliver a broad curriculum based on the plans that have been developed by our team over this period of lockdown.

How will school support a child’s wellbeing?

We will continue to deliver our PHSE curriculum and work with the children on areas such as talking and listening, turn taking, sharing our feelings etc.  Any immediate or emerging concerns will be addressed by teachers and the inclusion team as appropriate in partnership with families.

How will school communicate with parents?

Parents will not be allowed into the school buildings without an appointment.

Anyone who accesses the school sites will be expected to follow our hand hygiene and social distancing requirements.

Parents can still communicate with school using emails and telephone. We will let you know about arrangements for parent/carer consultations once these have been established.

What will the classrooms look like for most children?

We have had to make some changes to the way our classrooms are set out.  Classrooms now have desks facing the front rather than groups of tables. This does not apply to Reception.

What can children bring to school?

At time of writing, the advice is that children should not bring anything to school. This includes stationery and books. We have created toolkits of resources such as stationary for each child that will be kept at school.  They will not need to bring bookbags when they return. Packed lunches can be brought from home as well as a water bottle which will remain in school all week.

How will staff administer first aid?

All trained first aiders are still qualified to administer first aid and will continue to do so. They will observe hand washing guidance and ensure that all equipment is thoroughly cleaned.

Will the school change its cleaning routines?

Our cleaners will continually tour the schools, cleaning as they go.  Each classrooms has facilities for cleaning equipment and surfaces and this will be done regularly.

What happens if there is a fire?

Assembly points will be moved to allow for distance but the procedure will still be retained. We will practice assembling at the new points during the first half term.