COVID 19 Information for Parents/Carers
We are now fully reopen for all children. We have collated information, frequently asked questions and resources to prepare your child for their return below.
If you need any support or have any questions please email email@example.com as this is our emergency out of hours contact. If anyone in your household shows symptoms over the weekend please use this email or the parent app to inform us.
Frequently Asked Questions
What time does my child start school and which entrance do they use? What time does school finish and where do I collect my child?
We are staggering the start and end times for pupils to reduce the number of children entering school at the same time and the number of parents in the immediate area around school.
Children will be allowed to enter their classrooms up to 10 minutes before their allotted start time. This will hopefully enable a more staggered start to the day. TAs will be at entrances 10 minutes before start time and teachers will be in classrooms 10 minutes before start times. (During these 10 minutes there will be basic skills activities available for children to complete).
For safety reasons it is imperative that you make sure that your child enters school at the correct time through their allocated entry point. You must also collect your child on time from the allocated exit point.
As stated in our Code of Conduct, please do not congregate outside of school at drop off and pick up and please adhere to social distancing rules. Liverpool City Council have asked parents to wear masks at drop off and pick up times (15/9/2020)
|Start Time||Home Time||Entry and Exit Point|
(P/T pupils 12:00pm)
|Reception||8:40 - 8:50am||3:10pm||Top Gate|
|Class 1||8:35 - 8:45am||3:05pm||Side Gate/Side Door|
|Class 2||8:35 - 8:45am||3:05pm||Side Gate/Hall Door|
|Class 3||8:35 - 8:45am||3:05pm||Car Park Gate|
|Class 4||8:50 - 9:00am||3:20pm||Side Gate/Side Door|
|Class 5||8:50 - 9:00am||3:20pm||Car Park Gate|
|Class 6||8:50 - 9:00am||3:20pm||Car Park Gate|
|Class 7||8:35am||2:45pm||Front Entrance|
I have more than one child in school and their start times/home times are different, what do I do?
In order to reduce the number of parents waiting in the immediate area around schools, siblings will enter school together. They will meet a member of staff at the top gate at the earliest time slot for your children. For example if you have a pupil in KS1 (Class 1 or 2) they can enter school from 8:35-8:45am. If you have another child in Class 6 they will also have to enter school at this time.
Children in KS2 classes will not be allowed to leave early at the end of the day, you will need to wait for them to finish at a social distance to others.
Does my child have to wear uniform?
Children must be in full school uniform when we return in September, we have a small stock of PE Kits, ties and book and PE bags available to purchase in school. All uniform must be clearly labelled with their name and class, we suggest that you purchase pens/labels to do this so children do not mix uniforms.
Will my child be in a bubble?
All classes (including Nursery and Class 7), will attend school from September in a ‘Bubble’ format of up to 30 pupils in each Bubble. Where possible, each Bubble will be isolated from children and staff in other Bubbles.
What will the classroom look like?
Classroom layouts will be similar to that of the summer term 2020. Tables will be set out 1m apart, where possible facing the front of the class. It is expected some children will need to sit alongside other pupils – but when this can be avoided children will be allocated an individual table. Children will be provided with individual resources where possible. Teachers should aim to keep a distance of 2 metres of them for the majority of the day; although it is acknowledged that there will be isolated times within the day when this is not possible. In Early Years classroom layouts will remain similar to that before Covid-19; although staff need to maintain a distance of 2 metres from pupils whenever possible and a more rigorous daily cleaning routine will be in place.
Can my child bring in their own equipment?
Children can only bring coats, PE Kits and Packed Lunch bags into school (please make sure packed lunch bags are wiped clean at home daily). Classroom equipment will be provided for each pupil. Items such as pencil cases, pens, pencils, hand gel etc will not be allowed in school.
Can my child wear a mask in school?
Masks are not permitted in school, if and when Government guidelines change for primary school pupils we will update this information in accordance to their advice. Please do not send your child into school with a mask as they will not be allowed to wear one.
What can the children have for lunch?
When we return to school in September, lunches will return to normal, children have the option of bringing their own packed lunch or having a school dinner. To assist with admin we ask that children stay on their chosen food choice for the duration of a half term. If you pay for your lunch please place payment in an envelope with your child’s name and class and give it to your child or one of the members of staff at the entrances, you will not be able to come into school to pay for lunches. We are hoping to move to an online payment system in the near future.
Is Breakfast Club open or are there any After School Clubs?
We have no plans to run breakfast or after school clubs currently however we hope to have them in place by the end of September. Updates on will be sent via the app.
Does school have a risk assessment in place?
The current Risk Assessments that have been devised for the return of pupils and staff for the summer term, will be adapted in accordance to the wider-opening of school in September. Individual Risk Assessments will be in place for pupils and staff as necessary.
What happens if my child displays COVID symptoms?
If your child becomes unwell in school and displays COVID symptoms we will ask you to collect your child and book a COVID test.
If your child displays COVID symptoms at home/at the weekend we ask you to book a COVID test and inform us straight away via a phone call or via email out of hours.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back. Guidance states that a high temperature is classed as 37.8 degrees and above.
- 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
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. Further information about COVID 19 can be found by clicking this link. If your child develops any of the symptoms above on the weekend please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know as soon as possible.
Attendance and Reporting Absence
From September our usual procedures for reporting absence are back in place. If your child does not attend you must inform us by 9:30am on the day to explain why your child is off via the school app or you must call the school office on 0151 709 3802. This is to ensure we are fully aware if they are off with Covid-19 symptoms so that we can support you in next steps and put our Covid-19 risk assessment process into action.
Does the school expect anything from me as a parent?
The safety for both children and adults is paramount. It is important that you have the school app and you have notifications switched on so that you receive the most up to date information quickly. You must also make sure we have your most up to date contact information if we need to call you in an emergency or if your child is unwell. We have devised a code of conduct that explains the changes below. One of the most important expectations is the information listed above about reporting absence. There are also details on the slight changes that have been made to our behaviour policy and the curriculum.
How do I speak to a member of staff?
Parents will not be permitted to enter the school building without a pre-arranged appointment, if you need to speak to a member of staff please call 0151 709 3802 so we can assist you. As it it is likely to be busy at start/end times please use this method instead of talking to school staff outside as they may not be able to give you their full attention/privacy whilst dealing with the children.
If we are returning from holiday/a trip abroad do we have to self isolate?
You must follow the guidance from the government when you return from another country. The most up to date guidance can be found by clicking on this link. If your return is going to be delayed because of self isolation/travel please contact us via email or by calling school.
Is there anything I can do to help my child prepare to return to school?
We understand that yourself and/or your child might be feeling anxious or worried about returning to school. Those pupils who returned before the summer holidays settled in quickly and enjoyed being back into their usual routine and surroundings. We have attached some links/books that you might like to share with your children before they return which may help to put your minds at ease. It would also help your child if you start to get back into a routine of waking up early and going to bed at a reasonable hour a few days before they return so they can get used to this before school starts.
BBC Bitesize – Helping your child to feel better about being back in school – A fantastic article that could be used to support your child before their return to school.