My child has a cold / possible symptoms of Covid what should I do?
We need to split the answer for this into two:
1. If you believe your child has symptoms of a cold – i.e. sore throat / runny nose. We would like you to consider whether they are fit enough to attend school? This advice has not changed from previous years. If you will not be sending them in then you should phone or email (email@example.com) the school and give us the child’s name, class and symptoms.
2. If your child has one or more of the following symptoms the advice is different:
- 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
Firstly, you should not bring your child or any siblings into school. Instead organise for the child with symptoms to have a Covid Test. Please let the school know that this is what you are doing as soon as possible. You will then be given advice which you must follow until you have the results of the test. If the result is negative and your child no longer has any symptoms they (and any siblings) will be able to return to school.
If the result is positive you will be advised to continue with the self-isolation. Please inform us as soon as possible of a positive test as the school will need to notify Public Health England, who will advise us on any further steps required by the school.
If your child develops any of the above symptoms during the school day we will ask you to collect your child/ren and arrive for a test.
For children who are self-isolating while awaiting a test result for themselves or a family member, we have a link on the website home learning page to the Oak Academy resources, which is the government’s scheme of work for home learning. Here there are daily lessons in English and maths plus a foundation subject for each year group. Parents can keep in contact with teachers about this work via the year group emails.
Do I need to wear a face covering?
We have changed our advice to Parents and Guardians dropping off and picking up children from school. This is because we know that social distancing in certain areas of the playground is difficult.
We kindly ask that all adults wear a face covering (unless medically exempt) for drop off and collection.
We also require you to wear a face mask to enter the front office - we restrict entry to one adult at a time.
Can I get a test kit for my family / bubble?
From 1st March 2021 the government is offering free Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits for households, childcare and support bubbles of primary age pupils. To find out how you can get the test kits please click here.
Please note there are no plans to test primary age pupils whilst they come into schools.
How can I be most helpful to school?
Parents, you play a key role in making the logistical side of this work. By sticking to the following, you will enable all children to arrive safely and in time for their start of day:
- Please walk or cycle to school – if you must drive, leave plenty of time to find a space or park a bit further from the school and walk the last bit of the journey.
- Please arrive at the school gate promptly and not too early (check start times) or late.
- Ensure your children do not cycle or ride scooters on school site – they should be walked from the gates to the bicycle park.
- Please do not bring dogs onto school site.
- Follow the one-way system around school – you will soon get used to the system.
- Please don’t stop to chat to others whilst on school site – you may be holding up others by doing so.
- Please maintain a ‘social distance’ from others at all times.
I have two (or more) children at school in different year groups. Why do I have to drop / collect them at separate times?
The Government have said that, at busy schools, we should stagger start and finish times to reduce the number of parents collecting at the same time. Due to logistics and the number of children we have at Broke Hall this has meant a delay in start times across our year groups. We are aware that this works for families with one child at school but is not so helpful for bigger families.
We are not able to accept children into their sibling’s classes as this would involve mixing between classes / years.
In the morning you will not have to wait too long between drop offs as there is some flexibility in drop off times. However, collection at the end of the school day must be at the set times as the Government want us to provide a full day for each child.
We will review both the drop off and collection process to ensure that any issues are dealt with swiftly. If there is opportunity to speed the process up, we will look to make those changes.
Can someone else collect my children?
We would like to keep the number of adults coming onto school site to a minimum. Therefore we ask that only one adult drops or collects a child or siblings.
If your employment means that you will not be able to drop/collect your child at school then another person can do that for you. If this is as a one off please let the school know on the day of collection. If it will be a regular occurrence please let the class teacher know the pattern so they know who to expect.
Will the children wear P.E. Kit into school on P.E. days?
We are asking that the children in Reception, Years 1,2,3 and 4 continue to bring their P.E. kit into school in a bag. The children will be able to change before P.E. and may be sent home wearing their PE kit. This will allow you to wash their kit on a regular basis.
Children in Years 5 and 6 will need to come into school wearing their PE kit on PE days. They will need to wear their school sweatshirt and school shoes, bringing with them a hoodie and trainers for the PE lesson. .
What will be available at lunchtime?
We will still be offering a hot and cold lunches to all children. Children can also bring in their own packed lunch. Children in Year 6 and Year 5 will eat their lunches outside at picnic tables (excluding wet weather) - this means that any hot/cold school meals will be brought to them. Children in Reception will eat in their classrooms and hot/cold school meals will be brought to them. All other year groups will eat at different sittings in the Hall. The Pick n' Mix menu has been adapted to provide a filled roll, veg/salad pot, piece of fruit and slice of cake (as per hot menu).
The Menu is available here.