Howard Junior School COVID-19 Q&A
What will Class Bubbles at Howard Junior School be like?
- Students will work alongside their peers in their Class Bubbles for the duration of the day.
- Where staff numbers allow, we endeavour to allocate two staff members per bubble to support the Bubble routines.
- The whole school will operate using Class Bubbles, with contact between other Class Bubbles avoided as much as possible to minimise the risk of cross-contamination.
- PE sessions will take place within Class Bubble groups.
- Assemblies will be delivered via video conferencing, allowing bubbles to remain in their individual classes.
How will Howard Junior School organise classrooms and resources?
- We will provide all children with the everyday resources they need in the classroom (iPad, pen, pencil, ruler, etc).
- In some instances, pupils may share resources with their partner, all of which will be sanitised after use
- PE equipment will be cleaned between each session and set aside for at least 72 hours in between uses.
- Every child will have their own allocated seat and their tables will be forward facing in line with Government guidance.
- Classes will visit the toilet in their Bubbles- this will be supported and monitored by staff and effective sanitisation will be undertaken after each group of children to avoid cross-contamination of Bubbles.
- Playtimes and lunchtimes will be in Class Bubbles using various areas of the school, to include classroom, field, playground, Castle fort and school garden.
- Children will remain in their Bubble classrooms for the majority of the day unless taking part in PE, Forest school or activities that are in other areas of the school grounds.
How will the Howard Junior School day start and finish?
Each year group will have a set time to arrive at school- the time allocated will be when the gate will be opened for your year group. Please arrive a few minutes before to ensure you are ready for your entry time.
The school day will begin at the previously allocated times-
8:30 Year 6
8:40 Year 5
8:50 Year 4
9:00 Year 3
Children are to maintain social distancing where possible whilst entering the playground and will line up sensibly with their class staff member. Parents must leave their child at the gate and are unable to enter the school grounds before school- this ensures both staff and pupils are kept as safe as possible whilst entering the school premises. We must ask that you maintain social distancing whilst waiting at the gate and request that you stick to your allocated time to prevent large groups of parents and pupils at the gate each morning.
We will also continue with staggered departure times, whereby parents are able to enter the school grounds to collect their child at the allocated times- these are altered and changed as follows:
2:50 Year 3
3:00 Year 4
3:10 Year 5
3:15 Year 6
Please respect that this will be difficult to monitor (although we will try our utmost) and if you have a child that is in year 3 or 4 and a child that is in year 5 or 6- it would be encouraged that you arrange for your year 5 or 6 child to walk to meet you outside of the school gate at their allocated time- at an allocated place, as we would prefer that you leave the playground as swiftly as possible to ensure that social distancing can be adhered to as effectively as possible.
- Parents and children should again observe the required social distancing. We would politely ask that you leave the school site as soon as you have collected your child.
How will we contact Howard Junior School staff?
- All contact with school must be via the main school office
Tel: 01553 774511 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Unfortunately, we are unable to allow face-to- face meetings with staff members; however parents can request a telephone call to discuss any matters relating to their child.
- Parents’ evening will take the form of a summary of your child’s progress, if further action is required, telephone consultations can be booked by request. These will take place after half-term .
How will Howard Junior School keep on top of cleaning?
- Our school will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each school day by our contracted cleaning team.
- Touch points, hard surfaces and toilets will be cleaned throughout the day by an allocated member of staff.
- Pupils will wash their hands regularly throughout the day including: on arrival, after break, before lunch, after lunch, after visiting the toilet and before they leave school at the end of the day. There may be other points during the school day that hand sanitisers will be used within their Class Bubbles.
- It is also essential that children wash their hands immediately when they arrive home after the school day and that school clothes are washed as often as possible during the school week.
- Children will be encouraged not to touch their faces and to use the Catch it! Bin it! Kill it approach.
- Each Class Bubble has a well-equipped cleaning kit which includes antibacterial sprays, wipes and gloves. They will also have a lined bin and boxes of tissues.
What will break and lunch times look like at Howard Junior School?
- Staggered break and lunch times have been allocated to classes to avoid cross-contamination between Class Bubbles and limit movement around the school building.
- Outdoor areas such as the field, playground, castle fort, school garden etc will be used for children to enjoy their break and lunch times (weather permitting).
What snacks/meals are provided at Howard Junior School?
- Tuck will be available to purchase at a cost of 35p for a biscuit (chocolate oat or shortbread) or 25p for fruit and will be delivered directly to Class Bubbles.
As is the usual expectation- pupils will not be able to dip into their lunch box during the day.
- Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch or a lunch will be available to purchase at a cost of £2.25
- Lunch boxes are sanitised upon entry to the school and will be stored in each of the pupils’ class ‘Bubbles’ until their intended use.
- A school lunch will be provided for those pupils in receipt of Free School Meals, unless they wish to bring in their own healthy packed lunch.
- Our Norse Catering Team will be offering a hot box meal throughout the week which will be hand-delivered to Class Bubbles.
- Pupils will be encouraged to regularly hydrate throughout the day- please provide your child with a named water bottle that they can refill using the classroom taps which are drinking water approved.
What will the Howard Junior School uniform look like?
- We expect our pupils to continue to wear their smart school uniform and encourage parents to wash and provide a fresh uniform wherever possible.
- Your child will take part in a specialist PE session once a week. We will ensure that their PE kit will be returned home on the day of use so that it may be washed and brought in ready for the next session.
- Please visit https://howardjunior.co.uk/uniform/ to view our full uniform list
What does PE look like at Howard Junior School?
- We have been advised by the Government, that as it is a Curriculum requirement- sport activities will continue to take place.
- Pupils will be kept in consistent groups, sports equipment will be thoroughly cleaned between each use by different individual groups, and contact sports will be avoided.
- During our PE sessions- outdoor sports will be prioritised alongside our sports coaches, and large indoor spaces will be used where these are not available, maximising distancing between pupils and paying scrupulous attention to cleaning and hygiene.
- PE kits will need to be brought into school in readiness for your child’s PE session and taken home immediately after use.
What will happen with clubs and events at Howard Junior School?
- Before, during and after school clubs are currently unable to take place to avoid the cross-contamination of Bubbles.
- This includes our wraparound care of breakfast club as we aim to keep our pupils as safe as possible whilst in our care.
- Event days that are manageable within Bubbles will continue- such as Roald Dahl Day and World Book Day. Wherever possible we will retain the magic of Howard and will inform parents of events that are coming up and how we intend to celebrate them.
What will happen with trips at Howard Junior School?
- Much of the Howard magic surrounds our amazing events and trips; unfortunately we are unable to attend off-site visits whilst measures are in place to protect students in their Class Bubbles.
- We will continuously update our systems and controls in response to Government guidance to ensure we are providing as many enriching and engaging opportunities for our pupils as possible.
What happens at Howard Junior School if a pupil displays symptoms of COVID-19?
- If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’.
- If a child is awaiting collection in school, they will be moved, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door with appropriate adult supervision.
- If they need to go to the toilet while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate toilet that has been allocated within school to suspected COVID-19 cases. The toilet will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.
- PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection.
- We will also adhere to the NHS Test and Trace process and will contact the local Public Health England health protection team if a case of COVID-19 is suspected.
- We will continue to adjust and refine our procedures in line with the latest government guidance.
COVID-19 System of controls at Howard Junior School
1) Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
2) Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual- hand sanitiser is available in all classrooms and at each entry and exit point of the building
3) Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach- this will be monitored and upheld within each ‘‘Bubble’’
4) Enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach will be undertaken. Toilet facilitates will be cleaned after each use, classrooms will be regularly sanitised throughout the day, high-traffic areas will be cleaned and sanitised at 30 minute intervals throughout the day.
5) Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible- ‘Bubbles’ will be used as outlined by the Government with a maximum of 30 in any class (although some of our classes are less)
6) Where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)- pupils are welcome to wear their own PPE- this is NOT provided by the school.
7) Temperatures will be taken before entry to the building as well as at regular intervals during the school day. A temperature of 37+ will trigger a concern for the health of a child and if a continued raised temperature is evident- a child will be sent home.
Response to any infection- in the event of a suspected COVID-19 case in school-
If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’.
This sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
If a child is awaiting collection in school, they will be moved, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door with appropriate adult supervision. If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate bathroom that has been allocated within school to suspected COVID-19 cases. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else. PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection.
We will also adhere to the NHS Test and Trace process and will contact the local Public Health England health protection team if a case of COVID-19 is suspected.
Parents/carers must be ready and willing to:
- book a test if they or their child are displaying symptoms. Pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school.
- provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
- self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)