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Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School Specific Measures

Minimising contacts and mixing between people reduces transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is important in all contexts, and schools must consider how to implement this. Schools must do everything possible to minimise contacts and mixing while delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.

Department for Education 2nd July 2020

 

The overarching principle applied in line with guidance is the reduction of contacts between children and staff. The two key elements to planning includes keeping groups separate (in 'bubbles') and maintaining distance between individuals. In planning control measures the following have been taken into account:

  • Children's ability to distance
  • The layout of the school
  • The feasibility of keeping distinct groups separate while offering a broad curriculum

 

The sections below clarify plans and protective measures in place in school from September. Parents should read and familiarise themselves with the plans in place as we will require the support of the entire school community in ensuring that plans are followed to help ensure the safety of all children and staff.

Bubbles and Groups

Consistent groups reduce the risk of transmission by limiting the number of pupils and staff in contact with each other to only those within the group. They have been used in schools in the summer term in recognition that children, and especially the youngest children, cannot socially distance from staff or from each other and this provides an additional protective measure. Maintaining distinct groups or ‘bubbles’ that do not mix makes it quicker and easier in the event of a positive case to identify those who may need to self-isolate, and keep that number as small as possible.

 

From September, all staff and children will be allocated to a particular bubble. In determining bubbles we have taken the following into account:

 

  • The ability of younger children to maintain social distance: We appreciate that younger children find maintaining a distance from other children and their teachers more challenging than older children. To reflect this, the additional control of smaller bubbles for younger children will help to further reduce risk.
  • Layout of school buildings: Bubbles of pupils are located closer together to reduce the need for children to move around areas of the school not allocated to their particular bubble
  • The best support for pupils’ learning and wellbeing: Specialist teaching support staff are allocated to individual bubbles to limit contact between bubbles. Further information on Specialist Teaching Support is outlined in greater detail below.
  • Teaching, learning and timetabling considerations: To support the teaching of a balanced and ambitious curriculum, from time to time children are taught outside their classroom. Additional control measures are in place to help to ensure safety and reduce the risk of contact between groups and bubbles. Similar control measures are in place at lunchtimes and break times to enable children to safely access the canteen and outdoor areas. 

 

BUBBLES:

 

Bubble

Classes

Foundation Stage

Nursery / Reception

Year One

Class One

Year Two / Three

Class Two and Three

Year Four / Five / Six

Class Four and Five

 

Where 'bubbles' include more than one class, individual classes are considered separate 'groups'. Additional control measures are in place to ensure the reduction of mixing of children in different classes. This includes but is not limited to segregation of areas of the playground for individual classes to reduce the likelihood of 'contact' between children from different classes. 

Social Distancing

 

It is likely that for younger children the emphasis will be on separating groups, and for older children it will be on distancing. For children old enough, they should also be supported to maintain distance and not touch staff where possible.

Department for Education July 2020

 

Whilst maintaining a distance of two metres between staff and children within groups and bubbles is not a requirement, it remains advisable to promote social distancing within school where children's age and level of understanding allows. 

 

Stringent efforts will be made at all times to enable social distancing between and within bubbles appropriate to the age and the capacity of children. This will include:

 

  • Consideration of the school layout and moving around school - Bubbles are located in different areas of the school to reduce the number of staff and children accessing corridors and shared areas at the same time.
  • Timetabling to reduce contact between bubbles - Lunctimes, break times and lessons outside the usual classroom (for example when accessing the computer rooms) are all timetabled to reuduce the number of children accessing different areas simultaneously.
  • Reduction of shared learning environments accessed by more than one bubble and additional cleaning procedures of shared spaces between use. 
  • Social distance signage and floor markings in shared internal spaces such as corridors - this will support children and adults to 'stay alert' and maintain a healthy distance
  • Areas of the playground will be allocated to individual classes when more than one class use the playground simultaneously.

 

It is important to note that children with a class group are not required to remain two metres apart at all times. Whilst the benefits of maintaining a healthy distance when circumstances allow will be promoted, children in an individual class will not be expected to social distance in the classroom or when lining up as a class. Where social distancing is not possible, additional control measures are in place to ensure reduction of the amount of time spent in face to face to contact to lower the risk of transmission.

The Wearing of Face Coverings

 

Due to the organisation of the school under COVID-19 protective measures to reduce mixing between groups of pupils and staff, the requirement to wear face coverings at Appleby Primary School will be limited

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Face coverings will be worn by staff and visitors in areas outside the classroom where social distancing cannot easily be maintained, such as corridors and communal areas.

 

Older pupils who can wear face coverings safely who would feel more comfortable to do so may also do so in areas outside the classroom where social distancing cannot easily be maintained, such as corridors and communal areas.

Measures within the Classroom

 

Maintaining a distance between people whilst inside and reducing the amount of time they are in face to face to contact lowers the risk of transmission. 

 

Foundation Stage and Year One

We recognise that younger children (those in foundation stage and Year 1) and those with complex needs will not be able to maintain a social distance at all times. In accordance with guidance, additional control measures are in place in these classes to promote the safety and welfare of pupils and staff including:

  • Organisation of the classroom to promote distancing where possible
  • Removal of some furniture to provide additional space and support additional cleaning
  • Organisation of classroom resources to promote additional cleaning and limit the number of resources in use at the same time
  • Bubbles for Foundation Stage and Year One significantly smaller than for older children
  • Pupils will be encouraged not to touch their teacher and not to spend lengthy periods in close contact with staff or children where possible. 

 

Years 2 to 6 (Classes 2, 3, 4 and 5)

 

In accordance with guidance, classes will be organised with forward-facing desks. Pupils will be provided with their own stationery resources to avoid the requirement to share. 

 

NOTE: It is important the control measures in place do not impair the ability of children to access a full and balanced curriculum. Whilst children will not be permitted to bring items from home to school beyond those which they need, we will be able to issue children with reading books to bring home as usual. 

 

Arrival and Departure from School

 

Arrival times and departure times will be staggered to enable the safe entry and egress of all staff and pupils and to reduce congestion at the beginning and end of the school day. Younger pupils will have an entry point onto the playground to enable parents to bring children to the school door.

 

Children who travel by school transport will be met by a member of staff and taken to their classroom areas each morning and collected from class each afternoon and taken to their bus or taxi. Children who use wrap-around care services will be brought to class each morning and collected from class each afternoon.

 

Parents and pupils are asked to adhere to social distancing arrangements in place at drop-off and collection times. 

 

Pupils will be greeted by a member of staff. We regret the, at the present time, parents will not be permitted to enter the school unless by prior agreement with the Headteacher. Continued communication between home and school will continue to be important. We would ask parents to support us by using email to: admin@applebyprimary.cumbria.sch.uk or telephone: 01768351431. 

 

A table and school plan below outlines the entry points and times for children in each group. Entry times will be over a ten minute period. Doors will remain open and staffed throughout this time and children can enter as they arrive moving straight into their cloakroom and then classroom. This will support the reduction of numbers of pupils entering the school building at the same time. 

 

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, staff and families we would like to thank all parents for their understanding and compliance with protocols in place at the beginning and end of the school day. We recognise that the start and end of the school day will, by necessity, be quite different in September and it will be critical for the safe operation of the school that all families arrive and depart the school PROMPTLY and ON TIME. Please note that families arriving late in a morning may be required to wait off-site until all other children are safely in school. 

 

 

Group

Entry Point

Entry Time

Exit Point

Exit Time

Foundation

One-way system in operation: In at Main Entrance and out on Thanet Terrace

9.05 – 9.15

One-way system in operation: In at Main Entrance and out on Thanet Terrace

3.20pm

Year One 

One-way system in operation: In at Main Entrance and out on Thanet Terrace

8.50 – 9.00

One-way system in operation: In at Main Entrance and out on Thanet Terrace

3.05pm

Year Two 

Year Two Entrance

9.05 – 9.15

Year Two Entrance

3.20pm

Year Three

Year Two Entrance

8.50 – 9.00

Year Two Entrance

3.05pm

Year Four/Five

Car Park

9.05 – 9.15

Car Park

3.20pm

Year 6

Car Park

8.50 – 9.00

Car Park

3.05pm

 

IN ORDER TO HELP ENSURE THE SAFETY OF PARENTS AND PUPILS EXITING THE SCHOOL FROM THE PLAYGROUND, WE POLITELY ASK PARENTS TO AVOID DRIVING OR PARKING VEHICLES ALONG THANET TERRACE. 

 

The site plan below shows entry points and one-way systems in operation.

 

Wrap-around Care

Breakfast and After-School Club will continue to be delivered by Buzz Club each day.

 

Children attending Buzz Club must arrive no later than 8.40am and parents must vacate the school premises prior to the arrival of all children in school. 

 

As it will not be possible to offer separate provision for children in different bubbles; a small, consistent group of children will be able to access Buzz Club and bookings must be made for the half term prior to September. Parents will be contacted directly by Buzz Club who will communicate the control measures in place to ensure children' safety and wellbeing. 

Lunch and Break Times

Groups should be kept apart, meaning that schools should avoid large gatherings such as assemblies or collective worship with more than one group.

When timetabling, groups should be kept apart and movement around the school site kept to a minimum. While passing briefly in the corridor or playground is low risk, schools should avoid creating busy corridors, entrances and exits. Schools should also consider staggered break times and lunch times (and time for cleaning surfaces in the dining hall between groups).”

 

In accordance with guidance and control measures in place throughout school, break times and lunch times will be staggered. This will enable classes and bubbles to play separately from each other outside and reduce the risk of contact when accessing the school canteen. 

 

Specialist Teaching Support

 

We anticipate that a higher than usual proportion of pupils will require additional support both in core areas of learning and also additional pastoral and mental health support as a consequence of COVID-19. 

 

Support timetables will limit the number of pupils working with members of support staff and  pupils will be directed to additional support from within a bubble. 

 

Teaching spaces are prepared in which support staff will be able to deliver intervention and support 1 to 1 or in small groups. These teaching spaces will be set up in a similar fashion to pupils’ own classrooms. Children will not sit around tables and adequate ‘safe space’ will be provided to the staff member to promote social distancing and to enable the delivery of sessions without additional close contact with pupils. 

 

Pupils directed to Resourced Provision will continue to access specialist teaching based within Emma’s Building. Timetables and allocation of support staff working with these children will be done in such a way as to enable children to continue to build upon and further develop integration within mainstream classes. Pupils with clinical vulnerability or needs requiring COVID Health and Care Plans will be grouped to minimise contact and cross-over with pupils spending greater time in mainstream classes in order to further reduce risk.

Peripatetic Teaching

 

Music

Schools should note that there may be an additional risk of infection in environments where you or others are singing, chanting, playing wind or brass instruments or shouting. This applies even if individuals are at a distance. Schools should consider how to reduce the risk, particularly when pupils are playing instruments or singing in small groups such as in music lessons by, for example, physical distancing and playing outside wherever possible, limiting group sizes to no more than 15, positioning pupils back-to-back or side-to-side, avoiding sharing of instruments, and ensuring good ventilation. Singing, wind and brass playing should not take place in larger groups such as school choirs and ensembles, or school assemblies. Further more detailed DfE guidance will be published shortly

 

Peripatetic teaching of music will be able to restart from September. Sessions will be timetabled to provide an individual teaching space in which the music teacher can deliver sessions to small groups and individuals whilst maintaining social distance. 

 

Sessions will be delivered in the music room. Peripatetic teachers must comply with established health and safety requirements of visiting professionals including hand washing between sessions and limiting contact with pupils not within their groups.

PE and Physical Activity

 

Schools have the flexibility to decide how physical education, sport and physical activity will be provided whilst following the measures in their system of controls. Pupils should be kept in consistent groups, sports equipment thoroughly cleaned between each use by different individual groups, and contact sports avoided.

Outdoor sports should be prioritised where possible, and large indoor spaces used where it is not, maximising distancing between pupils and paying scrupulous attention to cleaning and hygiene. This is particularly important in a sports setting because of the way in which people breathe during exercise. 

 

PE and physical activity will be important both to promote physical health and mental wellbeing. 

 

PE will be timetabled twice each week for every child. This will continue to be supported by the EVSP and external coaches. Timetabling of visiting coaches will be in bulk sessions and visiting teachers will deliver lessons to more than one class whilst taking into account physical distancing. Where possible ALL PE sessions will be taught outside except where the weather does not permit this. Activities such as dance and gymnastics which would normally be taught indoors will not be taught in the short term. 

 

Additional handwashing and cleaning of resources will be necessary and ALL resources must be thoroughly cleaned between use by another bubble and where possible separate resources will be provided. 

 

Children should bring their PE kit to school for the scheduled PE days (classteachers will provide a timetable upon school's return. PE Kits should be taken home and laundered between uses as required. No PE Kit should be left in school to allow for additional cleaning of cloakroom areas. 

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