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Our COVID arrangements

When does the school term begin?

All children will return to school on Monday 2nd November.

Breakfast club continues to run as normal (7.45am - 9am) - contact the school office to book a place for your child.


How will the school day work?

We will lengthen the drop-off and collection times to enable a staggered approach.  This will allow more time and space during busy parts of the day to give all members of our community the opportunity to socially distance on the playground.  For this approach to work efficiently, we will be asking parents to use both pedestrian gates.  


The pedestrian gates will be open from 7.40am to provide access to breakfast club.  However the playground will not be supervised until 9am – please supervise your children during this period.


Please park in the parking bays around Floral Way and walk to the school site.


From 9am, the pedestrian gates will be supervised to allow children to walk onto the playground independently, where they will be met by their class teachers.  This will reduce the number of adults on

our playgrounds and increase the opportunities to be socially distant.  Parents are welcome to come onto the playground with their child and teachers will still be available to pass quick messages. 


Year R – enter through the pencil fence gate

Year 1 – enter through the KS1 door

Year 2 – enter through Year 2 door

Year 3/4 – enter through the KS2 emergency exit

Year 5/6 – enter through the KS2 door


To reduce overcrowding please stagger your arrival onto the playground:


Staggered arrival by surname


9am – 9.10am

9.10am – 9.20am

9.20am – 9.30am


Surnames beginning with

A - H

Surnames beginning with

I - R

Surnames beginning with

S - Z



End of Day arrangements:

Collection at the end of the day will also be staggered to ease over-crowding and support social distancing.


Year R: Collection at 3.30pm from the pencil fence.  Please enter the school site using the front pedestrian gate.

Year 1 and Year 2: Collection from the KS1 door at 3.35, please wait on the KS1 playground. Please enter the school site using the side pedestrian gate. If you also have a child in the juniors, collection from Year 1 and 2 will be at 3.45pm.

KS2: Collection from the KS2 playground at 3.50pm.


Schools are unable to take part in overnight residential trips during the Autumn Term.  Our Year 5 and Year 6 Residentials have been postponed to later in the academic year.  Further information will be shared with parents once all details have been finalised.


What should my child wear?

All children are expected to wear school uniform on their return to school in September:

  • White shirt and school tie
  • School jumper or cardigan
  • Grey trousers or grey skirt/dress
  • White or grey socks


Outdoor learning will take place regularly next year following the DFE schools’ guidance for reducing the risk of transmission.  Therefore, all children will be required to wear trainers (not black school shoes) until further notice.  This is not a permanent change to the uniform policy and will be reviewed regularly. 


As we enter the winter months, and the weather changes, outdoor learning will continue as much as possible so a warm winter coat and wellington boots (in a plastic bag) are advised.

Expectations regarding jewellery, hair and nail polish will be reinstated.  Full details can be found within our uniform policy:


What can my child bring to school?

In order to maximise the space available within the classrooms, equipment and personal belongings must be kept to a minimum.

All children:

  • Bring their PE kit to school every Monday and it will go home every Friday.  Please use a small, drawstring bag which is clearly named.
  • Coats, hats, wellington boots (on wet days)
  • Water bottle and lunchbox (if required)
  • Book bag – no rucksacks
  • All children will be provided with stationery.


KS2 only:

  • One small pencil case can be brought into school from home – it must be able to fit into their desk drawer to allow frequent and thorough cleaning of desks throughout the day. All stationery items brought from home must fit inside the pencil case.
  • There will be a strictly enforced ‘no sharing’ rule.


Will my child be able to have a school dinner?

School dinners will be available and a menu will be emailed to all parents by the end of this term.  There is a link to HC3S menus on our website.


If your child would prefer a packed lunch, please ensure it is held within a small lunch box as it will be stored within the classroom to avoid using shared storage spaces and reduce the risk of viral transmission. 

We are a nut-free school – please check the ingredients of the food your child brings into school as they will not be allowed to consume items which contain nuts or traces of nuts.

Further information about school dinners and healthy packed lunches can be found on our website:


Will Breakfast Club be available?

Breakfast club will be available from Monday 7th September and must be booked in advance.  Due to the protective measures we must take to reduce the risk of transmission, unfortunately we will be unable to

offer drop-in sessions until further notice.  Please contact the school office if you wish to book a breakfast club space for your child.


Further information can be found on our website:


How will the school keep my child safe and minimise the risk of viral transmission?

The guidance from DFE and Public Health England outline a hierarchy of protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission.


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

If your child, or someone within your household, has symptoms of Coronavirus your child must not attend school.  If your child is unwell, phone or email the school on the first morning of absence with details of your child’s symptoms or to inform the school that someone within your household is displaying symptoms of COVID-19:

  • A new cough
  • A high temperature
  • A change in taste or smell


2. Clean hands thoroughly, more often than usual

Soap, running water and hand sanitizer will be freely available in all classrooms and shared areas.  Staff and children will wash their hands throughout the day but in particular when:

  • Moving from outside to inside the school
  • Arrival and departure
  • Before and after eating
  • After using the toilets
  • Moving from one learning space to another
  • After coughing, sneezing and using a tissue

If your child is in the juniors, and they wish to bring in their own miniature bottle of hand sanitizer, they are welcome to keep it in their tray. 


3. Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

Tissues and bins will be freely available in every classroom and shared areas.  Staff will remind children and actively model using a tissue when sneezing or coughing, or coughing/sneezing into their elbows if they don’t have a tissue in their hands.


4. Enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach

All frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day including tables, chairs, toilets, sinks, keyboards and door handles.

Shared learning areas will be cleaned between different classes, as will shared equipment.


More frequently used equipment (pens, pencils) will only be used by individuals and will not be shared.


5. Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible

There will be staggered start and ends to the school day as well as staggered breaks and lunchtimes.  Although younger children are not expected to maintain a social distance from each other, older children and adults will maintain a social distance where possible. 


6. Where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

Current guidance states that PPE is not required within an education setting.  However, it will be used by staff for high risk activities such as delivering first aid, personal care and if caring for a child who has become unwell during the school day.


What will happen if my child is unwell?

If your child becomes unwell during the school day, we will contact you immediately so you can collect your child. 

Any child displaying COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated from the wider school community and supervised by a member of staff until collected by a parent.


Any child with symptoms:

  1. Must be sent home immediately and advised to follow stay at home: guidance
  2. Must self-isolate for at least 10 days and parents should arrange to have a test.  Other members of the household must begin self-isolating for 14 days.
  3. Please inform the school of the test result.
  4. If the test delivers a negative result, they can return to school once they feel better and the household can stop their self-isolation.
  5. If the test result is positive, inform the school immediately, and isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms. Other members of the household must self-isolate for 14 days.
  6. The Health Protection Team will then advise if any other groups or individuals are required to self-isolate for 14 days.


In the event of a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus within our school community, we will always follow the advice and instructions from Public Health England.