Thank you to all our parents and carers for their support, understanding and cooperation during these difficult times. This period has been challenging for all of us.
School is now fully reopened for all pupils.
Our first priority has to be the safety of everyone in the school community and the safety and happiness of each and every child. We are that sure every family has their own worries and concerns about their child’s return to school, and we would like to reassure you that we are following all national and local guidance.
Our Remote Learning Policy is available for download here: Remote Learning Contingency Plan – Blackhall Primary School
Here is the letter about our full reopening arrangements from Monday 06 September 2021. Letter_to_Parents_September_2021
Please follow the current safety advice to stay safe, happy and well.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kits
Whole families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home. All households with at least one member in a school or college, or who works in a school or college can order free rapid lateral flow test kits to be sent to your home. You can also collect free test kits from a test site.
You can find more information in the government guidance here: Get rapid lateral flow tests
More detailed guidance and information from the government about current COVID-19 measures in place can be found here:
Government Guidance – Coronavirus
All the latest NHS advice can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The government has published updated information and guidance for parents and carers about the full return to school which is available for you to read online here: What parents and carers need to know
We realise this is a very difficult and challenging time for our pupils and families and would like to reassure you that our school phone lines are open during normal school hours for any help and advice, and you can contact your child’s class teacher through the class email as well.
We continue to operate with additional hygiene and infection control measures designed to reduce the chance of the virus spreading though our school. Our measures include encouraging pupils to socially distancing where possible, especially the older pupils, maintaining hand hygiene measures, extra cleaning and staggered start and end times of the school day for different classes. All parents and carers have been sent a letter via the class email detailing your child’s times and entrance door.
School staff are now using lateral flow tests twice per week to self-test for coronavirus. All households with children in school can order test kits to use at home.https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
Protective measures in school in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)
If we experience a rise in positive COVID cases then extra measures may need to be implemented. More information can be found in Mrs Leonard’s letter to parents. Letter to Parents – Increased Positive COVID-19 Cases
As previously, anyone who is displaying coronavirus symptoms, or who lives in the same house as someone
who has symptoms, must not attend our school or enter our school premises.
What will this look like for your child?
Our children have done an amazing job in getting used to the requirements for social distancing and adapting to new ways of working. It has been a learning curve for all of us but we are confident that although nowhere is completely risk-free we are operating as safely as possible while offering a broad education for your child.
For maximum safety, we ask that only one adult drops off and picks up their child. No waiting on the yard or at the school gates, please. (Year 6 children are permitted to arrive and leave independently at parents’ or carers’ discretion). If you have any queries or need to see someone in school, please go to the main school office door and ring the number. In most circumstances there will be no need to enter the building.
Once in school, below is a list of our expectations for all our pupils:
- Children should come in normal uniform. However, this uniform may be adapted slightly for learning outside. i.e. trainers, comfortable bottoms. When it is your child’s PE day, they should come to school in their PE Kit and wear it all day.
- Children will enter the school yard via their designated gate and there will be socially distanced footprints on the yard for the children to stand on. Bubble teachers will come and collect the children from their area. They will immediately sanitise their hands and go straight to the classroom.
- High standards of cleaning and hygiene are expected from everyone. Children will be expected to wash their hands at regular intervals. Frequently touched surfaces and equipment will be cleaned thoroughly daily.
- Windows will be open and some doors will be propped open to allow natural ventilation and to avoid unnecessary touching of door handles.
- Toilets will be used one at a time throughout the day. They will be cleaned thoroughly each day.
- Children will work in their designated classroom with the windows open at all times. (As the weather gets colder, your child may need an extra layer to keep warm).
- The children will have their own places in the classroom. They will have their own frequently used equipment and only use their own station and will return to it the following day after thorough cleaning. No pencil cases to be brought from home.
- We hope to offer lots of outdoor learning to take place in the school grounds.
- The children will have separate break times and lunch times from other Bubbles. They may bring a healthy snack (e.g. fruit) to keep them going mid-morning or mid-afternoon (depending on their lunch time).
- Each child should bring their own filled water bottle and return it home at the end of the day for thorough washing.
Our school are following the government guidelines in order to reduce the risk as far as possible but we cannot eradicate the risks completely. We have a comprehensive risk assessment in place, which will be under constant review, and we will inform you as quickly as possible of any new measures or changes.
If your child does present with COVID-19 symptoms you must keep your child at home and let school know immediately.
If your child starts to display symptoms of COVID-19 whilst at school we will move them to another room and a member of staff will reassure them while we contact you so you can collect them. Here is a help sheet outlining what to do if your child shows coronavirus symptoms. BPS Parent Help Sheet for Child Showing Symptoms
NHS Test and Trace have produced a ‘how to’ video on testing your child for coronavirus – the throat and nose swab test which will test for whether your child has coronavirus now (opens in YouTube).
We are looking forward to supporting your children on the next stage of their journey and we hope that they have enjoyed returning to school and continuing their learning. Emotional well-being is very important to our school family and we hope that your children will feel safe and happy whilst in school.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Please keep in regular contact with us, especially if you feel your child will need some extra support to settle back in. If you suspect your child is becoming anxious, let us know so that we can work together to find a solution.