2nd September 2021
I hope that you have all had a restful summer break and are looking forward to your child/children returning to, or starting school.
School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and it is priority to ensure that as many children as possible regularly attend school.
The safety and well-being of all our staff and families remains our number one priority. We believe that the following measures will help to keep all members of our community as safe as possible, whilst minimising any impact on pupils’ educational experience regarding Covid-19.
On-site arrangements for September
1. Promote good hygiene for everyone.
2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Contact tracing and self-isolation
School will continue to follow latest guidance from the DfE and from the Local Public Health Protection team. This includes:
- If anyone in our school develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, we will send them home and advise a PCR test is taken.
If PCR result is negative:
no self-isolation is required by those aged under 18 years and 6 months and they can return to school
If PCR result is positive: Whoever has tested positive must continue to self-isolate for 10 full days after the day of symptom onset/test (if no symptoms) – which is day 0
Self-isolation ends on day 11 if well and no fever on days 9 and 10. If fever ongoing on days 9 or 10, continue to self-isolate until fever-free for 48 hr and well.
Cough and loss/change in taste/smell may continue beyond day 10.
If symptoms start whilst isolating, isolation period starts again - day of symptom onset = day 0
Self- isolation means they must not leave the house and must not attend school during the isolation period. Please inform school as soon as possible of a positive PCR result via [email protected]
If a parent or carer insists on a pupil attending our school, we may take the decision to refuse the pupil if, in our reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19.
We will maintain our capacity to deliver high quality remote education for the next academic year, in the event that any pupil is unable to attend school due to Covid-19. Details on how to access learning remotely will be sent home shortly, and you are advised to check that you know how to access this BEFORE you may need it.
In addition to following national guidance, we have considered the unique nature of our school and the school community. As a result, we have identified specific arrangements that we will have in place:
- Follow the hands – face – space - ventilation guidance.
- Children will continue to use the drive for entry in the mornings between 8:30 – 8:50.Years 4/5/6 will leave at 3:30 pm and year 3 at 3:35 pm.
- Although there is no requirement to wear face coverings in law, the government recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don't normally meet. For this reason, we ask that you continue to wear masks on site and do not enter the building until further notice.
- Children from different year groups will mix again e.g. assemblies, lunchtimes and playtimes.
- P.E. uniform should be worn on P.E. days. School uniform should be worn on the other days.
- If attending an afterschool club please bring appropriate clothes to change into.
- The Haven continues to offer before and after school care.
In addition, we have contingency plans with additional measures should we need to implement them. These will be considered in line with advice from Public Health, kept to the minimum number of groups possible, and for the shortest amount of time possible, to allow any outbreak of Covid-19 to be managed and minimise transmission. Any changes will be notified to you via email.
We look forward to seeing you soon and thank you in advance for your support with these matters.
14th May 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
As you know the current landscape is changing all the time and we wanted to keep you up to date with the updated Department for Education guidance as of 17th May 2021.
The DfE Guidance around Covid-19 states:
Implementing the system of controls, creates a safer environment for pupils and staff where the risk of transmission of infection is substantially reduced. The way to control this virus is the same, even with the current new variants.
If we follow the system of controls, we will effectively reduce risks in our setting and create an inherently safe environment.
These additional measures will be reviewed in partnership with health experts to decide whether the evidence suggests that these measures can be eased during the summer term.
1. Minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate; self-isolation is for 10 days and means you should not leave your house.
2. Ensure face coverings are used in recommended circumstances. This continues to be for staff in communal spaces and corridors; and for parents/carers, face covering should continue whilst on the school site.
3. Ensure everyone is advised to clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.
4. Ensure good respiratory hygiene for everyone by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
5. Maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents.
6. Consider how to minimise contact across the site and maintain social distancing wherever possible. Maintaining consistent bubbles that do not mix. Staff can operate across different classes and year groups to facilitate the delivery of the timetable and other provision.
7. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
In specific circumstances:
8. Ensure individuals wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) where necessary.
9. Promote and engage in asymptomatic testing, where available. Twice a week LFD tests continue to be recommended for staff.
Response to any infection
1. Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.
2. Manage and report confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst the school community. Families should continue to report cases to school.
3. Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.
Travel and quarantine
All pupils travelling to England must adhere to government travel advice and parents should bear in mind the impact on their child's education which may result from any requirement to quarantine or isolate upon return.
Those arriving from a ‘red list’ country, or have transited through one in the past 10 days, must quarantine in a government approved facility with a parent or legal guardian rather than at home.
Anyone planning holidays abroad must ensure that they are available to return to school on the first day of the autumn term. This means that any holidays taken must allow for a 10-day quarantine or self- isolation period prior to 2nd September 2021.
Transitional, taster and open days
We will need to complete a thorough risk assessment before considering running transitional, taster and open days to ensure that they are in line with our system of controls, and align with the advice contained within the DfE guidance and the roadmap out of lockdown.
More information on this area will come to you shortly.
Thank you for your continued cooperation to help keep us all safe and well.
Mrs Alex Norton
Dear Parent/ Carer
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. All staff are working hard to do what they can to support the return of the children back to school and to protect their health, the health of all the staff in our schools and the wider community. The plans that schools have put in place will help support children back into school gradually with the right steps to reduce the risks of COVID-19 as far as possible. This includes practical steps such as hand washing and making sure that any children who are ill do not come into school. Where appropriate, staff and pupils are wearing face coverings in the school premises and on school transport. Testing is playing a large part in a safe return. Secondary school pupils have been getting tested on site and are now moving towards testing at home. Government guidance recommends that all families or households of children of school age get tested and we would urge you to do so. How to do so can be found here. There are also other simpler measures that will play a vital role in controlling the virus and this is where we are asking for your help. It is around the simple ‘Hands, face, space’ measures that are still so key in preventing transmission. If you collect your child from school, please do not congregate with other parents around the school exit. It is best if you arrive no sooner than you have to and leave immediately once your child is with you. Please wear a face covering if you are able and stay at least two metres apart from anyone outside your household. It is always good practice to wash your hands before leaving the house and after returning. We are extremely grateful for all that you have done to keep children at home while schools have been closed to many children. Now, we are asking that you continue the effort in line with the guidance described above. Thank you once again for all your efforts. We hope that your child, or children, is/are enjoying being back at school as much as the school is enjoying having them and we thank you in advance for your co-operation in helping to keep the school environment as safe as possible.
Ian Budd Shade Agboola, MBBS, FFPH, PhD
Assistant Director of Education Services Director of Public Health
Tuesday 23 February 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am very pleased to be writing to you to make you aware of the latest DfE guidance to schools, and assist you in preparing for the return of all children to school on Monday 8th March 2021. We are very much looking forward to seeing your children and all the work they have completed. It has been a long and difficult time and it feels like we can at last get back to another new normal!
The government has asked schools to plan for all children to return. Of course, there will still be risks while coronavirus (COVID-19) remains in the community, and that is why we have put in place a range of protective measures.
Parents and carers can support this by:
- ensuring that anyone who has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or has someone in their household who does, does not attend school - this means if your child, or someone in your household, has symptoms you should not send them to school
- engaging with the NHS Test and Trace process so that cases can be identified and action taken - this means if your child develops symptoms, you should arrange for them to get a test and you should inform us of the results of that test
Alongside this we will:
- ensure everyone cleans their hands more often than usual, including when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks, and before and after eating - this will be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser
- ensure good respiratory hygiene, by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
- maintain good ventilation in classrooms by keeping windows open
- have enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often. Toilets will be cleaned regularly. Pupils will be encouraged to clean their hands thoroughly after using the toilet
- minimise contact and maintaining distance, as far as possible - in broad terms, it will involve asking children to stay within class groups.
- ask school staff to complete asymptomatic LFD (lateral flow device) tests twice a week in order to minimise the spread of Covid-19 within the community
- your child may be asked to self-isolate for 10 days (based on advice from local health protection teams) if they have been in close, face-to-face contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus
It will be really important that parents help us to implement these approaches by following wider public health advice and guidance when not on the school site and the arrangements set out here:
Arriving and leaving school
- Where you need to use public transport to get to school, the safer travel guidance for passengers will apply
- Only one adult should attend site with their child(ren), following social distancing guidance at all times
- Adults should wear face masks when entering the school site
- Anyone arriving late should come to the front entrance and be greeted by office staff at their window
- Parents to leave children at the front gates with members of staff on arrival
- Avoid gathering at the school gates when dropping off and picking children up
- Children should limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each day, to essentials such as lunch boxes, water bottles and bags
- Children and staff will sanitise their hands immediately on arrival at school
- You are asked to limit your physical communication with school, using either email or the telephone. Please contact us on [email protected]
- All children should come to school between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m. Please can we ask that parents wear a face covering when dropping and picking up their children for the safety of all in the school community. Your assistance in this matter is much appreciated by other parents and staff.
- Children will exit school at the following times: Yr.4 and Yr.6 will leave at 3:20p.m, Yr.5 at 3:25p.m. and finally Yr3 will leave at 3:30p.m. from the main gates.
The school day
- We will continue to provide an ambitious and broad curriculum. There will be a period of adjustment so that everyone settles into school and is able to respond to the requirements that come with that. Staff will take time to support everyone and teaching will be informed by an assessment of pupils’ starting points and addressing any gaps in their knowledge and skills
- Additional funds from the government will help pupils make up for lost teaching time, with extra support for those who need it most
- Individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils and pens, pupils will be given their own items that are not shared with others
- Pupils will be seated side by side and facing forwards, rather than face to face
- P.E. will be delivered as safely as possible, and outside whenever appropriate. Children should wear suitable sports clothes on their allocated days, instead of school uniform.
- Assemblies will take place in classrooms, including celebration events. We regret that, for now, families will not be invited into school for any of these events
- Remote education will be provided where needed, to ensure that the small number of children and young people that may need to be educated at home, for example, due to self-isolation, are given the support they need to continue learning
- We will stagger break times and lunch times so that Chestnut, Oak and Sycamore are outside but in separate zones
- Children will be expected to wear their usual school uniform except for on PE days. Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, or in any different way to normal due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Public Health England does not recommend Children the use face coverings in schools
- Staff will wear face coverings in public spaces and at their discretion in classrooms
- PPE will only be used in a very small number of cases e.g. where an individual child becomes ill with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at school, and only then if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained
- Children can bring in their own snack although snack is available for them to buy
- Our school kitchen will be fully open. In order to maintain social distancing between children, those who have packed lunch will eat in their classroom.
Before and After School Club
- The Haven before and afterschool care will be delivered in line with the wider guidance on protective measures. Please contact [email protected] to book your child’s place for before and after school.
- We anticipate being able to offer some after-school activities later in the term but these will be limited. They will run alongside our wider protective measures. We shall liaise with the external companies who run these clubs and let you know accordingly.
In the event of an outbreak
- Ensure that staff members and parents/carers understand that they will need to be ready and willing to engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
- Inform us immediately of the results of any Covid-19 tests taken (by email of phone)
- Communicate any confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) to the school community (we will not share the names or details of people with coronavirus (COVID-19) unless essential to protect others).
- Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
I trust you will appreciate how challenging it is for schools to accommodate everyone back whilst adhering to very comprehensive government guidelines. The measures in place mean we can return to school fully re-opening, maintain safe practices and provide a safe and welcoming place for our children and families.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming your children back to school on Monday 8th March, and thank you in advance for adhering to the arrangements we have in set in place for the benefit of everyone in our school community.
Please can all children bring in the books they have been working in, especially maths books.
In the week beginning the 1st March all staff will be onsite in school. Google Classroom will still continue although activities and feedback will be adjusted to allow staff to prepare for the return of all children. We are hopeful that a Google Meet each morning will continue.
Thank you for all your support over these past weeks and hopefully the return to school will run smoothly. If you have any concerns then please speak with us. Well done for all the home schooling and if any of you fancy a teaching as a career, I would be only to happy to hear from you ;-) Seriously though, thank you, we know that you have had to work and teach your children...no mean task!
Mrs Norton and the Team at BJS
On Wednesday, Gavin Williamson (Secretary of State for Education) suggested that if parents aren’t happy with online learning then they should report this to Ofsted. My preference would be to contact me first so that I can attempt to address any concerns. My staff would prefer this too! They have worked incredibly hard not just today but over the past 9 months trying to prepare for eventuality of another lockdown. Personally, I
think they have done and are doing a fantastic job… but I’m obviously a little biased. They have developed online learning, trained children, created new teaching plans and new communication systems... all in such a short space of time. I’d like to hear it first so I can resolve any problems. We won’t get it right all of the time but we will always try our absolute best to serve our children and community.
Details of support available are in the weekly bulletin
If you would like to speak with someone please email the office
Or Mrs Hodgson
Home Learning 07.01.21
Just a little word as I know some of you are struggling with home schooling.
Please, please, please do not stress over this! (Easy for me to say as I am not juggling home schooling/working and childcare amongst lots of other things)
We are expecting for your children to do their best and this means different things for different children :-)
We are setting work for so many different types of learners. Some children love to churn through the work and eat up everything they are presented with and then there are the children who may struggle and need more support. Some parents may have one or more of each!
Please don't worry about what someone else's child is doing you know them best and make your own judgements. I love FB but it has to answer for a lot!
The Government's expectation is for us as a school to set at least 3hrs school work a day. Don’t spend 3hrs on one piece of work, maybe spend 45mins to an hour. Move on to the next subject. We have heard that there are parents who have been in tears this morning looking at the list of tasks on Google Classroom and knowing what frame of mind their child is in. These are suggestions of what you could do if your child is ok.
You are not going to be in trouble if for instance you take a day of or several! Please look after your mental health and theirs! We may be in for the long haul, lets not fall at the first hurdle...
Kind Regards, Mrs Norton and the team :-)
Covid Update 31.12.20
Dear Parents/Carers and Staff,
I really hope you were able to enjoy some rest and family time during the Christmas break. The government’s latest announcement confirms that Rugby is now identified as being Tier 4 from 31st December 2020 and pupils in our school are to attend at the start of the spring term. Advice relating to Tier 4 can be found here: www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae. It is in all our interests that everyone follows this guidance.
The risk of becoming severely ill from Covid-19 is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. Being in school is vital for children’s education and wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s development and can impact on their current levels of education and their future ability to learn. Therefore, it is anticipated that all children in our school will return to school full time from Tuesday 5th January 2021.
We will continue to have a range of protective measures in place in and around school, a summary of which is below.
Based on the support of everyone last term, I have no doubt that we can ensure this term is as positive and safe as we can make it for everyone, provide continuity for our children’s education and be able to support families in their return to work where appropriate.
I am sure we are all hopeful for a more positive New Year and I look forward to seeing staff back in school on Monday 4th January and all pupils on Tuesday 5th January 2021 so that we can continue our learning journey together.
We are ambitious for our future!
Mrs A Norton Headteacher
It is important that everyone implement wider public health advice and guidance related to Tier 4 when not on school site.
From January, we ask that all families follow the arrangements set out here:
- If your child, or someone in your household, has coronavirus symptoms you should not send them to school but should notify us on the first day of absence; we also ask that you confirm any positive test outcomes to us as soon as possible.
- Engaging with the NHS Test and Trace process so that cases can be identified and action taken - this means if anyone in your household develops symptoms and is unwell, you should arrange for them to get a test.
- Public Health England does not recommend the use of face coverings in schools for our aged children. We do ask that adults who are able to, continue to wear a face mask on and around our site.
The following procedures will continue to apply in school:
- Ensuring everyone cleans their hands more often than usual using soap and running water or hand sanitiser.
- Ensuring good respiratory hygiene, by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- Enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often.
- Minimising contact and maintaining distance, as far as possible - in broad terms, it will involve asking children to stay within class groups.
- Any children who are advised to miss school due to Covid-19 can continue their education remotely; this will be provided via Google Classroom.
- Childcare will continue before and after school from our ‘Haven’. Outside providers are continuing to provide clubs following strict guidance.
Arriving and leaving school:
- You are encouraged to walk or cycle to school where possible. If you need to use public transport to get to school, the safer travel guidance for passengers will apply.
- Only one parent should attend site following social distancing guidance at all times and wearing a face mask (for those that can); parents should not enter the building.
- Avoid gathering at the school gates. We have found it really helpful for you to decide upon a place for you to wait for your child and let them know where that will be.
- Scooters and / or bicycles may be used to get to school and they can be stored in our bike shed/scooter pod area.
- Pupils should continue to limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each day, to essentials such as lunch boxes, water bottles, hats and coats; P.E. clothes to be worn on P.E. days.
- In order to manage social distancing on site it is vital children are dropped off & collected on time.
- Children to enter between 8:30a.m. and 8:55a.m.
- Yr. 4/6 exit at 3:20p.m. Yr.5 exit 3:25p.m. and Yr. 3 leave at 3:30p.m.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are aware, local schools have had cases of Coronavirus, with their close contacts being sent home to self-isolate. Public Health and the School are keen to make sure we are doing all we can to prevent any further cases. We are extending the opportunity for testing to any child who becomes unwell for any reason to test immediately.
We know that Coronavirus usually presents as cough, high temperature or a loss of, or change in, taste or smell. Anyone presenting with these symptoms is likely to have coronavirus. Other symptoms like sore throat, muscle aches and severe fatigue are more likely to be a seasonal cold, but some children with positive Coronavirus tests have only had these lesser symptoms.
Should any child become ill for any reason, then your child does not attend school until they have a negative test result. To do so you need to state to 119 or online that you have been requested to test by Public Health. The symptoms include:
• Fever or chills
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Muscle or body aches
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
We have attached an FAQ on how to book your test when you have these less common symptoms. This is a new option which will be used in schools. This will reduce both possible transmission and self-isolations of entire classes; which is great news for the school and local community.
This does not change the national guidance that, if you are unwell with a cough, high temperature or a loss or change in taste or smell, you and your household must self-isolate until there is a negative test result. If anyone tests positive they must isolate for 10 days and their household must isolate for 14 days from the first day of symptoms.
We understand that this new guidance may be inconvenient to you, but we believe it is necessary to ensure that we can maintain education provision for your child(ren). We want to keep you, your families, your school, as well as your local community safe. Please help us - if your child is unwell, keep them at home and book a test.
Public health Warwickshire County Council