St George's COVID Advice and Information

Return to school - September 2021

Keeping safe

Our control measures to keep our community safe when we return are:

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone – hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene (use of tissues, covering mouth when coughing)
  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated
  4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases. This is detailed in this document.

 

What time will school start and finish?

The school day begins at 8.55am. The gates will be open from 8.40am until 8.55am. The school day ends at 3.15pm. The gates will be open from 3.10pm until 3.25pm.

 

Will there still be three entrances/exits?

Yes, Shoebury Park gate, Eagle Way gate and the front of the school. You should have received an email identifying your gate.

 

Will all my children enter and exit through the same gate, even though they are in different classes?

Yes.

 

Will times be staggered, similar to this year?

No, not at this time. It may be necessary to reintroduce this if cases begin to rise, or if there is an outbreak and we feel limiting numbers would help mitigate any risk.

 

Will parents be on the playground before and after school?

It will be the same system as before the holiday. The children will come straight through the gate on arriving at school and parents/carers will come onto the playground for pick up time.

 

Will I need to wear a mask?

No. However some parents may feel more comfortable wearing one due to different households mixing (similar to shops, public places etc). There may possibly be a temporary change to this if there is an outbreak for example, but we will keep you informed.

 

Will my child still need to come dressed in P.E. kit on the P.E. days? What about if they attend before school or after school clubs?

 

The children will need to be wearing their school P.E. kits on any days they are participating in sport activities. The children’s P.E. days will be confirmed in next week’s newsletter.

 

Can my child bring in a pencil case from home?

Initially, there will be no need to as the staff have already organised the stationery for September.

 

Will class bubbles continue?

No. The children will be able to mix during social times with children from other year groups, including eating lunch in the hall again.

 

Will my child still have to regularly wash their hands?

Yes. Hand hygiene helps prevent many illnesses including coronavirus, norovirus and other infections.

 

Will the school still regularly check the children’s temperature?

Yes. It is vital that we stay vigilant and ensure that children are not in school if they are unwell. Checking a child’s temperature on arrival at class is the quickest and most effective way to ensure they are well. We use a handheld device that does not come in contact with the child and we do not keep records of the children’s temperatures.

 

What happens if my child shows symptoms, however mild?

Your child should not come to school if they have any symptoms , have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example they are required to quarantine). If anyone in your house develops COVID-19 symptoms you should follow public health advice and stay at home and arrange to have a test. Further information can be found HERE

 

If your child displays symptoms in school, you will be contacted and will need to collect your child. Siblings will not need to go home unless they are also displaying symptoms.

 

What if I am unsure about the symptoms?

We encourage parents to phone the school if they need advice.

 

How will I communicate with the school if I need to speak to a member of staff?

We ask that you continue to email the office office@st-georges.southend.sch.uk and mark it for the attention of the staff member. This enables the class teacher to gather any information needed to discuss any concerns or issues. In an emergency, you can also phone Mrs O’Shea and/or Mrs Parascandolo in the office and they will pass your message on.

 

What if I need to drop something off?

We also ask that any items that may need dropping off are brought to the front entrance and placed in the plastic box. You do not need to come into the office area.

Can I come into the office area?

Parents and carers are only allowed into the office area by pre-arranged appointment (i.e. collecting a child for an appointment, giving medicine, a planned meeting with a staff member) or if they are late dropping off or collecting their child. The main reason for this that any children who are displaying possible symptoms of COVID-19 could be waiting to be collected from this area.

 

What happens if there is a case of COVID in my child’s class? Will the whole class be sent home? When will I be informed?

If there is a confirmed positive case of COVID in your child’s class we will inform parents. We will not confirm the person’s identity. We will ask parents and carers to be vigilant and to keep children at home and take a PCR test if their child displays symptoms, informing the school of any suspected/positive cases. The rest of the class will continue to attend school.

 

Current guidance states the school take extra action if the number of positive cases substantially increases as it may be an outbreak. The published threshold is that if there are 5 children or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10 day period, this would be an indication when to seek public health advice. We will follow this advice and keep parents and carers informed.

 

Will there be remote learning if my child is isolating?

Yes. There will be information on our website on how each class will access their remote learning.

 

Will I be able to watch my child’s class assembly/production in the hall this year? Will there be open evenings, sports and other similar events that we can attend this year?

We are looking forward to welcoming families back into school this year and we hope that this can safely happen. We have already planned several dates that will be published in the newsletter and will continue to add to this during the year. If there are any changes, we will give families as much notice as possible.

 

How will any updates be communicated?

Information will be shared via the weekly newsletter which will be sent out on a Friday. If there is any urgent information, we will email parents directly. Please check and read all correspondence from the school.

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

Return to school - September 2021

Keeping safe

Our control measures to keep our community safe when we return are:

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone – hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene (use of tissues, covering mouth when coughing)
  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated
  4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases. This is detailed in this document.

 

What time will school start and finish?

The school day begins at 8.55am. The gates will be open from 8.40am until 8.55am. The school day ends at 3.15pm. The gates will be open from 3.10pm until 3.25pm.

 

Will there still be three entrances/exits?

Yes, Shoebury Park gate, Eagle Way gate and the front of the school. You should have received an email identifying your gate.

 

Will all my children enter and exit through the same gate, even though they are in different classes?

Yes.

 

Will times be staggered, similar to this year?

No, not at this time. It may be necessary to reintroduce this if cases begin to rise, or if there is an outbreak and we feel limiting numbers would help mitigate any risk.

 

Will parents be on the playground before and after school?

It will be the same system as before the holiday. The children will come straight through the gate on arriving at school and parents/carers will come onto the playground for pick up time.

 

Will I need to wear a mask?

No. However some parents may feel more comfortable wearing one due to different households mixing (similar to shops, public places etc). There may possibly be a temporary change to this if there is an outbreak for example, but we will keep you informed.

 

Will my child still need to come dressed in P.E. kit on the P.E. days? What about if they attend before school or after school clubs?

 

The children will need to be wearing their school P.E. kits on any days they are participating in sport activities. The children’s P.E. days will be confirmed in next week’s newsletter.

 

Can my child bring in a pencil case from home?

Initially, there will be no need to as the staff have already organised the stationery for September.

 

Will class bubbles continue?

No. The children will be able to mix during social times with children from other year groups, including eating lunch in the hall again.

 

Will my child still have to regularly wash their hands?

Yes. Hand hygiene helps prevent many illnesses including coronavirus, norovirus and other infections.

 

Will the school still regularly check the children’s temperature?

Yes. It is vital that we stay vigilant and ensure that children are not in school if they are unwell. Checking a child’s temperature on arrival at class is the quickest and most effective way to ensure they are well. We use a handheld device that does not come in contact with the child and we do not keep records of the children’s temperatures.

 

What happens if my child shows symptoms, however mild?

Your child should not come to school if they have any symptoms , have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example they are required to quarantine). If anyone in your house develops COVID-19 symptoms you should follow public health advice and stay at home and arrange to have a test. Further information can be found HERE

 

If your child displays symptoms in school, you will be contacted and will need to collect your child. Siblings will not need to go home unless they are also displaying symptoms.

 

What if I am unsure about the symptoms?

We encourage parents to phone the school if they need advice.

 

How will I communicate with the school if I need to speak to a member of staff?

We ask that you continue to email the office office@st-georges.southend.sch.uk and mark it for the attention of the staff member. This enables the class teacher to gather any information needed to discuss any concerns or issues. In an emergency, you can also phone Mrs O’Shea and/or Mrs Parascandolo in the office and they will pass your message on.

 

What if I need to drop something off?

We also ask that any items that may need dropping off are brought to the front entrance and placed in the plastic box. You do not need to come into the office area.

Can I come into the office area?

Parents and carers are only allowed into the office area by pre-arranged appointment (i.e. collecting a child for an appointment, giving medicine, a planned meeting with a staff member) or if they are late dropping off or collecting their child. The main reason for this that any children who are displaying possible symptoms of COVID-19 could be waiting to be collected from this area.

 

What happens if there is a case of COVID in my child’s class? Will the whole class be sent home? When will I be informed?

If there is a confirmed positive case of COVID in your child’s class we will inform parents. We will not confirm the person’s identity. We will ask parents and carers to be vigilant and to keep children at home and take a PCR test if their child displays symptoms, informing the school of any suspected/positive cases. The rest of the class will continue to attend school.

 

Current guidance states the school take extra action if the number of positive cases substantially increases as it may be an outbreak. The published threshold is that if there are 5 children or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10 day period, this would be an indication when to seek public health advice. We will follow this advice and keep parents and carers informed.

 

Will there be remote learning if my child is isolating?

Yes. There will be information on our website on how each class will access their remote learning.

 

Will I be able to watch my child’s class assembly/production in the hall this year? Will there be open evenings, sports and other similar events that we can attend this year?

We are looking forward to welcoming families back into school this year and we hope that this can safely happen. We have already planned several dates that will be published in the newsletter and will continue to add to this during the year. If there are any changes, we will give families as much notice as possible.

 

How will any updates be communicated?

Information will be shared via the weekly newsletter which will be sent out on a Friday. If there is any urgent information, we will email parents directly. Please check and read all correspondence from the school.

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

Advice on dropping off/collecting your child from School