Covid-19: Key Information

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Academy Risk Assessment: October 2021

Confirmation of positive results: Saturday 17th July 2021

Close contacts guidance update 16th July

Confirmation of a positive result

Update on restrictions: 15th June 2021

Academy Safeguarding Policy Addendum: January 2021

Academy Safeguarding Policy Addendum: March 2021

Covid-19: Academy Contingency Plan. Feb 2021

Covid-19 Catch-up Funding Plan: March 2021

Remote Learning Guidance 

DfE: St Matthew’s CE Academy Remote Learning Provision

Sample Timetables: What does a typical week look like?

Acceptable Use Policy: Parents

Acceptable Use Policy: Key Stage 1

Acceptable Use Policy: Key Stage 2

Acceptable Use Policy: Staff, Governors & Visitors 

Live/Online Lesson Risk Assessment

Remote Learning Policy

Updated Procedures: March 2021

Letter to parents from St Chad’s CEO, Sue Wedgewood.

Thank you all for your patience whilst we have been establishing our plans for welcoming all pupils back to school on 8th March 2021. We are very much looking forward to seeing you all again.

Key Information For Parents:

*Class bubbles will remain until guidance changes.

*Teachers and other staff can operate across different bubbles, so long as distance is maintained from other adults.

*Wider mixing of bubbles is permitted for wraparound care.

*Primary staff are encouraged to participate in Rapid Testing 2x weekly.

*School attendance is mandatory from 8th March 2021

*If your child is considered to be Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, please provide the school with the copy of their shielding letter.

*Please contact the school immediately if your child is required to self-isolate.

*Pupils are required to wear school uniform.

The School Day:

Bubble 1 (EYFS, Year 1 + Year 2): Drop off 08.40. Collection: 15.00

Bubble 2: (Year 3 + Year 4) Drop off: 08.50. Collection: 15.15.

Bubble 3 (Year 5 + Year 6) Drop off: 09.00. Collection: 15.30

*Siblings can be dropped off and collected at the earlier time.

Dropping-off: Please arrive at your designated drop-off time where a member of staff will be waiting at the gate. Please follow the one-way system in place:

Collection: Please wait outside the school gate (maintaining social distancing guidelines) where your child/ren will be dismissed by the class teacher.

PE Kits:

EYFS: Monday (Wellies required on Friday)

Year 1 & 2: Wednesday

Year 3 & 4: Friday

Year 5 & 6: Thursday

*Pupils to come to school wearing their PE kits on PE days.

Continued Procedures:
Entry to school by appointment only
Only 1 parent
Please do not arrive until your slot
Please do not join the queue of another bubble
If you are late, please wait until a gap between bubbles
If you have information to give school, please phone/email
Please do not loiter in school area.

Updated Procedures: September 2020

Academy Risk Assessment: Dec 2020. 

Return to school Risk Assessment: September 2020

When Does My Child Return To School?

Nurs + Rec: Refer to personalised transition information via email.

Year 1-6: Wednesday 2nd September 2020.

All pupils are expected to attend school full time – there is no further requirement to book a place. The school MUST be informed if your child is unable to attend school due to illness.


Nurs + Rec: Miss R Hatch

Year 1 + Year 2: Miss E Brock

Year 3 + Year 4: Mr N Price

Year 5 + Year 6: Mr A Williams

All pupils will be back in the appropriate classroom. Classroom layouts will be faced to the interactive whiteboard.


We appreciate that many of the children have not attended a school setting for almost 6 months. The staff have effectively planned the curriculum to suit the needs of the pupils in their class; with provisions being made for any catch up schemes required. Your child’s class teacher will be ready to welcome them back in September and will work with parents to ensure a settled and effective transition back to school.


All pupils are expected to be wearing full school uniform from September 2020.

PE Kits

Each class will require their PE kits on the following days. PE kits can remain in school for the week; they will then be returned at the end of each week for washing.

Nurs&Rec: Mon+Wed

Y1/2: Thurs+Fri

Y3/4: Thurs+Fri

Y5/6: Mon+Wed

Bringing Items to School

Items brought into school, such as pencil cases, will need to remain in school. They cannot be transported home each night.

Break & Lunch

The children will remain in their class bubble for break and lunch time. Each class will have their designated lunchtime: with time to eat their lunch and have outdoor play. School lunches & mid-morning snacks (toast etc) will be available and will require ordering beforehand.

To order lunch/break snacks for WC 31.08.2020:

Collective Worship

Collective Worship will take place every morning in each class – delivered by the class teacher, teaching assistant or Head of School. Star Pupils will still be awarded each week; unfortunately, we are unable to operate whole school celebration assembly.

Wrap Around Care & After School Clubs

*Booking is a requirement of this service.

Wrap around care (breakfast & after school care) will recommence for those parents requiring the service: charged at £5.00 per session. This will need to be booked on a weekly basis via an online application form. Unfortunately, there will be no after school clubs – such as Busy Bee’s and Homework club.

To book Wrap Around Care for WC 31.08.2020:

Drop off & Collection

Parents will be welcome onto the playground in order to drop off and collect their child/ren; a queuing system will be in place & parents are kindly asked not to loiter on the playground.

Nurs & RecYear 1 & 2Year 3 & 4Year 5 & 6
Drop off08.4008.4008.5009.00

If you have siblings in different “bubbles” you are kindly asked to drop off and collect at the earlier time.

You will only be granted access onto the playground during your child/ren’s bubble time. Parents are kindly asked, once your child/ren have been dropped off/collected, to exit the playground. If you have any questions/comments for staff, please contact the school via telephone or email.

Thank you for your cooperation.

School Return: 1st June 2020

Please note that the school will not be opening wider to pupils 1st June

If the government announce that schools can reopen from 1st June then the following system will apply- Please be aware that challenges from the union etc may change these plans with little notice

A new form is now available  to request a place for the following week- you will be informed of the decision – if we reach our cap number this is only likely to apply to the Friday – Please read carefully the question and answer section below which explains more.

Form Link (please complete by Friday 9:30 am)

At the minute (on the form) you will be able to select days you want child to attend (this may change later)

(Key worker children from 1st of June)

Wed 3rd June – Y6

Thurs 4th June- Y6 & Y1

Fri 5th June- Y6, Y1, YR

The pictures below are an indication of what classrooms might look like because the school is having a deep clean wkb 25 May

We will not have 2 chairs at tables


Initial advice for parents

This advice is subject to change

How do I find out what is happening?Check the school website daily
ReturnIf the government and the LA decide that they will implement their plans for the 1st June – the schools risk assessment means that the school will not be ready for other pupils until later
Please read this section carefullyKey Workers All Week
Wed 3rd June – Y6 & keyworker
Thurs 4th June – Y6&Y1 & Keyworker
Friday 5th June – Y6, Y1, YR, YN & Keyworker
Return if Government and/or LA did not choose 1st JuneIf there is changes then there will be implications on the plans- a staggered return will be required
Am I guaranteed a place?No- there is a cap number (this will vary depending staffing numbers available) and there is government direction on priority. Priority is given to key workers and vulnerable pupils, then Nursery, Reception, Y1 and lastly Y6.  Please note due to the risks there are very small N place.
How do I let the school know?As per government advice schools have to ask parents if they are going to send their pupils for the following week – this is so numbers can be obtained and pupils allocated to a class (in the first instance).  Pupils will stay with that class. If the cap number is not achieved then pupils can be added to that class.  The week before an online form will be available to request a place.  Numbers are limited because of the school cap number.  The request will be for the following week. It will need to be completed every week. You will be advised if you have a space or not.  Late submissions will not be accepted.
Do I have to fill in the form as a key worker?Yes you will be required to fill in the form weekly.
My child has an EHCP can they return?EHCP children have a separate risk assessment – in most circumstances the risks are too high currently because of the inability to follow social distancing. This will be assessed again in 2 weeks time
Attendance- whole weekAfter the staggered start whole week. Priority is given to key workers and vulnerable pupils, then Nursery, Reception, Y1 and lastly Y6
Key worker and Vulnerable reamin a priority?Yes these are given priority over other groups
Which years?Nursery, Reception, Y1, Y6 only. Priority as per government direction is given to key workers and vulnerable pupils, then Nursery, Reception, Y1 and lastly Y6.  Please note due to the risks there are very small N place.
Is it competley safe?No – even with measures in place there is risk
Will staff and pupils have to be Covid 19  tested before starting this system?Currently -No the government is only making testing available to those with symptoms
Attendance- What if I choose not to send?Guidance from the government says we should encourage you to attend but it is your decision and you will not face repercussions if you choose not to send.
Attendance- Key Worker, Vulnerable, EHCPKey Worker, Vulnerable and EHCP pupils remain a priority – For EHCP it is subject to a specific risk assessment
Attendance- Full TimePupil numbers will be determined the cap number.  Pupils are expected all day as this will reduce the contact and risk. Requesting days is possible but will depend on the cap number.
Attendance- Part of dayNo – Attendance will be for the full day due to the risk of transmission
Numbers per classThe government guidelines is “For primary schools, classes should normally be split in half, with no more than 15 pupils per small group and one teacher”.  However the trust has agreed that the number in class (and our cap number) will mean that a 2m gap will be maintained where possible – thus there will be space for roughly 8-10 children in a class.  (If the school hall is require this can accommodate more  pupils).
What happens if staffing levels change?If staffing levels change then the spaces and availability change.  If this happens when the class groups have been established then in may mean the closing of the provision for that class.  This may happen with little notice especially if a staff member develops symptoms please check the school website daily and make sure your emergency contact details are up-to-date.
2m Social DistancingThe government has acknowledged that the school cannot maintain 2m distances all the time especially for younger ones this is not just pupil to pupil but also pupil to staff.  However as per government guidelines “If you can keep older children within those small groups 2 metres away from each other, you should do so.”  We will try to maintain 2m distancing as much as possible
Can I come into School?NO- this includes the lobby area- access to school is by appointment only. If you have a question please ring
If I have a question or information for the schoolPlease ring the school
Will my child have their class teacher?No this may not be the case as we will have staff that cannot be in school during this new period.
Will my child always have a teacher?No this may not be the case – government guidance allows for a number of other possibilities
Infant Free School MealsAs per the government instruction they are only available to pupils who are in school.  Those that meet the FSM voucher scheme who are not in school will continue to get vouchers. Those who do not meet the Free School Meal criteria and are not in school as per government instructions will not be provided with food or vouchers.
Free School MealsAs per Government instruction those that meet the Free School Meal criteria and are in school will be provided with food (packed lunch) and will no longer be eligible for the voucher scheme.  Those that meet the FSM criteria and who are not in school will continue to get vouchers. Those who do not meet the Free School Meal criteria and are not in school as per government instructions will not be provided with food or vouchers.
School provided food-LunchFollowing government guidelines the school will only be providing packed lunches that can be easily delivered to the child’s class and be eaten there. There will be no hot food available.  Choices will be either a cheese, ham or jam sandwich.  You will need to fill out the weekly form to order these packed lunches.
School provided food- snackNo breakfast, break or snack food will be provided by the school for purchase.
Home provided foodSee also FSM and Infant Free School Meals.  Please provide your child with a healthy packed lunch and a drink plus if you wish a snack. Please be mindful of the amount of food you pack as in the past some parents have sent too much food and the child has felt guilty for not eating it all. They will not be able to snack on food outside of designated times. Please make sure they have plenty to drink. Please do not provide fizzy drinks.  Please ensure that the drink you provide is able to opened etc. by your child.
Water bottlesPlease provide your child with a water bottle – this is additional to lunch time drink. These as per the lunch box will be taken home to be cleaned each day.
Start and end timesThe day will have staggered start and end times
Breaks and LunchtimesBreaks and Lunch times will be staggered -Lunchtime will shorter – if the weather is fine and the field dry it will give us more options
The school is currently seeking advice on social bubbles
Play equipment will not be provided at break time due to the short time frame
Highly limited play equipment may be provided at lunch time depending on social bubble advice – It is unlikely to be provided in the initial stages
IllnessDo not send them to school – it may be the onset of Covid 19 or if not Covid 19 then it would increase their risk from Covid 19
Illness- HeadacheDo not send medication into school the school will not administer it see above and below
Illness- My child is on medicationOn the request for a place will be question about medication an individual risk assessment will be made to see if a place can be offered
Illness- AsthmaGuidance is unclear for children for adults if is mild and managed then they can come in – therefore it is assumed this is the same for children. Please get guidance from your doctor. Please put inhaler in a sealed sandwich bag- inhalers can stay with pupil. Please fill in the medical section of the school form.
Illness- What happens if my child or family member has Covid 19 symptomsDo not come into school – inform school immediately- follow government guidance.   If it is Covid 19 symptoms then you will be most likely to be asked to have a Covid 19 test. If Covid 19 school will follow public health guidelines.
Illness- What happens if my child becomes ill at schoolYour child will be isolated and you will be asked to collect them. If it is Covid 19 symptoms then you will be most likely to be asked to have a Covid 19 test. If Covid 19 school will follow public health guidelines.
UniformUniform to be worn on Tuesday and Friday to allow washing of uniform. If this cannot be achieved then non uniform
Non uniform Monday, Wednesday, Thursday- clothes to be changed each day and washed before re-wearing.
 Non Uniform clothes should be sensible and give appropriate protection from the sun.
Shoes -trainers for rest of term – please No open toes – socks to be warn in all circumstances
PE days will be announced please provide clothes that are suitable for doing PE but give protection against sun- Tracksuit bottoms or equivalent no shorts (sun protection)
Sun Hat to be kept at school (to stop transmission from school to home)
Umbrella (large) So your child can have personal shade- this to be kept at school under table
1 School bag (rucksack best as they can hang on the back of the child’s seat
Lunch Bag/ box to be kept in school bag
Water bottle
Suitable coat – waterproof coat is ideal as it can easily be wiped clean (depends on weather)
No Pencil cases – your child will be provided will the equipment they need – This will stay with them at their table
A pack of tissues (the school will provide a nappy bag for your child to put a used tissue in – which will then be put in the bin)
Suntan lotionPlease put sun tan lotion on your child (Factor 50+ recommended) in the morning. Staff will not be able to put sun tan lotion on. Older children (Y6) can bring suntan lotion to put on themselves – they will not be able to ask others for help.
Outdoor learningThe government recommends out door teaching – however there is the risk from exposure – so staff will follow sun safe guidelines – Plus see changes to uniform
Will home learning stay the same?As per government direction home learning will not stay the same since staff will have teaching commitments- there will be more direction to tasks provided by external agencies.  The Google Classroom will remain and work will be set by and monitored by shielding staff.
What will my children learn?For those at school it will not be the same as normal school- there is likely to be a lot of cross over with home learning.
MarkingMarking policy will change-  Work will be marked in school – use of stickers/ stamps and at most a brief comment will be used – this is because of the risk of transmission
Will there be a leaver’s assembly?As per government advice NO – there may be other things using technology that can be done.