COVID 19 information
Here you will find a range of information to support the return to school, as well as information about how, we as a school, respond to COVID 19.
Who to contact
Please don't forget that should you have any questions, queries or concerns, your child's class teacher should be the first port of call. Please email them on their class email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). Should you need any further assistance after this then please speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Miss West (email@example.com) is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and leads on the mental wellbeing of children in school. She also leads years 4 and 5.
Ms Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) is our SENCo and is available to support families whose children have, or may have, any Special Educational Needs.
Ms Newton (email@example.com) leads on assessment and Years 2 and 3.
Mrs Horwood (firstname.lastname@example.org) is available should you require further assistance after you have been in contact with the previous 2 levels. She leads on Years 1 and 6.
Miss Barrett (email@example.com) is our Early Years Leader. She should be your first port of call if your child is in Early Years.
Attached to this page is an absence guidance for families. It lists possible scenarios and the protocol that we expect families to follow. It is integral to the smooth running of the school that children with symptoms of COVID-19 do not attend school and have a test carried out as soon as possible.
At Chestnuts we have decided that the only way we can ensure that all children are in school and that play and lunch time runs smoothly is to create year group bubbles.
Items brought in to school
Items brought to school should be kept to a minimum but should include the following:
All children should keep a PE kit at school. PE lessons will take place outside, so later in the term PE kit might include a sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms.
Whilst the library will not be open for all children, the class libraries will be upgraded to include a greater range of high quality books. Children will be able to bring their current reading book and reading record to and from school each day.
The water fountains are currently turned off so children should bring in a water bottle clearly marked with their name.
Please could parents support the school by ensuring their child has a school lunch. Not only will this reduce the number of items coming into school, it will ensure your child has a hot, healthy and well-balanced meal, whilst supporting the school financially.
Children will be required to wash their hands on arrival, with regular opportunities for hand-washing within the school day. Please could you ensure hands are washed on return home each day.
Masks are of course required when using shops or public transport, however there is no requirement for children to wear masks whilst at school.
Please be aware that school attendance is now compulsory, however it is essential that parents closely monitor the health of their children. If your child displays any of the symptoms of Covid19 (see below), it is essential that you do not send them to school and immediately arrange a test. Children cannot return to school until they have a negative test result.
high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual
loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Please use this form to help you make a decision about what to do when your child is unwell:
If there is a positive test result within the class, arrangements will be made for the class to be taught at home for a period of two weeks.
Timings of the day
Attached is a document detailing the timings of the school day
It is essential that parents support the requirement for social distancing by being punctual and limiting contact with other parents at these times.
Some parents with more than one child will inevitably be required to be at school at different times. I am aware that this may be inconvenient, but your support here will be much appreciated and is essential to help us preserve the bubbles as far as possible.
Should you require childcare on a Friday afternoon (until the normal finish time for your child's class or until After School club begins) please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your child's name and class. Due to staffing, places for childcare will not be flexible, once your child has a place they will need to attend every week until half term.