Welcome to our COVID-19 Response page where you will find our latest plans and guidance for keeping our community safe.
We welcomed back all of our children in September 2020 and we would like to thank everyone for their contribution and support in helping to ensure that the measures we have in place remain effective.
We will update this page with all relevant information with regards to our plans, changes to our risk assessment and latest guidance.
We continue to celebrate and live out our values of love, joy and responsibility and our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our children, staff and all of our families at all times.
You can find our plan for returning to school in September below as well as our Remote Learning Policy should any child need to self-isolate.
We have also uploaded our ‘Catch-up’ provision plan, which outlines our initial plans on how we will spend the additional funds recently received from the government. This additional funding is to help support children who need extra support to catch-up following the first lockdown.
Please note the full plan can also be found on this page.
We are very sorry but during the period of national lockdown, Rownhams will only be open vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers to attend. All other pupils and students should not attend and should learn remotely until February half term.
We look forward to seeing in person very soon.
On this page...
Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus
Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person
Information, guidance and support for parents of children who are learning from home.
Guidance on when and when not to send your child to school if they are unwell.
Information from the NHS on when to self-isolate and what to do
Our policy for children needing to access learning from home because they are self-isolating.
FAQ: What measures are in place to reduce the risk of transmission?
Listed below are some of the key measures that we have in place. This is not an exhaustive or conclusive list. Further information has been detailed in our risk assessment.
- If your child is ill they must stay at home.
- Report your child’s absence in the usual way by calling the school office number: 02380 736417.
- If a member of your household presents with symptoms, then follow government guidance and all members of the household must stay at home and arrange for a test at the very first opportunity here.
- If a child does present with symptoms during the school day he or she will be moved to a room away from others and await pick-up from a parent or carer. In this instance, staff will be required to wear PPE.
In the first instance, the school will contact Primary Health England via the Department for Education helpline and follow the guidance based on their risk assessment.
The school will identify all close contacts with the infected pupil or staff member, including the class ‘bubble’ they work and learn in, and inform them that they self-isolate for 14 days from the day of the first sign of symptoms. This means that bubble will closed and move to remote learning. You can find our Remote Learning Policy on this page or by clicking here.
Parents and carers of children in this bubble will notified via ParentMail and be provided with guidance for their child and family. The school will also send out a letter to all parents and carers in the school to inform them of the positive case and provide them with relevant guidance.
Yes, the sibling has not been in close contact with the person who has tested positive for coronavirus and therefore can attend school.
If any any member of the household presents with any of the three main symptoms then contact the school and get a test as soon as possible.
The child in the closed bubble must continue to follow the guidance and self-isolate for 14 days.
You can find out what is meant by a ‘close contact’ in the useful links above.
As part of our risk assessment, we have asked all parents, carers and visitors to wear a face covering when they enter the school grounds.
Staff will also wear face coverings when on the playground at drop-off and pick-up times and when in communal areas around the school. Wearing a face covering in classrooms remains at the staff members discretion.
Yes, missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term.
The government accepts that early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 meters apart from each other and staff. However, it is still important to minimise contact between people as much as possible, and we can achieve that and reduce transmission risk by ensuring children, young people and staff where possible, only mix in a consistent group and that group stays away from other people and groups.
- Each class will create its own ‘bubble’ and contact with other classes will be reduced as much as possible through staggering of the school day, including start and finish times and lunch and break times. (See Appendix A)
- Each group will have little or no contact with other class groups (although, for example, passing in corridors is considered ‘low-risk’). Adults can work across groups where this is needed to support our educational provision.
- Break and lunchtimes will be staggered to minimise the possibility of groups mixing. Lunch will take place in their designated classroom, with the exception of Year R who will have lunch in their classrooms.
- Unfortunately, there will be no clubs before school, at lunchtime or after school.
- Breakfast Club will only run for a small minority of our children by an invitation only. This will be reviewed during the course of the Autumn term.
- Peripatetic music lessons will continue under strict guidance in small, socially distanced groups.
- There will be staggered drop-off and collection times (by 15 minutes). (See Appendix A)
- There will be controlled school entrance and exit routes, including a one-way system, for you to enter and leave by when dropping and collecting children. This might mean you will have to walk a little further. (See Appendix B)
- We have arranged for specific drop-off and collection zones for each year group. These will be clearly marked and you will receive aerial views in advance of the school start date. (See Appendix C)
- Families must not arrive on site more than 5 minutes before start-time so that we can maintain social distancing on site.
- We will be implementing rigorous health and hygiene routines, for example, ensuring regular hand-washing at key points during the day, including, on arrival or after a sneeze or cough, before eating etc. Staff will have ready access to the hygiene and cleaning materials they need, including hand sanitizers and access to sinks to wash hands. Use of toilets will be managed to avoid too many children at any one time.
- We will be cleaning all toys and equipment after every use with appropriate cleaning materials. All soft furnishings and toys that are difficult to clean will be removed from the classrooms.
- As much as possible, children will have access to their own resources to reduce sharing. Children will have their own stationary and where equipment is shared it will be kept within their group and cleaned between uses.
- Children will be required to wear school uniform (See Appendix E)
- Clothes washing can be treated as normal but you may choose to wash more regularly to err on the side of caution.
- Children should wear their PE kit to school on PE days. Your child’s teacher will let you know when this is.
Children should bring in their own water bottle and use plastic lunch boxes (where possible) rather than fabric ones as they are easier to clean and disinfect. (See Appendix E)
Shielding advice will pause on 1 August, subject to a continued decline in transmission so pupils who have family members who are critically extremely vulnerable can return to school. Where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical advice, absence will not be penalised and they will have access to remote education.
For further detail on vulnerable children and adults we urge to seek further guidance from the materials provided online (see links above) by the government or, even better, by seeking medical advice from your doctor.
- [From the DfE] “Shielding advice for all adults and children will pause on 1 August, subject to a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of coronavirus. This means that even the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding. Some pupils no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school.”
- Where children are not able to attend school because they are following clinical or public health advice, they will have access to remote education.
APPENDIX A: Drop-off & Collection times
Parents must not arrive on site more than 5 minutes before the allocated times shown above and must leave the site as soon as practically possible to minimise the possibility of transmission. If you are collecting siblings then you are welcome to wait on the playground (but please remain socially distant).
If you have a 30 minute gap between sibling drop-off and collection times, and this presents a difficulty for you, please contact the school office to discuss how we can support you and your family.
APPENDIX B: Internal School Plan and Class Placement
This diagram indicates where each of our classes will be based on our full return in September.
We have also created two additional spaces for staff to minimise contact between adults. There will be a limit to the number of adults in each based on the size of the room and social distancing of 2 metres must be exercised when making use of the facilities.
Should a child or adult show symptoms when on site they should be taken outside (weather permitting) or to any spare room with the door closed until they are able to be taken home.
APPENDIX D: Drop-off and Collection times Zone
Teachers will greet and drop-off children at the locations described below. The teacher will then lead them to the appropriate entrance for their classroom.
Please remember, parents and carers must not arrive on site (or wait at the gate) more than 5 minutes before the allocated pick up and drop off time.
Please do not cause unnecessary congestion or ‘bottle-necking’ that will increase the risk of transmission.
APPENDIX E: Checklist for Parents & Carers
IMPORTANT FOR SAFETY: All items brought into school must be clearly labelled with the child’s name.
- Check your child’s teacher
- Check your child’s drop-off and collection times and routines.
- Familiarise your family with the school entrance, exit and one-way system around the school site.
- Water bottle (this can come home each day for cleaning)
- Children to wear normal school uniform
- Come into school in PE kit on your designated PE day (except Year R)
- Small bags are allowed but only with essential items (children are provided with stationary)
- Lunch boxes should be plastic, where possible (fabric lunch boxes are difficult to sanitise)
- Remind your child about how to maintain social distancing