Guidance for parents – Contingency Planning at Hamstreet – Updated January 2022
We have assessed risks and put in place proportionate control measures. Essential prevention measures include:
Minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
Pupils, staff and other adults should not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in the last 5 days.
- People self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature, from Monday, 17 January
- Individuals who are still positive on their rapid lateral flow tests must stay in isolation until they have had 2 consecutive negative tests taken on separate days
- This will support essential public services and keep supply chains running over the winter
- From 11th January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device test results will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.
- If you develop Covid Symptoms, then you should take a PCR test.
From Monday 17 January, people with COVID-19 in England can end their self-isolation after 5 full days, as long as they test negative on day 5 and day 6.
The decision has been made after careful consideration of modelling from the UK Health Security Agency and to support essential public services and workforces over the winter.
It is crucial that people isolating with COVID-19 wait until they have received 2 negative rapid lateral flow tests on 2 consecutive days to reduce the chance of still being infectious.
The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. If an individual is positive on day 5, then a negative test is required on day 6 and day 7 to release from isolation.
It is essential that 2 negative rapid lateral flow tests are taken on consecutive days and reported before individuals return to their job or education, if leaving self-isolation earlier than the full 10-day period.
For instance, if an individual is positive on day 5, then a negative test is required on both day 6 and day 7 to release from self-isolation, or positive on day 6, then a negative test is required on days 7 and 8, and so on until the end of day 10.
The default self-isolation period continues to be 10 days, and you may only leave self-isolation early if you have taken 2 rapid lateral flow tests and do not have a temperature in line with guidance.
Existing public health measures remain in place, including:
- staying at home if you feel unwell
- getting a test if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms
- wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
- working from home if possible
- maintaining social distancing and regular hand washing
- taking up the offer of the free COVID-19 vaccine
If a child becomes ill at school
If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age and needs of the child, with appropriate adult supervision if required. Windows will be opened to maximise ventilation.
PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).
Engagement with the NHS Test and Trace process
Staff and parents/carers should understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:
- book a test if they are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit.
- provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test & Trace.
- self-isolate (when instructed) – if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Parents and staff must inform us immediately of the results of a test:
- if someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. If they still have symptoms they should continue to self-isolate.
- if someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’
- If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 amongst the school community, the school will work with the DFE Coronavirus Team and UK Health Security Protection Team to carry out a rapid risk assessment and decide on the actions to be taken.
Rapid Testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff
Please find the latest government advice here:
Washing hands thoroughly & more often than usual
Pupils and staff will clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks and before and after eating. Regular and thorough hand cleaning is going to be needed for the foreseeable future.
‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ approach
The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important, so we will ensure that there are enough tissues and bins available in each class for children and staff to follow this routine.
All adults and children over primary age must wear a face covering whilst in communal areas on the school site. Staff are not required to wear a face mask when teaching in class as this will hinder effective communication.
Enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces
A cleaning schedule has been put in place that ensures cleaning is enhanced and includes:
- more frequent cleaning of rooms / shared areas that are used by different groups
- frequently touched surfaces being cleaned more often than normal
Minimising contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
Minimising contacts and mixing between people reduces transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Contacts will be reduced by:
- grouping children together in phase bubbles
- avoiding contact between groups
- staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible
- avoiding large gatherings e.g. assemblies
- staggered finish times
- staggered break times and lunchtimes
- All parents or adults collecting or bringing children into school must observe the 2 metre distancing rule. Any children that have that have to be brought onto the premises at these times must stay with their parent at all times. Anyone refusing to follow either of these requests will be asked to leave and may be refused entry to the premises in the future.
What children can bring to school
Equipment and resources – staff and children will have their own items that will not be shared e.g. pens, rulers, etc. Classroom based resources, such as books and games can be used and shared within the bubble; these should be cleaned regularly.
It is recommended that pupils limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each day to essential items.
Pupils may only bring:
- A book bag
- Water bottle (this must be taken home every night to be cleaned, sanitised and filled with water)
- Fruit snack only for breaktime
- Key Stage Two only – packed lunch
School day timings including drop off and pick up times
8.30 am – 8:45am (No one-way system as children enter through the main playground gate independently).
- Only one adult should come on to the school premises to pick up children from each family. All adults entering the premises must wear a face covering unless they have proof of exemption.
- We will be using a one-way system for pick up times – all routes will be clearly marked with signs to show where you need to go.
- Entrance- gate onto the playground – please enter at allocated times for your child’s year group. Please then exit the playground via the one-way system and re-join the queue if you need to pick up children from other year groups.
- Exit- double gate from playground into the car park (a pedestrian area will be cordoned off for your safety).
- Parents MUST adhere to these times to ensure we can follow social distancing guidelines. Parents and their children must follow safe social distancing whilst waiting.
- Parents must not cross the tape on the playground.
- At drop off times, children will come straight into school and wash their hands on arrival at the classroom.
- At collection times children will be brought onto the playground adhering to social distancing. Parents will wait in marked areas and their child will come to them; then exit though the double gates from the playground into the car park. If you have to bring other children at drop off and pick up times they must stay with you at all times.
We ask that parents are vigilant and check their child’s temperature before they leave for school.
School attendance is mandatory. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:
- parents’ duty to ensure that their child attends regularly at school.
- schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence.
- the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct.
Where pupils are not able to attend school, as they are following clinical or public health advice related to coronavirus (COVID-19), the absence will not be penalised.
It is likely that some pupils, parents and households may be reluctant or anxious about attending school. If parents have such concerns, they should contact the Head of School to discuss them and the school will provide reassurance on the measures in place to reduce any risks.
Parents are reminded that pupils of compulsory school age must be in school unless a statutory reason applies.
As we have done throughout this time we will follow the guidelines in our safeguarding policy.
Designated Safeguarding Leads will be alert to new safeguarding and welfare concerns.
Our kitchens will be fully open. All Reception and Key Stage One will have a free school lunch. For Key Stage Two pupils wishing to have lunch the price is £2.30 unless they are entitled to benefits-related free school meals.
School uniform should be worn as normal.
Children will change in to their PE Kits in school. PE bags can be kept in school.
We will continue to follow our school’s behaviour policy but have written additional rules which reflect the strict measures to be taken to adhere to the restricted movement within school, the hygiene rules and social distancing; this is to ensure the safety and well-being of all. Any pupil that breaks these rules deliberately will be deemed a ‘risk to themselves and others’ and may be excluded; in this case we will ask parents to collect their child immediately.
Wrap Around Care
- Breakfast and Afterschool Club will continue in bubbles. Please get in touch with the school office if you would like to apply for a place your child.