Parents

Return to School 21-22

Teaching Staff

Nursery

Miss Preston

REC M

Miss Marshall

REC J

Mrs Johnson

1S

Miss Spencer

1B

Mrs Broadhurst (was Miss Kelly)

2B

Mrs Brown (was Miss Mellor)

2C

Miss Cohen

3YF

Miss Yapp and Mrs Fisher

3B

Mrs Barratt

4S

Mr Simmons

4C

Miss Cross

5T

Miss Taylor (was Mrs Yates)

55

Miss Simpson

5M

Miss Murray

6N

Mr Nicholson

6RH

Mr Hudson

6LH

Mrs Healey

 

Entering and leaving school

Our doors will remain open from 8.40am and children are welcome to come straight into class. The one way system will no longer be in place, however we ask that you respect each others’ space and do not congregate on the playground. The end of day will return to 3.30pm for all pupils. Where possible, children will enter directly into their classrooms. Staff will be out on the first morning to help direct parents, if they are unsure of where these points are.

School Uniform/PE Kit

Please can all children return to school in September in their full school uniform including black shoes.  It’s important we set high expectations for our pupils in all areas of school life.

We are very proud of the appearance of the children at Red Lane and promote our high expectations at all times.

 

For the Autumn Term, children may continue to come to school on their PE day wearing their outdoor PE kit (black jogging bottoms, white polo shirt and a hoody/ sweatshirt). A timetable for PE will be circulated in the first week back.

Before & After School Club

The before and after school club will continue to operate. Please speak to the school office for more details.

Nursery

We have a number of funded places in our school nursery. Please speak to the school office for more detail

Holidays during term time:

We have provided school holidays for 2021-22; these can also be found on the school website and Facebook page. As a reminder, no holidays will be authorised during school terms.

Key messages from the Government (17th August 2021)

- nationally, education and childcare settings are open, and attendance is mandatory (for schools) and strongly encouraged (at childminders, nurseries and colleges the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has made it clear that the overwhelming majority of children and young people still have no symptoms or very mild illness only
- continuing to take regular rapid tests will help you to identify infections early and reduce transmission
your nursery, school or college will no longer trace close contacts – close contacts will still be identified via NHS Test and Trace
- children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal
- your child does not need to remain in a consistent group (‘bubble’)
- the government is removing the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet

 

What control measures will be in place to keep my child safe?

In line with Government guidance we shall;

- Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
- Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
- Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
- Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

This means that your child will be asked to regularly wash or sanitise their hands and will be encouraged to use the ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’ strategy for coughs and sneezes.

 

The windows will also be open in school, so we encourage all children to wear layers that they can add to or take off to regulate their temperature.

What are the rules on mixing and ‘bubbles’?

The DFE no longer recommend that it is necessary to keep children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’) or to keep groups apart as much as possible.

This means that assemblies and larger group activities can resume. We are however, doing this in a cautious manner.  Assemblies will be reintroduced for reduced year groups to allow for wider spacing in the hall.

We will also continue to minimise mixing where possible, such as in small groups and where this occurs records will be kept in case contact tracing is needed.

If there is an outbreak in our school or our school falls in an enhanced response area, we might be advised that it is necessary to reintroduce bubbles or to keep groups apart for a temporary period to reduce mixing between groups.

What does the guidance say about face coverings?


The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college.

 

We would, however, strongly encourage all visitors to wear a face covering when inside the building and will support all parents who wish to wear a face covering on the playground. We will be asking that parents continue to wear a face covering when in the school office waiting area and if attending events in school. More information will be provided on when these occasions may be.

If there is an outbreak in school or if our school falls in an enhanced response area, we might be advised that face coverings should temporarily be worn in communal areas or classrooms (by staff and visitors, unless exempt).

What happens if my child is a close contact of a positive case? What are the rules on contact tracing and self-isolation?


If a person in your child’s class tests positive, Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parents to identify close contacts. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. As parents or carers, you may be contacted to help with identifying close contacts.

 

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or are in the same class as a positive case if any of the following apply:

- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.


This means that it is very unlikely that a class bubble will close due to a single positive case in that class.

 

Instead, NHS Test and Trace will inform affected individuals, children or their parents or carers that they have been in close contact with a positive case, and advise them to take a PCR test.

We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

Children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school who have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal.

If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in our school, or if our school falls in an enhanced response area, we might be advised that some control measures need to be temporarily reintroduced.

What should you do if you suspect your child has coronavirus or has a positive test?


Do not send your child to school if;

- they are showing one or more coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
- they have had a positive test result
- there are other reasons requiring them to stay at home, for example, they are required to quarantine


You should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do.

If you insist on your child attending school when they have symptoms, we can take the decision to refuse your child if, in our reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19. Our decision would need to be carefully considered in light of all the circumstances and current public health advice.

Regular Testing

Please note, we do have a supply of lateral flow tests in the main office should you wish to access this supply. These are not a replacement for PCR tests and if you are symptomatic, a PCR test is required.  Lateral flow tests are to detect the virus in asymptomatic cases.