Coronavirus 2020

Re-Opening the School to all Pupils

School re-opens for all children in September 2020

From Monday 7 September 2020 we will be opening the school for children in all year groups.

A full Risk Assessment on how the school will manage the re-opening of the school can be found HERE

Thank you all for your responses to our review of the Risk Assessment (October 2020).  Please find the results of our survey HERE

Graphic showing UK government advice on social distancingIt is important to understand that the measures and controls that the school is putting in place follows the government guidance (July 2020) that highlights the following as essential measures:

  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise the potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable

Therefore, you will find enclosed guidance on how we can ‘reduce contact’, ‘distance’ wherever possible and ‘minimise potential contamination’ as much as is ‘reasonably practicable’.

Key Elements of the School’s Re-opening 

  • Children will be placed in a ‘bubble’ = child’s class.
  • Bubbles can operate as a ‘group’ = year group, to share resources but contact between them will be minimal.
  • The start and finish times for children will be as follows
    • 8:30 – 15:00 for Reception and Year 1 children.
    • 8:40 – 15:10 for Year 2 and Year 3 children.
    • 8:50 – 15:20 for Year 4 and Year 5 children.
    • 9:00 – 15:30 for Year 6 children.
  • Nursery will continue 8:30 – 11:30, 12:30 – 15:30.
  • The school’s ‘one way system’ will be used for all adults if they enter the site to drop off/pick up children.
  • Entrance is from Archery Road and exit on Orangery Lane
  • All lunches will be Packed Lunches in the immediate future, but definitely until October half term.
  • The school will continue to operate with a ‘remote’ office. Please phone and email, there will not be any face-to-face contact with the office staff.
  • Adults in school (including peripatetic music teachers) will be able to teach in different bubbles following strict hygiene protocols.
  • Children will wash their hands on entering the school and frequently throughout the day.
  • Children should come to school with their own stationery in a named Pencil Case including:
    • Writing Pencils (HB)
    • Rubber
    • 30cm Ruler
    • Colouring Pencils
    • Pencil Sharpener
  • The start and finish times, break and lunchtimes will all be staggered throughout the day.
  • Children will be encouraged to socially distance – but it is recognised that this is difficult particularly with young children.
  • Social distancing for children in EYFS, Y1 and Y2 will not be possible.
  • Children will face forwards as much as possible, when the teacher is explaining / directing the class. But may face one another on shared round tables when working independently, being >1m away.
  • Sneeze screens may be used in KS2 for further protection where social distancing is difficult, and face-to-face is unavoidable.
  • Adults will  socially distance from children and each other.
  • There will be No visitors (including parents) into the school building.
  • Parents must stay on the ‘one way system’ when dropping off and picking up their children – always via Archery Road.
  • The office will continue to work ‘remotely’.  They are contactable by email and phone.
  • Children who are unwell, and/or display the symptoms of coronavirus (see guidance below) will be kept in isolation and parents will be called to collect them from the Roper Street entrance.
  • They will be expected to self-isolate.  (Please see guidance below)

Travelling to School

Pupils are strongly encouraged to walk or cycle to school. They should be dropped off by only 1 member of their household where possible.  If your child does arrive on a scooter – I would be grateful if parents could take them off site with them rather than leaving them at school, however should this be absolutely impractical then please store them by the exit gates on Orangery Lane.

Public transport should be avoided; however, if you need to use public transport to get to school, you should try to avoid peak times and follow guidelines on social distancing and wearing protective clothing, e.g. face masks / face coverings.

Face Coverings

All adults (other than those who are exempt) are expected to wear face coverings whilst dropping off and picking up.

If your child wears a face covering to/from school, when they arrive at school they will need to:

  • Put disposable masks into one of the open bins located by the main gates.
  • Put re-useable (cloth) face coverings inside a small sealable plastic bag and store this bag in a pocket or school bag until the end of the school day.
  • Wash their hands immediately.

Some members of staff may wear face-visors because they spend the majority of their time in close contact with children, for example in Early Years or supporting groups of children or individuals in close proximity.

Uniform & Equipment

Full School Uniform is expected.  However, on the days that your child has PE, they will be permitted to wear their PE kit all day (shorts/tracksuit trousers, trainers, Eltham t-shirt and Eltham sweat shirt).

We request that pupils do not bring in non-essential items from home. Please ensure that your child only brings into school:

  • A labelled water bottle – which can be refilled in school
  • Coats and other essential outdoor wear
  • School reading book bag
  • Packed lunch

Essential medication and medical equipment should be provided to the school via the school office as usual.

Communicating with the school

Communication with the school will be primarily via email.  If there are curriculum based questions that you would like to bring to the teachers attention, please use If the question/information is non-curricular i.e. absence or appointments, then please use .

What to do if your child feels unwell?

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a 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)
  • a 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

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

NHS advice on Covid-19 can be found here

If your child is presenting with a MAIN SYMPTOM  this means that you should start a period of self isolation and a test obtained

A temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

How do I know if I need to self isolate?

Self-isolate if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)

  • you’ve tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus

  • you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive

  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive

How long do I self-isolate for?

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, you’ll usually need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

You’ll usually need to self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
  • you’ve been told by NHS Test and Trace that you’ve been in contact with someone who has coronavirus

Read more about how long to self-isolate.

What to do if you think your child has a ‘cold’?

The NHS advises that if a child has mild cold-like symptoms they should continue to go to school.

Sore throats and blocked or runny noses are not symptoms of coronavirus. In the case of a heavy cold children may need to take a day or two off to get better.

NHS guidance on Common Cold can be found HERE

However, if your child also has a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss of – or change in – their sense of smell or taste, they may have coronavirus. Your child should stay at home, isolate for at least 14 days and be tested.

When Self-Isolating

  • do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can

  • do not go on public transport or use taxis

  • do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home

  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care

  • do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

If Children work remotely

Children in years 3, 4, 5 & 6 will be set work by their class teacher via Google Classrooms  also using PiXL & (same log-in for each link) and linguascope 

  • 1 piece of literacy – Daily lasting around 45 minutes  
  • 1 piece of mathematics – Daily lasting around 45 minutes
  • Topic work – project/research/presentation style – Daily lasting about 1 hour, building on and progressing through a week
  • Bug Club activities will also be set
  • PiXL or Linguascope work – 45 minutes, set as required (might replace a mathematics or literacy task)
  • Listen/read to ebook on that relates to your topic work (or just your general interest!)

Children in years 1 & 2 will be set activities via Google Classrooms 

There will also be work using PiXL & (same log-in for each link)and linguascope

Parents of children in Reception and Nursery will be liaised with via Tapestry.  Activities  will be set by the class teacher and you are invited to capture the outcome of these activities on tapestry. .

These will then be commented on by the class teacher or Early Years Practitioner and extended where appropriate

Protocols using Google Classrooms

The default setting is for children and teachers to have access to “comment”.  We will be talking to children about the appropriate use of comment and reminding them that any inappropriate content/messaging will be screenshotted and passed to the Headteacher where the school’s behaviour policy will be followed and children / parents contacted.

Contact with the class teacher

Teachers will be using newly created email addresses to post new work and to liaise with families.  The email address of classes are;

(i.e., roper@elthamce….) 

Please be aware that the volume of emails has risen dramatically and be patient with teachers as they strive to manage them all.

Please also be aware of teachers workload and allow them time away from their emails and classes.  Therefore, do not expect emails to be answered after 4pm each day, and not before 9am each morning.