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Buxton Junior School

School Covid-19 safety measures and procedures

If your child tests positive

We need to know immediately if your child tests positive as this means we can identify close contacts without delay. If you receive a positive test result for your child during the school day, please contact the school office on 01298 22156. If you receive the positive test result out of school hours (ie. evenings or weekends) please text the school mobile on 07493 075925 and let us know the name of your child, the date of the positive test and the date when symptoms started.

If the positive test result is not for your child but for another household member, please inform the school office on 01298 22156 or as your child will need to isolate. You do not need to text this information.


It is vital that you do not send your child to school if they have any of the following symptoms.

  • High fever
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell

The DfE guidance is clear that prevention is the most important way of managing coronavirus.


Below are the measures we must take in school:

  • We must minimise 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.
  • We must ensure that pupils, staff and other adults do not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days.
  • We must ensure that anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home.




  • a new and persistent cough
  • a high temperature,
  • a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


If anyone in the school becomes unwell with any of these symptoms they must be sent home and advised to follow the guidance which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

In school, we will also focus on:

  • cleaning hands thoroughly more often than usual
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • introducing enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often

We also have clear guidance in school about what measures to take if there is a suspected or identified case of Covid-19 in school.


Please continue below for information about how school runs, when fully open, including staggered start and finish times.


Bubbles and group sizes

Our pupils are organised into groups or ‘bubbles’ with as little interaction as possible across groups. In order to achieve these bubbles whilst ensuring we can still function as a school, we have opted for class bubbles for the vast majority of the time. Playtime and lunchtime play will be in phase bubbles (Y3/Y4) and (Y5/Y6). The toilets will be also used by phase bubbles. This means the children may have transitory contact with another child from the other class in their year group or from the other phased year group when visiting the toilet or when playing outside. The DfE has stated that pupils passing each other briefly in a corridor or playground (e.g. walking past each other) is a relatively 'low risk', but we have measures in place to avoid large groups of pupils mixing together in these spaces at the same time.

Social distancing within bubbles

The DfE has recognised that strict social distancing will not always be possible, especially with primary-aged pupils. The guidance specifically states, "We recognise that younger children will not be able to maintain social distancing, and it is acceptable for them not to distance within their group”.  We promote and encourage social distancing amongst the children and classrooms will be reorganised to allow maximum space between children who will be facing forwards and sitting side-by-side. The DfE has accepted that pupils need to be sitting close to each other in most classrooms.


If your child cannot attend school due to Covid-19 restrictions, remote learning will be available from the first day of their absence if they are well enough to work from home. Please help your child log in to their Google Classroom account to see the work that has been set for them. 


Children are expected to wear full school uniform, including all back shoes or all back trainers. Please go to our website for ordering information and the school’s PTFA facebook page also has some second-hand uniform.

Other important measures 

Teachers and staff can move between classes and bubbles. This will enable our specialist and peripatetic teachers to work in school whilst social distancing as much as possible.

Strict hand-washing routines and respiratory hygiene measures are in place. 

Our cleaning routines and systems comply with the government requirements.  We have already increased and enhanced our cleaning measures on site as another temporary measure. 

There will be no whole-school or parents assemblies for the time being.  We will continue to upload padlets and videos to our website so you can remain connected with what we are up to and to allow us to share achievements of the children in school and with you at home. This is very important to us.

The outside area will be separated into two areas so the children will play in their LKS2 and UKS2 bubbles.

Year 3/4 will eat at their desks at lunchtime, Y5/6 will eat in the hall and dining hall in separate year groups. 

Resources that are shared between bubbles, such as sports, art and science equipment, are cleaned frequently and either cleaned between bubbles, or rotated to allow them to be left unused and out of reach for 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different bubbles.

Outdoor playground equipment is more frequently cleaned and hand railings cleaned daily.

Forest School continues and resources are cleaned frequently or rotated. The children who are doing Forest School will be asked if they can provide their own clothing but we can provide it if they can’t.

Our school breakfast club is running as normal from 7.45am, costing £3 a session. Children must be dropped off and signed in to the Breakfast Club and you are allowed to drive onto site to do this. Children will all be in the hall but separated into phases.

After-school wraparound child-care. Playdays are offering after-school care at the infant school. Please contact Andy O’Connor on if you need a place.

After-school clubs. Please contact school for more details. 

The amount of equipment children bring into school each day is limited to essentials, such as school bags, PE kit, water bottles, lunch boxes, hats, coats and books. Children are allowed to bring one pencil case to school. This must be small enough to fit in the trays under the desks so the surface of the desk can be easily cleaned. Children are provided with stationery and will be encouraged to retain these for their own use only.

Pupils can take books and other shared resources home, although unnecessary sharing will be avoided, especially where this does not contribute to pupil education and development.  Books will be isolated for a period of time when they are returned to school.

PE is a normal part of our provision with priority given to outdoor sports.  Equipment will be cleaned or rotated between groups.

Outdoor learning has been a focus at Buxton Junior School for the last two years. We continue to follow this approach as we believe it is a hugely important part of what we offer. We know it contributes greatly to all the children’s well-being and they learn well outside.

Classroom-based resources, such as books and games, can be used and shared within the group; these are cleaned regularly, along with all frequently touched surfaces.

We will delay the booking of any day trips (educational visits) until later in this year.  Currently, residential visits are not permitted.

First aid will be administered by qualified staff within the allocated groups as required.

In line with government guidance, face coverings are still not currently required for children in primary schools. If your child wears a mask on their journey to school, please ensure they have removed it before coming on the school site. School staff wear masks in the corridors and communal areas but not in the classroom.

Keeping in touch

The DfE guidance states that no additional adults may come onto site. This is a great sadness to us as we enjoy chatting to parents on the playground in the morning and it’s an excellent way of keeping in touch with you. Two members of staff (one of them will usually be me) will be at the front and back gates every morning so if you have any questions or queries, please do still ask. If you need to speak to a teacher or the headteacher privately, please call the office to make a phone appointment. During previous closures, the class teacher email system has worked very well and we will continue to use this system. As normal, if you have any questions or worries about your child, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

Things like whole year group assemblies and school plays cannot happen as they have done previously. This is obviously something we are very keen to overcome as they are crucial to our sense of school community and to your child.


Staggered start and finish times


  • Please could we remind you again that your child should NOT be arriving in school before 8.45am. Only children who have a sibling in Blue Sea, Dolphins or Starfish at Buxton Infant School can arrive at 8.40am, and only if you cannot drop off your junior child after your infant child.
  • Our school day does not officially start until 9.05am but is much longer than every other school in the area as we have to accommodate Buxton Infant School times and our own staggered times. We would be grateful if all parents could follow our request to respect the staggered start times. If you need your child to arrive before 8.45am, please use our Breakfast Club for £3 a session.
  • As usual, no cars will be allowed on site, except to drop off at Breakfast Club.
  • The register will be taken for all children at 9.05am.
  • If you have two or more children in school with different start times, please choose the most convenient.
  • If you have a child who leaves at 3.25pm and another who leaves at the later time of 3.35pm, they can wait in school until the later time so that they can leave together. Parents of siblings with different finish times can pick up at 3.35pm.

Start and Finish Times

*Please arrive as close as possible to your allotted arrival time