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Buxton Junior School

School Covid-19 safety measures and procedures

From the 1st April 2022 the Government’s policy on COVID-19 testing changed. The routine and free testing service for schools, nurseries and universities has now closed. The legal requirement to isolate following a positive COVID-19 test has now been removed, however, the emphasis is on the individual to reduce spreading infection to other people where possible at all times.


Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education or childcare setting.

Children who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can come back to school when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough.
If your child has a positive COVID-19 test result, they should try to stay at home and, where possible, avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test. The risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower after 3 days if they feel well and do not have a high temperature.

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 (within 3 days for children, 5 days for adults) 
  • We must ensure that anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home.


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



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 black shoes or all black 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 

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

Our cleaning routines and systems comply with the government requirements.  We have increased and enhanced our cleaning measures on site.

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. 

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.


Please limit the amount of equipment children bring into school each day 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.  

PE is a normal part of our provision with priority given to outdoor sports.  

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.

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.