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Buxton Junior School

School Covid-19 safety measures and procedures

If your child has symptoms of Covid-19

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

 

Test and Trace

If a member of your household tests positive for Covid-19, you will need to let the school office know (or both school offices if you have siblings in both Buxton Infant School and Buxton Junior School). Your child no longer has to self-isolate if they do not have any symptoms themselves, but you must book them a PCR test. Whilst they are waiting for the results for the PCR test, they may continue to come to school as long as they have no symptoms BUT we will also ask you to provide daily confirmation of a negative lateral flow test. Please call the office with the result and number of the test. A reminder that tests can be picked up free of charge from most pharmacies and it is recommended that you test your child twice weekly during term time.

 

If we have a positive case in school, NHS Test and Trace will carry out contact tracing, although we have yet to see how this might work in practice. We will inform you if there has been a positive case in your child’s class. School close contacts will be asked by the NHS to take a PCR test and can continue to attend school whilst awaiting the results as long as they have no symptoms BUT we also ask you to provide daily confirmation of a negative lateral flow test. We will also ask that members of the class who have not been identified as close contacts by the NHS carry out daily lateral flow test for ten days. 

 

Your child should NOT come into school if they have Covid-19 symptoms. Whilst officially these symptoms are still a high temperature, a new or continuous cough or a loss of taste and smell, there is growing evidence that symptoms can also include a headache, stomach ache and other flu-like symptoms. If your child is a little poorly, please complete a lateral flow test with them before sending them to school, just to be on the safe side.

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.

 

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

 

Remote-learning

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. 

Uniform

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 

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 playdaysatgreen-lane@btinternet.com if you need a place.

 

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.  

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. 

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