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Important Parent Advisory

Key Worker/Vulnerable Children Attending School During National Lockdown January 2021


If you have applied for or been invited to accept a place you will be contacted by school to confirm your place by EMAIL/TEXT and your child can start school on Wednesday 6th January 2021. All children will be expected to attend FULL TIME Monday to Friday with no exceptions.


This document is intended to help parents to understand what will be required of them and their children as we enter the National Lockdown from Tuesday 5th January 2021.


Please take your time to read through to understand how you can help to keep your child, you and your family and our whole school community safe.


The expectations are very different from the first Lockdown last March and the Department for Education have been very clear that every child should complete a minimum 3 hours of structured learning per day to ensure that their education continues.



All children will be expected to attend school as normal, Monday to Friday on the same timetable as before Christmas between 8.45am and 3.15pm. (See table below).


If your child does not attend (other than sickness absence) they may lose their place and you will be expected to complete the school work at home on the same timetable.


Entry to, and Collection from School

Any child who has Coronavirus symptoms should not come to school, get a test and isolate according to Government Guidelines.


  • Only ONE parent/adult (18+) can bring/collect the child at the times (see the table below).


  • Drop off and Collection Points are to be the same as last term (see table below)


  • Please queue in socially distanced manner 2 METRES APART (like when you go to the supermarket) and observe social distancing at ALL times.


  • As per Government Guidance we expect the adult to WEAR A FACE COVERING (unless medically exempt), you will not be permitted to enter the school premises without a face covering.


  • Parents/Carers should LEAVE THE SCHOOL AREA as soon as their children have been dropped off/collected, please do not gather in social groups around the school site. You will be asked to leave.


  • Breakfast Club -  will be open to all Key Worker Children and enter school via the Haven at 8.15am.


  • Late Children -The gates will open at 8.40am and close at 9.10am.  ENTRY WILL NOT BE PERMITTED AFTER THIS TIME. If this occurs on more than one occasion they may lose their school place for the remainder of the lockdown period.

Absent/Medical Appointments

If your child has a medical appointment during the school day, it is advised that they do not attend school on the morning or afternoon of the appointment. Children can only be brought in to school at start of school day or at 12.55. If the appointment is in the afternoon, then they must be collected at 12.00 from school office.


If your child is not attending school for any reason you must contact school by 9am - on EVERY DAY that they absent to provide a valid reason. (ie they are ill), please appreciate that we have to be extra vigilant to ensure that we can close bubbles in school if your child has contracted Covid-19).


School Work

Firstly, ALL children whether in school or at home WILL do the same work and will follow the same timetable.

Work will be set every Monday. The work will be marked by the Teacher and every Wednesday there will be feedback to parents and children via the school website (parents will be sent a link).


Behaviour in School

Children are expected to follow the school rules at all times. The School Behaviour Policy clearly outlines our expectations. Your child may lose their school place for the remainder of the lockdown period if they cannot/do not follow school rules.


Behaviour outside of School

As we are currently in National Lockdown due to the Covid-19 virus, children should be either in school during the school day OR at home. Adults should be making sure that their child is obeying the Government Guidelines for Social Distancing.


What will school be like?

Children will be in school with a dedicated group of Teachers and Support staff and will be self-contained within a classroom area or ‘Bubbles’ in their own year group (ie Reception Yr1, Yr2 Yr3 Yr4 Yr5 Yr6).


  • Staff and children will NOT leave their ‘Bubble’ to prevent cross contamination between other ‘Bubbles’ for other staff and children.
  • They will take all of their bags and coats into the classroom with them.
  • Each child will have their own desk and chair and a pack with their own stationary and equipment.
  • Children will follow aspects of the curriculum to include Phonics, English, Maths and Science and PE.


Pupil Wellbeing

We take your child’s wellbeing and the wellbeing of our whole school community very seriously. We want you to know that we will do everything we can to look after your child’s social, emotional and mental health, as well as their academic and physical needs.

So that we can keep everyone safe and well while they are in school, every child’s behaviour in school is going to be closely monitored. If we have any concerns, we will talk to you about it. If we feel for any reason that their behaviour is unsafe – ie they can’t follow social distancing instructions or they are presenting significant challenges to staff or other children - then you may be asked to come and collect your child. Our School Behaviour Policy [on website] reflects this.


What about Hygiene?

All adults and children entering the site should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dried with a paper towel:

  • On entering and leaving the building
  • After going to the toilet
  • After touching their faces
  • After coughing and/or sneezing
  • Learning outside (and after lunch breaks)
  • Before and after eating

If soap and water is not available hand sanitiser can be used (school issue only, children must not bring their own into school).



Children will be supervised at ALL times when handwashing/using hand sanitisers to prevent misuse/wastage of resources.


There will be an additional Cleaner on site all day who will continually wipe down frequent touch points, (sink/toilet areas, door handles, light switches, desks, chairs equipment).


Social Distancing – how will this work?

Children are now on the whole used to this. However, they will be reminded to maintain social distancing and will talk to them in depth about what this means.


  • Keeping distance from other children and staff and parents.
  • Follow you planned route for your ‘Bubble’ there will be child friendly notices and lines for them to follow.
  • Do not leave your classroom/ ‘Bubble’!
  • Same seating arrangement to be used each day
  • Breaks/lunchtimes staggered to stay with the same group of children during breaks
  • Lunches to be eaten in classroom space.
  • Toilets – children to be limited in how many can go to the bathroom at any time. Staff will monitor handwashing.


First Aid and Medicines

We are very lucky in school that nearly all of our Teaching Assistants are Paediatric First Aid trained. If your child needs first aid, the member of staff will wear PPE (gloves and apron) to provide first aid.

The normal protocol for medicines will be continued.


Fire Safety

To provide a safe and secure environment, we have altered some of our Fire Exits and Fire Safety practices will be carried out as soon as the children return to school to make sure everybody knows what they have to do in the event of a fire.


School Meals

All children will have their lunch in their classroom. School meals will be provided to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and children in year 3-6 if they are entitled to means tested benefits. All other children must bring a packed lunch from home or pay £2.30 each day for a hot school meal to be provided.


Please note, if your child has a packed lunch and they need a spoon, fork or knife to eat you must put cutlery in their lunch box. We will not be able to provide any cutlery – you will have to send these with your child from home.


Your child must bring a Healthy Packed Lunch – remember no chocolate or fizzy drinks, we would like to see fruit, cheese/yogurt, sandwiches or wraps. No FAST food bought from takeaways, ie burgers etc and no food that has to be heated or is brought in warm as this can breed germs.


Your child will be drinking water from their own water bottle at lunchtime so please ensure that they bring it with them every day. We will not be able to provide plastic cups.



  • Every child is expected to wear uniform please see the school website for uniform details.
  • Every child must bring a bottle of water day. The school can provide water bottles (to be bought online via the school ‘shop’.
  • Parents are NOT allowed to enter the school premises at any time without an appointment.
  • You MUST update us with any changes to contact details by Telephone 0113 2456136 or email
  • If you require assistance at any time you will have to telephone the school office and make an appointment.
  • If a child forgets something they need in school, the parent must take it to the drop off point at the office after 9.15. They will not be permitted prior to this time when all other children are safely inside.




Start Time

Finish Time

Drop Off/Collection Point (see MAP)

Foundation Stage



Nursery Gate, Rydall Place





Year 1/Year 2


Start Time

Finish Time

Drop Off/Collection Point (see MAP)



Playground Gate, Rydall Place





Year 3/Year 4


Start Time

Finish Time

Drop Off/Collection Point (see MAP)



Playground Gate, Brown Lane East





Year 5/Year6


Start Time

Finish Time

Drop Off/Collection Point (see MAP)



Playground Gate, Brown Lane East