RE-OPENING OF THE SCHOOL

We would like to start by thanking everyone for their continued support in our efforts to keep the whole school community safe throughout these anxious and ever changing times.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22nd February, the Senior Leadership Team has compiled a comprehensive back-to-school guide and shared this with parents. We look forward to welcoming all pupils back to school on Monday 8 March.

The school day will be the same as the Michaelmas Term, with access to the Pre-Prep classrooms and Prep Morning Care from 8.00am and after care until 5.45pm (Monday to Thursday) and until 5.00pm on Friday.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

We remain ever vigilant within school, and the staff continue with their sterling efforts to follow the DfE and PHE guidance in order to keep all our children in school. As a reminder, we have a dynamic Risk Assessment, which is available to view at any time.

The strict measures that were put in place in the Michaelmas Term to ensure the safety of the whole community must continue to be followed strictly by all:

– Only one adult should drop off/collect children

– Whilst an extended day is available, parents/carers must continue to pick up their children promptly at the end of the school day where possible

– Parents/carers must leave the site promptly once their children have been dropped off/collected

– Parents/carers must continue to follow social distancing guidance

– Parents/carers must continue to wear face coverings on The Blue Coat campus at all times

– Parents/carers/children must wash their hands before coming onto the school site

– Parents/carers are not permitted to spend time on the school campus watching their children take part in activity sessions.

– Parents/carers are not allowed to enter the buildings other than to visit Main Reception.

– Please ensure that you follow the rules set out by the Government outside of school hours.  For those who are found to have broken these rules, their children may be asked to self-isolate at home for the required period of time.

COVID-SYMPTOMS

If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, however slight, please do not send him or her to school, and children should also be kept at home if any household members or members of your support or childcare bubbles have tested positive for COVID-19 or are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms.

Likewise, if your child has come into contact with anyone who has tested positive, please inform us immediately. Any test results, positive or negative, should be forwarded to covid19@thebluecoatschool.com

An isolation room has been set up for any child who comes to school and subsequently shows signs of a suspected fever or is displaying other COVID-19 symptoms. They will wait there until they are collected by a parent or guardian. Additional isolation rooms will be set up as required.

Our Behaviour Management and Exclusions Policy and Policy for Lost or Uncollected Children (COVID-19) have been shared with parents. These and our COVID-19 Policy can be found on the Policies page of our website.

COVID TESTING

Since Week 4 of the Lent Term, staff working in school have been taking part in regular asymptomatic testing twice a week at home using Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs), as encouraged by the DfE.  This will continue once school reopens fully on Monday 8 March.  Primary age pupils are not required to test with LFDs.

As you may be aware from the news on Sunday 28 February, the Department of Health and Social Care announced that from Monday 1st March, households with primary school age children, including childcare and support bubbles, can test themselves using a Lateral Flow Device twice every week at home. Further information about who is eligible for a test is available from the Government here. This document also contains the information and the links below.

Lateral Flow Device kits can be accessed:

  • Via your employers if they offer testing to employees
  • At a local test site where you can swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator. You may need to book an appointment. Details of local rapid lateral flow test sites are available here.
  • By collecting a home test kit from a test site. Details of local collection points are available at the link above.
  • By ordering a home test kit online.

As set out in the guidance, you will be required to take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart) and report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test.

Positive results must be reported by email to school and self-isolation protocols must be followed by all household members and members of support and childcare bubbles.

DAILY ROUTINES

All parents and visitors to site are requested to wear a face covering. Year 5 and 6 children should walk independently to their Hub or House – having been dropped off at the front gate or in the car park. Please do not drop them immediately behind the Year 5 and Year 6 Houses as this is not safe, and causes traffic to build up behind you. A reminder that other pupils should only be accompanied by one adult.

PUPILS REMAINING AT HOME

Work will be provided for any individual child or small groups of children who are required to self-isolate at home.  Specific Google Classrooms have been set up for such pupils, and tasks for the children will be uploaded on a daily basis.  In such cases, on the first day of your child’s absence, you will receive an email from Main Reception with details of the specific year group codes for these Google Classrooms.  Children who are unwell should not be completing work, as it is important they rest and recover fully.

If whole year groups or classes are required to self-isolate, the BCS Distance Learning programme will be followed.

CO-CURRICULAR

In addition to the provision being offered as part of the School’s educational activities, we recognise the importance of our after-school activity programme in supporting our busy working parents with wraparound childcare, and DfE guidance permits the resumption of the programme for these reasons.

The after-school activity programme that was in place for the duration of the Michaelmas Term will resume from Monday 8 March. Parents will be notified of the activities that their child is currently signed up for via an email reminder on Friday 26 February.

SUPPORT

The following members of staff remain the first point of contact for you as they assume prime responsibility for all aspects of your child’s welfare and academic progress:

Nursery and Pre-Prep  – Class Teacher
Year 3 and 4  – Form Tutor
Year 5 and 6  – Pastoral Tutor

Chaplain, Miss Levett and Mrs Neeson will continue to support pastoral care.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the School Reception T:0121 410 6800 or by email: office@thebluecoatschool.com. For Pre-Prep, please contact Mrs Arch, Pre-Prep Secretary. E:archpa@thebluecoatschool.com and for Prep, please contact Mrs Wilkinson, Prep Administrator, E:wilkinsonj@thebluecoatschool.com