Tadworth Primary School, Heathcote, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5RR
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Tadworth Primary School

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Covid Information

 

Tadworth Primary School Procedures -  Last updated 1st September 2021

Below you will find information regarding the start back to school including the key measures being taken to reduce the risks posed by COVID-19.  Our procedures have been informed by the Department for Education’s ‘Schools COVID-19 operational guidance’ which can be found from the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/schools-covid-19-operational-guidance

Whilst the government has relaxed many of the previous COVID-19 measures in place last year, there are still important steps that we can continue to take in order to minimise the risks posed to everyone in our community.

When must someone self-isolate

Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of the three symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste 

You should also self-isolate straight away if:
- you’ve tested positive for COVID-19
- someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive (unless you are not required to self-isolate, more information below)
- you’ve been told to self-isolate following contact with someone who tested positive 

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.  You may need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away. 

When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test they should follow public health advice on what to do.  They should not come into school. 

Anyone developing or displaying symptoms in school, however mild, will be sent home.  More information on self-isolation can be found from - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/

When someone does not need to self-isolate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracing close contacts and self-isolation

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

-           they are fully vaccinated

-           they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months

-           they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial

-           they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Though people in these groups are no longer required to isolate, they should be contacted by NHS Test and Trace; informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. 

The guidance indicates that schools will no longer be responsible for identification of close contacts and states that this will be done by NHS Test and Trace.  However, as a school we will continue to support external partners as and when necessary or asked to do so.

What to do if your child tests positive for coronavirus

In cases of a positive test, please e-mail positivetests@tadworthps.surrey.sch.uk
N.B.  Please do not use this e-mail address for any other purpose. 

Include in any e-mails to this address:
- your child’s name and their class

- when your child tested positive

- whether they tested positive on an Lateral Flow Device (LFD) or PCR test

- when they are isolating until (following the PCR test result)

- what symptoms they have (if any) and when they started

Reporting any other school absence

If your child is unwell or off school it is essential that you notify us promptly (by 9.30am at the latest) with clear information as to why your son/daughter is not going to be in.  This can be done either by leaving a message on the school absence phone line or by emailing info@tadworthps.surrey.sch.uk copied to kdrake@tadworthps.surrey.sch.uk

Being contactable at all times

It is important for you to have plans in place were your child to remain off school for any period of time.  It is also essential that we have up-to-date contact details for ideally three different adults who would be able to promptly collect, or arrange collection of, your son/daughter were the need to arise.  If you need to make any changes to the contact details that school holds, please either call the front office (during term time ideally between 9.30am – 2.30pm) or e-mail the information to info@tadworthps.surrey.sch.uk

 

Control measures at TPS:

Overarching control measures

- Ensuring good hygiene for everyone.  Frequent and thorough hand cleaning is well-established at our school.  Children and staff will continue to clean their hands regularly with soap and water or hand sanitiser (when necessary).  Visitors to the school will be encouraged to do the same.  Respiratory hygiene – ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important.
- Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes.
- Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated.
- Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Asymptomatic testing

Staff will continue to be encouraged to self-test (using a Lateral Flow Device) twice a week until the end of September, when the DfE have indicated this will be reviewed.

Face masks/ coverings

We are no longer requesting that parents wear face masks/coverings at drop off and pick up times. However, parents are welcome to wear them if they wish to do so.  This applies to staff too.

Parents coming into the school buildings

As we start the new school year, we would ask that any parents wishing to meet with a member of staff make an appointment, in advance, whenever possible.  Though social distancing measures have been relaxed by the government, we are aware that many people are still concerned about COVID-19 and meetings in school will be organised to allow for social distancing.

In line with the rest of our procedures, we will keep this under review and let parents know as and when any significant changes are made.

Remote education

The school will provide remote learning for any children who are well-enough to complete school work but unable to attend school due to self-isolation requirements.  This will be via the Google Classroom.  More information will follow from the teachers in relation to this when we are back at school.

Stepping measures up or down

We have a contingency plan (outbreak management plan) which covers the possibility that it may become necessary to step up our measures for a temporary period of time if advised to do so by the health protection team or any other relevant body.

 

The School Day

Start and end times

We are no longer operating a staggered start and end to the school day.

The times shown below are therefore applicable to all children.  

Start of the day – The school gates will open at 8.45am.  On arrival at school, the children should go straight to their classrooms. All children must be in class by 9am when the register will be taken.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 must be taken to their classrooms by a responsible adult.

Children in Years 3 – 6 are allowed to make their own way to their classrooms provided they do so sensibly and responsibly. 

In order to keep the site secure, the gates will be locked shortly after 9am so parents are asked to leave the school promptly after delivering their children to the relevant classroom/building. 

End of the day - The school day ends at 3.20pm.  The gates will be opened to parents/carers at approximately 3.15pm. 

Ø  Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 must be collected from the classroom by a responsible adult.

Ø  Children in Year 3 will be brought down by a member of staff to the covered area between the hall and our new building where they must be collected by an adult.

Ø  Children in Year 4 should be collected from the Key Stage 2 playground.  Teachers will inform parents during the term of any changes to this arrangement.

Ø  Parents of children in Years 5 and 6 are responsible for agreeing with their son/daughter where they will meet them at the end of the school day – this could be on the Key Stage 2 playground or somewhere off site (e.g. end of the alleyway).

Drop-off system in the morning (for children in Yrs 3 - 6)

To help ease congestion in the local area, we operate a drop off system in the morning for children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6 only – no younger siblings) arriving by car. In order to maintain a flow and to help keep everyone safe, parents utilising the drop-off system are reminded of the following key points:
-  drive slowly around our roundabout
- child to be able to independently exit the vehicle kerb side
- child to be able to sensibly and independently make their own way to class
We will speak directly to parents if we have any concerns in relation to their use of the drop-off system.
N.B. The front gates are sometimes closed to vehicles – e.g. if we have a coach on site.  We will endeavour to notify parents in advance if the gates are going to be closed, either via a message on our app or e-mail, so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Parking

In order to help keep everyone in our community safe, we ask that all parents park legally and responsibly in the local area. Parking is limited around the school and parents should take this into consideration when planning the school run. The staff carpark is only for use by staff and blue badge holders.

One way system no longer in operation

Entry points to the school (at drop off and pick up times) will return to being two-way, however, we do ask that parents keep moving when on the pathways and are respectful of others who may be wishing to maintain a distance.

Contacting the teacher

If you need to get a message to a teacher, please e-mail them, write a note in the home/school diary or call the front office if it is something urgent.

Medication

Please ensure that any necessary medication that your son/daughter requires is handed in to school with a completed form.  This includes asthma inhalers.  The form can be found from the following link: https://www.tadworthps.surrey.sch.uk/docs/Pupil_Medication_Request.pdf

Volunteers helping in school

We have really missed our volunteers at TPS and will write soon with more information (including DBS requirements) for anyone who may be interested in helping out at our school.

PE Days

Children are to come to school wearing their PE Kit on days when they have PE.