Staying safe in school

This page provides a guide to the measures in school in relation to Coronavirus

We are now in Step 4 of the Government’s response to Coronavirus. The measures in place in this phase are significantly different from the previous measures. As Coronavirus becomes “a virus we learn to live with” there is a move away from the stringent restrictions.  The measures in place cover 4 main areas

  • Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  • Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
  • Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
  • Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19


Measure 1– Good hygiene for every one

Frequent and thorough hand cleaning is now regular practice. We will continue to ensure that pupils clean their hands regularly. This can be done with soap and water or hand sanitiser.

Because of the physical nature of our school, we will ensure children

  • Use hand sanitiser on entry to school
  • Wash their hands with soap after using the toilet
  • Use hand sanitiser before eating and after lunch/playtime


Measure 2– Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes

In line with guidance, cleaning will take place  twice per day, with a particular focus on frequently touched areas.



Measure 3– Ventilation of occupied spaces

Well ventilated teaching environment will be maintained.  All of our classrooms have external windows that can be opened to improve natural ventilation. In addition, we have been advised that the government will be providing monitors to aid us in ensuring that rooms are correctly ventilated.





Measure 4- Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19

If your child has any of the main symptom, they should take a PCR test and isolate until the results of the test are known


In line with advice from Public health-pupils should not come into school if they have symptoms

  • a high temperature,
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of sense of smell/taste

If a child in schools develops any of the three recognised symptoms, they will be sent home to follow public health advice and take a PCR test

If a pupil has any of these symptoms, or has a positive LFD test, they should take a PCR test and isolate while waiting for the result.

Public Health advice states—If your PCR test result is negative but you still have symptoms, you may have another viral illness such as a cold, flu or a stomach bug. You should stay at home until you feel well . If you have had diarrhoea or vomiting for at least 2 more days  after the symptoms end.



Close contacts of those with Coronavirus no longer have to isolate

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


If a pupil tests positive, there is no requirement for anyone who has been in close contact with that child to isolate. This means that the class is not required to isolate.


If someone in a child’s household tests positive (e.g. a sibling or a parent) the child does not need to isolate and can attend school as normal. So, if a child in Y1  (for example) tests positive and they have brothers or sister in another class/year group– those brothers/sisters can still attend school

Beginning and end of the day

There will no longer be a one way system around school. However, please be mindful that some people would prefer to maintain some social distancing practices– so we should avoid blocking gates/paths or gathering in large groups.

The doors will open at 8:45am and close at 8:55am

KS1 end of day 3:20pm

KS2 end of day 3:25pm


We will put a map of which doors are to be used  by which classes on the school website on Monday 6th September.



Children will continue to come to school in their PE kits on the day that they have PE.

Please make sure your child comes to school in clothes suitable for outdoor PE. They will need long joggers, plain t-shirt and a hoodie/sweatshirt. Please don’t send them in their best sports wear!



Before and After School Club

The Orchard Before  and After school club will operate from the Community Room,

If you need to book a place, please book via your child’s scopay account

If you need further information about The Orchard, please email school.