Risk Assessment September 1st 2021
Returning to school on September 2nd 2021
We will be welcoming all pupils and staff to school on Thursday 2nd September.
When pupils return to school there will no longer be 'bubbles' of children and different start and finish times.
Below, you will find a few commonly asked questions and some documents to support our return to school.
Does my child need to attend school?
Yes, it is compulsory for all school age children to attend their school setting.
Government Guidance states;
'Attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. This means it’s your legal duty as a parent to send your child to school regularly if they are registered at one.'
What if a member of my child's class tests positive for Covid or cases of COVID-19 increase?
Under new Government Guidance, since the middle of August there is now no requirement for children under the age of 18 and anyone who has received both of their vaccination injections to self isolate.
KCSP has created a document which explains what to do should your child show symptoms of COVID -19 or provides a positive Lateral Flow Test.
In addition to this, if we see a substantial rise in cases within a class we will follow DfE and PHE guidance on whether we need to send any individuals or whole classes home.
Our school Risk Assessment will be regularly updated and reviewed to represent the current guidance and procedures that we need to have in place to keep everyone as safe as we can.
It is therefore essential that, if your child is ill or shows any symptoms of Covid you do not send them to school.
Below you will find two documents. The 'Quick reference guide' document for parents and carers created by KCSP, this will tell you what to do if someone in your household has Covid or is a close contact of someone with Covid. We also have a Covid Outbreak strategy if the number of cases rise in our school setting.
When will school start and finish for my children?
All children and parents/carers will be able to access the school playground (from either the main or park gates) from 8.30am, with children lining up outside their classrooms when the whistle goes at 8.45am.
At the end of the day parents and carers will be able to access the school again from the main gates or park gate at approximately 3.10pm. You will then be able to collect your child from their classroom door at 3.15pm.
Are there any other arrangements I need to be aware of at each end of the day?
The main gates of the school car park will close at 8.25am and then again at 3.00pm, this is something that will continue to support the wellbeing and safeguarding of all families at the start and end of the day.
Parking will still be available at the Kingdom Hall car park at the bottom of Parkfield Rd, please do not park on the kerb on Parkfield Road.
You are no longer required to wear a mask under Government guidance but when in close proximity to large numbers of people we encourage you to do so.
Will my child still be kept apart from other classes during the school day?
No, the Government no longer requires us to keep the children in different 'bubbles' and apart from each other.
This means that we can now hold assemblies together, have playtimes together and have mixed class after school clubs.
Will there be any clubs on at school?
Yes, Breakfast Club and Afterschool Club will be running again. Please contact the main school office about these.
After a few weeks of settling in, we will be giving out a list of clubs that will be available throughout the year and how to sign-up your child for these activities. Most of these are after school and finish between 4.00 and 4.30pm.
What do I do if we have Covid in our household or are a 'close contact'?
Covid Outbreak Strategy
Trust Safeguarding Policy Addendum February 2021
Providing Remote Education at Stella Maris
Statement from KCSP on Attendance and Provision of Remote Learning
NHS Letter to Parents re Test and Trace
As of Monday 15th June, the law requires any Public Transport User to wear a face mask whilst travelling. In accordance with this KCC have determined the following guidance applicable to children provided with transport assistance by the Council.
For Parents - a Special COVID-19 Message from the NHS
When your child is ill or injured it is very difﬁcult to decide if/when to call your child’s GP, NHS 111 or go the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E). During the current situation and while the government is asking everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do. Here is some guidance
Useful Community Information and Numbers for Parents during COVID-19 pandemic
The link below has been sent to the school for us to share with all of our community. This provides key information in our community including key telephone numbers.
My Story About Pandemics and the Coronavirus
This is a confusing time adults, let alone children. Please see the link below to support the children's understanding of the situation we find ourselves in.