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**Please note that we are asking everybody over the age of 12 to wear a face covering on the school site unless they are medically exempt. Thank you for your cooperation with this.**
A bubble is a group of children and adults who remain together throughout the school day.
The Government guidance now states that bubbles can now be larger than the 15 limit we currently have. The bubbles at Lemington Riverside are:
- Bubble 1: Nursery & Reception.
- Bubble 2: Years 1, 2 and 3.
- Bubble 3: Years 4, 5 and 6.
Pick-up times and drop-off times:
DROP OFF TIME: Between 8:45 and 9:15am via the Main Playground.
PICK UP TIME: 3:15pm (2:15pm Friday) from the Upper Playground.
YEARS 4, 5 AND 6:
DROP OFF TIME: Between 8:45 and 9:15am via the Main Playground.
PICK UP TIME: 3:15pm (2:15pm Friday) from the Main Playground.
What is in place to keep my child safe?
Over the past few months we have put various measures in place to keep our children, staff and parents/carer safe. The following are some of the measures that are in place:
- Your child will remain in their ‘bubble’ throughout the day.
- We are introducing a 30 minute drop off period, all children can arrive at school any time between 8:45am and 9:15am daily. This will ease congestion at our entrances. We ask that parents drop their children off at the entrances & leave the school site immediately - maintaining a 2 metre distance from all other adults/family groups.
- Children will have staggered play-times and lunch breaks so that they are only outside with children within their bubble.
- Lunches will be served in staggered sittings.
- There will be no large gatherings such as whole-school assemblies or performances until further notice.
- All children will sanitise their hands upon arrival and departure from school and at regular intervals throughout the day.
- There will be regular hand-washing with hot water and soap throughout the day.
- There is a one-way system in place in school ensuring children do not pass each other on the corridors.
- Children will have their own resources and stationery within class. Children will sit facing the front of the classroom when sat at desks. Children should not bring mobile phones or their own pencil cases in to school until further notice. Children are now allowed to take reading books between home and school.
- Common touch-points such as door handles, taps, etc. will be cleaned by the caretaker throughout the school day.
- PE will take place, but will not include contact sports. All equipment used in PE will be cleaned by coaches before and after it is used. Children should wear their PE kit to school on their designated PE day.
- iPads/PC's will be sanitised before and after use.
We have an in-depth, whole-school risk assessment which covers all measures we are taking in school to keep our children, staff and parents safe. To see it, click here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What changes to the curriculum will there be? How will my child catch up?
We know that all of our children have missed a lot of learning during lockdown. Our teachers have been working hard to create a recovery curriculum. This means that we have looked carefully at the key learning children will have missed and have put together a plan of how we can help them catch up as quickly as possible.
Children will continue to be taught all of the subjects in the National Curriculum.
Does my child have to attend school?
The Government guidance now states that all children should now return to school “to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, well-being and wider development.”
We understand that some parents and children will be anxious about returning to school, but we are all here to support you and your child in their return to school. We hope that the measures outlined in this letter will reassure you that school is taking all the precautions it can.
96% of our children returned to school during the first week of term.
We will make all reasonable attempts to support your child’s return to school, but will be expected to follow up any non-attendance of school without a valid reason with the legal monitoring channels of the Local Authority - this may result in parents ultimately being fined or even prosecuted for their child’s non-attendance.
If you are worried or concerned about something, please talk to us.
Does my child need to wear uniform?
Yes, the expectation from the Government is that all children now wear where school uniform again. All of our uniform can be purchased from Elite Embroidery at Bells Close – a 10 minute walk from school. See the uniform page on our website for further details of what you will need to purchase.
Are hot lunches available? Can my child bring a packed lunch?
Yes and yes. Mrs. Carver and her fabulous kitchen team continue to provide hot meals every day for those children who wish to have one. If your child wishes to bring their own packed lunch, this is fine too. Packed lunches will be kept under your child’s desk in class. Unless your child is entitled to a Free School Meal, the cost of school meals has now risen to £2.10 per day for children in Nursery and £2.20 per day for children in all other year groups.
Are parents/carers allowed on the school site?
Other than dropping off and collecting your child from school, you should not visit the school site unless you have made an appointment until further notice. We, like you, hope these measures will not be in place for much longer as we love having our parents/carers involved in the day-to-day life of our school, but we must follow the current guidance.
What happens if my child requires first aid?
For minor injuries, our qualified first aiders continue to administer first aid, but will wear PPE such as a face mask/visor/apron/gloves if they need to be in close proximity to your child. If your child has a more serious injury or illness we will call you straight away and in the event of an emergency we will call 999.
What if my child or another child/staff member in their bubble develop symptoms of Covid-19?
The symptoms of Covid-19 are:
- A dry, persistent cough.
- A high temperature/fever.
- Loss of taste or smell.
If your child or anyone in your household develop any of the above symptoms, the person with the symptoms MUST arrange a Covid-19 test immediately. You can book a test online through the NHS website (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/)
If your child develops symptoms at home they must not attend school and you must also inform us as soon as possible on 0191 267 4315 or by emailing email@example.com.
If, following a test, the result is negative, your child may return to school once the symptoms of the illness have gone. If, following a test, the result is positive, the person who has tested positive should self-isolate for 10-days and everybody else in the household should self-isolate for 14-days.
If your child develops Covid-19 symptoms in school we will ensure they are isolated in a safe space in school with adult supervision from a short-distance. The adult supervising will wear PPE. We will call you immediately to arrange collection. You should then follow the steps above.
If there is a positive case in school, we will work with Public Health England and advise other children and adults who have been in close contact what actions they should take.
Are after school clubs running at present?
There will be no after-school club provision until at least after Christmas 2020. We do continue to provide free child-care provision on a Friday between 2:15pm and 3:15pm. To book your child a place on this child-care provision you should fill out the consent form by clicking here.
Will the school be taking place in sporting competitions and events?
At present, all sporting events and competitions outside of school are suspended until further notice. Swimming will also not take place until further notice.
Will school trips take place?
The latest guidelines state that day trips out of school can take place if social distancing measures are followed. We do not intend to plan any out of school whilst the city of Newcastle remains in Tier 2 Government restrictions.
Will my child receive a free breakfast at school?
Yes! We are delighted to have secured funding to provide a free in-class breakfast, every morning, for all of our children this term. Upon arrival, your child will have the option of a toasted bagel with a drink that they can enjoy whilst reading a book for the first 30 minutes of the day.
Will I still receive free school meal supermarket vouchers?
No, this scheme ended at the end of the summer holidays as all children are now back in school and will receive their meals as normal again. We will seek support from local businesses wherever possible to provide holiday meal provision. For example, at October half term we were able to offer free food hampers for all families courtesy of the Malhotra Group and there were kind offers from various other community businesses/groups including Coffee on the Corner and Westerhope Community Football Club.
Is there mental health support available for my child?
Yes, we are one of the pilot schools for a mental health and well-being programme in Newcastle called RISE. Through this, we will have a trained mental health practitioner working in school every week to support our children with their return to school. To access further support for your child and tips of how you can help at home, visit https://www.rise-ne.co.uk/ . If you are concerned about your child's mental health, you can speak to us in complete confidence in school - we will be able to signpost you to further support.
What are the expectations around behaviour in school?
We have a new home-school agreement that outlines our expectations of children’s behaviour in school.
Will the SATs tests and phonics/times table screenings take place next year?
Yes, we have been informed by the Government that the Year 1 Phonics Test, Year 2 SATs, Year 4 Times Table Test and Year 6 SATs will all take place as normal next year
If you do have any further questions, we are available Monday-Friday between 8am and 4pm on 0191 267 4315 or you can drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would also advise parents/carers to follow our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter, where we regularly post updates.
You can also read a Frequently Asked Questions document compiled by Newcastle City Council by clicking on the document below.