We were very happy to welcome back all of our pupils at the beginning of September. We have taken every possible step to ensure that our school was and is safe for pupils to return. Please read the risk assessment below to see the measures we have put in place.
As a school, we are very aware of the length of time that children have been out of school and how this has impacted them both emotionally and academically. Our ‘Recovery’ curriculum incorporates a focus on the pupils’ mental health and wellbeing, an amended curriculum that is tailored to their needs and the re-establishment of routines and high expectations.
Covid-19 Information for Parents
If you, your child or anyone you have been in contact with develop any symptoms of Covid-19, please stay away from the school and get a test as soon as possible.
The main symptoms to look out for are…
If you develop symptoms, please arrange to be tested. This can be done by appointment at local testing centres or through home testing kits. Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ for more information and to book a test.
Local drive through testing sites are located in Ashford, at Manston Airport and in Rochester. Other mobile testing sites may also be available to book tests at.
If you select a home test kit, you will need to return the swab using Royal Mail and their network of Priority Post Boxes. These are located all around Boughton-under-Blean, Faversham and the surrounding villages. The timings of their last collections vary considerable so please visit https://www.royalmail.com/services-near-you#/ for more detailed information.
The booking website can be very busy but availability for testing is often updated throughout the day. Please do keep trying to book a test.
What will happen if someone at school displays symptoms
What happens if groups of children need to be educated at home in the event of a bubble or school closure?
The government has outlined what restrictions might need to be made to education and childcare during the pandemic. All schools are being asked to plan for this.
Tier 1 involves all schools remaining fully open
Tier 2 asks primary schools to remain fully open
Tier 3 asks primary schools to remain fully open
Tier 4 would be a full return to lockdown schooling procedure. All early years, primary schools and secondary schools would move to full remote learning other than key workers’ children.
Our aim is to keep our core purpose of teaching and learning continuing as effectively as possible. However, where a positive case of Covid-19 is identified whole classes may be asked to isolate and therefore will be educated at home for the duration of their isolation.
When children are asked to be educated at home, they will be provided with learning to do at home and we have high expectations of all pupils to complete the work set. Activities and tasks will be shared via email and on Google Classroom. This will be updated regularly. However, we do recognise that health and wellbeing are paramount and we appreciate that the level of work that might be undertaken by a child will reflect the situation and circumstances at home.
Additional and supplementary resources recommended by the Department for Education are available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources for parents to use at home.
How to talk to your children about the Coronavirus
Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts have written a book about Coronavirus aimed at children. It has been illustrated by Axel Scheffler. It explains in simple terms about the virus and what we can do to keep ourselves safe. It is available to download below.
Nurse Dotty books have produced a downloadable book for children that aims to explain coronavirus without fear.