What to do if ……….
Return to school when …….
….. my child has coronavirus symptoms
……. The test comes back negative
…….. my child tests positive for coronavirus
…..they feel better. They can return to school after 7 to 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell/taste. These can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.
……..somebody in my house has tested positive for coronavirus
…….NHS test and trace have identified my child as a ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms or confirmed coronavirus
………we/my child travelled and has to self-isolate a part of a period of quarantine
Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:
…….the quarantine period has been completed
To book a test, go online to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
We are very much looking forward to welcoming all children back to school for the new school year.
If you would like to talk to us about your child and any concerns, please – in the first instance – email your child’s year group email address to pass on information:
The school day
To minimise the number of pupils and staff assembling for periods of time, we have made the following changes to the school day:
Arrangements for break times and lunchtimes
We recognise the importance for all pupils to have a break from learning and to enjoy time outside during the school day. Reconnecting with friends will be an important aspect of pupils settling back into school life, but we have made some adjustments to break and lunch times.
School lunches and snacks
All children eligible for a free school meal (including all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) will have a hot free school lunch cooked onsite by our regular kitchen team. The Government will not be providing any more free school meal vouchers (unless children have Coronavirus symptoms or a positive Coronavirus PCR test result).
Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 who would like a hot school dinner but are not eligible for free school meals can pay for a hot school lunch as usual. We ask please that children choose to have a hot lunch every day of each half term so that this is manageable for our kitchen team. If children do not wish to have a hot lunch, they must bring a packed up sandwich lunch as usual.
Children under 5 will receive free milk and milk is available in our dining hall each day for children who have had Free School Meals while they have been at Summerside. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will have a free fruit of vegetable snack each day. Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 can bring a healthy fruit or vegetable snack for breaktime.
Laptops: Remote learning and possible future bubble closures
Thank you to all families who have worked with our school staff to support children’s learning at home. We have enjoyed working with you and would have been unable to do this without your support. If future isolation or school closures are necessary, we have a stock of loan laptops for families who do not have a laptop at home.
Support for pupils and families
We do not underestimate how difficult the recent months have been for us all and we all will have been touched in some way by the coronavirus pandemic. We recognise the need to focus on pupils’ emotional wellbeing as well as their return to learning. We successfully welcomed children back in September and will use a similar approach in March.
Parents may wish to seek support for themselves from the following support agencies: