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Corona virus symptoms


What to do if ……….

Action  Needed

Return to school when …….

….. my child has coronavirus symptoms

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate
  • Get a PCR test
  • Inform school immediately about test result

……. The test comes back negative

…….. my child tests positive for coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate for at 7 to10 days. Child must complete lateral flow tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation.
  • Inform school immediately about test result

…..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

  • Arrange a PCR test for your child at a test centre. Complete 7 daily lateral flow tests a home. Continue to come to school.
  • Inform school immediately of the result


…….NHS test and trace have identified my child as a ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms or confirmed coronavirus

  • Arrange a PCR test for your child at a test centre. Complete 7 daily lateral flow tests a home. Continue to come to school.
  • Inform school immediately of the result


………we/my child travelled and has to self-isolate a part of a period of quarantine

  • Do not take unauthorised leave in term time
  • Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel
  • Provide information to school as per attendance policy

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school daily
  • Self-isolate as instructed

…….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/

Autumn Term 2021 welcome back


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:

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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:


  • Learning will take place outside whenever possible
  • PPE has been purchased for first aid, intimate care (nappy changing and support with toileting self care) 
  • Breakfast club will open from the first day of school 
  • After school clubs will open from the first day. Please book after school sessions in advance here:  https://www.happydaysclubs.com/


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.


  • Zoned areas will be marked on the playground and field
  • Reception to Year 6 children will eat their lunches in the hall 
  • Nursery children will eat lunches in their classrooms


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:


  • Barnet Bereavement Service - 020 3759 4347 or email [email protected] - This organisation offers skilled counselling support to people who have been bereaved. Counselling is offered one hour per week either in the person's home at the office. There is no charge for the service
  • Barnet Wellbeing Hub - For people who would like mental wellbeing support, Barnet Wellbeing Hub (based at the Meritage Centre, Church End, Hendon, London NW4 4JT) has moved all of its service provision online and via phone, including yoga classes, virtual wellbeing cafes and emotional health checks. To find out more call 03333 449088 or email: [email protected]External link.
  • SilverCloud free online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). If you are experiencing anxiety, stress and sleep difficulties, SilverCloud are providing a free online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) support programme. For further details, please visit their website at: https://beh.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/
  • https://www.good-thinking.uk/ is a London-wide NHS digital wellbeing service designed to support low-level mental health needs. It offers digital self-assessment followed by a range of personalised, clinically approved digital and local interventions based on your preferences and location.
  • Samaritans – call free 24 hours a day on 116 123
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline – call for free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247
  • Shelter provide free confidential information, support and legal advice on all housing and homelessness issues if you call 0330 0536 083 (please note, this is not a free phone number and your call will be charged). A free webchat is available at https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help/webchat