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Questions and Answers for returning in September.

Please see Questions and Answers that have been asked with regards to a return to school for all pupils in September.  We have provided answers that are in line with information and directives available to us at the time and could be subject to change if the government guidance is updated.

 

If you have further questions, please ask them at questions@homefields.derby.sch.uk   

 

Q I understand that teachers are avoiding contact with pupils - but reception are so young, some only just 4. Will they be given a hug etc if necessary?
A. Staff will work very hard to meet the emotional needs of all children and no child will be left in distress. Staff will work with children to develop ways in which they can seek comfort whilst still maintaining distance. eg "do a happy wiggle" or "find a favourite toy". This will all form part of the teaching and learning experience and will be done in a sensitive, fun and safe way. The government guidance notes. We know that younger children may not be able to maintain social distancing. It is likely that for younger children the emphasis will be on separating groups, and for older children, it will be on distancing.

 


Q.I’ve heard from friends at other schools that eg. If a child grazes their knee they can’t be touched, so will be handed a wipe to clean their knee themselves, then handed a plaster to stick on themselves, is this the case?

A. According to age and capability, children will be encouraged to be independent. If any child requires urgent first aid, they will receive it.   

Q. Similarly if there are toilet accidents how will this be handled?

A.Again we will give support to very young children. Where possible we will encourage the children to do some things for themselves (this would be usual practice) Where support is needed staff will give it.

Q.Will children be able to bring reading books, pictures they’ve done etc home?

A.Yes. The guidance states "Pupils and teachers can take books and other shared resources home,​​​​". We will of course limit the movement of resources between home and school.

Q.I am more worried about mental health, school being a friendly welcoming place etc, than I am about the risk from the virus

A.Our recovery curriculum is completely focused on the emotional well being of our children. It is at the center of all we do.

 

Q. Can my child bring a bag to school?

A. Yes, a small one please. Ideally, a book bag would be ideal.

 

Q. My son/daughter lives with a person who is in the vulnerable/shielding category, is it possible for  their child to wear a facemask whilst in school if they wish?

A. There is currently much debate about facemasks. Schools are expected to ensure they are implementing and following specific "systems of control" This currently does not indicate the use of facemasks for children.  As a school we would work with any individual that considered themselves high risk and if necessary complete an individual risk assessment and take further advice as required.

Q. Is it okay for a child to bring their own hand sanitizer to school?
A. Children can bring their own sanitiser to school if you feel they need it. We would not encourage it in Nursery, Reception due to the age of the children.   We would ask that you ensure that you child can use it sensibly and responsibly. ALL children in ALL classes will have a robust hand washing routine that will include both sanitising and hand washing. We will have installed additional sanitiser dispensers and children will be supervised.  If you still feel your child requires sanitiser please ensure that they can use it responsibly, this includes knowing that they MUST NOT share it with other children.   Thank you  (21.8.20)


Q. How will lunch be managed e.g. will those bringing packed lunch eat in the classroom whilst those having school dinners be eating in the hall?

All children will be kept in class bubbles over lunch time. As a class they will have a designated eating space in the hall and then a designated outdoor playing space. Lunch times will be staggered to ensure minimum traffic.


Q. Will the children be doing computer science as this would mean moving from the classroom?
A. We will use tablets and notebooks to support computer science, with all equipment being cleaned. We will take further advice about the use of the computer hub as a "shared space" but initially we will not use this space across different bubbles.


Q. How will playtime be managed, will it be by class bubbles or year group bubbles?

Early Years will utilise their own play area.  the remainder of the school will have staggered play times.

Key Stage One (3 classes) will have playtime together with designated play space, allowing for space to spread out.

Lower Key Stage 2 - separate playtime within a large designated space.

Upper Key Stage 2 - separate playtime within a large designated space.

Q. How will the class be seated? Will it be in the traditional 6 children per table facing each other or 

in lines facing the front?

A.  All children in Years 2 - 6 will be seated in front facing rows.  In Early Years and Year 1, this is not mandatory. Therefore in order to deliver an appropriate curriculum and support the well being of children, Early Years and Year 1 will continue to have a play based/small group environment. Toys and equipment will be rotated and cleaned regularly.


Q. At playtime are children expected to play in a social bubble of e.g. 5 or mix freely? 

A. Staff will spend a lot of time ensuring all children understand the "systems of control" through the teaching of our new SAFE rules. 


Children will be able to play and interact within their "playtime" bubble. All staff will encourage children to be "space aware" this will enable children to understand what will help to keep them and others safe and what might not (touchinh/holding hands/hugging)  Staff will continue to support children with this.


Q. Are children going to be staying in their classroom for all activities e.g. assembly,

A. The current guidance notes that schools should avoid whole school gatherings.  So we will not gather "physically" for assembly but we do plan to hold virtual "whole school" assemblies each week.

Q. How is work going to be handed out and collected in?
A. Where possible most work will take place books/folders. It will be handed out by adults.


Q. Is work going to be marked?

A. Teaching staff will give a lot of oral feedback during the teaching and learning time. Teachers are now permitted to take books home. In order to minimise cross over we will be marking key pieces of work. Where a teacher wants to address a misconception or add challenge , they will do this verbally with a child.

 

 

 

 

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