Oak Hill's response to Covid-19

The latest Government Guidance can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

 

COVID cases

Public Health England have provided schools with a clear action plan to follow in school should there be a suspected or confirmed case.  This plan has been shared with our Governors and all staff.  The most important rule going forwards is:

Pupils and staff must not come into school if they have symptoms.

What happens if there is a suspected case?

If we have a suspect case within school, we will isolate the individual and arrange for them to be collected immediately.  We will ask you to arrange for a test to be carried out and to share the results with the school.  

Information on how to get tested is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

What happens if there is a confirmed case?

If we have a confirmed case, we will contact Public Health England who will then advise us directly as to what actions need to be taken.  These typically involve closing for a deep clean, temporarily closing a bubble or temporarily closing the school. 

Track and trace

Confirmed cases will also result in involvement from the government’s track and trace system.  We would ask that you engage with this to prevent any further spread locally.  

Bubbles
The government is calling for schools to operate using bubbles of children and staff.  During the school day these bubbles do not mix with one another to reduce the risk of infection.  At Oak Hill we will be operating three bubbles:

•    Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – led by Miss Tarling and Miss Gunter
•    Year 3 and Year 4 – led by Mrs Bowen
•    Year 5 and Year 6 – led by Miss Garrett

Support staff will work in our bubbles and will not move between bubbles during the school day.  

The Bus

The bus will operate in September with the same timetable as before.  Current guidelines for schools are that children are encouraged to wear facemasks whilst traveling on a bus.  

Mrs Kettle will travel with the children on the bus on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  There will not be a member of staff travelling with the children on a Thursday or Friday.  

A member of staff will enter the bus and help the children with their seatbelts and the beginning and end of their journey.  

Parents are advised that children’s hands should be sanitised before travelling on the bus.  

School drop off

Where possible, can we please ask that one parent drops off their children at school and then promptly leaves.  This will help everyone try to adhere to the social distancing advice.  

There will be a member of staff on the playground at Dumbleton from 8:40am.  Children will be dropped off at the gate into the playground.  Children will use a hand sanitizer as they enter the playground.  Parents will remain outside the playground.  As the children at Dumbleton are forming a bubble, the daily timetable at Dumbleton will remain unchanged.

Children at Alderton will can arrive between 8:50am and 9:00am and will make their way directly to their classrooms.  Year 5 and 6 will go through the side gate to their classroom and Years 3 and 4 will go directly into their cloakroom from the playground.  

To support the staff at both sites, as well as your child’s education, please can you ensure your child arrives at school on time.  

Break time

Dumbleton break time will take place as normal.  

Alderton will have two break times, one for each bubble.  The children will be told their daily and weekly timetable by their teachers, timetables will be clearly displayed in classrooms.

Lunchtime

Lunchtime at Dumbleton will operate as it has previously.  We have asked that children practice cutting up their own food this summer to help us with social distancing in school.

Lunchtime at Alderton will operate with two sittings in the hall.  Whilst one bubble eats the other will be outside playing and then they will swap using different entrances.  

Hand washing

Our daily timetable will include hand washing at all transition points eg between lessons and breaktime, lunchtime and lessons etc.  

School collection

Dumbleton will finish at 3:05pm.  We ask that, where possible, just one parent comes to collect their child from school.   

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will leave their classrooms at 3:20pm.  They will leave their classrooms through their cloakrooms, the same way they enter school.  

The bus from Dumbleton usually arrives in Alderton shortly after 3:20pm.  

We need to avoid having too many parents and children outside of school at any one time.  Please can parents collect their children and leave the school site promptly.

Visitors

We will continue to reduce the number of visitors into school.  Wherever possible visitors will not enter bubbles and no visitors will move between our bubbles on the same day.  If you need to pop into school please phone (01242 620 448) us or email (admin@oakhill.gloucs.sch.uk) instead of coming in.

Collective Worship

Collective Worship will now take place digitally with bubbles joining together via video link.  For the time being we will not have Reverend Hook, Reverend Hand or the Open the Book Team in school to lead our Worship.

Children’s equipment and resources

Reading books, pencil cases, lunch boxes, drinks bottles and bags are all allowed in school.  Children are not to bring in anything that is not requested by class teachers.  Resources will be shared within our bubbles but not between bubbles and the sharing of resources by children will be kept to a minimum where possible and where it does not negatively affect their education.  Reading books will be sent home in September.  

Uniform

All children are to wear full school uniform.  

PE kit

Teachers will be in contact to let you know which days there will be PE lessons.  On a day with a PE lesson we ask that children come to school in their PE kits.  

Classroom layout

Government guidelines are for classrooms to be arranged so that children sit next to others, not face to face.  Our classrooms have been arranged with chairs and tables in rows, rather than in groups, to follow this guidance.  


If you have any concerns or queries now or as the term begins please do contact me, head@oakhill.gloucs.sch.uk