This page is a work-in-progress and repository of school information related to the current coronavirus pandemic.
OPEN FOR ALL PUPILS ON MONDAY 8TH MARCH
RETURNING TO SCHOOL
I have been asked to remind the school community “that the return to school does not mean a relaxation in restrictions and that both staff and students should continue to adhere to procedures such as hand washing and social distancing.” As before, social distancing is problematic for Primary School aged children, and full compliance not expected, but a gentle reminder now and then from home could be helpful, especially with the older children. Close contact games such as ‘tag’ in the playground will be discouraged.
For the most part, the routines and systems running in December will be reinstated. This means a staggered start and collection time, zones for our two bubbles, a staggered lunchtime and separate assemblies. We are asking Caterlink to provide us with a menu so that the option of hot dinners may be given in readiness for Monday 8th. I will confirm this when we know the details.
There will, however be some changes, as follows.
Staff will now be wearing masks to move around the school, and when in conversation with other adults, including at the ‘school gate’. These may be removed when working with children. Parents are expected to comply with the face mask rule when arriving at school.
We will experiment with a ‘soft start’. Children in either bubble may be handed over at any time between 8:40 and 9:00, providing parents make a quick exit from the school perimeter. We are putting this measure in place to eliminate socialising whilst you ‘wait’ for a bubble to open (sorry!) We are asking, therefore, that you do not arrive earlier than 8:40. It really should be ‘drop and go’.
The school day will end as follows: Younger bubble, 3:05 p.m. and older bubble 3:15 p.m. This shift onwards by 5 minutes will help us phase a return to our normal hours and it will add 25 minutes per week to allow a greater amount of time for catching up.
Some parents have mentioned to me that shoes/trousers/jumpers etc which fitted before Christmas might be a little ‘snug’ (or uncomfortably tight’) by March 8th. With limited opportunity for shopping, school will take a relaxed attitude to this until after Easter. Obviously do your best if you can, but please don’t let this be the cause for additional anxiety!
On PE days, we are asking that children continue to come to school in their PE kit, as follows:
Classes 1 & 2 – Thursday
Class 3 – Friday
Class 4 – Wednesday & Friday
Superstars will continue operating under the same restrictions as those in place before Christmas, again from Monday 8th.
The staff and the governing body will review these measures and the latest advice, together with any pandemic and vaccination information, in the build up to Easter. I will continue to use http://www.northnibley.gloucs.sch.uk/covid-19/ as a central location for pandemic-related information.
Covid-19 – Symptoms-and-testing – What To Do (version 2) September 17th 2020
We have a number of resources and plans to support learning at home.
This page collects together the most important links –
ADJUSTMENTS TO SCHOOL POLICIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The following document was re-ratified at the last Governor’s Meeting (January 2021) and will remain inforce until rescinded .
REPORTING POSITIVE CASES OVER THE CHRISTMAS BREAK
GCC Letter – What we need to do to stay safe (Dec 2020)
From September we will operate as two distinct ‘SUPER-BUBBLES’, which will not mix. Staggered start and finish times will reduce the risk of exposure at either end of the school day. Children will eat in their classroms at lunchtime, and clearly defined ‘zones’ will reduce the risk still further within the building and in the playground. The older pupils have the flexibility to access the field for lunch and play in fine weather.
SUPER-BUBBLE ONE – Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (Class 1 and Class 2)
SUPER-BUBBLE TWO – Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 (Classes 3 and 4)