Great Yarmouth Primary Academy - Returning to school

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Information for families

The safety of your child, our team, families and the wider community is our top priority. We know that returning your child to school is a big decision. This leaflet shares how we are making our school as safe as possible.

What has the government said? The government announced that phased school returns could happen from 8 June (after half term) at the earliest. This will be done in stages, beginning with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Nurseries will also open. There is information available on the website for families.

Government guidelines say a maximum of 15 children can be in each classroom. Therefore we won’t be able to welcome all three year groups back every day. We don’t have the space. Instead, your child will be able to attend school part-time. Children will attend two days a week. We will share more information directly with families about which sessions their child can attend.

Which children can attend school?

We will continue to provide full-time provision for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. They will be in separate classrooms.

From 8 June (if the government says it’s safe to do so) we will be open for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Our nursery will also reopen.

If a child, or someone they live with, has received a letter from the NHS saying they need to shield, they do not need to attend school.

Preparing for a phased return to school How is Great Yarmouth Primary Academy preparing? We are taking a number of steps to make sure we’re prepared to welcome children. Our school is being deep cleaned over half term We’ve installed sanitiser/handwashing stations in all of our classrooms We have no-touch thermometers We have put up signs to remind children to wash their hands Our corridors have signs to support children moving around the school safely All staff have gloves, masks and sanitiser

What do families need to do? Please read all of the information in this leaflet. If you have any questions, FAQs are available on our website:

The school day There will be some changes to the school day. We’ll be making sure children wash their hands regularly and social distance. We are following government guidance to make sure your child is as safe as possible.

Dropping children off at school Parents should make sure they are social distancing when dropping children off - the there will be markers on walls and fences. Which entrance/exit a child should use depends on their class. We will notify parents directly about which one they should use for their child.

In the classroom Children will be in familiar rooms with teachers /support staff and pupils they know Each class will have no more than 15 children – they will stay within this group Groups of children won’t mix Desks and workstations will be spaced apart

Assemblies will be staggered so that groups don’t mix All soft toys will be removed, as these are difficult to clean regularly All tables will be cleaned between each session/break/lunch Stationary will be provided by the school and will not be shared between children There will be limited use of exercise books - if they can’t be cleaned then children will use paper

Lunch time The school canteen will not be open for all. Please make sure you provide a packed lunch for your child. Families eligible for free school meals will continue to receive lunch during this time. There will be staggered break times and children will stay with their group Child won’t be able to use the play equipment Children will wash their hands before going and after spending time outside

More information for families Uniform Children will wear uniform but do not need to wear ties. They will not require a PE kit.

Protection for teaching teams Our teaching teams will be regularly washing their hands, using sanitiser and social distancing. PPE will also be available for staff who wish to use it. This will include face coverings, disposable gloves and masks.

Regular cleaning Throughout the day we will be significantly increasing our cleaning. This will include: All touch points - e.g. books, desks, chairs, doors, sinks and light switches Toilets Emptying bins Tables and other surfaces The school will be deep cleaned weekly.

The steps to take if someone is unwell What if someone in the household has symptoms? If a child, or someone in their household, has Covid-19 symptoms, they shouldn’t come to school. Families should:

Notify us of the absence via the normal channel Arrange testing by calling 111 Follow government guidance on self-isolation Email us their result

What if a child has symptoms at school? If a child becomes unwell at school, they will be removed from their class and settled in the medical room with a member of our teaching team. We will contact parents and ask them to collect their child.

What if someone tests positive for Covid-19? We know this is a worrying thought, but we have a process in place if a child, or member of staff, tests positive for Covid-19. The entire class group will be sent home. They will need to seek testing and self-isolate for 14 days.

Contact us on: Phone: 01493 855304 Email:

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