Procedures for picking up and collecting your children from school:
- Do everything you can to make the journey to school part of your daily exercise. Walking or cycling even part of the way to school helps to improve concentration and health and reduces the number of cars around schools.
- Only 1 parent/carer should drop off / collect your child. All adults (unless exempt) MUST wear a mask on the school site. This is in place to keep all members of the school community safe. It is our collective duty to keep each other as safe as we can.
- Gates: Y1 please use the gate closest to the Y1 classrooms and Y2 please use the larger gates in the carpark.
- Drop off between – 8.40 and 9am (please note the gates are closing 5 minutes earlier than in T1 and T2)
- Your child has been allocated a collection group, please collect your child at their given time. Children will not be released early so please do not arrive before their time. The gates will not open before 3 pm so please do not arrive before this time. These systems are in place to ensure everyone’s safety please work with us and follow these guidelines.
- Remember to leave the school premises promptly and follow all social distancing measures
Family and household covid testing
Families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, are encouraged to test themselves twice every week from home. Regular testing for those without symptoms will help keep you, your family, and your school community safe. This testing is not for primary aged pupils. There will be a number of ways of accessing these rapid home tests. The Local Authority is working hard to provide kits for collection from sites in the community. Information on local collection points will be shared once available.
- For now, rapid home testing kits can be booked for home delivery here: www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
- People can also access rapid testing at the assisted rapid testing sites in Yate Parish hall, Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre and Kingswood Leisure Centre.
- Slots can be booked on the website www.southglos.gov.uk/book-rapid-test
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
- If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 119 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.
Children might have questions about COVID-19 and are, understandably finding the current situation a challenge. Here are some specific resources that can help you support your child at this time:
- NSPCC – COVID support for families
- Young Minds – supporting your child through the pandemic
- Child Mind – supporting kids through the COVID crisis
- Government guidance on supporting mental health and wellbeing
More broadly there is information, advice and support available from national sources including:
- Childline -Tel: 0800 1111 – 9am to midnight
- The Children’s Society
- Young Minds (Advice and Mental Health Support) – Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm, free for mobiles and landlines)
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline – this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)