Guidance

 

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term

Updated 2 July 2020

Welcoming children and young people back to school and college

It is the government’s plan that all children and young people, in all year groups, will return to school and college full time from the beginning of the autumn term.

The prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased since schools and colleges restricted their opening to most pupils in March, the NHS Test and Trace system is up and running and we understand more about the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments in schools. As a result, the government has asked schools and colleges to plan for all children and young people to return from the start of the new academic year.

The scientific evidence shows that coronavirus (COVID-19) presents a much lower risk to children than adults of becoming severely ill, and there is no evidence that children transmit the disease any more than adults. Of course, there will still be risks while coronavirus (COVID-19) remains in the community, and that is why schools and colleges will be asked to put in place a range of protective measures.

In order to effectively manage the risks that remain, things will be a bit different when children and young people return to school and college for the new academic year. This guidance sets out some of the changes and protective measures the government is asking schools and colleges to put in place and what parents, carers, children and young people will need to do to help ensure schools and colleges are as safe as possible for everyone.

Parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) should also refer to the separate guidance for full opening of special schools and other specialist settings.

Your child’s school or college will be able to give you more information about the specific measures they have put in place.

Children returning to nurseries, childminders and other early years providers

Children attending nurseries and childminders were able to return from 1 June, and from 20 July early years providers can return to their usual practice without limiting group sizes. This is due to the fact that the prevalence of the virus has fallen, the NHS Test and Trace system is up and running, and the scientific evidence shows that coronavirus (COVID-19) presents a much lower risk to children than adults. In addition, early years settings are on average much smaller than schools, allowing a less restrictive approach to mixing than in schools. Beyond this change to groups, early years providers will be following the same protective measures as schools. Read more about these protective measures in the actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak guidance. This includes cleaning hands more often, enhanced cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and ensuring good respiratory hygiene, as well as ensuring that anyone with symptoms themselves or in their household does not attend.

Attendance in nurseries, childminders and other early years providers remains optional, but we strongly encourage you to take up a place for your child. You can check if your child is eligible for any of the free childcare entitlements, worth on average £2,500 a year to parents of 2 year olds, and up to £5,000 a year to parents of 3 and 4 year olds, on the Childcare Choices website.

Nurseries and childminders are wonderful places for children to learn and have fun with friends, which supports their development and their overall wellbeing. Attending childcare can be an exciting and joyful experience for children and can also help provide a routine as they develop their social skills. Early years education is an important stage for children where they can flourish and get the best start in life.

School and college attendance

It is vital that children and young people return to school and college - for their educational progress, for their wellbeing, and for their wider development. School and college attendance will again be mandatory from the beginning of the new academic year. For parents and carers of children of compulsory school age, this means that the legal duty on you as a parent to send your child to school regularly will apply.

A small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves, or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19). If your child is unable to attend school or college for this reason, you should talk to your school or college about what support is in place in terms of remote education.

Shielding advice for all adults and children will pause on 1 August, subject to a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means, that the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding. See the guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable for the current advice.

Some pupils no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school in September (usually at their next planned clinical appointment).

Where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, the absence will not be penalised.

If you have concerns about your child returning to school or college, because you consider they may have other risk factors, you should discuss with your school or college the measures they are putting in place to reduce risks in line with government guidance.

Many families will want to take a holiday over the summer period, which may involve travelling abroad. As ever, parents should plan their holidays within school and college holidays and avoid seeking permission to take their children out of school during term time.

Ultimately, local authorities and schools have a range of legal powers to enforce attendance if a child or young person misses school without a valid reason.

There is not a corresponding legal duty for post-16 education. However, if a young person fails to attend, their college may believe that they have left the course. This could result in your local authority getting in touch to support your child to find an alternative course or education provider.

How everyone can help make schools and colleges as safe as possible

Each school or college will do their own health and safety risk assessment as part of their planning for the autumn term and the return of all pupils.

As part of this, there are certain approaches that the government has asked schools and colleges to implement which are essential to reduce health risks. Parents and carers can support this by:

  • ensuring that anyone who has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or has someone in their household who does, does not attend school or college - this means if your child, or someone in your household, has symptoms you should not send them to school or college
  • engaging with the NHS Test and Trace process so that cases can be identified and action taken - this means if your child develops symptoms, you should arrange for them to get a test and you should inform your school or college of the results of that test

Alongside this, the government is asking schools and colleges to ensure they are:

  • managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the school or college, in line with current public health guidance - this means your child may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days by their school or college (based on advice from their local health protection teams) if they have been in close, face-to-face contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus
  • ensuring everyone at the school or college cleans their hands more often than usual, including when they arrive at school or college, when they return from breaks, and before and after eating - this can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene, by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often
  • minimising contact and maintaining distance, as far as possible - schools and colleges will decide how best to do this, as it will be different for each setting, but in broad terms, it will involve asking children to stay within specified separate groups (or bubbles), and through maintaining distance between individuals. The government’s guidance to schools recognises that younger children may not be able to maintain social distancing so it is likely that for younger children the emphasis will be on separating groups, and for older children, it will be on distancing.

It will be really important that parents help schools and colleges to implement these approaches by following the advice set out here and wider public health advice and guidance.

Arriving and leaving school or college

Some schools or colleges may need to stagger or adjust start and finish times as this helps keep groups apart on the way to and from school or college, and as they arrive and leave the premises. If schools or colleges choose to do this it will not reduce the amount of time they spend teaching - but it could be that start or finish times are adjusted for your child. In such instances, schools or colleges will liaise with any school transport or other providers, as necessary.

Your school or college will be in touch to set out any changes it is making. This might also include new processes for drop off and collection.

Where possible, children and young people are encouraged to avoid public transport, particularly at peak times, and to walk or cycle to school or college.

Where your child relies on public transport to get to school or college, and cannot walk or cycle, the safer travel guidance for passengers will apply.

Where your child uses dedicated school or college transport (that is transport that does not cater for the general public), the guidance for public transport will not apply. Your child may be asked to use a regular seating plan on this transport (to reflect where possible the bubbles that are used within school), and measures will be put in place to ensure vehicles are cleaned regularly and boarding is managed.

Face coverings are required at all times on public transport (for children over the age of 11). Where necessary, they may also be appropriate on dedicated school or college transport too (for example, if children are likely to come into very close contact with others outside their year group or who they do not normally meet). If your child has been wearing a face covering before arriving at school or college, it will be important that they understand how to remove it. The government has asked schools to have a process for ensuring face coverings are removed when pupils and staff who use them arrive at school and this should be clearly communicated.

Children and young people must wash their hands immediately on arrival at school or college, dispose of any temporary face coverings they may have been wearing in a covered bin, or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can take home with them, and then wash their hands again before heading to their classroom.

Public Health England does not recommend the use of face coverings in schools. They are not required in schools as pupils and staff are mixing in consistent groups, and because misuse may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.

Curriculum, exams and inspection

Curriculum

The government has set out clear expectations on what schools are expected to teach when pupils return in September. Schools will continue to provide an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects.

There may need to be changes to some subjects - such as PE and music - to ensure they can be delivered as safely as possible.

Schools and colleges will also make plans for the provision of remote education where needed, to ensure that the small number of children and young people that need to be educated at home, for example, due to shielding or self-isolation, are given the support they need to continue learning.

The government has already announced a package worth £1 billion to ensure that schools have the resources they need to help primary and secondary pupils make up for lost teaching time, with extra support for those who need it most.

The government has also set out expectations that we expect colleges to return to full high-quality study programmes in the new academic year.

Assessment and exams

We recognise that children and young people will have missed a critical period of their learning due to lockdown in the 2019 to 2020 academic year. It is vital that we better understand the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on children nationally and can give support to schools that need it the most. The government is, therefore, planning on the basis that statutory primary assessments (for those going into year 6 in September) will take place in summer 2021.

Following the cancellation of summer 2020 exams (GCSEs, A levels and technical qualifications), the exam boards will be providing students who were due to sit exams this year with calculated grades.

In most cases, students will use the grades they receive in the summer to move onto their next step. The government has also announced that there will be an opportunity for students to sit exams in the autumn if they are unhappy with their grades.

For those pupils going into year 11 and year 13 from September, the government is planning on the basis that GCSEs and A levels will take place in summer 2021, with some adaptations, including to help pupils catch up.

Inspection

The government has also confirmed that in the autumn term, Ofsted inspectors will visit a sample of schools to discuss how they are supporting pupils back into school. These visits will not result in a graded judgement for the school.

It is intended that routine Ofsted inspections will restart from January 2021, so that parents can have the information and assurances they need and rely on, with the exact timing being kept under review.

What else you need to know

Behaviour

Schools and colleges may need to update their behaviour policies to ensure they reflect any new rules or approaches that are needed from the autumn term. Your school or college will communicate these changes to you as pupils and parents.

Uniform

It is up to schools to decide their own uniform policy. Some schools may have relaxed their uniform policy while only certain groups of pupils were attending before the summer holidays.

We are, however, encouraging all schools to return to their usual uniform policies in the autumn term. Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, or in any different way to normal due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

School food

School and college kitchens should be fully open from the start of the autumn term, and they will provide free school meals and universal infant free school meals as usual for those who are eligible.

School trips

In the autumn term, schools and colleges can resume educational day trips, in line with the latest public health guidance and wider guidance for schools on the actions they can take to reduce risks.

Extra-curricular activities

Schools will be permitted to run breakfast and after-school activities. Schools will need to make sure these can be delivered in line with the wider guidance on protective measures, so they may need to run things differently and adapt over time.

You should talk to your child’s school about whether or not they will be able to run breakfast and after-school activities immediately.

Out-of-school settings - such as holiday or after-school clubs - can open to children and young people of all ages. It remains important that they put protective measures in place to help reduce the risk of transmission.

In order to minimise risks, you should consider sending your child to the same setting consistently and limit the number of different providers you access. Where you choose to use childcare providers or out-of-school activities for your children, you will want to assure yourself that the providers are carefully considering their own protective measures, and only use those providers that can demonstrate this. There is advice available for parents on the use of these clubs and activities.

Process in the event of outbreaks

If a school or college experiences an outbreak, either because they have 2 or more confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) among pupils or staff in their setting within 14 days, or they see an increase in pupil or staff absence rates due to suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), they will need to contact their local health protection team. This team will advise if additional action is required, though the closure of the whole school or college will generally not be necessary.

Where an outbreak in a school is confirmed, a mobile testing unit may be dispatched to test others who may have been in contact with the person who has tested positive. Testing will first focus on the person’s class, followed by their year group, then the whole school, if necessary.

If your local area sees a spike in infection rates that is resulting in localised community spread, decisions will be made on what measures to implement to help contain the spread. The government will be involved in decisions and will support individual schools and colleges to follow the health advice.

In all cases, where groups of pupils need to self-isolate or where a larger restriction of attendance at school or college is needed, your child’s school or college should seek to ensure children and young people’s education can continue remotely.

Help keep your own child, as well as other children and our staff safe by never sending a child who is feeling unwell to school.

 You are also advised to keep your child off school if a member of your household is unwell.

 It's important to phone school to let us know that your child won't be in and give us the reason.

 You can check for the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), along with other key advice at nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

Barnsley Food Bank

Barnsley Food Bank would like you to know that they are working throughout the coronavirus pandemic to provide food parcels to families who may be struggling.

To access these food parcels, please follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the Barnsley Council website: barnsley.gov.uk
  2. Search for 'Local Welfare Assistance Scheme'
  3. Read the information, then click 'Apply' at the bottom of the page
  4. Fill out the form, then send it.
  5. You will then be contacted with a voucher code and where you can pick up your parcel. Keep the voucher code, as you need this to collect the food parcel

Please contact the school if you have any issues with the application process and we will be happy to help.

 

 

30th May 2020

A Message to Parents and Carers

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Firstly, on behalf of all the staff at Brierley, I’d like to say a massive thank you for the lovely messages we have received from many of you to say how much you appreciate what we have been doing these past months as the country has been placed in lock down.  Your kind words have meant such a lot to us as we have worked to stay open for children who are vulnerable and children of key workers.

 

We are now in the middle of a very challenging situation where we are about to accommodate more children, from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Your children's  safety and wellness is our priority and it has been a mammoth effort  to prepare the school in readiness for more children but we feel we are ready to open for these additional pupils. It has not been easy and I am deeply grateful to staff who have come in over holidays to prepare  the school.  

Of course, we will be reviewing our safety measures regularly and checking we are operating as safely as we can. If we need to make changes, we will let you know as soon as possible.

 

As you might imagine, all activities that involve visitors coming into school, assemblies, school trips, sporting events, after school clubs and breakfast club etc have had to be postponed or cancelled to minimise movement around school and to support social distancing. We are hoping to start these up again in the coming year though.

 

Currently Years 2, 3, 4 and Year 5 have not been told by the government to return and  I appreciate your patience and understanding as we work our way to eventually having all children back in school. We have missed our pupils, and we can’t wait to see them all back with us and their friends again but, they can only return when it is safe for them to be here.

 

In the meantime, we will continue to provide online learning to children who are working from home and if your child normally receives a benefits related free school meal (not a universal Free School Meal because they are under 7 years old) you will continue to receive Edenred vouchers at £15 per week until we are instructed otherwise by the government.

 

We will keep you updated as soon as we are aware of any new information from the government.

Remember, we are here to support you so if there is anything you are struggling with or if you have any questions, please call us on 01226 711332. 

 

Once again, thank you for your continued support, it is very much appreciated by each of us in school.

I wish you all good health, stay safe and please give your child a big hug from all of us at Brierley.

 

 My very best wishes

 Mrs Sam Benson

 Head Teacher

Below is our risk assessment. This lays out our plans for children to return to school  in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 as well as children from key worker families and vulnerable children. 

If you have any questions, please call us and we will be happy to help.

 19th May 2020                   

   Returning to School from June 1st 

Dear Parents and Carers

 As you know, the Prime Minister announced that it may be possible to begin bringing children from certain year groups back into school from the week commencing   June 1st.

 The year groups affected will be Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 6. Siblings in different year groups may not return for now.

 We will continue providing care for vulnerable children and children of key workers who we have already identified and spoken with.

 As you can imagine, we have been busy making plans to allow these three year groups back and, to try and prevent the risk of infection therefore we have set out some very clear, explicit instructions to try and keep everyone as safe as possible, but as you will be aware, this cannot be guaranteed.

 Please read these carefully as it is vital that the instructions are followed for the sake of everyone’s safety.

 How it will work:

You will be contacted week commencing 18th May to confirm if you want your child to have a place.  If you do want your children to have a place, we will contact you shortly after to inform you of the start day, start time, entrance door and home time.

 

Children who return will be put into groups of no more than 15.  They may not be taught by their usual class teacher nor in their usual classrooms. Some groups will be taught by teachers and others by Teaching Assistants under the direction of a teacher as per the government guidelines.  

 

Children will be given allocated places in classrooms where they will have their own desk with a small amount of resources which cannot be shared with others. As much as possible we will keep children apart.

Many resources will be removed from the classroom to prevent infection risk. This will affect provision in Reception Class the most and usual continuous provision will not be available.

 

Children will be brought back over the course of the week starting Monday June 1st. This is to ensure children who might be upset, have chance to settle before more children are brought in.

 

Children will come into school at staggered starting times with the earliest starting at  8.50 and the last at 10am.   

Please note, we are unable to allow children to come in and leave at times that are different to their allotted group times. Children will not be able to swap groups through the day and will have to remain in their group.  This is so we limit the exposure they have with each other and with different staff.

On entering school children will be instructed to wash their hands, this will continue regularly throughout the day. Staff will be available during these times to direct the children to their allotted classes. Staff may be wearing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) therefore it might be unsettling for younger children who will need preparing for this.

 

The side gate near the alley way will remain locked as it has all through lockdown. This is to try and keep everyone safe by not using that enclosed space and avoiding close contact.

We will  split the pathways around school so we can create a one-way system. Please adhere to this.

Children in Y6 should use the small front gate near the main barrier. They should be dropped off at this point so parents do not need to enter the grounds.

 

Key worker children and those who are vulnerable will need to be dropped off at the barrier. The fewer people we have on the premises the lower the risk of infection.

 

For children in Reception and Year 1, they will enter through the main gate and will need to go around to their allotted entrance in the playground following the one-way system.  We will be in touch in a while to inform you of where your child’s entrance to school is.

 

Please note, only one parent or carer should drop off and collect your child to avoid any congestion.

We urge everyone to be aware of social distancing if there are other people around.

 

No parents/carers may enter the classrooms, corridors, etc unless it is to use the dinner money machine at the front entrance.  This facility will only be available from 9am.  The office will not be open so please call us if you require assistance on 01226 711332.  If you need to use the front entrance to pay diner money or collect work packs, please be mindful to maintain social distancing and allow one person at a time.

 

There will be no hot meal provision but kitchen staff will be able to provide a packed lunch.

If you normally pay for your child’s school meal, this will need paying in the usual way, being mindful that only one person at a time should be in the entrance and it will not open until 9am. If children require a spoon or fork with their packed lunch, please provide this, as we will not be using cutlery from the school kitchen.

 

If your child has a free school meal because they are under 7 years old, or if they have free school meals for another reason, they will receive a free packed lunch.  Of course, if you want to provide a packed lunch yourself you may. Please label packed lunch boxes. We will be asking what you intend to do closer to the time.

 

We understand the free school meal vouchers will continue for children in Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 as these children are not yet invited back to school.

 

As yet, we are unsure whether free school meal vouchers will continue to be paid for children who do not return to school even though they are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 6. We will let you know when we have some accurate information about this.

 

In light of our staggered start times, you can imagine that all breaks, including lunch breaks will be staggered so in order to minimise children having contact with others outside the group they are place in.   Their movements around school will be restricted so they will eat their lunch in their allotted group’s room at their desk.

 

Home time will be affected too, as we aim to limit the number of people coming into Beech Close at the same time.

The end of the day for some children will be at 2pm with the last children leaving at 3.15pm

We ask that, when you are given your start and finish times that you are prompt as there will be many nervous parents and children who want to come into contact with as few people as possible.

 

There will be no breakfast club and no after school clubs for the remainder of this year. We will be reviewing this in the Autumn term.

 

Uniform:

Children should return to school in their uniforms. Summer uniforms may be worn eg red and white dresses/grey shorts.

If children have grown out of their school shoes, we will not be applying this part of uniform policy for this final term. In September, full uniform policy will apply again so black school shoes must be worn for the start of the Autumn term.

 

Water Bottles:

All children who start school week commencing 1st June, including those who have been with us throughout the shutdown, must bring in their own water bottle with their name on. This should be taken home at the end of the day and returned the following morning.

 

 Sun Cream:

As the weather is warming up, children may want to bring in sun cream. Staff cannot assist in the application of this so if children bring  it, they must be able to put it on themselves. It must also have their name on and it cannot be shared. It will remain on their desk. Children should also bring a sun hat which they must keep to themselves.

Curriculum:

Children returning will be taught a core curriculum including English and maths. Teachers will adapt our curriculum based on the needs of the children in their class after this long period of absence.

Wherever possible, space permitting, we will use the outside areas.

 

We will not be sending reading books home, nor will we be sending homework. This is to reduce any risk of cross contamination.

Please do not bring any books, book bags, toys etc from home. The only thing we will expect is a water bottle, packed lunch if you choose, sun hat and sun cream if desired. All should be labelled up.

 

There will be no after school/extra curricular activities for the remainder of this year, including sporting activities such as Sports Day.

 

I have attached the amendment to our behaviour policy on an additional sheet. This can also be found on our website.

 

Medication:

As we are washing hands often, we are providing E45  hand cream. If you do not want your child to use this, please let us know by calling the office on 01226 711332 so we can inform the group teacher. If your child has cream they use at home and you want them to bring it to school, it must have their name on it and stay with them, not to be shared.

 

We will be adhering to our medical policy in that we will only be able to administer medication if it prescribed by a GP and has the child’s name on it, and states that it needs to be administered 4 times a day.  We cannot administer any other medication.

 

If you or your child becomes ill:

If your child becomes ill, you will be contacted immediately.

Your child will be placed in isolation, supervised by an adult until you arrive. You will not be allowed into school; instead, your child will be taken out to meet you and must be taken home. Pupils are able to receive a Covid 19 test. If it is negative and the symptoms are gone, your child can return to school if well. If symptoms are still present, he or she should remain off until well again.

If the test is positive, school must be informed. We will then contact the Local Authority who will inform us of our actions. Public Health England may become involved and it could result in either a partial of a full school closure.  

 

We must stress that we cannot guarantee social distancing measures and because we are aware of this, we must urge you to be cautious: if a child lives with an adult who is clinically vulnerable due to ill health, then serious consideration should be given as to whether the child should be in school. If your child suffers from an underlying health condition, this too should be given very careful consideration as to whether they should be in school.

 

We are looking forward to seeing some of our children back again, we have really missed them, but please prepare them for the fact that school will not be the same as when they left. There are new rules, new times, new routines and different teachers for some of them, and we will all have to learn to adapt to these changes. 

Our behaviour policy has had a section at the end added in light of the virus.   I have added it to the end of this letter.

 

If you have told us you want your child to return,  we will be in contact shortly to  let you know further details including start days,  times and teachers  allocated to your child's group.

 

At this point, I would like to thank you all for your support. It has been a very difficult couple of months for children, yourselves and our staff who have worked tirelessly to try and make sure school is safe and that children have access to learning either at home or in school.

 

As yet, we have not been given details of when other year groups may begin to return  but will keep you informed of any updates when we receive them.

Take care everyone and stay safe.

Very best wishes

 

Mrs Sam Benson

Head Teacher

 

Behaviour Policy Addendum:  Covid 19: Reopening Schools

 

Pupils will only use the front gate to enter and exit the school grounds.

Only one parent/carer to accompany their child to school and collect them.

 

Children will enter school at different times and through different doors depending on the group they have been assigned to.

 

New arrival and departure times will be shared with parents and will be determined according to the group children are placed in. This is to ensure social distancing.

 

When arriving at school, all children will wash their hands. They will continue washing their hands throughout the day.

 

Hand cream will be provided to prevent sores however, if parents do not wish their child to use this they must inform school.

 

Pupils will be placed in small groups as their classes will be split. They will not necessarily be taught in their usual classroom, nor by their usual teacher.  These smaller groups may be taught by teaching assistants under the direction of a teacher.

 

Once a group has been allocated an adult and a learning space, they will move around school as little as possible to reduce risk of infection

 

Breaks will be staggered to minimise the number of children in the playground. At all times pupils will be urged to maintain social distance.

 

School has designed a one way system for corridors.

 

Lunches will be eaten within the learning space allocated and children will remain within their group to eat lunch which will be a packed lunch either from home or provided by the kitchen. For children who receive free school meals, this will be provided free of charge, for other children this will be paid in the usual way.

 When paying for lunches, only one person at any one time is permitted into the school entrance.

The office entrance will not be open for dinner money payments etc until l 9am to allow some children to enter this way.

 

All child will be taught to ‘catch it, bin it. Kill it’ and will be instructed to avoid touching their mouth, nose and eyes.

 

Children must tell an adult if they experience symptoms of coronavirus. They must not be brought to school if they are displaying symptoms at home. Parents/carers must not bring their children to school if they themselves are experiencing symptoms.

 

School water bottles will not be used. Parents should ensure that children bring in their won water bottle each morning and take it home at the end of the day.

 

Sharing of any equipment will be discouraged

 

Children will only be permitted to sue the toilets one at a time.

 

Deliberate coughing or spitting towards any person will be deemed a serious behaviour incident and the exclusion policy will be applied.

 

It is expected that pupils who are at home engage with the school’s online learning offer. Where  pupils refuse to engage, parents are urged to consult with school. School offers approximately three hours learning each day and a learning pack is also provided at the front entrance, which is renewed every Monday.

 

The school’s house point system continues to apply in order to reward good effort and behaviour, and the school’s Evergreen behaviour management system continues to apply.

  

 

20th April 2020

The Government have launched a brand new website to promote online learning. It's called the Oak National Academy and can be found at

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom

There is some information for parents on the website.

Staff will be continuing to post lessons each day so please look on your child's class webpage. 

If you are struggling with accessing online learning, please get in touch with the school office. 

 

 

17th April 2020

Please click the link for the latest parent and carer information about school closures from the DFE.

Closure of Educational Settings: Information for Parents

 

 

 

 

 

14th April

Coronavirus (COVID-19) adoption support fund scheme to help vulnerable families

The Secretary of State for Education has announced that up to £8 million will be available for therapeutic support for families whose adopted children may have already suffered trauma and may be made more anxious owing to the uncertainty of the effects of the virus. Adoptive families will be offered emergency support including online counselling and couples therapy as the government expands the scope of the Adoption Support Fund to meet needs arising from the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Further details of this scheme can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-adoption-support-fund-scheme-to-help-vulnerable-families

 

 

 

 

14th April 2020

Advice for parents during lockdown

To help families through lockdown and social distancing,  please click the link as new articles can be found  on Parent Info.

These tackle some of the key issues families are experiencing, including:

 

 

 

 

14th April 2020

Free School Meal Vouchers

We have ordered vouchers from Edenred,  as requested by the DFE, for all our  children who receive Free School Meals.

We are very sorry, but the website is receiving a huge amount of visitors and therefore there has been a delay in getting these vouchers to families. Please be patient as the company try to make sure everyone receives their entitlement.

Some families have now received their vouchers and have been able to redeem them and we are assured that other vouchers are on their way. 

Here is a scanned copy of the guidance from Edenred for how to use the vouchers. 

If you require any help, please contact the school office. 

3rd April 2020

Information from the DFE about who should receive the Government's 

Free School Meal Vouchers:

 

 

PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE  ESPECIALLY IF YOU THINK YOU REQUIRE OUR SCHOOL PROVISION AS YOU ARE A KEY WORKER OR A PARENT OF A VULNERABLE CHILD
 

As school closes for the vast majority of pupils, we begin a new phase at Brierley. 
 
The governmental guidance states:
And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
The phrases that reference:
schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. 
But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
and
children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
are pivotal statements. Children should only be using our facility if they cannot be safely cared for at home and absolutely need to attend. It is also worth noting that children who have been self-isolated or show symptoms of Covid 19 will not be allowed until the isolation period is complete. As a school we will have a skeleton staff to enhance the safety of our workforce.
The DFE also state

Children with at least one parent or carer who is critical to the COVID-19 response can attend school if required.

However, many families with a parent or carer working in critical sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.


 

The government are introducing a new voucher system for parents whose pupils receive free school meals. This system is currently not operational; we will inform you of any information we receive.

As free school meals are an important part of our provision, Brierley will provide a packed lunch, for collection from the school office, from Monday 23rd March
If you are unable to collect the packed lunch yourself due to self-isolation and wish someone else to collect the voucher on your behalf, please contact school to let us know who this will be. 
 

Each school is doing its best in a very difficult situation, and with ever changing, sometimes contradicting  information,  and the Government is relying on the honesty and cooperation of parents to enable us to keep pupil numbers to an absolute minimum in order to try and reduce the risk of contracting the virus. 
 

Please, then, in the interest of your own child/children and the interest of others as well as staff who have to remain healthy in order to keep school open, only send your children if it is absolutely necessary and there is absolutely no alternative.

I would sincerely like to thank those of you who have shown us nothing but support as we try and work through this very difficult time and I would like to thank our staff here at Brierley who are putting themselves on the  front line each day so those children who require this emergency care, can  be safely looked after.

The guidance on key workers is below, please read it. 
Guidance
As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolationhousehold isolation and social distancing.
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

 

Key Workers
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
Transport
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.