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Returning to school

Every parent will have their own views on the Government decision to reopen schools. At Green Dragon, we will operate in a way that we feel provides the safest possible environment for children and staff. We have made a video to show you how school will run and also a very comprehensive set of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ which you can find below to help you . 

We are very excited to be welcoming Nursery/Reception from September 14th .We have been working hard to ensure the transition back to school is as smooth and safe as possible.

Attendance

All children will need to return to school in September when the school fully reopens. Please continue to let the office know before 8.30am if your child is unwell and show proof of absence to the office. 

Returning from abroad

If you have recently returned from abroad you must follow the quarantine rules, should they apply to the country you have visited. Please let the school office know immediately if this is the case. Do not send your child to school if they have recently returned from a country that is on the quarantine list. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

We are happy to be welcoming you all back at GDPS.

Ms O'Hara and the GDPS team

Back to School Social story - help prepare your child returning to school

All of our children will be returning in September  We can't wait to see you, but school will be different. This story helps explain in a simple and clear way,  what has been happening for young children to understand.  Please share this with your child to help him or her prepare for their return to GDPS.  We look forward to seeing you. 

What are the arrangements going to for when my child returns in September

This video has been prepared to give parents, carers and pupils an idea of what to expect when we reopen school in September for pupils. 

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London borough of Hounslow are encouraging all pupils, teachers, parents and carers in Hounslow to walk, scooter or cycle to school. They have introduced measures such as School Streets and footpath widening, as part of TfL’s Streetspace programme to support social distancing and create more space for walking and cycling.   

You can identify the schemes that are operating in your local area by using the Sustrans / TfL map: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/streetspace-for-london/ 

What is a School Street?  A road that restricts motor traffic near a school during drop-off and pick-up time. This means parents driving to school will not be permitted to park outside the school gate as only pedestrians and cycling are permitted.  

Benefits of a School Street:  

  • Improves road safety  

  • Improves air pollution  

  • Increases walking, cycling and active lifestyles  

  • Minimising local parking pressures and dangerous manoeuvres  

Drop-off and Pick-up Times

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    Covid.19 FAQs Reopening of schools What is the purpose of this page?

    Please read the questions and answers below.  If your question is still unanswered, please use the contact admin@greendragon.hounslow.sch.uk .

  • 1. Which year groups are returning to school?

    The government have stated that all children must return to school in September. The first day of school for Year 1 – Year 6 will be September 7th. Both nursery and reception will have a staggered start from September 14th.

    For the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, all children will return and start to reverse the enormous costs of missed education. This will be an important move back towards normal life for many children and families. While coronavirus (COVID-19) remains in the community, this means making judgments at a school level about how to balance minimising any risks from coronavirus (COVID-19) by maximising control measures with providing a full educational experience for children and young people. 

  • 2. Does my child have to attend?

    Yes all children have to return to school and the usual attendance procedures will apply.

    In March when the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was increasing, we made clear no parent would be penalised or sanctioned for their child’s non-attendance at school.

    Now the circumstances have changed and it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.

    Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

    • parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;
    • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
    • the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct
  • 3. I am worried that my child is vulnerable or that a family member is, should I send them back to school?

    The vast majority of pupils will now be able to return to school.

    There are a few exceptions – see below.

    • 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)
    • 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 even 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. Read the current advice on shielding
    • if rates of the disease rise in local areas, children (or family members) from that area, and that area only, will be advised to shield during the period where rates remain high and therefore they may be temporarily absent (see below).
    • 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 (usually at their next planned clinical appointment). You can find more advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health at COVID-19 - ‘shielding’ guidance for children and young people
  • 4. How will the school the pupils be organised?

    Pupils will be in their class for most of the day but they will operate in year group bubbles. For example they will play outside as a year groups, eat lunch as a year group and also mix within the year group for some learning – such as phonics.

  • 5. Will my child be able to play with their sibling at school?

    No sadly not. They will have to stay in their separate year group bubbles. If your child has a sibling in the same year group (if they are a twin) they will be able to play together.

  • 6. Will the children have to socially distance?

    It has been recognised by the government that this is not always possible with younger children which is why the children will be kept in separate year group bubbles to reduce mixing.

  • 7. What hygiene measures will be in place to keep my child safe?

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

    We will:

    • Ensure that there are sufficient handwashing facilities are available, we have additional handwashing facilities in the playground. Where a sink is not nearby, we will provide hand sanitiser in classrooms and other learning environments.
    • Clean surfaces that children and young people are touching, such as toys, books, desks, chairs, doors, sinks, toilets, light switches, bannisters, more regularly than normal.

    We will ensure that all adults and children:

    • Frequently wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly. 
    • Clean their hands on arrival at the setting, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing are encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose.
    • Use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’)
    • We will ensure that help is available for children and young people who have trouble cleaning their hands independently.
    • Consider how to encourage young children to learn and practise these habits through games, songs and repetition.
    • Where possible, all spaces should be well ventilated using natural ventilation (opening windows) or ventilation units.
    • Prop doors open, where safe to do so (bearing in mind fire safety and safeguarding), to limit use of door handles and aid ventilation.
  • 8. Will children be confined to the same classroom environment most of the day?

    No. Government advice on the scientific evidence shows that the outdoor environment is much more manageable in terms of virus transmission. As many children have been away from school for some time we will actively encourage outdoor exercise through additional play and organised games. We do want to get the children out as much as possible so please send in suitable wet weather gear for those rainy days!

  • 9. How will lunch time work to ensure children are safe?

    The school will run a staggered lunchtime to maintain as much spacing as is possible in the hall. We will run a full menu. Some children may need to eat in their classroom due to restrictions in space. Children will play in their year group bubbles outside and have their own equipment that their year group will use. We have a lot of outside space which we will utilise fully!

  • 10. How will you make school safer for my child?

    In addition to the above hygiene measures mentioned above, we will:

    • Stagger the start and the end of the day to help prevent mixing.
    • Give children a designated classroom and group (which we are going to refer to as their bubble) for lessons and play, to minimise the opportunity for mixing. Each year group will have specific areas in the school to use for learning. All year groups have additional areas to their own classroom.
    • Regularly clean the setting including the frequently touched areas.
    • Use PPE such as gloves, aprons, masks, hand sanitiser when administering first aid
    • Confine resources to year group bubbles only.
    • Organise lunchtimes and playtimes differently so children play in Year group bubbles.
    • Be vigilant in identifying children with symptoms, isolate them and ask parents to collect them.
  • 11. Will my child be expected to share resources, such as pens and pencils?

    For individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils and pens, it is recommended that staff and pupils have their own items that are not shared. Classroom based resources, such as books and games, can be used and shared within the bubble; these should be cleaned regularly, along with all frequently touched surfaces. Resources that are shared between classes or bubbles, such as sports, art and science equipment should be cleaned frequently and meticulously and always between bubbles, or rotated to allow them to be left unused and out of reach for a period of 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different bubbles.

  • 12. Will the school have assemblies?

    Yes, we will have year group assemblies during the week which will be led by a member of the senior leadership team.

  • 13 . My child is feeling anxious about coming back to school, how can I prepare him/her?

    You will need to prepare your child by talking about what school was like and what it will be like now.  It will be different. 

    • Watch the video (at the top of this page) with your child. This has has been prepared to give parents, carers and pupils an idea of what to expect when we reopen school in September for pupils. 
    • Sharing social stories can be really helpful for young children and help to express the situation in a clear factual way, reducing emotional responses. 
    • Take a look at  informative videos below too. 
    • It will be important to encourage your child to talk about their experiences during school closure and that this period is now ending.

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Children's Story

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Social Distancing

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Learning with Grover
  • 14. Will children go straight back into normal lessons following the national curriculum?

    No, we will be implementing a recovery curriculum.

    The initial focus, for as long as we feel necessary, will be on supporting personal, social, health and emotional aspects of learning to support children’s wellbeing.  They have all gone through an incredible period of change and experienced loss on a number of different levels.  All have had changes in routine.

    We will of course ensure that skills in English and Maths continue to be developed.  Learning in school will follow the same topic based approach as home learning has done up to this point.   We will spend time assessing gaps and putting in a plan to address them.

  • 15. How will you support my child’s emotional wellbeing?

    There will be plenty of opportunities for children to discuss their feelings and play with their friends. We will build in lots of time for talking in class.

  • 16. Will staff and children wear masks?

    The guidance currently says that staff and children do not need masks in school unless they are working very closely with a high needs pupil who may have sensory needs, whilst manging intimate care needs or first aid.

  • 17. Will my child need to wear a school uniform?

    Yes – all children must wear their Green Dragon school uniform. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will have specific days for PE and on these days they will need to wear their PE kit to school.

  • 18. Will the breakfast club and after school club be open?

    Yes – Breakfast Club and After Care will fully reopen. Children will be kept in small, consistent bubbles. This will mean children will cross year groups during this time – EFS/KS1 will stay together and KS2 will stay together.

  • 19. Will we allow visitors and volunteers into school?

    We will minimise additional visitors into school. If parents need a private conversation then we will use the meeting room at the front of the school. We will not have any volunteers or students on site during the initial phase.  There may be a few occasions where a contractor is on site if necessary. They would follow the social distancing rules and stay away from bubbles.

  • 20. Will extra-curricular clubs run (football club, dance club etc)?

    No. We will not have these during the initial phase. We will review this in early October and hope to start morning sports first in Year group bubbles.

  • 21. Will children and young people be eligible for testing for the virus?

    Yes, all children and young people have access to testing if they display symptoms of coronavirus. This will enable them to get back into childcare or education, and their parents or carers to get back to work, if the test proves to be negative. To access the service please click on this link :

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

    If you do have symptoms a member of school staff can help advise how to get a test.

  • 22. Will teachers and other staff be able to get tested if they have symptoms?

    Access to testing is already available to all essential workers. This includes anyone involved in education, childcare or social work – including both public and voluntary sector workers, as well as foster carers. See the full list of essential workers. Education settings as employers can book tests through an online digital portal. There is also an option for employees to book tests directly on the portal.

  • 23. What will happen if a child in the class shows symptoms?

    We will follow the Government guidelines set out below. 

    Schools must ensure they understand the NHS Test and Trace process and how to contact their local Public Health England health protection team. Schools must ensure that staff members and parents/carers understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:

    • book a test if they or their child are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit
    • provide details of anyone they or their child have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
    • self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in their household develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.

    The government will ensure that it is as easy as possible to get a test through a wide range of routes that are locally accessible, fast and convenient. We will release more details on new testing avenues as and when they become available and will work with schools so they understand what the quickest and easiest way is to get a test. By the autumn term, all schools will be provided with a small number of home testing kits that they can give directly to parents/carers collecting a child who has developed symptoms at school, or staff who have developed symptoms at school, where they think providing one will significantly increase the likelihood of them getting tested. Advice will be provided alongside these kits.

    Schools should ask parents and staff to inform them immediately of the results of a test:

    • if someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.
    • if someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
  • 24. What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in school?

    We will follow the Government guidance set out below. 

    Schools must take swift action when they become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools should contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact schools directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) attended the school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.

    The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.

    The health protection team will work with schools in this situation to guide them through the actions they need to take. Based on the advice from the health protection team, schools must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. Close contact means:

    • direct close contacts - face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
    • proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
    • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

    The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home. To support them in doing so, we recommend schools keep a record of pupils and staff in each group, and any close contact that takes places between children and staff in different groups. This should be a proportionate recording process.

    Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’. They should get a test, and:

    • if the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.
    • if the test result is positive, they should inform their setting immediately, and should isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 14-day isolation period). Their household should self-isolate for at least 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, following ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’

         Further guidance is available on testing and tracing for coronavirus (COVID-19).

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