The emergence of a new Covid variant and the resultant rising infection rates will require everyone to follow the protective measures stringently. The school’s Recovery Plan and Risk Assessment has been revised in response to the latest guidance and a copy can be downloaded above.
Important information from the school's Risk Assessment - Updated 12th January 2021
Dawpool is now only open to intake of children with defined categories of critical worker or vulnerable children and remote learning is available to children that are at home.
The list of those who can access schools or educational settings can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.
The government updated the critical worker guidance on 8th January and stated that “even if you are a critical worker, if your child(ren) can remain at home rather than attend school, on some or all days, then they should.” Therefore, critical workers should only use the school provision when it is crucial for them to undertake their critical role.
Dawpool will consider all government guidance in the context of our risk assessment to ensure that the school community is kept as safe as possible. It is recognised that all schools will face different challenges dependent on a range of factors such as pupil numbers, classroom sizes, school layout, location and size of dining areas, communal areas and drop off/pick up points. With that in mind, we have carefully considered the government’s latest guidance and made a judgement about how to balance and minimise any risks from COVID-19 as far is reasonably practicable with providing a full educational experience for all children.
Dawpool will allocate vulnerable and critical worker places to no more than one third of the school roll (75 pupils). Due to the escalation of COVID-19 cases in Wirral, and the increase in school infection rates, the Local Authority on 12th January advised schools to ensure that the number of pupils attending schools are as low as possible and critical worker pupils should only attend if they cannot stay at home. We will therefore use every lever at our disposal to reduce group sizes as much as possible.
Key points from the Risk Assessment (updated 12th January)
Your child must not attend school if they or a household member are displaying coronavirus symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
If, however, your child does not have symptoms of coronavirus but has other cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat or a headache, your child can attend school. If you are unsure, you can get a symptom-free test. Test results will be available quickly, normally within an hour. To book a Covid test go to https://www.wirral.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/coronavirus-updates/covid-19-testing-wirral-key-workers.
For further information about symptoms and self-isolation, please read COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.
Please talk to your child about the importance of hand hygiene: washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water, or regularly using hand sanitiser as an alternative.
To avoid traffic congestion on School Lane, parents are encouraged to park away from school and walk. If parking on School Lane is your only option, please refer to the attached guidance for safe parking.
The pavement on School Lane has been resurfaced to provide better footpath space for social distancing. Therefore, please do not park on the pavement, across dropped kerbs or residents’ driveways
Vehicles should not attempt to turn around half way up School Lane. Road Safety Officers have recommended the following procedure for people using vehicles on School Lane:
Car users are to proceed to the turning bay and turn their cars facing down School Lane before parking. This means that once the children have been dropped off or picked up, all cars should be able to leave School Lane without interfering with oncoming traffic. At no time should cars park on the zig-zag lines, across the school gates, use the car park entrance or Lane as a turning area.
Please be aware that there may be pedestrians when turning your vehicle in the designated turning bay at the top of School Lane.
Arrival and departure times are the same as the Autumn term. Pupils must be accompanied to school by one adult per family. The wooden gate on the small playground will open between 08:30-09:00 for pupils to enter school. Pupils should arrive as follows:
08:30-08:40: Pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 (including their siblings in younger year groups)
08:40-08:50: Pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3 (including their siblings in F1 & F2)
08:50-09:00: Pupils in F1 and F2 without siblings.
All parents and carers should wear face coverings when collecting and dropping off their children at school. Whilst certain individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings (for example those with particular medical conditions), they will still be expected to maintain social distance. Wearing a face covering does not replace the need for social distancing.
Adults should be vigilant to social distancing and maintain 2m distance from each other where possible. Where 2m is not viable, for example on pedestrian paths at peak times, adults should reduce the risk to themselves and others by taking suitable precautions:
- Wear a face covering
- Keep moving
- Keep to the left (single file)
- Keep interactions brief
- Avoid face-to-face conversations
Note: You must not attend school if you are symptomatic, or a member of your household is symptomatic.
Unfortunately, parents will not be able to enter the school building unless you make an appointment by prior arrangement. If you need to contact school, such as to arrange dropping off medicine, please email or phone the school office first. In emergency situations, where a face-to-face appointment is the only option, this will be arranged by appointment only so that adequate social distancing arrangements can be made.
At the end of the school day, parents and carers should walk through the wooden gate onto the main playground and wait for pupils to be dismissed. Parents and carers are asked to observe social distancing whilst waiting. Pupils will depart from the larger playground as follows:
15:00: Pupils in F1 and F2 (without siblings in other year groups)
15:10-15:20: All pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 (and siblings in other year groups)
15:20-15:30: All pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3 (and siblings in F1 & F2)
Parents and carers should arrive at their allocated time to prevent overcrowding.
Your child can bring in a school bag if absolutely necessary, please avoid large backpacks. Pupils do not need to bring a pencil case as everything will be provided for them to do their school work. Please ensure they have a named water bottle with them each day. For the time being, please do not allow your child to bring into school any toys or other unnecessary items from home, for example ‘show & tell’.
Where possible, all correspondence to parents will be shared through the school website, email or Twitter feed. Paper correspondence will be kept to a minimum so please make sure we have your up-to-date email address.
We are hopeful that these protective measures can be eased as the year progresses. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email email@example.com.
The Remote Learning section of the school website is designed to enable your child to continue learning at home if they are not attending school.
There is a webpage for each year group which contains the following information:
- How to contact your child’s class teacher.
- A weekly message from the class teacher with an overview of current learning, topics and homework expectations.
- A presentation for parents providing key information about the year group.
- A weekly timetable including objectives, recommended activities, links to videos, websites and downloadable resources for every lesson.
- An overview of reading expectations and a recommended reading list.
- Some helpful links and resources: curriculum expectations, spelling lists, access to our ‘Purple Mash’ online space, link to the government’s Oak National Academy and useful websites.
In order to ensure continuity of learning, pupils are asked to complete the work provided each day and submit the assessed task to the class teacher for feedback.
NHS 111 online: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
DfE Helpline: 0800 046 8687 (questions about COVID-19 related to education, open 8am-6pm Monday -Friday)
Public Health England North West: 0344 225 0562