Coronavirus Information and Guidance

Please see below for some information about the systems of control we have in place in order to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Beneath this key information you will find a COVID-19 Pupil Absence Guide, our full return to school plan, a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document and our Risk Assessment, as well as links to the relevant Department for Education guidance. 

Year Group Bubbles

The main protective factor will be the reduction of cross over between pupil groups and we will continue to operate a “bubble” system, similar to that in place for those pupils in attendance prior to the summer holiday. Unlike those arrangements though, where bubbles were restricted to a maximum of 15 pupils, the groups will be much larger, whole year-group bubbles meaning children from parallel classes within each year group will be able to mix and interact.

Breakfast Club and After-School Care

The government guidance makes it clear that while it should be kept to a minimum, we will be able to have some cross over between these year-group bubbles, enabling us to re-open our breakfast club and after-school care. Other extra-curricular after-school clubs will still be suspended initially but we hope to be able to resume these in the near future.

Hygiene

As well as minimising the contact between different year groups, another key protective factor will revolve around hygiene with regular handwashing for all and additional cleaning with a focus on contact areas and hard surfaces to take place throughout the school day.

Social Distancing

Finally, social distancing amongst adults will also have to continue for the foreseeable future. The government guidance outlines that social distancing between the children in their bubbles will not be necessary or possible but that it remains essential that adults socially distance from each other at all times. Staff will therefore distance from one another and we ask that all parents/carers do the same, particularly at the beginning and the end of each school day. There should be no gatherings on the school grounds or at the gates and we request that drop-off and pick-up be as swift as possible and therefore any messages for class teachers will best be relayed via e-mail or telephone call to the school office.

Drop-off and Pick-up

To support the distancing of adults and the separation of children from the different year group bubbles, we will employ a slightly staggered approach to drop-off and pick-up. Half of the classes will be asked to arrive between 8.40 and 8.50am and will then need to be collected at 3.00pm. The other half should be dropped off between 8.50am and 9.00am and will then be picked up at 3.10pm – please see the tables below.  

Year 5 and 6 pupils can once again walk to and from school independently if written permission has been provided by their parents/carers.

Drop-off

8:40-8:50am

Location

Pick-up

3:00pm

Location

*Nursery

Nursery playground

*Nursery

Nursery playground

Y1 Polar Bears

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y1 Polar Bears

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y2 Penguins

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y2 Penguins

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y3 Sharks

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y3 Sharks

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y4 Dolphins

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

Y4 Dolphins

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

Y5 Turtles

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

Y5 Turtles

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

Y6 Belugas

KS2 gate and Y6 door

Y6 Belugas

KS2 gate and Y6 door

Drop-off

8:50-9:00am

Location

Pick-up

3:10pm

Location

YR Starfish

Main entrance via the staff carpark

YR Starfish

Main entrance via the staff carpark

YR Seahorses

Nursery playground

YR Seahorses

Nursery playground

Y1 Seals

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y1 Seals

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y2 Octopus

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y2 Octopus

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y3 Sea Otters

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y3 Sea Otters

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y4 Sealions

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

Y4 Sealions

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

Y5 Stingrays

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

Y5 Stingrays

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

Y6 Orcas

KS2 gate and Y6 door

Y6 Orcas

KS2 gate and Y6 door

*As some Nursery children attend for half days,

*As some Nursery children attend for half days, lunchtime drop-offs and pick-ups should take place at the usual time from the Nursery side entrance.

Lunches and Breaktimes

In order to keep bubbles apart, children will continue to eat their lunches in their classrooms as those in school did throughout the summer term. Hot lunches will be available for purchase and to those who are eligible for a free school meal and these will be brought to the classrooms. Children are of course welcome to bring a packed lunch from home as before if they would prefer to do so. During lunchtimes and breaktimes, children will get to spend time with their friends from the other class in their year group.  

Attendance

The government made it clear that full attendance was once again compulsory from September and we are so pleased to have the children back. 

Non-attendance in school due to illness or for any other reason should be reported to the school office in the usual way on the first day of absence, but if you, your child or anyone in your household develops coronavirus symptoms, you must alert us immediately and not attend school.

Key Documents:

COVID-19 Pupil Absence Guide

September 2020 Return to School

September Return to School Risk Assessment

September Return to School FAQs

Guidance for Full Opening: Schools

Guidance for Parents and Carers of children attending out of school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Files to Download

Christian Theme of the Month

The Christian theme for this half term is 'Thankfulness'.

"Always be thankful." 1 Thessalonians 5.16

In school we will be:

Exploring the value of thankfulness.

Encouraging pupils to show thankfulness to each other and adults both in school and at homet.

Exploring the things we are thankful for and how we can show thanks.

Parents and carers, please help us at home to support your child in their understanding of the above concepts.

Contact the School

Meole Brace Primary School

Church Road, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
SY3 9HG

Tel: 01743 351027
admin@meolebrace-pri.shropshire.sch.uk