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COVID-19 - Frequently Asked Questions

 

During lockdown and school closure for the majority of pupils there have been times of confusion and frustration. At Grenoside, we do our best to keep parents and carers as informed as we are but we have at times shared your feelings.  We hope some of the FAQs below will help clear up any confusion.

My child is due to start Early Years in September 2020.  What is happening with this?

Please click on the link to read our letter from Mrs Smith outlining the plans for September.

If you have not already, please confirm your email with the school office at parents@grenoside.sheffield.sch.uk stating your child's name and date of birth as well as your own.

We have also set up newstarters@grenoside.sheffield.sch.uk where you can email the Early Years team with any questions or queries you might have.  They will try to respond as promptly as they can.

Where can I find information about the Early Years September 2020 intake?

You can click here to view our New Starters page which has further links about Early Years.  Please bear in mind this reflects school when it returns to normal and it may not be exactly like this come September.

What can I do to help my child get ready to start school in September 2020?

As well as teaching your child to wash their hands well and have good respiratory hygiene, please click here for the slides about Early Years.

My child is in a returning year group (Year 6 on the 15th June or Foundation Stage, Y1 on the 24th June) so can I bring my child to school on Monday 15th June?

Only bring your child to school if you have confirmed place through the school office.  If you have a confirmed place you would have received communication from school stating so.

Please do not just turn up to school when the school is open without confirming that your child has a place with the school office. This is for your safety and the children's safety.

The school has now reached capacity for the safe return of some pupils. There is a maximum number we are working to with the current guidelines to best ensure that the staff and children return to an environment that is as safe as possible and where safety control measures are in place.

 I am a key worker (I have a letter from my employer) so can I bring my child to school when I need to work?

Only bring your child to school if you have confirmed place through the school office. To best ensure the safety of staff and children we can only have a limited number of key worker places.  Please contact the school office via email (parents@grenoside.sheffield.sch.uk) or phone.  We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you understand.

As a school we will review our capacity and continue to follow guidance.

 

Why are you only letting some pupils back?

As a Local Authority maintained school we follow all instructions from Sheffield City Council and The Department for Public Health Sheffield.  We have taken a planned and measured approach to best ensure the health and safety of the children and the staff.  The number we have taken for each ‘bubble’ takes this and the physical size of the school and its rooms into consideration.

School leadership and governors have agreed with the current plan and will review it once a period of time has passed.

 

Initially I did not want my child to return to school but now I do.  What can I do?

The school has now reached capacity for the safe return of some pupils. There is a maximum number we are working to with the current guidelines to best ensure that the staff and children return to an environment that is as safe as possible and where safety control measures are in place.

We will review our capacity and continue to follow guidance.  Please contact the school office so that we have your name on record.

 

What happens if my child or someone in my household has COVID: 19 symptoms?

Do not send them to school.  Should your child or anyone in the household develop COVID:19 symptoms please follow NHS guidance and isolate yourselves.  You will then need to book a test through the NHS.  School staff will follow these guidelines too.

Please keep school informed.  For the safety of the children and staff, as well as the sustainability of the school for others we need to know this information.

School will inform all parents of the group or ‘bubble’ where a child or staff member has displayed COVID:19 symptoms and ask them to be collected (if at school) or not come in.  If a test of said person comes back positive, all those within the said bubble will need to isolate for 14 days and get tested should they develop symptoms.  If a test comes back negative, we will inform all the parents of said bubble and they can resume school as before.  It is important to keep school informed.

If your child has any non-COVID:19 sickness, please keep them off school until they are better (48 hours in cases of sickness or diarrhoea).  School staff is currently stretched to capacity and one sick member of staff would compromise the opening for others.

 

Can I collect my child up early?

Wherever possible we would ask that you and your child follow the staggered start and collection times issued to you with your confirmed place.  Early collection impacts upon the school’s capacity.  If this is causing major issues, please contact the school office via email (parents@grenoside.sheffield.sch.uk) or phone. 

 

I have two (or more) children in different groups with different start and collection times, what can I do?

There will be staff in the playground at the start and end of the day (from 8.40am and from 2.30pm) so you can leave your child(ren) if you need to get to work and equally you can wait out on the playground at the end of the day.

We ask that at all times you and your children respect social distancing whilst waiting and that only one adult enters the playground for obvious health and safety reasons.

If there is a sibling in the family that isn’t attending school and cannot be left with another adult at home, we do ask that they stay with the one adult and respect the previously mentioned health and safety rules.

 

Will teachers be wearing PPE?

Following national and local guidance, school staff will not be wearing PPE.  However if a child hurts themselves to where close contact and first aid is required, first aid staff will have to wear full PPE whilst they care for the pupil.

 

Are they wearing school uniform?

From the 15th June, we are asking that all pupils come in uniform or uniform-like colours. This helps everyone with the mind-set of being ‘back at school’.  We understand that for some school uniform may now be too small so we kindly ask that your child comes in uniform-like colours.  Please no football kits!

For those younger children, it is important that their clothing does not make it difficult for them go to the toilet by themselves.

 

What about PE kit?

No PE kits are needed for the remainder of this academic year.  We are trying to limit what comes into school.  Please make sure your child is in sensible and appropriate footwear.

 

Should you have any further questions, please contact the school office via email (parents@grenoside.sheffield.sch.uk) or phone.