School Office hours:- 8.30 - 4.00
Our school communication systems are:-
1. Message through your child and in HSCB (communication book) please note that HSBC's are not checked everyday.
2. First point of contact is your child’s class teacher.
3. If you have further concerns you can always ask to speak to
Miss Shipp who leads Early Years,
Miss Tuckey who leads Year 1 & 2,
Mrs Warrington who is the Deputy Head Teacher and leads Year 3 & 4 or
Mr Northedge who leads Year 5 & 6.
4. Miss Towers is our SENCo.
Telephone messages: As members of staff are in classrooms phone messages will only be returned when possible. Please note: When parents request a response by phone or email the most appropriate colleague will follow up.
If you have a question or query about school, please come and talk to us.
To keep up to date with what is happening day to day - follow our Twitter account. Click to be redirected to our profile. @eastlandsschool
Please note we cannot answer questions on Twitter, please contact the school admin office or see above for the first point of contact staff.
Information for September 2020 - School will be open to all pupils with some changes to keep the risk to a minimum.
- The timings for the school day are as follows:
¨ Start of the Day:
¨ Years 3,4,5 & 6 will come in at 8.45. They will walk from the front gate to their outside classroom door independently in the interest of infection control. There will be social distancing measures on the path to adhere to. Please do not allow your child to arrive before 8.45am.
¨ Year 1 & Year 2 doors will open at 8.55. Children need to use their outside classroom door
¨ Reception doors will open at 8.55. Children will use the Reception outside door
¨ Nursery doors will open at 8.45. Children will use the Nursery door
¨ Arrive at the time of your youngest child please and drop of older siblings as you go around the site.
¨ The one way system will be used at the end of the day also.
¨ Nursery pupils will be collected at 3.30 from the same entrance.
¨ Reception pupils will be collected at 3.15 from the same entrance.
¨ Year 1 & 2 pupils will be collected at 3.15 from the same entrance.
¨ Year 3 & 4 pupils will be collected at 3.20 from their classroom door.
¨ Year 5 & 6 will be dismissed at 3.20 and meet you at the car park gate or walk home by themselves.
¨ Arrive at the time of your youngest child please and collect older siblings as you go around the site.
¨ These times will be revised if necessary.
Coronavirus - What to do if you think you have symptoms
Please would you keep school informed if you test positive for COVID or suspect a family member is showing COVID symptoms.
Public Health England have asked us to remind you that if someone in your household is showing COVID symptoms everyone in the household should self isolate until you have been tested. Please be aware that Public Health England's role will now be performed by a new body called National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP).
How to get tested
Facts on the epidemic as of 21.9.20 – Sir Patrick Vallance & Professor Chris Whitty
- Virus spreads by droplets, surface contact and by aerosols hence - Hand Face Space phrase
- The way to reduce spread is
- by limiting our number of contacts, by reducing contacts in environments where spread is more likely, these are crowded environments, indoor environments and where there is poor ventilation.
- And reduce the probability of coming in contact with anyone who is infectious hence the importance of self-isolation.
Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic the school has put into place plans to mitigate against the risks of catching and spreading Coronavirus. There are no guarantees as school is not a risk free environment.
We have used the 'System of Controls' recommended by Public Health England to develop Risk Assessment for the school site.
School site and surrounding area
- Travel to and from school. Please try to walk to school.
- If you do drive, park your car at the Portland Road end away from the school. The main school exit it through the car park gates. There will be more pedestrians using this exit in September. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers
- Only one adult to bring children Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & 2 into school. Year 3,4,5 & 6 to walk in independently. This will keep number of adults on site to a minimum.
Social distancing markers should be adhered too when on the school site. Please remember social distancing guidance should be followed outside of school as one lapse could lead to the school closing for a period.
The main gate will be the only entrance but you will exit through the field gate and car park gate.
Do not gather at school gate.
Please do not enter the building. Communication ideally through HSCB and emails to admin.
No scooters and bikes on site please. Speak to Head Teacher if you are walking a long distance to see if a personalised arrangement can be made.
Current advice is pupils to return to school in bubbles of around 30. This means there will no be whole school events such as assemblies. There will be minimal cross bubble activities so Before School and After School will take place but no other after school clubs.
Trips to gym and swimming etc. are not expected to take place in the Autumn term.
There will be staggered starts and end to school day. Breaktime and lunchtimes will also be staggered.
Internal one way system in school to be used by pupils and staff where possible.
We will continue with our increased cleaning schedule of the school with contact points being cleaned throughout the day. Pupils and staff will wash hands frequently.
- Unnecessary resources moved from classroom including soft furnishing and hard to clean resources.
- No hand sanitizer in school please.
We ask that the children wear either school uniform with trainers as, where possible, lots of activities will take place outside.
Staff will wear gloves, masks and aprons when dealing with First Aid or any intimate care. As with any illness, if you child has any symptoms please do not send them to school and inform the school.
Toilets have been allocated to different bubbles to avoid cross contamination as an additional precaution.
Deli—bags will be the only school lunch option so you may wish to send your children in with packed lunch.
If your child shows any symptoms of illness whilst they are in school you will be contacted in the normal way and you will be asked to come and collect your child immediately.
- As per government guidance we will endeavor not to mix different groups. Staff will be allocated to different groups and kept as the same team as much as possible.
Help us by:-
- Not sending children in if they or a member of the household is showing COVID 19 symptoms including anosmia (impaired sense of taste and smell).
- Keep your child at home if you think they have been in contact with someone who has COVID—19
- Teaching your child about hand washing and ‘Catch it Bin it Kill it’ and sending in your child with tissues.
- Explaining distancing.
- Follow government guidance if you have been abroad - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus. You may need to self isolate.
- Thank you so much for your support.
- Mental Health support
- It is extremely important that we think about how we can best support the mental health and wellbeing of people affected by the outbreak – individuals, families, workplaces, schools, as well as people who are working hard to protect the health of our communities. The Mental Health foundation has some good advice- https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak.
- Also see our Support for Families page.
FAQ's - EPS school is advised by Public Health England
FYI - Definition of 'close contact for COVID – 19'
‘Any individual who was within 2 metres of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before onset of illness’.
- What communication will I receive?
- Whole school will receive a text and letter to inform there is a positive case in school.
- Infectious bubble will receive a text and letter with more information on action to take.
- Can staff from the infectious bubble still be in school?
- Staff can maintain the social distancing recommended, but young children cannot. Therefore, the year groups will be sent home but some staff from this bubble can remain in school if they ae not counted as a ‘close contact’.
- Do siblings of infectious bubble need to be at home?
- At this point only the infectious bubble goes home. If these children or adults in the household develop symptoms, then siblings also need to self-isolate.
- Please note: Children from the infectious bubble can walk to school to drop off their sibling if there is no other safe option. At our school we are asking these families not to come on site. Instead we will bring their other children to the gate.
- Where will I find work for my child?
- Work for the isolating bubble will be provided on the school website – Learning Gateway for N, R, 1 & 2
- Work for Year 3- 6 will be provided through Google Classrooms
- Will anybody be identified as the individual who has tested positive?
- We will only state the number of positive cases or possible cases not individuals due to confidentiality.
Government Coronavirus Timeline
Useful Government sites
Eastlands Learning Gateway - this will be used if we return to full or partial lockdown.
- We also wish to show our appreciation for parents honouring our request of personally reducing their face to face contact with the school.
- Please access EPS Home Learning Gateway under 'Children' tab of website.
|Home learning tips||
Parent helpline 01926 412021
1. Prioritise your child’s well-being
Our children not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in this boat and they will be ok. In school we will meet them where they are and take them forward. Teachers are experts at this!
2. Keep to a routine but remember that learning should be fun
Draw up a timetable that has an emphasis on revision of numeracy and literacy skills. Encourage everyday reading.
Include a variety of other subjects and tasks spread out over the week. Remember to including daily exercise as well as play times. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Making learning fun is vital – so baking, painting and getting out and about in the garden are essential to reduce boredom.
3. Prioritise maths and English.
There are lots of ways to cover the rest of the curriculum and you can get creative with these, for example, watching Horrible Histories or Blue Planet is a great way to cover some of the humanities.
4. Monitor the use of tablets and phones.
It will be important for friends to stay in virtual contact with each other as long as interactions are friendly and supportive.
5. Don’t overdo it
Our recommendation is for around two hours’ learning in total a day, for children in key stage 1, which covers reception to year 2. That should include arts and crafts, and hands-on activities. Children in key stage 2, which covers year 3 through to year 6, would be able to do more: about three to four hours. But again, that should include PE activities and more creative tasks as well.
6. Support child-led learning
Encourage your child to research something that is of interest to them and show their learning with a creative project. This could be making something with play-dough, junk modelling, papier-mache or a presentation. Let your children experiment.
Listen to your child. Enjoy hearing your child explain what they are being asked to do, and the challenges they face.
If we can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your children's mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during these weeks is long gone. Keep that in mind, every single day