Coronavirus Information Page
UPDATED 25.9.20 (updated with COVID-19 Quick Guide for Parents/Carers and links to Government Guidance in Additional Languages)
Below you will find key information and guidance for a full return to school in September. We know that we cannot return to school life as it once was – at least not for the time-being – so the information contained within this page will set out the planning we have carried out to allow us all to return safely. Please review the information contained below and in the more detailed ‘Return to School Guide’. An amendment to this guidance was emailed to all parents/carers on 11.9.20 detailing expectations in relation to changes in government restrictions. The letter is also available below for reference.
We have enclosed a number of links to the DfE’s website, providing much more detailed guidance for parents and carers. This information is updated at the same time as the information provided to schools so, as we find out more information, students, parents and carers can too.
Our provision is based on the information that we have to date and is subject to review and amendment at any time. We may need to update this information regularly so please continue to check your emails and this page.
Please be aware that the school will be operating on a cashless basis from September. Students will use a card system to authorise transactions for the foreseeable future to avoid unnecessary risk of transmission. Please ensure that monies are credited to the account before purchases can be made.
Thank you for your continued support.
Ms A Cusack
Contacting the School
The school office is closed during the summer holidays but emails and messages are checked intermittently. For all enquiries, please email email@example.com. and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
During term time, the school office is open from 8.30am – 4.00pm daily.
- All general enquiries – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Key worker enquiries only (when applicable) – please email email@example.com
- Safeguarding concerns – please email Talk2Someone@st-gregorys.org.uk
- For urgent enquiries during school hours – please telephone 01225 832873
We will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible.
Returning to school in September
The government announcements on 2 July provided an outline of the expectations of schools and, in response to this, we have updated our planning. Whilst some of the information is general for all schools, we have put in place a range of measures specific to Saint Gregory’s.
Key changes include:
- Each year group will have their own social bubble with different entrances into school and separate lunch and break times or areas.
- Each year group will also have their own area within the school and, depending on their curriculum needs will have some or most of their lessons within these areas to minimise movement around the school site.
- Key Stage 3 students will have the majority of their lessons in their allocated Home Room with specialist teachers coming to them.
- Key Stage 4 students have, as far as possible, been centralised to the Gateway, Science Block and main building.
- Sixth form lessons have been scheduled for additional learning spaces and within the same areas as Key Stage 4 students.
- Additional cleaning will take place within specialist areas throughout the day.
- Timetables will be individual to year groups with some changes to the normal routine of lessons.
- Lunchtimes will be reduced to minimise movement around school and enable additional cleaning to take place between sessions.
- Older students may be dismissed slightly earlier than the end of the school day to minimise the numbers of students on public transport at any one time.
- Students will be permitted to wear their PE kit for the entire school day when they have timetabled lessons in PE or Dance.
- Sixth form students will attend timetabled lessons and have flexibility to come in for lessons only during Term 1 when they are not required to attend tutor.
- Enhanced hygiene and hand washing measures throughout the school.
- Ensuring safe social distancing between students and staff of 2m and encouraging the 1m+ approach between students when outside of the classroom.
- *UPDATED – guidance on the usage of masks in school.
The information below will provide much more detail on how we can work together to ensure as smooth and safe a return to school as possible.
More details are available in the attachments below:
Google Classroom guides for remote school work
COVID-19 Quick reference guide for parents and carers
Please see below for FAQs on absence from school in relation to COVID-19.
Foreign travel during school holidays
If your family have any overseas visits planned for the school holiday period we would strongly urge you to review the guidance as set out in the link below and follow any quarantine rules that may apply. Please DO NOT send your child to school until the full period of quarantine has been completed and inform the school of your child’s absence in the normal manner.
Safeguarding and wellbeing
Details of our Safeguarding Policy and additional measures taken in the event of full or partial closure can be found in the documents listed above.
If you are worried about a child and you think they are in immediate danger or at risk of severe harm, call 999.
Should your child have any safeguarding concerns they should contact the school email firstname.lastname@example.org, or the DSL, Mr McDermott is available on 07847 145164.
Support for Parents
You can find a wide range of support and guidance for parents HERE
The staff at St Gregory’s are available to support you and your children during this period of disruption. There is a growing number of resources online, some detailed below, for families and students and this can often be a useful starting place to common concerns or feelings but please contact us by email if you are struggling to find the help or support you need.
Young Minds: https://youngminds.org.uk/
School Nursing Service: https://bathneshealthandcare.nhs.uk/childrens/school-nursing/
Off the Record: https://www.offtherecord-banes.co.uk/
Further helpful information and resources are available on 1BigDatabase Bathnes
The Safeguarding and Keyworker email accounts will be monitored out of normal school hours, so if you have an urgent query, please use these for emergency concerns.
School Nursing Service
The School Nursing Service will continue to be available to parents and students during the period of school closure. Further guidance and contact details are available in the letter below:
We understand that during this period of closure it is highly likely that children will spend significant amounts of time on devices communicating with friends on digital devices. To help support parents in managing children on these devices we would recommend the advice provided by the Internet Matters website.
Stay Safe Online
Mr Foley, Head of Computing, has produced a helpful guide for students, parents and carers to support them during this period of school closure. You can download a copy below. There is also comprehensive information on keeping children safe online here: https://www.st-gregorys.org.uk/parent-information/online-safety/
National Online Safety have produced some helpful guides for staff, parents and students to help them stay safe online:
NCA-CEOP have produced a helpful guide for parents and carers on the use of video media and online chatting:
Below are useful links to help find the information relevant to you. This information is updated at the same time as the information provided to schools so, as we find out more information, parents and carers can too.
- What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term
This guidance is also available in the following languages:
- Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak guidance
- COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable
- COVID-19 – ‘shielding’ guidance for children and young people
- COVID-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities
- The new guidelines on vitamin D – what you need to know
- Testing and tracing for coronavirus
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers
- Symptoms of coronavirus
- Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
- Public Health England health protection team
- Health and safety guidance on educational visits
- NHS Covid-19 Information Page
- NHS Corona Virus Service
- DFE List of Key Workers
Please find linked a COVID-19 Quick Guide for Parents and Carers. Thank you.
We have created a ‘Quick Reference Guide’ for parents and carers in relation to absence from school.
We are very excited about our Year 6 Transition Evening being held tomorrow night (Wednesday 1 July) from 6.00pm and cannot wait to meet all of our lovely new students!