Keyworker Information

During this period of partial closure Bishop Luffa School continues to be open for provision for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. Irrespective of any partial closure or collaboration with another school, the safeguarding of all our children remains our top priority. At this time, our school will continue as normal in supporting our vulnerable children and if anyone has any questions regarding this they are asked to make contact with Mrs Nicky Christopher, Head Teacher's PA by emailing keyworker@bishopluffa.org.uk  

Guidelines for Using Key Worker Facility at Bishop Luffa School

The aim of the Key Worker Facility is to keep frontline staff in the workforce. To ensure we meet this aim, we need to do all we can to minimise the risk of key worker families catching the virus, and to protect staff in school. This means that we need rules in place that everyone must follow. Please can you go through this list with your children, as we don’t want this to be a shock when they arrive.

The protocol will be:

  • Students do not have to wear school uniform.
  • Students should bring exercise clothes and trainers if they want to take part in physical activities. Students should also bring a water bottle, pencil case and reading book.

Our catering company, Caterlink, will be closing down temporarily so that they can furlough their staff. Their aim is to safeguard jobs while the business is unable to bring in any revenue. This means that we will be unable to offer the usual range of food from Monday 6th April onwards.  We will, however, still be able to provide cold lunches and snacks if they are ordered in advance. When you are booking your child into school, please can you also let us know if they will require lunch, as well as any dietary requirements. The cost will remain £2.25 per day and can be paid in the usual way.

At the beginning of the day -

Staff will be stationed at the front and back gates from 7.45am until 8.10am to welcome students. Students cannot walk into school without seeing staff: if you need to drop-off your children earlier, please send them to main reception. Similarly, any children who arrive after 8.10am will not be able to access the school from Bishop Luffa Close. Please ensure that pupils follow the social distancing rules as they arrive in school. This means maintaining a distance of 2 metres from the nearest person. 2 metres = 1 Mr Healy. Once inside the school all pupils are required to wash their hands with soap for 20 seconds before continuing to the registration area in the Bartlett Hall.

During the day –

We will be cleaning door handles and surfaces regularly to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, but please encourage your children to not touch their faces during the day. Students must refrain from physical contact with other students and must not share equipment or food. Students must try to maintain a safe distance from each other. We know that this will be hard but it is necessary to reduce the risk to themselves and others. Students must stay in the section of the building that we identify to them in the morning briefing. To reduce staffing levels, we will not be opening all of the school every day. To protect others, we will have to send students home who exhibit symptoms of Covid19 (please see below). Please ensure you are contactable should we need you to collect your child. If your job means that you are not contactable at times during the day, please ensure you have given us additional numbers of people who could collect your child.

The structure of the day –

8.00am – meet in the Bartlett Hall. Students will be divided into small groups for the rest of the day.

Lessons - most classes will be based in computer rooms and students will work on the online resources set by their teachers. Each group will have opportunities for physical exercise and an Art or Technology lesson while staffing allows.

8.25am – 9.25am – Lesson 1.

9.25am – 10.25am – Lesson 2.

10.25am - 10.45am – Break – snacks available as normal. All students will wash hands.

10.45am – 11.45am – Lesson 3.

11.45am – 12.45pm – Lesson 4.

12.45pm – 1.30pm – Lunch. Meals and snacks available in the Bartlett Hall. All students will wash hands.

1.30pm – 2.30pm – Lesson 5. Students will wash hands at the end of the lesson.

At 2.30pm some students will leave. For students remaining, there will be a physical activity on offer, followed by the opportunity to play games.

The school will close at 5.00pm.

If you need to drop-off or collect your child at other times, that is fine as long as we know in advance and you come to the main reception to sign your child in or out.

Absence should be reported by emailing keyworker@bishopluffa.org.uk

Symptoms

Children should not be in school if they have:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).

If you or your child displays any of these symptoms, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Instead use the 111 online coronavirus service for advice.

For further information please visit the NHS guidance below

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Reminder of DFE guidance

The aim of school closure and offering a key worker provision is to limit the spread of the virus.

The DFE states:

Children with at least one parent or carer who is critical to the COVID-19 response can attend school if required.

However, many families with a parent or carer working in critical sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.