We will keep you updated on new developments and guidance:
Rapid Lateral Flow Device Testing is available for adults in households/bubbles of children in primary school. Please read the DfE guidance here.
If a local area sees a spike in infection rates, our school may be advised to close temporarily for most pupils like before. If this happens, we will offer remote education for all pupils. Year group bubbles or individuals may also be required to isolate. Please click here for information to parents/carers of how this will be implemented. Unfortunately due to being an infant school, we are not eligible to receive any laptops/digital devices from the government to support remote learning at home. These are only available for years 3 and upwards. We will use Zoom so that children have some face to face contact with members of staff. This will be for live teaching, class assemblies, stories, 1:1 reading and interventions. Here is our Zoom parent/carer home/school agreement.
Drop off and Pick up procedures
The procedures for drop off and pick up are outlined below. Unfortunately, parents / carers will not be able to enter school unless they have arranged a meeting.
Parents / carers will drop their child off at their drop off point at the time given. Any parents / carers who arrive earlier than the time stated below will be required to wait in the waiting area. Children arriving after their drop off time will need to be dropped off at the main entrance. At home time, parents/ carers are requested to wait in the allocated area.
Parents / carers who have children in more than one year group, will need to drop their older child off first, then wait in the waiting area until the next drop off time. If parents / carers are unable to do this, then please drop the younger, Y1 or reception aged child off at the hall door in the morning club. This service will be free of charge from 8.40am.
Drop off and collection times
The Site Manager will be on duty at the cobbled road gate. A member of staff will be stood at the reopened Jenkin Road gate entrance. A teacher and teaching assistant will be on duty on the main yard. Please remember to maintain a safe distance from staff members and other parents/carers. Drop off and pick up times are listed underneath. From 4/1/21 they will be:
Class 5 8.30 3.20
Class 2 8.35 3.25
Class 7 8.40 3.10
Class 10 8.45 3.15
Class 8 8.50 3.00
Class 9 9.00 3.05
Children will be asked to line up in boys and girls lines. This is so they can wash their hands in the toilets on entry into school.
Morning & after school provision
Brightside will continue to provide a morning and after school provision, chargeable from 8am to 8.40 am and from 3.05 to 4pm. This provision will be based in the hall from September until further notice. Parents/carers are requested to drop off their child at the entrance to the hall on the main yard.
Please contact the school office (phone or email) if you require this service.
There are no other after school clubs running currently.
Lunch time will be spread over a longer period to allow for the staggered entry and exit time. Children can choose a hot meal or grab bag from the menu. Children can also bring their own healthy packed lunch.
Resources and equipment
Your child can bring a water bottle with their name on and their reading bag. Please do not bring any other personal resources. In school, children will have their own, individual equipment such as pencils, books, whiteboards and pens. Classroom / year based resources like reading books and maths resources can be used and shared within a group. They will be cleaned daily as will all touched surfaces.
Any resources shared between year groups, such as sports and art equipment, will be cleaned frequently and meticulously, and rotated between the years groups so they can be unused and out of reach for a period of 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different groups
Homework will be given remotely as will all letters and other communication. Please check your emails regularly.
Please tell us
If you suspect you or your child has symptoms, please do not come to school and follow the government guidelines. Please inform school immediately of the results of a test. We will not share the names or details of people with corona virus unless it's essential for protecting others. If we as a school become aware that someone has tested positive, we will contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact us if they become aware that someone at our school has tested positive.
The team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who's been in close contact with the person when they were infectious, and make sure they are asked to self-isolate.
What to do if your child shows symptoms of COVID-19.
Please use government guidance of what to do if your child develops symptoms.
If you are unsure, please ring the school office for further advice.