Returning in September (COVID-19)
Further information will keep being added to this page. Please keep checking for updates.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Please see below the answer to questions that parents have asked via the survey or directly and that have not been answered already in the documents published on this page:
"What provision will the school have in place in case a local or national lockdown is initiated again?"
Should there be a spike in cases either nationally or locally in Milton Keynes causing the school to close again, we will be offering work in hard copies to be collected from and delivered back to school. Feedback will be given and children will be given tasks and challenges appropriate to their level of understanding. There will be the opportunity also to access work via Microsoft Teams (we will be setting up and giving training on this for all teaching staff when the school reopens) and some video calls and assemblies will be shared with children subject to suitable Safeguarding measures being in place for the use of such media.
"I have several children in more than one year group or I am a childminder that needs to collect children from various parts of the school. How can I manage this safely in line with the different exit/entrance allocations?"
We would advise that you drop off and pick up the youngest children in your care first. The best route to take would be to enter the school by the shops (near the chickens) and to walk through the gate next to the EYFS classrooms. You should then continue to move around outside the school anti-clockwise and through each playground. It is easier and safer to walk the full circumference and then leave again via the gate by the chickens. Please be mindful of other people and continue to practise social distancing whilst on the school site.
"What about siblings across different schools where one child is impacted by COVID-19 procedures but is not unwell themselves?"
Siblings who attend different schools can usually still attend their own schools. Whilst a child at one school may be asked to stay at home, this does not automatically apply to their siblings or other members of their household, unless:
1. a family/household have a confirmed case – they should all self-isolate
2. a family/household has a suspected case – they should all self-isolate pending results of a a test
3. a family/household have all been advised to self-isolate by public health as a result of contact tracing
"When should Summerfield give out tests that we have in stock at school?"
Only in exceptional circumstances - when there is no other way for people to access a test OR we suspect one won’t be taken.
Please bear in mind that you will sometimes need to drive for a test or wait a few days for one. These are not reasons to ask for a school test kit. The best and fastest way for pupils, students or staff to be tested is by visiting a test site.
Appointments for tests can be booked via
"What about children who have symptoms of a common cold?"
As long as children do not have any of the three symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or loss/change in smell/taste), providing the child is well, they can attend school.
Runny noses and sneezing are not symptoms of COVID-19. Children displaying these symptoms alone would not be expected to be sent home from school and do not need to access tests.
Likewise, staff members with symptoms of illness not associated with COVID-19 and well enough to teach, are not expected to self-isolate unless advised by a doctor.
"When can pupils return to school after receiving a negative test result?"
In accordance with DfE attendance guidance - if a pupil tests negative they can stop self-isolating and return to school if they are well enough to do so.
There is a slight discrepancy with current guidance for households. Public Health England is aware of this and are in the process of amending the latter. Their advice is for schools to follow the attendance guidance.
RETURNING to SCHOOL Guidance:
The Educational Psychology and Inclusion and Intervention Team have created guidance to support children and young people who are returning to school following the COVID-19 pandemic:
NHS Test and Trace Letter
Guidance on symptoms and testing
RESPONDING to an INFECTION
Guidance on what is required of schools and families if there is an infection.
During the lockdown period, the Inclusion and Intervention team have been working with us to identify the provision in place for pupils with an EHCP. This also includes carrying out a risk assessment. Parents can access this information here.
Please see the below comments from some of our students about their experience being back in school since June...
Shadvi- ‘I feel really good and I am so happy that I can see my friends and teachers. I just wish I could cuddle my teachers but I know I can’t’.
Casey- ‘I feel great. I like seeing my friends and teachers. We are helping to stay safe by washing our hands lots and using hand sanitiser’.
Evan M – ‘My Mum was worried about me coming back at first but she knows we’re safe so she’s fine now’.
Riley M – ‘It’s been really fun!’
Jack D – ‘At first I wasn’t sure what it would be like, but it’s fine’.
Etinson – ‘It felt nice seeing our friends’.
Ridhwan – ‘It has been a good experience’
A Year 6 Bubble…
’I feel happy because I can see my friends again’
‘School has been enjoyable’
‘I am happy to be back at school to prepare for secondary school/next year’
‘Seeing my friends again has been awesome’
‘I did the same thing at home every day, so coming to school is good’