Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Situation
We will use this page to update and inform parents and carers about any changes to school arrangements due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions enforced by Government and the Department of Education (DfE).
Covid19 - Situation from January 2021
Please be reassured that the school will be fully open as planned on Wednesday 6th January.
We are aware that the situation in relation to the new variant Covid19 may require national/regional changes to be made by Government - possibly at short notice.
In order for us to respond quickly to circumstances, we would be very grateful for all parents/carers to complete this brief form to enable us to keep our register of key workers up to date.
Keyworker Eligibility Form - January 2021
Many thanks for your help and understanding at this time.
John Rowe & Jack Pittaway
Situation from September 3rd
Trinity Primary School will be fully opening on Thursday 3rd September to ALL children.
A letter, along with the updated Risk Assessment, explaining how school will operate from September has been issued to all parents and these can be found below.
Parents should have received a letter accompanying their child's report, confirming which class their child/ren will be in when we return from the Summer Holidays in September.
We look forward to welcoming back all pupils as well meeting our new parents and pupils starting school in Reception.
How the school will use the Covid19 catch-up premium
Flow Chart in the event of children displaying Covid19 symptoms and handling confirmed cases
In the event of children needing to isolate due to confirmed cases within school or a local outbreak, we will continue to place lessons and resources on the Home Learning page to ensure pupils can continue education during an isolation period.
You will need a password to access these resources. This has been issued to parents already.
If you need a reminder, please contact the school office. We can also supply forgotten passwords for other online resources.
Issued on 2nd July
Issued 4th November (See 'Schools' Section)
General advice from HM Government
Coronavirus Explained for Children
Axel Scheffler (illustrator of the Gruffalo) has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?
Please find a copy of the book below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Does my child have to return to school?
The expectation is that all children will return to school in September. Attendance is now compulsory once again. If your child is absent, please inform the school office.
Do children have to wear uniform
We expect all children to be in full school uniform from September.
How will the school keep children safe?
The school has ensured full compliance with the guidance produced by the Department for Education in relation to the re-opening of schools. For full details, please see the Risk Assessment.
What happens at the start and end of the school day?
Breakfast Club is open from 8am (must be pre-booked using online form on home page of website).
Children will be admitted to school from 8.35am with the school day starting at 8.50am.
Please follow the one-way system around the site and adhere to social distancing measures.
All parents/carers must wear a face mask around the school site.
Children should be dropped off at external doors of each class.
The school day will end at 3.15pm.
Duskbusters is open until 6pm (must be pre-booked using online form on home page of website).
Please continue to use the one-way system when collecting children.
Will Breakfast Club and Dusk Busters (after-school childcare) take place?
We are pleased to inform parents that our wrap around provision will continue.
We will require parents to book in advance as places are limited.
Will school lunches be provided?
The school kitchen will be fully operational. Children in receipt of free school meals will be provided with a meal. Children in Reception to Year 2 will also receive a free meal under UIFSM.
Please note, the Government's Free School Meal voucher system will not continue from September (However, families should have received a voucher for the Summer Holidays).
My child is anxious about returning to school. What support is available?
During the Summer holidays, the Education Access Team at Shropshire Council have a dedicated helpline to provide support for children and families.
Will the school have assembly/acts of worship? What about other school events - harvest, parents' evenings and Christmas?
The school is not able to hold 'large gatherings' and needs to control access to the school building.
At the moment, children will not be taking part in whole school assemblies in the hall. These will be held via internal video-conference using webcams between classes.
The school won't be holding large events for parents for the time being. We look forward to the time when we can, but at the moment the Department for Education advice does not permit it.
Will staff and children wear masks or PPE?
The following measures will be taken as directed by government to protect the children with masks deemed unnecessary:
“Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings”.
However, staff have been instructed to wear masks in communal, non-teaching areas of the school: corridors, the hall, staffroom and school office. They have also been instructed to wear a face mask if they carry out playground duty during drop off and collection times inc. bus duty.
Schools have also been provided with guidance on the use of PPE for certain tasks (supporting sick children, administration of first aid). Use of PPE outside of these occasions will be determined by the school’s risk assessments.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
What happens if my child develops symptoms of Coronavirus?
A child who develops symptoms of Coronavirus at home should not be sent to school and a test should be arranged. Siblings should also stay at home until test results come back.
A child who develops symptoms of Coronavirus in school will be isolated from their Class 'bubble' and will be sent home as soon as possible. A test must be arranged. Siblings will also have to be sent home.
For more information about the management of suspected cases and confirmed cases, please see our Flow Chart.
What happens if there is a confirmed case of Coronavirus in school?
When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with Coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 10 days. Their fellow household members should also self-isolate for 10 days. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of Coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
Parents should call 119 or book a test using the Covid19 website.
When the child, young person or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.
Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, PHE Health Protection Team will be informed and will most likely advise that the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the cohort or in the wider setting, Public Health England’s local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise schools and other settings on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases a larger number of other children, young people may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole class, site or year group. Where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary.