Fleckney C of E Primary School

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The School Day during the Covid 19 pandemic

This page includes details of: arrival and leaving school, social distancing, hand washing, hygiene and cleaning routines, uniform and equipment, school visits, lunchtime, attendance, communication and some useful links

We are delighted to be welcoming the children back to school for the start of the Autumn Term 2021.

As a school we will continue to work hard to support the children with any anxieties that they may be feeling exacerbated by the Covi-19 pandemic.  Alongside this we will be working hard to address any gaps in the children’s learning, at the same time as still providing a broad and rich curriculum.

I am writing to share with you the arrangements that have been implemented to ensure the safety of all children, staff and visitors to the school. These arrangements are part of our ongoing risk assessment process and are underpinned by the Government’s and Local Authority’s guidance on School Operation, September 2021.

Arrival and Leaving School

Drop off and arrival areas are affected by the current building works. We hope that you will be able to drop off and collect your child with minimum waiting time. We appreciate that dropping off and collecting will be more difficult for larger families with more children.

From Autumn Term 2022

  • FS & KS1 The children can enter the buildings from 8.40am.
    FS & KS1 The children can be picked up from the KS1 and FS playgrounds at 3.20pm
  • Years 3 & 4 can enter the building from 8.35am from the KS2 gates.
    Years 3 & 4 can be collected from the KS2 gates at 3.15pm.
  • Years 5 & 6 can enter the building from 8.35am from the KS1 playground.
    Years 5 & 6 can be collected, or can walk home independently from the KS1 playground at 3.15pm.

Foundation Stage begin full-time attendance on 12th September.

We would expect more of the older children to be able to enter and leave the school site by themselves.
Parents should wait on the front car park area which is being used as a temporary playground

Parents and adults collecting will not be permitted behind the school building if they are dropping off or collecting children from different Key Stages. The staggered times allow adults the time to move from the new playground to the KS2 entrance if necessary.

Any children arriving late after 9.00am will enter through the school office. Children being collected late will also be picked up from the school office.

If you travel by car, please could we remind you to park with consideration of all of our neighbours. We would encourage you to walk to and from school wherever possible.

Social Distancing

We will do our best to promote social distancing measures across the school. The government however recognise that younger children will not be able to maintain social distancing and so it is acceptable for children not to social distance in their year groups.

Hand washing, hygiene and cleaning routines

We recognise the importance of hand washing as a key control measure. This should be done for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap, or with the hand sanitisers provided in school.

Hand washing will take place on arrival at school, after using the toilet, after breaks and sporting activities, before eating food or snacks and before leaving school.

‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it,” will be promoted to ensure children and staff understand that they must cover their mouth and nose with a tissue before they cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue away.

Frequently touched objects and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected more regularly than usual.

Uniform and Equipment

It is the expectation that all children will wear the correct school uniform.

On PE days children should attend wearing their PE kit for the day. This is to minimise changing requirements. We would suggest children wear track suits or joggers and sweat shirts over their normal PE kit for the day. We recommend black track suit bottoms or joggers with the green Fleckney sweatshirt or a black top. Class teachers will notify parents of when the PE days take place.

Children will not need their own equipment such as pencils and pens, these will be provided and managed to limit the sharing of regularly used items.

Younger children should not bring in items for ‘show and tell’.

Children should bring in book bags. Year groups will inform you separately about the protocols for taking home and returning reading books.

Children should bring in a named water bottle and snack for break time. We expect free fruit to still be provided for children in FS and KS1.

Face masks are not required to be worn by pupils. We recommend that all staff and visitors wear a mask in communal areas.

School visits

Both residential and day visits are permitted in the Autumn Term.

Swimming lessons at the Evington Pool will resume in the September 2021.


Your child will continue with their normal meal pattern, unless you have emailed the school office to give alternative arrangements.

Lunch times will be staggered so that each year group has a period of play time and time to eat their lunch.


It is really important that the children arrive on time, as lateness makes it hard to minimise interactions with other adults and children.

Parents arriving late will need to ring the school office to say that their child has arrived, where they will be met by a member of the office team.

Attendance is recorded and monitored by the local authority and sanctions will be reintroduced for families with non-attending pupils.

If your child is absent for any reason, please inform the school by telephoning the school office on 0116 2402288 by 9.30am to let us know that your child will not be in school; you are able to leave a message on the school answerphone.

If your child is unwell for any reason they must not attend school.

If your child develops Coronavirus symptoms you should keep your child at home for a period of 10 days, in line with NHS and Government advice. Symptoms include a high temperature or a new, continuous cough and loss of taste and/or smell. Where symptoms continue after 10 days, or begin to worsen, you should call 111.

Please see the latest government advice related to self-isolation from 16th August 2021.

The school will follow the latest government guidance on self-isolation and will engage with the Test and Trace guidance if alerted.

Government's guidance for the recommended period to keep your child away from school following sickness or diarrhoea is 48 hours. More details can be found here

Sept 20 - Covid-19 related pupil absence - A quick reference guide for parents and staff


Communication with school should be via email or by calling the office. Unless picking up or dropping off, parents should not be on the school site without an appointment.

The school office will not be open for parents to drop into. Of course parents can still call and receive support over the phone or via e-mail.

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