Didsbury Road Primary School

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Didsbury Road Primary School

Frequently Asked Questions about school reopening


1. When will my child return to school?


Year 6 – Wednesday 17th June – Friday 10th July


Year 1 – Monday 22nd June – Friday 10th July


Reception – Wednesday 24th June – Friday 17th July


Nursery – Wednesday 17th June – Friday 10th July

(Nursery provision will be part time from Wednesday at 12.30 to Friday at 2.45pm


Half class Year 2, 3, 4 and 5 (split alphabetically) – Monday 13th July – Friday 17th July


Half class Year 2, 3, 4 and 5 (split alphabetically) – Monday 20th July – Friday 24th July


If your child is in early years, year 1 or year 6 please let us know if your child will be attending, if you haven’t already told us.


We will let parents of children in Year 2, 3, 4 and 5 know which week your child will be attending. 


It is a parent’s decision if they would like their child to attend at this time and parents will not be fined for non-attendance.


2. I’m a key worker. Can my child attend school if they are in Year 2, 3, 4 or 5?


Yes, but please only access this provision if essential. Our key worker numbers in all year groups have increased and therefore we have limited places available. If we reach our capacity of 15 children per bubble, we will need to prioritise children based on their parents’ key worker role.


3. What time and where do I drop my child off and collect them at the end of the day?


We have one way systems for drop off and pick up. Please arrive and leave promptly at your allocated time. Where possible, only one person should drop off and collect.


If using the Key Stage 1 gate, please keep to the left of the drive way and go in the playground via the large gate in the staff car park. Drop off your child in the playground who can go straight to the adult teaching their group. Please do not wait with your child; staff will be there to greet them. There are yellow spots on the playground that are 2 metres apart; children will be able to stand on a spot by their teacher or teaching assistant. Please leave via the small playground gate, keeping to the left down the driveway. Remember to keep 2 metres apart and keep your child with you. There are signs to mark the way. When collecting from the playground please wait 2 metres apart and use the yellow spots by your child’s exit to ensure social distancing.


If using the Key Stage 2 gate, please drop your child off at the gate where they can go straight to the teacher or teaching assistant teaching their group. If collecting from the Key stage 2 playground, please enter via the path through the environmental area and leave via the pathway out of the gate.  There are yellow spots on the playground that are 2 metres apart; children will be able to stand on a spot by their teacher or teaching assistant when they arrive. When collecting from the playground, please wait 2 metres apart and use the yellow spots by your child’s exit to ensure social distancing.


Year 6 – Drop off at key stage 2 gate at 8.50am. Collect at 3pm. Children with permission may walk home by themselves.


Key worker children in Year 2 & 3 – From Wednesday 17th June, drop off at key stage 2 gate at 8.55am. Collect from key stage 2 playground at 3.10pm.


Key worker children in Year 4 & 5 - From Wednesday 17th June, drop off at key stage 2 gate at 8.55am. Collect from key stage 2 playground at 3.10pm.


Key worker children in Reception & Year 1 – Please drop off and collect at the school office until your child’s year group returns.


Year 1 – Drop off at the key stage 1 playground gate at 9am. Collect from the playground at 3.10pm.


Reception – Drop off at the key stage 1 playground gate at 8.50am. Collect from the playground at 3pm.


Nursery – Drop off at the Nursery outdoor area gate at 8.45am and collect at 2.45pm. On a Wednesday, the nursery staff will be at the drive way gate to greet your child.


Friday 1pm collection – The Key stage 1 and 2 gates will be open from 12.45 on every Friday. Please collect your child by 1pm. Key worker children whose parents are in work on a Friday afternoon should be collected outside the hall at 3.10pm.


Breakfast club & After school club – Key worker children attending breakfast and after school club should be dropped off and collected from the school office. Please ring the door bell and wait outside the school office area, a member of staff will bring your child to you.


4. What will my child need to bring to school with them?

Children will need to bring very little to school. They will be provided with their own set of stationery and other resources to use in the classroom. On PE or Forest school days, the teacher will inform you if your child needs to come in their kit instead of uniform. A ruck sack or book bag is not needed. Children with individual medical or personal needs may bring a small bag to carry any personal items.


All children will need

  • A coat
  • A labelled water bottle
  • A healthy snack
  • Sun hat and sun cream if appropriate
  • A disposable packed lunch (if applicable)
  • Year 6 may bring their mobile phone only if needed for walking to/from school


A bank of reading books will be kept in school for each bubble to access. They will not be able to bring school books home at the moment but please continue to share your own books at home.


5. What will my child eat for lunch?

If your child usually has a school meal they will be provided with a packed lunch by Taylor Shaw. This will include some variety so they do not always have sandwiches. Packed lunches brought from home should be in a disposable bag (ideally paper not plastic). Lunch will be eaten in the classroom or outdoors if the weather is good.


6. Will my child need to wear a face covering?

The current guidance states that PPE is not recommended in a school setting, other than for staff dealing with pupils that require first aid, intimate care or become ill whilst at school. 

We have sourced relevant PPE so that we have enough in school for first aiders and school staff to use.  PPE will be located in the school office and medical rooms. It will also be located in each classroom and used should a child become ill.  


7. Will my child be reminded to wash their hands?

Children will be monitored and encouraged regularly to wash their hands. 

They will wash hands on entry at the start of the day; following a period of time outside or between activities. Children will wash hands before and after they eat and be expected to wash their hands thoroughly every time they go to the toilet.

Washing facilities and sanitizers are organised for each bubble. Our staff will guide and support children in all of this.


8. What if my child is ill or becomes ill whilst at school?

If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of sense of smell or taste when in school, showing signs of possible Covid19, they will be sent home and advised to follow the self-isolation guidance.


If a child is awaiting collection, they will be taken to the Bubble room, where they can wait with a member of staff supervising.


If the case is a confirmed case of Covid19, the staff and children of that related bubble, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and the classroom be deep cleaned.

If your child is unwell, please report their absence by 9am using the absence line, giving a detailed reason. 



9. 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 will required to go home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.


In confirmed cases, the other children and staff in the relevant class bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.  School MUST be informed of any outcomes of COVID tests.


As part of the national track and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the bubble, class or in the wider setting, Public Health England’s local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise us on the most appropriate action to take.


10. What will happen with cleaning and hygiene?

The site manager will be in school all day to clean high use touch points. Toilets will be monitored and checked regularly.

Equipment that is used on a rotation basis, will require cleaning before being passed on. 

Where toys are used the staff will need to wash them, depending on the use, during the day. 

At the beginning and end of the day our cleaning staff will come into school and clean the rooms/toilets in the usual way.  On a Friday afternoon there will be a more thorough, deeper clean of the school building.


11. What school work will my child be doing/learning?

Initially, our focus will be on ensuring that pupils feel happy, safe and secure. We will be working on emotional well-being activities for the children.  Some children may anxious and find separation from their parent/carer difficult at first and others will be extremely cautious or worried about returning. 

Reintegration, socialising and acclimatising to being in school in a new environment will all require time.


There will also be a gradual return to the curriculum with age appropriate maths, reading and writing opportunities each day as well as other curriculum subjects. The length of time and structure will vary between each year group of children.


In early years, opportunities for collaborative/parallel play have been carefully considered and the early years team have planned how their outdoor areas and play resources can be safely shared.


Year 6 teachers will also be supporting the children in their transition to high school.  


Teachers are encouraged to provide as many outdoor learning opportunities for the children as possible.  Children will take part in physical activity, daily if possible but there will be no close contact sport or indoor PE lessons.


12. How do I pass a message to the school office?

Please email or phone school with any messages for the teacher or the admin team and try to avoid coming into the school office unless essential. There is a tray in the office to drop off any letters etc. but where possible please use paperless communication. If entering the office, please do not go past the marked line to ensure safe social distancing from the desk.


13. What home learning resources will you provide?

For children that are unable to attend school we will continue to provide home learning resources. The government are currently updating their guidance on remote learning and we will be reviewing our offer in light of this.


14. Where will my child play out?

Children will play on the field or playground, this will change weekly. They will play with the children in their bubble. The playground and field have been zoned and there are staggered break and lunch times to ensure too many children are not mixing together.


15. What should my child wear?

Please wear clean school uniform every day. If uniform is unable to be washed and dried in time then other appropriate clothing may be worn. Year 6 leavers’ hoodies may be worn as long as they are clean and washed daily between wearing to school.