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Contingency plan for partial or full school closure (includes home learning)

Contigency plan for partial or full school closure due to Covid-19

Great Horwood Church of England School

 

Covid 19 - Coronavirus

Contingency planning for partial or full closure of School

(Including remote home education)

 

Our Vision

Where our children play, learn and grow together” knowing that Jesus said:

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."  John 15:5

 

At Great Horwood Church of England School, the academic, emotional and spiritual well-being of all individuals is at the heart of all that we do; where every child and adult is valued.  We are a safe, welcoming school within the heart of the village community that aims to provide all our children and adults with the learning opportunities to flourish, be healthy, grow in resilience and realise their full potential; being fully equipped and prepared for a successful future. 

 

Introduction

At Great Horwood Church of England School our primary aim is the safety and well-being of our staff and pupils. We recognise that a school closure will impact differently on all of us and we acknowledge that children and families will face a variety of situations and challenges. With this in mind we will take all steps possible to keep school open, but have robust contingency plans should school need to partially or fully close.

We would ask all parents and carers to take the time to familiarise themselves with the information in this contingency plan so that the whole community can support our pupils and ensure minimal disruption to their learning if we should need to close for any reason.

 

Specific Aims

To outline Great Horwood Church of England Primary School’s approach for pupils that will not be attending school as a result of Government Covid-19 guidance. 

  • To outline great Horwood Church of England Primary School’s expectations for staff that, will not be attending school due to self-isolation but that are otherwise fit and healthy and able to continue supporting with the planning, teaching, and marking of work for pupils.

 

Who is plan applicable to?

 

In line with government guidance, pupils, staff and families should self-isolate if they display any of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing continuously for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

 

DFE guidance says schools should:

  • Set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects.
  • Teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject.
  • Provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher in the school or through high-quality curriculum resources and/or videos.
  • Gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks and set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check work.
  • Enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding.

 

 

Teaching & Learning

 

Remote learning for pupils that are not able to attend school due to self-isolation or in line with government guidelines

Our aim is to keep our core purpose of teaching and learning continuing as effectively as possible. The government has provided funding for Great Horwood Church of England School to set up Google Classroom as a remote learning platform to ensure that pupils who are not able to attend school due to Coronavirus receive high quality teaching.

During a school closure each pupil will be provided with remote learning to do at home and we have high expectations of all pupils to complete the work set. We do however, recognise that health and wellbeing are paramount and we appreciate that the level of work that might be undertaken by a child will reflect the situation and circumstances at home.

Remote home learning activities and tasks will be shared on the Great Horwood School website on the children’s class pages, and/or posted on Google Classroom, where work can be submitted for marking and feedback.  Work will be regularly updated to ensure there is sufficient work to allow all objectives of the National Curriculum to be taught.   

Special Needs:

For children with special educational needs (SEN) we realise this will have an impact on their learning. Additional support, where required, will be given to meeting the individual needs of children and young people with SEN and their families in the event of school closure or partial school closure.

If any child is unable to access a computer, tablet or other devices for remote learning, then activities and resources can be arranged to be collected from school or posted home.

 

In the following points, an outline of the provision will be made and some guidance given on the role of pupils, teachers and parents should Great Horwood have to fully close.

Family (pupil/parent/guardian/carer) role

 

  • Where possible, it is beneficial for young people to maintain a regular and familiar routine. Great Horwood Church of England Primary School recommends that each ‘school day’ maintains structure.
  • Each week, on Monday, a timetable of work for the week, in English, Maths and Topic will be posted on the school website: https://www.greathorwood.bucks.sch.uk/
  • Additional work will be added during the week where required
  • Families should view this together, and then make appropriate plans to complete the work. 
  • Should anything be unclear in the work that is set, parents can communicate with class teachers via Google Classrooms and class emails.
  • Work that children complete at home should be kept safe, either in their home learning book, and brought back to school when safe to do so or submitted via Google Classroom. 
  • We would encourage parents to support their children’s work, including finding an appropriate place to work and, to the best of their ability, support pupils with work encouraging them to work with good levels of concentration.
  • Every effort will be made by staff to ensure that work is set promptly on Google Classroom and on the Website class pages but School cannot guarantee that the chosen platforms will work on all devices. Should accessing work be an issue, parents should contact school promptly and alternative solutions may be available. These will be discussed on case-to-case basis.

 

Teacher expectations

 

  • In addition to their day to day roles, teachers from Great Horwood School will continue to support children that are unable to attend school as a result of Covid-19 guidance.
  • Teacher will aim to meet the DFE guidance with the resources and technology available to them and within their IT capability skill set and competence.
  • Teachers will plan lessons that are relevant to the curriculum focus for that year group and where relevant and practical to do so, provide video clips and tasks for home learners. 
  • Teachers will not be expected to teach live lessons but will consider pre-recording short teaching prompts and sessions.
  • Any resources used, including websites and worksheets, should, where possible, be shared with home learners. Staff will do this electronically using Google Classroom and the website. It will be the responsibility of families to print/use these resources at home if needed. 
  • To respond, within reason, promptly to requests for support from families at home. This should be done via email or by adding further video guidance for families. Staff and parents should communicate via the office email address or through Google Classroom
  • Should a staff member require support with the use of technology, it is their responsibility to seek this support in school and Senior Leaders will ensure that support is given as soon as possible.

 

Guidance for staff who are self-isolating

Teaching staff are required to self-isolate if they show Covid 19 symptoms or they have been told to shield and/or have received a letter to confirm this. 

If a member of staff is required to self-isolate, they are expected to:

  • Follow normal reporting procedure for planned absence. 
  • School will ask staff about their intention to get tested. Should a staff member be tested, it is expected, as per national guidance, to share the result of this test with school so that appropriate plans can be made.
  • Whilst self-isolating, and if able to do so, staff will be asked to support with the online learning provision for their year group. 
  • Staff may also be given an individual task to work on which is line with whole school improvement priorities. These projects will be communicated by the Headteacher and will be allocated on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

 

Tier 1:  School is open for all pupils

  • No risk of infection and all restrictive measures removed
  • Since COVID-19 will still be circulating, outbreaks in schools will be likely to occur.
  • Lack of bubbles or social distancing among children could result in large numbers of in-school contacts for any confirmed case. 
  • Single COVID-19 cases may therefore result in isolation advice for many children.

Timetable:

  • School fully open as normal, 5 days a week, wrap around care and after school clubs. Normal lessons, Visits and swimming, No key worker groups required.
  • Whole school and class worships take place face to face.

Learning:

 

  • Learning is planned and delivered as normal. Focus on gaps and core subjects through topic work, PSHE and mental health. Smaller group, 1:1 intervention for gaps, pre learning, new skills and knowledge teaching. Normal home learning.
  • Reading, Writing and Maths assessed as usual and recorded using Target Tracker. SEN pupils are supported as per usual classroom high quality teaching.

Remote Learning:

  • Introduction of Google Classroom during September with some home learning assignments using this platform.

Staffing:

  • All staff in school working usual contracted hours. Usual procedures apply for reporting absences.

UFSM & FSM:

  • UFSM and PP meals ordered as usual from St Paul’s School.

Tier 2: Individual or a small number of individuals self-isolating/awaiting a test

  • Risk level low and control measures eased. (Government current  plan for Sept 2020)
  • Single COVID-19 cases, are likely with individual or a small number of pupils self-isolating.
  • Mental ill-health, abuse/ neglect are likely to be more significant.

Timetable:

  • School fully open operating in 4 bubbles, 5 days a week, wrap around care and after school clubs. Normal lessons following guidance around seating and cleaning of resources. Visits and swimming, No key worker groups required.
  • Whole school and class worships take place face to face and via zoom/You Tube.

Learning:

 

  • Learning is planned and delivered as normal. Focus on the Recovery curriculum in autumn term 1, gaps and core subjects through topic work, PSHE and mental health. Smaller group, 1:1 intervention for gaps, pre learning, and revisiting skills. Normal home learning.
  • Reading, Writing and Maths assessed as usual and recorded usingTarget Tracker. SEN pupils are supported as per usual classroom high quality teaching.
  • Reading books and Home learning books quarantined.

Remote Learning:

  • Introduction of Google Classroom during September with some home learning assignments using this platform for pupils in school.
  • Pupils who are off school due to Covid-19 will be expected to read every day.
  • Work will be uploaded to Google Classroom for: English, Maths and Topic (Cross Curricular). Work will be set based on the objectives being taught in class.  It will be a combination of the teachers own teaching resources, White Rose maths, PowerPoints, BBC Bitesize Twinkl, and Classroom Secrets.
  • Pupils should keep the work at home, either in their home learning book and should bring the work back to school following the self-isolating period; or submitted via Google Classroom.

Staffing:

  • All staff in school as shielding is paused.
  • School staff will contact the families daily to check in on wellbeing and how the pupils are coping with the work set.
  • Staff to remain within bubbles. Sports coach allocated to a bubble
  • Staff to ensure they can access Teams, Zoom, the website, and Google Classroom from home devices.

UFSM & FSM:

  • UFSM and PP meals ordered as usual from St Paul’s School.
  • Parents of pupils isolating will be invited to collect their lunch from school daily if required. (Following the necessary social distancing guidance).

Tier 3: A whole bubble will need to be closed and remote teaching utilised

  • Risk level moderate and adjusted control measures in place
  • A number of pupils who have tested positive and who are self-isolating resulting in the closure of the whole bubble – staff and pupils.
  • Mental ill-health, abuse/ neglect are likely to be more significant

Timetable:

  • School is closed to specified bubble but remains open to the other bubbles.
  • School is open 5 days a week, wrap around care and after school clubs. Normal lessons following guidance around seating and cleaning of resources. Visits and swimming may be postponed to minimize the risk. There may be adjustments to timetables as a result of less staff available to cover breaks and lunchtimes.
  • Whole school and class worships take place face to face and via zoom/You Tube. The Headteacher will live stream collective worship to isolating bubble and send links for Zoom and You Tube.

Learning:

 

  • Learning is planned and delivered as normal for those bubbles in school.
  • Focus on the Recovery curriculum in autumn term 1, gaps and core subjects through topic work, PSHE and mental health.
  • Smaller group, 1:1 intervention for gaps, pre learning, over learning and revisit skills. Normal home learning.
  • Reading, Writing and Math’s assessed as usual and recorded using Target Tracker. SEN pupils are supported as per usual classroom high quality teaching.
  • Reading books and Home learning books quarantined.

Remote Learning:

Introduction of Google Classroom during September with some home learning assignments using this platform for pupils in school

 

For the temporary closure of bubbles:

Pupils and Teachers will use the Teams, Zoom and Goggle Classroom to communicate.

  • Google Classroom: for individuals to message the teacher for support with regards to work and learning.
  • Zoom/Teams: for the teacher to check in with pupils in a morning to set the daily work.
  • Teacher may prepare pre-recorded video’s or Powerpoints to support teaching and learning
  • Pupils who are off school due to Covid-19 will be expected to read every day.
  • Work will be uploaded to Google Classroom for: English, Maths and Topic (Cross Curricular. It will be a combination of the teachers own teaching resources, White Rose Maths, PowerPoints, BBC Bitesize Twinkl, Classroom Secrets and Oak National Academy.
  • Pupils should keep the work at home, either in their home learning book and should bring the work back to school following the self-isolating period; or submitted via Google Classroom.

Staffing:

  • Staff who are well but self-isolating with a bubble will be expected to work in isolation in their classroom or remotely from home and continue to teach using the specified platforms – Google classroom, Google Meets and Zoom.
  • Teachers will mark and give feedback on work submitted via Google Classrooms within 48 hours (within school working hours)
  • LSA’s will be allocated specific tasks that can be completed at home to support the planning of remote learning.
  • LSA’s will also be required to be a staff presence on any live Google meets catch up sessions with teachers to ensure safeguarding of pupils and staff.
  • Regular phone calls to families who do not engage with remote home learning

UFSM & FSM:

  • FSM packed lunches will continue to be provided and parents of pupils will be invited to collect every other day from school if required. (Following social distancing guidelines)
  • UFSM will not be provided for pupils not in school
  • UFSM will not be provided for pupils not in school

Tier 4: Whole school will be working remotely in the event of local lockdown restrictions

  • Risk is high with local lockdown measures in place
  • Mental ill-health, abuse/ neglect are likely to be significant

Timetable:

  • School will be open to key worker groups and vulnerable pupils only
  • School will be closed to all other pupils
  • Collective worship will be live streamed or pre-recorded
  • Timetable adapted to meet the needs of the pupils on site

Learning:

 

  • Vulnerable pupils will be strongly encouraged to attend school
  • Additional weekly small group support will be made available for SEN pupils via Google Meets or Zoom..
  • Learning on site for key worker children and vulnerable children only.

 

Remote Learning:

Pupils and Teachers will use: Zoom, Goggle Classroom and Google Meet to communicate.

 

  • Google Classroom: for individuals to message the teacher for support with regards to work and learning.
  • Zoom/Google Meet: 15 minute meeting daily in the morning for the teacher to go through the work for the day.
  • Teachers/LSA’s to organize a twice-weekly group session - 20-30 minutes for up to 6 children per group to focus on learning and activities set that week.
  • Teacher may prepare pre-recorded video’s or PowerPoints to support teaching and learning
  • Pupils who are off school due to Covid-19 will be expected to read every day.
  • Work will be uploaded to Google Classroom for: English, Maths and Topic (Cross Curricular). It will be a combination of the teachers own teaching resources, White Rose Maths, PowerPoints, BBC Bitesize Twinkl, Classroom Secrets and Oak National Academy.
  • Class teacher to read a story to the children weekly – teachers to send out weekly invite on Zoom or Google meets.
  • Additional support will be made available for SEN pupils via Google Meets/Zoom.
  • Pupils should keep the work at home, either in their home learning book and should bring the work back to school following the self-isolating period; or submitted via Google Classroom.

 

Staffing:

  • Unless self-isolating staff will be expected to work their normal contracted hours in school preparing and delivering remote learning using the specified platforms.
  • Staff will be required to teach their year group key worker groups and vulnerable pupils.
  • Staff to make regular phone calls to parents not engaging in remote learning

UFSM & FSM:

  • We’ll work with St Paul’s School to prepare packed lunches for all pupils eligible for benefits related free schools meals, whether they are at home or on-site.
  • UFSM will not be provided for pupils not in school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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