Frequently Asked Questions
A list of frequently asked questions follows below and will be regularly updated in response to the questions we regularly receive.
In addition to our frequently asked questions, CLICK HERE to read the scientific guidance that the government used to inform their decision-making (15 May 2020) - all of which has been used to underpin the school's decision making.
Will school be the same as usual?
School will be following the Government guidance on social distancing - so school is likely to look and feel different to how the children will remember it.
School work will continue to follow the curriculum via the online learning platform Padlet, that the children have been accessing at home, while the PSHE curriculum, amended to reflect thecurrent situation, will focus on supporting children’s immediate needs.
This will be explained to children and form part of the updated behaviour policy as well as a pupil Code of Conduct that will be explained to by the staff in your child’s ‘bubble’. Children will be supported by their teacher to follow the rules and adhere to Wyvil's Core Values, as outlined in their Return to School Code of Conduct.
|Will my child have their usual Class Teacher?||
Your child will have a Wyvil Staff member leading their ‘bubble’ group. This may not be their usual class teacher. All teachers are qualified to teach all year groups. Children will continue to follow the work set out on our online learning platform Padlet, that the children have been accessing at home.
|Will my child need to wear school uniform?||
Will the school remain nurturing?
In the same way that we have done while supporting you all at a remain nurturing? distance over the past 8 weeks, we will continue to do our best to create a welcoming and nurturing environment for your child.
Will staff be wearing PPE?
We have been advised that this is not necessary. We ask for your child to dispose of PPE as they come into school.
Will social distancing actually happen?
There are lots of measures that have been put in place to ensure that social distancing happens in line with Government guidance ie: desks set apart, reminders of where to stand on the floor, one way system of walking around the school to support this as much as possible.
We will continue to follow the current guidance, as and when the guidance changes, so will our practice.
Will my child be able to play with their friends and enjoy themselves at school?
We want children to enjoy coming back to school and we will try to make their experience a positive one. The measures necessary to follow the government guidelines mean that children will not be able to interact and socialise with each other in quite the same way that they were used to previously.
How will you stop children from getting close to each other and touching in the playground?
Children will be kept in their 'class bubbles' at playtimes and lunchtimes, they will use designated areas of the playground only, away from other ‘bubbles’.
Supervising staff will remind children not to get too close while they are playing.
What should I do if I feel my child is unable to follow the social distancing measures?
Please speak to your child about the different ‘rules’ to keep safe that need to be followed in school.
What will happen to my child if they do not follow the new measures?
The school's current behaviour management policy is adequate to cover these circumstances and will be applied to any incidents where a child's behaviour threatens their own safety or well-being or that of another child or member of staff.
In addition to the Home School agreement set out at the end of this document, we will also introduce a ‘Return to School’ Code of Conduct, which, underpinned by Wyvil’s Core Values, will support the children in understanding the need to adhere to the new school rules and why they are important. This will be a clear visual reminder that will also be on display in classrooms and around the school to prompt children to ensure that they are adhering to the new measures and rules in place.
Can I request which group my child is in?
The school will decide the class grouping to ensure balance and that the needs of individual children are best supported.
Is school clean for children to return?
Will there be a breakfast club?
School is only able to provide a core offer at present. There will be no clubs including breakfast or after school clubs. We will notify you as soon as we are able to re-commence our extended services.
Will school be open as usual? Where and when should I drop off and pick up my child? What about Breakfast Club and After School Clubs?
- Further information about the relevant opening hours will be shared with children in relevant year groups in due course.
- Essentially, the school will be operating a reduced school day with no Breakfast Club or After School Clubs in order to minimise gatherings beyond the recommended groups of 15 pupils at any one time. This will also allow staff to travel at quieter times of the day.
- Each year group will be given an allocated time slot as well as identified entrance. Please do not arrive earlier as we have staggered the arrival times to maximise pupils’ safety, minimise gatherings, queues or crowds, in order to ensure social distancing.
- School staff will be in the playgrounds and at the entrances to supervise arrivals and ensure social distancing. Once your child has been dropped off, please leave the school promptly and only return at the collection time, which will in the same way as drop off, be allocated for your child.
- These procedures have been carefully considered and planned to minimise crowds and to effectively support the safe drop off and collection of your child.
How will you ensure social distancing?
Procedures outlined above will help ensure social distancing at the start and end of the school day. Throughout the school day itself, the following measures have been carefully considered and planned to ensure that social distancing will take place:
- In line with the government guidance, each class size will have a maximum of 15 pupils, the understanding of which being that each group of 15 pupils will become a 'bubble' within the school.
- Measures to ensure social distancing will be taken to ensure social distancing where possible, but we recognise that this may not always be wholly possible, especially with younger children.
In the Classroom:
- The teacher will remain at the front of the classroom, behind tape that demarcates 2 metres from the children in the front row. The teacher will not move beyond this line. Pupils will not be required to move around the classroom apart from entering and leaving.
- Resources for learning activities will be on pupils’ desks prior to arrival and will have been sanitised before distribution.
- Pupils will be encouraged to bring their own pencil case into school where appropriate and to keep these at their allocated desk space at all times.
- Pupils will enter the classroom, and move to the farthest seat away from the entrance and sit straight down. Bags and coats will remain with them and under their desk space.
- Children will be seated 2 metres away from each other.
- Children will not be able to leave their seats at any point. They will be escorted to the toilet by a member of staff.
Playtimes & Lunchtimes:
- Children will take playtimes and lunchtimes in their class groups of 15.
- Playtimes will be staggered in order to minimise crowding of pupils and mixing of different class groups.
- Children will be escorted in and out of the classroom at the start and end of the school day, as well as at other key transition points throughout the day.
- Free movement around the school site will be limited.
How will you ensure that the school is thoroughly sanitised?
Staff will monitor entry to school. Every individual will sanitise their hands prior to entry.
All pupils are requested to wash their hands thoroughly before arriving at school and once they return home.
Doors will all be propped open as much as possible to avoid having to touch handles, in line with fire requirements, and windows opened to allow adequate ventilation.
Classrooms will be used by the same group of children and teacher for the day to avoid any cross contamination and classes will not be covered by any other staff members.
Toilets will be sanitised in between use.
Colleagues and pupils will be encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose.
All individuals are asked to use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze into and use bins for tissue waste. ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.’
What will learning look like in Term 6? Will you be following the school curriculum?
- As outlined above, teachers will continue to prepare learning on our online learning platforms, Padlet, designed to be accessed from pupils, whether they are at school or at home.
- As with Term 5, the Padlets are following the school curriculum for Term 6, although small additions and amendments have been made to reflect the current situation and support the children through this time, with a specific focus on PSHCE and emotional well-being.
- This has been planned to minimise the amount of resources required and to minimise the distraction of paper, books and other resources. It is likely that children will be issued with a 'work pack' for the week - which they will remain in sole use of, alongside a stationary pack.
What should I do if my child or a family member is unwell?
- Should anyone in your family be experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 your child must not attend school and you will be expected to notify us of this accordingly. You must observe the government guidance at the time for seeking support and isolation for your illness. We continue to monitor COVID- 19 illnesses amongst our staff and pupil body.
- If your child is unwell, please ensure you notify us immediately to enable us to take the necessary precautions on site and to notify the relevant people and associations if required.
- This guidance is subject to change and any update will be issued accordingly.
What are the implications for not sending my child to school? How will they access learning if their peers and teachers are in school?
- We recognise that families may still have reasons for not sending their child into school. At this point, it has been made clear that fines will not be issued for non-attendance at school.
- For our attendance registers and records, the school will however, require a reason as to why your child is not attending school.
- As outline above, teachers will continue to prepare learning on our online learning platforms, Padlet, designed to be accessed from pupils, whether they are at school or at home.
What is the Public Health advice to schools that will help keep my child and school staff safe?
All schools must comply with health and safety law, which requires them to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures. Essential measures include:
- a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
- robust hand and respiratory hygiene
- enhanced cleaning arrangements
- active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
- formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school, wherever possible, and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable
All schools have been provided with a set of actions to ‘prevent’ and ‘respond to infection’ which are summarised below:
- minimise contact with individuals who are unwell
- clean hands thoroughly and more often than usual
- ensure good respiratory hygiene - ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’
- enhanced cleaning
- minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
- where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Response to any infection:
- engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
- manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community
- contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
At Wyvil we will be doing all we can to prevent infection by maintaining phase ‘bubbles’ as far as we possibly can.
Does my child have to attend school?
Yes. The Government has stated that school attendance will be mandatory from the start of the Autumn term.
What if my child is shielding?
Shielding advice for all adults and children will pause on 1 August. Where a pupil is unable to attend school because they are complying with clinical and/or public health advice, we are able to immediately offer them access to remote education. We will require a copy of the official shielding letter issued by a medical professional which states your child’s need to shield.
What if my family is anxious about my child returning to school?
This is completely understandable. If you are concerned in any way, please contact your child’s Phase Leader to discuss those concerns so that we can offer appropriate reassurance.
How will my child travel to school?
For those pupils at Wyvil’s Resource Base for Autism who travel on Lambeth Transport, further guidance will appear here, once it is available from the transport provider.
The public bus service is running but please be aware of the latest government advice regarding the use of public transport and car sharing. If possible, children should walk or cycle to school.
Will there be staggered start and finish times?
Yes, the school will utilise all of the available entrances and have staggered arrival and finish times to ensure that ‘bubbles’ are kept separated. Detail of this will appear here once available.
What does my child do on arrival to school?
On arrival to school your child will use the designated entrance at the designated arrival time. Children must use the provided hand sanitiser on entry to the school site.
Will the school breakfast and after-school clubs be available?
For the first term there will be no provision for extended day activities. The school is considering advice and planning for a controlled way of returning to its extended day offer possibly from Term 2.
What is the school implementing that will help keep my child and school staff safe?
- We are trying to ensure that all our decisions support phase ‘bubbles’ to minimise contact between phases at all times whilst encouraging social distancing wherever possible.
- The pupils will be encouraged to avoid physically touching each other
- Allocated break and lunchtimes to maintain ‘bubbles’
- Corridors, where necessary, will have appropriate markings to indicate which direction people should walk. People must walk in single file in corridors, keeping an appropriate social distance where possible.
- In classrooms, the teacher will remain at the front of the classroom, behind tape that demarcates two metres from the children at the front of the class. The teacher will not move beyond this line for significant periods of time. Pupils will not be allowed, nor expected, to move around the classroom, apart from entering and leaving, and not without permission from an adult.
- Where possible, resources for the session will be on pupils’ desks prior to arrival.
- Shared resources will be minimised.
- There will be no free movement around the school site. If a child requires the toilet during lesson time, they must use the designated toilets where enhanced cleaning and phase ‘bubbles’ will be in effect.
Is there any social distancing in school?
- Yes. Staff will be situated in the classroom behind a 2m demarcated line as required by government
- Staff will be requested to avoid close face to face contact and minimise time spent within closer proximity to anyone
- Pupils who require additional support will receive this and PPE shall be provided to staff in certain situations in line with government guidance
- pupils will be encouraged to maintain distance and not touch staff and their peers
- We will make small adaptations to the classroom to support distancing where possible
- Pupils will be seated side by side and facing forwards
- Corridors will be single file and the direction of travel will be clear demarcated
- Assemblies will be delivered virtually, rather than collectively.
How will you ensure that the school is thoroughly sanitised?
- Staff will monitor entry to school. Every individual will sanitise their hands prior to entry.
- All pupils are requested to wash their hands thoroughly before leaving home in the morning and once they return home.
- Doors will be propped open, in line with fire requirements
- Frequently touched surfaces will be regularly cleaned
- An increased cleaning regime has been developed during the day
- Toilets will be sanitised regularly.
- Colleagues and Pupils will be encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose.
- All individuals are asked to use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze into and use bins for tissue waste. ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.’
- Windows and doors in classrooms will be left open, as much as possible to allow ventilation.
- Pupils will use the hand sanitiser station provided on entry to each classroom during the day. This will be repeated on exit.
Can staff and pupils routinely wear PPE?
No. Government state that PPE is not required by pupils or staff and that face masks must be removed on entry to school and this must be done very carefully. Pupils and staff must not touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing them. They must use hand sanitiser immediately on arrival and dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can take home with them.
When can PPE be worn?
Staff working with pupils with complex needs and those who are working with people who are unwell will be provided with appropriate PPE to enable them to discharge their duties as required safely.
What happens if it is raining during break times?
Children should bring appropriate rainwear to school as usual. In extreme and adverse weather conditions the school shall invoke a wet break system. Classes will remain in their room during the break and will be supervised by ‘bubble’ staff.
What should my child wear?
Pupils will be expected to wear uniform according to the school policy. Normal expectations will apply. Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal.
Are there any changes to the curriculum?
No. We shall continue to deliver our curriculum to meet the aims of the school’s vision.
We recognise that there are some adjustments that need to be made to the curriculum to enable all children to thrive. For some we will need to focus on reconnecting them to our curriculum. We will need to consider:
- The habits pupils will need to establish for being back in school (emotional)
- The habits pupils will need for learning the subject
- The fact that we need to focus upon what is core for progress
To achieve this, we shall:
- make the right adaptations to secure the best outcomes for our pupils and reconnect them to their learning most effectively
- complement excellent teaching and learning with additional reconnecting activities
- provide enhanced reconnecting activities that focus on the well-being and mental health of the children in our care.
Will school trips be happening?
Current guidance states that domestic trips may take place. We will continually review and consider the implementation of trips in the event that guidance changes or upon completion of a robust risk assessment.
Are there any special rules for music lessons?
Yes. The guidance has a number of restrictions for us to consider when delivering music lessons. The school has temporarily removed any kind of singing from the curriculum.
Are there any special rules for PE lessons?
Yes. Government have confirmed that schools have the flexibility to decide how physical education, sport and physical activity will be provided whilst following the measures in their system of controls. Pupils will need their normal PE kit in school for PE lessons.
- keep pupils in consistent groups
- clean sports equipment thoroughly in between each use by different individual groups
- avoid contact sports
- prioritise outdoor sports where possible
- large indoor spaces will be used where we are unable to use outside spaces
Are there any special rules for handling equipment and books?
- Classroom based resources, such as books, will be used and shared within the bubble and cleaned regularly.
- Resources and text books that are shared between classes or bubbles, such as D&T, sports, art and science equipment will be cleaned frequently and meticulously and always between bubbles, or rotated to allow them to be unused for the recommended timeframe.
- Prior to and after using any specialist equipment pupils and staff will be required to sanitise their hands.
- ICT equipment will be sanitised by pupils by using specialist wipes prior to each use.
- Only essential items are permitted into school each day including: bags; lunch boxes; sun / winter hats; coats; books and PE kit.
- Teachers can still provide feedback through exercise books.
What will the school do if there is a suspected case of COVID-19?
- Staff and other adults must not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in the last 7 days
- Anyone developing COVID-19 symptoms (continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell), when in school shall be sent home and advised to follow the current national stay at home guidance and book a test. Other systems evident is young people that may indicate that a test is required are a rash, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and conjunctivitis.
- If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, in a room with ventilation and with appropriate adult supervision if required. The adult will maintain a 2 metre distance, where possible, and wear appropriate PPE. Any members of staff who have helped someone with symptoms and any pupils who have been in close contact with them do not need to go home to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves.
- Everyone must wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitiser after any contact with someone who is unwell.
- Parents and staff must inform us immediately of any COVID-19 test results.
- In the event that one of our school community test positive for COVID-19 we shall contact the local health protection team as per the current guidance and await their assessment process to inform us of the school’s next steps.
What should I do if my child is unwell before school?
If your child is unwell for other reasons as opposed to COVID-19 you must report the sickness absence of your child in the usual way and send your child back to school when they are well. Our admin team remain accessible for advice and guidance if needed.
If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or a member of their household is, they should not attend site and you must report this to the school via telephone immediately. We will require evidence from ‘track and trace’ that school absence is required due to isolation.
What are the arrangements for safeguarding?
Designated Safeguarding Officers will be on site at all times, as per our usual practice here at Wyvil.
An addendum has been made to the school's Child Protection Policy, which is available on the ‘Policies’ page of the website.
CLICK HERE to be re-directed to the relevant page.
Are there any changes to the behaviour policy and procedures?
Yes. An addendum has been made to the school's Behaviour Policy, which is available on the ‘Policies’ page of the website.
CLICK HERE to be re-directed to the relevant page.
What are the evacuation arrangements?
In the event of an evacuation, the procedure remains the same, vacating the building with 2 metre distancing implemented, when safe to do so, to the school’s group assembly points.
Will there be school dinners available?
Yes. The school caterers, AiP, are planning for school lunch service for those entitled to one, or who would like to buy one. Further details on this shall be issued shortly.
Pupil are requested to bring in their own re-fillable drinks bottle which is taken home each day for washing.
What happens if there is a local lockdown or my family has to isolate?
For individuals or groups of self-isolating pupils, remote education plans will be in place. Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we have the capacity to offer immediate remote education.
This guidance is subject to change and any updates will be issued accordingly.