RETURN TO SCHOOL – INFORMATION PAGE

My Child is Unwell – What Should I Do?

It can be difficult to know what to do when your child becomes unwell. We have developed a quick reference guide for parents, carers and staff – HERE.

Unsure if your child is displaying symptoms – click HERE for latest NHS advice

Advice on self-isolation- click HERE for advice in Hertfordshire (new 16 November 2020)

Advice on treating coronavirus symptoms – click HERE for latest NHS advice

Some families may find theses graphics (BBC) useful – HERE

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Please inform us – we will follow the appropriate government advice at the time.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The information here applies to the whole school.

 

Update January 2021 – School is currently closed to the majority of students.

Copies of letters sent home regarding school arrangements will be archived here.

Letter 18 – 15th Janaury 20201 – update and note re keyworkers
Letter 17 – 12th January 2021 – letter from Hertfordshire County Council
Letter 16 – 8th January 2021 – update – cancellation of key assessments
Letter 15 – 6th January 2021 – update and Google Meet Protocols
Email 9:30pm – 4th January 2021 – school closure and keyworker survey
Letter 14 – 4th January 2021 – return to school arrangements
Letter 13 – 31st December 2020 – return to school in January 2021
Letter 12 – 18th December 2020 – covid holiday procedures
Letter 11 – 14th December 2020 – advice of covid cases in school
Letter 10 – 10th December 2020 – school closing 1:15pm Friday 18th December. Hub closing at 5pm.
Letter 9 – 20th November 2020
Letter 8 – 13th November 2020
Letter 7 – 6th November 2020
Harvest Festival – donation information
Menu change – 6th October 2020 – letter
Letter 6 – 16th October 2020 – weekly update from Mr Farrugia
Extra Curricular Sport – 6th October 2020 – letter for children participating in football and netball clubs
Letter 5 – 25th September 2020 – weekly update from Mr Farrugia
Public Health – 25th September 2020 – Letter from Director of Public Health
Letter 4
– 18th September – weekly update from Mr Farrugia
Letter 3 – 11th September 2020 – weekly update from Mr Farrugia
Year 3 – 11th September 2020 – amendment to drop off / pick up arrangements for children in Year 3 only
Public Health – 9th September 2020 – Letter from Director of Public Health
SchoolComms
– 8th September 2020 – updates for EYFS, Years 1-2
Letter 2
– 4th September 2020 – includes amended arrangements to entry and exit guidance
Letter 1 – 26th August 2020 – September return guidance

Update January 2021 – School is currently closed to the majority of students.

We are looking forward to welcoming children on Tuesday 5th January 2021 when we re-opening fully in-line with the latest government guidance and complete Covid-19 risk assessment. We aim to make the necessary changes whilst minimising the impact on routines and maximising the learning opportunities for all our children.

We recognise that, whatever we must put in place, may have an impact on our children’s families, and we have consciously tried to consider them in these decisions.  Things cannot be as they once were and we must be very clear regarding our expectations of the children, their families and ourselves.

 

 

If you have a question regarding learning you can contact the year group teaching team using the following emails. Any questions around policy or concerns you have should be raised through the school office.

 

GFS EYFS Teachers eyfsteachers@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk
GFS Year 1 Teachers year1teachers@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk
GFS Year 2 Teachers year2teachers@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk
GFS Year 3 Teachers year3teachers@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk
GFS Year 4 Teachers year4teachers@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk
GFS Year 5 Teachers year5teachers@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk
GFS Year 6 Teachers year6teachers@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk

We have updated the drop off and pick up areas for children – MAP. This is to support social distancing between children and families to avoid bottle necks at key entrances / exits. Please help us by helping eachother.

With effect from Tuesday 5th January 2021 we will be operating a staggered start and end time for children. This will be managed by HOUSE groups.

Batchwood House – arrive 8:40am
Harpenden House – arrive 8:45am
Townsend House – arrive 8:50am
Waverley House – arrive 8:55am

Batchwood House – leave 3:00pm
Harpenden House – leave 3:05pm
Townsend House – leave 3:10pm
Waverley House – leave 3:15pm

All staff, parents and children will enter school via the Townsend Drive entrance and leave via the Batchwood Drive entrance (bottom of field). Please allow for additional time for your journey to/from school to accommodate this. If you have driven to school you will still need to follow the one-way system to collect your car.

Please do not gather in or around the school site. Thank you.

Please arrive promptly with your child. If possible we would ask that only one adult brings or collects their child. Adults must wear a mask (or dispay an exemption badge) and remain socially distanced whilst on school premises.

There can be no games or mixing before school. NO child, of any age, should touch or play on the playground equipment on any playground.

The cycle sheds and scooter park will be open.

We ask that all parents do what they can to avoid having to visit the school site during the school day.

All children should bring a NAMED water bottle to school with them every day. 

It is essential that any snacks / packed lunches do not contain any nuts. This is to protect children and staff with severe allergies.

Lunch

Update January 2021. Parents are asked, where possible, to provide their child with a packed lunch from home. We will provide children in receipt of Pupil Premium with a school prepared packed lunch.

Milk
Parents have pre-ordered milk.

Snacks
EYFS, Years 1-2 – the govement continue to provide a piece of fruit/vegetable daily

KS2 – The KS2 voucher scheme will not be running for the foreseable future. Please provide your child with a suitable snack for break time, preferably a piece of fruit or vegetable.

Uniform expectations remain as usual however, as classrooms will have windows open. Children can wear a warm top in addition to their usual uniform.

Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing for the weather – suitable outdoor clothing such as a waterproof coat and sensibloe shoes.

Update January 2021

Children should come to school in their PE kit on the following days: 

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

 

 

At Garden Fields we will be working in year group bubbles.

Each year group will be assigned different playgrounds.

There will be no assemblies except by video.

If your child requires medication in school for a medical condition e.g. asthma, EPIPEN then please ensure that this comes in with your child, in a labelled clear bag/container and is handed to the adult collecting your child from the playground on the first day of school. 

Children in Y6, who are travelling by themselves to school, should hand their medication to the teacher on arrival. 

The usual arrangements will apply if your child becomes unwell. We will contact you to ask for them to be collected as soon as possible. Please ensure that all contact details are up to date. Thank you.

 

Reminders of what to bring….

Water bottle – NAMED PLEASE – it will go home with your child
Pencil case (if possible) – NAMED PLEASE – pens, pencils, glue, child’s scissors, ruler etc. This will remain in school. We will provide equipment for any child who does not have a pencil case.
Snack – KS2 children only – preferably piece of fruit/vegetable 
Lunch – packed lunch from home if possible

We are sorry but no parents will be permitted to come into school. The school office will be open, however we would ask that only one adult is in the lobby at anyone time. Please keep to social distancing rules when waiting outside. Where possible please call 01727 890440 or email admin@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk the office team rather than coming in.

Please do everything you can to avoid the need for your child to be collected during the school day.  

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KEYWORKER INFORMATION

Copies of letters sent home regarding school arrangements will be archived here.

Letter 2 – 6th January 2021 
Letter 1 – 5th January 2021 – arrangements
Email 9:30pm – 4th January 2021 – school closure and keyworker survey
Letter 14 – 4th January 2021 – return to school arrangements

 

UPDATE with effect from Wednesday 13th January 2021

Our kitchen is now closed. Lunches will still be prepared by HCL and brought in to school on a daily basis.

The daily packed lunch choices will be:

Ham – RED

Cheese – GREEN

Tuna – YELLOW

 

All children, including children in EYFS will be asked for their lunch choice at the beginning of the school day. 

Please can we ask that your child brings in a snack for morning break-time. Deliveries for milk and the EYFS/KS1 fruit/vegetable scheme have ceased. We are exploring options and will do what we can to provide a piece of fruit/vegetable for your child however feel it prudent that children bring in their own snack in-case this is not possible. The kitchen will not be operating the KS2 snack scheme. 

Whilst our preference, snacks do not need to be fruit/vegetables but please no items which contain nuts, chocolate or sweets.

As always, children should bring a named water bottle with them daily.

On non-PE days children will need to be in uniform when in school and can bring in a warm fleece to wear over their uniform as classrooms will be well ventilated. Please ensure that your child has a coat with them for outside play.

PE Days – your child should come to school in their PE kit.

Monday – EYFS & Year 4
Tuesday – Years 5 & 6
Wednesday – Years 3 & 4
Thursday – Years 1 & 2
Friday – Years 5 & 6

The Hub is open as usual. Please email thehub@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk if you have any questions. Please remember to keep the team informed as a significant amount of planning is required to set up safely for children. Thank you.

Please email us – admin@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk if you have any questions or call during the school day – 01727 890440. We will do our very best to help you.

Please do everything you can to avoid the need for your child to be collected during the school day. Thank you.

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Q&A SECTION

Q1. Someone in our house has possible Covid-19 symptoms what should I do?

Please do not come to school if your child is presenting symptoms – ring and let us know and follow the guidance below.

Unsure if your child is displaying symptoms – click HERE for latest NHS advice

Advice on self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms – click HERE for latest NHS advice

Some families may find theses graphics (BBC) useful – HERE

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Please inform us – we will follow the appropriate government advice at the time.

 

Q2. Is my child allowed to wear a mask to school?

Children can wear a face mask to school if you/they wish. Please consider though their age and ability to wear it all day – covering nose and mouth. If a child is not wearing their mask appropriately they will be asked to remove it.

The government advice is being regularly reviewed and we will update parents should the advice change.

Q3. Will staff be wearing PPE?

All staff will be wearing masks. Some staff will be wearing PPE. This will be because:

– their role requires 1:1 contact with a child
– their role involves intimate care e.g. changing nappies

Q4. Will you be taking temperatures on arrival to school?

Update – January 2021

We have ordered non-contact thermometers and will be using them once they arrive. Children will have their temperature taken on arrival at school.

Q5. I am a volunteer and would like to help the school if I can. Can I come in?

We are always grateful to our volunteer body for their support for the school. At the moment we have to restrict the number of adults on site and limit contact within bubbles so are unable to to have volunteers. We will let you know once we are able.

It is for this reason that we have to ask that no parent attempts to access the school building. We would ask you to respect this. The school office will be open but please only one person in the lobby at any one time. Please maintain social distancing protocols whilst waiting outside. If possible please call the office rather than visiting. Thank you.

 

 

Q7. Will you be reviewing the soft start arrangements?

In previous years children in Years 1-6 have been able to access classrooms from 8:40am. Parents of children in EYFS wait with their child(ren) on the infant playground to meet their teachers at 8:50am.

Update – January 2021

No soft start. Staggared starting and collection times for all children by house group. Please see School Day/MAP tab for more information.

 

Q7. It is my child's birthday. Can they bring in a treat for their class mates?

Whilst we understand that many children like to give their peers a small gift when it is their birthday unfortunately we are unable to facilitate this at the moment. Instead parents may prefer to give the classroom a gift, a book perhaps for the class to share. 

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