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September 2020 - Return to School: COVID-19

We will use this tab to direct you to Government, NHS  and PHE links to inform you of all the safety measures that we have made.

You will also be able to read our documents and letters in regards to our management of COVID 19 in school including our safeguarding update and risk assessment.


File icon: pdf 03.09.20 Welcome back and safety notes.pdf [pdf 634KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Copy of WJI COVID-19 General Workplace Risk Assessment September 2020 Reopening V1 for parents & website B & W copypdf.pdf [pdf 302KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf 27.08.20 Return to School in September.pdf [pdf 913KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf COVID19-SchoolSafeguardingPolicyAddendum1.pdf [pdf 148KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Social Distancing and Safety at School Entrances.pdf [pdf 28KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Coronavirus in children.pdf [pdf 398KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf 8.07.20 Return to School in September all.pdf [pdf 608KB] Click to download

Please click on the link below to find out all you need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

 This guidance is for parents and carers of children at:

·         registered nurseries and childminders1

·         primary and secondary schools2

·         further education colleges3

The DfE have updated this guidance to include:

·         new information on school admissions

·         updated information on travelling to and from nursery, childminders, school and college

·         updated information on education, health and care (EHC) plans, wellbeing and online safety

·         updated information about assessment and exams

·         updated information on face coverings

Full guidance is available here.


School following all the latest Government advice and asking all staff, children and parents not to attend school if they have any of the following:


The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.

Main messages

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 you also must self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, you must restart your 10-day isolation from the day you develop symptoms.

After 10 days, if you still have a temperature you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. See the ending isolation section below for more information.

If you live with others, all other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken. If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period. The ending isolation section below has more information.

If you have symptoms, try and stay as far away from other members of your household as possible. It is especially important to stay away from anyone who is clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable with whom you share a household.

Reduce the spread of infection in your home by washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser, and cover coughs and sneezes.

Consider alerting people who you do not live with and have had close contact within the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Following a positive test result, you will receive a request by text, email or phone to log into the NHS Test and Trace service website and provide information about recent close contacts.

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, then use the NHS 111 online COVID-19 service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms again at any point after ending your first period of isolation (self or household) then you must follow the guidance on self-isolation again. The section below has further information.

External Link Icon Government Coronarvirus advice
updated 13.08.20

Return to School - What  are we doing to keep all in school safe?

There will be a strict one way system in school for you to follow when you enter and exit the school grounds and staggered start and finsh times.

Keep your 2 metre distance

Go to your drop off/collection point

Line up 2 metres apart

Drop off or collect your child at the new staggered times

Parents and carers will not be able to enter the school building. 

Only 'essential visitors' will be allowed in school.

The  pass over of the children will happen at their classroom entrance at the allotted time.

School reception will be closed, so contact will be done through phone or preferably email:

01709 828189 

General office queries: enquiries@wji.wwpat.org

Speak to Mrs Angell: t.angell@wji.wwpat.org



September 2020: Staggered start and finish times

Parents will be encouraged to enter and exit school grounds as swiftly as possibly while adhering to school distancing measures in place.

Following Government advice we have created designated zones for different year groups to stay in their 'bubbles' for WHAM times, lunch times and outdoor learning.

Arranged classrooms so that children can be forward facing for the vast majority of time and to enable them to eat their lunch within their classroom.

FS2 Learning Environment

Year 1 Classroom

Year 2 Classroom

Year 3 Classroom

Year 4 Classroom

Year 5 Classroom

Year 6 Classroom

Regular cleaning and individual first aid stations

  • Regular cleaning of children's desks and chairs will take place throughout the day.
  • Classrooms will  have their own cleaning supplies to wipe all surfaces/areas down before and after snacks & lunches.
  • There will be a CONTINUOUS deep clean of TOILETS and ALL SHARED SPACES and SURFACES  throughout the day on a continual loop.
  • Each class will have its own medical station to avoid children moving to different areas around school.
  • Throughout school there are four sanitising stations for anyone within school, walking between zones.


For further details: see our Return to School Management Plan and Risk Assessment below.

Teach the children how to keep themselves safe

Use the ebug resources - use the link below

External Link Icon E-Bug
Public Health England resources for children

Remind children how to wash away germs

Coronarvirus simply explained for KS1 children

Coronarvirus explained for KS2 children

Encouraging all children to socially distance - Song to support the younger children in school

While we can't hug ...

Resources to help children to learn about coronavirus and how to keep themselves and others safe

External Link Icon Professional association for children and early years (PACEY):
supporting children in your setting
External Link Icon Dr Dog
A story that explains Coronarvirus to children
External Link Icon Bright Horizons
Talking to children about coronarvirus
External Link Icon Lucy's Lockdown
Hi I saw this and thought it might be something that you might like to use with the younger children. From Mrs Thompson

Coronarvirus Symptons in Children