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Whole School Risk Assessment Corona Virus September 2021 and Outbreak Management Plan

Newsletter - Friday 5th March



Hello everyone,

I hope you are well.  I thought I would touch base to say its Friday and well done for completing a long period of home learning.  You have all done very well and I am pleased to say that all children are returning to school on Monday. 


Thank you for all of your time and energies over the past couple of months, we cannot thank you enough.

If you haven’t read my previous email letters and risk assessments, then you will be able to find them via our school website:


The main points are:

  1. Attendance from Monday 8th March is Mandatory.
  2. All adults to wear face masks when on our school site unless exempt due to medical reasons.  Please do not be offended if you are questioned by any of my staff, they are simply doing their job.
  3. The same one- way route is marked out on our school site for all to use.
  4. There is a staggered drop off and collection, if unsure what that is, please follow the link above which will take you to that information.  The roundabout drop of system will be running again and myself, Mrs Hollidge and my Chair of Governors Jenny Coombs will be there to welcome you.
  5. There is a nonguided KS2 walking bus down to the village hall.  Please let the school office know via if your child will be using it.
  6. Sunrise and sunset club will be open to WORKING PARENTS ONLY from Tuesday 9th March.  Booking is done on a first come first served, week by week basis.  Anyone booking must book via emailing by Thursday of each week.  There is a maximum of 15 places.
  7. If you need to talk to your class teacher then please ring the school office to arrange a socially distanced appointment on 01566 772191.  Messages can be taken in the morning on the school gate by myself.


What to expect up until Easter

The children will have a huge amount to adjust to, even the ones who have been coming to school each day.  It is a big change for them all and it will take a few weeks for classes to gel again and friendships to be reformed.

The staff will be very busy spending a great deal of time providing children with PSHE and well being activities to build up friendships, to share, to take turns, to cooperate with each other and to look after each other.  We have to be mindful that some children won’t have seen many people for quite some time and that it can take time to readjust to suddenly having lots of people around.


Please expect that your children might be very tired by the end of the week when getting used to the routines again; there may also be a few tears to begin with but we can assure you that we will take care of all of your children and help them through this tricky transition.


At the same time, as looking after your child’s wellbeing, the teachers will also be carrying out some assessments as to where we as staff need to support the children moving forwards.  As you can imagine, children will be coming back into school having completed varying amounts of home learning and we need to assess them in order to find out exactly what needs to be addressed.


During next week, I will be writing to you again to talk about how the week has gone and also explain the condensed curriculum for each class (prioritising areas of learning) whilst keeping it broad and balanced.


You may have also heard from the media that each school has been provided with some money in order to help children ‘catch – up.’  As a school we are calling this our recovery plan.  Our assessments will help us to carefully plan how the money will be spent according to the needs within the school.  More details of our recovery plan will be on the school website shortly.


For now, though, I wish you all a very happy weekend. Everyone at St Giles is looking forward to welcoming our whole school community back on Monday.


Best wishes

Beci Smith

Head Teacher


Whole School Covid Risk Assessment - March 2021

Newsletter emailed to parents on the 26th February 2021


Hello everyone, 


What a beautiful day today.  It makes you feel so much better about things when the sun is shining. 

I hope you are all well and good news; you only have 1 more week of home learning to go. 

Having read through all of the DFE guidance, I can say that the same risk assessment that was running before lockdown will still be used from the 8th March onwards until further notice. 

Hopefully everyone has read my previous email with the main points/expectations for when children come back.  If not, please scroll further down this page.



The DFE have stipulated that all children must be wearing their full school uniform from the 8th March.  There should be no trainers worn into school after this date unless it is a Tuesday when children in years 1 to 6 are able to wear their sports clothes.  Dark coloured shoes must be worn. 

If you are unsure as to what our school uniform includes, please follow the link below: 



A big thank you to all of the teachers who have provided their work email address for parents/carers to use over lockdown.  From the 8th March all communication, must either come through the or talk to a member of staff who will be on the school gate in the morning and they will be able to pass on a message to your child’s teacher. 

For the moment, we are unable to allow parents/carers into the school building so if you would like to make an appointment with your child’s teacher then please either ring or email the school and we will arrange it for you. 



We are pleased to announce that both of these clubs will be running again from TUESDAY 9TH MARCH in the school hall.  In the first instance numbers will be limited to 15 each day and only parents who need it for work (NOT LEISURE) can book a place.   


We will only book one week at a time so EACH WEEK you will need to send an email to the above address by no later than Thursday of the week before.  In that email, please state the days needed and the children who will be attending. 

We cannot promise to provide you with a place, and it is essential that you only book for the days you need to work. 

If you have to cancel, please let us know quickly so that we can offer it to someone else. 

We will be accepting bookings for the week beginning Monday 8th March from today (Friday 26th February). 



Can all children please remember to bring in water bottle with fresh water every day.



During the first week back, I will be assessing the children’s knowledge and then placing them into appropriate groups.  Formal Read, Write Inc sessions and home packs will start the week beginning 15th March. 



Our kitchen will be serving hot dinners and a menu will be coming out soon. 


For now, though, I will say cheerio and I look forward to welcoming you all back very soon. 

Best wishes 

Beci Smith 

Head Teacher 

URGENT – MUST READ EVERYTHING! – 22nd February 2021


Dear Parents/Carers,


Good news everyone, I have just had early confirmation from the DFE that all children can return to school from Monday 8th March.


Thank you so much to you all for doing such a splendid job at home and trying your best with home learning.  I know it hasn’t been easy for some of you.  Please accept a very warm thank you from us all at St Giles.


I am sure the children will be delighted to come back to see their friends and to have some normality.


Thank you to all of my staff for their tremendous support over the past however many weeks.


Everyone should feel very proud of themselves for doing so well.





We are currently very fortunate that our school is in Torridge, one of the lowest rates in the country but we need to continue to work together to keep it that way and to reduce any pressure on the NHS. 


The DFE have released a long document stipulating the need to continue using our risk assessment.  Most of our existing one still stands but it is a working document and will be altered when necessary.  New versions will appear on the school website under the key information tab and Corona Virus Information.


Please be patient with us as we are going to receive a huge amount of information over the next two weeks to decipher and to set the school up for all children whilst having over 30% of the school in our care at the same time.


We will be looking into how we are going to organise sunrise and sunset clubs and get in touch with you soon.


The Key Stage 2 walking bus will start from Monday 8th March.  If you have a child in key stage 2 who will be on the walking bus could you please email as soon as possible so that we can create an up to date list. 



The following points MUST BE FOLLOWED when school fully reopens on Monday 8th March.




  1. Adults including parents/carers MUST wear a face covering on the school grounds at all times unless they have a medical issue as to why they cannot.


  1. Any child who has a persistent cough, high temperature or loss of taste and/or smell must be kept off and a test must be carried out.  If positive, the school must be contacted immediately so further arrangements for safety can be made.


  1. There will be a one way system around the school site that everyone must adhere to in order to reduce any bottle necks.


  1. As adults we all have a responsibility to keep each other safe and therefore we need to always socially distance from each other at collection and drop off times.


  1. Please drop off and collect children at the appropriate times as mentioned in the risk assessment below



Drop off times

Class 3 and Class 2

8.45 am

Class 1




Pre School

9am onwards


Collection Times


Pre School



3.15 pm

Class 1


Class 2 and 3

3.30 pm







What happens if my children are in different year groups?


Drop off?

If you have children in your family that go across the age ranges, you may come and drop off the whole family at the time allocated above for your oldest child.


Collection Time?


If you have children in your family that go across the age ranges, you may come and collect all of them at the time allocated above of your youngest child.


6. Please DO NOT hang around in the school grounds at drop off or collection times to help with social distancing and also congestion in the car park.


7.All children will continue to be taught in class bubbles.  Please help us not to mix the bubbles.


8. Please ensure that your child wears lots of layers into school as the windows will be open for extra ventilation.  They are able to wear their coat in doors.  Fortunately we are moving into the warmer part of the year now.


9. If you need to make an appointment to meet with a member of staff this needs to be done via phoning the school office.  If a meeting does take place all adults involved MUST wear a mask and be socially distanced.


10. No adults other than staff and Governors will be allowed into the school building unless by prior appointment.


11.  If our school does have to be shut due to the corona virus we will continue to remain open for key worker children and vulnerable children.


If the school has to close for any reason, we will contact you via Parent Pay and via the school website and Devon School Closures website.  


If at any time the school has to close due to the virus etc. the teaching staff will provide home learning virtually by Microsoft TEAMs but also via the website in the same way we did before during the last lock down.


Many thanks for your support and understanding and let’s hope together we can continue to keep our school open for the sake of our children and our community safe


Best wishes

Beci Smith

Head Teacher

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