Thank you for working with us in our efforts to delay the spread of coronavirus- COVID-19. We understand and share your concerns and urge everyone to read through this page and keep up-to-date with all new government advice and restrictions. In order to ensure you have easy access to the information you need in relation to the day to day operation of our school we have created this dedicated page for you to refer to.
Thank you for working with us to protect our staff and children and to reduce the spread of the virus!
Please do not come onto the school site if you are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Please check the World Health Organisation website for the most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) as these can change with different variants.
If your child is getting a PCR test, they must self-isolate until you get the result. It is vitally important that families contact the school immediately if your child has COVID-19 symptoms.
If you need to book a test please go to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119 between 7am and 11pm.
Please send your child's positive/negative results in to school by email to email@example.com so the absence can be authorised.
If you do not have symptoms you can order regular Lateral Flow tests via NHS Lateral Flow test orders
On 16 August 2021, the rules on self-isolating changed for some people, Please check the www.gov.uk/coronavirus website for the most up-to date advice.
In England, the use of bubbles and staggered start times has now ended (16.8.21). Pupils under the age of 18 will no longer have to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace because they’ve been near someone with Covid-19. Instead, they will be expected to take a PCR test.
Schools have and will continue to follow the actions set out by the UK government at; www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak
School attendance became mandatory again for all pupils from 8 March. The usual rules on school attendance apply, including:
- parents’ duty to secure their child’s regular attendance at school (where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age)
- the ability for H.C.C. to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct
- schools are responsible for recording attendance, following up absence and reporting children missing education to the local authority.
- government minimum expectations for attendance is 95%.
- Please send your child's positive/negative results to school by email to firstname.lastname@example.org so the absence can be authorised.
During an outbreak, as a school, we take every precaution to delay the spread of the virus. These include the following:
- Children learn in class or year group bubbles.
- Children have class tables and play zones at lunch and break.
- Access to the school site has been restricted.
- A one way system in place to avoid bottle necks and ease social distancing.
- Doors and windows open to allow for ventilation.
- We ask everyone to wear a mask whilst on school grounds including drop off/collection times.
- Specific lessons about safety measures and the importance of good hygiene are taught and are regularly revisited.
- Safety measures relating to Coronavirus have been shared with all children at an age appropriate level and posters up around the school.
- Planned opportunities for children to wash their hands have been increased and children are being encouraged to wash their hands more frequently.
- Tissues are available in all classrooms and children are asked to blow their nose and/or sneeze into them and dispose of them immediately in the bin after use.
- Hand sanitiser is available around school.
- We follow an enhanced cleaning schedule throughout the school day.
- We use disinfectant wipes to clean equipment that has to be shared such as computer keyboards and iPads.
Booster and enrichment clubs are run for selected children or whole class. Please see the table below for the updated information.
|Summer Term 2021||Summer Term 2021|
|Y1 English & PE (selected pupils)||Y2 English & PE (selected pupils)|
|Y3 Writing Booster (selected pupils)||Y4 Writing Booster (selected pupils)|
|Y5 Writing Booster (selected pupils)||Y4 Booster Breakfast (all Y4)|
|Y5 Booster Breakfast (all Y5)|
|Spring Term 2021||Autumn Term 2020|
|Y2 & Y3 Writing (selected pupils)||Y2 & Y6 English (selected pupils)|
|Y5 & Y6 Maths (selected pupils)||Y2 to Y6 Maths (selected pupils)|
|Y4 Literacy (selected pupils)|
During an outbreak the children will be separated into different areas of the school at lunchtime to reduce contact. Below you will see a plan of the areas.
Reception – in Reception/Y1 play area
Y1 – Outdoor classroom area
Y2 – Stage playground
Y3 – The Haven and part of the tarmac playground
Y4 – Gym and part of the tarmac playground
Y5 – Half of the field
Y6 – Half of the field
Latest symptoms World Health Organisation website
Please click on the link which will take you directly to the latest government and public health guidelines: Coronavirus Information
To book a free PCR test go to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
If you do not have symptoms you can order free regular Lateral Flow tests via NHS Lateral Flow test orders
During the Covid-19 outbreaks, we kept in contact with you via email, text, Instagram and keeping copies of letters on this page. Our staff also were in touch by telephone to check how the pupils were and to answer any questions you had. This system worked well and we will use it again if we have to reduce pupil numbers again due to a lockdown.
If you would like to contact the school please text 01438 300021 or email admin@broombarns,herts.sch.uk Both of these systems are monitored and we will reply to you as soon as possible.
Please do not contact the school by telephone unless it is for an urgent matter, this will ensure that call volumes can be managed. Thank you.
These letters include school phased reopening, timetables, potential use of PPE and the process that parents and pupils should follow at school
The governors are responsible for governing the school. Most of their work takes place out of school hours, but governors often visit the school and are linked with particular classes and each governor is also linked to a subject.
Governors are here to ensure the school meets its statutory duties, manage the budget and contribute to school improvement – curriculum and premise. If you would like to speak to a governor please contact the school office by email email@example.com
For more information about our governors please visit the Governors page
In these times, where there are so many uncertainties , stressful experiences and challenges, we must now (more than ever) look after our mental health. As a school, we are committed to supporting children in maintaining a healthy mind and whilst schools are closed, please use this resource to support your children through this challenging time.
Good mental health is the foundation of young people’s emotional and intellectual growth, underpinning the development of confidence, independence and a sense of self worth.
Young people who are mentally healthy will have the ability to:
• Develop psychologically, emotionally, creatively, intellectually and spiritually
• Initiate, develop and sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships
• Use and enjoy solitude
• Become aware of others and empathise with them
• Play and learn
• Face problems and setbacks and learn from them
• Enjoy and protect their physical health
• Make a successful transition to adulthood in due course
It is clear that parenting style has a critical impact on children’s emotional and cognitive development. Key protective factors include: feeling loved, trusted and understood, having interest in life, optimism, autonomy, self-acceptance, and resilience.
In addition, the school environment has been found to play a role. Whole school approaches to mental health promotion, and well-evidenced forms of anti-bullying strategies, for example, have been found to be protective of children’s mental health.
As a result of this, at Broom Barns we will continue to support you and your families in providing opportunities to develop your children's well-being.
- Government publication on Covid-19
Remote learning is provided during periods of quarantine, self isolation and in lockdowns. Please note children do not need to self isolate from 16th August unless they have symptoms or have a positive test.
If your child is ill, they must take the time to rest and recover and are not expected to work from home.
- On the first day please see Oak Academy (www.thenational.academy) for ideas on how to support your child at home with continuing their learning.
- Day two onwards your class teacher will upload work to Google Classroom for your child to complete. Please see the Broom Barns Remote Learning policy for further information.
The COVID-19 outbreak is dynamic, changing daily, if not hourly. Our Covid-19: Risk Assessments set out the decisions made and measures put in place to prepare for the phased reopening of the school and ensure the school continues to operate in a safe way.
- Risk Assessment Sept 2020 (405KB)
We work in cooperation with the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Inter-agency Child Protection and Safeguarding Children Procedures which are available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk
The Headteacher is the Designated Senior Person for Child Protection. She will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns parents/carers may have about Child Protection policies and practice.
The website link below will take you directly to the Hertfordshire safeguarding web page, which is continuously being updated. If you have any concerns please follow the advice on the website. The Safeguarding during covid-19 web page link