Coronavirus Update Page
This page has been set up to keep parents and carers up to date with the latest news and information available to school which may be useful to our families.
We will be opening fully to all pupils on 2.9.20
The staff at Binley Woods are very much looking forward to welcoming all the pupils back to school in September and to welcoming our new children in Reception as well as those starting in other year groups. The Government has set out to the country, its expectation that all children return to school for the Autumn Term. If you have worries or anxiety about this, please email Mrs Davidson who will be happy to get in touch with you.
A letter was emailed to parents on Thursday 20th August which provides all the information parents need to know before their child's return to school. Children starting in September were emailed as lightly different letter on Friday 21st August. Copies of these letters can be found by scrolling down to the end of this page. Also at the bottom of this page is a copy of the school's risk assessment for the our September reopening. Staff will work from a set of method statements and procedures that will ensure that the controls put in place are working, and it will be re-assessed regularly.
Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Hand Washing Advice
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
Here are some useful websites to support our families and the safeguarding of our children.
Please contact the school Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) if you have a concern about a child:
Mrs K Davidson: email@example.com
Mrs L Long: firstname.lastname@example.org
call any of these services listed
Government Advice on Social Distancing
This guidance is for everyone, including children. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers. If you live in a residential care setting guidance is available.
If you have any of the following health conditions, you may be clinically vulnerable, meaning you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:
If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable you were advised to take extra precautions during the peak of the pandemic in England. This is known as ‘shielding’.
The government is advising that you do not need to shield at the moment. This is because the rates of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community have fallen significantly.
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
They are to:
Government Advice on Face Coverings
Face coverings are instead largely intended to protect others, not the wearer, against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of virus that causes coronavirus infection (COVID-19).
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.
The following links will take you to the latest government guidance on social distancing and face coverings:
Social Distancing and Face Coverings at
Binley Woods Primary School
Currently parents are not required to wear face coverings on the school premises when you are outside. This is always under review.
All parents are expected to comply with social distancing expectations at all times when on the school site, both with staff and with other parents. This is particularly important at arrival and collection times when there will be more people on the site. We have adopted staggered arrival and collection times for year group bubbles to support social distancing at these times but we rely on parents, grandparents and carers to leave the site directly and maintain a 2m distance from others. Only one parent who has no symptoms may drop off and collect. Thank you for respecting these expectations.
Meetings with parents will take place via Teams or Zoom to maintain social distancing.
Staff are not expected to wear face coverings in primary schools, and neither are primary aged children. Children are not to wear masks at school. If parents wish their child to wear one to and from school they will need to remove it safely from their child before they enter the school and take it home. Equally they will need to bring one from home when collecting their child and safely put it on them.
Staff will wear face coverings for cleaning, during first aid and if they are concerned about their health where on the rare occasion, social distancing between adults can't be maintained. Staff in school will maintain social distancing in shared spaces and restrictions are in place on numbers of adults allowed in small spaces including the staff rooms.