COVID 19 Parent Information

Great Bardfield Primary School-Current Position with the Pandemic

On the 23rd March 2020 the Government ordered the country in to lock down and as a consequence Great Bardfield Primary School has been open only to pupils of Key Workers and pupils who are considered to by vulnerable. Teachers are providing learning for pupils remotely using Tapestry  for our Reception and Key Stage One pupils https://tapestryjournal.com/ or Seesaw for our Key Stage Two pupils https://web.seesaw.me/. Pupils access their learning on Monday and post work every day for their teacher to see and offer feedback on.

Please read the policy below for further information on how we are responding to the pandemic:

Phased re-opening 1st June 2020

THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS FOR DEEP CLEANING (only the children of Critical Workers may attend). 

The Government plans to partially re-open schools for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils in addition to the children of Key Workers and vulnerable children.  Mrs Kerrell,  along with Senior Leaders and Governors, has undertaken a rigorous Risk Assessment of our plans for re-opening the school to more pupils and we are satisfied that our Risk Assessment is robust  and reduces the risk to pupils and staff to the lowest possible level. On the 15th June we intend to offer a partial return to Year 5 pupils.

However, the risk of transferring Covid-19 remains possible as we are not able to guarantee social distancing. We ask that parents consider this very seriously when deciding if they should send their child to school on 1st June. 

Prior to returning on Monday 1st June parents of the children who will be returning to school will receive a, ‘Returning to School Guide’ the link to this is shown below. Teachers will also send a video to the returning children on Tapestry and Seesaw so that they know what to expect and for parents to best prepare their child for the different learning environment that will be in place.

Reception, Year 1 and KS2 pupils eligible for Free School Meals will be able to have a packed lunch. The link to the menu is shown below:

All parents have been sent a Covid-19 specific Home School Agreement which they must read with their child, sign and return to the school office  before the child returns on Monday 1st June. A copy of this can be found here:

Pupils in Years 2, Year 3 and Year 4 will be invited to attend a weekly Zoom Meeting with a teacher (this may not be the child’s class teacher) and another member of staff from Monday 29th June. Please see the relevant important documentation below: