Holbeach Response to COVID-19

Wider Opening of School for all children in March 2021

From Monday 8th March 2021 we opened the school for children in all year groups. (KS2 – Monday 15th March)

The Risk Assessments on how the school will continue to manage this wider opening can be found below

Local Authority Risk Assessment and Planning Tool – Updated March 2021

Whole School Wider Opening Risk Assessment – Updated March 2021


Protective Measures being followed at Holbeach

It is important to understand that the measures and controls that the school is putting in place follows the government guidance (July 2020) that highlights the following as essential measures:

How Holbeach School will use NHS Track and Trace

COVID-19 Related Absence From School: A Guide For Parents

  • A requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • Robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • Active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • Consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise the potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable

We have produced the following guidance on how we can ‘reduce contact’, ‘distance’ wherever possible and ‘minimise potential contamination’ as much as is ‘reasonably practicable’.

Whole School Wider Opening – Parent Guide – Updated March 2021

Summary of COVID-19 Booklet (March 2021)

Routines and Procedures during the Pandemic

‘Drop off’ and ‘collection’ Procedures

• A maximum of one adult should attend the drop off/collection for a child.
Adults must wear face coverings in the playground unless they are exempt
• Please enter the school through the large black gates and follow the one-way system, around the outside of the grass area, and exit through the black metal gates.
• Parents/Carers must not come onto the grass area. Drop-off and collection cannot be used for speaking to staff (any messages and concerns should be shared via telephone or email).
• All parents/carers must ensure that they arrive within their allotted time for each drop off or collection (not too early or too late). See below for the timetable
• Please avoid parking outside the school on Doggett Road, the road is exceptionally busy at drop off and pick up times.
• If you do have to wait outside the school between staggered starts, please wait on the opposite side of the road or on one of the socially distanced markers against the wall (where possible) to avoid blocking the pavement which results in other families having to walk in the road.
• Older children (from Year 3 onwards) should be encouraged to enter the playground on their own to reduce congestion.

The table below details the new ‘Drop off’ and ‘Collection’ times that will be in operation in order for us to adhere to social distancing guidelines as much as possible.

Reception, Year 1 & Year 2
Drop Off – 8:40am – 8:50am
Collection – 3:00pm – 3:10pm

Year 3 & Year 4
Drop Off – 8:55am – 9:05am
Collection – 3:15pm – 3:25pm

Year 5 & Year 6
Drop Off – 9:10am – 9:20am
Collection – 3:30pm – 3:40pm

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

The Latest Covid-19 Information

Explaining Covid-19 to your children