coronavirus update

Rudgwick Primary School will be back open for all pupils from Monday 8th March 2021.

We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone back in school.

Monday 4th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for bearing with us while we finalise the plan for tomorrow. 

No doubt you will be well aware of the national lockdown that will be in place for all school children from tomorrow. Remote learning will be in place for all children from tomorrow morning. The local authority have advised that we remain closed tomorrow to enable us to prepare to open for vulnerable and critical worker children from Wednesday; further information will follow for those children in this group. Please email by 1pm tomorrow to confirm your critical worker status and the children you will need places for, and on which days.

You can check if your occupation is included by clicking on the link:

As I said during the last lockdown, please consider carefully if there is an option to keep your child at home and only request a place if there is no other feasible option available. If your child has an EHCP you also have the option of a place and we would appreciate an email to let us know whether or not you would like your child to attend. If your child has a social worker, you will also have a place at school.

Online learning will be available from tomorrow morning via Google classroom and there will be a short live teacher meet for each class at the following times each day starting tomorrow:

Yr 6 – 9am

Yr 5- 9.10am

Yr 4 – 9.20am

Yr 3 – 9.30am

Yr 2 – 9.40am

Yr 1 – 9.50am

Yr R – 10.00am

We thank you for your continued support and understanding during these challenging times. If you are in need of further support, please do contact us and we will be able to direct you to people who can help, if that is not us. We are here to support all of our families at this very difficult time.

Take great care of yourselves and stay safe,

Serena Nicholls


School open for vulnerable and children of critical workers from Wednesday 6th January 2021. Remote learning in place for all other children.




School uniform will be compulsory once again from the start of the Autumn term. PE kit should be worn to school on the days when PE is taking place. Every child will need a pair of wellies and a waterproof coat with a hood, as they will be spending lots of time outdoors every day.


Classroom organisation and layout

Children will be in class ‘bubbles’ in the usual classrooms but with an allotted outdoor space. Each child will have a set seat and desk as well as a tray for belongings, a water bottle, writing implements and other resources. Each class ‘bubble’ of children will be kept separate from the others wherever possible, in order to minimise the number of social contacts each child is having. All soft furnishings and unnecessary resources will have been removed. Window and doors will be left open wherever possible in order to minimise contact and aid ventilation. Children will be taught outside as much as possible. In Yr R the organisation be slightly different and will allow free flow, more in line with the normal approach at this age.



All staff are expected to be back in school in September. All members of staff will be practising social distancing and some are members of the particularly vulnerable groups.

Drop-off and Pick-up

In order to manage social distancing at these times, there will be staggered start and finish times as follows:


Eagles: 8.30 drop off and 3pm pick-up

Falcons: 8.40 drop off and 3.10pm pick-up                            

Kestrels: 8.50 drop off and 3.20pm pick-up

Please keep strictly to time


For the first three weeks, Africa class will have a phased introduction to school – information about timings has already been communicated to parents. Thereafter, timings for those children will be as above.


There will be a clearly labelled, one-way system during drop-off and pick-up times, and parents will need to observe strict social distancing. Sadly, we need to be clear that parents will need to work with younger children to be able to make the final steps in to school themselves, as we will not be able to ‘peel’ children off parents, as we sometimes do normally.  Entry and exit will be via the playground. On entry, each child will have their temperature taken and will sanitise their hands. Any child with a temperature of 37.8 or higher will not be admitted to the building and will need to return home immediately.  Any messages for staff will need to be communicated by email please.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All staff will have access to personal visors and masks.  As part of our protocols, staff will use gloves where necessary but handwashing and good hygiene will be the priority.  The advice is that children should not be wearing masks or gloves, as this is likely to increase the spread of germs rather than offer protection.



The main priority on return to school will be pupils’ wellbeing and settling back into routines. The first two weeks back will have a ‘continent’ theme linked to class names. We will be sensitively assessing wellbeing as well as academic skills.


Playtimes and lunchtimes

These will be staggered for each group so that there is minimal interaction between groups.

Hot meals will be provided as usual – please order in the usual way. Yrs R and 1 will eat in the hall, all other year groups in their classrooms. Playtimes will be staggered.



We will not be having visitors in the school apart from for essential maintenance. Unfortunately, parents are included in this protocol and will not be allowed in school buildings. You can of course, contact any member of staff through the school office in the normal way.



There will be no clubs for the time being apart from Kiwi (after school) Club.



Infection control

You must not, under any circumstances, send your child to school if they or anyone else in your household is unwell.  If your child is poorly at school, you will be asked to collect them within 45 minutes of being informed. If your child is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, they will be isolated whilst being supervised by an adult who can maintain a 2 metre distance throughout. If there is a confirmed case in school, we will enact policies to test and/or isolate the rest of the staff and children in that class and all parents will be informed. 


Everyone who attends the school (staff and pupils) will follow the protocols below that are designed using the government guidance and the ‘hierarchy’ of priorities for infection control:


● children will have to wash their hands regularly. We expect that this will be at least 5-6 times per day as recommended in government guidance. Your child may bring hand cream if they have sensitive skin;

● tissues will be available for every child to help promote the ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach;

● these can be disposed of in a swing bin which will be regularly emptied;

● surfaces will be wiped between sessions with antibacterial spray and wipes; 

● surfaces will be washed thoroughly each day and wiped with antibacterial spray at regular intervals during the day;

● all regular contact points such as door handles are prioritised for cleaning each day by care-taking staff;

● for the most part, internal doors will be left propped open during the day to minimise surface contact; ● each class will have its own First Aid Kits

● each class will have their own dry wipe sanitation checklist- linked to the daily schedule so that we can ensure that routines are regularly followed;

● the sanitation checklist specifies 6 occasions during the day when everyone in each class must wash their hands and two occasions when surfaces and door handles must be sanitised.


Symptoms: Any child or member of staff who displays symptoms will be sent home.


● if the only symptom displayed has been a cough, we will send the child home and liaise with the parents to see if it persists. If there is a persistent cough and/or a temperature/loss of taste or smell, children will have to be tested and will not be able to return to school until they have been cleared or have gone through the subsequent isolation period;

● We would be grateful if parents and carers would share test outcomes directly with us before returning children to school;

● in the event that there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 in a class, the whole group including staff will be required to isolate for 14 days. In this instance, it will be necessary to revert to remote learning arrangements for this group.

● parents will be expected to ensure that there is never a time that there will not be an adult available to collect a child within 45 minutes of receiving a call from school;

● a coronavirus test can be booked here:

● essential workers in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.UK:

Essential Kit List for September

All pupils apart from Yr R will need a named pencil case (to keep in school), containing colouring pencils, felt tips and a pencil sharpener. T

he school will provide all other stationery items. If you are unable to provide the above, please contact the school and we can help.


  • Named water bottle – to be kept at school and brought home for sanitisation at the weekend.

  • Named wellies – to be kept in school

  • School uniform including school shoes. (Trainers are not part of school uniform)

  • PE Kit and trainers (PE bag not needed for the time being)

  • A waterproof, warm winter coat with hood.

  • A named bookbag (Yrs R – 3)

  • Please do not send your child in with a backpack.


We hope this information is useful to you. 


Please rest assured that our amazing staff are working very hard to ensure that everything is as safe as possible, whilst maintaining the nurturing ethos we hold so dear, for your child during the time they are in our care.


We would like to thank you for your understanding and support at what has been a very demanding time for all of us. We hope that you all have a peaceful and healthy summer.


Kindest regards, 



Serena Nicholls                                   David Buckley

Headteacher                                       Chair of Governors