High temperature / fever (37.8 degrees)
New continuous cough
Loss of sense of smell / taste
The NHS also state that “Trust your instincts” with children - if you suspect a problem get in touch with the NHS via telephone on 111, or 999 for more serious issues.
Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19, or whose household member develops symptoms, should immediately self-isolate. They should not attend school and should follow the steps below:
In this section we will try and answer some commonly asked questions. We will add to this section as more information becomes available or themes emerge.
Bubbles are groups of children who are kept together to support track and trace. At Gilmour Juniors we have year group bubbles.
Gilmour Junior School is committed to ensuring the safety of the pupils and staff and seeking to minimise the disruption to the pupils as far as possible. We recognise that when children have to isolate this has a significant impact on them and their parents and carers. Where isolating is required our aim is to ensure that this affects the minimum number of pupils and staff members at the school.
When a year bubble needs to isolate due to a positive COVID case this is often very disruptive for pupils and parents and understandably the school is asked whether it would be possible for the bubbles to be smaller. For example class bubbles. The decision to have year group bubbles is based upon an assessment of a number of factors.
It is not always the case that the year group as a whole needs to isolate depending upon the circumstances surrounding the positive test - where possible isolation has been limited to individual classes.
Available space, layout of available space, facilities (particularly toilets) and staffing considerations are all relevant to determining bubble size. The timetable of the school day for each class must also be factored into any decision.
Space on the playground - to maintain social distancing and allow appropriate space for children to play our conclusion is that a maximum of two class or year? bubbles could fit in the playground space at any one time. This capacity is however reduced due to there being only one set of toilets accessible from the playground. Therefore we can only have one year bubble on the playground due to toilet access.
Staffing - the school employs and deploys staff according to need. Reducing bubble sizes would increase the number of separate morning and afternoon breaks and lunchtimes. With 11 classes across the year groups, we do not have sufficient staffing to provide the required and safe level of supervision for children at playtimes and dinner times whilst also ensuring that colleagues had appropriate breaks across the day.
Additionally there are timetable implications for have 11 separate breaks and lunchtimes.
Is this picture likely to change?
No, as it currently stands year group bubbles are the smallest bubbles we are able to achieve.
The Department for Education and Public Health England recommend that toilets are cleaned five times daily. This recommendation is adhered to as a minimum. We have a member of our cleaning team on site all day as a result the toilets are generally cleaned more frequently than the recommended minimum.
Will the Breakfast club re-open?
On Tuesday 13th April our breakfast club will reopen in a very limited capacity. Numbers will be reduced to 15 children and children in breakfast club will be treated as a "bubble". This means that if a child tests positive in the breakfast club bubble all children who attended breakfast club on the day (Or who were in breakfast club in the forty eight hours prior to the child becoming symptomatic) will need to self isolate.
Children who are identified as a contact from the symptomatic child's year group bubble will also need to self isolate.
If you would like to express interest in your child attending Breakfast Club please click here.
We will shortly be contacting families with a start time for the after school clubs we are able to run. All after school clubs are limited to 15 children if comprised of mixed bubbles under national guidance. Clubs comprised of a children from a single bubble are limited to 20 places.
Yes, in order to maintain the bubble structure, it will be necessary for classes to arrive and leave at different points throughout the day. To enable social distancing and keep everyone as safe as possible, we ask that only one parent drops off / collects their child.
Dropping off and Picking up arrangements from Monday 8th March 2021
Drop off Time /
|Collection Time||Drop off / collection point|
|3G||8.55am||3.25pm||Duncombe Road North (Drop off point) / Main entrance (Collection point)|
|3K and 3P||8.55am||3.25pm||Duncombe Road North|
|4B||8.35am||3.05pm||Duncombe Road North (Drop off point) / Main entrance (Collection point)|
|4T and 4M||8.35am||3.05pm||Duncombe Road North|
|5T and 5W||8.35am||3.05pm||Berners Road|
|5S||8.35am||3.05pm||Berners Road (Drop off) / Domestic Science exit (Pick up)|
|6M||8.55am||3.25pm||Berners Road (Drop off) / Domestic Science exit (Pick up)|
Yes, in order that bubbles can be kept distanced children will have staggered play and lunch times.
Your child will have PE on the following days, see the table below: In order to ensure that there is always an indoor space available in case we have bad weather the times and days classes have PE have changed slightly. If your child's class has only one tick for PE it means that their class is having two consecutive hours as previously was the arrangement.
= A day your child's class will be having a PE lesson.
= A day your child's class will be having a swimming lesson. Your child should come to school wearing a tracksuit.
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To minimise the need to bring equipment into school we are asking that children come to school wearing their PE kit with a tracksuit over the top. This is because, when possible, PE will take place outside. Children will need both trainers (For outside use) and pumps for indoor sessions. Pumps can be left in school.
Children will wear their tracksuits / PE kits for the remainder of the day. Children are to wear tracksuits and not sports leggings etc.
No, children are not allowed to bring mobile phones to school under any circumstances. Any child found with a mobile phone will have this confiscated and only returned to a responsible adult.
We understand that shopping is really difficult at the moment and that your child may well have grown out of items of school uniform. Until non- essential shops reopen, we totally understand that you may need to send your child into school wearing an item which is not standard school uniform. Please email school at email@example.com to let us know that you are doing this.
Swimming arrangements 2020 - 2021
This year only two year groups will swim. These year groups will be Year 5 and Year 6.
Swimming for year 6 will restart this term and the day the children swim will be on a Friday. We are waiting for a start date to be confirmed.
No, we will be unable to accept letters or cash payments. We ask that all correspondence be sent via email to the school admin account:
As the guidance has been updated, it will soon be possible to arrange music lessons with the guitar, keyboard, singing, drumming and samba teachers. Lessons will be run slightly differently than prior to COVID. Please see advert for guitar lessons below: