COVID-19 Advice & Support

As you know, school has been very different in recent months but in September things will start to look more 'normal' as restrictions are lifted. However, we will still be working under a COVID risk assessment and certain measures will still be in place. This will include the following:

  • Enhanced cleaning of the school and personal hygiene measures (as per Government guidance).

  • Ventilation in all areas occupied areas of the school (as per Government guidance).

  • Remote learning for pupils that have to isolate (due to COVID-19).


Our COVID-19 Advice & Support website has now closed down and information will be displayed on this page instead.

Below are some frequently asked questions for September. Please continue to check this page as more information will be added as and when we receive updated guidance for schools for the Department for Education and Birmingham City Council.

What time does my child start/finish school, and where do they enter/leave school?

In September our school times will be reverting back to normal. However, we will be keeping the entrance and exit gates that we have been using during COVID restrictions. This will help to ease the flow off people on and off the site.

Drop and collection times are as follows:

Do I still need to wear a face covering at drop off and collection times?

This is entirely your choice although we would advise it when there are crowds of people. You may find that some of our staff continue to wear face coverings - please do not be offended by this.

Does my child still wear their P.E. kit to school on P.E. days?

For the Autumn term, we will be keeping arrangements regarding school uniform on P.E. days the same. We will review this throughout the term. Therefore, the following applies for September:


Reception / Year 1 / Year 2:

  • On the days of P.E. lessons, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E.

  • On the days of Forest School sessions, normal school uniform should be worn but please send your child to school with wellies (place these in a bag and label each boot with your child’s name and class). Children will be provided with appropriate forest school clothing to cover their uniform.


Year 3 / Year 4 / Year 5 / Year 6:

  • On the days of P.E. lessons, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E.

  • On the days of Forest School sessions, pupils should come to school in suitable clothing for ‘all-weather’ sessions. This includes:

      • Warm clothing items (e.g. jogging bottoms, leggings, waterproof trousers and a warm jumper/sweatshirt).

      • A warm coat (e.g. a winter coat or a waterproof jacket).

      • A change of footwear (e.g. old trainers, boots, wellies). Send these in a separate bag so that they can be taken home at the end of the day.

*There is no need to buy new items for Forest School sessions.*


You will be sent an email informing you of your child's P.E. and Forest School days once we return to school in September.

Will my child still have the opportunity to wash their hands frequently?

Yes.

Hand washing will still be scheduled throughout the day, including when the pupils arrive at school, after using shared resources, after visiting the toilet, and around lunchtimes for example.

Will the school still be cleaned more often?

Yes.

We still have increased capacity with our cleaning staff at the start and end of the school day, as well as cleaning taking place throughout the day. Shared resources and equipment is cleaned throughout the day, as are surfaces that are touched regularly, such as door handles.

My family needs support - what can I do?

Birmingham Children’s Partnership

Families are telling us about the many challenges they face, and their concerns as a direct result of Coronavirus; because of this, partners across Birmingham are connecting together to support families who want help and support.

If you feel that you and/or your family needs any additional support, visit the Birmingham Children's Partnership website here.


Family Connect

There is a new service in Yardley District called Family Connect. This is for families who feel that they may need some support from professionals and you can access help by making a self-referral using the online form by clicking here.


Bereavement Support

The NHS in Birmingham is also offering confidential bereavement support to help children, young people and families who may be grieving the death of a friend or loved one. At the moment, many people are cut off from their usual support networks. If you and/or your family need help then please contact this service.

Local bereavement experts are available to offer support due to all types of loss and to people of all ages.

Simply call 0121 687 8010 for instant support.

The telephone opening hours are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm

  • Tuesday, Thursday: 9.00am - 8.00pm

  • Saturday and Sunday: 12.00pm - 5.00pm

Assistance can also be accessed via email at: support@crusebirmingham.co.uk


Please remember that during term time there is always a Designated Safeguarding Leader on site at Yardley Primary School, who can be contacted via the school office by email on office@yardleyprimary.org or by phone on 0121 464 3235.

I have worries and/or concerns about the welfare and wellbeing of children - what can I do?

If you have any worries and/or concerns about the welfare and wellbeing of children, please utilise the following agencies and websites for help and advice:

  • The Waiting Room - Birmingham and Solihull Health & Wellbeing services at your finger tips

  • Birmingham Children’s Trust - Birmingham Children’s Trust exists to make a positive difference for children, young people and families in the city. They work with the most disadvantaged children and young people of Birmingham and keep them safe, happy and healthy.

  • Birmingham City Council Child Protection and Safeguarding - Help for families from Birmingham City Council

  • Childline - Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support.

  • NSPCC - Get help and advice about a wide range of issues.

  • Internet Matters - The best advice and information available on tackling online safety issues, to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world.


The Children’s Advice and Support Service (CASS) provides a single point of contact for members of the public who want to seek support or raise concerns about a child. Their contact details are:

Monday to Thursday: 8:45am to 5:15pm

Friday: 8:45am to 4:15pm

Telephone: 0121 303 1888

Emergency out-of-hours telephone: 0121 675 4806


There is also always a Designated Safeguarding Leader on site at Yardley Primary School, who can be contacted via the school office by email on office@yardleyprimary.org or by phone on 0121 464 3235.