How will children socially distance at school?

We understand that the children will find social distancing difficult. Government guidelines state, “early years and primary children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff.” Children will be split into groups – ‘bubbles’- of no more than 15 children. The children will be staying in their small group throughout the day therefore not mixing with the other groups in the school. They will become their own ‘bubble’ social distancing from the other groups.

Where practical, we will encourage children within their groups to remain 2 metres apart. We have removed some furniture within classrooms and desks are as far from each other as possible. However it is important that parents recognise we are unable to implement strict social distancing within each class and that close contact within a bubble is likely to occur, particularly for our youngest pupils as they play and interact with their friends. The key aspect of social distancing within
the school setting is ensuring that staff and students do not mix with other bubbles.

Playtimes and lunchtimes will be staggered; if groups are outside at the same time they will be based in separate areas so that they do not mix with each other. If shared areas e.g the hall are used, surfaces will be wiped down in between groups. Wherever possible, groups will remain in their allocated classroom or outside areas throughout the day. Separate toilets will be allocated to each bubble.