HJS response to Covid-19 pandemic

Step 4, and the new school year 2021-22

We look forward to seeing everyone in school, and hopefully keeping the school fully open from 6th September.

In line with the latest government guidance, are no longer keeping the children in "bubbles". This means that we do not need to stagger the start and end of the school day.

The rules on self-isolation have also changed, and children are no longer required to stay home if a family member has covid symptoms or confirmed covid, as long as they have no symptoms themselves.

Full details of our arrangements, including a summary of what has changed and what has stayed the same, can be found in this guide for parents.

Our Covid-19 Action Plan

The trustees and senior leadership team of Henleaze Junior School is keeping the pandemic response under constant review. In response to the daily changes in the national and local situation, we are doing everything possible to maintain a safe environment for our staff and pupils, and to provide continuity of learning.

All of our actions are underpinned by detailed risk assessments. We receive regular advice from the Department for Education, and updates from Bristol 's Education and Public Health departments. We update our procedures in accordance with any recommendations made in these communications.

We aim to keep our community informed by sending out clear guidance to parents by email and publishing documents on the website. You can find the documents we have sent out below. We also include the latest news in our weekly HJS Update, which is emailed out every Friday afternoon to our mailing list.

Scroll down to see our video guides to the HJS Home Learning Plan and Microsoft Teams.


Our remote learning plan

We hope to keep all children in school, but we are prepared for three scenarios:

  1. All classes are in school, all staff are available, planning for in-school teaching and learning.
  2. A class, a year group or the whole school is in lockdown, staff plan for teaching and learning at home.
  3. Most of the children are in school, but some children are absent due to suspected or confirmed Covid-19 in their family.

From September 2021, we expect the third case to be the most likely. With all our staff working full time to meet the needs of the children in school, we do not have the capacity to offer a full home learning service to healthy individuals who are stuck at home in isolation, but we will make all of our lesson plans and resources readily available to anyone who is unable to attend school.

We are using Microsoft Teams as our learning and communication platform. All children have an account and parents have received instructions on how to access it. We recognise that some of our families will face challenges accessing online learning, and we will support them in whatever way we can.

Here is a summary of the way we use Teams.

Children in school

Teachers post messages, news and reminders in Teams every week on the General and Class channels.

Teachers may post questions or challenges for the children to respond to. These may be homework tasks, or an extension of discussions that have started in class.

Children may post relevant questions or suggestions in their Class Channels and provide answers for each other.

Lesson plans and resources are uploaded every week to the Subject channels.

Some children at home

Teachers put the resources they are using in school into the Team Files so that children at home can use them. This includes any slides or websites that are displayed on the screen in the classroom and worksheets or other printed resources that are handed out. It includes lesson plans, written in a format that is easy for children and parents to follow at home.

Children are able to access these resources from day 1 of their absence, and can keep in touch by contributing to the discussions on the Class channel.

We keep a record of all children whose parents report suspected or confirmed cases of Covid in the household.  If children are at home and well enought to work, we add them into a Chat group especially for all those stuck at home, and a member of staff monitors the group. If they have any questions about the work, children can post a message in the chat, and someone will get back to them quickly.

Partial or whole school lockdown

All home learning is managed in Teams. Plans and resources are adapted by teachers so that they are more easily understood by parents and children, without the need for the teacher to explain.

Some of the resources are "narrated" by recording the teacher talking over a Powerpoint presentation, or demonstrating in a video clip.

All children are expected to log in for a live registration meeting every morning. During the course of the week, smaller groups are invited to a Team meeting where they may chat about how things are going at home.

Teachers arrange some timetabled live "lessons" which may be recorded for the benefit of children who are not able to tune in at the time, or who want to watch again later.

Children are able to submit their work and receive personal feedback in Teams and they are able to have individual meetings or chats with their teachers.

We do not expect children to sit in front of a screen all day. We schedule online lessons so that children in different year groups are not expected to be online at the same time.


Letters, guidance and other documents for parents


Watch our quick guides to Microsoft Teams

Teams app on a computer


Teams App on iPad


Teams app on a phone