HJS response to Covid-19 pandemic

Reopening on 8th March 2021

We are delighted to welcome back all of our pupils on 8th March. This is how we will keep children safe when they all return, and how will will help them settle back into school learning habits.

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 daily advice from the Department for Education, and weekly updates from Bristol City Council. 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.

Keep up with learning

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.

The third case is the most likely, and the most tricky to manage. 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 helathy individuals who are stuck at home in isolation.

We are using Microsoft Teams as our learning and communication platform. All children have been given an account and parents have received instructions on how to access it. The extent to which we use the many functions of Teams will change, depending on how many children are at home and how many in school. 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 are developing our Teams.

Children in school

Teachers will post messages in Teams about what they are teaching during the coming week.

Teachers may post questions or challenges on the Year or Class channels 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.

Teachers may post news items about highlights of the week.

Some children at home

Teachers will put the resources they are using in school into the Team Files so that children at home can use them. This will include any slides or websites that are displayed on the screen in the classroom and worksheets or other printed resources that are handed out. It may include lesson plans, if these would be easy for children and parents to follow at home.

Children will be 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 will keep a record of all children whose parents report a suspected case in the household, including the date symptoms started and the earliest date of return to school if a negative test result is not obtained.

If the child has not returned to school by the third day, their teacher will contact the family to discuss arrangements for supporting them if they will be in isolation for a couple of weeks.

Partial or whole school lockdown

All home learning will be managed in Teams. Plans and resources will be 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 will be "narrated" by recording the teacher talking over a Powerpoint presentation, or demonstrating in a video clip.

Teachers will arrange some timetabled live "lessons" which will 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 will be able to submit their work and receive personal feedback in Teams and they will be able to have individual meetings or chats with their teachers.

We will not deliver a full daily timetable of live lessons. We will not expect children to sit in front of a screen all day. We will 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