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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Covid-19 updates

This page is updated on a regular basis.  Please check back here as a matter of routine, as well as keeping up to date with emails and texts sent to you from the school.

The school is now open under the new "normal" conditions and Government guidelines.  This means a number of important changes from the pre-COVID working arrangements:

  • Start and finish times have changed slightly although the length of the school day remains the same for each child;
  • Each year group will be admitted at a specific time each morning, with Y6/Y5/Y3 entering by the front gate and the remaining four classes entering via the rear entrance.  This is so that we can get more children in at the same time whilst still maintaining the integrity of the bubbles;
  • The time for entry for each class is a specific time and not a "window" of time.  If a child misses the specific entry time then they will have to wait until after all other classes have been admitted and will then be taken individually to their classes.  This could mean that a child who misses the 8:30am entry time could be 30+ minutes late to class, so it is more important than ever to ensure your child is ready to enter school at the appropriate time;
  • Children, along with their teaching staff, will be isolated in class "bubbles" throughout the day.

Entry times are as follows:

Time Back Gate Front Gate
8:30am YR Y6
8:40am Y1 Y5
8:50am Y2 Y3
9:00am Y4  

Pick-up times are as follows (and, once again, if the parent/carer/guardian misses the allotted time then the child will be returned to class to wait until all pick-ups have been completed):

Time Back Gate Front Gate
2:50pm YR Y6
3:00pm Y1 Y5
3:10pm Y2 Y3
3:20pm Y4  

REMINDER: The above times are not a 10-minute window, the drop-off and pick-up times are specific times.  This is to ensure the integrity of the individual class bubbles can be maintained.

The school continues to follow Government and Local Authority guidelines with regard to the current outbreak of COVID-19.  People with symptoms are urged to look for information on the NHS website and 111 online.  We have a duty of care to all the pupils and staff at the school and it is the duty of everyone to act responsibly.  Any children showing symptoms (a continuous cough or  high temperature or a loss of the sense of smell, are now expected to self-isolate with the rest of the household for 14 days.  Please inform the school ( if this is the case for your child/family.  We would not expect you to contact the school on each of the school days to report your child's absence as we will assume the absence will continue for the full isolation period, but if your child is still not feeling well after the first seven day period of self-isolation, you should contact 111 online.  

If you would like to see a translation of Government guidance for parents and carers please click  here.

The following is a child-friendly video explaining the coronavirus:




The Department for Education has a helpline to answer questions about the virus related to education.  Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone:  0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

For further information on COVID-19 please see the Government and NHS guidelines here which are updated on a daily basis:

Government guidelines

NHS Guidelines