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COVID 19 - Return to school

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the school decide which Year Groups will return to school?

  • We are currently following Government guidelines. Year 1 have returned to school on June 8th. Reception classes will begin June 15th, with the Nursery to follow on June 22nd.  On June 29th Year 6 will return.

What provision will there be for children in Reception, Years 1 and Year 6 on the days children do not attend or for those who choose to stay at home?

  • Google Classroom will continue to run daily. Teachers will continue to plan and mark work when they return home from school.
  • All Kodesh Zoom lessons will continue.

 Why are classes returning to school only 2 days a week?

  • To maintain a healthy and safe environment. It would not be possible to accommodate 60 children per year group given staff availability and lack of space.
  • Breaktimes and lunchtimes have been staggered so that bubbles of 15 would ensure health and safety precautions are in place. We have taken advice from Barnet’s Educational Team, who have approved our timetable.

 What are you doing to prepare the school for reopening?

  • We have completed audits and Risk Assessments to ensure that we are doing the maximum to safeguard the health and safety of the staff and children.
  • Hand-sanitisers and soap are available all around the school.
  • Non-essential furniture has been removed or covered up from classrooms to ensure that they are clutter-free.
  • Soft furnishings, cushions and other resources have been removed.
  • Tables and desks have been moved as far apart as the room allows.
  • Signage has been placed around the school with specific instructions/guidelines to staff.
  • The playground has been cordoned into sections which to allow the children to play in their bubble.
  • Tape has been placed to mark out lines and spaces in the playground to ensure social distancing.
  • Different exits/entrances have been allocated to different classes to ensure safety.
  • Parents will not be allowed in the building or playground in order to keep each bubble separate.

Will the teachers enforce social distancing between children?

  • The concept of social distancing is not really familiar to children, but we have taken steps to make it part of their new environment so that they have no need for close contact.
  • The classrooms have been organised to facilitate social distancing. At playtime children will be encouraged to play non-contact games. The teachers will be understanding if the children are unclear of the expectations.

 Why can’t the school replicate the usual time table?

  • The implementation of Google Classroom was specifically intended to help parents having difficulty accessing live lessons for numerous children at home. Parents with several children at home have mentioned the difficulty they have accessing the Kodesh Zoom lessons with limited technology and space at home. Google classroom allows those parents to download Chol lessons when they can, thereby relieving some of the pressure of home-schooling.

 How will the children move around the building?

  • Children will move around the specified areas in their bubble, following the 2-metre rule. They will be sent to the toilet one at a time, emphasising good hand hygiene.  Toilets will be disinfected several times during the day.

 What happens if there is a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the school.

  • If a child develops COVID-19 symptoms, they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days and arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19. They can do this by visiting NHS.UK to arrange or contact NHS 119. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. Where the child, young person or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.
  • Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble or class will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that bubble or class do not need to self-isolate unless the child they live with from that bubble subsequently develops symptoms.

 What steps have been taken to ensure the children will settle back in school in a seamless and relaxed manner?

  • A considerable part of work will be spent on social and emotional skills, resilience building and pastoral care.
  • There will be a zoom assembly for each group prior to the date they are set to come in.
  • A welcome back to school booklet will be sent to all parents and children to help them with the transition.
  • Careful monitoring of the well-being of the children will be foremost in the teachers’ minds and if they feel a child needs intervention they will inform the Senior Leadership Team.

 Why has the school day been shortened?

  • The school day has been shortened for several reasons:
    1. To ensure that small bubbles occupy specific areas.
    2. Each bubble requires numerous members of staff who will not be able to transfer from one bubble to the next. Our staff numbers are reduced because they are either shielding and/or vulnerable themselves. Additionally, they are extending the remote learning duties for other year groups.
    3. In addition, teachers who are coming into school must return home with enough time to plan and mark the work from their Google Classroom.

 Is it possible for keyworker children to also attend classes with their year groups?

  • This is not possible due to government guidelines, where children are not allowed to move from one bubble to the next to avoid spread.

 Is there any support for parents in helping their children transition back into school.?

  • Pastoral care at Menorah Primary is paramount. Mrs Joseph (Assistant Head & SEND) has had an email address set up specifically for this purpose for parents and children who need support.  Her email is
  • The PTA in conjunction with Mrs Menczer will be organising a programme from trained experts to further support.

 Why can’t teachers teach other year groups to alleviate the staffing shortages?

  • Staff will be deployed into different classes when necessary without crossing bubbles.