Children Adapt Well To Covid-19 Measures For Safe Return To School

Theddlethorpe Academy children wash their hands regularly throughout the day with outdoor sinks provided for use as they arrive at school.

Teachers and pupils have welcomed the opportunity to be back in the classroom at Theddlethorpe Academy following extensive risk assessments and the introduction of a raft of new safety measures.

Principal Susan Cook said the children have reacted "extremely well" to the new regime, which has allowed teachers to go full steam ahead with teaching the National Curriculum again after months of disruption.

Mrs Cook said: "The new regime begins even before the children come through the school gates. We have staggered start times so there is no congestion outside the school gates, which parents have thanked us for, and the pupils arrive through separate gateways. The younger children are brought in by their siblings, and every child sanitises their hands at the outdoor sinks before entering the Academy buildings.

"Once they have sanitised their hands, we continue to sanitise throughout the day, with hand sanitisers on walls and desks and near to the teachers, so that pupils can use them at any time. We are handwashing constantly throughout the day, especially before and after break times and before and after lunch breaks.

"At Theddlethorpe Academy the children are taught in three bubbles. We  have Nursery and Reception; Years 5 and 6; and Years 1, 2, 3 and 4, and the children have been absolutely amazing with their response to this.

"The staff have also adapted really well to the new regime and we have done a very thorough risk assessment, which everyone has followed. We have gone full steam ahead with the National Curriculum, however we have got a recovery curriculum in place too, so we have taken some time out to do mindfulness and we have a worry box in the classrooms and the children have been putting little statements into that. 

"We have also introduced The Daily Mile to get the children fit again after the lockdown, in line with Government guidelines. The children can either walk or run the mile and we are usually out in the playground for about 15 minutes every day to do that.

"I am extremely proud of the staff and pupils at the Academy, who are all working together to ensure that we can return to school with as little disruption to learning as possible in these difficult times."

Year 6 pupil Olly Tedford washes his hands.

School cleaner Jonathan Wray is working extra hours to help sanitise the Academy.

Signs throughout the school remind the children to wash their hands and show them how to do it properly.

Older siblings escort their younger siblings into Theddlethorpe Academy as part of the Covid-19 precautions.

The pupils practise social distancing by keeping at arm's length as much as possible.

Pupils at play in their classroom bubbles.

As part of Government advice to get fit, pupils are running/walking a mile each day in the playground in their bubbles.

A Worry Box has been introduced so that pupils can voice any concerns. Pictured is Olivia Asher (Year 6).

Classroom books are quarantined after use.

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Theddlethorpe Academy Principal

Mrs Susan Cook

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