Houghton Primary School

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School Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Parents and carers can contact the school out of hours using this email address if anyone in the household has C-19 symptoms or has tested positive: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please tell us who has symptoms, when they first got symptoms and/or the date of the test. That person will need to isolate for 10 days. Everyone else in the household and anyone else who has been in close contact with the person with symptoms will need to isolate for 14 days from the date the symptoms began.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a significant impact on life in this country and across the world.

At Houghton Primary School we have taken and continue to take a considered, proactive and responsive approach to ensuring that we do everything possible to reduce the health risks of the pandemic for our school community.

We follow government and local authority guidance and advice and continually monitor the effectiveness of our risk management and operational planning.

Whilst the school was closed along with all other schools in the UK on 20th March 2020, we remained open and operational, providing childcare for essential keyworkers from 23rd March until the end of the summer term. We opened ‘bubbles’ for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from 1st June in accordance to parental request. We were able to extend this on from the 15th June. We provided home learning for all children throughout, kept in touch with families at home by telephone and continue to provide food parcels for families who are impacted by the knock-on affects of the pandemic. We communicated at least weekly with our families throughout, updating them on the latest news from the DfE, local authority and school. This weekly communication continues along with our commitment to keep our families as informed as possible.

On 7th September 2020 we were able to fully re-open to all children, building on our knowledge and experience of operating the school over the previous 5 months.

Please find the documentation which underpins the operation of our school at this time on the links below.

Department of Education (DfE) Guidance for Full Opening: Schools (updated regularly by the government)

Risk Management Plan(updated 01.12.2020)

Operational Plan Sections 1 and 3(updated 01.12.2020)

Operational Plan Sections 4 - 6 (updated 01.12.2020)

Information for parents and carers(updated 01.12.2020)

Bubble Staffing (01.12.2020)

Close Contact Protocol (updated 01.12.2020)

Lunchtime Arrangements (01.09.2020)

Remote Learning Protocol (updated 01.10.2020)

Local Authority guide for parents: COVID-19 Related Absence from School (15.09.2020)

Drop off and Pick up Arrangements  (updated 25.09.2020)

COVID-19 Catch-Up Premium Plan (updated 01.12.2020)

Houghton Primary School Google Meet Acceptable Use Protocol (for virtual meetings) (12.01.2021)


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