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Covid 19

Defford-cum-Besford Church of England First School is reopening to all pupils on Monday 8th March.


Here is what you need to know:




School uniform is to be worn from 8th March.  With many shops currently closed allowances will be made for children who have outgrown clothing and shoes but wherever possible we do ask that children wear full school uniform.


Before and after school care


Before and after school care will be offered from the 8th March.  Please complete the booking form and return to if you need to use it. 




Please can we ask for the safety of the children that you do not park on the yellow zig zagged lines outside school.  Thank you for  being considerate of the community on your way to and from school.  


Morning drop off


School drop-off will be between 8:45 – 9:00 for all classes.  Children in Willow are to be dropped off at the gate to their outside area.  Children in Oak and Birch are to be dropped off on the playground.  Children are to make their way directly into their classrooms.  Morning registration will be taken at 9:00am. 


Afternoon collection


The school day will end promptly at 2:55pm for children in Willow class and 3:00pm for Birch and Oak. 

Children in Willow will be collected from the gate to their outside area.

Birch and Oak will be released from their classroom doors onto the playground at 3:00pm. 


We will continue to operate a one-way system from the playground, through to the staff car park to help everyone stay safe. 


Thank you for ensuring you are on time to collect your children. 



The bus will begin operating again from Monday morning.  Children are not required to wear a facemask whilst travelling on the bus.


Gatherings of people


School drop-off and collection sees a large number of people gathering together.  Please can we ask only one parent to accompany their child to and from school and that all adults wear face masks whilst on school property, including the playground and car park.  Please ensure you follow social distancing guidelines whilst waiting. 


Face coverings


All adults (not staff) are expected to wear face coverings on site, indoors and when on school grounds.  There is no expectation that children will have to wear face coverings.  



Pershore Deli are providing hot lunches from 8th March.  For more information visit Pershore Deli – Schools.


Absence and symptoms


Schools will continue to be strict about children with symptoms of Covid-19 not attending school.  Please ensure that if your child or anyone in the household displays symptoms of coronavirus that the household isolates and the individual is tested. 




It is parents’ duty to ensure their child has regular attendance at school.  Please also help to ensure your child is in school by 9:00am to reduce disruption to the children’s learning. 


Equipment in school


Children will have their own resources in school and resources used by multiple bubbles will be cleaned between uses or left for 48 hours. 


Please can we ask that children only bring in essentials from home eg. Lunch boxes, drinks bottles, reading books etc.


PE and Forest School days


We will continue to ask children to arrive at school wearing school PE kit and old, warm, comfortable clothes for Forest School for their allotted PE and Forest School days.  A separate letter will go out with this information on once the timetable is finalised.


Family Testing


NHS Test and Trace has announced that all adults in households with school aged children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus testing.  Click here for more information.


Coronavirus in school


Children will be washing/sanitizing their hands throughout the school day. 


If we suspect a child may have symptoms, we will contact you immediately and ask that you collect them. Children will be isolated away from the rest of their class whilst they await collection. 


If a member of staff appears to display symptoms they will immediately leave the site and arrange for a test to be taken.


Staff working in school have been taking and will continue to take two lateral flow tests a week.  


During the school day, we will be operating in class bubbles.  This is to help us to reduce the number of contacts between staff and pupils. 


If we have a confirmed case in school, we will notify you as soon as possible about any required temporary closure.  In the event of children having to self-isolate at home, remote learning will be provided.