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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:


Before and after school care


Our before and after school care are running as usual.  Please contact the office or complete a booking form and return to




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. 




Children are not required to wear a facemask whilst travelling on the bus.


Gatherings of people


Whilst restrictions have gradually lifted we are keen to minimise the number of large gatherings at school.  For now we have decided to not have parents join us for our Friday assemblies.  



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 individual isolates and 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


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


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.