Following the recent Government announcements please read the information below: 

Frequently asked questions


  1. Working following revision of guidelines in May 2021

Hawes Side Academy will continue to ensure our ways of working follow the government guidance to support safe working. Whilst the lockdown is relaxing step by step from May 17th the systems we have in place for arrival and departure remain and we ask that you continue to support as you have been doing by following the one-way system and maintaining your distance from others.  Please can we ask that only one adult accompany children to school to reduce the number of people on site at the designated time.  We also ask that adults do not stay on site any longer than you need to. 

  1. Systems to stay safe 

We will continue to operate our enhanced regimes to support safety. 

Use of Masks - There is no requirement for children or adults to wear masks in school. However, we will be asking that, in line with latest guidance and  our Risk Assessment, some staff do so due to the work they are undertaking. Whilst not compulsory for children we will support parental decisions in relation to this. 

Social distancing – We will continue to operate in bubbles maintaining as much distance as is possible and limiting the use of shared items. Lunch will continue to be taken in class. 

Cleanliness – We will continue our enhanced cleaning regimes and are well stocked with soap and sanitiser to ensure pupils can continue to keep their hands clean. 

Respiratory Hygiene – Children will continue to be encouraged to follow the catch it, bin it, kill it approach 

Uniform - please continue to send your children in full uniform with extra layers to keep warm where windows are kept open.  We also ask that pupils do not bring in large bags and additional items that are not necessary in school.  

Ventilation - rooms will be well ventilated throughout the day. 

  1. Mass Testing 

At this stage we have not been advised that we will be expected to carry out mass testing in our school. We will of course keep you informed should this requirement change. 

  1. Isolation and testing 

Whilst we are in national lockdown it is more important than ever that the guidance with regard to isolation and testing is followed.    

Please can you ensure that: 

  • If your child displays symptoms they remain at home until a PCR test has been carried out. Please keep us informed if a test result is positive so that we can act quickly. 

  • If your child has been in contact with someone who has symptoms or who has tested positive they must stay at home and self-isolate.  

  • Government guidance is followed in relation to travel abroad. 

We will continue to be vigilant in school in letting you know of the onset of any symptoms during the school day. 

  1. Bubble closure/online learning 

We continue to follow guidance in relation to isolation should a positive case of COVID-19 be reported. Should your child be asked to isolate work will continue to be provided.

  1. Out of School Clubs 

The current guidance allows us to continue running our out of school clubs (Breakfast and After School Club). We have now extended our offer to provide the option of a later closure (until 5 p.m.)


As an academy we are continuing to monitor the advice provided by the Government regarding Coronavirus on a daily basis and are implementing action as required e.g. enhanced cleaning regimes, opportunities for hand washing, access to sanitiser etc. 

Some academy policies have been added to in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. You can see them here.

Our current Risk Assessment is available here.

Links to the latest guidance can be found here.

Please read our latest home school agreement here

Our video below also highlights some of the measures and changes in place since September 2020.

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