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Holwell Primary School


Holwell Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 3RP

01707 323716

Covid-19 Information

Christmas Holidays

We wish all our families a pleasant and restful Christmas break and we look forward to seeing the children back in school Tuesday 5th January! If your child tests positive for coronavirus during the period 19th December to 24th December, please notify us as soon as possible so we can complete the relevant tracking and tracing process with public health and notify any other children or staff who have been close contacts and need to self-isolate. During this period you should contact Miss French on the School Mobile:07565 692499. Please do not call the school office as this won’t be covered during the Christmas break.

Self Isolating

Self-isolate immediately if:

What will happen if you child falls unwell?

If a child begins to display any of the symptoms of Covid19, a phone call will be made requesting you to collect your child as soon as possible. You will also be asked to collect any siblings within the school.

At Holwell, the safety of our children and staff is of vital importance. If a child displays any of the symptoms outlined below or seems unwell, you will be asked to collect.

Symptoms of Covid 19 in a child:

  • High temperature
  • New, continuous cough
  • Loss of taste and smell

If your child has diarrhoea or an upset stomach, a phone call home will be made. Your child will be required to stay at home for a minimum of 48hours. If your child is feeling better after 48 hours, they may return to school. 

Please log on to the Covid 19 Website for more information: lid=EAIaIQobChMImfTp9oDe6wIVibbtCh3uiw2zEAAYASAAEgLf1PD_BwE

 If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.
  1. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.

If your child has a negative test result they may return to school.Please ensure you communicate with the school regularly.


Attendance is compulsory and important in minimising the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and their wider development.

If your child or a member of your household does display Covid-19 symptoms or have tested positive in the last 7 days, your child must remain at home. Please inform the school as soon as possible by contacting the main office on 01707 323716.

The school day

The children and staff will be organised into year group bubbles from September. Bubbles will not be allowed to mix. In this way any illness would only affect one bubble and not the whole school. Staff and children will be encouraged to practice social distancing within bubbles and robust hand and respiratory hygiene will be prioritised.

The staggered start and end times, lunch time arrangements and staggered use of playgrounds mean the school day will be restructured slightly. The daily structure for your child’s day is set out below:



Start of the Day


End of the Day


Year 1


Sussex - Gate 2 Galsgow - Gate 1


Gate 3 (Main Office)

Year 2


Bath - Gate 2 London Gate 1


Gate 3 (Middle Gate)

Year 3


Gate 1 (Main Gate)


Gate 1 (Main Gate)

Year 4


Gate 1 (Main Gate)


Gate 1 (Main Gate)

Year 5


Gate 1 (Main Gate)


Gate 1 (Main Gate)

Year 6


Gate 1 (Main Gate)


Gate 1 (Main Gate)


Siblings are allowed to be dropped off at the same time. Parents must drop off at the earliest time and collect at the latest time allocated to their children. E.g. Siblings in year 6 and year 1 – children should be dropped off at 8:25am and collected at 3:15pm.

Arriving and Leaving school

Please ensure you arrive on time and at the designated gate when dropping off your child. Parents are currently not encouraged to come into school, without an appointment. Members of staff will be located at each gate and around the site to welcome the children and guide them safely to their classrooms. If you are late, you

will be asked to wait until 9.05am, once the final year group have entered the school site safely. When collecting your child, please wait at the designated gate.

To ensure the children are dropped off safely, parents are asked to not wait at the school gate and to follow social distancing guidelines when dropping off your children.

Break and lunch times

Break and lunch times have been staggered through the day to ensure bubbles do not mix. Each bubble will have a zoned area and equipment to play with. The equipment will be cleaned thoroughly after use.

During morning registration, the children will be asked to choose their lunch. The delicious school menu will be available on the school website each week. Please look through the menu with your child and help them to decide their option. Children are allowed to bring a packed lunch from home. They must take this to their classroom in the morning.


Children will be expected to wear full uniform from September 2020. Following government guidance, children will be provided with opportunities through the day to be outside so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather conditions. P.E lessons will be taking place outside where possible therefore please provide your child with a pair of plain black joggers, plain black jumper and trainers to be worn for outside PE lessons. This PE kit will remain at school. Please check the school website for information on uniform


Each child will be provided with a clear, wipeable pencil case with the necessary equipment from September. This will be used solely by your child and will remain at school. Please provide your child with a named water bottle. They will be encouraged to drink plenty of water through the day.

Extra-curricular provision

Breakfast and after-school club will resume from Monday 7th September 2020. Please ensure you book a space for your child using the Schoolcomms Gateway system, as we will be limiting numbers to follow government guidelines.

Breakfast Club

After-School Club

7:45am – 8:45am

3:15pm – 6:00pm

Initially we will not be running teacher led after school activities, however we hope to resume these as soon as possible.

At Holwell Primary School, we are excited to welcome back the children and have carefully considered our procedures with the safety of the children, staff and our community at the forefront. Together, we will ensure that the children have a great start to the 2020-2021 academic year! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school via 

Further information can be found by visiting