Dear Parents and Carers
In September 2020, following Government recommendations, all children will be expected to return to school. To accommodate this as, in consultation with the Governing Board and following published guidance, we will have the following procedures in place to support our pupils:
We will be welcoming new Foundation Stage pupils at the start of the Autumn term for their transition on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September 2020. These will be INSET days for the remainder of pupils in Year 1 and 2.
Year 1 and 2 children will all return to school on Thursday 3rd September 2020.
Entrance and Exit to School
So that large numbers of children and adults are not on site together at any one time, we will be staggering entry and exit times and continuing to use both school gates. Year group pupils will enter school at the same time, one group via South Street (Main playground entrance via South Street and one group via the Foundation Stage playground on Main Street at the back of the school). No parents / carers will be allowed onto the school site and children will be taken by school staff from the gate. The gates will be open for 5 minutes and after that children will have to use the reception entrance.
Start Time = 8.30am – Exit Time = 2.45pm
Entrance and exit = Class 1 – Main Playground Gate (South St) Class 2 – FS Playground Gate (Main St)
Start Time = 8.45am – Exit Time = 3.00pm
Entrance and exit = Class 4 – Main Playground Gate (South St) Class 3 – FS Playground Gate (Main St)
Start Time = 9.00am – Exit Time = 3.15pm
Entrance and exit = Class 6 – Main Playground Gate (South St) Class 5 – FS Playground Gate (Main St)
We will work with parents who have siblings in more than one year group so you will only have to drop off and collect at one time. You will be contacted about this individually.
We ask that children are only escorted to and from school by 1 adult to avoid congestion around the entrances and exits and that people do not congregate around these. Late entry and exit arrangements will be via the main reception area. We ask that you try to help us by arriving and collecting children promptly at the times stated above to help to keep everyone safe. We encourage any families who can walk to school to do this whenever possible to avoid congestion around school
All children will need to return to school in September. We will discuss individual cases with the parents of any child who is categorised as extremely clinically vulnerable. Guidance says that it is now safe for your child to return if they are living with someone who is clinically vulnerable. Please do not book holidays for September. The start of term is going to be a huge transition for children, and they need to settle into new routines, while staff use this time to assess gaps in learning.
Children will continue to work in ‘class bubbles’ with their class teacher and TA. Year groups will also be blocked together to form a larger bubble which will allow us to teach the curriculum in the best way possible and support children with any gaps in their knowledge. Each year group will have their own toilets and playtimes/lunch times will be staggered to limit contact between year groups. Classrooms will also be laid out differently to limit face to face contact.
Wrap Around Care
Breakfast club will be open from 8 am with children attending in Year Group bubbles. Initially this will be open for working parents only. Children will be escorted from this to classes at their designated start times. Please contact the school office if you require a breakfast club place. Breakfast club will start on Monday 7th September for Year 1 and 2 pupils and we will discuss start dates and times for Foundation Stage pupils in week 2. There will be no after school clubs running until it is safe to do so.
Uniform and Belongings
Children are expected to wear school uniform as usual and in Y1 and Y2, a P.E. kit can be kept on their peg. Lunch boxes can be brought as required and book bags should be brought every day. Each child needs their own water bottle. Please do not send other bags to school to limit the amount of equipment moving between home and school each day. As usual, please ensure everything is named.
On Thursday the 3rd and Friday the 4th of September there will only be a cold sandwich ‘grab bag’ option for the children or alternatively they may bring a packed lunch from home. Hot dinners will be available with a new menu from Monday 7th September which is now available to view on the school website. If you are in receipt of certain benefits, you are able to claim for Free School Meals. This can be done by completing the online form found here:
Children will be given regular reminders about social distancing and signage is in place, but social distancing cannot be guaranteed as we are working with young children – we are glad the government guidance recognises that and understands that they will not need to social distance within their bubble. Staff continue to ensure they adhere to social distancing guidance when they are in contact with each other. Children will be given reminders and opportunities for handwashing and this will be built into their day at regular points. Daily deep cleans will continue to take place at the end of each school day and all school staff clean throughout the day on classroom surfaces (handles, equipment, etc) at regular intervals.
School has updated the risk assessments to consider all the factors above and how larger groups within school will be managed. As always, our risk assessments are under constant review and always reflect the most current government advice.
Any child complaining of feeling ill or who has a temperature will be cared for following our usual procedure but will need to self-isolate in the office area and parents/ carers will be contacted to pick up as soon as possible in order to minimise contact with others.
If your child or someone in your household is unwell or shows any of the symptoms of Coronavirus, then please do not send them to school under any circumstances in order to prevent the spread of the illness to other children and staff. In this instance, the child should be self-isolated wherever possible for 7 days and all fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. Please let us know urgently if this is the case as ‘where a child tests positive, the rest of the class/group should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class/group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.’ (DfE Guidance).
As initially there will be no parents in school, if you have a question or concern we haven’t been able to address at the gate then please call or email school and staff will contact you to help. Please be aware that things are still all subject to change, so keep an eye out for further updates over the summer and particularly as we approach the start of the new school term in September 2020.
As always you can contact us if you need to via the main school e-mail email@example.com or by telephoning school on 01709 710599 in school hours if we can help you in any way, or if you have any further questions. Thank you.
Mrs C E Smyth (Headteacher) and Mrs K Blythe (Deputy Headteacher)