Important Information to All Parents
Full Re-opening of School – Thursday 3rd September 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
On Friday 17th July we are closing for the Summer Break. Before providing you with further information on our initial plans for September, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and support throughout these most challenging times. It has been really appreciated.
The Government has now published guidance for the safe re-opening of schools, and following this we are now looking forward to welcoming all children back to school.
At the time of writing we are continuing to develop policy and procedure and a full risk assessment (in line with this guidance) with the focus on keeping your children, you and our staff safe. The school day may look very different to the majority of children and families, however our routines for the Key Worker groups and the classes who returned in June have worked really well. It is amazing how quickly the children have adapted and how positive they have been.
The following information is there to provide you with a reference to the key points around the return to school. We will keep this updated and provide further guidance where required to specific year groups, particularly around start and finish times.
Attendance and Punctuality
- All children are required to be in school full-time, from September.
- We expect children in Year 1 to Year 6 to attend school from 3rd September.
- Reception and Nursery children will receive more specific details about starting back arrangements.
- It is important not to be early, as well as not to be late, due to the staggered start times.
- Parents must telephone school if their child will be absent due to illness, and to give reasons why.
Daily Routine (Summary)
- Drop off times will be staggered with only one parent/carer allowed to do this at the school gate. Staff will monitor the safe entry of pupils to the school building.
- Children must arrive at the allocated times, not earlier or later.
- Pick up time: these are also staggered. We have allocated a waiting area just inside the school premises but away from the building. More details on this to follow.
- Please do not drive cars into the entrance road for drop off or pick up.
- Parents will not be permitted to enter the building and we would expect Staff not be approached at the beginning or end of the day to talk about any issue.
- Communication with Staff should be through email or telephone.
- Parents should avoid coming onto the school site at any other time unless invited.
Additional Information about Grouping and Organisation
Class Grouping, Teaching and Learning:
- The children will remain in their Class group throughout the day, including playtimes and lunchtimes.
- Teachers and other staff are allocated to each Class group.
- Children will be assigned a desk and equipment to use where they will sit throughout the day.
- Children in Y1 to Y6 will be sitting facing the front of the classroom.
- We will continue to teach an enriched, broad and balanced curriculum.
- Break and lunch times will also need to be staggered to ensure social distancing can be adhered to as much as possible.
- There will be no ‘Whole School Activities’ in the Hall.
- Pupils will be expected to follow all school rules, including those introduced as a result of the current pandemic. They will be guided through these. Further information to follow.
School Uniform, PE Kit and other items:
- School Uniform should be worn each day. It is essential that each item is clearly named.
- Please ensure your child has a coat or jacket for Outdoor play.
- PE Kit is needed by all children. We will inform you which days PE kit is needed.
- Please do not bring any other items in to school including scooters and bikes.
- If your child is entitled to a free school meal they will be able to have a free lunch from school.
- If your child is in Year 1 or Year 2, a ‘universal’ free school lunch will be provided.
- Parents can purchase a school lunch via Parent Pay.
- If your child does bring a packed lunch from home, please be careful about what you put into the lunch box. More details on this to follow.
Changes to other School based activities:
- There will be no After School Clubs.
- There will be no events for parents.
- No Breakfast Club
- There will be no Collective Worship or Church Services
- An enhanced cleaning regime will be in operation.
- Routines will continue to be in place for regular handwashing throughout the day.
- ‘Catch it, kill it, bin it’ approach to respiratory hygiene.
- Minimising contact between individuals.
- Staff will not be wearing PPE. However, we must wear PPE to administer close First Aid or to supervise the isolation of a symptomatic child if 2m distancing cannot be maintained.
Response to infection: (Summary)
- Parents and Carers must be willing to take part in the NHS track and trace process.
- If your child shows any signs of illness we will call you and you must collect your child immediately.
- If your child shows any symptoms they will be placed in supervised isolation whilst they wait for you to arrive.
- Symptomatic children and the members of their household must be tested. (We have been informed that by the start of term we will be provided with a small supply of home testing kits.)
- If the test is negative for all members of the household, then the child can return to school. Evidence of a test result is required immediately. A child or adult who has a confirmed case would be required to self-isolate for seven days. The household would be required to self-isolate for fourteen days.
- Where there is a confirmed case within a Class, the children and staff within that Class would be sent home to isolate for fourteen days following the ‘Stay at home Guidance’. The other household members would not need to self-isolate unless the child displayed symptoms and subsequently tested positive.
- In the event of a confirmed case, School will receive support from the local health protection team.
- In the event of a Local Lockdown, school would be in regular contact with Public Health England and further advice would be issued accordingly.
Finally, to help us support your children and your family, please remember:
We require the names and telephone numbers of at least two emergency contacts. If you need to update the information we have for you, please call the School Office.
Follow all social distancing protocols as part of the Government guidance.
At the time of writing specific guidance on the wearing of masks is changing daily. If this has any impact on procedures in school, we will pass that on to you.
If you wish to communicate with staff, please call the School Office.
Our continued very best wishes to you all
Mr Andrew Farnell (Head Teacher)
Mrs Nicola Pallister (Deputy Headteacher)
Mr Andrew Kay (Deputy Headteacher)
Alison Tweddle (Chair of Governors)