CORONAVIRUS

Returning to School

 

 

 

 

NHS AdviceParents Advice Leaflet (gov.uk)

We are reopening to all of our pupils for the new acadmeic year on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 and we are all looking forward to welcoming the children back to school.

As we navigate through this unprecedented time, we have implemented a number of new safety measures based on guidance from the local authority and UK government. These measures are detailed below and we ask that you take some time to familiarise yourself with them prior to our re-opening.

Summary of Changes
  • A staggered start in the mornings
  • A new way of entering the school premises and a different place where you will say

    goodbye to your child

  • Increased hand washing and use of hand sanitiser throughout the school day
  • Classrooms will be set out in rows (their teachers will show them where to sit)
  • Break times and lunchtimes in their Year group bubbles
  • No whole school gatherings e.g. worship times
  • Year groups will be grouped as ‘bubbles’
Drop Off

A one way system is operating on Weaver’s lane to help maintain social distancing –Please walk on the left hand side and avoid blocking the lane. Please do not enter the Lane until the appropriate time.

Early Years and Nursery

8.50am – 9.00am

Early Years and Nursery (gates and doors will open from 8.40am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the first week of term to enable more time for drop off, this is for Nursery and Early years only).

Please follow the markers and maintain social distancing.

You will drop your child off outside their classroom door – this will be signposted. Please do notcross the marked areas to ensure social distancing is maintained. Your child’s class teacher willbe at the door to welcome them and support them as they enter the classroom.

Once you have dropped off your child please continue following the one way system around the outside of our school building and leave by the signposted gate.

Year 3 and Year 4

9.00am – 9.10am

Please enter through the top pedestrian gate (as signposted) and follow the path in front of the main school building. Parents will then say goodbye to their children by the main school gate (outside the nursery classroom) where a member of staff will greet your child and show them where to go.

Parents then need to continue on the one way system to leave the site through the sign posted gate.

Please ensure that your child has all of their belongings with them to ensure a smooth transition into school.

Year 1 and Year 2

9.10am 9.20am

Please enter through the top pedestrian gate (as signposted) and follow the path in front of the main school building. Parents will then say goodbye to their children by the main school gate where a member of staff will greet your child and show them where to go.

Parents then need to continue on the one way system to leave the site through the sign posted gate.

Please ensure that your child has all of their belongings with them to ensure a smooth transition into school.

If you have more than one child in school please access the school grounds at the earliest drop of time for any of your children, the other children may also enter their classrooms at this time.

Collection

Children need to be collected from the playgrounds (with the exception of Nursery who will be collected from their classroom) where they will be waiting with their teachers in class lines.

Parents need to follow the one way system and remain in the marked areas your child will then be sent across to you. Please help us make this transfer smooth by continuing to walk along the marked path and not overtaking other parents and their children.

Please note children in Year 4 must be collected from the playground and not the top gate.

3.10 – 3.20pm Early Years, Nursery and Year 1 children.

3.30pm Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 children.

Please note the school gates will be locked again at 3.20pm to allow children in Years 2, 3 and 4 to safely access the playground the gates will then be reopened so collection can start for these year groups.

If you have children in both pick up slots you will need to complete 2 loops of the playground at the appropriate times.

Social Distancing and Social Mixing

All of our Year Groups will each be identified as a bubble. For the most part children will be taught in their own classes however there may be times when children mix within their year group bubbles. Children may take part in small group intervention with children from the other class within their year group and year groups will spend time at break times and lunchtimes together on the playground or eating their lunch.

Where possible during the school day the contact between year groups will be minimised. The passing of children from other year groups for example in the corridors or toilet blocks will occur, however this is seen as minimal risk.

Hygiene

As a school we have strict hygiene procedures in place. Children will wash hands or use hand sanitisers (provided by school) on entry to school and at various identified points during the school day.

Hand sanitiser will be used by the children at points during the school day. This will be provided by the school and its use supervised by a member of staff,

Please do not send your child into school with an individual hand sanitiser.

If your child has any allergies linked to this that we need to be aware of please email details to the school office.

We ask that your child and whoever is bringing them into school washes their hands thoroughly before leaving home to help support us in this.

Lessons on handwashing and ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ will take place.

Infection Control

To ensure the safety of all, the following procedures will be put in place. Please help support us and help keep everyone safe by following the government directives.

No child or adult who is showing any symptoms for coronavirus will be permitted into school.

In the event of a child developing any symptoms during the school day they will be removed from the classroom and isolated. They will be supervised by a member of staff (please be aware this member of staff may be wearing PPE equipment).

From June 1st any staff member or child attending school who displays symptoms can be tested at national centres for Covid-19. It is important that if your child or anyone in your household has any corona virus symptoms they are tested. We need a copy of the negative result before they can re-enter school.

In the event of someone in school testing positive for Covid-19 we will follow guidance and directives issued by Public Health England. If the school is closed to identified year groups or the whole school on any occasion then home learning will be provided for your child via our Seesaw platform to ensure continuity of education.

Classrooms and Equipment

Our classrooms will look a bit different than normal. Desks will be arranged in rows with all children facing forward. Some areas in the room will have had resources removed, for example soft furnishings etc. However all of our staff are working hard to ensure that our classrooms and the school is a welcoming environment for our children. We have found that the children who have already returned to school have still found our classrooms inviting places to learn and have managed the changes incredibly well.

Children in Years 1-4 will be provided with their own pack of equipment that they will need on a daily basis for example pencil, rubber, white board pens etc. These will be clearly labelled and for their individual use only. During the school day other equipment may be used by the children within their year group e.g. art equipment, science equipment etc. This equipment will then be thoroughly cleaned or isolated for 72hrs before use by children in a different year group.

Other classroom equipment and resources especially in our younger classes will be shared by the class during the day e.g. role play resource, jigsaws, activity cards etc.

We ask please that your child does not bring any stationery items, toys etc. into school.

Uniform and Belongings

All children should return in September wearing full school uniform and school shoes. If you need any support with this please contact the school as we have a number of preowned uniforms available.

Please ensure that all uniform and PE kits are clearly named.

All children must have a warm, waterproof coat in school wherever possible we will try and get the children outside at break and lunchtimes.

Your child may bring a school bag into school. This needs to be stored on their peg during the school day. If your child brings a packed lunch to school this needs to be in a named lunchbox. Please ensure that any containers inside lunchboxes are easy for your child to open independently.

Your child should bring a named water bottle into school each day. Please ensure it is clearly named on the side of the bottle where it can be seen by all children.

All children must have a PE kit in school suitable for outside PE. This must include a warm tracksuit (top and bottoms) and a pair of trainers. 

Medicines need to be fully labelled and brought to the school office. Please remember in line with school policy we can only administer medicine if it is prescribed for 4 times a day or more.

Before/After School Clubs

We are pleased to announce that our before and after school clubs will be reopening for the new academic year. Please email the club in the usual way to book a place for your child.

Home Learning

If the school is closed to identified year groups or the whole school on any occasion then home learning will be provided for your child via our Seesaw platform to ensure continuity of education.

Contacting Us

We are asking that contact between yourselves and school wherever possible is by email not through face to face contact with the office staff.

Please do not send paper based letters or notes into school.

If you need to speak to a member of staff please email the school office and they will phone you back.

For any urgent communication please phone the school office.

Wherever possible communication will not be sent on paper email and text services will be used. It is therefore vital that we have up to date contact information for yourselves.