We hope you have all enjoyed a restful summer break and are now ready to approach the new school year with enthusiasm and positivity.
As you are all aware, we are planning to open to all our children on Friday 4th September. This remains the case. The school has been thoroughly cleaned and staff are all prepared for this to happen and are looking forward to seeing the children return.
We are required to ensure a number of provisions have been made to keep all staff and children as safe as possible. The government advice is clear: children should attend school and we are supporting this view.
At this time, the wearing of masks is not expected in school, but we will continue to adhere to government advice as and when it changes.
In order to keep the fewest number of people on site at any one time, we will be instigating a staggered start and end to the school day.
Please see the attached document for staggered start and finish times.
In order for the staggered start and finish to be successful, it is vital that children are at school on time.
Children should be brought to the appropriate designated areas where they will be met by a member of staff at the specified time.
Children can be left in the care of the member of staff, enabling parents and carers to leave the site swiftly and avoid causing congestion.
At the end of the school day, the procedure will be carried out in reverse with the children being brought to the designated areas. Please ensure you are prompt in the collection of your child. Please do not come to school earlier than you need or congregate around exit doors as this will cause unnecessary congestion.
All adults should ensure they continue to observe social distancing whilst on the school site.
In school, the children will be in ‘Year group bubbles’ and the bubble will share break times and outside learning time.
School bags should be avoided where possible to reduce clutter and PE kit should be worn to school on PE days.
At lunchtime, we will be working with two bubbles inside and two outside at any time to reduce the contact between the children. All children will spend part of lunchtime indoors and part outside.
Children will eat lunch in the hall with others from their bubble. All tables will be wiped down between sittings and after the children have left the classroom to have their outside break.
Should you have an essential item, eg medication or an inhaler, which needs to be dropped off, please bring it to the school office at the start of the school day.
PLEASE NOTE that if your child requires a packed lunch, they must bring it with them in the morning only.
We have taken a number of measures in school to ensure the children wash their hands regularly and have appropriate access to tissues etc.
Many of our children continued to attend school during the lockdown period and they will be acting as ‘Hygiene Heroes’ to support their friends in good habits and routines in school.
In order for the return to school to be successful, we will need your help in a number of areas.
It is imperative that you only send your child to school if they are well. I am sure you will all appreciate that our classes are small spaces and children will inevitably be in close proximity with each other and their adults when in school. Should a child demonstrate symptoms when in school, we will need you to take them home as quickly as possible to protect all the other children and adults.
This term, due to the need to minimise contact between different groups of pupils and embed the new protocols, Breakfast Club and After School Club will continue to operate.
This will be limited provision in year group bubbles and we will only be able to offer an hour (3:45pm to 4:45pm) after school provision to support our wrap around care.
Reception Breakfast & After School Club will be in the Studio.
Years 1 & 2 Breakfast & After School Club will be in the Small Hall.
Years 3 & 4 Breakfast & After School Club will be in the Main Hall.
All Breakfast & After School Club drop off and collections will be via the school office.
Please book in the usual way via Scopay. This will be available from Wednesday 2nd September from 3pm.
At this time we are not able to offer our enrichment clubs. We are aware that some working families find these helpful in terms of childcare and we strongly believe that extra curricular activities support children’s well being and social development, so will keep this closely under review and endeavour to introduce them as soon as possible.
If parents need to communicate with staff, we are asking them to phone or email rather than visit.
Any visit to the school must be made via an appointment.
Appointments will not be made at the start and end of the day to maximise social distancing.
When visiting school for a pre arranged appointment, parents and visitors are to use the hand sanitiser available and wear a mask.
Where possible we are aiming to avoid face to face meetings.
The school expects any parents, pupils, carers, employees and vistors not to enter the school if they are displaying any symtoms of Coronavirus.
What happens if someone becomes unwell at school?
If anyone attending school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste of smell, they will be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance which sets out that they must self-isolate forat least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated, with appropriate adult supervision as required. A window will be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, they will be moved to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.
What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus at the school?
If we are informed that a child or staff member has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) we will act swiftly in line with government and local authority guidance. The local health protection team will be contacted immediately. This team will also contact us directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
(COVID-19) has attended the school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.
The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate. We will follow the actions set out by the health protection team and in line with their advice we will send home those children and staff who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days.
Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’. They should get a test, and:
•If the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.
•If the test result is positive, they should inform school immediately, and must isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 14-day isolation period). Their household should self-isolate for at least 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, following ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’
I hope this information serves to give you some clarity and I look forward to seeing all our children (Years 1 to 4) on Friday 4th September.
We are very excited to welcome our new Reception pupils on Thursday 10th September.
Whether you're working from home with your kids for the first time or supporting children during these unprecedented times, the NSPCC has tips and advice for you.
Please click on the following link:
The very important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance: