Returning in September 15th July 2020

Dear Parent/Carers

Thank you for your patience whilst we have been working through our plans for September. We know that you will be anxious to know how things will be organised so we will try and give you as much information as we can here. We appreciate that there is a lot to take in but we would be grateful if you could take the time to read through each section.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming back all children in to school on Tuesday 8th September 2020. The government have considered that the risk to children of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 is very low and there are negative health impacts of not being in school. Nonetheless the risk of COVID-19 remains, and vigilant measures must be in place to reduce the risk to as low as possible, and we are going to be taking sensible and proportionate measures to balance and minimise any risks from COVID-19.

The full guidance to support the opening of school can be found by clicking here. Our school Risk Assessment will be published on the school website when it is fully finalised.

We hope that you do not find any of the information below to be negative or obstructive, we are just trying to ensure that the information is clear and is clearly understood to ensure the safety of everyone in these circumstances. If there are any changes we will of course communicate that to you as soon as we are able.

1. Minimising contact and social distancing - How will classes be organised?

As per government guidance, from September children will be in normal class sizes. You will have received details of your child's new class enclosed in the pack along with your child's report.

The classes will be organised as follows:

  • Nursery - Mrs Benson
  • RC - Miss Chambers
  • RW - Miss Wake
  • 1H - Miss Hunter
  • 1P - Miss Patton
  • 1W - Miss Watling & Mrs Wilson
  • 2A - Miss Anger
  • 2AW - Mrs Andrew & Miss Whitfield
  • 2P - Miss Porter
  • 3C - Miss Colby
  • 3O - Miss Oldridge
  • 3S - Miss Salisbury
  • 4B - Mrs Buck
  • 4S - Miss Scholes
  • 4GB - Miss Goodall & Mrs Broderick
  • 5H - Mrs Hubbard
  • 5M - Mr Malik
  • 6AR - Miss Acaster & Mrs Richards
  • 6C - Miss Catchpole
  • 6H - Mrs Harris

In order to minimise contact with between large groups of children, we will be operating within year group "bubbles". This means that children from different year groups will not have contact with each other. Whole school and Wing activities such as assemblies will not take place. In order to maintain these bubbles, start and finish times, playtimes and lunchtimes will all be staggered. The start and finish times for each year group will be as follows:

  • Nursery: Start 9.00am, pick up 12.00
  • RC: Start 8.40am, pick up 3.15pm
  • RW: Start 8.50am, pick up 3.25pm
  • 1W & 1H: Start 8.40am, pick up 3.15pm
  • 1P: Start 8.50am, pick up 3.25pm
  • 2AW: Start 8.40am, pick up 3.15pm
  • 2P & 2A: Start 8.50am, pick up 3.25pm
  • Year 3: Start 8.40am, pick up 3.15pm
  • Year 4: Start Start 8.40am, pick up 3.15pm
  • Year 5: Start 8.50am, pick up 3.25pm
  • Year 6: Start 8.50am, pick up 3.25pm

Please take a look at the school plan below to see where in school your child's class will be located and how to access the school site:

Important points for drop off and collection

  • Please ensure that you stick to your timings and arrive promptly.
  • Please do not come on to the school site more than 5 minutes before your start/pick up time.
  • To further limit the number of people on the school site we ask that children are dropped off and collected by one parent or carer only, and that this adult does not enter the school building.
  • We encourage you to walk to school where possible.
  • In order to avoid contacts across groups, children are not to travel to school with other children other than their own siblings. This also means that parents must not bring children other than their own to school.
  • Please ensure social distancing from all other parents whilst on the school site. Parents are asked to leave the site promptly and not gather at the school gates with other parents.
  • For parents with more than one child in school, we ask that you leave the school site between drop offs, and follow the access directions given above. Also, please do not leave children alone on the school site. We understand that timings may be an issue if you have more than one child in different wings, so some leeway will be given in these circumstances.

2. What to bring

  • Children must wear a full school uniform. Please make sure children have warm clothing as we will be learning outdoors as much as possible.
  • Please do not bring PE bags or any other bags. PE kit is only required on specific PE days. (See section below)
  • Children are permitted to bring a coat, healthy morning/afternoon snacks, a named FULL water bottle and a packed lunch each day (if applicable). Water bottles must be taken home to be cleaned and refilled on a daily basis.
  • Children are not to bring any of their own stationery including pencil cases.
  • Children are not to bring any toys, games or balls.
  • No book bags should be brought to school to begin with. Please continue to read the books provided on the Online Reading Planet.
  • Children should only bring a mobile phone if absolutely necessary, as we will not be able to keep these safely locked away as we usually do. They will have to remain with your child and we cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage.
  • If your child requires medicine to be administered in school, a form must be completed beforehand. The forms can be found on our website under the ‘Wellbeing’ tab. Medicines should go to the classroom on arrival at school.

3. Things that we will be doing in class

We recognise that the children's mental health and resilience may have been affected by their experience since school closed in March. One of our key aims will be helping children to regain confidence as they return to the school setting. We will be tackling this via daily PSHCE lessons/circle time. We will also be focusing on sharing the love of reading and reading for pleasure through one of our class novels. Teachers will spend 20 minutes a day reading to their class and discussing a book. We also want to make sure children stay active, so all classes will be taking part in the Daily Mile.

Children will be having an allocated day for their PE time. In order to limit the amount of things children are bringing into school, we would like children to come to school in their PE clothes on their PE day. PE kit still need to be in line with the school uniform policy please:

  • White t-shirt/dark shorts.
  • Jogging bottoms and school jumper. (Please ensure PE kit items are plain with limited logos/branding.)
  • Children can wear jogging bottoms over shorts so that they are prepared for both outdoor and indoor PE.
  • No earrings should be worn on a PE day.

In line with the government guidance, we will continue to offer our children an ambitious and broad curriculum. We will prioritise the most important missed content and focus on addressing any significant gaps in children’s knowledge. All national curriculum foundation subjects will be taught in all years.

4. Homework/Online Learning

Homework will be set online on a weekly basis using Jotter Learn and Jotter Spellings. If your child cannot access online resources, please let us know. Reading will continue to be assigned on the Online Reading Planet.

5. School Meals

The school kitchen will be fully operational and will provide schools meals from September. School meals cost £2.70 and should be paid for online via ParentPay in advance as usual. (Universal free school meals will be provided for children in EYFS and Key Stage 1.)

Should you feel that you are eligible for Free School Meals please see the guidance by clicking here.

Children from Reception to Year 2 will eat in the East Hall, and Years 3 to 6 in the West Hall in year group bubbles. Times will be staggered. Children will have thirty minutes to eat their meal. Please support your child at home prior to September to encourage your child to eat within this time-frame.

6. Changes to the school environment to help keep everyone as safe as possible

There will be some physical changes in school that children will notice when they return.

  • There will be one way systems for moving around the school to help maintain bubbles.
  • There are currently open plan areas in the East building. To make these classrooms into more separate areas, additional doors are being installed over the summer.
  • We will keep the building as well ventilated as possible by opening windows.
  • From Year 1 upwards, children will be seated in forward facing rows of tables.
  • There will be a 'Teacher Zone' marked out at the front of the class to help the teacher maintain 2m social distancing.

7. Behaviour Expectations

We have revised our Behaviour Policy in line with Government guidance, this can be found in the policy section of the school website. Click here to view.

8. In the event of illness

If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss of, or change to, sense of smell or taste) you must follow the latest NHS guidance. If advised to self-isolate at home you must follow the guidance from Public Health England. They must not attend school.

If a child presents symptoms during the school day, they will be isolated in a separate room with a supervising member of staff and we will contact parents immediately.

School staff and children who attend school are eligible for testing. If a positive test is received they must self-isolate for 7 days and their household for 14 days. Tests can be requested through the free NHS testing process. Find out more by clicking here.

In the event of a positive test result, the school will contact the local health protection team who 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.

The health protection team will work with schools in this situation to guide them through the actions they need to take. Based on the advice from the health protection team, schools must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home. To support them in doing so, we will keep a record of pupils and staff in each group, and any close contact that takes places between children and staff in different groups.

If they are confirmed through testing to not have COVID-19 they can return to school.

Individuals must continue to self-isolate if they have symptoms even if a negative test result is received until the symptoms cease.

Please note that schools are permitted to refuse access to any individual who is displaying symptoms but who cannot confirm a negative test.

9. Precautions in School

With the school at full capacity it will not be possible to guarantee that the children will be able to maintain 1m+ social distancing. In order to try and control the spread of infection, a number of measures will be in place. Please note that at the time of writing, face coverings are not required in school. We will of course inform you if this guidance changes.

  • Access to handwashing facilities OR hand sanitiser will be available at all times, throughout the school, including in toilets and each classroom.
  • There will be a ‘Disinfection & Hygiene Station’ within each classroom with access to disposable towels and disinfectant spray, tissues and hand sanitiser to allow teaching staff to regularly sanitise as required.
  • Tissues will be readily available at all times in classrooms. Children will be regularly reminded to use a tissue or their sleeve to capture droplets. Hands must be washed after coughing or sneezing – staff will monitor this within their bubble.
  • Bins will be available in each classroom and other key locations to encourage ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’.
  • Equipment will be allocated to each child to avoid sharing.
  • Resources (such as toys or books) will be allocated to a specific class/year bubble and will be regularly cleaned.
  • Posters will be displayed prominently throughout the site to reinforce hand hygiene and ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’.
  • Each bubble will be allocated specific toilet cubicles.
  • Regular cleaning will take place throughout the day.
  • In the event of First Aid being required, the staff member administering will wear PPE.

10. Precautions at home

When your child returns home they should thoroughly wash their hands. Packed lunch boxes and water bottles should be washed thoroughly on a daily basis

11. Visitors

Local Authority guidance states that "visits by professionals, parents, volunteers, supply staff or contractors are to be kept to a minimum and by appointment only."

With this in mind we would ask that parents contact the school by telephone or email in the first instance. Please do not come up to the office in person, or try to speak to your child's teacher face to face at pick up or drop off times. An "in person" appointment would only be made if it it is agreed to be necessary by both parties. We hope that most queries and concerns can be dealt with to everyone's satisfaction over the phone and through electronic communication.

Where pre-arranged visitors do come on to the school site, social distancing and good respiratory hygiene procedures must be adhered to. All visitors who access the site must be requested to read and sign the Visiting Agreement. Contact Details must be obtained for Track and Trace purposes. Any individual who does not sign the Visiting Agreement may not be permitted access to the school.

12. Contact details

It will be more important than ever in the new year that we are able to contact family members quickly and easily. We will be sending out new paper contact forms when children return in September but if you are able to let us know of any changes now it would be really helpful if you can do so by filling out the electronic form on our website. Click on the button below to access the form.

I really appreciate you giving this lengthy letter your careful consideration. We hope it gives you confidence that, whilst there are no guarantees, we are doing all we possibly can to help to keep everyone safe and make the school an environment where children can learn and thrive.

Please do keep referring back to this document for information as we return in the autumn. We hope you all have a relaxing and safe summer holiday and we are really looking forward to seeing everyone after the break.

Kind regards,

Miss S O'Brien, Headteacher