These pages on our website are designed to let you know how we will be organising our school so that we can welcome you back safely. We are really looking forward to seeing you all again and want you to know how we will be caring for you when you are with us. We hope you find the information in these pages useful, and if you have any other questions, please just ask us.
The safety of our children and our staff, as well as their families, is at the heart of every decision we have made and will continue to be the driving force behind any future plans. The second consideration is the academic progress and wellbeing of all our children, as well as for Year 6 the added consideration of preparing them for moving to secondary school.
If parents/carers have a reason for their child/children not to return to school, then continued home-schooling will be provided as is currently. It is expected that any well child, not attending school, will complete this work. The Department for Education document states that the government strongly encourages children to attend school, when invited, unless they are self-isolating due to coronavirus symptoms or they are clinically vulnerable, therefore shielding.
School would need to be informed, in writing by e-mail (through the contact us page on the website) or posted to school, of cases where you are not sending your child to school. If the school has been informed in writing, currently no prosecution would take place as long as home-schooling is continued. Before you make any decision, we ask that you carefully read the plans we have put in place below to understand how we aim to make school as safe as it can be.
We do understand that for parent/carers returning to work that a full return to school, straight away, would be preferable; however, currently we are unable to offer this.
In order to ensure social distancing, the following is planned to support children to stay safe and re-start their learning effectively:
All classes will be split into smaller groups (with no more than 12 children in a group), depending on the room size they will be working in. The groups will not mix or change.
The most difficult part of social distancing are playtimes, lunchtimes and use of porches. To support the safety of staff and children, playtimes and lunchtimes will be replaced with fitness and wellbeing sessions.
Lunches will be eaten in the classrooms, not the dining hall. Therefore, groups will not mix.
Porches will not be used at all.
Coats will be taken into the classroom and placed on the back of children’s own chairs.
Each child will be given their own desk, use their own equipment (and in Y6 iPads) and will always sit two metres apart.
Desks and equipment will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day.
Markers, showing a two-metre distance, will be placed on all corridor floors around school
Health and Safety
All classrooms and toilet facilities will continue to have access to handwashing areas.
Children will be educated on how to wash their hands correctly and for the correct time
Children will be asked to wash their hands regularly
Wall-mounted hand sanitiser stations have been set up at every entrance, classroom and toilet area. Children will be asked to use these every time they leave or enter a room
Children will be encouraged to use the toilet at the designated times. However, no child will be refused the facilities. Should a child need to go, at any time, an adult will ensure it is safe for them to move around school.
School packed lunches will be provided for all children in receipt of a free school meal. Should you wish your child to receive one, these will be priced at the usual school meal price of £2.05 per day.
We are only offering packed lunches, not hot dinners, to support social distancing – packed lunches will be delivered to each classroom and eaten by children in their classroom.
Should you wish your child to bring a packed lunch from home, please only send disposable items in a plastic bag so that all items can be discarded after lunch as nothing will be sent home.
We are asking that children wear school uniform each day. We have thought very carefully about this but feel it will give the children a sense of calm and normality.
We understand that children may have grown since school ‘closed’. Should your child’s school shoes or trousers no longer fit the may wear alternative, plain, dark trousers and trainers. Children must wear their school polo shirt/jumper or summer dress please.
Should schools be instructed to open on Monday 1st June, we are proposing a phased entry. This will ensure that we can keep children and staff as safe and happy as possible. The timetable for the first week will be as follows:
Week Beginning 15th June – Phased Reopening
|Monday||Nursery: 9 -11.30||Review|
|Tuesday||Nursery: 9 -11.30
Reception Group 1 & 2: 9.15-11.45*
|Wednesday||Nursery: 9 -11.30*
Reception Group 1 & 2: 9.15-11.45*
Year 1 Group 1 & 2: 9.30-12*
|Thursday||Nursery: 9 -11.30*
Reception Group 1 & 2: 9.15-11.45*
Year 1 Group 1 & 2:9.30-12*
Year 6 Groups 1 & 2: 8.50-12.15*
|Friday||Closed for assessment and review of procedures and deep clean|
Week Beginning 22nd June and thereafter – possible opening hours
|Drop Off||Pick Up|
It is important that you do not arrive before this time, to reduce social distancing. Arrival will be through the usual pedestrian entrance. Social distancing markers will be in place and we ask that you kindly follow these carefully. Please remind children that on their way to school they must socially distance. Pick up will be outside of the main school door. Children will be brought to you. If you need to speak to a member of staff, please let them know and they will call you, on the telephone once all children have been collected. We kindly request that parents queue on their own, away from other parents and only one adult arrives to collect the children.
If your child is in year 6 and you wish them to walk home alone, please inform school of this. They will be released when all the other parents from their year group have left the school grounds. Please note that all other year groups must be collected by an adult.
Unfortunately we cannot let any parents/carers into the school building at any time. The school office will be manned between 7.45am and 4pm. Please call or text if you wish to speak to a member of staff.
We understand that you may have children in more than one class. If this is the case, please drop off at the latest class time. For example, if one child starts at 9am and another begins at 9.15am, please bring both children at 9.15am. All children can be collected at the earliest collection time.
Key Worker Children and Childcare
Children of key workers will continue to access our childcare provision as normal. It will be completely separate from our classroom provision and is based in our school hall. The keyworker’s scheme runs from 7:45am to 3pm and enters/leaves through the fire exit door of the hall. If your child currently attends this or needs to in the future and they are in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6; they will attend their classroom provision during it’s opening ours.
Depending on numbers, all childcare children will be together (but remain socially distanced), including siblings, in the school hall. If numbers increase, we may have to split the childcare into two smaller groups. We are happy for siblings to remain together, should this be required.
We understand that for some children the period of lockdown has increased anxiety. Daily wellbeing check-ins will be used to support children in overcoming any worries or anxieties about lockdown they may have.
If any pupil or staff or member of their households present with coronavirus symptoms, they MUST NOT attend school for any reason. They should inform school, self-isolate with all their household for 14 days and apply for a test. If the test is positive further action can be taken by school and then if negative the pupil/staff can return to school if well.