Who is coming back to school?
From the 1st of June we will be welcoming back to school Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. All Vulnerable pupils and children of critical key workers are still entitled to attend school.
Protective steps we are taking
This is following government guidance for all aspects of reopening and educating children.
Start and end times
School will be open for 5 days for all pupils who are returning.
To minimise risk of contact between parents and pupils we have decided to stagger start and end times.
AM provision from 8.00 will be offered, but breakfast will not be provided.
8.30am arrival /3.10pm collection surnames A-H
8.40am arrival/ 3.20pm collection Surnames I-Q
8.50am arrival/3.30pm collection Surnames R-Z
All late arrivals from 9.00am onwards will come through the main office.
Routines for queueing / gathering at gates
All parents must enter school through the main gates on the playground. The front entrance to school will not be used except for those entering school for breakfast club between 8.00 – 8.20am.
All parents will be asked to queue with social distancing of 2 metres apart when dropping off and collecting their child from school. There will be 3 drop off and collection points:
Parents must queue with 2 meters apart. There should be no gatherings of parents. Parents will not be able to speak to teachers at the beginning or end of the day in person. If you need to speak to a member of staff, please phone the school or communicate through the class email or contact forms on the school website.
Once children have been dropped off, there will be 2 exit points. EYFS children (Nursery and Reception) parents will exit the gate at the front of school. Year 1, Year 6 and Key Worker Parents will exit via the green gate on the corner of the main playground.
Requirements of pupils
All pupils on entry to school will wash their hands before being allowed into classrooms. Pupils will take all personal items into classrooms – Coats, drinks bottles and lunchboxes only. Toilet and hand washing facilities are allocated to bubbles groups to encourage minimal contact.
Regular handwashing will take place throughout the day. All children must not bring any bag to school with them. They may bring a water bottle and their lunch box and we encourage parents to sanitise these each night. There will be reading books going home during this time and we will be encouraging children to access bug club each night online to read. Each week books will be sanitised and isolated for 7 days prior to being used in future.
Pupils will be encouraged to abide by the social distancing measures. However, the Dfe and schools realise that this may not be possible for all pupils and at all times. In Early Years, small bubbles will continue to access the provision to suit the emotional and wellbeing needs of our youngest children. We will follow the DfE guideline to ensure that children are safe at all time.
Guidance on symptoms
Children will be in small ‘bubbles’ all day of around 13 children and 2 adults. In the Early Years, bubbles will be a maximum of 8 children. If any child or adult in that bubble develop symptoms, school must be informed on the first day of any symptom. The child or adult will then be sent for testing. If the test is confirmed as positive, all children (including siblings) and adults in that group will self-isolate for 7 days. If the test is confirmed as negative, then the child will be able to return to school. The school will contact public health during this time. If your child displays symptoms during the school hours, they will be taken to an isolated room with any siblings whilst they await collection. After collection, this room will be deep cleaned.
Children may bring lunch boxes into school for their school dinner. We encourage the use of disposable items where possible to minimise risk. Any plastic containers should be washed thoroughly each night. Children who wish to have a school dinner may do so as we will be providing children with the option of a hot dinner. All children who receive FSM or Universal FSM will still be entitled to this during this time. For children who are not attending school, but in receipt of FSM, we will provide vouchers on the government scheme until the government stop this allocation.
What school will look like
School may look very different to your child from what they can remember. This is so that we abide by all guidelines outlined by the government. We do understand that this may be difficult for some pupils and we will help support them in their return. Children will not mix with other children outside of their ‘bubble’, they will be expected to, where possible, social distance and encouraged to wash their hands regularly. Whilst in school your child will still receive the high standard of teaching that they received before schools closed.
Children will wear their own clothes to school each day. We encourage parents to wash clothes at the end of each day or different clothes worn. School uniform is not required during this difficult time. If children arrive wearing PPE, this will be placed in a sealed bag on arrival into school to prevent cross-contamination from outside of this school building.
As of 1st June, the School Office will be closed to all parents unless an appointment is made in advance. This is to ensure that we can keep all school areas risk free. If you wish to speak to a member of staff we encourage you to phone school, email or use the contact forms on the school website to minimise contact.
All home learning, for all year groups, will continue after the May Half term in the same manner as it has since the closing of schools. If your child remains at home, daily contact via email is required with updates of learning and wellbeing, and at least 1 weekly phone call will be conducted. Children on the SEND register who remain at home will have daily calls to support with any learning.