To confirm, Years R, 1 and 6 will not be returning to our school on Monday 1st June but we continue to stay open for key worker children and children who are considered to be vulnerable by the government.
There are going to be a few significant changes from Monday which will remain in place when some of our Year 6 pupils return on 15th June.
We are going to have ‘bubbles’ of people within the school and people within one bubble will not be mixing with anyone from another bubble. This is to reduce the risk of anything being spread from one group to another.
Each bubble will include 2 adults so that there is always at least one adult with the group of children, for example if one of the adults needs the loo.
We are positioning mats or tables 2 metres apart so we can fit a bubble of 15 children and 2 adults in the hall and the same in our largest classroom which we will call our art bubble because we had intended to use this room as our art room.
In other classrooms bubbles will have up to 9 children and 2 adults.
From Monday key worker parents and the parents of children considered vulnerable by the government will be able to drop their children in the top playground. This must be a maximum of one adult per family. There will be spaced out cones where you will wait until a bubble adult collects the children for that bubble.
Families must remain socially distanced from any other family and wait by their own cone.
Children will have their own learning packs so that they don’t have to share equipment with others. They will stay in their own bubbles whenever they go outside for breaks or for outdoor learning. They will also remain with their own bubble for lunch which will either be eaten in their bubble room or socially distanced outside.
This is what it will be like for all pupils who return to school but for those still at home we will continue to provide ideas and resources for home learning activities that suit you.
We have been busy working in school to get a sense of what normal will look like when we open. We want to be as open as possible with you as to what life back in school will be like whilst making sure everyone attending the school site is aware and sticks to the rules of social distancing.
Children will be in classrooms where all small toys, books and soft furnishings have been removed. Depending on numbers this may not be the classroom your child is used to. Our school is going to feel very different however, we will continue to show children our care in different ways that does not involve close contact.
Below are our intentions of how our school will operate when we open.
- Year 6 will start back first, giving us time to see how the children and staff adapt to the new way of doing things before we start to introduce the younger ones.
- Children will be in a group of no more than 15. We have planned for smaller groups of 8-9 children with one adult.
- Children will be with one adult in a group and not necessarily with the same groups of children or teacher they were with before lockdown.
- Children will be encouraged to wear clean clothes everyday, this does not have to be school uniform.
- The children will need to bring in a water bottle with them, no water fountains or cups will be available to them. No reading books, diaries, pencil cases or any other items need to be brought in.
- Children will be given their own ‘packs’ of resources needed which will be cleaned at the end of the day.
- If children fall over or have a toileting accident the children will be encouraged to change themselves and clean their scrape or cut. We have sourced PPE (following the Covid 19 guidance for educational settings) which is for use by staff if more contact is needed. Should a child fall ill then full PPE would need to be worn by the staff member dealing with them.
Drop off and pick up:
- Children will arrive to school in the morning and will need to be collected at specified times. This is to minimise the numbers of people on the site at any one time.
- Only send children to school with one adult to drop off and pick up at the allocated time. You should only bring siblings if you absolutely have no alternative option. If you do need to bring siblings they will need to be by your side and adhering to the social distancing measures we have put in place.
- The waiting areas will be marked out with 2m intervals.
- There will be a member of staff available to help direct you to the correct place.
- Drop your child off at the drop off point and then leave the school site.
- Please do not hang around the gates for any reason. The children will be welcomed into their designated groups by the school staff.
- At the end of the day, collection times will be allocated, parents will need to stand on the 2m distancing signs for each area and children will be sent to you one at a time.
- Parents are not allowed to enter the school building or have contact with the staff looking after their child. Contact with the school can be done by phone, e-mail or a message on the school Facebook page.
- This will continue to be our procedure for arriving and leaving school regardless of weather conditions.
Break times and lunch times:
- The children will eat their lunch in the classrooms unless the weather allows a socially distanced lunch outside.
- Lunch times and break times will be staggered so that groups of children do not mix with any other groups.
- Children bringing home packed lunch will need to ensure that any packaging is entirely disposable – No lunchboxes within school at all.
- Outside play equipment like the climbing frame will not be able to be used.
- Children will have an allocated play space at playtime and lunchtime which will only be with the children that are in their group. They must remain in this space during any outside play and adhere to the social distancing guidelines
In the classroom:
- The children will remain in their allotted classroom for the duration of the day. They will not be allowed to see or mix with children from other groups at all.
- The children will only be able to use the toilet one child at a time.
- Children will not be allowed to leave the classroom for the toilet other than at their specified time before break and lunch, unless there is a medical need or matter of urgency. The toilets need to be cleaned by the teachers after every group has used them.
- The children will sit at desks, where they will be at least 2m apart, all facing the same direction. This includes the Reception children.
- All unnecessary furniture, equipment and soft furnishing have been removed.
- The children will work at their desks. They will not sit on the carpet.
- The children will be provided with the equipment they need and it will only be used and touched by them. These will be cleaned at the end of the day by the teacher.
- They will have some lessons that will involve a lot of independent learning as the teacher will not be able to sit next to them to give them targeted support. The teacher needs to keep social distancing when teaching.
- The ‘learning focus’ will be on the wellbeing and nurturing of the children. We will be doing lots of story times and giving the children a chance to talk and listen to others. Some revision of basic Maths and English skills will be introduced also.
- The classrooms will be cleaned throughout the day by teachers. The bins will be emptied and desks will be sprayed throughout the day.
Key worker children:
- Any children that have been on the key worker list will still be able to come to school but unless they are a Year 6 child (or Reception and Year 1 when we re-open to these groups), they will remain in a key worker group and will not mix with any other groups of children.
- Key worker children will still need to be collected or remain at home when parents are not working other than children in Year 6 (or Reception and Year 1 when we re-open to these groups) who will be with their own year groups.
All these precautions have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus and to ensure that we all take as much care as possible in ensuring that groups of children do not come into contact. More details will be sent out next week regarding the times your children will need to arrive and be picked up from school and where from. We hope this has given you more information regarding how the school will operate during these difficult and testing times.
Plans are subject to change if we hear anything more from the government or the Local Authority.
As a school we will not be looking to fine anyone who makes the decision to keep their child at home.
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From Monday 6th April we will not have a staff member in the school office. If you need to contact the school you will be able to leave a message on the answerphone which will be checked periodically. Should you need to contact the school urgently, please call 07388 813326. Many thanks.
The School Nursing Team have asked us to share the following poster with all parents and carers. Please click on the document below to view details.
To all parents with children that we have confirmed are eligible to attend on Monday under the key worker criteria. Please note that children should be dropped off at Reception for 9am and collected at 3pm. The children can wear their own clothes as there is a possibility that they may get a bit messy during the planned activities. Please bring in wellies, warm outdoor clothes and lunch unless you have already contacted us to order one. Many thanks.
If your child has an inhaler/any medication in school that needs to go home. Please arrange for this to be collected if your child is not in school. We will send all medication home if your child is in school tomorrow. Many thanks.
If your child is entitled to an income related free school meal. Please call tomorrow before 12pm to order a packed lunch for next week. These will need to be collected from school each day from 12 o'clock.
If you work for the NHS, Police Force or are a delivery driver and there is no one else to care for your children during school hours. Please contact us. We are awaiting a clear definition of what is classed as a key worker.