Return to school delayed until 8th June

We want to keep you updated with the plans to re-open the school and, since I wrote to you on 21st May, our plans have changed. Taking on board your feedback, the needs of our children and staff – we have decided to postpone the re-opening of school by 1 week.

School will now begin to re-open for Y1 children from 8th June and will continue to be open to key worker children.

We will contact you with further details at the beginning of next week but, again, please be aware, these plans are subject to change and our school may have to delay re-opening further if the Government have not met their criteria to ensure safety for all of our community. We will update you on any changes we have to make at the beginning of next week.

The following organisational information now replaces that in our previous letter to you.

Who can attend school?

Key worker children can continue to attend school as required and will be kept together in a small group/groups.

Y1 children are able to attend school from 8th June and will be placed in a class group with a maximum of 10 children.

Y1 children will be able to attend Monday to Thursday each week. Fridays will be used for additional cleaning. We have discussed this with parents and our staff, and appreciate that a substantial return to school, at least for Yr1, will give children more stability and provide more essential childcare for parents returning to work.

Who cannot yet attend?

Reception (YR) and Y2 children are not permitted to attend school unless they are key worker children.

Any child if they or a family member has symptoms of Covid 19.

Any child with pre-existing medical conditions.

Class Groupings and how the classes will work

Y1 children will be placed into a class grouping with a maximum of 10 in each group. This is to ensure that social distancing is maintained in each classroom.

Each class group will have a teacher and a teaching assistant who will remain with them during the day.

Each child will have their own separated table and their own stationery and equipment. The children will stay in their classroom during the day apart from playtimes and lunchtimes.

They will not be moving through any other part of the school.

Playtimes and lunchtimes will be staggered and class groups will remain together. We will also be using outdoor learning opportunities where possible.

Please can we ask that children attend school in uniform and that you change and wash the uniform daily. If children have outgrown their uniform, please find a suitable alternative for your child to wear in school. They do not need to bring book bags.

Starting and Finishing School

Start times and finish times will be staggered with class groups arriving at a set time and using different pathways to reach their classrooms. These will be marked out for social distancing and signposted for you to follow. Arrival times will be between 8.45 and 9.15 and finish times will be between 2.45 and 3.15, so that as few children and parents as possible are on the school grounds at the same time.

We ask for your support in keeping social distance during these drop off and pick up times. If possible, we ask that your child is picked up by one parent to allow social distancing to be maintained on the school grounds. To support our community, we ask that parents do not group together outside the school entrance – thereby blocking the pavements, etc.

If you have issues with your child refusing to come into school, staff will not be able to physically encourage them in. Please stand to one side until there is space. If your child is extremely upset or experiencing behavioural difficulties on arrival, then we will ask you to support us by taking them home until they are ready to return, due to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing between staff and children.

Access to staff/office

If you need to speak to the teacher or leave a message, please would you arrange to do this at the office or by phoning/email.

Teaching and Learning

Your children will need time to adapt to school life again. Our priority will be to focus on the well-being of the children. We will then begin to start more formal learning.

If your child will not be in school, Google Classroom will continue for all year groups. We also recommend Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize websites. Teachers will continue to upload work to the classroom but will not always be able to comment on your children’s work.

Cleaning and Hygiene

Children will continue to have regular hand washing during the day. If you wish your child to bring in hand moisturiser (and/or sun-cream), this will be kept on their table.

Staff will be cleaning tables and equipment at regular intervals and our cleaning staff will then be cleaning the classrooms after school. More thorough cleaning will take place during the week.

Staff will have access to visors and gloves. They will also use aprons in supporting children with personal care.

Playtimes and Lunchtimes

Children will be offered, to begin with, a choice of sandwiches for their lunch which will be eaten in their classrooms or outside on the playground/field depending on the weather. Children can bring in their own packed lunch. Please can they bring in their own water bottle.

Playtimes will be staggered with different groups using the playground and field at different times. We will encourage our children to remember good hygiene practices before, during and after playtimes and lunchtimes but we are also very aware of the age of our children and their normal desire to play with their friends.

All support staff are first aid trained and we have three paediatric first aiders in school.

Breakfast Club and After School Clubs

Due to staff shortages, there will be no Breakfast Club or After School Clubs until further notice.

If your child becomes unwell at school

If your child is unwell at school, the usual arrangements for contacting you will apply. If your child is displaying any symptoms of Covid 19, they will be taken to the computer room and kept safely until you arrive to collect them. Information about testing will also be given to you.

To enable us to organise the class groupings, please would you inform us by Wednesday 3rd June if your child will be attending. The best way to confirm your child’s attendance is by giving permission via Parentmailpmx. Alternatively, you can email or by leaving a message on the school voicemail. We will then let you know your child’s teacher and start and finish times before 8th June.

As parents, you may feel that you are not confident in sending your child to school at this time and we fully understand your position. The Government has stated that parents will not be fined for non-attendance.

My apologies for having to change arrangements for school re-opening so soon after we had written to you but I hope you understand that at all times the safety of your children and our staff is uppermost in our plans.

Thank you for your support & I hope you are enjoying the sunshine this half-term.