School Reopening September 2020

Following the latest guidance from the government, we have made changes to school organisation in readiness for the return of all children in September. Please be aware, these plans are subject to change and are dependent on local authority and government advice to ensure safety for all of our community.

September 2020

All children will be able to return to school in September. The children’s new classes and teaching staff have been sent out via Parentmail at the beginning of July. The government has stated that the expectation is that all children will return to school and parents may receive penalty notices if their child does not attend.

Who cannot yet attend?

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

Class Groupings and how the classes will work

Children in Y1 and Y2 will be placed into their class grouping (bubble) and maintain social distancing from other bubbles.

Children will be seated at tables in groups. Each child will have their own stationery and equipment. Resources and equipment, such as books and games, can be shared within their bubble.

The children will stay in their classroom during the day apart from playtimes and lunchtimes. Their movement throughout the school will be limited.

Playtimes and lunchtimes will be staggered and class bubbles will remain together. We will also be using outdoor learning opportunities where possible. PE and music lessons will be with the children’s bubbles and outside where possible.

Children will be required to attend school in uniform, although the previous requirement to wash clothes every day no longer applies. They will need to bring book bags and will be given books at the start of the week. On Fridays, books can be returned, stored over the weekend and new books distributed on Mondays.

PE will take place outside, depending on the weather and children will need only to change footwear to begin with. Please can they bring into school PE bags with appropriate plimsolls. PE bags will be kept in the cloakrooms.

Starting and Finishing School

Start times and finish times will be staggered with class groups arriving at a set time and using the one-way system starting on the left hand side of the building (by the swimming pool) to reach their classrooms. These will be marked out for social distancing and signposted for you to follow.

Arrival/Finish times:

Arrival: 8:45am
Finish: 3:10pm

Arrival: 9:00am
Finish: 3:00pm

Arrival: 9:15am
Finish: 2:45pm

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 be there to help encourage them in. If behaviour deteriorates, please stand to one side until there is space for us to help.

If you have more than one child attending our school in different year groups, please drop off your first child and wait in a suitable place away from others until you are able to drop off your other 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.

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 in their trays.

Staff will be cleaning tables and equipment at regular intervals and our cleaning staff will then be cleaning the classrooms after school.

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

Playtimes and Lunchtimes

Playtimes will be staggered so that children remain in their bubble. At lunchtime there will be separate sittings for each year group and tables will be sanitised between sittings. We have attached a copy of the new menu and a letter about school meals. We are not able to provide school packed lunch or jacket potatoes in September.

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 and distancing 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

Because of the need to maintain the class bubbles we will unfortunately be unable to run Breakfast Club from the start of term. If you need your child to attend Breakfast Club because of your work commitments please email the school office. In September we will look at how many places are required and we will inform you once we are able to start Breakfast Club again. We will not be running After School Clubs in September but we will review this when we return to school.

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 and tracing will also be
given to you.

If a member of a class bubble tests positive for Covid 19, then the class bubble will be asked to self-isolate and information about testing and tracing will be given to parents. If the bubble members are asked to isolate, it is essential that you follow the government guidance and
remain at home for 14 days.

If a bubble member goes on to display symptoms and so accesses a test but it is negative – they still cannot return to school until they have completed their 14 days isolation period.

Where the original individual tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.

Where your child tests positive – they may return to school after 7 days, providing they are well enough to do so.

At all times the safety of your children and our staff is uppermost in our plans.

Thank you for your support.