Monday 1st June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Arrangements for wider opening from 8th June 2020
From Monday 8th June 2020 we will aim to open school to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6; the children of essential key workers and vulnerable children who have been in school during the closure will continue to attend.
As we have very limited space and staff the number of year groups we can open to will depend on how many children wish to return. We will be sending a survey out on Tuesday 2nd June by text; please respond to it to let us know whether or not you want your child to return to school. It is important that you read all of the information in this letter before making your decision and completing the form.
In order to ensure that school is as safe as possible both for children and staff we have put in place very clear expectations that will need to be followed by anyone who wishes their child to return to school.
We will open Monday to Thursday only (critical key workers will be able to book a place on Friday).
There will be no breakfast club except for children of critical key workers.
There will be no after school club.
Not all children will be with their class teacher, teaching assistant or in their usual classroom. Some children may be in a group with not many children from their class.
Children will be in small groups (bubbles) with the same staff (wherever possible) each bubble will be in a separate classroom.
The bubbles will be small groups:
Nursery - no more than 8
Reception - no more than 10
Year 1, Year 6 and critical worker/vulnerable children - no more than 15.
Children and staff will not be able to swap between bubbles and will be in a consistent classroom.
Each bubble will have separate break times in separate spaces from other bubbles. Children will be encouraged to play non contact games. At all times we will do our utmost to prevent children in different bubbles from mixing with each other.
Toys and equipment will be separated and just used by that bubble and where possible by individual children.
Within classrooms we will spread the children out as much as possible and aim to ensure social distancing. This is not always possible with small children.
Access to the toilets will be carefully managed to limit the number of children at any one time.
We will have a strict one way system for staff and children to move around school to avoid passing in corridors.
Dinnertime arrangements: children can bring a packed lunch or can order a school ‘grab bag’ (sandwich, drink, fruit, and biscuit). For Reception, and Yr 1 these are free, for Yr 6 they are £1.00 or free if you qualify for Free School Meals. Please send money for these in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on it and which days the money is for. Children will eat in their classroom.
We will ensure that children wash their hands regularly and thoroughly throughout the day with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. We will teach the children how to do this effectively using the 7 step method promoted by the NHS.
If there is no soap and water available we will have hand sanitiser available and will teach children how to use it properly to kill germs.
We will teach children how to prevent the spread of germs by blowing their nose or coughing into a tissue; catch it - bin it - kill it. We will ensure that children follow this in class and wash their hands afterwards. If they don’t have a tissue to hand we will teach them to sneeze or cough into their elbow.
Extra cleaning will be done ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the day, including table tops, door handles and play equipment.
To prevent the spread of infection staff will be social distancing from the children except when providing first aid or changing nappies at which time staff will be wearing PPE. This means that staff will not be able to comfort a distressed child by giving them a hug or any other sort of close physical reassurance such as sitting a small child on their knee.
If an adult or child within a bubble tests positive for coronavirus all members of that bubble, children and adults will immediately be sent home and told to self isolate for 14 days. If we become aware of a positive test during the weekend we will still contact you immediately. Siblings will also need to self isolate.
If you decide not to send your child to school you will not be fined for non-attendance - it is your choice and you can decide to continue to keep your child at home with you.
Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 will continue with Home Learning, and we will continue to provide Home Learning and support for Nursery, Reception, Yr 1 and Yr 6 whose parents choose not to send them back to school.
Anyone displaying one or more coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) or who lives with someone displaying symptoms must not attend school.
If your child displays symptoms of coronavirus we would strongly encourage you to have them tested as soon as possible. If the test is negative they will be able to return to school as soon as they feel better; we will need to see the results of the test before their return. If the test is positive, school must be informed immediately so that we can prevent further spread of infection and the rest of the bubble can self isolate.
Parents and carers do not come onto the playground or to the school office. Unfortunately face to face meetings with school staff are not possible at this time and we ask that all contact with staff is done over the phone or via email. Staff emails are included at the end of this letter and are on each class’s home learning page of the website. The school phone will be answered from 8am to 4:45pm daily.
Only one parent or carer drops off and picks children up from school. We also ask that wherever possible siblings who are not attending are left at home.
Parents and carers observe social distancing when dropping off and collecting children.
After collecting children parents move away from the gate to allow the next parent to collect their child. We ask that parents and carers be patient during these times as we will prioritise safety over haste.
Each bubble will be given a designated pick up and drop of time and place. Children who arrive after their bubble’s allotted time will not be able to attend that day.
Children are not allowed to wear face masks in school - this is because they will touch them throughout the day increasing risk of infection. (Adults will only wear masks when cleaning, looking after a sick child or changing nappies.)
Children must come to school in fresh clean clothes each day. It is fine if children are not able to wear school uniform.
Children must not bring toys or any other items including stationery into school. Children may only bring a packed lunch, water bottle, coat, sun hat and sunscreen. Children will not need PE kit.
Children in Year 1, Year 6 and the critical worker/vulnerable child bubble will need to bring a water bottle to school every day and take it home each evening to be thoroughly cleaned. They will keep their water bottles on their desk.
Disruptive behaviour involving possible physical contact, spitting or running around school: we will consider the risk presented by all the children who request a school place and it may be that we will feel that it is not safe for a child to attend school if we believe their behaviour would put other children or staff at risk. In addition we will have zero tolerance to any behaviour that puts children or staff at risk when we are open and any child behaving in this way will be sent home and will not be able to attend school at this time.
If your child is feeling even slightly unwell we ask that you keep them at home and seek medical advice. Please call school to let us know as you would normally.
If your child becomes unwell during the day they will be placed in a separate room and you will be called to collect them from school immediately. You must ensure that school has a working phone number that we can contact you on at any time during school hours.
If you want your child to return to school on Monday 8th June you must have booked a place by 2pm on Wednesday 3rd June. You will receive a booking form by text on Tuesday 2nd June.
After the 8th June anyone wanting to book a place for the following Monday must call school by 12pm on Thursday. Children will only be allowed to join us on a Monday, not mid-week. Children who are not booked in will not be able to attend as we need to manage staff and groups carefully.
If your child is returning to school please reassure them by discussing with them that routines and rules may be different but that we will do everything to keep them safe and happy. Make sure that they understand the need to keep a distance from other children and the adults in school.
We ask that all families observe the government’s social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus and reduce the risk of bringing it into school.
Our next steps:
Once we have confirmed numbers of children who wish to return to school on 8th June we will look at whether or not we have sufficient space and staff to accommodate all children and will organise the children into their bubbles. If the numbers of children wishing to return are high then we may not have the capacity to open to all groups. We will let the parents of those children know immediately. Once we have organised the bubbles we will let you know the date and time for your child’s return to school and any other essential arrangements. Not all groups will be starting back on Monday 8th, we will stagger the return through that week to ensure that we have all systems are in place and working.
Please remember when completing the form that by sending your child back to school you are agreeing to abide by the expectations listed above.
Free school meals and vouchers - if you are currently receiving Free School meal vouchers these will stop if your child returns to school as your child can now have a free school meal. If you would like to take a grab bag home on Thursday for Friday dinner you can request one.
I hope that this letter has answered a lot of your questions about the return to school but I am sure that you may have more. Please do not hesitate to contact me either via the school phone 01482 351013 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if there is anything you would like to ask.
Thank you very much for your support during this difficult time. We have missed the children a lot and it has been lovely to see your pictures and to hear about the many wonderful projects the children have been doing at home. Please remember that we are always here to support you and don’t hesitate to get in contact if there is anything we can do.
Many thanks for your continued support
Mrs Fothergill - email@example.com
Mrs Whitehead - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Miss Garbutt - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Gill - email@example.com
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21st May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Re: Possible arrangements for reopening of school to more pupils in June
We know you will be keen to know how our school is planning for possible wider reopening of our school to pupils in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6. You will be very aware that there have been lots of reports in the media on concerns about these plans. We want to reassure you that safety and welfare of children, families and staff will be the top priority in all our planning.
During the partial school closure we have continued to provide places for children from key worker families and vulnerable children. Staff have worked extremely hard with this and we have been glad to play our part in supporting the national effort and the NHS. We are now working on our plans to begin to widen our offer to other children.
We have asked all our parents across our Trust, not just at our school, whether they would want to send their child back to school. The outcome of that survey fairly consistently across all our 7 primary schools ranges from around 50 to 70% of our parents who either do not intend or are unlikely to send their child to school. We will not be pressurising anyone to send their child to school, since you know your children and personal situation best. We will not open unless we are confident that we have all possible arrangements in place so that it is safe to do so, but you may still feel you do not yet wish your child to return to school. The government has made it clear that currently this is your choice and we will support you in that.
The final decision has not been made by the government as to whether it is safe to ask schools to reopen. We do not think that decision will be made until the end of next week, so we have decided that we can only begin to phase reopening to more pupils from Monday, 8th June. This will allow us to put in place detailed preparations in the school and to carry out all the planning and staff training that will be necessary in the week after half term.
At this stage, our intention is that we will open to pupils from Monday to Thursday only. Government guidance is that children will be in small class groups of no more than 15 and will always have the same adult or adults working with them. This minimises social contact and keeps children, staff and families safer from infection. Closing on Fridays means we can deep clean the school on top of the increased routine daily cleaning. It will also allow staff to plan, prepare, provide home learning and keep in touch with families and children still at home. We will continue to provide places for children of key workers who require it from Monday to Friday and will contact these parents or carers to discuss in more detail how we intend to do this.
We hope to be able to provide you with more detailed plans for the phased reopening by Tuesday 2nd June, but in the meantime if you have any questions please contact Louise Oddy on 01482 351013.
Thank you for all your support over these very difficult weeks. We hope you will find time in your families to rest and enjoy some relaxation over half term.
Mrs S Smythe Louise Oddy
Thursday 14th May 2020
Possible reopening of school to more pupils in June
We are sure you will have seen in the news that schools may reopen on 1 June to nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils if the government thinks it’s safe then.
We have received some further guidance and clarification from the government, which will hopefully help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. All our schools are working together on these plans and we’ll share the plans for your child’s school with you as soon as possible so you know what reopening might look like in practice.
It is important to note that all schools are different and it just isn’t possible for one plan to work for all schools. It is likely that any reopening plans will be phased over time and may look quite different for different schools. Above all any plans put in place will have the welfare and safety of children, families and staff as an absolute priority.
It’s a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we will try hard to be ready to receive these year groups if it’s safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.
Please do also note, we’re also not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school, since you know your children and personal situation best. We’ll keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible, so you can make an informed decision. Over the coming week we will be in touch with parents and carers of children in the relevant year groups to find out the numbers of pupils whose parents and carers wish for them to return. This will enable us to make further plans.
In the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we’re not in a position right now to extend places to other children until we have clearer information and guidance from the government.
We’d like to thank you for your continued support in helping your child learn from home. We’ll need to keep going with this for a while yet, so please do continue to do what you can and stay in touch with us about how your child is doing.
If you have any questions, please contact us on 01482 351013.
Stay at home and stay well.
This information was posted on Wednesday, 15-04-20, 1pm
Schools across the UK are now in their fourth week of closure. A limited number of places are available for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. The school has been open over the Easter break, including the bank holidays. If you are unsure if you qualify for a place please contact the school office.
Can we thank you again for all of the support that you have been giving children at home at this difficult time, especially in helping children access their learning.
Next week teaching staff will resume their weekly calls to each family to offer help and support. We know how these calls have been valued. Please do be in touch if there is any more that we can do.
We have no guidance on when schools will reopen at this moment in time.
Children of Critical Workers / Vulnerable children: We remain grateful that so many parents and carers have made real efforts to find alternatives to school for their children’s care. That has enabled us to reduce to a minimum the number of staff who are travelling outside their home and also to cope with the reducing numbers of staff available to work in our schools.
Homeworking: The school website is being constantly updated with ideas for home learning during the shutdown. The activities we have planned aim to be interactive, fun and creative. Please send examples of work of which children are proud and we will share via Twitter.
Free School Meals: The vast majority of families who qualify for free school meals have managed to access their vouchers (£15/week/child). Some parents have applied for free school meals this week and have been successful and have received their first vouchers. To apply please visit click here.
Staying Safe Online: There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
Social Distancing: We would like to remind parents and carers how important the ‘stay at home’ message is. It is hard for everyone, but it is so important that we all do all we can to reduce any contact beyond our household to the absolute minimum. Please remember, it is now completely clear that families must stay at home other than in a very limited set of circumstances and that children cannot socialise with one another. Please do all you can to support the NHS and slow the spread of the virus.