Information for you about children returning to school
With the constant change in the medical/scientific evidence and data we will inform you if these plans need to change.
Dropping Off and Picking Up Times
Please ensure that you adhere to social distancing at all times and do not enter school grounds without a member of staff present.
- Please leave your child/ren at the correct gate (see below) with staff
- If you have two or more children, drop them off at the earliest time allocated but at the correct entrance for their year group
|Main Entrance||Key Stage 2 (Top) Gate|
|Year 3 – Between 8.45 – 8.50||Year 4 – Between 8.45 – 8.50|
|Year 2 – Between 8.50 – 8.55||Year 5 – Between 8.50 – 8.55|
|Year 1 – Between 8.55 – 9.00||Year 6 – Between 8.55 – 9.00|
|Reception – 9.00 – 9.05|
- Please enter school by the Key Stage 2 (Top) Gate at your allocated time where you will be asked to wait until your child’s class is lined up on the playground
- When instructed by staff, walk around the back of the school to collect your child/ren and leave school through the Main Entrance (one-way system)
- If you have two or more children, collect them at the time allocated to your youngest child
|Reception and older siblings.||Between 2.45 – 2.50|
|Year 1 and older siblings.||Between 2.50 – 2.55|
|Year 2 and older siblings.||Between 2.55 – 3.00|
|Year 3 and older siblings.||Between 3.00 – 3.05|
|Year 4 and older siblings.||Between 3.05 – 3.10|
|Year 5 and older siblings.||Between 3.10 – 3.15|
|Year 6||Between 3.15 – 3.20|
All measures that we are putting in place are compliant with Public Health England, Local Authority and Government advice to ensure safety.
Children will be expected to wear full school uniform and can bring a PE kit into school for physical activities and reading books will be changed twice a week to accommodate a quarantine schedule.
- There will be ‘hot’ school meals available which some year groups will eat in their classrooms. Children can bring a packed lunch from home but this must be in a plastic container which can be wiped down on arrival as well as their water bottle (water fountains will still be switched off).
- Children will be asked to use hand sanitiser on arrival to school and this (as well as hand washing) will be done at regular intervals throughout the day and before they leave. Hand washing and toilet times will be supervised.
- Playtimes and lunchtimes will be staggered.
- Children will not mix across Class ‘Bubbles’ for any activity and will be with the same staff members.
- All staff will also be maintaining social distancing which is unfortunately very different to the way we normally conduct teaching and learning in our school.
- Home learning will resume should a ‘Bubble’ need to isolate for 10 days.
Obviously, there is a lot of planning and preparation that is going into all of this, we just wanted to let you know our intentions on the reopening of our school.
We thank you for your continued support in these extraordinary times. We look forward to seeing you in September to a ‘new normality’.
An addendum to our behaviour policy can be found below:
What will be the focus of lessons
The main focus on return to school will be on wellbeing, ensuring pupils feel safe, happy and comfortable back in school. Learning, while still important, will take on secondary importance in the early stages. The planning and work prepared for the children who are in school will be the same as that which is available for parents to access if their children remain at home due to self-isolation following any possible school closure. All home learning will continue to be available on our school app through the home learning section.
We ask that your child does not come to school if they are ill or if they or anyone in your house is displaying symptoms of COVID 19. The symptoms of COVID 19 are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back;
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours;
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
If your child becomes unwell at school, with suspected COVID symptoms your child will be isolated in the Computer room and you will be asked to take them home, adhere to government self-solation guidance and seek a test to ascertain a diagnosis.
If we receive notice of a confirmed case of COVID 19 the school may need to close, at short notice for deep cleaning and staff and families may be asked to follow government guidance regarding self-isolation.
If you need to contact school please phone, message or email.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information and we appreciate your support in putting the points mentioned into practice in the weeks ahead. We understand that a return to school may seem very daunting as we continue to live through highly unusual times. Our main aim is to ensure all children, staff and families are kept as safe and at as little risk as possible. We have put extensive measures in place to minimise the risk, but, as you will be aware, we cannot fully eradicate it.
This will not be school as we know it, but we will endeavour to make it as pleasant as possible for all our returning pupils. Should you have any questions or queries about children returning to school, please do not hesitate to contact me.