Below you will find details of the things that we have put in place to ensure the safety of all our children, families and staff, as well as the smooth running of the school. Please read this carefully as the success of this full re-opening will depend upon everyone both understanding and sticking to these new arrangements.
It will once again be compulsory for all children to attend school on a regular basis. Our usual attendance policy will apply. We will be required to complete daily attendance registers and any unexplained absences will be followed up. The government have made it clear that fines will once again be issued to parents if their children do not attend without a valid reason.
Start/End of day arrangements
We will continue to stagger the start and end times of the school day to reduce congestion and we will continue with our one-way system for drop off and pick up around the outside of the school. However, we have been able to change the start and end times for some year groups, which we hope will make things easier for families with children in different year groups. We have decreased the time between collections for year groups and so we would ask that parents are punctual but do not arrive too early and leave the school site promptly.
We are hoping this will work a bit like a luggage conveyor belt so that as you pass the entrance to your child’s class they can enter and similarly on pick up they will be able to join you, as the teacher sees you approaching.
In order to minimise the number of people on site, we ask that only one parent drops off/picks up. We would ask that all adults follow the current social distancing guidelines and encourage the children to do the same. Thank you.
Years 6 and 1 and Reception:
The school day will start at 8.50am and end at 3.10pm.
Please arrive on site between 8.45am and 8.50am. Children will be able to enter their classrooms through their external doors from 8.45am.
1CD will enter and exiting through the external door by the kitchen at the front of the school.
Children can be collected from their classroom doors at 3.10pm. Please do not arrive before 3.05pm.
Year 6 pupils can walk home unaccompanied if that is your arrangement – but please remind them of social distancing expectations.
Year 5 and 2:
The school day will start at 8.55am and end at 3.15pm.
Please arrive on site between 8.50am and 8.55am. Children will be able to enter their classrooms through their external doors from 8.50am.
Children in Year 5 will enter and exit through their external classroom doors.
Children in Year 2 will enter and exit through the external doors by the kitchen at the front of the school.
Children can be collected from their classroom doors at 3.15pm. Please do not arrive before 3.10pm.
Years 3 and 4 :
The school day will start at 9.00am and end at 3.20pm.
Please arrive on site between 8.55am and 9.00am. Children will be able to enter their classrooms through their external doors from 8.55am.
Children in Year 4 will enter and exit through their external classroom doors.
Children in Year 3 will enter and exit through the external doors by the kitchen at the front of the school.
Children can be collected from their classroom doors at 3.20pm. Please do not arrive before 3.15pm.
- Morning sessions are from 8.30am to 11.30pm and Afternoon sessions from 12.30-3.30pm.
- Children can be dropped off and collected from the nursery gate without parents needing to use the one way system around school.
Once you have dropped off your children in the morning or collected them at the end of the day, we will ask you to leave the school site promptly. This is to reduce congestion on the playground and to help adults maintain appropriate social distancing.
We acknowledge that the staggered start and end times are not ideal for parents with children in different year groups but in order to maintain social distancing this is unavoidable. Parents who need to wait between drop off times can leave the school site, walk around the school’s one-way loop or wait in a socially distanced area of the playground.
The school office remains opens but we would prefer parents to communicate via email or phone where possible. There will be staff outside by the main entrance who will take any messages or items. Parents will be still not be able to come into the school building unless an appointment has been agreed.
Office email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office number: 01473 729544
During the day
We will continue to keep the children in class bubbles throughout the day, including playtimes and lunchtimes and each class will be allocated their own area of the playground. Children in Reception will form a year group bubble.
Staff will be allocated to one year group only and we will try to avoid staff moving across year groups as far as possible. However, there may need to be some movement to ensure that we continue to provide additional support for children where needed.
Children are all very familiar with the hand washing routines which will continue as will the increased cleaning regime.
All adults will wear face coverings when moving around school and some teachers may choose to wear a face shield, visor or face covering when teaching.
The children will be expected to wear their full school uniform.
On PE days the children may come home wearing their PE kits and children in Years 5 and 6 will be asked to come into school wearing their kit. Please ensure that all school uniform and PE kits are washed regularly.
Lunches & Snacks
The kitchen staff will be able to serve hot and cold meals for any children who would like them as usual. Vertas, our school meal providers, will offer children the choice of a cold packed lunch or a hot meal. Choices of hot meal are limited to either a vegetarian option or a non-vegetarian option. The children will be able to make this choice at registration time in the mornings.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will still be eligible for universal free school meals, plus those entitled to benefits-related free school meals will still be able to receive free meals. The voucher scheme will no longer be running.
If your child would prefer to bring a packed lunch from home, this is of course still possible. Please remember that we cannot allow any products containing nuts due to allergies, nor do we allow sweets or fizzy drinks in lunchboxes.
The times for lunchbreak will be staggered in school, so if you would like to collect your child for a home lunch, please check the timings of this with the front office.
The usual free fruit & veg snacks will be delivered for children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 and Coolmilk delivery will resume. Children in Years 3 to 6 may bring in a fruit or vegetable snack for morning break.
Children will either eat in their classroom or in the hall. For children in Key Stage 2, we have reduced the length of lunchtimes by 10 minutes so that they do not have as long to wait after they have eaten their lunch before they can go outside to play. The length of time children will have playing outside remains the same as it was in the Autumn term.
The lunch menu can be found here.
As always, we have our school rules and high expectations of behaviour. However, due to COVID-19, additional rules will have to be in place that we wouldn’t usually need. Children and parents need to be aware that we will need to enforce not just the usual school rules, but new temporary rules too. The new rules have been discussed with the children in the Autumn term and a copy of these rules can be found below. The Behaviour Policy COVID-19 Addendum can be found here.
Any child must remain at home if they have symptoms of coronavirus or if a member of their household (including someone in their support bubble or childcare bubble) has coronavirus symptoms.
If a child shows symptoms of COVID-19 whilst at school:
- They will be taken to our designated isolation room, supported by a member of staff wearing PPE.
- Parents will be asked to collect the child immediately.
Parents should follow the latest advice, which can be found here: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
If a child becomes unwell, with non- COVID-19 they will be dealt with in the usual way.
- All adults to wear a face covering on school site (unless exempt) and to follow the current social distancing guidelines - encouraging the children to do the same. Only one parent to pick up/drop off please.
- Current government guidance remains that where possible, parents are asked to walk to school and not use cars or public transport, so please walk if you are able to.
- Attendance – all children will be expected to attend school from 8th March and our usual attendance policy will apply.
- Once you have dropped off your children in the morning or collected them at the end of the day, we will ask you to leave the school site promptly. This is to reduce congestion on the playground and to help adults maintain appropriate social distancing.
- Benches and play equipment are not to be used during the drop off or collection times.
- Children will wear school uniform as usual. They will need to bring a coat suitable for wet playtimes – we want the children to be able to get out into the fresh air as much as possible.
- Children will need to bring in a water bottle each day, a book bag with their reading book and reading diary, and a packed lunch if needed. Children will not need pencil cases.
- The school car park will be closed to all users from 8.30am-9.10am and from 3.00pm to 3.35pm as the car park will be used as an exit route for children and parents.
- If you have a message for a class teacher, please email the front office who will forward it on.
If there is any other information that you feel it would be useful to have, please let us know.