We have been planning for the full re-opening of school in September. 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 be staggering 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. Parents will be asked to enter through the main gates, turn left to go through the gravel area and onto the playground via the basketball courts, around the outside of the whole school to exit via the pathway beside the nursery.
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:
- The school day will start at 8.40am and end at 3.05pm.
- Please arrive on site between 8.30am and 8.40am. Children will be able to enter their classrooms through their external doors from 8.30am.
- 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 3.05pm. Please do not arrive before 3.00pm.
- 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 8.50am and end at 3.15pm.
- Please arrive on site between 8.40am and 8.50am. Children will be able to enter their classrooms through their external doors from 8.40am.
- 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 3.25pm.
- Please arrive on site between 8.50am and 9.00am. Children will be able to enter their classrooms through their external doors from 8.50am.
- 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 3.25pm. Please do not arrive before 3.20pm.
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.
No parents will be able to come into the school building unless an appointment has been agreed. Therefore, parents will not be able to come to the school office to drop off items or speak with office staff. We apologise if this appears unwelcoming, but these are essential measures we need to take in order to keep everyone safe. There will, however, be staff outside by the main entrance who will take any messages or items.
Please use the phone or office email to contact us.
Office email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office number: 01473 729544
During the day
The most recent guidance published on 2nd July tells us that we can plan to keep children in full class sized bubbles for the majority of the school day and larger year group bubbles if needed. We plan to keep the children in classes throughout the day. We will use year group bubbles in the hall at lunchtimes and outside at playtimes, although each class will be allocated their own outside play area.
The guidance states that staff are able to move across the school, however, we have made the decision to allocate staff to year groups and we will 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.
In the classrooms from Years 2 to 6, the children will be seated in rows facing the front, rather than sitting around tables in groups. Each child will have their own wallet of frequently used equipment (pencils, ruler etc) so children do not need to bring in pencil cases from home.
We will encourage the children to wash their hands frequently throughout the day. We have purchased several portable handwashing stations so that each class will have access to a sink. Hand sanitiser will be available in every classroom for children to use when they first come to school each morning. We will continue with our increased cleaning regime that includes frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, light switches and taps being cleaned more frequently during the day.
The children will be expected to wear their full school uniform.
On PE days the children may come home wearing their PE kits. 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.
Currently, Vertas our school meal providers, offer children the choice of a cold packed lunch or a hot meal that is presented in a takeaway-style box. 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. This will continue in September. We are hoping that we may be able to return to the usual serving trays in September, but this has yet to be confirmed.
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 lunch menu can be found here.
We are assuming that 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.
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 will be discussed with the children in September and a copy of these rules can be found below. The Behaviour Policy COVID-19 Addendum can be found here.
If a child becomes unwell, with non- COVID-19 they will be dealt with in the usual way.
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 is currently:
- Arrange for a test
- To isolate at home for 7 days from the onset of symptoms
- The rest of the household to isolate for 14 days.
- 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.
- Please ensure your child brings a coat suitable for wet playtimes – we will want the children to be able to get out into the fresh air as much as possible.
- 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.
- We require any child to remain at home if they have symptoms of Coronavirus. Where a child has a member of their family who has Coronavirus symptoms, we ask that they do not attend school.
- 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.
- There will be plenty of staff outside school in September to guide you to the correct classroom.
If there is any other information that you feel it would be useful to have, please let us know.
Copies of the risk assessments are below:
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back to school on Thursday September 3rd and having the school building full of children once again!