Here is a letter that you should receive by email this afternoon containing the details of what school will be putting in place for Wednesday onwards. I will also put it on Facebook and would be really grateful if you could make fellow parents aware of it so that the word gets out there fully.
I hope you are well and have had a good summer? I am writing to keep you informed about the plans for September and how we are looking forward to welcoming back you and your child. We will, as always, need your support in this as we know that a lot of this will be very different to what we are all used to. We have been very careful in following the guidelines issued by the DFE and advice from the LA to ensure the safety of all our school community.
While we are absolutely delighted to be able to get back to school, this isn’t going to be business as usual. We have a very important role in following guidance to ensure the health of the local community is not compromised by our actions. We all know that our children are of an age where catching Covid-19 would probably affect them in a minor way, but they could still carry the virus and in turn pass it to their own families or onto the families of other children or staff at school so we must all play our part. We all have relatives who we need to be protected in every way possible from this disease.
Here are some of the things you will need to know and I hope they help. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any questions at all.
|Class structures||· All the children will be kept in “bubbles” – these will be their year groups. The idea being that by keeping them in these static groups, we can limit the amount of contact they have with different people and we can shut a bubble if there is any case of Covid within it without having to keep all the other children off school. This also means that staff here will have limited contact with children who are not in their year group to make them safer too.
· Uniform – All children will be expected to return to school in full school uniform. Please can I ask that children wear plain black shoes and a school sweatshirt or cardigan that has the school logo on it? We are selling pre-loved sweatshirts and cardigans for £1 each too.
· All children will be washing their hands regularly throughout the day – NHS advice still indicates that this is the best way to combat COVID. If they need any form of hand cream because of all this washing, please send them some in. Also if they have their own hand sanitisers that would be really helpful too.
|Before School||· Staff who need to drop own children off will be covered by other staff from the bubble. Before and after school care in many schools is limited at the moment so some staff will need this flexibility.
· Mr. Evans will check every morning that soap dispensers, hand towels etc are full for coming day
· RECOVERY CURRICULUM to be used for first half term in first instance – this will be a chance for the children to “learn” to be at school again. We do not believe that all children will come back full of excitement and joyful to be here. We need to be ready for whatever they throw at us and we need to help the children heal again. More details on that this looks like will follow soon.
· The start of the day will involve activities to allow for children who may arrive at different time to other class members
· If you have any problems concerning the time your child will need to be dropped off, please let me know: Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org or 01952 387880
· Unfortunately, parents aren’t going to be allowed into the school premises until the end of each day to collect children. The exception to this is for Year 3 on the first day back. Their parents will be allowed onto school to take their child around to the fire door of their class.
· If you wish to see a member of staff please can I ask that you phone school and arrangements will be made in order for you to do this. I will also be asking teachers to be very responsive to DOJO messages. Please make sure you are registered and are able to send and receive messages.
· Can I also ask that you are prompt to support our social distancing at both the beginning and the end of the day.
· If you are late (after all the children are in school) could you please ensure children enter school through the main pedestrian entrance and come to the office so we can take them to their class.
· You will have to leave children at gate and remain socially distanced from other parents when you are on the pavement areas. I will be on the gate throughout this time to help where I can and there will be other members of staff around to guide the children to the correct entrance. No one will be in trouble for forgetting or going the wrong way. We will be as confused as you until we get used to it all!
· Money (eg to pay for a lunch) should be be put into an envelope which should be labelled with the child’s name and class and given to the staff in their class. It will then be brought to the office by staff wearing gloves. This is to avoid children going to areas in school where they may meet children who are in a different bubble to them.
· Staff will take register for lunch in class. They will ask whether your child is having their own sandwiches brought in from home or will want a hot dinner or a sandwich bar option made by the school kitchen ladies. Can you let them know each day – you’d be surprised how many have no idea!
· Can I ask that you make sure your child has a drinks bottle with them EVERY day. Thirsty children are not happy at school and we have limited facilities and it would make our lives so much easy if they had a bottle that they could fill for themselves.
|Lessons||· Please can your child have own class equipment such as pencils and colours to avoid sharing of resources. They are also allowed to bring a small bag with school things in – please not the size of a suitcase though.
· They will need a PE kit in each day as we are doing something physical with them at the beginning of each morning. This could be left in school all week.
· It would also be great if they could bring in a reading book that they enjoy from home.
· Marking will be done in class only – no books are to be taken home by teachers.
· Windows and doors will be kept open as much as possible so please make sure that your child is appropriately dressed. It can be cold in school at the best of times, so lots of layers would help.
· Staff are entitled to one afternoon a week out of class to be able to assess and plan ahead. These sessions will be covered by other staff doing Forest school and PE sessions outside to minimize risk again.
· We have a team of staff who will be available for supporting children, staff and parents whenever needed – please say if you or your child are struggling in any way.
|Toilets||· Each year group will have a set of toilets for their exclusive use. It would be helpful if you could talk to your child about the correct way to use a toilet as we still have floods in them where children have either left taps running and plugs in or have had competitions of who can wee higher than the next boy. We could really do without this sort of thing happening at the moment!
|Break||· Year groups are to have playground to themselves as we will be using a staggered system at break times. Please send you child with something healthy for tuck as we may not have chance to sell toast until we explore how that can be done safely. Not crisps or chocolate as the sugar rush and crash after break is VERY difficult to manage.
· After break the children will be given the need extra time needed to wash their hands thoroughly
|Lunch||· Before lunch, children to wash hands thoroughly
· We will have a staggered lunchtime and each year group will have a separate area to eat and play in. They can eat sandwiches outside if they wish too. If they eat indoors the tables will be thoroughly cleaned as they are finished with and before the next group enters.
· There will be 9 members of staff on duty at lunchtime helping the children and caring for their needs.
· During the Autumn term we will be continuing to offer a hot food option or a sandwich bar facility at lunchtime. The children are given a choice of fillings for their sandwich/baguette (ham, cheese, tuna) alongside fruit, a salad pot, a choice of desserts and a drink. This is free for free school meal children. For all other pupils the cost is £2.35. I would like to encourage as many pupils as possible to take up this school meal offer as this will limit the amount of things being bought into school.
|End of Day||
· School must insist on parents socially distancing on the playground as this will affect school transmission and health.
· Staff will bring classes out at designated time and handover to parents
· Staff who need to leave early to collect own children to be covered by staff in the bubble
· When dropping off and picking up please can I ask that you return and wait in your car or away from school if your children have different times for collection and drop off.
|Cleaning||· All areas to be thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis, with particular focus on frequently handled surfaces such as door handles, light switches, table/counter tops, handrails and bannisters, chairs, computers including mouse and keyboard, photocopiers, telephones, shared learning resources or toys, specialist equipment for SEND pupils, toilets and toilet handles, sinks, taps and other areas touched regularly, with additional cleaning during the day as necessary.
|Other||· No external agencies (music lessons) will happen for the first few weks. I will reconsider once we see how things are going.
· If you wish to see our COVID risk assessment this is on our school website.
|Just in case:||SICKNESS
· We have a team of people from the Education department who give us immediate advice on anything connected with this virus and we will refer any questions to them.
· If your child is feeling unwell during the day we need to be able to contact you quickly. Please can you ensure that we have up to date contact details on our system and that you’re contactable throughout the school day. If we suspect you child is showing symptoms of Coronavirus you will be directed to take your child to be tested which I will organise through Telford and Wrekin council. Whilst waiting for results it is essential that your family self isolates as advised by the Government. All the recommended procedures will be followed whilst waiting for you to pick up your child. If your child or anybody living in your household has symptoms of COVID whilst at home please can you alert the school as soon as possible so I am able to implement the correct procedures to ensure we can contain the outbreak.
· In event of a local lockdown, we will use online learning as before.
· If a there is a positive case of Covid within a bubble, the whole bubble will be closed for 14 days.
· It is vital that your child returns to school in September. The Government have announced fines for those parents whose children don’t attend, so if you are worried or anxious please phone or e-mail me so we can make sure you feel confident sending your child back. It is understandable if you have concerns, so please do talk to us. Please don’t keep your child off school unnecessarily again this will result in the LA issuing fines.
I hope that these details give you a picture of what we will be doing when the children come back, but again don’t hesitate to contact me with any queries. I hope you agree that we will be doing everything we can to ensure that the children are physically safe but I also wanted to reassure them (and you) that school will be a place of love, laughter and learning once more. We are very aware of the children’s possible need for emotional help and that their mental health may have dipped during this strange time and it is crucial that we spend time helping our children in these areas too.
Thank you once again for your support with this and I look forward very much to seeing you soon.