Thursday 20th May 2020
We are busily preparing for the return of Year 6 on 1st June and are all looking forward to welcoming them back in school. Many of you will be anxious about sending your children back to school during this time and we wanted to give you as much information as we can to alleviate any concerns.
We will try our best to make school feel as normal as possible for children but we have had to take significant measures in order to ensure the safety of children and staff and this will inevitably make school feel a little strange for children returning.
As stated by the government, attendance of school is encouraged but not compulsory and we understand that many of you will have circumstances that require flexibility. We have been in touch with most of year 6 and are expecting a number of children to return, however we understand that a minority will not. While we will be sad not to see them in school, we totally understand the reasons and we will continue to provide work for children online. Obviously, there will be no fines for non-attendance during this time.
For the week beginning 1st June, the year 6 pupils will be invited into school on Tuesday and Wednesday. This will give us all time to evaluate and review the provision we have made. We will look to increase provision to full time Monday to Thursday with a half day on Friday in the week beginning 8th June 2020.
In order to ensure the safety of both staff and pupils, we have separated the pupils into six ‘Pods’. Each of these has an assigned teacher and LSAs and these will be the only adults to interact with the students in their Pod.
The Pods will have staggered start and finish times, as well as staggered breaktimes, PE lessons and lunches. Each Pod will have an allotted classroom, to be used only by that Pod.
A walking one-way system has been introduced for dropping off and collecting pupils. Pupils and parents will enter through the car park gate and parents can then exit via the pedestrian gate in front of the office observing social distancing rules. Any parents needing to escort pupils to the school door will be asked to follow the one-way system and leave via the side gate into the alley adjacent to Tesco. We will encourage communication through phone calls and email and we ask that parents do not enter the school building. Adults are more likely to pass on and to catch the virus so we need to ensure we are all keeping a good distance from each other. Be alert.
If children are feeling poorly, do not send them to school and if anyone in your family shows any symptoms of Covid=19 we ask that you self-isolate for 14 days for the protection of the children and the staff.
To ensure children’s safety, social distancing measures will be in force in the school corridor, on the stairs and in the hall. Outdoor play will observe social distancing rules and any equipment that is used will be cleaned after use. School toilets will only accommodate one pupil at a time to ensure social distancing rules are observed and water fountains will be turned off so children cannot use these.
Children should not bring in pencil cases or toys. All equipment will be provided for the children at school and we ask that they bring in a named water bottle and, if possible, a packed lunch. Hot dinners will still be provided for children in receipt of free school meals but not to any other children. If you feel your child needs to bring a mobile phone to school, there will be a basket for the children to put them in as they enter the school.
We understand that parents will want to wash children’s clothes every day to further minimise the risk of cross infection, so we will not insist on full school uniform. However, we do ask that children wear a polo shirt in school colours and dark trousers, shorts or a skirt (or a school dress if they have one). We will be flexible about this but we ask that children do not wear football kits or impractical clothing and shoes. Although we will not ask children to change for PE, it would be best if they wore trainers to school so they do not have to have a change of shoes.
As the weather is likely to be warm, please ensure that children bring a hat and wear sunscreen to school.
Pupils will be able to have access to ELSA support if they wish, as we know how trying this time has been for student’s mental health.
For details regarding the staggered start and finish to the school day and other information about the changes to the school day, please read the attached ‘Daily Routine Information Sheet’ which gives details of the day including staggered start and finish times.
A list of frequently asked questions can be found on the News page on the website alongside a video explanation (available from Friday 22nd May) but if you have any more queries, please do not hesitate to ask. School will be open during half term week from Tuesday to Friday if you need to ring or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would prefer, contact Mrs Campbell directly via email on email@example.com. We will be in contact by telephone to discuss your child’s ‘Pod’ so any questions can be raised then.
Thank you for your support in these challenging times. Although we have put stringent plans into place to try and ensure safety for everyone, none of us has ever experienced this before so please help us by being alert and cautious.