14th July 2020
It’s been quite a few months for us all. I hope you are all well and will be able to enjoy some downtime at some point over the summer break. From all of us here at school, thank you for the many kind words we have received. Whilst we have got used to new ways of working, we appreciate the challenges you will have faced as well.
I am also aware that some of you may still be feeling anxious about a full return to school but I have to say, I have been incredibly impressed on how our partial return has gone since June. The children have adapted in ways I could never have imagined and are not missing out of the social aspects of being in school. They are happy, smiling and enjoying being here. Although the whole school are not back with us, it actually feels like school should, with a few added extras thrown in.
I apologise in advance for the amount of detail in this letter. I felt it important that you are aware of the arrangements for September. If you would prefer, all this information is in a video on our Facebook page.
Government guidance was released for us last week and I have been working through it to put together our risk assessment and arrangements for September. I attach a copy of the risk assessment for your information. This has been consulted on with staff and governors and will be reviewed regularly, as well as in light of any new guidance we receive. I am in the process of putting together a contingency plan should a future national or local lockdown occur, and this will be available in September.
In terms of organisation next year:
· Classes will return to their current teachers on Tuesday 8th September for two weeks, to welcome everyone back, support transition and start to come back together as a community. (Miss Goldmsith’s class will return to Miss Lewis and Mrs Ireland, Mrs Gumede’s class to Mrs Ryan and Mrs Hobbs’ class to Mrs Sates)
· As suggested in the guidance, start and end times will be staggered, as will break and lunchtimes:
- New Year 5/6 children to arrive at 8.40am and leave at 3.00pm, using the Church Road entrance and lining up on the KS2 playground
- New Year 3/4 children 8.50am-3.05pm, using the Stocks Lane entrance and lining up on the KS1 playground
- New Year 1/2 children 9.00am-3.10pm, using the Church Road entrance and lining up on the KS2 playground
- New Year R children (from 21st September) 9.00am-2.55pm, using the Stocks Lane entrance and lining up on the KS1 playground
As is happening now, temperature checks will be done on arrival and any child with a temperature over 37.5 will be asked to go home. (Please see the video on our Facebook page to show your child what will happen). Hand sanitiser is on the main gates and parents and children are asked to use it on arrival and when leaving. We would ask that older children try to come into school by themselves and that all parents and carers arrive and leave promptly. The gates will not be open until the time we expect your child to arrive so please do not arrive too early as you will be waiting around. Please also remember that cars should not be coming up Stocks Lane, parking or dropping off on double yellow lines or using the disabled bays, even if you are just dropping off, as this will cause issues for all families and risk safety.
Parents and carers may only come into school if invited or with a pre-arranged appointment.
The children will be in their full classes and there is no expectation that they will socially distance from others in their class, but we will encourage a ‘no touch’ rule, and they will not mix with children in other classes. It is expected that staff continue to socially distance from children and each other. LSA’s will continue to support children with their learning either in small groups or on a 1-1 basis and PPA staff will be in to cover classes as normal, ensuring social distancing and good hygiene measures such as handwashing and using the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
Children will have their own resources such as pens and pencils which they will keep in a plastic wallet on their tables. Please do not send pencil cases into school. PE kits will be needed and we ask that they are washed on the weekend before being brought back into school on the Monday morning. Children are asked to please start wearing school uniform again. Please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school every day, the water fountains will not be in use.
Instead of whole school assemblies in the hall, classes will have a class assembly each day. At this moment in time, sadly, we will not be going ahead with the Christmas fair or Year R nativity, however, should the guidance change in terms of children mixing etc, we will put these back on the calendar. I know this will be as much as a disappointment for you and the children as much as it is for the staff.
The children will be able to use playground equipment and sports equipment will be cleaned thoroughly between each use. The school will also be sanitised at the end of every day on top of our usual cleaning practice.
You can really help if you can ensure:
- Your child does not come to school if they are unwell (in any way) and if they display symptoms of Covid-19, you arrange a test and follow the isolation guidelines. (Our guidance states that if we have a suspected case in school, the whole class do not need to be sent home, unless they are also displaying symptoms. The only time we will send a group home is if we have a confirmed case in school, in which case we will follow Public Health England’s advice)
- Only send your child into school with what they need for the day
- Ensure your child washes their hands on arrival at school and again when they get home
- Thoroughly wash lunchboxes and drinks bottles each day
- Children do not bring toys into school
The rest of the steps we are taking are outlined in the risk assessment, so please do take the time to read it through.
In terms of an update on staffing:
Yesterday, we welcomed back Miss Lewis and Mrs Ireland from maternity leave, it is lovely to have them back in school.
We say goodbye to Mrs Jones on Friday who is retiring after an impressive 22 years of dedication to the children of our school. She is going to be hugely missed. We will saying a fond farewell at our socially distanced picnic on Friday.
Miss Goldsmith is officially on maternity leave from today, we look forward to hearing about her new arrival.
Miss Fenton is also leaving us at the end of the week as she has decided that she wishes to be working closer to home and her family.
Many of you will know that we have more exciting news in that Mrs Carter is expecting a baby! Mrs Carter will be with us until October half term when she will go off on maternity leave. We will update you on her cover in the autumn.
We are delighted to be welcoming Mrs Margaret Harker to our team who will be starting with us in September to cover PPA and leadership release time.
This week, we are in the process of interviewing for an intervention teacher to support children of all abilities in catching back up to where they should be, an LSA to replace Mrs Jones and an PPA cover teacher to replace Miss Fenton.
As we have learnt over the past few months, things can and do change. If anything does change over the summer, I will contact you via Parentmail. We will also update our website and Facebook page. Please ensure we have an up to date mobile number and email address so we are able to communicate with you if necessary. I will obviously try not to as I am sure you would much rather enjoy the holiday.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back in September, we have missed you all very much. It will be amazing to come back together and be the strong community that we are, and as has been shown over the past 4 months. Please take care of yourselves and enjoy the break.
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