School Reopening - Coronavirus (Covid -19)
WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL
EAST WITTERING COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL
Telephone: 01243 672208 Fax: 01243 673238
Headteacher: Mrs J Brooks.
22nd May 2020
Wider reopening of school for Year R, 1 and 6
Dear Parents and carers,
I hope you are all keeping safe and well. I would like to thank you for your ongoing support over the past couple of months, it is very much appreciated.
We are really looking forward to seeing you in the next couple of weeks, we have missed you all very much.
I am writing to provide information about the possible wider opening of school to children in Year R, 1 and 6. A video with all these arrangements will also shortly be available on our website.
From 1st June, we may be opening for year R, 1 and 6 in addition to the children we already have in school. This is assuming the government’s 5 key tests are met. We are still waiting for confirmation that this will happen but have planned on this basis.
I understand that there are concerns and we are currently working on our risk assessments to ensure school is as safe as possible.
The DfE has suggested schools take no more than 15 children in each ‘bubble’. We have looked at our classroom spaces and have based our plans on a maximum of 11 children.
I must stress that school will not be like normal school. Children will be put into groups with a teacher and possibly an LSA. It may not be their own teacher. They also may not be with children they would normally be with. The curriculum will not be what we would normally offer, we will focus on PSHE and well-being, at least for the first month. This is so we can all be as safe as possible. Children will remain in this bubble all day and will not be mixing with other children. Each child will have their own resources such children in all years sat at tables when they are working and where we can, learning will take place outside. I am not able to guarantee that children will socially distance. Children naturally gravitate towards each other and staff, East Wittering School is committed to the safety and protection of its pupils. particularly when they are feeling worried, upset or hurt, however, we will do what we can to keep any contact to a minimum.
In terms of practicalities:
We ask that Year R arrive at 9am through the Stocks Lane entrance and leave at 2.45 through the same gate. Please meet teachers on the KS1 playground. Year 1 children are to arrive at 8.45 through the Church Road entrance and will leave at 2.55. Please also meet teachers on the KS1 playground.
Year 6 are to please arrive at 8.30 through the gate Stocks Lane entrance and will leave at 3.05. Please meet teachers on the KS2 playground.
Those children in other year groups attending as key worker children or identified children, please arrive through the Stocks Lane entrance at 9.30, and leave at 3.15. Please also meet teachers on the KS2 playground.
2m distancing tape will be marked on the playground.
We ask that only one parents/carer does the school drop off/pick up and that you and your child use the hand sanitising stations at the gates when you arrive. Please only arrive 1-2 minutes before you need to to reduce contact.
Once your child is with their teacher, we ask that you leave the site and not wait to wave them in. Please also leave promptly at the end of the day.
In line with government advice, please try to walk or cycle to school.
We will be taking the children’s temperatures as they come into school using a non- contact infrared thermometer. Any child with a temperature will be asked to go home and self- isolate as outlined in guidance.
Please do not send your child to school if they or other members of your household are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, this includes a persistent cough, high temperature or a loss of taste and smell.
Children and staff will wash their hands regularly throughout the day.
Regular cleaning of the school will take place daily. A deep clean was carried out at the beginning of May.
To help with regular clothes washing, children will not be required to wear school uniform.
School meals will be provided for FSM and UiFSM children. At the moment, it is unlikely there will be an option to pay for meals for Year 6 children. We will confirm as soon as we can.
If your child brings a packed lunch, we ask that it is thoroughly washed at the end of each day, including their drinks bottle.
Children should not bring a book bag or toys into school.
Lunch times will be staggered to reduce larger group contact, some children will eat in their classroom base rather than the hall.
East Wittering School is committed to the safety and protection of its pupils. As per my email to you yesterday, school will close to all children on a Friday afternoon every week, as we are not able to provide staff with PPA time as we would normally as we are not wanting to introduce additional adults into the bubbles.
Therefore, please can:
Year R be collected at 12.15, Year 1 at 12.30, Year 6 at 12.45 and key worker children at 1pm. Please use your allocated gate. Children will have lunch at school before going home for the afternoon.
After school clubs or assemblies will not run for the remainder of the term.
In suspected and confirmed cases of Covid-19, we will follow DfE and PHE advice, which may mean that entire bubbles will be asked to go home and isolate.
Parents and Carers wishing to speak with teachers should do so via Dojo in the first instance. Any face to face conversations will only be done if an appointment is made, and will follow social distancing advice.
Finally, we will be having an additional INSET day on 1st June to allow staff to prepare the site. Children will therefore return on 2nd June.
I appreciate that this is a lot to take in. I do understand that the new ‘normal’ seems challenging and nothing like school as we know it. It feels cold and goes completely against how we would normally behave with the children. Please be assured that we continue to follow latest advice which continues to come through and therefore continues to evolve. Many parents and carers who completed an earlier survey said they wanted reassurance as to what we were doing to keep everyone safe. I hope this addresses those concerns. I apologise that there is so much information to share but I wanted you to fully understand the steps we are taking to look after your children and each other.
Mrs Griffin and Mrs Forster will be on hand for any children who have found not being at school difficult, those who have been directly impacted by Covid-19 with family members and friends, and those who may find it tricky to reintegrate back into school. Please do call us or send an email if you would like to share any specific worries with us so we can help the best we can.
We are genuinely very excited to be seeing the children again, we have really missed them.
I hope you have a lovely half term break and we look forward to seeing you all on 2nd June if we are given the go ahead from the government.
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