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Returning to school September 2020

All pupils are to return to school on Monday 7th September.  

Timings of the day

All pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 will start the day at 8:40am - children must arrive promptly. (There is only one time for arriving at school – a soft start option is no longer available). We will be using three different entrances in order to get our pupils in safely in smaller bubbles rather than all using the one main entrance.

Year 1 (and Reception at a later date) will be using the ‘lower’ gate/first gate when coming up from the main road. This will also be used as an exit at the end of the day.

Years 2, 3 and 4 will use the main entrance and will also be leaving from this gate.

Years 5 and 6 will be using the ‘top gate’ and will also leave from here.

The school day will end at 3pm for years 1 to 6.

(Reception children will end their school day at 2:50pm once they are in school).

Children must be dropped off at the relevant gate where staff will be there to meet them – parents will not be allowed on site.  If you need to get a message to a member of staff, please contact the School Office. 

Additional soft end sessions

Some pupils will be taking part in smaller group sessions at the end of the day, which will happen throughout the week. You will be informed individually if your child will be involved in these sessions.

 

School organisation

All schools will now have to be organised differently than they were pre Covid. All schools will work on the principle of having bubbles, which will consist of anything from one class, to a number of classes.

Within the school we will aim to reduce the number of adults who come into contact with children. This is so that if a bubble has to close due to a positive Covid diagnosis, it will reduce the impact on the rest of the school.

 

Collectives and Lovely Hat celebrations will work differently - mainly being in class, with sadly, no singing allowed.

 

Every day each class group will be given some time in either the main playground or the upper playground, however, they will not be socialising with the whole school, as children will be kept in their class or bubble groups.

Lunchtimes

The school has had to alter lunchtimes to keep different group or bubbles apart. The school will be able to offer a freshly cooked meal to all children in the Reception class, Year 1 and Year 2. These children will dine in the Hall at two different sittings. Their dinner will be served on to a plate.

All children in Key stage 2 Years 3,4 ,5 and 6 will eat their lunch in their classroom. The school will be able to offer children in Key stage 2 a prepared lunch which they can pay for. I will send you the nature of this soon.

Routines and hygiene

Hand washing will remain a key element to keeping your child safe. They will be instructed to wash their hands at the start of the day, after break, before they eat, after play times or PE.

Children will be reminded to follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ routine if they need to cough, sneeze or blow their nose. If needs be, pupils are to cover their mouths if coughing, to sneeze into their arms, and blow their nose on a tissue which then needs to be placed in a bin. Children are asked to bring tissues with them, however, staff will provide these if required.

Markings and notices have been put in place around the site to promote safe distancing. In addition to this, a one-way system has been put in place around the old part of the school. Markings have also been put in place in the playground, for when children access this space.

Movement around the school will be limited, so groups will mainly use just one or two rooms.

Within each classroom the children will be facing the front and each child will be issued with their own stationery pack, so there will not be a need to share with others.

School uniform

Children are to wear their standard school uniform, remember make up and ear rings are not allowed.

Drinking water

Pupils are requested to bring a named water bottle to school each day as water fountains will be cordoned off. The bottle will need to be returned home and cleaned on a daily basis. Pupils will not be able to share their drinks bottle with any others. If a water bottle needs to be refilled, ideally the child should do this, however, if they are unable, an adult will refill it, having first washed their hands, after which the bottle is wiped down and returned to the child, without making personal contact.

Local Lockdown

We sincerely hope that a local lockdown will not be necessary. However, each school will put a plan in place to remain open for the children of Critical Workers and Vulnerable children as they have done before. Work will be provided for all children who have to stay at home.

If a child is unwell with Covid 19 symptoms, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated with appropriate adult supervision. We have a room designated for unwell children to isolate away from others.

 

Self Isolation

If your child has to self-isolate due to a suspected Covid diagnosis, they must be tested straight away. They will be provided with work whilst they are at home. If their test has a negative result, they must return to the next day or as soon as they no longer feel poorly.

Here is some more help and guidance to help you manage the transition back to full school opening. 

Returning to school: Your questions answered by the Department for Education 

Looking after your feelings and your body, a guide from Public Health England, March 2020

Looking after our own and our children's emotions during Covid 19, a guide from Public Health Agency