I hope you are your families are keeping well.
We have been busy updating our school risk assessment to reflect the recent government guidance for the full opening of schools.
We will be open fully in September. The term starts for staff on Wednesday 2nd September. We have 2 staff training days. The children will start the new term on Friday 4th September.
I am very much looking forward to welcoming all our families back to school.
I have listed below what we have put into place. I have also listed what we are asking of you.
• Children will now be in class bubbles, we will avoid contact between bubbles.
• Additional resources have been purchased to enable children to have and keep their own personal resources-pen, pencil etc.
• Signage and markings around the building ensure that families are reminded of social distancing
• Increased cleaning-lunchtime and at the end of a day, bins in classrooms are covered and regularly emptied. There will always be a good supply of tissues and soap in classrooms and toilets.
• Reminders and opportunities throughout the day with regard to handwashing
• Children will eat their lunch in their ‘bubble’ and use a designated part of the school grounds for playtime.
• To ensure that there are not too many bubbles/children in the hall. Only children in receipt of universal free school meals (all reception, year 1 and 2) and children entitled to free school meals will be able to have a hot meal. All other children must bring a packed lunch to school or purchase a school packed lunch through Parent Pay. Packed lunches will be kept in your child’s classroom and not on year group trolleys.
• If children/staff display any symptoms they will immediately be isolated and sent home
• We have completed a full risk assessment taking into account advice from the Department of Education and Public Health England.
• If a member of staff or a child tests positive for Covid-19, the school will inform the government health protection team. This may lead to groups of children/staff being sent home and asked to self-isolate for 14 days. If there is more than one case this may lead to the closure of a whole year group or the whole school.
• If a child is unable to come into school because they are self-isolating we will provide home learning through our website or other means.
• Pupils must not attend if they or a member of their household, has COVID-like symptoms or have tested positive in the last 7 days. Please inform the school straight away.
• If a child fees unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature (37.5 degrees C) they will be sent home immediately. Parents must ensure that we have up-to-date emergency numbers. A child with symptoms will wait in a ‘separate’ area to be picked up by parents.
• A child who is sent home with symptoms must self-isolate for at least 7 days and the family should arrange to have a test. Other members of the household should also self-isolate. Where the child member tests negative they can return to school. We will ask to see a copy of the test result. If a child tests positive, the family must inform the school. All children can be tested, including children under 5.
• School will be compulsory from September. This will mean that the school and education welfare services will be monitoring attendance. If you have concerns regarding your child returning to school you must get in touch with our attendance officer, Mrs Sherwani as soon as possible.
• Arrive on time for school. Please note that we have extended the start in the morning. It is now from 8.35-9.10, this is to support the effective flow of families in and out of the school. Children must be in school by 9.10 a.m.
• Also please pick up on time-again to avoid congestion we have extended pick up times for some year groups (PLEASE SEE THE TABLE BELOW). Again it is important that children are picked up on time.
• Please ensure that you enter and leave the school at agreed entrances and exits. Please follow the signage for entering and leaving the school at the main gates. It is important to keep to the right and ensure there is social distancing between families.
• If children do not go home alone (year 6 only) please ensure that only one adult drops off/picks up-this again helps to prevent congestion.
• Families and friends must not gather at the entrance gates/doors/ in the central quad. Families must enter and leave as quickly as possible. Please do not arrive early before the gates are open. This will ensure that there are not groups of families waiting at the gate.
• Please try to telephone or email the school with any questions etc. We will ensure that a member of staff gets back to you. Please do not try to enter into conversations with teachers at the start and end of days-again to minimise the number of parents at a classroom door. Parents will not be able to enter classrooms.
• If possible travel to school by Bike, Car or on Foot-avoiding if possible public transport. Please look at the information from TFL.
• Again to minimise the possibility of transmission of the virus we ask that children only bring essential resources to school including book bags and water bottles. Children will be provided with their own personal resources through the day.
• Children will be expected to wear school uniform and have a school PE Kit. On days when your child has PE, they will need to come to school in the appropriate PE kit, with a school jumper.
• Children should not wear face masks in school. Public Health England does not (based on current evidence) recommend the use of face coverings in school. They are not required in school as pupils are mixing in consistent groups and because misuse may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you in September.