I hope that you are all keeping safe and well.
Following the governments’ announcement on Sunday 10th May, I am so looking forward to seeing some children return to school from June 3rd. The national agreement on the year groups to open first are nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6.
Please be aware that attendance at school at this present time is not compulsory. No action will be taken if you chose not to send your child to school.
It is important that parents understand that at this moment school cannot operate in the same way that it did before lockdown if we are to minimise the transmission of the Covid-19 virus. The Senior Leadership team have considered all aspects of the school day when agreeing a risk assessment. The risk assessment has been shared with staff and governors.
Listed below are the points that all parents need to understand-
• Classes must be no bigger than 15 with children kept in these small groups (bubbles) throughout the day. The aim is that these bubbles do not mix with other bubbles. To ensure that we keep class sizes small we will operate a week A and a week B. Your child will be put in week A or B by a member of SLT-this information will be texted to you. Therefore a child will attend alternate weeks at school and then complete home learning in the other week-please see timetable below.
• We will place families in the same week-if they are in year groups Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or year 6.
• All other year groups will continue with home learning. There will also be online learning for families who choose not to return to school at this time.
• Provision will continue for key workers.
• There will be staggered dates for the return of children to school-see below. This is to ensure that we are able to implement our risk assessment in a measured way.
• Pupils must not start school, unless a parent has informed a member of the senior leadership team and they have then provided your child with a start date and placed them on our rota. This can also be done by parents completing the survey which can be found under the parent section and poll on our school website. The deadline for the survey is Friday 22nd May at 12pm (lunchtime). If you have not completed the survey at this point, please email your response to email@example.com
• To enable our staff to have planning, preparation and assessment time (this is a statutory requirement) and to ensure staff and children remain in ‘bubbles’, school will be closed on Friday afternoons. See below times for Friday.
• It is important that if you or any family member are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus you must not come into school. Please inform the school.
• If you or a member of your household have been stuck abroad and have recently come back into the country, you must follow the current guidelines and your family must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. Please do not send your child into school if this is the case.
• In order to minimise the number of people on the school site we ask that If you need to accompany your child to school it should only be 1 adult
• It is important that families do not gather at entrance gates/doors/in the central quad. We will be staggering the start and end of the day. We will also be using different entrance and exit points-see below.
• It is also important that families follow the timings below for start times and end of school times. Children should not be late. This will ensure that there is a good flow of families.
• If possible travel to school by Bike, Car or on Foot-avoiding if possible public transport. Please look at the information from TFL
• We will be allowing only one person at a time into the office area. If possible please telephone or email the school. If this is not possible you will need to wait outside the office to be called in. There are social distancing marks outside the school. The office will only be able to be entered through the front of the school. The office cannot be used to gain entrance or exit the school.
• If you need to speak to a teacher please again telephone or email and please avoid speaking to teachers at the start and end of the day- again to avoid congestion.
• Again to minimise the possibility of transmission of the virus we ask that children bring no resources from school including book bags and PE kits. Children will be provided with their own personal resources through the day.
• Children will be given packed lunches if they are entitled to free school meals or universal free schools meals (Reception, year 1). There will be no hot lunches. For children in year 6 not entitled to a free school meal they must bring their own school packed lunch or purchase one through parent pay.
• We are currently putting provision in place for Nursery. Nursery parents will be informed of this at the start of the new half term. Please be aware that this will not start (at the earliest) until the week beginning Monday 15th June.
Please be aware that staff unions are polling their members over the half term and the outcome of this ballot may affect our ability to open (other than for key worker children.) If this is the case we will post a message on our website.
In addition the government has made clear that June 1st is the earliest date that we may open and will make a further announcement on Thursday 28th May. We will keep you updated through our school website.
Thank you for your continued support at this time.