Returning To School
25th August 2020
Return to School – Plans for September 2020
Please remember that your child starts school again on Wednesday 2nd September. School will be back to normal as far as possible. We are aware that most of our children will be returning after a long time out of school. We will make sure that they are welcomed on their return and are fully aware of any changes that they need to know about. We will focus on their well-being and ensure that we cover any curriculum areas they have missed.
Attendance and Behaviour
School will be running as normal and all children must attend as normal. We expect you to phone each day if your child is not in school with the reason for absence. Children on the shielded patient list can also return to school, as can children with family members who are shielding. Fixed Penalty Notices (fines) will be issued in certain cases as normal. If a member of your family is suspected of having Covid-19 then we expect the child to be kept at home, a test taken as soon as possible and the results given to us. We have introduced new behaviour expectations for this new situation. Children will be made aware of these on return and there is a copy on the website for you to see. Some children may find the return to school difficult so we will work closely with you to support them.
Teaching and classes
All children will be back to school as normal, including our new starters in Nursery and Reception who have a period of induction. We will treat a whole year group as one bubble and be taught in their classroom as normal. This means we can deliver the best provision to meet the needs of our children, while making sure that we can separate bubbles sensibly inside school. It also means all the children in a year group can play together with their friends. We will be able to support individuals and groups of children, though adults will need to maintain a safe distance.
Keeping bubbles apart
There will be a staggered start and end to the day, with children arriving and leaving at different times. If you have children in different year groups, please choose an appropriate time when you can drop them off together.
8:30 Y5/6 arrive – Y6 go in through their door. Y5 through the Y3/4 doors.
8:45 Y3/4 arrive – Y3 go through their door. Y4 through the main door to the playground.
8:45 EYFS/KS1 – go straight into rooms, YR can use play area entrances too.
2:55 Y5/6 – out the same door they came in
3:10 Y3/4 – out the same door they came in.
3:10 EYFS/KS1 – out of class doors.
There will also be staggered playtimes and lunchtimes, with separate play areas to keep year groups separate. Children will be able to choose to have a school dinner or packed lunch. Children in Key Stage 2 will still have the option to buy a snack at morning playtime.
Safety and Hygiene
We will continue with our routines for safe movement around school, regular handwashing and toileting. There will be no assemblies or large gatherings, and no clubs before or after school. The school office will be out of use for parents so please report to the window outside. If there is a suspected case of Covid-19 among the staff or adults in school, then we require a test to be taken and the results given to us as soon as possible so we can take appropriate action. We will use the NHS Test and Trace system and take advice from the local health protection team if there is a confirmed case. If we have two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where the coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, it may be an outbreak, and the school will take further advice. In some cases, a larger number of other pupils will be asked to self-isolate at home. This could be a particular year group or larger groups.
Uniform will return to normal and we expect children to wear uniform each day. You will still need to make sure that clothes are regularly washed. PE/Games kit will need to be worn to school on the right day, children to stay in the kit all day.
It is essential that children only bring to school their coat, a drinks bottle and a lunch bag (where appropriate). School bags are not to be brought in neither should pencil cases or other stationery equipment. We will provide all the equipment that your child will need.
PE will begin in Week 2 – please come in school uniform in Week 1. Teachers will let you know child/ren’s PE days in a further letter.
Before and after school care
Buddies will be offering this service every day using the hall in the main building. Please contact them if you wish to book a place; firstname.lastname@example.org or 07976 455562.
These changes are necessary to maintain the safety of our children and adults in school. We will continue to take advice and guidance about the situation, making any changes necessary to make sure that safety measures in school are the best they can be. We will place any updated information on our website and Twitter feed, so please keep an eye out for those. If you have any further questions then please contact us.
Our best wishes for a safe and happy return to school.