Coronavirus - School reopening 22/05/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): School reopening arrangements letter to parents
RE: Arrangements for school reopening
Dear Parents and Carers
I would like to begin by offering a huge ‘thank you’ for supporting the school over recent weeks and for supporting your child with their home learning. As you will be aware, the government has announced that so long as they are satisfied that it will be safe enough to do so, schools may reopen from 1st June 2020 for:
- Year 1
- Year 6
As you are probably aware, schools are waiting for the Government’s final decision on Thursday 28th May. However, in the meantime, this is our plan, should targets be met. We will confirm whether we can go ahead with this plan after the Government’s announcement.
Our School will only reopen for some or all of the year groups named above if we feel that we can manage this safely.
I am therefore writing to share with you the arrangements we have implemented to ensure the safety of all staff, pupils and parents. These arrangements have been put into place following a full risk assessment process and are in line with guidance from the Department for Education. We will continue to review the arrangements we have implemented and update you with any changes as and when we make them.
Staggered Start: opening dates for different year groups
In order to ensure arrangements are as safe and secure as possible we will be operating a staggered start for different year groups.
The school will be open to the different year groups on the following dates:
- Year 6: Tuesday June 2nd the school will be open for these pupils only
- Year 1: The school will not be open for these pupils
- Reception: The school will not be open for these pupils
- Y2,Y3,Y4 and Y5: The school will not be open for these pupils
We may invite additional year groups to attend the school at a future date.
Remote learning will be provided for all pupils not in school, using Google Classroom. If you experience any problems accessing Google Classroom, please contact your child’s teacher via Class DoJo.
As with all other arrangements we will keep this under constant review and we will not open the school to any year group unless we are satisfied that it is safe to do so.
Schools will also continue to operate a childcare facility for:
- Children of critical workers
- Vulnerable pupils: those with an EHCP, with a Social Worker, or those with vulnerability to whom the school have decided to offer a childcare place.
We recognise that some of you may have some concerns about your child returning to school and that for some children another change will be unsettling for them. We also understand that the past weeks will have been challenging for many families. If you would like to talk to us about your child and any concerns you have about their return to school, please – in the first instance – contact Mrs Charlotte Purcell at email@example.com
If your child has an EHC plan please contact the school Inclusion Manager, Mrs Haywood-Roye firstname.lastname@example.org who will support you and your child with their return to school.
In order for us to ensure that we are fully ready for the return of pupils we will be closed for an INSET day on Monday June 1st. This will enable us to provide staff training and ensure all arrangements to keep children safe are properly finalised.
As the school opens to Y6, key staff will be in school. These include Mrs Charlotte Purcell, Deputy Headteacher and Ms Sian Greenway, Y6 teacher. Additional support staff will be in school.
Maintaining a safe school environment
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the preventative measures the school has put in place in order to minimise the spread of infection.
As per the advice from the government, the following actions for infection control remain in place:
- Displaying coronavirus infection control measures information posters around the school
- Encouraging good hygiene by promoting the importance of handwashing for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap in the following circumstances:
- Before leaving home
- On arrival at school
- After using the toilet
- After breaks and sporting activities
- Before food preparation
- Before eating any food, including snacks
- Before leaving school
- At regular intervals throughout the day
- Maintaining the government guidance of 2 metre social distancing
- Installing alcohol-based hand sanitiser dispensers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol
- Ensuring pupils and staff understand that they must cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away
- Ensuring frequently touched objects and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected more regularly than usual
- Calling NHS 111 if someone becomes unwell, isolating any unwell people in a separate room, and providing a separate bathroom, where possible
- Telling staff to stay at home for fourteen days if they develop symptoms of coronavirus
- Providing staff training on PPE, rubbish disposal, mental health and well-being
As an important part of our school community, I would ask that you continue to encourage good infection control practices, such as thorough handwashing at home, social distancing and keep your child informed about the things they can do to discourage the spread of infection.
In line with the current NHS and government advice, you should keep your child at home if they develop coronavirus symptoms for a period of seven days. Symptoms include a high temperature or a new, continuous cough. Where symptoms continue after seven days, or begin to worsen, you should call 111. If someone in your child’s household has symptoms, your child must self-isolate for 14 days from the day the other person’s symptoms started. This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear. More information regarding symptoms and actions can be found on the NHS website (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/).
If you think your child may have been exposed to or has coronavirus, or if your child receives a positive test result for coronavirus, please contact the school on 0207 274 4847 at the earliest opportunity.
Arrangements for the start and end of the school day
The beginning and end of the school day are the busiest times for children and adults congregating together in one place and maintaining safe distances within normal arrangements can be a challenge. We have implemented the following measures for when pupils return to school:
- Staggered start times will be in place to facilitate social distancing and the single entrance into school.
- Year 6 Bubble 1 - 8:30
- Year 6 Bubble 2 – 8:40
- Year 6 Bubble 3 – 8:50
- Key Worker Children Bubble 1 – 9:00
- Key Worker Children Bubble 2 – 9:15
- Staggered end times to the day, children will be brought to the spiritual garden to be dismissed as you get to the gate to collect your child.
- Year 6 Bubble 1 - 2:30
- Year 6 Bubble 2 – 2:40
- Year 6 Bubble 3 – 2:50
- Key Worker Bubble 1 – 3:00
- Key Worker Bubble 2 – 3:15
- There should only be two families (children and ONE adult from the same family) waiting in the courtyard.
- If necessary, please line up to wait to come through the gate into the courtyard using the socially distancing measures on the pavement.
- No adults, parents or carers should go through the School Gate into the spiritual garden.
- Please walk or cycle to school is possible; if driving, please park and walk up to school.
- Year 6 parents - You will need to complete a ‘permission to walk home slip’ before we allow your child to walk home. I understand that you may have already done this but some parents may revoke their permission following social distancing measures being introduced.
- You must drop and collect your child on time – we have the measures in place to ensure there is no crossover.
Arrangements for break times and lunchtimes
We recognise the importance for all pupils to have a break from learning and to enjoy time outside during the school day. Reconnecting with friends will be an important aspect of pupils settling back into school life, but we have made some adjustments to break and lunch times.
- Lunchtime will be staggered to facilitate social distancing in the hall.
- Break time will be staggered to facilitate social distancing
- The playground will be zoned to avoid unnecessary contact and the large pay equipment will not be used.
- As usual, no personal balls or games will be allowed in school
The school day
To minimise the number of pupils and staff assembling for periods of time, we have made the following changes to the school day:
- Classroom will be organised to facilitate social distancing.
- Bubble of children have been created to facilitate social distancing and reduce the risk of cross over.
- Collective worship will be classroom based
- Adults may be wearing PPE and will be wearing face shield if it is necessary to administer first aid to any child.
Support for pupils and families
We do not underestimate how difficult the recent weeks have been for us all and we all will have been touched in some way by the coronavirus pandemic. We recognise the need to focus on pupils’ emotional wellbeing as well as their return to learning. The following support is in place for pupils once they return to school.
- Pastoral support for pupils on their return to school, including support for pupils who have experienced bereavement and loss – please contact Mrs Haywood-Roye
Parents may wish to seek support for themselves from the following support agencies:
- Samaritans – call free 24 hours a day on 116 123
- National Domestic Abuse Helpline – call for free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247
- Shelter provide free confidential information, support and legal advice on all housing and homelessness issues if you call 0330 0536 083 (please note, this is not a free phone number and your call will be charged). A free webchat is available at https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help/webchat
We are very much looking forward to seeing many of our children once again, but I would like to reassure you that the safety of our school community is our priority. I hope that these arrangements provide you with the information you need to support your child to return to school.