Dear Parents / Carers,
Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding through these very difficult and unusual times. I think this lockdown has been much harder for everyone. I know that work, especially for those of you whose children could not attend school, may have been difficult and I would like to thank you all for your dedication to home learning.
Given the latest Government guidance, I can confirm we will be open to ALL children from Monday 8 March.
We are so excited to have the children back in school, and I speak on behalf of all the staff when I say we have missed them all dearly! We understand that this lockdown has been more difficult for everyone with the Winter weather and we understand this will have had an impact on our children. On returning to school, the teachers will have a main focus on children’s well-being and positive mental health and they are in the process of planning team building and social interaction activities, that support emotional well-being as a priority. It is understandable that children will have mixed emotions about returning to school and we would like to work with you to ensure this transition, back into school life, is a smooth as possible.
To enable a smooth transition for all, we have kept the same routines and procedures as the ones we had in the Autumn Term as this was a system that worked well for all. The one-way system around the school grounds, the measures for social distancing and the wearing of a face covering will still be in place and I ask that you all kindly comply with these.
From 8th March school attendance will be mandatory for all pupils (unless your child has a medical issue and has been told not to attend by medical professionals).
It is very important that you read the information below before your child returns to school. Please read the information below even if your child has been attending school during Lockdown because some things will have changed.
If you/your child/any household member is unwell and displaying symptoms of Covid-19 you must not attend school – contact us first if you have any doubts. You MUST inform us if you have taken your child for a Coronavirus Test and you MUST inform us of the result- positive or negative. Any child becoming unwell during school hours will need to be collected from school immediately.
2. DE-CONGESTION SYSTEM
We will be operating the same one-way system around the school grounds (for parents to use to drop off and collect their children). The purpose of this is to reduce the chance of closer contact with other people. The entrance to school on Gisburn Road is narrow, and can become congested. I ask you NOT to wait in this area. When waiting on the yard, please stand on the socially distanced yellow hearts (these are sprayed at 2m apart).
3. DROP OFF AND COLLECTION
Drop off and collection points will be the same as they were in the Autumn Term. Please see the following times for staggered drop off and collection:
STAGGERED DROP OFF
- Preschool will open their doors from 8.45am.
- Reception children will be dropped off at 9am.
- Year 1 children will be dropped off 8.50am
- Year 2 children will be dropped off at 8.50am
- Year 3 children will be dropped off at 9am
- Year 4 children will be dropped off at 8.55am
- Year 5 Children will be dropped off at 8.50am
- Year 6 children will be dropped off/arrive at 8.50am. Please do not allow them to come any earlier and play on the yard.
- Preschool class to be collected at 3:15pm
- Reception class to be collected at 3:20pm
- Year 1 and 2 class to be collected at 3:10pm
- Year 3 to be collected at 3:20pm
- Year 4 to be collected at 3:15pm
- Year 5 to be collected at 3:10pm.
- Year 6 will leave/be collected for 3.15pm
*Please note – if you have a child in school with a different collection time – you can wait safely on the yard/make your way to your child’s collection point.
4. KEY POINTS FOR PARENTS
- Follow the ‘stick to left hand side’ on all yards and pathways
- Only one adult per child/family allowed onto the school grounds at drop and collection
- Avoid queuing/gathering outside and around the school gates
- Maintain social distancing whilst moving around school
- Do not enter the school building at drop-off/collection times
- Communication with staff must be minimal – if discussion is needed then this must be done via telephone conversation/email in the first instance
- Face-to-face meetings with staff can be arranged – but must be set up via the school office, again only one parent will be allowed on site at once
- If you need to speak to a member of staff in the school office, please phone/email in the first instance and an appointment can be made
- Discuss with your child the importance of social distancing out of school hours when they meet with a friend. Whoever you and your family come into contact with could affect the adults and children in school
5. BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
Before & After School Club will be open and will run as it did in the Autumn Term.
Your child will need to wear their school uniform. Please wash your child’s clothing each evening to reduce the risk of transmission.
7. BRINGING ITEMS TO SCHOOL
To reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, your child must only bring in their book bag, PE kit (this must be a normal draw string bag for indoor and outdoor kits-please) and packed lunch and water bottle into school.
The hall will be used as normal for the dining room at lunchtime. Lunchtimes will be staggered so each class ’bubble’ will remain separate. The class bubbles will play on separate yards at lunchtime too. Please ensure lunches are nut-free because we have a number of children with nut allergies. This includes sandwich filling such as Nutella.
9. WATER BOTTLES
We have water bottles in school which we provide for each child. Every day the bottles are put in the dishwasher to clean. If you prefer to send your child with their own drinks bottle, this must be labelled clearly with their name and washed on a daily basis.
10. SAFETY MEASURES
The safety of our pupils, staff and parents is important to us and we work hard to make sure our school is as safe as can be, whilst maintaining a welcoming and friendly environment in which to learn. Additional steps we take include:
Bubbles: Your child will be kept in their class (bubble). The class bubbles in school will not mix with each other. We will not gather together for assemblies and playtimes will be staggered to reduce numbers playing out and playgrounds will be zoned to ensure classes do not share the same play-spaces nor the same play equipment.
- We will ensure that children wash their hands on entry to school and regularly throughout the school day. They will also wash their hands just before they leave at home time. Handwashing will be supervised.
- Children will have ready access to hand gels at regular intervals throughout the school day.
- Staff will be cleaning tables, door handles, light switches, toilets, shared surfaces and resources regularly throughout the school day.
- Enhanced cleaning of the building will take place every evening once the children have left.
- Children will have their own pack of resources to use at school (eg, pencil, glue stick, scissors, rulers) to reduce transmission through sharing.
- Classroom windows and internal doors will be kept open to promote ventilation.
- Shared resources (eg, laptops, I-pads) will be cleaned thoroughly with a disinfectant between use.
- Our usual first aid procedures will be undertaken and PPE will be used if required.