I hope this letter finds your family well and you have been able to enjoy the summer holiday. We are looking forward to opening school in September. We would like to reassure you that safety measures, which have been successfully implemented since June, will continue in the new academic year.
Return to School - September 2020
Children joining Nursery and Reception will join school, as usual, in a phased manner. Parents of children in Early Years have received further information about start dates and times.
Pupils in Year 1 to 6 will return to school on Wednesday 2nd September.
Consideration has been given to Government guidelines regarding classroom layout and there will be reduced movement for pupils around school. If you require further information please follow this link
We will continue to prioritise good hygiene and handwashing.
Adults are expected to undertake social distancing. Children will be encouraged to adopt sensible behaviours regarding social contact, and follow the ‘1 metre plus’ guidelines and not touch staff or other children.
Accessing the Site
· Nursery through the nursery outdoor area and children will enter through the nursery cloakroom
· Reception, Years 1 and 2 will access the site through the KS1 playground gate by Nursery and leave by the Kitchen gate (one way system)
· Years 3,4,5 and 6 will access the site walking across the car park path on to the Key Stage 2 playground.
· We will ensure the signs are clear to help you follow our systems
· Morning Nursery 8.45 Afternoon Nursery 12.30
· Years 1 and 2 8.45 – 9.00
· Reception 8.55 – 9.10
· Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 8.40 – 9.00
On Wednesday 2nd September and Thursday 3rd September Year 3 may arrive between 9.00 and 9.10 to get used to walking in to school.
Please note that, due to health and safety requirements, parents of Key Stage 2 pupils will not be able to access the school site. The back gate will remain closed.
What to Bring to School
School uniform must be worn. Pupils must limit the amount of non-essential items brought into school – so lunch boxes, water bottles and a piece of fruit for playtime. All pupils will be given a pencil case containing their own stationery. Children will be bringing reading books home, we have a system in school for changing books safely.
Parents can contact school by telephone or email. Please do not try to pass messages to staff on the gate but ring or email the school office and the message will be passed quickly to the class teacher.
At the end of the summer term we wished Mrs Lay our School Support Worker a happy retirement, we are pleased to be working alongside Highfields with this important role and Mrs Rowley will be working within Springdale to support our work with children and families.
We will be providing school meals as usual. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will receive a free universal free school meal. Eligible Key Stage 2 pupils will receive a free school meal. Your child may bring sandwiches as before. Pupils who are eligible for free school meals will no longer qualify for the voucher scheme.
Bubbles, Assemblies and Breaks.
Your child will be taught within a Year ‘Bubble’. Each Year bubble will contain Class Bubbles. Teaching groups will be consistent each day, we have planned some smaller groups to ensure children have the best support to enable them to return quickly to school routines and work, we will at all times encourage children to socially distance and stay safe.
There will be no whole school Assemblies. Pupil assemblies will be undertaken in class.
Pupils will have designated areas during break times.
Breakfast Club and Aces After School Club
We now have updated guidance on Breakfast and After School club and so will be running these from the 2nd September. These will be held in the KS1 (infant dining room) and so access to the site will be through the gate by the kitchen and children will leave and enter through the door on the infant playground. ACES will be operating small groups consistent with the school Bubbles.
If a pupil is away from school due to Covid 19 home leaning will be set. We are planning to use the website to keep parents informed of what is being learnt in school.
Some Questions and Answers
I’m sure you still have questions. In the meantime, I have put together some Q and A that I feel you might have already been thinking about.
Do I have to send my child to school?
Yes. Circumstances may change but as things stand, you will be expected to send your child to school.
Children have not been in school for a term?
The plan is to return to school on Wednesday 2nd September, this will give teachers and children in Years 1 to 6 time to settle in to new classes, get used to school routines and get to know one another. When your child returns in September we will be making sure that they will be quickly catching up on their missed education.
What will the classrooms actually look like?
They will look very similar to the way they were before lockdown. Some furnishings will be removed and tables will face the front in Years 2 to 6, Nursery, Reception and Year 1 will operate less formal groupings.
Can I/My Child wear gloves and masks?
Government advice is that children and staff do not need to routinely wear masks and gloves.
I’m worried that all the changes will frighten my child. Everything seems so different.
We are aware that both you and your child may be anxious about returning. My staff and I have the wellbeing of your child at the heart of all these changes. Children need our support and understanding more than ever right now.
Does my child need to wear uniform?
Yes. Children also need to bring PE kit.
What do I need to send to school?
To maximise safety, we ask that your child does not bring any non-essential items into school. All children will have their own labelled pencil case in September.
What happens if a pupil or member of staff develops symptoms of Corona Virus?
There is an allocated room where children can be isolated with a member of staff until you come to collect them. This will be done quietly, sensitively and with our caring approach. We ask that you do not send your child to school if they have COVID-19 symptoms. Please follow ‘Stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’.
We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you all soon. If things change, we will be in touch.
Mrs J E Hopkins