LATEST NEWS ON THE WIDER OPENING OF SCHOOL 19.06.2020
Dear Parent / Carer
I hope you and your loved ones are well in this very challenging and strange time. As you know, we had to delay the wider opening of school due to the R rate increasing. I am delighted to say that we are now able to start welcoming more children back from Wednesday 24th June.
School continues to be open to our Key Workers and vulnerable children. Reception children are invited back from 24th June. From 29th June Year One are welcomed back and from the 1st July our school is open to year 6.
We have worked together with the staff, governing body, Local Authority and the Director of Public Health to ensure our setting is safe for this phased opening to our wider school community. We understand that not all parents of eligible children will want to send their children back to school and we support you in your personal decision. For those who have decided to send their children back to school we would like to reassure you that we have followed all government guidelines and school has been checked by Health and Safety partners prior to inviting more children in.
The safety of children, families and staff is paramount and below are our new detailed procedures.
New procedures in place
School needs to be informed a week in advance if you intend to send your child into school so that arrangements can be made for their safety
Each child will be in a class bubble of up to 8 children. They will have the same adults in each bubble and the adults/children will not move around bubbles
Each bubble will not mix with any other bubbles
There will be staggered drop off and pick up times for the children in different bubbles.
Red bubblestart: 8.50finish: 3.20 enter via Astroturf
Yellow bubble start: 9.00finish: 3.30 enter via Astroturf
Green Reception bubble start 9.10 finish 3.00 enter via Reception outdoor area bycarpark
Y1 Pink bubble start: 9.10 finish: 3.10 enter via Infant playground
Y6 Blue bubblestart: 8.50 finish 3.10 enter via Borough road
Y6 Purple bubblestart: 9.00 finish 3.20 enter via Borough Road
You will be informed which bubble your child is in before their return date. It is important that children arrive at their allotted time and only via the entrance indicated above to ensure there is no mixing of bubbles. Parents will not be allowed on the playground. There will be an adult on duty prior to the first start time and until the latest finish time. Parents are asked to maintain social distancing at all times and not gather on the school grounds.
For the safety of everyone, parents will not be permitted to enter school. Contact will be by phone, text or email only.
Break times and lunchtimes will be staggered to ensure the bubbles are not mixed
There will be no hot dinners but packed lunches will be provided for those who require a school dinner. These will be eaten in the classroom with their bubble. You will need to inform school the week before if your child requires a school dinner. If the weather is suitable, bubbles will have the choice to have picnics outside.
Children who bring a packed lunch will need to bring this in a throw-away bag with all items disposable. This will be put in the bin as soon as they have eaten their lunch
Nothing can be brought from home to school and vice versa
Children will have their own table and own set of equipment that will be used only by them.
Children and adults in school will be required to wear clean clothes every day. We will therefore not require children to wear school uniform but they may choose to on some days.
Children will be expected to maintain 2 metres distance at all times and will be required to sanitise and wash hands regularly throughout the day. Please inform school of any allergies.
Any child who deliberately chooses not to follow the social distancing and hygiene procedures will not be able to come into school due to the danger it poses to staff and children. Parents will be called and expected to pick the child up if this happens.
In line with the government guidelines, children who wear a face covering to travel to school will need to remove this prior to entry and children will not be permitted to wear face coverings in school.
The Government released new advice on 28th May 2020: guidance for households with possible or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID 19) infection. We continue to ask our families to follow this advice:
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
a new continuous cough
a high temperature
a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, OR you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, the clear medical advice is to immediately self-isolate at home for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.
Consider alerting the people that you have had close contact with in the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19. Please also alert your child’s school or setting if they or a member of your household has been tested positive to COVID 19.
Following a positive test result, you will receive a request by text, email or phone to log into the NHS Test and Trace service website and provide information about recent close contacts.
After 7 days, or longer, if you still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste, you must continue to self-isolate until you feel better.
You do not need to self-isolate if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell/taste after 7 days, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. See the ending isolation section below for more information.
If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), then you must stay at home for at least 7 days. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill. See the explanatory diagram.
Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection that people in your household could pass on to others in the community.
If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 7 days from when their symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period.
Therefore, if your child suffers from a cough or has a temperature of 37.8C (100F) or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) – please ensure your child does not come to school and self isolates at home. Please call the school absence line and follow normal absence procedures. They should remain at home until 7 days after the onset of symptoms. After 7 days, if they feel better and no longer have a high temperature, can return to their normal routine.
As a school we continue to promote good hand and respiratory hygiene with our pupils:
Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
Catch coughs or sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the bin and wash hands
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Follow a routine cleaning programme with emphasis on frequently touched objects and surfaces
Provide adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional handwashing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol based hand sanitiser
Follow PHE guidance regarding school closures if necessary
If a child or member of the family has a test that is negative, you must show the evidence of this to school before your child will be able to return.
Thank you for your co-operation. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing to all the measures above.
If you would like to discuss any concerns you have, do please feel free to contact school.
Do take care and stay safe.
You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers and we are here if you need us.