FOR ALL PARENTS "IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDS SCHOOL AND COVID"
Following on from the information that I gave you last Friday, I now can confirm the authority’s plans for the summer holidays. There will be Summer activities for children and families across the network of children’s centres. They are all free of charge.
The ‘Get Stuck In’ activity programme by Blackburn with Darwen children centres will operate from 3rd August – 30th August within all the children centres and will provide a range of fun activities and a hot meal for all children aged 0-11 years. The activities will be age appropriate and delivered by experienced staff.
‘Get Stuck in’ by Blackburn with Darwen Children centres summer offer
Daily activities for children and parents
Daily activities for children with additional needs and disabilities
Family learning opportunities – each activity will include a home learning pack that families can take home with them, for example, the ingredients for making play dough
Parenting sessions with a focus on healthy, exercise and nutrition for the really young
Targeted language sessions to develop speaking and listening and improve school readiness (Chatterchums and Look and listen groups)
All activities will have a healthy snack such as fruit and toast
There will be a hot meal offered every day. This will be a takeout service to ensure that they remain social distancing compliant.
If you would like to take part in any of these activities, you can click here for flyer detailing activities and the registration form . Please also see additional flyer Places are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Can I just remind you that it is the local authority’s policy that there will be no catch up lessons or remote learning organised by teachers, no packs or regular posts on the school website during the summer holidays. All activities and facilities will take place in the children centres.
The most recent guidance and risk assessments provided by the authority to ensure people’s safety when returning to school in September have an unremitting focus on the control measures listed below:
Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school. Parents/carers need to notify school immediately if either their child or someone in the child’s household is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 and follow the PHE “Stay at Home” guidance and arrange to have a test. This includes the children of key workers. (Click on guidance and it will take you directly to the Gov.UK document updated on July 8th).
Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual. The enhanced cleaning arrangements will continue so that surfaces such as tables, light switches, door handles, toilets etc will be cleaned several times throughout the school day using standard products such as detergents and bleach.
Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
Minimise contact between pupils and adults in school and maintain social distancing wherever possible (see further information below) *
Response to any infection
Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community by isolating pupils who show symptoms until a parent can collect them. We will contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.
*To fit all of the children in their own classroom, it will not be possible to keep a 2 metre distance but there are things that we must do to reduce the contact that the children will have with others. These include:
Grouping children together in their own class ‘bubble’. They will stay in that bubble all of the time and not mix with other bubbles, including break times and lunch time. The staff will remain in the bubble too but are able to move from class to class as long as they abide by the social distancing rules.
Separate classes are expected to arrive and leave at different times from each other to avoid congestion of pupils and parents at the start and end of the school day.
Reception, Year1/2 and Y3 will start at 8.50am and finish at 3.00pm
Y4 will start at 9.00am and finish at 3.10pm
Y5/6J will start at 9.10am and finish at 3.20pm
Y5/6A will start at 9.20am and finish at 3.30pm.
I am aware that the different start and finish times may cause inconvenience for some families who have children in different classes but these safety measures are essential if we are able to open school to all pupils.
Breakfast Club will take place as normal but there will be some social distancing enforced to keep pupils in their class bubbles as far as is possible.
In their classrooms, the children will be seated facing forwards in the same direction and not at circular tables (apart from in the Reception class where children don’t sit at desks at the same time).
Teachers are advised to keep 2m away from pupils, at the front of the class, and away from colleagues as much as possible.
Normal school uniform will need to be worn. Our plans to have a new uniform will have to be postponed to next year.
The children will still be doing two separate PE lessons each week but they will have to be outdoors. This will mean that PE will take place in all weathers so outdoor PE kits will be essential. Every child needs to wear their PE t-shirt and school sweatshirt with navy, grey or black tracksuit bottoms/jogging pants. They need to be wearing trainers or PE pumps. They will need to come to school in their PE kits and keep them on all day. The timetable for PE lessons is as follows:
Reception class – Friday
Y1/2M – Tuesday and Thursday
Y3S – Monday and Thursday
Y4C – Wednesday and Friday
Y5/6J – Tuesday and Wednesday
Y5/6A – Monday and Wednesday
Toilets will be shared by year groups with regular cleaning. To avoid a bottleneck of children using the toilet facilities, we will have staggered times throughout the day when they will be encouraged to go. Obviously, children may still use the toilets at other times if they need to.
There will be no assemblies as pupils are not allowed to congregate in the hall so daily worship will take place within class bubbles..
There will be implications for after school and lunchtime clubs as children are not allowed to mix with others who are not in their ‘bubble’. Sport clubs and choir will have to be put on hold until these restrictions are relaxed but there may be some scope for staff running fitness type activity clubs rather than contact sports. We will keep you updated at every stage.
We look forward to welcoming all our children back in September with a fresh start. We have missed them enormously. In the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Let us know if we can support you in any way.