Transition to Reception September 2020

September 5, 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

REMINDER – Transition to Reception September 2020

I hope this letter finds you all well and safe at home and supports you in preparing your child to join our Reception unit in September. An extra warm welcome to those children and families joining us from other nursery settings. We look forward to getting to know you and your children and welcoming them into our happy school.

Individual Outdoor Stay and Play Visits

Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September

Prior to the holidays we invited parents to book individual outdoor stay and play sessions on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September so new families and children can meet the staff and explore our wonderful outdoor provision.

We do have a limited number of slots remaining, if you would like to organise a visit please call the School Office or email Parents@parkheadprimary.org to book a convenient time.

Getting to know you Transition Sessions

Wednesday 9th September and Thursday 10th September

Prior to the holidays all parents received a letter with details of which Transition session your child was allocated.

The session times are as follows.

· Morning Session: 9.30am – 12.00pm including lunch

· Afternoon Session: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Mrs Armstrong’s Class Wednesday 9th September: am session Thursday 10th September: pm session

Mrs Kirby and Mrs Hutton’s Class Wednesday 9th September: pm session Thursday 10th September: am session

These shorter sessions will allow the staff to support children within the classroom and build relationships with them to ensure all children get off to a successful start. We know these shorter sessions can be challenging for working parents but feel they are really important to support the longer term wellbeing and success of children moving forward.

Friday 11th September

All children will attend for the full session.

The following times for ‘drop-off’ and collection will apply from FRIDAY 11th September

Drop-off: From 8.45 to 9 am

Pick-up: From 3.00 – 3.10

Please ensure that you ‘socially distance’ from other parents at ‘drop-off’ and pick up times and that you follow the one-way systems in place.

We ask that only one adult per child does ‘drop-off’ and pick up to reduce congestion around the site and to keep our community safe.

If you have any questions about any information in this letter, please do get in touch. All of the reception staff are very experienced in supporting transition to school and we have put lots of thought into how to make this unique transition work for our children.

We are looking forward to working together in September and can’t wait to get to know our new classes.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Hutton

EYFS Leader

PARKHEAD COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Main telephone: 0191 433 5618 Email: Parents@parkheadprimary.org Website: www.parkheadprimary.org

SEPTEMBER RE-OPENING INFORMATION

Dear Parents and Carers,

SEPTEMBER RE-OPENING INFORMATION

School will reopen to all children in Year 1 to Year 6 on Tuesday 8th September.

We are really looking forward to welcoming all of the children back to school in September – we have really missed them.

We have worked hard to ensure that the plans and measures in place, in line with the latest government and local authority guidance, will ensure a smooth return to school for all of our children.

We are still receiving regular updates and guidance from the government and local authority which means we will need to adapt and update our plans in response to these. Please bear with us and we will keep you up to date with any changes necessary. If you feel anything is not working or is working particularly well, we would welcome your feedback.

Class ‘Bubbles’

· The children will remain in their class bubble for the majority of the day.

· Each class bubble needs to be kept separate from other year groups as much as we can manage although there will be times such as ‘drop-off’, ‘pick-up’, lunchtime and playtime that we will bring two class groups together to form an extended bubble in shared spaces outside of the classroom.

· Within the classroom bubble in school, in line with government guidance, the children do not need to maintain a social distance and can sit next to each other.

· The government guidance does suggest that adults in school should maintain the distance from each other and from children wherever possible.

Drop-off and Pick-up times

· We must ask all parents to comply with 2 metre social distancing measures at drop off and collection.

· Please ensure only one adult drops off and collects.

· We ask that parents leave the site and areas around school gates as soon as they ‘drop-off’ and collect children to avoid congestion around the site.

· Parents of children in Year 5 and Year 6 can decide whether their children can make the journey to and from school themselves. If you choose to bring and collect your child we ask that you do not enter the school grounds to minimise the amount of adults on site.

· Parents and families must remain 2 metres apart when arriving and leaving school. This extends to the areas outside the school gate and we are asked to ensure that parents disperse quickly and do not gather on the pavements outside school to support social distancing and reduce risk.

· Please supervise children carefully at drop off and collection, keeping them close.

· Teachers will need to focus on safe and handover of children so they will find it difficult to engage in conversations at this time. They also need to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from any adult so it will be difficult to have a private conversation with them.

· Please share anything urgent with the school office by telephone and the appropriate member of staff will contact you as soon as they are able to. This is not the usual way we would work but we need to ensure the safety of everyone.

KS1 Timings

Class Drop-off Pick-up

Year 1 -Miss Stott 8.55 3.05

Year 1 -Miss Crabtree 9.00 3.10

Year 2 – Miss Glenton 8.45 2.55

Year 2 – Mrs Myers/Mrs Leach 8.50 3.00

KS1 Drop-off

One-Way System in operation – Enter through Main gate to KS1 Yard follow the path from the yard up to the KS1 door. After dropping-off your child, follow the path around the building and exit through KS1 car park.

KS1 Pick up

· Parents to wait socially distanced on the yard.

· Only one parent/adult per child to come onto school yard.

· Children will be brought to school yard by class teacher and ‘handed over’.

· We ask that parents do not gather at bottom of the path or around the door at home time so that we can ensure that children can be collected safely.

KS2 Drop-off

Class Drop-off Pick-up Drop-off Point

Year 3 – Miss Jaremko 8.55 3.10 Main gate to KS2 yard

Year 3 – Miss Taylor 8.55 3.10 Main gate to KS2 yard

Year 4 – Mrs Miller/Mrs Laidler 8.45 3.05 Main gate to KS2 yard

Year 4 – Mr. Black 8.45 3.00 Main gate to KS2 yard

Year 5 – Miss Brown 9.00 3.20 Car Park – through gate path alongside KS2 building to zone

Year 5 – Mrs Stephenson 9.00 3.20 Car Park – through gate path alongside KS2 building to zone

Year 6 – Mr Bee 8.45 3.10 Car Park – through gate path alongside KS2 building to zone

Year 6 – Mrs Mordue/Mrs Gott 8.45 3.10 Car Park – through gate path alongside KS2 building to zone

Parents are asked to ‘drop-off’ the children at the school gates. A member of staff will be on the gate and the children will walk down the ramp to meet their teacher or teaching assistant on the yard.

Key stage 2 – Pick-up

· Y3, Y4 and Y5 Parents to wait socially distanced on the yard in marked zones

· Please try to arrive as close to pick up time as possible to avoid congestion

· Please do not block the school gates or pavement. Children will only be released to parents on the yard

· Only one parent/adult per child to come onto school yard. Children will be brought to school yard by class teacher and ‘handed over’.

· Please leave the yard via the ramp as soon as you collect your child.

Parents of children in Year 5 and Year 6

· If you would like your child to walk home themselves, please can you email the school office and give permission.

· We are going to use the KS2 Car Park gate for the Year 5 and Year 6 children to enter in the morning to ease congestion at the KS2 Yard entrance. The gates will be closed to cars and a member of staff will open one gate to ensure safety.

· Y6 children will be dismissed from the KS2 car park gate.

· Y5 children will be dismissed from the KS2 Yard

If you have children in two year groups with the same timing, please drop off your oldest child first and pick up your youngest child first. Staff will be on hand so we will supervise the children until you can collect them.

What do children need to bring to school?

· To reduce the risk, we are asking that the children bring nothing to school with them apart from a coat and water bottle – no pencil cases, toys etc.

· Please avoid bringing large bags and rucksacks.

· Please ensure that your child has a labelled water bottle in school each day.

· Reading books and homework can be sent between home and school.

· Children must come in school uniform, including plain black school shoes. Please ensure all items of uniform is named as we will not be able to store lost property.

· Most PE lessons will take place outside. On days where the children have PE they should come to school in their PE kit. We ask that they wear their school PE t-shirt or a plain white T-shirt (no strappy or football tops) with their school sweatshirt on top, plain black jogging trousers (without logos and not leggings) and trainers. Parents will be informed of which days the children will be doing PE at the beginning of term.

· We intend to increase the amount of physical activity the children do by completing the ‘Golden Mile Daily Challenge’. We ask that children have a pair of trainers (not expensive) that they can leave in school to take part in these sessions. If any parent has any financial difficulties providing a pair of trainers to leave in school, please contact us.

· Children should not be wearing any jewellery.

Lunch

· School packed lunches are available to order on Lunchshop. Please order at home where possible as this saves time in class. If you have forgotten or need a login, please email parents@parkheadprimary.org and we will email to it to you

· The children will be eating lunch in the classrooms for the first two weeks. During this time there will be an option of a packed lunch or baked potato which will be delivered to the classroom for the children.

· If you wish to bring a packed lunch in from home, you may. Lunch can be brought in a brown paper disposable bag or in a labelled packed lunch box.

Breakfast and After School clubs

These will only operate for working parents for the first half term as can only accommodate limited numbers. A separate letter detailing arrangements has been sent to parents who registered for this prior to the summer holidays.

Hygiene Measures

· Children will be washing their hands at regular intervals throughout the day. We also have anti-bacterial gel available at entrances and around the school.

· There will be increased cleaning both during the day of desks and cleaning staff will thoroughly clean each classroom daily

· Doors will be kept open where possible to prevent contact with door handles.

· Current government and local authority guidance, based on scientific advice is that primary school children should not wear face masks in school.

Curriculum

We know that many of our children have not been at school now for quite some time and will need time to adjust to some of the changes and get back into a routine. Therefore, at first we will concentrate on social and emotional well-being, basic skills, exercise and have lots of breaks. We want the children to come back and have fun, feel safe and build up their confidence. This is our priority to begin with. We are confident that the children will settle back into school life quicky. However, if you have any concerns, please ring us and we will arrange either for the class teacher or a member of the leadership team to speak to you.

Keeping the School Community Safe

· If your child is unwell, they must not attend school and you must report the reason for their absence. You must inform school if your child or any member of your household is exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 whilst not in school

· If there are any Covid-19 symptoms, either for your child or within your household, children must not attend and the household must self-isolate for the required time (10-14 days depending on circumstances) and arrange Covid-19 testing in line with guidance. Parents must inform school if this is the case.

· Parents must inform school if a child or a member of the household tests positive for Covid-19. This will be reported to the Health Protection Team and school will act on their advice.

· Parents must inform school if they or their child have been advised to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace Service. This will be reported to the Health Protection Team and school will act on their advice.

· If a child displays symptoms at school they’ll be taken to a designated area away from the other pupils with a member of staff with PPE. You will be asked to pick them up The areas where the child has been will be thoroughly cleaned.

· Again you and your child will need to isolate and get a test as soon as possible. If the test is negative the child can come back to school once we’ve seen the results. If positive inform school as soon as possible and we’ll follow the advice of Public Health England. In the event that a bubble does close then we’ll provide online learning.

I know there is a lot of information but please make sure you have read this letter carefully. Please e-mail parents@parkheadprimary.org if you have any queries in relation to the above information. A member of staff will either respond to the email or telephone where appropriate.

Kind Regards

Mrs Bailey

Reception return to school

June 24, 2020

Dear Parents and Carers of Reception Pupils,

Following the successful return of our year 6 and year 1 pupils to school, we are now able to continue our phased reopening of school, by allowing Reception pupils to return from Wednesday 1st July 2020.

Before your children return to school, I wanted to make you aware of the measures we have put in place for the safety of them, your families and the staff at school. Although we will be talking through these with the children when they come to school, I ask that you discuss these with your children in advance so they feel as comfortable with the changes as possible before returning to school.

How will the classes work?

  • The children will be taught in small groups that allows for social distancing within the classroom – this means that they may not be with their class teacher, or be in the same group as some other children in their class. Arrival and departure times will be staggered in accordance with government guidance.
  • Children in one group will not be able to mix with children from another group at any point during the school day even if they are in the same year group. Each group’s lessons, playtimes and lunch will be separate from the other groups.
  • Each group will have one teacher and a teaching assistant allocated to it.
  • Due to the age of the children and the structure of the curriculum, we acknowledge that it may not be possible for children to be completely socially distanced, however we will endeavour to do this where possible.
  • Children will have their own equipment, including stationery, to allow for social distancing. We have purchased additional stationery equipment for each child so that they will not need to share equipment.
  • The children will be taught subjects as normal, but there will be an extra focus on PSHCE to support the children’s emotional well-being and prepare them for their transition to year 1.
  • We will also be trying make use of our wonderful school grounds and take the opportunity to learn outside wherever possible. Once again this will happen within groups, and children will not mix with other groups. Each group will have allocated zones for outdoor learning and play.

What do I need to bring to school?

  • To reduce the risk, we are asking that the children bring nothing to school with them apart from a coat and water bottle – no pencil cases, toys etc. No reading books or homework will be sent between home and school.
  • Children should come in non-uniform so that clothes can be changed and washed at the end of each day, in accordance with government guidance. Please make sure that children are wearing trainers and comfortable clothes so that they can complete PE activities without changing.
  • Children should not be wearing any jewellery.
  • School packed lunches are available to order on Lunchshop. There will be no hot dinners from the dining hall, as the children will be eating in the classrooms. Those children who are entitled to free school meals, or normally pay for school meals, can get a school packed lunch. This should be ordered on Lunchshop as normal. If you wish to bring a packed lunch in from home you may.

How will we organise the drop off and pick up of pupils?

  • Each group will be given a drop off and pick up time. We are staggering these to allow for social distancing. These will be confirmed when we have established definite numbers of pupils attending.
  • You must come at the time allocated. Please form a socially distanced line using the markings provided, on the path to the entrance that you are allocated.
  • Adults will be asked to say goodbye to the children at the allocated door. A member of staff will be on the door to greet the children. Our school will be operating a one-way system for entry and exits to the school. Markings will be used to guide the parents.
  • Parents will not be allowed on the school site (other than drop off and pick up) or in the school building unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you wish to speak to someone in school, please telephone the school or email. In cases of emergency parents can buzz the school office via the intercom at the main entrance.
  • Only one parent or carer should escort their child to school. This is outlined in the government guidance to schools.
  • At the end of the day children will be brought to their allocated exit point, socially distanced, at their allocated time and dismissed to the adults from there. It is very important that parents arrive to pick up their children at the exact times so we do not have overcrowding at the exit points.

What will lunchtime and break times be like?

  • The children will have staggered break times and lunchtimes. These will take place in different zones on the playground.
  • Children will be having their packed lunches in the classroom and each group will have a lunchtime supervisor allocated to them. School packed lunches will be brought to the classroom by the lunchtime supervisor.

How will our expectations of behaviour differ?

  • Children and parents need to arrive as close to possible to times allocated as they will not be allowed onto the school premises until the allotted time so that we can ensure social distancing.
  • Our normal expectations of the children’s behaviour apply but in the interests of everyone’s safety it will be critical the children follow the staffs’ instructions and the rules on social distancing. Any children failing to do this will be removed from the group.
  • We have revised our school rules to include social distancing and safe play with others as advised by the government and will send a copy of the rules so that parents can discuss with these children prior to returning to school. Teachers will also discuss these in detail with the children on return to school to ensure they fully understand the new rules and their importance in keeping everyone safe.

What hygiene measures will be in place?

  • Children will be washing their hands at regular intervals throughout the day. We also have anti-bacterial gel available at entrances and other key point around the school.
  • There will be increased cleaning and the children will not share resources unless they are cleaned in between.
  • Doors will be kept open where possible to prevent contact with door handles.
  • There is no need for parents to do anything other than ensure the normal personal hygiene of your children and washing of clothes following a day in a school.
  • PPE – adults will not be wearing PPE unless there is a specific need e.g. first aid or someone is unwell.

What should you do if you or anyone in your family is unwell?

  • You must not send your child to school if they are unwell or experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19. If any child becomes ill during the day, they will be taken out the class and a parent will be contacted to take them home. School children will have access to testing. If any child tests positive, everyone in the group, including the staff members will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • If children have been in contact with anyone showing symptoms or have had a positive test for Covid-19 then they must self-isolate for 14 days and inform the school.
  • In order to ensure the safety of the rest of the school community it is vital that any parents choosing to send their child to school respect all government guidance and are maintaining a social distance with others outside of their household.

I appreciate that many of these rules sound strict, but we feel they are necessary for the safeguarding of everyone. I am also confident that once the children have had them explained and are used to them then they will still be able to have an enjoyable time in school, even if it is in a very different way to normal. We have had a number of younger Key Worker children in school throughout the past weeks and they have coped really well and enjoyed being in school.

I know there is a lot here to understand but please make sure you have read this letter carefully. We will be constantly reviewing our procedures and will keep parents informed.

In order for us to plan to open, it is vital that I know which reception children parents intend to send in. I know many of you have already responded to our initial survey but I felt it was right, now that we have been issued more guidance from the government and local authority to ask you to consider your decision in light of the more detailed information we are now able to share with you in relation to our school. We will shortly be sending you a text and ask that you reply YES or NO whether you will be sending your child back in reception.

Many of you have indicated that you do not wish to send your children back at this stage. We respect your decision and would like to reassure you that no further action will be taken if you make this choice. We will continue to provide home learning for all pupils who remain at home.

If you or your child has any questions or concerns, please get in contact with us so we can make the transition back in to school as reassuring as possible for them.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Bailey

Year 1 pupils returning to school

June 17, 2020

Dear Parents and Carers of Year 1 Pupils,

Following the successful return of our year 6 pupils to school, we are now able to continue our phased reopening of school, by allowing year 1 pupils to return from Wednesday 24th June.

Before your children return to school, I wanted to make you aware of the measures we have put in place to for the safety of them, your families and the staff at school. Although we will be talking through these with the children when they come to school, I ask that you discuss these with your children in advance so they feel as comfortable with the changes as possible before returning to school.

How will the classes work?

  • The children will be taught in a group with a maximum size of ten pupils that allows for social distancing within the classroom – this means that they may not be with their class teacher, or be in the same group as some other children in their class. Arrival and departure times will be staggered in accordance with government guidance.
  • Children in one group will not be able to mix with children from another group at any point during the school day even if they are in the same year group. Each group’s lessons, playtimes and lunch will be separate from the other groups.
  • Each group will have one teacher, where possible, and most instances (where staffing allows) a teaching assistant allocated to it.
  • Due to the age of the children and the structure of the year 1 curriculum, we acknowledge that it may not be possible for children to be completely socially distanced, however we will endeavour to do this where possible.
  • Children will be sitting at separate tables and have their own equipment, including stationery, to allow for social distancing. We have purchased additional stationery equipment for each child so that they will not need to share equipment.
  • The children will be taught subjects as normal, but there will be an extra focus on PSHCE to support the children’s emotional well-being and prepare them for their transition to secondary school. Other lessons will also focus on revising the key skills and knowledge the children need to take with them from the year.
  • We will also be trying make use of our wonderful school grounds and take the opportunity to learn outside wherever possible. Once again this will happen within groups, and children will not mix with other groups. Each group will have allocated zones for outdoor learning and play.

What do I need to bring to school?

  • To reduce the risk, we are asking that the children bring nothing to school with them apart from a coat and water bottle – no pencil cases, toys etc. No reading books or homework will be sent between home and school.
  • Children should come in non-uniform so that clothes can be changed and washed at the end of each day, in accordance with government guidance. Please make sure that children are wearing trainers and comfortable clothes so that they can complete PE activities without changing.
  • Children should not be wearing any jewellery.
  • School packed lunches are available to order on Lunchshop. There will be no hot dinners from the dining hall, as the children will be eating in the classrooms. Those children who are entitled to free school meals, or normally pay for school meals, can get a school packed lunch. This should be ordered on Lunchshop as normal. If you wish to bring a packed lunch in from home you may.

How will we organise the drop off and pick up of pupils?

  • Each group will be given a drop off and pick up time. We are staggering these to allow for social distancing. These will be confirmed when we have established definite numbers of pupils attending.
  • You must come at the time allocated. Please form a socially distanced line using the markings provided, outside the school gates.
  • Adults will be asked to say goodbye to the children at the KS1 gate. A member of staff will be on the gate and the children will walk down the ramp to meet their teacher on the yard. Our school will be operating a one-way system for entry and exits to the school. Markings will be used to guide the children.
  • Parents will not be allowed on the school site or in the school building unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you wish to speak to someone in school, please telephone the school or email. In cases of emergency parents can buzz the school office via the intercom at the main entrance.
  • Only one parent or carer should escort their child to school. This is outlined in the government guidance to schools.
  • At the end of the day children will be brought to the KS1 gate, socially distanced, at their allocated time and dismissed to the adults from there. It is very important that parents arrive to pick up their children at the exact times so we do not have overcrowding on the public pavement.

What will lunchtime and break times be like?

  • The children will have staggered break times and lunchtimes. These will take place in different zones on the school yard and field.
  • Children will be having their packed lunches in the classroom and each group will have a lunchtime supervisor allocated to them. School packed lunches will be brought to the classroom by the lunchtime supervisor.

How will our expectations of behaviour differ?

  • Children and parents need to arrive as close to possible to times allocated as they will not be allowed onto the school premises until the allotted time so that we can ensure social distancing.

 

  • Our normal expectations of the children’s behaviour apply but in the interests of everyone’s safety it will be critical the children follow the staffs’ instructions and the rules on social distancing. Any children failing to do this will be removed from the group.

 

  • We have revised our school rules to include social distancing and safe play with others as advised by the government and will send a copy of the rules so that parents can discuss with these children prior to returning to school. Teachers will also discuss these in detail with the children on return to school to ensure they fully understand the new rules and their importance in keeping everyone safe.

What hygiene measures will be in place?

  • Children will be washing their hands at regular intervals throughout the day. We also have anti-bacterial gel available at entrances and other key point around the school.
  • There will be increased cleaning and the children will not share resources unless they are cleaned in between.
  • Doors will be kept open where possible to prevent contact with door handles.
  • There is no need for parents to do anything other than ensure the normal personal hygiene of your children and washing of clothes following a day in a school.
  • PPE – adults will not be wearing PPE unless there is a specific need e.g. first aid or someone is unwell.

What should you do if you or anyone in your family is unwell?

  • You must not send your child to school if they are unwell or experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19. If any child becomes ill during the day, they will be taken out the class and a parent will be contacted to take them home. School children will have access to testing. If any child tests positive, everyone in the group, including the staff members will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • If children have been in contact with anyone showing symptoms or have had a positive test for Covid-19 then they must self-isolate for 14 days and inform the school.
  • In order to ensure the safety of the rest of the school community it is vital that any parents choosing to send their child to school respect all government guidance and are maintaining a social distance with others outside of their household.

I appreciate that many of these rules sound strict, but we feel they are necessary for the safeguarding of everyone. I am also confident that once the children have had them explained and are used to them then they will still be able to have an enjoyable time in school, even if it is in a very different way to normal. We have had a number of younger Key Worker children in school throughout the past weeks and they have coped really well and enjoyed being in school.

I know there is a lot here to understand but please make sure you have read this letter carefully. We will be constantly reviewing our procedures and will keep parents informed.

In order for us to plan to open, it is vital that I know which Year 1 children parents intend to send in. I know many of you have already responded to our initial survey but I felt it was right, now that we have been issued more guidance from the government and local authority to ask you to consider your decision in light of the more detailed information we are now able to share with you in relation to our school. We will shortly be sending you a text and ask that you reply YES or NO whether you will be sending your child back in year 1.

Many of you have indicated that you do not wish to send your children back at this stage. We respect your decision and would like to reassure you that no further action will be taken if you make this choice. We will continue to provide home learning for all pupils who remain at home.

If you or your child has any questions or concerns, please get in contact with us so we can make the transition back in to school as reassuring as possible for them.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Bailey

Year 6 return to school

June 3, 2020

Dear Parents and Carers of Year 6 Pupils,

We are really pleased to be welcoming back some of the year 6 children for the rest of the summer term. It will be lovely to see them again.

Before your children return to school, I wanted to make you aware of the measures we have put in place to for the safety of them, your families and the staff at school. Although we will be talking through these with the children when they come to school, I ask that you discuss these with your children in advance so they feel as comfortable with the changes as possible before returning to school.

How will the classes work?

  • The children will be taught in a group with a maximum size of ten pupils that allows for social distancing within the classroom – this means that they may not be with their class teacher, or be in the same group as some other children in their class. Arrival and departure times will be staggered in accordance with government guidance.
  • Children in one group will not be able to mix with children from another group at any point during the school day even if they are in the same year group. Each group’s lessons, playtimes and lunch will be separate from the other groups.
  • Each group will have one teacher, where possible, and most instances (where staffing allows) a teaching assistant allocated to it.
  • Children will be sitting at separate tables and have their own equipment, including stationery, to ensure that children remain two metres from each other. We have purchased additional stationery equipment for each child so that they will not need to share equipment.
  • The children will be taught subjects as normal, but there will be an extra focus on PSHCE to support the children’s emotional well-being and prepare them for their transition to secondary school. Other lessons will also focus on revising the key skills and knowledge the children need to take with them from the year.
  • We will also be trying make use of our wonderful school grounds and take the opportunity to learn outside wherever possible. Once again this will happen within groups, and children will not mix with other groups. Each group will have allocated zones for outdoor learning and play.

What do I need to bring to school?

  • To reduce the risk, we are asking that the children bring nothing to school with them apart from a coat and water bottle – no pencil cases, toys etc. No reading books or homework will be sent between home and school.
  • If your child needs to bring a mobile phone into school. They will be provided with a plastic container in which to store it during the day. We ask that children only bring a phone if absolutely necessary.
  • Children should come in non-uniform so that clothes can be changed and washed at the end of each day, in accordance with government guidance. Please make sure that children are wearing trainers and comfortable clothes so that they can complete PE activities without changing.
  • Children should not be wearing any jewellery.
  • School packed lunches are available to order on Lunchshop. There will be no hot dinners from the dining hall, as the children will be eating in the classrooms. Those children who are entitled to free school meals, or normally pay for school meals, can get a school packed lunch. This should be ordered on Lunchshop as normal. If you wish to bring a packed lunch in from home you may.

How will we organise the drop off and pick up of pupils?

  • Each group will be given a drop off and pick up time. We are staggering these to allow for social distancing. These will be confirmed when we have established definite numbers of pupils attending.
  • You must come at the time allocated. Please form a socially distanced line using the markings provided, outside the school gates.
  • Adults will be asked to say goodbye to the children at the KS2 gate. A member of staff will be on the gate and the children will walk down the ramp to meet their teacher on the yard. Our school will be operating a one-way system for entry and exits to the school down the ramp and up the steps. Markings will be used to guide the children.
  • Parents will not be allowed on the school site or in the school building unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you wish to speak to someone in school, please telephone the school or email. In cases of emergency parents can buzz the school office via the intercom at the main entrance.
  • Only one parent or carer should escort their child to school. This is outlined in the government guidance to schools.
  • At the end of the day children will be brought to the KS2 gate, socially distanced, at their allocated time and dismissed to the adults from there. It is very important that parents arrive to pick up their children at the exact times so we do not have overcrowding on the public pavement. If a Year 6 pupil is allowed to walk home on their own, please can you text or email us to confirm again.

What will lunchtime and break times be like?

  • The children will have staggered break times and lunchtimes. These will take place in different zones on the school yard and field.
  • Children will be having their packed lunches in the classroom and each group will have a lunchtime supervisor allocated to them. School packed lunches will be brought to the classroom by the lunchtime supervisor.

How will our expectations of behaviour differ?

  • Year 6 children may walk themselves to school however, they must not come with children from other groups and must adhere to the social distancing rules. It is vital that you ensure that the children understand that they must follow social distancing rules on their way to school and on arrival. Children need to arrive as close to possible to times allocated as they will not be allowed onto the school premises until the allotted time so that we can ensure social distancing.
  • Our normal expectations of the children’s behaviour apply but in the interests of everyone’s safety it will be critical the children follow the staffs’ instructions and the rules on social distancing. Any children failing to do this will be removed from the group.
  • We have revised our school rules to include social distancing and safe play with others as advised by the government and will send a copy of the rules so that parents can discuss with these children prior to returning to school. Teachers will also discuss these in detail with the children on return to school to ensure they fully understand the new rules and their importance in keeping everyone safe.

What hygiene measures will be in place?

  • Children will be washing their hands at regular intervals throughout the day. We also have anti-bacterial gel available at entrances and other key point around the school.
  • There will be increased cleaning and the children will not share resources unless they are cleaned in between.
  • Doors will be kept open where possible to prevent contact with door handles.
  • There is no need for parents to do anything other than ensure the normal personal hygiene of your children and washing of clothes following a day in a school.
  • PPE – adults will not be wearing PPE unless there is a specific need e.g. first aid or someone is unwell.

What should you do if you or anyone in your family is unwell?

  • You must not send your child to school if they are unwell or experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19. If any child becomes ill during the day, they will be taken out the class and a parent will be contacted to take them home. School children will have access to testing. If any child tests positive, everyone in the group, including the staff members will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • If children have been in contact with anyone showing symptoms or have had a positive test for Covid-19 then they must self-isolate for 14 days and inform the school.
  • In order to ensure the safety of the rest of the school community it is vital that any parents choosing to send their child to school respect all government guidance and are maintaining a social distance with others outside of their household.

I appreciate that many of these rules sound strict, but we feel they are necessary for the safeguarding of everyone. I am also confident that once the children have had them explained and are used to them then they will still be able to have an enjoyable time in school, even if it is in a very different way to normal.

I know there is a lot here to understand but please make sure you have read this letter carefully. We will be constantly reviewing our procedures and will keep parents informed.

In order for us to plan to open it is vital that I know which Year 6 children parents intend to send in. I know many of you have already responded to our initial survey but I felt it was right, now that we have been issued more guidance from the government and local authority to ask you to consider your decision in light of the more detailed information we are now able to share with you in relation to our school. We will shortly be sending you a text and ask that you reply YES or NO whether you will be sending your child back in year 6.

Many of you have indicated that you do not wish to send your children back at this stage. We respect your decision and would like to reassure you that no further action will be taken if you make this choice. We will continue to provide home learning for all pupils who remain at home.

 Year 6 Leavers Event

Even if all of our Year 6 pupils return to school prior to the end of term we will be unable to hold an event to mark the end of their time at Parkhead in the usual manner. We therefore want to let you know that we will be inviting all of our Year 6 children and parents back for an evening event, once it is safe to do so, (hopefully in the autumn term) so we can give them the proper send-off they deserve.

Leavers Hoodies

We would like to gift our Year 6 children with a leavers hoodie. These will be free of charge and should be ordered on lunchshop specifying the size and colour and the child’s name. Miss Tulip will be sending a letter out following this communication.

If you or your child has any questions or concerns, please get in contact with us so we can make the transition back in to school as reassuring as possible for them.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Bailey

Update on return to school

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope this finds you well. I am writing to let you know about plans and time scales for the wider reopening of our school. We feel that the best way to safely manage a wider return to school is on a phased basis which will begin next week.

The proposed plan for the rest of this term is as follows:

Key Worker and Vulnerable Pupils – 8th June 2020

From next week, we will be welcoming more of our key worker and vulnerable children in to school. Due to the increase in numbers, and in line with government guidance, we will be organising the key worker and vulnerable pupils into smaller groups or ‘bubbles.’

  • The children will be taught in a group with a size that allows for social distancing within the classroom – this means that they may not be with their class teacher, or be in the same group as some other children in their class. Arrival and departure times will be staggered in accordance with government guidance.
  • This group will not mix with any other groups, so their lessons and playtimes will be separate from the other groups.
  • Children in one bubble will not be able to mix with children from another bubble at any point during the school day even if they are in the same year group.
  • Each group will have one teacher, where possible, and most instances (where staffing allows) a teaching assistant allocated to it.

If you are a key worker and anticipate you will need to take up your place in the coming weeks, please inform us as soon as possible, if you have not done so already. We will be writing to all key worker parents separately to explain the changes in routine.

Year 6 Pupils – 15th June 2020

From Monday 15th June we plan to open up to year 6 pupils. We are sending out further guidance to Year 6 parents today on how this will operate and will then ask that parents contact school to confirm if their child will definitely be returning. This will enable us to ensure adequate staffing levels and confirm start and finish times.

Eligible pupils from Year 1, Reception and Nursery

The success of these initial phases, will be continuously reviewed. Following the review, additional eligible year groups (Year 1, Reception and Nursery) may be invited to return to school. However, this will depend on ongoing risk assessments, health and safety considerations and availability of space and staffing levels.

The government guidelines state that children should now be taught in smaller groups of no more than 15, however, our classrooms can only accommodate a maximum of 10 children to comply with social distancing measures. Our ability to open up to further year group will be dependent on the number of parents who take up their children’s places.

Many of you have indicated that you do not wish to send your children back at this stage. We respect your decision and would like to reassure you that no further action will be taken if you make this choice. We will continue to provide home learning for all pupils who remain at home.

We appreciate your continued patience and support in this matter. The health and safety of our pupils, families and staff is our main priority as always and this why we are taking a cautious phased approach and will be constantly reviewing all of our arrangements.

If you have any queries, please contact us.

Best wishes

 

Mrs Bailey