September arrangements 2020

July 15, 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

SEPTEMBER RE-OPENING INFORMATION

It has been lovely to have children from Year 6, Year 1 and Reception joining our Key Worker children in for the last part of the summer term. We are looking forward to welcoming all of the children back to school in September – we have really missed them.

The information in this letter outlines some of the changes that will need to be in place to allow us to open safely in September. We hope that it will reassure you and help to prepare you and your children on their return to school. We are still receiving updates and guidance and we will provide a final update in the week before the children return to school, should there be any changes which affect our plans.

Our intention is that school will reopen to all children in Year 1 to Year 6 on Tuesday 8th September.

Transition arrangements, including start dates for Nursery and Reception children have been sent on a separate letter.

We have a training day on Monday 7th September for all staff which will provide us with an opportunity to consider any updates and changes to guidance which may be issued prior to the new term starting.

Government Guidance on Reopening Schools

The government have produced detailed guidance for schools outlining the measures we need to put in place to enable us to open safely. Some of these measures are far stricter than those in place for the wider community but they are to support us to be as safe as we can be with large numbers of children and parents arriving on site each day. We also have a robust risk assessment in place.

We have used this information to plan for our re-opening to all pupils in September, and for us to provide key information for you. It is likely that there will be changes before the start of term in September given the ever-changing situation with Covid-19. We will provide an update to parents on our website and via email in the week before school reopens.

Many of the measures have already been in place this term with our key worker families and children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6; staff and children. We have been really impressed with how well, even our youngest children, have adapted to the new routines.

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 (exceptions to this would include the provision of first aid).
  • Bubbles are not able to mix at playtime, attend assemblies together or be in the hall space at the same time. They are able to pass fleetingly in corridors and share toilet spaces.
  • Staff are able to move between bubbles but we are asked to minimise this wherever possible.

Social Distancing – Drop-off and Pick-up times

  • We must ask all parents to comply with 2 metre social distancing measures at drop off and collection. We will also have a one-way system which we ask you to adhere to
  • Children in Nursery to Year 4 will need to be accompanied to and from school by only one adult and that adult must enter the school site with the child and queue on the social distancing lines at drop off and pick up times.
  • 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.

Staggered Starts

We will be operating staggered start and finish times to enable us to manage arrivals and departures to ensure the bubbles of children do not mix on arrival at school. Given the size of our school and the fact that siblings are spread across different year groups we understand that this may cause inconvenience to some families but we ask for your patience in this matter. We will endeavour to get children into school as swiftly as we can and will review our plans in the first week and make changes where necessary.

Children must also arrive within this time slots allocated as they need to enter the building via the correct entrance to avoid mixing bubbles of children.

KS1 Timings

Class Drop-off Pick-up
Year 1 -Miss Stott 8.55 3.10
Year 1 -Miss Crabtree 9.00  3.05
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’.
  • Please leave the yard as soon as you collect your child.
  • 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.
  • Teachers will need to focus on safe and timely 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.

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 8.55 3.15 Car Park – through gate path alongside KS2 building to zone
Year 5 – Mrs Stephenson 8.55  3.15  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

 

Key stage 2 – Drop-off

Adults will be asked to say goodbye to 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 on the yard.

Key stage 2 – 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’. 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 and leave 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 allow the children to enter safely at pick-up and drop-off times.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.

Communication with Parents

Unfortunately, we are not able to welcome parents into the school building at this time. However, it doesn’t mean that we are not available if you have any concerns or need to pass messages to staff. If you do need to contact us, please could you do this by telephone or using the school email parents@parkheadprimary.org If you need to speak to a member of staff they will contact you as soon as they are able to.

Our Year group emails will not be used from the end of this term unless we have to close the school at any point. Please revert to using the school email from the end of the summer term.

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
  • 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. This will also enable us to make more use of our school grounds for other activities without the worry of ruining more expensive school shoes. 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 and jacket potato option are available to order on Lunchshop. The children will be eating lunch in the classrooms for the first two weeks. During this time, they will be delivered to the classroom for the children. The menu will be expanded after the first two weeks to incorporate other hot meal options and we will update you in September. The price per meal is £2.30.
  • If you wish to bring a packed lunch in from home, you may.

 

 

Hygiene Measures

  • Children will be washing their hands at regular intervals throughout the day. We also have anti-bacterial gel available at entrances and other key points 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.
  • 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.
  • Staff and children cannot wear masks in school. The exception to this will be if a member of staff needs to wear PPE to care for a person displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or if they need to provide close first aid or intimate care.
  • PPE – adults will not be wearing PPE unless there is a specific need e.g. first aid or someone is unwell.

Curriculum

  • Our focus next year will be to settle the children back into school life, so there will be an emphasis on emotional well-being activities.
  • We are planning carefully to ensure that children are supported to return to school. Those children who have returned already have coped very well. We will assess where children are on their return and we are designing units of work that will cover any missed learning from the summer term whilst introducing new content from the current year group.
  • We will follow a broad and balanced curriculum, identifying any gaps in learning and adjust accordingly. We also do not yet know when we will be able to resume swimming. Although the government have said that some school visits may go ahead, we will approach this cautiously and follow local authority advice.

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 (7-14 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 your child displays symptoms at school, they will be cared for in isolation and you must collect them immediately and arrange for testing. Please make sure your contact details are up to date.
  • In all cases, school will seek and act upon local authority and Health Protection Team advice, which is stricter than wider community advice about isolation because of the nature of our setting and the number of people attending.
  • Parents should be aware that if there is a positive test for any member of your child’s in-school bubble, the Health Protection team may advise closure of the class, extended bubble or whole school.
  • If a closure is needed, families will be expected to access home learning. Further details will be sent when we return in September.

Attendance

The government have indicated that attendance will become compulsory again from the start of term in September. Although I hope that we have an uninterrupted year, we go into next year knowing that this virus is not fully controlled and there may still be some restrictions imposed upon us. Therefore, good attendance when we are able to operate will be extremely important.

Term Dates 2020/21

From To Half term
Autumn Tuesday 8th September 2020 Friday 18th December 2020 Mon 26th – Fri 30th October
Spring Monday 4th January 2021 Thursday 1st April 2021 Mon 15th – Fri 19th February
Summer Monday 19th April 2021 Friday 23rd July 2021 Mon 31st May – Fri 4th June

 

School will be closed on Monday 3rd May 2021 (Bank Holiday). In addition, school will be closed for two training days across the year and one occasional day. The first training day will be Monday 7th September 2020 and the other closure dates will be advised later in the year.

 

I know there is a lot of information but please make sure you have read this letter carefully. We are mindful that the situation could change between now and September, with that in mind we will be back in school prior to the children starting on Tuesday 8th of September and will ensure any changes to the information are communicated to parents prior to the children starting school.

I would like to thank all parents for your support during this unprecedented time.

Mrs Bailey