Return to School Information
Welcome back - we can't wait to have you back in school! Please be aware of the following information in order for us all to return to school as safely as possible.
You will see from the timetable, that you only have a ten-minute window and a specific gate for your drop off. Unlike in Term 5 and 6, when this was for up to 15 children only, there will now be a ten minute window for approximately 90 children in the year group. You will need to be punctual, arrive only during your allocated ten minutes and stay on the premises only whilst you are waiting in line to drop off your child. Please make sure your children wait with you and do not run off or go to wait with friends. Having come through the gate, children will go straight to their class line. Staff will then take the children to wash their hands before proceeding to class.
In order to ensure that this drop off occurs as efficiently as possible within the guidelines, we politely request that there is no gathering of parents at the school gates or on the premises. Once your child has gone through the gate, you will need to leave the premises straight away. We would also ask that there are no gatherings outside school gates where they will obstruct others’ way in and out. If you arrive before your 10 minute slot, please wait off the site.
Parents will not be allowed inside the green perimeter fence nor will there be time for any discussions with the teacher at the gate. If you would like to talk to a member of staff, please let the office know and they will arrange a time for a phone call. The office will be open but we will only be able to allow one person in the lobby at a time. Where possible, please phone or email the office and they will respond promptly.
Some parents may be comfortable allowing older children (Year 5 & 6) to walk to school or dropping them at a distance from the gate to walk in by themselves. This will ease congestion and we will be on hand to guide children arriving on their own.
To aid with transition on the first day back, we have worked a timetable that ensures, as well as the children’s new class teacher and TA, there will be a member of staff that has worked with them previously, a familiar face to welcome them back into school. We will also have Mrs Banks, Mrs Moore and other members of our well-being team on hand to support where necessary.
How will it work whilst children are in school?
There will be various procedures and timetables that staff will adhere to throughout the school day. Among them are the following:
- Children will clean hands thoroughly more often than usual: for example, on arrival in school, after break times and games, before eating and ICT.
- We will ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- We will have a schedule of enhanced cleaning.
- In order to minimise transmission, children will largely stay in their class bubbles. The few exceptions to this are when they become part of a year group bubble, either when numbers are smaller, for example, year group interventions or Breakfast club which will operate in year group zones, or when they are outside in the fresh air, ie. at break and lunchtimes.
- Staggered break and lunchtimes will enable year groups to be kept apart and children to access sinks for regular handwashing.
We are only able to accommodate three year groups in the Dining Hall.
EYFS, Y1 and Y2:
Universal infant free school meals will be provided as usual. Foundation Stage, Year 1 and 2 will have set times in the Dining Hall where each class will sit separately and children’s seating will be staggered. The Dining Hall will be cleaned between year group sessions.
For children in Year 3-6, we have to ask you to provide a packed lunch. Children will eat in picnic style outside when it is warm and dry enough or in classes if needed. Unfortunately, we cannot get children through the dining hall whilst maintaining year group bubbles so until restrictions ease, there will be no offer of school dinners for Year 3-6. Children who receive Free School Meals will be provided with a daily packed lunch from the kitchen.
Any sharing of equipment will be limited to one class unless it is cleaned in between use and regular sharing will be limited in the following ways:
- Pencil cases: We would like to ask you to supply children with their own pencil case. Keep it simple; one pencil case only with pencils, a sharpener, up to ten pencil crayons, a highlighter, children’s scissors and a glue stick. No felt tips are needed. We will have spare but children will not be able to share class equipment as they normally would. Please check these each night.
- Reading scheme books: These will be divided into two sets for each year group. Children will take one/two books from set 1 on Monday, to be returned on Thursday to re-join the books in set 1. They can then borrow a book from set two on Thursday to be returned on Monday.
- Bags are allowed. Pupils must limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each day, to essentials such as lunch boxes, hats, coats, books, stationery and mobile phones. No toys or fiddle toys please.
- Children should wear full school uniform, including school shoes and have a full PE kit kept in school at all time.
- In order to aid ventilation of the classrooms, windows will be kept open whatever the weather. Children will need to have suitable, layered, warm clothing. PE lessons will predominantly be outside so warm tracksuits should be in their PE kits. They will also need waterproof coats to allow outside play in damp/drizzly weather.
- Public Health England does not recommend the use of face covering for pupils in Primary school. Pupils and staff are mixing in consistent groups and misuse may increase the risk of transmission.
Pick up will need to be a tightly orchestrated operation that involves releasing 630 children safely to the waiting hands of parent /carers whilst allowing parents to maintain safe physical distances from one another. Ensuring children do not mingle between year groups, undoing all the care put into maintaining the year group bubbles through the day is our priority!
For Foundation Stage and Year 1, this will be done a class at a time using the same gate as drop off. Parents are asked to queue up only at their allocated time slot. Once you have your child, please either take them with you to your next queue to await a sibling or exit the premises straight away.
For Years 2-6, we will operate a walking bus. Again we ask that, unless you have had a sibling to pick up, you do not come onto the school premises until your allocated ten minutes.
Parents of Year 2 and Year 3 children will form a queue from the gate to playground 3, nearest Bradbourne Park Road. The queue will weave its way through the carpark which will be closed for the duration of pick up. Once the gate is open, parents will file through in a one way system around the edge of the playgrounds. Children will be standing outside their classroom doors and can go to join their parent as they file past. Please continue walking on, round the one way system, until you exit the gate adjacent to the school office. At this point, you will either need to join another queue to pick up a sibling or leave the premises.
A second queue will then be allowed to proceed through the one way system picking up children from Years 4-6 in the same way.
If you are happy for your child/children to walk home alone or leave the premises unaccompanied to meet you at an agreed location, please inform the office giving your permission on firstname.lastname@example.org Children walking home, will leave via the back door of the school building and join the walking bus in the one way system in order to exit the school.
We are aware that for the first couple of days, it will be a large feat of organisation ensuring that parents know which gate they are using, which queue they are joining and stick to the times and rules of no gatherings! In order to enable this to happen as smoothly as possible, gates will be signposted and we will have our Senior Leadership team and Admin staff on hand to guide families. Hopefully, once the routine has been established, it will be a safe and smooth operation but it will need all parents to be on board. Please help us to make this process work.
Our key priority is to 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.
It is imperative that staff members and parents/carers understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:
- book a test if they are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit
- provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
- follow guidance that states: Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.
If anyone in school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’,
If a pupil or member of the household does go for a test, we would ask that you let us know as soon as you have the results – positive or negative. Parents should ensure the school is kept up to date with any changes in their child’s health needs and contact details.
Other areas for consideration
- Attendance will be mandatory for all children from the start of term in September. It is the parents’ duty to ensure that their child attends daily following the standard Attendance Policy.
- For Term 1, there will be no clubs, assemblies, swimming or trips. We will review this over Term 1 and be in contact should there be a change to this.
- Parents are not to enter the site unless they have a pre-arranged appointment which has been approved by a member of SLT.
Our school Risk Assessment can be found on the website.