All children back to school on March 8th
25 February 2021 (by admin)
Please read this letter regarding the return to school of all children on 8th March
Thursday 25th February 2021
RE: School Reopening for all children on Monday 8th March
Following the recent Government announcement, we are looking forward to welcoming all of our children back to school on Monday 8th March.
We are aware of the anxieties parents and children may be facing during the epidemic and would like to assure you that our main focus on returning to school will be to settle the children back into a routine. The emphasis on the school tasks will be socialising and nurture as well as academic and the emotional well-being of each child will be at the forefront of our work.
The arrangements are the same as they were in September:
Start time for all children is between 8:45 and 9:00 (Gates will be opened at 8:45 – children to go straight in. Please wait in cars not at the gates and use the correct gate)
End of day: Collect between 3:15 and 3:30 (Adults to walk around to their designated entrance so that the teacher can see them and send their child out to them)
We hope that these windows will continue to encourage a staggered start and end to our day and may need to be more prescriptive if we find this doesn’t work.
Please note the entrances from the car park for your child. If parked at the front of school, you are welcome to use the front pedestrian entrance.
Gate from car park
Little Acorns (Nursery and Reception)
Gate by classroom door
Busy Bees (Year 1 and 2)
Gate by ICT Suite
Seely Squirrels (Year 3 and 4)
(Classroom at the rear of the building.)
Gate by Little Acorns Classroom door (follow the path around the back of school)
Mighty Oaks (Year 5 and 6)
( Classroom at the front of the building.)
Gate by ICT Suite (Follow the path around the front of school)
We would like to reassure you that will be following all the Government Guidelines to make school as safe as possible. Our safety measures include:
- Thorough cleaning of the building and resources
- Regular hand washing for 20 seconds
- Encouraging children to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it.’
- Your child’s class will continue to be considered a “bubble” assigned to consistent teachers and teaching assistants in their own part of school. They will take breaks, outdoor activities and lunch together, but will not meet with the other classes.
- Staff will maintain a 2 metre distance from each other, from other adults and from children where possible. We will also encourage children to socially distance from each other and from staff where we can. However, when this is not possible, especially with our younger children, the risk is reduced by keeping classes apart.
- Staff will continue to take twice weekly Lateral Flow Tests.
- Children will be seated next to each other, but, as the guidance recommends, will be facing forwards to reduce the risk.
- We have continued with a start and finish ‘window’ which means that our families will arrive in a staggered fashion, and parents will not have to wait for siblings – this will reduce congregating at the gates.
- There are separate entrances for each class and classes are assigned gates from the car park. (See the chart at the start of this letter)
- Each bubble has its own toilet. This means that the toilets will be unisex. As children will only be allowed in the toilets two of the same gender at a time, this should be suitable.
- There will be strong supervision of hygiene practices such as hand washing, safe distancing and handling equipment.
- The equipment your child uses will be theirs for the duration.
- We will undertake as many activities outdoors as possible, come rain or shine. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing including a raincoat,sunhat, glasses and applied suncream on hotter days and possibly wellies on wet days as there will be much they can still do.
- We ask that all pupils are provided with a water bottle that is labelled with their name as they will not have access to shared cups. If they do not have a water bottle we may call you to bring one in for them.
- We ask that all children bring their own packet of tissues.
- We do expect the children to wear school uniform.
- Children need to come to school in their PE kit on PE days. These are:Busy Bees – Wednesday and ThursdayMighty Oaks – Monday and Wednesday
- Seely Squirrels – Wednesday and Friday
- Little Acorns - Wednesdays
- We will be discouraging children from bringing in belongings or taking them home from school. If they bring a reading book home, you will be asked to return it in a plastic bag. These books will not be redistributed for 3 days to enable any possible contamination to disappear.
- Adults will not be allowed into the school building without an appointment. All visiting adults will be required to wear face coverings on the school site, unless they are exempt. This includes in the grounds and car park.
- Moneys, reply slips etcetera should be sent into school with your child or posted in the new secure post box by the front entrance – please do not expect to hand these to Mrs Garratt.
- The bus will be running as normal.
- School dinners will be available (normal costs apply). Remember that these are free for children in Reception to Year 2. However, if you feel you are eligible for Free school meals, please apply for them even if your child is in these year groups, as school receives extra funding for these children.
- Tuck shop and morning toast will not be availabe – please send healthy snacks with your child.
- We hope to resume our Wednesday Sport Club for some year groups when we can and will let you know as soon as this is possble.
We ask that you:
- Read this letter and any further corespondence carefully. All messages are also e mailed to parents. Please make sure we have an up to date e mail.
- If we need to close a bubble because of a positive case, we will text parents – please make sure we have your up to date mobile phone number.
- Ensure your child has the correct equipment and that you know the timings of the day and entrances you can use
- Do not send your child to school if they or anyone in their family show symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, a new persistent cough, a lack of or change in sense of smell and taste. Follow government guidance on isolating.
- Collect your child promptly if you are called because they are unwell.
- Adhere to all social distancing Government Guidelines outside of school, otherwise the risk of infection will be substantially raised for staff, children and their families.
- Comply with the Track and Trace system should you be contacted.
- Drop off and collect your child quickly at school. Please do not gather at the gates, entrances or in the car park. Unfortunately, school is not to be used a social hub whilst the virus is prevalent.
- Ensure only 1 adult drops off/collects children. Where possible, please do not bring siblings from outside of school onto the premises.
You may be interested in seeing our full risk assessment which is on our website.
Please note attendance will be mandatory from 8th March 2021. Please phone school before 9:30 if your child is going to be absent.
If you have any questions or concerns following this letter, please do not hesitate to contact school on 0115 9632833
With our very best wishes
Mrs Gabb and all at Burntstump