Welcoming all children back to school
Following the government's announcement that school attendance will become mandatory for all children from the autumn term, we are thrilled to welcome back all Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children from Thursday, 3rd September, 2020.
From Thursday, 3rd September, our normal attendance policies and procedures will resume once again.
Below, you will find an overview of some of the changes that we have made from September in order to keep each and every one of us in our school community as safe as possible. These arrangements have been put into place following a robust risk assessment process, under the support and guidance of our academy trust, DDAT. A copy of our risk assessments can be found here.
We kindly ask that you support us by adhering to these safety measures at all times.
In line with Department for Education (DfE) guidance, each class, teacher and support staff will be working as a ‘bubble’ class throughout the school day. Where possible, bubbles will be kept apart. Bubbles classes will have their own allocated playtime, lunchtimes and toilet break times.
Drop off and Pick Up Arrangements
To avoid mixing groups, it is necessary to stagger the start time and end time of the school day for bubble groups. Please familiarise yourself with your child’s timings below. It is essential that your child is dropped off and picked up on time. Ten minutes in the morning and fifteen minutes in the afternoon have been allowed before and after our allocated time slots to support with childcare arrangements.
If you have siblings in both Key Stages you will need to drop off at 8:55am and pick up at 3:15pm.
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Only one parent/carer is able to drop/off pick up the child(ren) at the start and end of day.
When you drop off your child, you will be asked to follow a one-way system along Gordon Road. You will need to form a queue with your child, standing on the markers on the pavement to maintain social distancing. Staff will be outside to help you. There will be a Mini Disco and bubble machine to help settle your child.
At the front of the queue, in front of the gate, you will say goodbye to your child. Your child will be greeted, supervised and directed into the building by staff members stood along the entrance and office foyer. Once your child has entered the main school gate, please cross Gordon Road and promptly leave. Please can we kindly ask that you do not loiter or have ‘catch up’ chats with parents outside our school gate.
You will not be able to enter the main gate or be on school premises. If you need to speak to a member of staff you will need to phone the school office from home and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
- Telephone: 01332 345997
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All children will be expected to wear their full school uniform and bring their St Chad’s Book Bag to school every day. Once in school, Book Bags will need to be stored in your child’s classroom tray. Trays are small so please ensure that you regularly empty your child’s book bag so that they easily fit.
On your child’s PE day, he/she will need to come to school wearing their full PE kit.
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Your child will need to bring their own named water bottle to school every day. No other items from home are permitted on school premises e.g. toys. Home reading books will be given out on a Monday and must be returned on the Friday. Classrooms will have a box for books to remain inside over the weekend
We will be adhering to current government guidance: children will not be permitted to wear a face mask in school. If you would like your child to wear a face mask to travel to/from school then this is fine, however, it will need to be removed by the accompanying adult before your child enters our school premises. Please bring a carrier bag so that the mask can be safely put inside and taken home.
Staff will wear appropriate PPE if 2 metre distance cannot be maintained e.g. for first aid and for cleaning activities.
So bubbles do not mix, each bubble class will have their own allocated lunchtime eating and playing session. Children will have the option to have a school dinner or bring in a suitable packed lunch from home. Our older children in Flamingos and Elephants will eat their lunches in their classroom and our younger children in Bears and Flamingos will eat in the hall. Please use the summer holidays to practise your child’s independent eating skills, ensuring that they are confident using a knife and fork by themselves. To support with our safety measures, it is not possible to authorise home dinners at the moment.
- Where possible, social distancing will be encouraged with all children, as supported by our SAFE Promise.
- To avoid the mixing of groups, there are no large gatherings such as Collective Worships. These will take place in classrooms or virtually.
- Where appropriate, children will sit at desks side by side and facing forwards.
- Children will have access to their own stationery pack e.g. pencil, crayons etc.
- Each bubble class will have allocated toilet cubicles.
- There will be a strong emphasis on hand and respiratory hygiene – regular hand washing, tissues will be available in all rooms (catch it, bin it, kill it), hand sanitisers located throughout the entire school. There will be an enhanced cleaning regime including more regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces/used areas e.g. toilets.
- There will be regular cleaning of any shared resources.
- No visitors will be permitted on site without pre-authorisation from the Senior Leadership Team.
- No one will be allowed to attend school who has symptoms of COVID-19. Children who display any symptoms will be isolated and parents will be contacted to arrange immediate pick up.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
As per the current NHS and government advice:
If you or your child experience symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), i.e. a high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss of taste/smell, you or your child must self-isolate for 10 days from the first day you or your child experienced symptoms. More information can be found on the NHS website here.
You must immediately book a test if you or your child experience symptoms. Information on booking a test will be provided by us. Further information can also be found here.
You or your child will not be able to return to school unless you (a) receive a negative test result and are well enough to return (b) have completed the isolation period of 10 days and no longer have a high temperature NB. This does not apply if you or your child still have a cough and/or loss of taste/smell as these symptoms can continue for a number of weeks.
If any member of your household has symptoms of coronavirus, they must book a test immediately and you and your child will be required to isolate for 14 days, or until a negative test result is confirmed.
If the member of your household tests positive and you or your child subsequently experience symptoms, you or your child must isolate for 10 days from the day you or your child first experienced symptoms, regardless of when the 14-day isolation period started.
If you are contacted by NHS test and trace because you or your child have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, you must comply with their request to isolate and inform me immediately. Information on the NHS Test and Trace service is available here.
If for any reason you or your child have been directed to take a test for coronavirus even though you or your child don’t have symptoms, and this test is returned as positive, you or your child must self-isolate for 10-days from the date the test was taken. All other members of the household will be required to isolate for 14 days from the date of the test.
If you think you or your child may have been exposed to or has coronavirus, please contact the school immediately on 01332 345997.
Due to the strict safety measures that we have in place, we will not be in a position to have our normal ‘face-to-face’ and incidental discussions with parents. Should you wish to speak to a member of staff, please telephone the school office on 01332 345997 or email email@example.com Our main methods of communication e.g. sharing updates, sending out letters, will be via Class Dojo. Please ensure that you are regularly checking the app, as well as visiting this website.
Please only use the messaging feature on Class Dojo to share home learning with your child’s teacher. Any general queries must be communicated via our main telephone or school email. Please do not use Class Dojo to report any absence or lateness. If you are having problems accessing or using the app, please contact our main school office so that we can help and support you.
Preparing for Return to School
We recognise that some of you may have some concerns about your child returning to school and that your child may be feeling anxious as well. If you would like to talk to us about your child and any concerns you have about their return to school, please – in the first instance – contact your child’s class teacher via our school email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Although the routine, classrooms and learning environment will look and feel different, we are fully committed to supporting every child in our care as they transition and adjust to this ‘new normal’. Since the start of June, we have successfully welcomed back an increasing number of children: all have adapted brilliantly to our new safety procedures.
As we begin to reopen our school to all children, ensuring good hand hygiene is of paramount importance. Handwashing needs to be reinforced at both home and school. Please discuss, encourage and practise good hygiene with your child: 20 seconds with warm water and soap. We recommend this
wonderful video and song produced by the NHS!
Over the past few months, we have produced several resources and photographs of our classrooms and school building to help to prepare both you and your child for returning to school. We have also produced a COVID-19 Pupil Checklist Booklet for each class to help summarise our key safety measures and procedures: we hope that these will help to reassure some of the worries and concerns that you may have. Copies of these resources can be found below and on our Class Dojo.
COVID-19 Letters and Guidance
Support for Children and Families
We do not underestimate how difficult the past few months have been for us all and we all will have been touched in some way by the coronavirus pandemic. Once back in school, the first few days will be spent helping the children to settle and become familiar with our new routines. Lots of time will be spent on personal hygiene and emotional well-being.
If you are worried about your child, please speak with a member of our Inclusion Team (Ms. Leach, Mrs Thomas, Miss Gilsenan).
You may wish to seek support for yourself from the following support agencies below. Additional organisations can be found on our website here.
Further information on supporting you and/or your child's emotional health and wellbeing can be found here.
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