Following Monday’s announcement by the Government, school will reopen for all children on Monday 8th March. As there have been minimal additional guidance or further recommendations suggested by the Government for school reopening for primary school children, we are able to reflect on and use our organisation from last term, to plan for the safe return of all children and staff on Monday 8th March.
I would like to reassure you that the school has a robust risk assessment which has been thoroughly reviewed and updated for everyone to return the week after next.
School attendance is compulsory from March 8th and we will follow our usual attendance policy, which had already been updated in line with government guidance regarding quarantine and self-isolation.
The children will continue to be in year group bubbles and there will be a continued focus on hand hygiene, regular cleaning during the day of the school and changes to how children move around the school. The start and end of the day times and lunchtimes and playtimes remain staggered to minimise contact between year groups. There will be no large group gatherings such as assemblies and children will have lunch in their class or year group bubbles, but not in the dining hall. As long as the weather is good, the children will eat lunch outside. If it is wet play, the children will have lunch outside their classrooms in the hall, to allow for their classroom to be cleaned.
The safety of children and staff have been paramount in planning to reopen and it is vital that everyone follows the guidance below.
Start and end of the day
Signs will indicate which side of Dynevor Road and Lancell Street classes need to wait. Please make sure your child is with you in the line (they must not play in the road, in between cars or on the street furniture), so that when we open the gates, the classes can come straight in. This will help us keep to the timetable and ensure that all year groups come into school on time. We would ask that only one adult accompanies the children to school. Any accompanying siblings will need to stay with their parent or carer and not play or run around the playground.
We are only allowing parents of Nursery and Reception children to enter the playground to drop off and collect their child and we need parents to leave the premises, as soon as their child has been dropped off or collected. There is a clear system for entry and exit for everyone to follow. Year 2,3, 4 and 5 children will line up outside with their parents and then come into school on their own. As the majority of Year 6 children come to school on their own, they will wait outside and come in when we open the gates.
ALL adults who come into the playground will be expected to wear a face mask, unless they are exempt.
We will provide school lunches for all children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 as part of the universal free school meals offer. Any children in these year groups who would prefer to bring their own packed lunch can do so.
We will provide lunch for all children in KS2 who are entitled to free school meals.
All other children will need to bring their own packed lunch or can have a school lunch and pay via SIMS Pay. Please ensure your child’s name is on the lunch box / bag. The lunch must not contain nuts or nut products, as we are a nut free school. Children must also not bring sweets or fizzy drinks.
We would like your child to bring in their own filled water bottle, preferably a reusable one. It would be helpful if the bottles had the child’s name on. The water fountains in the playground are out of use.
It is very important that children wear clean clothes each day. Younger children will need to wear shoes that they can put on themselves.
The school rule on jewellery still applies. The children must not wear any form of jewellery, unless it is of religious significance. This includes friendships bracelets etc. They will be asked to remove them if they do wear them.
Bikes / scooters
Children will not be able to bring their bikes, scooters or skateboards etc into school.
Bookbags / bags
Children can bring in their bookbags. Younger children will need them for their RWI books and older children will be able to borrow books from their class book corner. Children must not use bookbags to bring anything else in from home including toys.
We want to offer as much support as possible to you, but we would prefer you to continue to use alternative methods to face-to-face contact if at all possible e.g. telephone calls or emails email@example.com
Breakfast club, Fit For Sport, After School Clubs
Breakfast club for those children who are registered and Fit For Sport provision will start when we return. We will not start After School Clubs yet.
Fit For Sport will also be operating a holiday camp during the Easter holiday. It will run from Tuesday 6th April to Friday 16th April.
Children / staff exhibiting symptoms of Covid 19
Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and will be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. If a child 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, they will be sent home and advised to follow the guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection. The expectation will be that parents collect their child immediately and engage with NHS track and trace protocols. Any siblings would also be sent home.
If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, with appropriate adult supervision if required depending on the age of the child. PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if direct personal care is needed and a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).
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 and provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus or if asked by NHS Test & Trace. Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus 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. If a test result is negative the child / member of staff can return straight away.
In the case of a positive case within year group bubble, we will follow all the guidance we are given from Public Health England and the local health authority about whether the entire bubble may need to isolate, and for how long we would need to close the bubble. These decisions will be taken on a case-by-case basis.
The last day for live Google classroom will be on Thursday 4th March with our World Book Day celebrations. On Friday 5th March there will be no live sessions and children will be able to complete any Literacy or Maths tasks that are not done and work on the Creative Mat.
If any families have suffered a bereavement, particular trauma during lockdown or there are any other circumstances that you feel we should know about, please do email me.
We are looking forward to seeing all the children back in school a week on Monday. We will have the WP family back together again!