Key Worker Information
Dear parents and carers
I am writing with further information about our plans to reopen school on 1st June to pupils in Year 6 and the children of key workers. This means that school will be a little different to how it has been in recent weeks and there are some changes you will need to be aware of.
Details will be set out in the information below and I will need all parents who are key workers to please read it carefully before clicking on the link at the bottom of the page for the key worker survey. This will include information about drop off and collection times and closing on Friday afternoon. You will not need to register your child if they are in Year 6.
Please rest assured that we have carefully followed all of the relevant guidance with our planning and that this has been overseen and monitored by the Governing Body. Every measure possible is being taken to reduce the risk of transmission of Coronavirus. Our new plans reflect the latest government guidance that was issued last week.
We may have to prioritise places for NHS staff and health care workers if demand is high.
Thank you for everything that you have been doing as key workers and please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about the recent changes by emailing us on:
Mr Le Bredonchel
FURTHER OPENING OF SCHOOL - INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Do not send your child into school if they, or a member of your household, has any of the following symptoms:
high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. Information about Coronavirus in children can be found here:
Shielded and clinically vulnerable children and young people
For the vast majority of children and young people, coronavirus is a mild illness. Children and young people (0 to 18 years of age) who have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions have been advised to shield. We do not expect these children to be attending school or college, and they should continue to be supported at home as much as possible. Clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) people are those considered to be at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. A small minority of children will fall into this category, and parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category.
Planning to reopen school
We have based our plans to reopen the school further on the government guidance which can be found here:
We have based our school risk assessment on the government guidance for implementing protective measures in schools. It can be found here:
Children of key workers from each year (3, 4 or 5) will be kept as a group, with a maximum of 15 children in each of these, with a teacher and an LSA. The groups will have the same adults for teaching and supervision at all times wherever possible.
Groups will be kept separate as much as possible, including arriving and leaving school, break and lunchtimes.
Access and exit from school
Children of key worker groups will enter and exit the school site via the bottom gate only and at their designated time. It is important that children arrive no earlier or later than their designated time slot. This is important for social distancing outside of the school gates and for the safety of children and parents. Parents should not congregate and wait on the pavements outside of school - the markings on the pavement will help with social distancing. Parents will need to make an appointment with the school office should they wish to enter the school site.
Miss Craufurd, Carla Berry, Sharna Goodman, Terri Cook
Start of Day: 8.40am - 8.45am
End of Day: 3.00pm
Mrs Croker, Sophie Hatch, Nicky Filer
Start of Day: 8.45am - 8.50am
End of Day: 3.05pm
Mrs Spelman, Steph Hewitt, Charlie Prentice
Start of Day: 8.50am - 8.55am
End of Day: 3.10pm
Please be aware that Breakfast Club can only be offered to pupils eligible for Free School Meals, if required for the next half term
School closure - Friday pm
School will be closed every Friday afternoon to allow us to make preparations for the following week and undertake essential works. Pupils will be dismissed at the following times from the bottom gate:
Year 3: 12.50pm
Year 4: 12.55pm
Year 5: 1pm
Further measures to support good hygiene and social distancing
We have put in place significant changes to our school routine and practice to help support social distancing and effective hygiene control. Despite these best efforts, it should be noted that we are unable to guarantee that children will observe 2m for social distancing. The government has also stated that schools cannot be expected to do this.
When arriving and exiting the school site, children and adults will remain at a minimum distance of 2 metres apart wherever possible.
Times for break and lunch times have been staggered to minimise contact between different groups.
Each group has been assigned their own designated zone for play and this will be rotated on a weekly basis.
A system to control movement around the school site throughout the day will help to minimise contact between groups and individuals.
Furniture in every classroom has been rearranged to provide each child and adult with their own designated work space. Each child will be provided with a tray of their own resources. These areas will be wiped down and sanitised on a regular basis throughout the day.
Children and adults will follow a strict routine of handwashing: upon arrival to school; before and after break; before and after lunch; after any Daily Physical Activity (DPA) or PE sessions; and before the end of the day.
When in school, the children will be receiving a structured curriculum that will help pupils to prepare for returning to formal schooling. Lessons will be following our usual programme of study with English, maths, spelling and guided reading, alongside the foundations subjects and music where possible. The curriculum will look to review previous knowledge and also fill gaps in learning that may have formed during the closure of school due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for children
The government has issued the following guidance about the use of PPE for children in schools and further information can be found here:
Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus. Face coverings (or any form of medical mask where instructed to be used for specific clinical reasons) should not be worn in any circumstance by those who may not be able to handle them as directed (for example, young children, or those with special educational needs or disabilities) as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.
Pupils will need to come into school everyday in clean, appropriate clothes. We appreciate that it might be difficult to wash and dry a school uniform every day and therefore they will not be required to wear it if this proves to be inconvenient. PE kits and trainers need to be brought into school for PE and your child’s group teacher will let you know what day this will be.
Over the course of the next half term, we will make plans for transitions into next year. We will keep you updated with information as soon as we can. However, we wanted to reassure you that to minimise any further disruption, we do not plan to mix the classes. The class that your child is currently in, will move up together to their next teacher in September. Some changes may be necessary to ensure the best for all pupils.
The following information comes from the Department for Education which can be found here:
What happens if someone becomes unwell during the school day?
If anyone in an education or childcare setting becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance.
What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in a setting?
When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
Where the child, young person or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.
Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the cohort or in the wider setting, Public Health England’s local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise schools and other settings on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases a larger number of other children, young people may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole class, site or year group. Where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary.
Will children and young people be eligible for testing?
When settings open to the wider cohort of children and young people, all those children and young people eligible to attend, and members of their households, will have access to testing if they display symptoms of coronavirus. This will enable them to get back into childcare or education, and their parents or carers to get back to work, if the test proves to be negative. To access testing parents will be able to use the 111 online coronavirus service (here) if their child is 5 or over. Parents will be able to call 111 if their child is aged under 5.