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 children of key workers. I know that many parents may have concerns about sending their child into school and I can fully understand this. I also appreciate that many of the concerns are linked to the local and national statistics for coronavirus and many parents and carers are waiting to see how these change over the coming days and weeks.
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.
The final decision rests with you as parents and carers and I hope to be able to provide you with as much information as possible below so that you can make an informed decision. I have also tried to include links to NHS information and the Department for Education information wherever I can should you wish to see it. No action will be taken against any parent or carer who chooses not to send their child into school.
Teachers of year 6 groups will try to ring you on Friday 22nd May to confirm arrangements. Please note that school will close from 12.50pm on a Friday after half term and details of these timings can be found below:
12.50 6AB x 3 groups
12.55 6AG x 3 groups
1pm 6AR x 3 groups
1.05pm 6WS x 3 groups
This will allow us to make preparations for the following week and carry out essential works.
I appreciate all of the kind comments of support that we have received so far and we will do our best to respond to any questions or comments that you may have. These can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Le Bredonchel
YEAR 6 RETURN TO 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 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:
Each Year 6 class has been split into 3 groups with a maximum of 12 children in each group with a teacher and an LSA. 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.
Year 6 access to and exit from school
Year 6 groups will enter and exit the school site via the top 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.
Mrs Le Bredonchel, Mr Alcock and Miss Huelin
Start 8.40am - 8.45am
Mrs Goodman, Miss Wood and Mr Ravenscroft
Start 8.45am - 8.50am
Mr Robertson, Miss Hodgkinson and Miss Slade
Start 8.50am - 8.55am
Mr Speed, Mrs Moore and Miss Cox
Start 8.55am - 9.00am
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 top gate:
12.50 6AB x 3 groups
12.55 6AG x 3 groups
1pm 6AR x 3 groups
1.05pm 6WS x 3 groups
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.
With the reopening of school, children will be returning to a structured curriculum that will help pupils restart their formal schooling. Lessons will be returning to our usual programme of study with English, maths, spelling and guided reading happening on a daily basis, alongside computing / STEM, art, PE, RE, collective worship, PSHE 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. This will help to prepare pupils for the start of year 7.
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.
The government has announced that transition visits should not take place this year to other school settings. We are working closely with Ilfracombe Academy to share information about your child and to support transition as best we can. We will provide you with further updates as we have them.
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.