Nursery, Reception, KS1, LKS2 & UKS2 – Return to School Plans
This document is intended to help parents to understand what will be required of them and their children when we plan for Nursery, Reception, KS1, LKS2 and UKS2 to return to school as part of the Government Covid-19 Recovery Strategy.
Please take your time to read through to understand how you can help to keep your child, you and your family and our whole school community safe.
ROAD CLOSURES AROUND SCHOOL from 7th September between 8.25am and 9.30am – 2.40pm to 3.35pm
Due to road closures around school (see MAP) Parents must walk to school, or if travelling by car you will have to park away from school and walk to your child’s designated drop off point.
Any child, or member of staff, who have Coronavirus symptoms should not come to school and should follow Government Guidelines.
Start Dates and Times for Each Group:
Entry to school
What will school be like?
Children will be in school with a dedicated group of Teachers and Support staff and will be self-contained within a classroom area or ‘Bubbles’.
We take your child’s wellbeing and the wellbeing of our whole school community very seriously. We want you to know that we will do everything we can to look after your child’s social, emotional and mental health, as well as their academic and physical needs. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact school as soon as possible.
So that we can keep everyone safe and well while they are in school, every child’s behaviour in school is going to be closely monitored. If we have any concerns, we will talk to you about it. If we feel for any reason that their behaviour is unsafe – ie they can’t follow social distancing instructions or they are presenting significant challenges to staff or other children - then you may be asked to come and collect your child. Our School Behaviour Policy [on website] reflects this.
What about Hygiene?
All adults and children entering the site should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dried with a paper towel:
If soap and water is not available hand sanitiser can be used (school issue only, children must not bring their own into school). Sanitising stations are available throughout school; and available in all classrooms.
Children will be supervised at ALL times when handwashing/using hand sanitisers to prevent misuse/wastage of resources.
There will be an additional cleaner on site all day, every day and will continually wipe down frequent touch points, (sink/toilet areas, door handles, light switches, desks, chairs and equipment).
The government is not recommending universal use of face coverings in all schools. In primary schools where social distancing is not possible in indoor areas outside of classrooms between members of staff or visitors (for example, in staffrooms), head teachers will have the discretion to decide whether to ask staff or visitors to wear, or agree to them wearing face coverings in these circumstances. But children in primary school do not need to wear a face covering. There may also be negative effects on communication and thus education. If staff have to work in close contact with pupils e.g to supervise science experiments, D&T or Art activities, speech and language work, feeding, face shields or Perspex screens may be appropriate.
Social Distancing – how will this work?
While this will be difficult, we will be encouraging all children to maintain social distancing and will talk to them in depth about what this means.
First Aid and Medicines
We are very lucky in school that nearly all of our Teaching Assistants and Office Staff are Paediatric First Aid trained. If your child needs first aid, the member of staff will wear PPE (gloves and apron) to provide first aid.
The normal protocol for medicines will be continued; all medicines to be brought by the parent/carer to the school office.
To provide a safe and secure environment, we have altered some of our Fire Exits and Fire Safety practices will be carried out as soon as the children return to school to make sure everybody knows what they have to do in the event of a fire.
Children in Reception and KS1 will ALL receive a school meal. Reception children will eat in the school hall with their friends. Children in KS1 will eat in their classroom with their friends (or outside) weather permitting.
Children in KS2 who have school meals will eat them with their friends in their classroom (or outside) weather permitting.
Packed Lunches from home (KS2 ONLY)
If your child has a packed lunch they will eat in the classroom with their friends.
Please note, if your child needs cutlery (spoon/fork/knife) for their lunch you must put these in their lunch box We will not be able to provide any cutlery – you will have to send these with your child from home.
Your child must bring a Healthy Packed Lunch – remember no chocolate or fizzy drinks, we would like to see fruit, cheese/yogurt, sandwiches or wraps. No FAST food bought from takeaways, ie burgers etc and no food that has to be heated or is brought in warm as this can breed germs.
Your child will be drinking water from their own water bottle at lunchtime so please ensure that they bring it with them every day. We will not be able to provide plastic cups.