Monday 1st March 2021
We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming ALL our children back from Monday 8th March.
In line with government guidance and to ensure the safety of all our staff and children, the following arrangements will remain in place:
Hygiene and protective measures
- No pupil or adult will be allowed on the school site if they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
- Pupils and adults will be expected to wash their hands thoroughly and often.
- We will ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- We will continue with an enhanced cleaning regime which includes regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, bathrooms and resources throughout the day.
- Children will be allocated their own pencil case with resources that only they will use.
- Adults in school will be wearing face coverings when they are not able to maintain a social distance.
- Classroom and office spaces will be well ventilated at all times
Reducing contacts between children and staff
- We will operate in Year Group ‘Bubbles’ and children within these bubbles will be kept separate from children in other bubbles.
- Adults will be allocated to work with a specific year group bubble, with the exception of the PE and Music staff and Pupil Engagement Officers, who will work across the year groups but will be expected to maintain social distance from pupils at all times.
- There will be staggered starts, breaks, lunch times and finishing times to limit contact with children and adults from other year group bubbles.
- The bubble groups will be kept apart and therefore we will not be having assemblies or larger gatherings of children.
- Children will have playtimes and lunchtimes with their bubble group only.
- Our oldest children will be encouraged to maintain a social distance but for younger children this is not expected. Classrooms for children from years 2-6 have been adapted to support social distancing so that pupils will sit side by side and will all face forwards.
- Visitors to the site, including parents and carers, will be kept to an absolute minimum to prevent the spread of any possible infection.
- All parents and carers will be required to wear a face covering when they are dropping off and collecting their child at school and must maintain a social distance from others.
Staggered start/ end of the school day- timings:
- Dropping off: ONE parent or carer with your child, should enter via the designated entrance between 8.40am – 8.55am for all year groups.
- Collection: ONE Parent and carer should collect at the same gate used in the morning between 3.10pm – 3.25pm for Reception, Y1 and Y2 and 3.20pm-3.30pm for Y3,4,5 & 6.
Early closure on Friday only:
- 1.10pm – 1.25pm for Reception, Y1 and Y2
- 1.20pm-1.30pm for Y3,4,5 & 6.
It is vital that we minimise, as far as possible, the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and their wider development.
Therefore the government has made school attendance mandatory again from 8th March 2021. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:
- parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;
- schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
- the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct.
School uniform, bags and water bottles
Pupils will be expected to attend in full school uniform with strong black school shoes or their Thames PE tracksuit. Please also send your child with a named water bottle.
The vaccination programme is forging ahead at pace and the rates of infection have decreased significantly during the period of national lockdown. However, we must all proceed with extreme caution and whilst schools will be open from the 8th March, the national restrictions will remain until 29th March at the earliest. This will include no mixing with other households and continuing to limit social contact and distance from households you don’t live with.
If you have any particular concerns or queries that you would like to discuss then please contact me by email at email@example.com and I will be very happy to help reassure you and answer any questions you may have.
I am very much looking forward to welcoming the whole school community back on Monday 8th March.
Mrs Julie Allison
The government has produced detailed guidance which we have used to plan for the safe reopening to all pupils. You can read the full guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools