School re-opening in September - Key information

 

Re-opening of schools in September.

Our school will fully reopen from Tuesday 8th September for all children. We have worked hard as a team to plan and prepare for the safe reopening. All of the information that you will need can be found on this page.

We know how important attendance at school is and following the lockdown and the school days lost in the summer term, we believe that every pupil should return to school. We do understand that for some families who have been shielding during this extended period of the corona virus, returning to school may feel like a big step to take. We will work with you to share all of the systems we have put in place to make our school as safe as we can, so that we can reassure you as much as is possible. Contact Mrs Aslam our Attendance and Welfare Officer if there is a chance that your child may not return in September.

What are we doing to make our school safe?

There are four key areas that we are focusing on to keep everyone safe in school:

  1. Prevention  Not allowing anyone on site who is showing symptoms
  2. Hygiene       Regular hand washing, respiratory hygiene. A ring of cleanliness around our school
  3. Cleaning      Enhanced cleaning routines for all areas of the school building
  4. Contact        Maintaining controlled areas for all year groups, staggered start and end times, play times and lunchtime

Please download the document below below, or simply scroll through the slides to find details of our plans for our September reopening.

Parent Partnership – How you can help

  • Take your child’s temperature before you come to school; we will only take temperatures if we have a concern. If your child has a new persistent cough, loses their sense of taste or smell or has a temperature above 37.8 degrees Celcius keep them at home.
  • Ensure your child knows that you expect them to follow all behaviour rules in school to keep them safe – support the school if your child forgets and needs reminding
  • Be on time and stick to your time for the staggered start to the day, using the allocated entrances. Please follow the guidance from school staff who will be on duty in the school grounds
  • School adults will not be routinely wearing face coverings so please socially distance from the teacher, and other adults – do not enter the marked areas by the doors
  • Drop and go, please keep moving and do not stop and chat in the playground or outside the gates.
  • At pick up time please be prompt but socially distance while waiting in the designated areas for your child’s class
  • Send any messages for teachers via the school office phone number/email rather than try to speak on the playground

Key Messages and Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we using staggered starts and controlled entrances?

In order to reduce the contact that children and adults have between each other we are managing the number of adults and children coming into the school grounds at any one time. We will have over 900 children and adults coming into school and leaving each day. By staggering start and end times over a 15 minute period and directing different year groups to use a named entrance, we aim to reduce the crowding to make it possible for everyone to socially distance from each other.  Please see the document below setting out the start and end times for each year group and the entrances. We do understand that this may create some challenge for families which have children in different years. We ask for your patience in managing this.

How often will the school be cleaned?

Our cleaning team will work before and after school each day to ensure that every surface is thoroughly sanitised throughout school. We have purchased additional cleaning equipment and are using the very best cleaning chemicals that are available. The toilets and outdoor sinks will have two additional cleaning slots each day, before and after dinner, to ensure that these heavily used areas have an enhanced cleaning routine. As well as this, all rooms have a cleaning kit which will be used throughout the day by staff and pupils to ensure work areas remain safe.

Can adults come into the school building?

We will minimise the times that visitors come into the school building. We recommend that you use phone calls and emails if you have general enquiries for school. If it is essential for an adult to come into the main entrance, we will be limiting visitors to one person at a time, and ask that they wear a face mask.

What should we bring to school?

We will try and reduce the amount of things which are brought into school in order to support the prevention of infection coming into school. Children can bring their coats and a book bag. Those children on packed lunches can bring these in too. Children should come to school on their PE days already dressed in their PE kit - this will reduce the need for more bags, and will take away the need for changing rooms.

Will Children be able to have school dinners?

Yes, school dinners will be available from Tuesday 8th September. Those families who are eligible for free school meals will revert back to school meals for children, the voucher scheme will end. There will be a reduced menu to start the year, which will be limited to vegetarian and fish dishes. We aim to extend our menu during the Autumn Term and we will be sharing further information about new menu options during this half term

Will Children be able to bring reading books home?

Yes, children will be bringing reading books home each week. Reading is the number one priority for our school, and ensuring all children are reading everyday is important to us. When reading books are brought back to school they will be put into quarantine boxes for 72 hours to ensure they are infection free.

Can I buy School uniform from school?

Yes, uniforms are available to buy from school. Items can be purchased in person on Monday 7th September, serving through the library windows. After this there will be no in-person purchases available, instead you can use an order form and parent pay to make an order. School uniforms will be delivered with your child at home time.

Will Breakfast Club start again?

Yes, Breakfast Club will start on Monday 14th September. We will have a limit of 20 children to begin with, to allow us to maintain appropriate distancing for year group bubbles. Booking forms will be available from Monday 7th September

Will the extra curricular sports clubs start again?

Yes, we aim to continue to offer extra curricular clubs for our children. These will be limited to individual year groups in order to allow us to maintain our year group bubbles. Booking information will be shared shortly.

 

Key Policies and Risk Assessments

Please click on the links below for details of our Covid-19 risk assessment guidance and autumn term cleaning plan.

Covid-19 risk assessment guidance

Autumn Term school cleaning plan

Please read this letter from Councillor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities & Mel Meggs, Strategic Director for Children's Services