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Returning to School in September 2020

This page is to share information regarding all children returning to school in September 2020.  Please read through the information and remember to read any letters sent home from school that may have more updated information.

 

Please note that at the end of July 2020, the government changed the guidance around self-isolation if you have Covid-19 symptoms from 7 days to 10 days.

 

Children who become unwell in school

Should a child become unwell with Covid-like symptoms they will be isolated from the rest of their class bubble and parents will be contacted.  We would expect the child to be collected from school immediately and guidance will be given to you on what you should do next. 

 

Where a child or a member of the child’s family is tested for Covid-19, we will inform parents in that class bubble.  Parents are expected to inform the school of the results of the test.  Should the test be returned as positive, then other parents in the class bubble will be notified and the bubble will be closed whilst the families of the children isolate in line with government guidance.  We expect all families to engage with the NHS Test and Trace system should this occur.

 

 

Government guidance  sets out actions that schools must take and these are grouped into ‘prevention’ and ‘response to infection’.  These actions have been used to guide our plans for reopening to all children and include the following:

 

Prevention

  • Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have Covid-19 symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
  • Clean hands thoroughly and more often than usual
  • Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • Introduce enhanced cleaning, including frequently touched surfaces often
  • Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
  • Where necessary, wear personal protective equipment (PPE)

 

Response to Infection

  • Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
  • Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst the school community
  • Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

 

Our updated risk assessment will outline in further detail how the school is taking actions to mitigate risks and will be published here before school opens in September.

 

 

 

RISK ASSESSMENT LADDER

 

 

SUMMARY INFORMATION ON SCHOOL RETURN

 


Attendance

The government has been clear that all children are expected to return to school in September.  The guidance that parents would not be penalised should their child not attend has been removed and the usual rules for attendance will be back in place for September.  This includes the school’s responsibility to record attendance, follow up on absence and issue fixed penalty notices in line with KCSP’s Attendance Policy. 

 

If you are concerned about your child returning to school in September, please contact myself, Mrs Henson or Mrs Clark for us to discuss ways to support you.

 

Uniform

When children return to school, they will be expected to wear their school uniform, including school shoes and coat.

PE kits should be taken home at the end of each week and washed before being returned to school on Monday.

 

Groupings

Consistent groups reduce the risk of transmission of the virus by limiting the number of children and staff in contact with each other to only those within the group.  Groups should also be kept apart, so upon our return to school we will no longer hold whole school assemblies and break times and lunch times will be staggered.  For operational purposes the children will remain in their ‘bubbles’ throughout the school day.

 

Lunches, Water Bottles and Bags

Children will be allowed to bring lunch boxes into school but these should go home each day to be cleaned.  School bags will also be permitted but items from home, such as pencil cases and reading books, should not be brought into school.  Children will be provided with their own named stationery to use in class.  Water bottles should be named so that they don’t get mixed up with another child’s. 

 

Communication

Although parents will not be able to talk with teachers at the start and end of the school day, they are able to email their child’s teacher or phone into school.  All email addresses are available on the website.  Parents please remember that teachers are teaching all day and will respond to any emails as soon as they can.

Staggered Starts and End of Day Timings

To enable school to keep groups apart as set out in the Government guidance, we have introduced different start and end of the day timings. Please note the start and end of day time for your child:  Thursday 3rd September:

On this day the children will be going into their old year groups to spend the day with their previous class. Timings will be as follows:

 

Start Time

Finish Time

Entrance/Exit

old Year 5

8.30am

2.45pm

Playground gate

old Year 4

8.30am

2.45pm

old Year 3

8.45am

3pm

old Year 2

8.45am

3pm

old Year 1

9.00am

3.15pm

old EYFS

9.00am

3.15pm

 

Children will line up with their ‘old’ teacher on the playground and be led into class. Friday 4th September:

On this day the children will be going into their new year groups to spend the day with their new classes.  Pupils who are new to our school will start on this day. Timings will be as follows.  These timings will remain until further notice.

 

Start Time

Finish Time

Entrance/Exit

Year 6

8.30am

2.45pm

Playground gate

Year 5

8.30am

2.45pm

Year 4

8.45am

3pm

Year 3

8.45am

3pm

Year 2

9.00am

3.15pm

Year 1

9.00am

3.15pm

EYFS

9.00am

3pm (from 21st Sept)

Main gate

 

Lunchtimes

Lunchtimes will be staggered to avoid mixing of bubbles.  KS1 children will be eating their meals in the school hall each day with KS2 pupils eating in classrooms.  Hot meals will commence from Monday 7th September.  Chartwells will be providing school packed lunches only on 3rd and 4th September.

 

Toilets

In order to maintain distancing between bubbles, toilets in the Key Stage One block and in the Year 3 & 4 block will be re-labelled as year group toilets.  Only one child will be permitted into the toilets at a time.  These toilets do not contain urinals so all children will be using toilets.  Year 5 children will use the separate girls’ and boys’ toilets in their block and Year 6 will use the separate girls’ and boys’ toilets behind the hall.

 

Social Distancing

Whilst we appreciate how difficult it will be to continue with social distancing in the classroom (especially with younger children) our staff will try to keep a distance between themselves, the children and other adults where possible.  Children (especially the older ones) will be reminded about this and the importance of good handwashing regimes and respiratory hygiene.  Parents are also expected to follow social distancing guidance and model this to their children.  It is important that parents leave as soon as they have dropped off their child to avoid crowds outside the school. 

HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT

 

Welcome Back to School - COVID-19 Return to School Animation

Please share this animation with your child to help explain how school will be different.

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