Dear Parents and Carers
We have set aside the final week of the school year, Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July, for our Year 6 pupils. We are aware that these children have missed many events that usually mark the end of their Primary School education, so we have set up a week where we hope they will be able to see their friends, at a safe social distance, for a final week of fun and transition work before we break for the summer holidays.
The week will run on Monday and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with the school being closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning. Please also note that school will finish by 1.30 on Friday 17th July. Although the children will be organised into ‘bubbles’ to minimise social contact, the majority of events will take place in large, open spaces, so the children will be able to see all their classmates and other friends in other Year 6 classes. Our provisional timetable for the week is as follows:
Secondary School transition activities, farewell film-making activities and Circus Show
Secondary School transition activities and farewell film-making activities
Olympic themed sports day
Deep clean day
Art activity and yearbook signing
Leavers’ party on the field
Showing of the farewell film made by the children, farewell assembly with celebratory certificates and Leavers’ picnic on the field
This letter aims to explain the arrangements that will be in school and the new guidance that everyone will have to follow to make sure that everyone in school can remain safe.
- Whilst we will take all measures possible to ensure social distancing, it must be acknowledged that we will not be able to guarantee social distancing at all times
- Children will be working in groups of no more than 15 children in all cases, and children will often be divided into smaller groups. Children will always remain in these groups. These groups will be fixed for the whole period
- The staffing of these groups will be as consistent as possible with the same adults working with the group unless staff absence makes this impossible
- Your child may not be with their usual teacher or teaching assistant in their current classroom. This is because we want to spread children out into smaller groups, if possible, for parts of the day
- Classroom layout will be different to support social distancing, with set desks
- Paired and group work will not be possible and the use of education resources will be greatly restricted and these will need to be cleaned more regularly
- Children may see staff wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where this is required or to deal with medical or sickness situations
- Children may wear PPE but this must be fresh for school – it can’t be worn in from home. Children need a fresh set for arrival at school
- Finally, I would like to clarify that the government has stated that there will be no penalties for parents and carers should they decide to keep their children at home
We will be having staggered start and collection times to support social distancing and children will be assigned times, within the range of 8.45am to 3.15pm – your class teacher will contact you to inform you of your arrival and departure times. Please ensure you stick to these times for the safety of our school community.
Please remember that no parents will be permitted inside the school building.
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- Clydesdale Class: children will be based in Clydesdale, Shire, Suffolk and Juland Classrooms and should use the door on the Year 6 patio area. Children should make their own way up the stairs and in through this door which will be open. If you collect your child at the end of the day, please wait on the playground opposite the bottom of the outside staircase.
- Shire Class children will be based downstairs in Exmoor, New Forest, Shetland and Connemara Classrooms and will use the atrium door opposite the field, when you first come through the side gate into school. Children can be collected from this door at the end of the day with parents waiting on the field.
- Suffolk Class will be based in Percheron and Lippizan Classrooms upstairs. Children will come in through the door from the playground to the office area and up the main orange staircase. At the end of the day, children can be collected from the area outside this door, with parents waiting on the green asphalt. Suffolk Class will also be using Camargue and Morgan Classrooms downstairs. When children have been assigned these rooms on their first day, they will enter through the Year 4 door onto the playground opposite the green asphalt and they can be collected from this area at the end of the day.
Children will enter and depart through the playground as per normal at the staggered time that they will be given by their teacher during a phone call.
If your child has a medical condition which deems them to be clinically extremely vulnerable, or if another member of your household is extremely critically vulnerable, then your child should remain at home and not return to school.
If your child has a medical condition which deems them to be clinically vulnerable, then parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category regarding returning to school.
Children who have a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in their normal sense of taste or smell, should not come to school and should isolate at home for 7 days. If anyone in the house also displays these symptoms, the family needs to isolate for 14 days and the child cannot come to school.
If a child becomes unwell whilst at school they will be placed in isolation and parents will need to collect them as soon as possible. Please ensure that the office have up-to-date contact numbers for you. Pupils with asthma inhalers and epi-pens will need to bring these in with them and they will be kept in the classroom that the child works in, as the medical room is closed to pupils. We will not be able to administer any medications at this time and pupils needing to take medicine should either take it before they come into school or remain at home until the course of medication is complete.
We will continue to offer provision for our key worker families and for our vulnerable children in all year groups. The children currently in this group who are in Year 6 will be integrated into their class unless you wish your child to remain in the Key Worker provision. To prevent cross contamination between groups of children, you cannot switch between the year group provision and key worker provision.
At the end of the day, we ask parents to wait in the areas at appropriate doors and children will be dismissed by staff. Parents and children must then leave immediately. Please walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport. Bikes and scooters can be left along the Year 4 wall opposite the green tarmac, not in the usual space which doesn’t allow for social distancing.
In order to ensure that the school site is a safe as possible for all please do not congregate and maintain a 2 metre distance from others at all times. This includes whilst waiting for your child’s entry to the school and whilst waiting for your child at the end of the day.
Please also ensure that you adhere to social distancing measures outside of school for the safety of our school community.
We are not permitting parents to enter the school building. If you need to speak to the school office, please do this via phone or email@example.com. If you need to speak to your child’s class teacher, please do this through the office by phone call or email and the class teacher will contact you at an appropriate time. Lunch and break times will be staggered and groups will eat together in the classrooms or on the field in good weather. Where possible, please send packed lunches in a disposable bag. School lunches will be delivered to classrooms in disposable containers.
Children will be required to wear their school uniform and, following government guidelines, the uniform will need to be washed daily to avoid spreading the virus. It is also recommended that children and staff who have been in school should remove clothes and wash them as soon as they get home and shower and wash their hair to keep the household safe from the virus. All long hair must be tied up and no jewellery is to be worn by children.
We are asking children to limit the items they bring to school to only a coat and lunch bag if necessary. No school bags or pencil cases will be permitted in school. Individual resource packs will be provided for each child and for their individual use. If children have inhalers or epi-pens in school, these will be kept in the classroom where they are working. If your child’s inhaler or epi-pen needs replacing, please send a new one in with them on their first day back. This will then remain in school.
When in the school buildings, movement around the school will be limited and we will share the new school rules with the children once they are in school and we ask that you remind your children of the need to maintain social distance and follow the rules set out so that everyone can be safe. The adults allocated to each group of children will be regularly cleaning touchpoints throughout the day in their room. The school will be more thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day and on a Wednesday. Hand hygiene will be scheduled into each group’s timetable at regular points throughout the day. Cloakrooms will not be in use. Classroom resources will be organised and separated for each group and remain in these classrooms. They will also be cleaned regularly.
We understand that all these measures mean that school will be a very unfamiliar place and that the school day will be very different from what children are used to. We will try to make the school as friendly and welcoming a place as it can be but in order to keep everyone safe we need to ensure that everyone adheres to the guidelines set out.