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Whole School Return to School 7th September

Return to School Monday 7th September 2020.

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you and your families are well and would like to take this opportunity to thank you, once again, for the phenomenal effort to support home-learning and remote education that you all made last term under very challenging circumstances. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the amazing effort made by all members of staff, who worked so hard to provide a sense of continuity for all children in their learning. 

 

We are very much looking forward to welcoming back all children on Monday 7th September. The government has said that attendance must be compulsory and that fines will be issued for non-attendance. Therefore, all children must attend school. The risk to children of catching and spreading COVID19 is low according to government research and we have put a number of measures in place to ensure the safety of our whole school community. I would therefore like to explain some of the changes that we have made to the school day in order to keep everyone safe, so please read and follow the contents of this letter carefully.

 

Classes – ‘Bubbles’

In order to comply with guidance from the Government, each class will be taught in a ‘bubble’ of no more than 30 children, who will stay together throughout the school day, including during break and lunchtimes, and will not mix with other year group bubbles. The children will stay in the classroom for the majority of the day and we will be staggering the children’s playtimes and lunchtimes, as well as the start and finish times for the school day. This is to ensure that children stay within their own class bubbles and do not mix with other classes. Please refer to our updated risk assessment on the school website for more information.  

 

Drop-off and pick-up:

In line with Government guidance, there will be staggered drop-off and pick up times, with five classes using the Primary school gate and three classes using the St Augustine’s High School playground entrance gate. It is really important that children are dropped off and picked up at their specific times and at the correct gate to help us to ensure social distancing. If you arrive before your drop-off or pick-up slot, please wait as far away from the entrance as possible until the time of your child’s drop-off/pick-up. Please refer to the timetable below.

 

Drop-off

All children must be bought to school by one adult only, except children in Year 6 who travel to school by themselves. Spots will be marked out for parents and children on the pavement outside the gate to maintain social distancing. Parents will be asked to move on as soon as their child enters the gate and it is really important that you follow these directions in order to maintain social distancing. A member of staff will be on the school gate in the mornings to direct the children and give each child a squirt of hand-sanitiser as they enter. Children will then be asked to wash their hands when they enter the classroom. Please ensure you maintain social distancing when collecting/dropping off your children.  

 

For the first week only, we will be permitting parents of children in the Nursery and Reception classes to bring their child to the Nursery/Reception playgrounds, using the ramp entrance, when dropping off in the morning. After this, the children will be met at the gate by a member of staff and taken to the Nursery/Reception playground.

 

Children in Year 1 – Year 6 bubbles will be asked to line up by the primary entrance fence or by the football area fence then be led to class by the teacher or TA.

 

Pick-up

Pick-up will be staggered to minimise the likelihood of everyone arriving at the same time (see timetable). Parents will line up outside the gates (socially distanced) and the teacher or TA for each bubble will collect the child and take them to their parent. Year 6 children who are walking home by themselves will leave one at a time and any Year 6 children being collected will wait in the playground and will be called as their parent arrives. If you are collecting a child in more than one class, please move away from the gate as soon as you have collected your first child and wait until the collection time of your other child/children.

 

Parents and visitors will not be able to enter the school during drop-off or pick-up times and, where possible, parents should contact the school by phone or email, rather than coming into the school. If you need to arrange a meeting, please send an email or phone the school office.

 

Drop-off and Pick-up:

Year Group

Drop-off time

 

Gate

Pick-up time

Gate

Reception

8:30-8:35

Primary school gate

3:05-3:10

Primary school gate

Year 1

8:40-8:45

Primary school gate

3:15-3:20

Primary school gate

Year 2

8:35-8:40

High School gate

3:10-3:15

High School gate

Year 3

8:30-8:35

High School gate

3:05-3:10

High School gate

Year 4

8:45-8:50

Primary school gate

3:20-3:25

Primary school gate

Year 5

8:35-8:40

Primary school gate

3:10-3:15

Primary school gate

Year 6

8:40-8:45

High School gate

3:15-3:20

High School gate

Nursery

8:55-9:00

Primary school gate

12:00-12:05

Primary school gate

 

Children may bring a coat, hat, school bag, lunchbox and water bottle to school, but should not bring any toys, pencil cases or other equipment. Children in Year 6 may bring a mobile phone, which will be collected at the start of the day and returned when the child leaves. As we are encouraging families to walk or cycle to school, rather than using public transport, scooters or bikes will be allowed in school.

 

Moving Around School

Bubbles will move around the school, eat and play separately. Signs and labels have been put up around the school and on staircases and corridors to remind children and staff to maintain social distancing in shared spaces.

 

Classrooms

Children will be taught in the same classroom and use the same desk every day. In all year groups, all classrooms will be well ventilated, with windows open. Where possible, doors will be propped open to increase air flow and to limit the use of door handles. #

 

Year 2 - Year 6: Children will use the same desk every day and will have their own equipment and books in a zipped plastic wallet or plastic tray. They will stay in the classroom for the majority of the day and will not mix with children in other bubbles. There will be minimal movement within the classroom and lessons will be planned for individual or paired work (not group work). Water bottles and lunchboxes will be kept under the child’s table. All children will be washing their hands regularly throughout the day.

 

Reception and Year 1: As far as possible, each child sits in the same place every day with their own equipment in a zipped plastic wallet. Some play areas have been removed, such as the sand and playdough areas. Children will be learning outside as much as possible and movement around the classroom will be socially distanced where possible. As the children in Year 1 will have missed so much of the Reception curriculum, the learning in Year 1 for the first half term at least will be more play-based in order to ease transition and ensure that early learning goals are met. Small group catch-up sessions will take place on a regular basis, with a particular focus on phonics, early reading and number skills.

Nursery: Children will be learning outside as much as possible and will be washing their hands regularly throughout the day. When setting up classrooms in the morning, staff will wear plastic gloves and toys and equipment will be wiped down after use by each child, where possible, and washed each day.

 

Break Times

Children will remain in their bubble for breaks and not mix with any other bubbles. Each bubble will have a staggered break time, which will be supervised by the teacher to actively encourage social distancing. Children will not be allowed to play games that involve physical contact (e.g. tag) and adults will lead appropriate play activities for the bubble to encourage social distancing. Outdoor equipment, including the climbing frames in main playground, will be out of bounds and the area taped off. All water fountains have been taken out of use. Each bubble will be allocated a box of play equipment that only they can use and the equipment will be wiped down and/or washed every day.

 

An adult will supervise the toilets during break times. Only one child of each gender will be allowed into the toilets at a time and the adult will remind them to use a squirt of hand sanitizer before they enter the toilets. The toilets will be cleaned by a member of the cleaning team after each break time.

 

In Nursery and Reception, children will regularly use the outside space throughout the day and will, at all times, be supervised by an adult. Any toys or equipment used by a child will be wiped with disinfectant immediately after use and will be washed daily.

 

Lunches

All children will eat lunch, either in the Dining Centre or in their classrooms at their table. There will only be one bubble using the Dining Centre at a time and the tables will be wiped down between bubbles. Members of staff will ensure proper handwashing routines are followed by all children before and after eating, in-line with NHS guidance. For children having a school lunch, these will be served in individual disposable ‘take away’ style packaging for each child, with individual disposable cutlery, and placed directly in a black bin bag when finished.

 

We are in the process of setting up an on-line system for school lunch payments for children in Years 3-6. To reduce payment for school meals traffic, we would like to encourage parents to pay for school meals online where possible. Any cash payments for school meals must be sent in an envelope, with your child’s name, class and the amount clearly written on the envelope. This will be collected by their class teacher and taken to the office.

 

Breakfast and after school clubs:

Breakfast club will continue to run once school resumes but spaces will be limited, so please only request a place if it is essential. Breakfast club places must be booked in advance. Please contact the school office to request a place in breakfast club. We also are hoping to offer some after school clubs and will be sending information about this early in the new term.

 

These guidelines and the school risk assessment have been produced following the guidance issued by the government. It is critical that we follow them properly to protect and maintain the safety of our whole school community. You can view our risk assessments and other important information relating to COVID19 on our website: https://www.st-augustines-primary.co.uk/

 

I am really looking forward to welcoming all children back into school on Monday 7th September so that we can be a whole school community once again.  If you have any questions, please contact the school to discuss these so that we can work together to prepare your children for their return to school. 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Ruth Vince,

Head of Primary

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