Important Information & Support
The Department for Education Coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children's social care.
Parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday
Support & advice
20th May 2020
Dear Parents/Carers of children in Year 2,3,4, 5 and Nursery
We are sending you this letter to give you an update as to where we as a school are with regards to our re-opening plan. As you know, the Government has an intended date of June 1st at the earliest in mind, but this will be reviewed at the end of the half-term break. We plan to stagger the start times of each year group as we feel this will be a sensible approach to opening. We plan for the following:
- Year 6 would start on Wednesday June 10th
- Year 1 would start on Wednesday June 10th
- Reception would start on Wednesday June 17th
We hope that after this date we will be able to give you a clearer picture about your child returning to school.
We felt that we should advise you of the measures that we are putting in place to allow the pupils to return to school. As a school, we have always tried to do what is right for our school community and we will continue to do so to the best of our ability. The Government guidance has made it clear that class sizes will be reduced (no more then 15) to encourage social distancing as best as possible. However, it is worth pointing out that the Department for Education guidance of 11th May states:
“We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. In deciding to bring more children back to early years and schools, we are taking this into account. Schools should therefore work through the following hierarchy of measures:
• avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
• frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices
• regular cleaning of settings
• minimising contact and mixing”
They go on to say “It is still important to reduce contact between people as much as possible, and we can achieve that and reduce transmission risk by ensuring children, young people and staff where possible, only mix in a small, consistent group and that small groups stay away from other people and groups.”
Regarding the need for high levels of hygiene the following have been agreed:
• A rigorous clean of the whole school, before re-opening
• Regular cleaning of surfaces throughout the day
• Regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds – liquid soap will be available for washing in the classrooms and toilets
• Lidded bins in all classrooms
• The Government states that PPE such as masks are unnecessary
• Closing of water fountains – please send a refillable water bottle in with your child each day
• A reduction of personal possessions in school – pupils will be provided with a wallet to keep their personal stationary items in, provided by school. Packed lunches are allowed and will be kept in classrooms.
Pupils will be in groups of 15 maximum and:
• Children in each class will remain with their group (their “protective bubble”) with the same members of staff throughout the day including playtime and lunches. They will not be playing or interacting with other groups.
• Groups will enter the building by different labelled doors.
• Children will be spaced wide apart at individual desks.
• Some lessons to take place outside.
• Children should wear clean uniform every day.
• Mobile phones will be placed in named envelopes and kept securely in the classroom.
• The Pantry will supply packed lunches for those who pay or for those who are entitled to Free School Meals. By week 3 The Pantry are hoping to move to providing hot meals. If your child comes to school and has been receiving free school meal vouchers, these will stop.
Given all of these plans and whilst they cannot guarantee a 100% protection, the Government believes that there is high scientific confidence that children have less severe symptoms than adults if they do contract Covid 19.
For pupils in the year groups (Nursery, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5) we will continue to provide home learning on the school website or paper copies sent to your homes. This will be in a new daily format including a timetable of activities for each day.
We hope this letter gives you a sense of how we have been busy planning to re-open after half-term. We are open for key worker families during half term, so will be available to take your calls during this time.
After half-term, the school will continue to be open for pupils who are vulnerable or have parents who are key workers. Stay safe, keep healthy and look after yourselves and your family.
Kind Regards, Zoe Hussain and Kelly Gradwell