Conditions of Re-opening - 20th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please be aware that the arrangements listed on this letter are PROVISIONAL and may need to adapt as we receive further guidance from the Government. They may also change based on numbers of pupils and staff on site going forward.

As it stands, we have received some responses from parents regarding whether they wish for their child to take up a place upon reopening- hopefully this more detailed guidance will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision and will reassure that as an academy our main priority is the heath, safety and wellbeing of all pupils and staff.

Please note:

Unless you have responded to the text and confirmed a place your child will be unable to attend our on school provision (the week commencing the 1st June) as staffing will be planned around this

We understand the concerns surrounding to pupils returning to school however we will be reviewing pupils numbers on a weekly basis therefore the next review for return will not be until the 8th June, where we will agree a start date for your pupil. This is in the interest of the health, safety and wellbeing of all those on-site.

IN REFLECTION OF THIS INFORMATION WE WILL EXTEND THE TEXT DEADLINE UNTIL 9am FRIDAY 22nd MAY

SCHOOL OPENING

The school will be closed on Monday 1st June and Tuesday 2nd June as we have two INSET days to train and prepare all members in staff, so they are fully aware of the protective and hygiene measures and how to ensure the absolute safety of all pupils. I apologise for the change of date compared to the previous letter – this was a decision made at a network level.

There will be a staggered start following this to allow children to settle back into the school environment, readjust to school routines and to be educated and supported in fully understanding the new health and safety measures. This will also allow us to assess the impact of protective measures and whether we need to make changes as each year group comes in.

Timings will change to allow us to also consider the needs of our staff and their travel arrangements. The academy will close at 1230 on Friday to allow us to cover a deeper cleaning period at the end of each week as well as the ongoing cleaning during the day and every evening.

Groups who should not come to school:

>If someone in your household falls under the clinically extremely vulnerable group, then you must continue to shield and so your child should not attend the school. If you fall under this group you should have received a letter from the government.

>If someone in your household is in the clinically vulnerable group, then your child can attend the school, but this is your choice.

>If anyone develops symptoms, they should self-isolate for 7 days.

Home/School Agreement:

As a part of accessing the onsite provision all parents will be provided with a home school agreement covering this period – the following will form part of this document. It must be signed and returned before the child can attend.

  • Children who are unable to follow social distancing expectations to a reasonable standard will not be allowed to attend school until an agreed risk assessment has been completed with parents.
  • Children who do not follow the code of conduct that is designed to protect the health of all individuals within the school behaviour will be asked to leave the provision with immediate effect.
  • Reception/Year 1 children will need a set of spare clothes including a jumper/coat that can be left at school for the duration. The spare clothes (suggested 2 sets for Reception) is due to the hygiene considerations around toileting facilities whilst we adapt to new routines and structures. Year 6 will require a coat that can be left at school.
  • No bags, book bags or any item will travel from home to school.
  • The academy will alternate school uniform/PE kit on days to support hygiene measures – we expect that the uniform/PE kit is washed on the non-worn day. This is incredibly important to ensure we minimise risk.
  • Children displaying ANY symptoms will not be admitted to the academy. Children who develop symptoms during the day will be immediately isolated and will need to be collected as a matter of urgency.
  • Parent/Carer communication with school will need to be completed by phone or email – no Parent/Carer will be permitted into the office unless collecting a child by prior arrangement.
  • Drop off and pick up will be separate gates dependant on year group- this will be communicated to you in more detail ahead of your child’s start date. Children must be left at the drop off point and they will be escorted by staff NOT parents. Collection will work in a similar way.

PROTECTIVE MEASURES WE WILL PUT IN PLACE:

Class Groups

The government advice is for pupils to be in groups, we will be putting pupils into small groups of between 8-15 children dependant on room size. The groups will not mix with each other and will have the same one/two members of staff with them the whole time and use the same classroom. This is to reduce contact and transmission for both pupils and staff. In classes for Y1 and Y6, desks will be separated so that there is a 2m distance between them and each child will use the same desk for every consecutive day they are in. We will not be using any cloakroom areas or lunch trolleys. Pupils will be given additional break times and outside learning will be utilised when possible. Lunchtimes will also be staggered as each class group must be kept separate. Meals will be provided in their classroom. All class rooms have been stripped of all items that can not be easily cleaned and disinfected.

It is important to manage expectations here, as pupils may not be in a group with their friends. The groupings will be decided by the school. Transition around the school will be on a strict one group policy and where possible a one-way system will be in effect. All movement has an accompanying guidance regarding wipe down of all touch points.

We will be dividing the school into three sectors Reception will take the entirety of the ground floor in the older building and Year 1 the top floor, Year 6 will take the top floor of the newer building as well as the music room and nursery and our key worker community class rooms will take the ground floor of the newer building. Social distancing in an adult and child sense will not be possible at all times but will be a constant consideration.

Each sector will be divided into the correct number of class pods (approx. 8-15 children dependant on room size) and two adults. Each sector will have its own school entrance and exit from site, its own play space and dedicated staff team. There is no sector to sector or pod to pod transition – no communal space is in use beyond a sector medical room, logistics room and staff break space.

Additional Reception adjustments

will also in small class groups of between 8 -15 children. Each group in reception will have their own equipment to play with which will not be shared with other groups. Activities such as the water tray, sand try and building materials will not be initially in use.

Cleaning and Hygiene

The following hand washing protocols will be in place

  • When pupils arrive at school.
  • After each playtime/outdoor session.
  • Before eating and after eating.
  • If a child sneezes or coughs into their hands.
  • If a child wishes to wash their hands for any other reason.
  • The school has enough hand wash and paper towels for pupils to use.
  • Hand cream provided as needed as hands can dry out if washed at this frequency

The school has a thorough cleaning regime in place (this will not be listed as you can imagine it is a very long list).

  • All door handles will be cleaned and where possible, doors will be left open to limit handle use and aid ventilation.
  • All resources and where possible, all spaces will be well-ventilated using natural ventilation (opening windows and doors).
  • Where communal toilets are used, only one child will be allowed to use them at a time.
  • Weekly
  • The school has a thorough cleaning regime in place (this will not be listed as you can imagine it is a very long list).
  • All door handles will be cleaned and where possible, doors will be left open to limit handle use and aid ventilation.
  • All resources and where possible, all spaces will be well-ventilated using natural ventilation (opening windows and doors).
  • Where communal toilets are used, only one child will be allowed to use them at a time.
  • Weekly deeper cleans will take place cleaning carpets and all resources
  • All staff have good hygiene and infection control checklists to ensure thorough entry and exit systems for all spaces and resources
  • deeper cleans will take place cleaning carpets and all resources
  • All staff have good hygiene and infection control checklists to ensure thorough entry and exit systems for all spaces and resources