26/05/20

Information for the re-opening of school to children in Reception and Year One

From Tuesday 2nd June – the Reception age children who will be returning are to come into school every day.

The children have been divided into three groups of no more than 15 children. The children will be spread over the following three classroom areas: Nursery with Ms Wardle, Reception White with Mr Allen and Reception Turquoise with Mrs Train and Ms Turley.

It is our intention that they will stay with this same group of children but please note they may be allocated a different teacher.

You will receive a text from school to let you know your child’s allocated grouping. The allocated entry door and drop off and pick up times are as below:

*Please note that these times must be adhered to for the safety of all.

  • Reception groupings
  • Ms Wardle’s group – Nursery door at 8.45am pick up 2.45pm.
  • Mr Allen’s group – Use door directly into classroom through Nursery gate at 9.15am pick up 3.15pm.
  • Mrs Train/Ms Turley’s group – Reception Turquoise door at 9.00am pick up 3.00pm.

On arrival at school please can you be aware of and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Teaching staff will meet children at allocated entry door.
  • A cone will be placed at a 2m distance from staff at entry/exit doors to indicate where parent/carers should stand when delivering or picking up children.
  • Please hand over your child as quickly as possible
  • Please avoid school office and call or email if possible.

From Monday 8th June – the Year 1 children who will be returning are to come into school every day.

The children will be divided into groups of no more than 15 children. The children will be spread over the following three classroom areas: Yellow class, Purple class and Blue class. It is our intention that they will stay with this same group of children but please note they may be allocated a different teacher.

You will receive a text in the week beginning 1st June to let you know your child’s grouping . The allocated entry door and drop off and pick up times are as below.

*Please note that these times must be adhered to for the safety of all.

On arrival at school please can you be aware of and adhere to the following guidelines:

Year 1 groupings

  • Teaching staff will meet children at allocated entry door.
  • A cone will be placed at a 2m distance from staff at entry/exit doors to indicate where parent/carers should stand when delivering or picking up children.
  • Please hand over your child as quickly as possible.
  • Please avoid going to school office in person and telephone or email school office.
  • Mrs Brown/Mrs Charlton’s group – Front playground door at 8.45am pick up 2.45pm
  • Mrs Watters/Mrs Donaldson’s group – Purple class door at 9.15am pick up 3.15pm
  • Mrs Ward/Mrs Donaldson’s group Blue class door at 9.00am pick up 3.00pm

The following information expands on the school routines that we will be putting into place to manage risks to children teachers and families. To prevent the spread of coronavirus, we will use a range of protective measures to create a safer environment in which the risk of spreading the virus is substantially reduced. A risk assessment has been carried out so that measures can be put in place to minimise those risks for children.

Key information for parents on the following school routines:

  • regular hand washing for 20 seconds with running water and soap
  • children to clean their hands on arrival at the setting, before and after eating
  • staff will do their best (given the very young age) to ensure that children are encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose and to use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste
  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, tabletops etc.
  • frequently cleaning toilet areas
  • altering the layout of classrooms
  • thorough cleaning at the end of the day
  • removal of soft furnishings, soft toys
  • play equipment appropriately cleaned between groups of children using it
  • seating plan for children to ensure they sit at the same table space every day (excluding early years where this is not possible)
  • reducing mixing between groups through staggered drop-off and collection times
  • reducing mixing between groups – children will stay in their set group
  • reducing mixing between groups through – staggered break and lunch times
  • no large group assemblies
  • packed lunches will be eaten at cleaned tables in the classroom
  • staggered drop off /pick up times to minimise adult to adult contact. We ask that parents/carers do not gather at the school gates.
  • cloakrooms not in use – children will leave coats in their allocated group room
  • where possible, all spaces will be well ventilated, using natural ventilation and accessing classrooms directly from outside where possible
  • reading books will not be sent home to limit the exchange of take-home resources between children and staff
  • children should not bring in resources from home.

I hope that you all remain safe and well and that we can continue to welcome more children back to school when possible.

Yours sincerely

Mrs F Lutman

19/05/20

Dear Parent/Carer 

Our school will remain open as normal for children of key workers and they should still attend school from Monday 1st June. However, as you will be well aware, from the week commencing 1 June, the government is advising the following:

  • primary schools to welcome back children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6
  • all schools and childcare providers to continue to offer places to the priority groups – vulnerable children and children of critical workers – they have been supporting since the end of March
  • Where the physical layout of a setting does not allow small groups of children to be kept at a safe distance apart, we expect practitioners to exercise judgement in ensuring the highest standards of safety are maintained. In some cases, it may be necessary for providers to introduce a temporary cap on numbers to ensure that safety is prioritised.

Taking into consideration the above, we have attempted to organise our phased return for Reception and Year One as safely as possible. However, we are very aware that in the current climate, you still may not wish your child(ren) to return to school after half term. Therefore, we have set out below what the organisation of the phased return will look like. This will hopefully give you enough information to allow you to decide what to do.

From Tuesday 2nd JuneReception age children to come into school every day. The children will be divided into groups of no more than 15 children. The children will be spread over the following three classroom areas: Nursery, Reception White and Reception Turquoise. It is our intention that they will stay with this same group of children but please note they may be allocated a different teacher.

From Monday 8th June – Year 1 children to come into school every day. The children will be divided into groups of no more than 15 children. The children will be spread over the following three classroom areas: Yellow class, Purple class and Blue class. It is our intention that they will stay with this same group of children but please note they may be allocated a different teacher.

In addition to the above, the following information expands on the school routines that we will be putting into place to manage risks to children teachers and families. To prevent the spread of coronavirus, we will use a range of protective measures to create a safer environment in which the risk of spreading the virus is substantially reduced. A risk assessment has been carried out so that measures can be put in place to minimise those risks for children.

Key information for parents on the following school routines:

  • regular hand washing for 20 seconds with running water and soap
  • Children to clean their hands on arrival at the setting, before and after eating
  • staff will do their best (given the very young age) to ensure that children are encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose and to use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste
  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, tabletops etc.
  • frequently cleaning toilet areas
  • altering the layout of classrooms
  • thorough cleaning at the end of the day
  • removal of soft furnishings, soft toys
  • play equipment appropriately cleaned between groups of children using it
  • seating plan for children to ensure they sit at the same table space every day (excluding early years where this is not possible)
  • reducing mixing between groups through staggered drop-off and collection times
  • reducing mixing between groups – children will stay in their set group
  • reducing mixing between groups through – staggered break and lunch times
  • no large group assemblies
  • packed lunches will be eaten at cleaned tables in the classroom
  • staggered drop off /pick up times to minimise adult to adult contact. We ask that parents/carers do not gather at the school gates.
  • cloakrooms not in use – children will leave coats in their allocated group room
  • where possible, all spaces should be well ventilated using natural ventilation accessing classrooms directly from outside where possible
  • reading books will not be sent home to limit the exchange of take-home resources between children and staff

The government have indicated that more year groups may return to school in week 4, if infection rates and the other government tests at the time allow it. Therefore, home learning will continue for these groups until this time.

The children returning to school will continue to follow the same learning programmes for each of the key stages that will be placed onto the website for the second half of term.

So that we can have an indication of numbers of children who will be returning, please can parents/carers of children in Reception and Year 1 confirm by Friday 22nd May, via email to info@whitleylodgeschool.org.uk , only if they DO NOT wish for their child to return to school. Following this we will inform parents of the groupings that their child will be in, the door they will enter school through and the staggered times for drop off and pick up.

I hope that the above information allows you to make an informed decision of whether to send your child back to school for the second half of the summer term. I have also included a list of frequently asked general questions in relation to a phased return.

I hope that you all remain safe and well and that we can continue to welcome more children back to school as conditions allow.

Yours sincerely

Mrs F Lutman

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child is eligible but has siblings who are not?

We are asking that only these year groups return to schools from 1 June. This does not include siblings in different year groups unless those siblings are in a priority group, for example, the children of critical workers.

The government has an ‘ambition’ that all primary school children can come back to school before the summer holidays, for a month if feasible, although this will be kept under review. Reducing the risks for children and staff is our utmost priority.

If my child is eligible, is it compulsory for them to attend school?

Please notify the school office by email if your child is unable to attend. Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time.

Should I keep my child at home if they have an underlying health condition or live with someone in a clinically vulnerable group?

Children and young people who are considered extremely clinically vulnerable and shielding should continue to shield and should not be expected to attend.

Clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) people are those considered to be at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. A minority of children will fall into this category, and parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category.

Children and young people who live in a household with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable and shielding should only attend if stringent social distancing can be adhered to and the child or young person is able to understand and follow those instructions.

Children and young people who live with someone who is clinically vulnerable (but not extremely clinically vulnerable) as defined in the social distancing guidance and including those who are pregnant, can attend.

Can children be tested for the virus?

Once settings open to more children and young people, staff and pupils in all settings will be eligible for testing if they become ill with coronavirus symptoms, as will members of their household. This will enable children and young people to get back to childcare or education, and their parents or carers to get back to work, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect their classmates and staff in their setting. To access testing parents will be able to use the 111 online coronavirus service if their child is 5 or over. Parents will be able to call 111 if their child is aged under 5.

What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in my child’s school?

When a child, or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. All staff and children who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus.

Where the child, or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class/group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. (If you are a working parent you may need to make your employer aware of these government guidelines) The other household members of that wider class/group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the child or young person’s cohort or in the wider education or childcare setting, Public Health England’s local Health Protection Teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise schools and other settings on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases, a larger number of other children and young people may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole class, site or year group.

Where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary.

Will education be provided as normal to children and young people who are attending?

Education settings still have the flexibility to provide support and education to children and young people attending school in the way they see fit during this time.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that schools and childcare settings must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. Early years settings should use their best endeavours to deliver the learning and development requirements as far as possible in the current circumstances.

Schools and colleges continue to be best placed to make decisions about how to support and educate their pupils during this period. This will include:

  • consideration of pupils’ mental health and wellbeing
  • assessment of where pupils are in their learning in order to make any necessary adjustments to their curriculum over the coming weeks
  • prioritisation of high needs groups and support for those in transition years

Schools and colleges should use their best endeavours to support pupils attending as well as those remaining at home, making use of the available remote education support.

How should my child travel to and from their childcare, school or college?

Children, young people and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times.

Will school meals be available for children and young people who are in school?

Schools should provide meal options for all children who are in school and who usually have them, and meals should be available free of charge where pupils meet the free school meal eligibility criteria. Initially this will be a packed lunch eaten whilst the children remain in their set groups.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) including face coverings and face masks

Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended by the government. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus. Face coverings should not be worn by young children, as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.

The government advise that the majority of staff in education settings will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work, even if they are not always able to maintain a distance of 2 metres from others. However, please note that if our staff feel more comfortable wearing PPE they will not be prevented from doing so.

What happens if someone becomes unwell at school?

If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature in school, they must be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance.

If a child is awaiting collection, they should be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door,  with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, they will be moved to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.

If they need to go to the toilet while waiting to be collected, they should use a separate toilet if possible. The toilet will then be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

PPE should be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).

In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.

If a member of staff has helped someone who was unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves (and in which case, a test is available) or the child subsequently tests positive (see ‘What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in a setting?’ below). They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell. Cleaning the affected area with normal household disinfectant after someone with symptoms has left will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

Will teachers and other staff be able to get tested if they have symptoms?

Access to testing is already available to all essential workers. This includes anyone involved in education, childcare or social work – including both public and voluntary sector workers, as well as foster carers. See the full list of essential workers. Education settings as employers can book tests through an online digital portal. There is also an option for employees to book tests directly on the portal.

 

12/05/20

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope that you are all managing to stay well and are coping with the challenge of home schooling.

Following the government announcement of a planned phased return to school in June, beginning with children in Reception and Year One, we are preparing to manage the process of re-opening.

However, our overriding consideration is one of safety and we need to make sure that we have taken appropriate measures to ensure that school is a safe place for all. We will be guided by both government and local authority advice as it is released in the coming days.

Therefore, we will let you know the arrangements for your child’s return to school in due course and ask for your patience during this time.

In the meantime, whilst we await further instruction on the phased return, summer term 2 home learning programmes for each of the Key Stages will be uploaded to the school website following the half term holiday. As before, they contain links to all of the relevant learning sites.

However, we remain aware that access to ICT for multiple children can be very difficult, as is the need to supervise certain activities. Therefore, as we have previously stated, please do not feel under pressure to do everything!

Please do however, continue to access the school twitter site to share your home learning. There has been some wonderful learning taking place and the staff have enjoyed seeing it.

I hope that everyone keeps staying safe and well and we will let you know further details with regard to the phased return as soon as we possibly can.

Best wishes

Mrs Lutman