Firstly, can I say it is lovely to be back even under such strange circumstances! I do hope you and your families are keeping safe and well. As a key worker, you are doing a fantastic job at a time when going out can be very daunting. So from me, thank you for all the work you are doing.
As we plan to open the school to more children, we will be introducing further controls and protocols from Monday June 8th. This is to ensure we minimise cross contamination risks as much as possible and keep footfall into school to the bare minimum.
This will be a big change for your child and so we have worked with as many keyworker children as possible to prepare them for this change. The children and staff have put together photographs and videos so that you can see what changes have been made and share them with your child. Please check the school website for this information.
Below is a list of the changes we have found necessary to introduce from Monday June 8th:
New entry and exit system for keyworker children:
- Please enter via barrier entry, through the staff carpark and enter the large playground.
- Use the green circles on the floor to ensure 2 metre distancing.
- Follow the one-way system using the green arrows.
- Exit through the second playground gate that leads into the outer carpark.
- Please do not enter via the school office. All communication with office staff must be via telephone or email.
- Only 1 adult from the same household or allocated childminder must drop off and collect your child.
- To minimise footfall and stagger entry and exit into school, there will be an allocated dropping off and picking up time slot for keyworker children. Please stick to this. Morning drop off: 8 45 – 9 am. Pick up 3 30 – 3 40pm
Changes to what your child can bring into school:
- Packed lunches must be sent in a plastic wipe-able lunchbox. All wrappers and left over food will be sent home in the lunch box.
- Please send a named water bottle that can stay in school.
- If you wish your child to reapply sun-cream through the day, please send named sun cream/ sunhat that can stay in school.
- A named inhaler(s) if your child has asthma. If possible to stay in school.
- Please do not send your child in with anything else. No work packs, back packs or items from home will be allowed in school. The school will provide everything your child will need.
- Keyworker children will have their own named tray to keep their belongings in.
Booking your child into Keyworker provision:
- The office will email parents a request for Keyworker bookings on TUESDAY each week for the following week.
- If you require a keyworker place for your child, you must reply to the email no later than Wednesday at 12 noon so that adequate staffing can be organised.
- No bookings after Wednesday 12 noon can be accepted.
If your child displays any symptoms of COVID:
- An adult will take the child to the allocated quarantine room (Community Room) and supervise them at a 2 metre distance. If this is not possible PPE equipment will be worn.
- The office will contact the parent for immediate collection of the poorly child.
- The parent must arrange for said child to be tested for COVID 19 as soon as possible.
- Parents with children in that bubble will be informed of the suspected case.
- All parents and the staff / children from that bubble will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days until the test is confirmed. If the test is negative the bubble will resume sooner than the 14 days.
- All areas used by that bubble will be deep cleaned.
Changes to the staffing and organisation of the key worker provision:
- Key worker bubbles will have the use of the following areas based on numbers attending and space allowance in rooms to ensure 2 metre distancing:
- Hall (15 children)
- Year 6 classroom (8 children)
- Year 4 classroom (9 children)
- Year 5 classroom (10 children)
- To provide more consistency for the children there will be a week A team and Week B team rather than a daily change of staff.
- Staff will ensure children learn all about how to keep safe during the pandemic e.g. regular and effective hand washing, keeping germs to oneself by ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’, maintaining social distancing but still having fun!
- Use of social stories/ circle time to support children to talk about their feelings and explore ways of managing any fears/and anxieties brought on by the changes around them.
I know this must sound very prescriptive but we are in unprecedented times and have to make sure we can keep our children and staff as safe as is possible.
Please if you have any queries don’t hesitate to email me at:
Thank you for your amazing support and wonderful children during this very challenging time. Take care and please stay safe.