Information for families with children returning to school
Published on 20/05/20
The government has said that primary school children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will return to school from Monday 1st June. Children in nursery will also return. We understand our families have questions and concerns about safety. We hope our FAQs help.
Which children can return to school?
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will return to school from Monday 1 st June.
Will children return full time?
No. Classes can only have a maximum of 15 children, therefore we’re having to change the way we work and spread out more. This means we have limited space. Because of this, children will return ‘part time’.
This means our children will only attend some days. We will share more information with families directly.
Will children mix together?
No. Children will be placed into groups – a maximum of 15 children per group. They will be assigned a classroom and won’t mix with other groups.
Within their classroom, desks and workstations will be distanced and they will sit apart.
How are you preparing to open to more children?
We’re taking a number of steps to make sure we can open as safely as possible. Our school is being
deep cleaned over half term.
- We’ve installed sanitiser/handwashing stations in all of our classrooms
- We have no-touch thermometers
- We have put up signs to remind children to wash their hands
- Our corridors have arrows marking which direction children should travel in – there will be a ‘one way’ system within the school
- All staff will have gloves, visors and sanitiser
How will drop off/collecting children work?
Parents should make sure they are social distancing when dropping children off - there will be markers on the ground. Only one parent should drop children off.
- Reception - children will come into school via the nursery gate/entrance
- Year 1 - children will come onto the site via the car park and enter the building through the infant hall entrance
- Year 6 - should enter the school via the Year 6 entrance.
Parents should make sure they are social distancing when collecting children - there will be markers on the ground. Only one parent should collect children.
- Reception - children will leave school via the nursery gate/entrance
- Year 1 - children will come leave via the infant hall entrance/car park
- Year 6 - children will leave via the Year 6 exit
How will you care for my child in the classroom?
- Children will be in familiar rooms, with teachers/support staff and pupils they know
- Each class will have no more than 15 children – they will stay within this group
- Groups of children won’t mix
- Desks and workstations will be spaced apart
- Children will sit in the same desks every day
- Children will stay in their classroom during the day - only leaving to use the toilet and spend time outside
- Children will be given their own equipment, labelled with their name - this won’t be shared - and will be stored in their own tray overnight
- The use of exercise books will be limited - if they can’t be cleaned, pupils will use paper
- Assemblies will take place via remote technology
- Children will be escorted to the toilet and only one child can enter at a time
- Tables will be cleaned between each session/break
- Children will use corridors to move around as little as possible – they will access outside directly (as much as possible)
Will you provide lunch for my child?
Yes, all children will have lunch provided. They will eat this in their classroom, at their desk.
Will my child be able to play outside?
There will be staggered break times, during this time children will stay with their group. They won’t be able to use the play equipment. Children will wash their hands after spending time outside.
Does my child need to wear uniform?
Children don’t need to wear their blazers, but we would like them to wear their uniforms.
Does my child need their PE kit?
No, they won’t need their PE kit.
What will my child be learning?
Your child will continue to learn science, maths and English alongside the national curriculum. We have lessons planned to minimise moving around their classroom, sharing equipment etc.
How are you protecting you teaching team?
Our teaching teams will be regularly washing their hands, using sanitiser and social distancing. PPE will also be available for staff who wish to use it. This will include disposable gloves and visors.
Will the school be cleaned more often?
Yes. We will have a weekly deep clean and increased cleaning throughout the day.
We will regularly:
- Clean all touch points, such as door handles, taps, tablets etc.
- Clean toilets
- Regularly empty bins
- Clean tables and other surfaces