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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 could return to school from Monday 1st June, at the earliest. Children in nursery could 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 could return to school from Monday 1st June. At the earliest. The government will share information nearer the time about whether it is safe for this to happen.

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?

As little as possible. Children will be placed into groups – a maximum of 15 children per group. They will be assigned a classroom and will mix with other groups as little as possible.

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

How will drop off/collecting children work?

Families will be given a time slot for when they can drop their child off at school. This is to make sure social distancing is possible. We will contact families individually to let them know when they can drop off their child.

  • Please enter the school site via the side gate

  • All pupils will enter the school via the side door

  • There will be 2m markings showing where parents should stand

  • Only one parent should bring their child to school 

When collecting children, parents need to wait for their child on the playground and stay 2m apart. We will let children out one at a time.

There will be a two-way walkway on the slope to the back playground.

How will you care for my child in the classroom?

  • We will try and make sure children will be in familiar rooms, with teachers they know

  • Each class will have no more than 15 children – they will stay within this group

  • Pupils will mix as little as possible

  • Desks and workstations will be spaced apart

  • Children will move around the room as little as possible

  • Children will be given their own equipment as much as possible. If anything is shared within the group, teachers will clean it. Nothing will be shared between groups.

  • Children and teachers will regularly wash their hands 

Will you provide lunch for my child?

Yes, children can continue to order lunch. They can also bring a packed lunch. Lunch times will be staggered and children will eat in the hall. We will clean the area after a group has used it.

Will my child be able to play outside?

There will be staggered break times, during this time children will stay with their group. Each group will be given an outdoor space to use and children will wash their hands afterwards. 

Does my child need to wear uniform?

Yes, we would like them to wear uniforms, but they don’t need to wear ties. If they have grown out of some of their clothes, please send them in something similar.

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. 

Will Breakfast Club and After School Club run?

Breakfast Club and After School Club will still be available. You will need to book this as usual. It will be run by the class teacher or teaching assistant in the allocated classroom.

The same approach to handwashing and social distancing will apply.

Will enrichment activities be happening?

Enrichment will not run until school has returned to normal.

How are you protecting you teaching team?

Our teaching teams will be regularly washing their hands, using sanitiser and social distancing. We will also be providing PPE packs for teachers providing personal care or first aid.

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