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Returning to school: Monday 7th September

Dear all,

We are so excited to be able to write to you in anticipation of us returning to a full opening for all of our pupils from September 7th 2020.

As you will know this expansion of the current provision comes under the continued strict guidance of the Department for Education which was published on July 2nd. Since then the senior staff has been working hard to adjust the organisation of the school once again.

The whole school will be returning in September. Attendance will once again be mandatory. All children of school age must now at this point come back to school. The organisation of the school will have to, once again, operate under revised guidance.

We hope that there will be no further changes to the requirements that we have been issued. However, we are expecting a further update in the middle of August so there may be further changes depending on national and local information at that time. If there is we will write to you with a further update. If you hear nothing, then we can assume that we are good to go!

We will, of course, be needing to do things differently.

Classes

The children will be returning to full classes. Parents have been informed of the new class and teacher.

Year 3:  Year 4:  Year 5:  Year 6:  
Mrs Porter: Willow classroom  Miss House: Fir classroomMrs Vian/ Ms Prime: Sycamore classroomMs Prichard: Yew classroom
Miss Litchfield: Rowan classroom  Miss Milburn: Holly classroomMrs Greenwell: Hazel classroomMrs Rousell: Oak classroom  
Miss Birch: Ash classroom  Mr Mullen: Cedar classroomMiss Dyer: Pine classroomMrs Carpenter: Elm classroom

The school day

Each class bubble/pod will be given their own drop-off and collection time. Please do not arrive earlier or later around these times. Ideally, we would have worked with local schools to ensure that parents and families are not inconvenienced more than necessary. Unfortunately, this hasn’t happened for many reasons. If you are dropping siblings off to different bubbles, especially in different schools, please talk to us about a suitable time for you. We are certain that we can come up with a mutually acceptable arrangement. Parents will not be able to come onto the school site.

UPDATE TO DROP OFF AND COLLECTION

Following on from different conversations with some families, we have made some amendments. Please understand that we know that the arrangements will not work for everyone. Whilst we can be flexible to a point, we are operating under very clear Government guidance. We cannot make any more changes.

If you have a child in year 3 and year 6, the year groups with the greatest disparity, we have arranged for you to have a separate drop off at 9.10 am through the main school gate. We will be monitoring this, so please only use it in genuine circumstances.

If you have a child whose drop off time clashes with another school, please also use this drop off time as well, where possible. If this is not possible, please drop off as close to this time as you can but not before.

Registers will close at 9.30am.

If you have a pick-up clash with another school, please don’t worry- the children will stay with their class teacher at the designated collection point until you are able to get there. Please make sure that this is as soon as possible.

The time frames are very compact (!) as we wanted to stick to normal school times as much as possible. It may be that we need to review this after the first week. We would ask all parents to be as prompt as possible and to adhere to the social distancing guidance in place.

YEAR 6 ELMYEAR 6 YEWYEAR 6 OAKYEAR 5 SYCAMOREYEAR 5 PINEYEAR 5 HAZELYEAR 4 FIRYEAR 4 HOLLYYEAR 4 CEDARYEAR 3 ASHYEAR 3 WILLOWYEAR 3 ROWAN
DROP OFF
8.25- 8.30TRAFFIC LIGHTS GATECAR PARK GATEMAIN GATE
8:35-8:40MAIN GATETRAFFIC LIGHTS GATECAR PARK GATE
8.45-8.50MAIN GATETRAFFIC LIGHTS GATECAR PARK GATE
8.55-9.00MAIN GATETRAFFIC LIGHTS GATECAR PARK GATE
PICK UP
2.50TRAFFIC LIGHTS GATECAR PARK GATEMAIN GATE
3:00MAIN GATETRAFFIC LIGHTS GATECAR PARK GATE
3:10MAIN GATETRAFFIC LIGHTS GATECAR PARK GATE
03:20MAIN GATETRAFFIC LIGHTS GATECAR PARK GATE

The class teacher will meet the children at the designated drop off point each morning and will bring them out at the end of the day.

Classrooms

Classrooms can now return to almost normal. Resources that support high-quality education can be re allocated to rooms. Staff will work to do this during the holidays so that there is no interruption or breaking of current pod regulations.

Where possible classrooms will be organised so that all of the children will face forwards and sit side by side at a table. Children need to continue to have their own stationary, which the school will provide, but they can now share reading books and small resources.

The curriculum

During September the children will not return to their normal timetable. The guidance says that we can make adaptations and we believe that this is right for our learners. Time will be spent rebuilding relationships, old and new. There will be a gentler pace to the start of the term. There will be a focus on well being and supporting children in processing the experiences they have had and the new normal they are adjusting to.

We will then spend time with the children looking at areas where support is needed and putting in plans to help them with their learning. Some of this will be individualized support and some in groups.

Uniform

We are now able to return to allowing the children to wear school uniform. Please ensure that all clothes are cleaned thoroughly. This does not need to be on a daily basis.

Personal Belongings

Children can now bring their own bags or backpacks from home. All other personal items should stay at home. PE kits will be needed – outdoor games will take place so please send in the appropriate clothing. PE kits need to come in on the PE day and be taken home for washing.

School Lunches/Snacks/Water Bottles

All children who are returning to school will be needing a packed lunch for the autumn term. Children who are provided with a free school meal will have a packed lunch and not a hot meal – this is so that they can eat in class with their bubble. We will not be taking any bookings for additional school meals during the first term. This will be kept under review. Children may bring a named water bottle to school and a mid-morning snack.

New routines and keeping safe

The children will continue to be reminded of handwashing requirements. On arrival, they will be expected to wash their hands and this expectation will be continued at designated points throughout the day. Those who have not been in school will be taught to ‘catch it and bin it’ when it comes to their sneezes and ensure that there is only one person in the toilets at a time.

Cleanliness

The school will continue to be deep cleaned at the end of every day. Resources and tabletops will also be cleaned periodically throughout the day by the adults leading the pod. Appropriate cleaning materials have been provided to each class. Additional high traffic areas such as light switches and door handles have also been identified for cleaning. Ventilation will also be prioritised and classroom doors and windows will be open, when appropriate, as this is also considered to help with decreasing the risk of spreading the virus.

Social Distancing

We will teach and remind the children throughout the day but we cannot guarantee that the younger children will always adhere to this information. There will be no assemblies or whole school gatherings.

Illness

Children’s attendance will continue to be monitored at this time. If your child is ill, you should report it in the same way as you have always done via the school office. If a child or a member of your family falls ill and they are COVID 19 symptomatic you must inform the school immediately.

If a child is displaying symptoms, they must not come into school and a test must be booked. Parents should inform the school immediately and make contact again with the results of the test. If the test is positive, the whole class group including the staff will be required to self-isolate for the required 14 days. The school will then inform you when it is safe for your child to return to school. Staff will be vigilant at all times for children who are presenting with symptoms.

Any child who falls ill during the school day will be isolated in our identified area. You will be required to come and collect your child immediately.

Extended School Facilities and School Clubs

At this time there are no after school clubs being run by either our own staff or the sports coaches. Wrap around care can now reopen to support working families. For the Autumn Term wrap around care for Elmhurst children will take place at Elmhurst and Hindhayes children will stay at Hindhayes.

Moving forward we want to ensure the safety of both school communities and so our children will be staying within our own settings. We do appreciate that for some families this will mean a double drop off if you have children across both schools but we hope that you will understand the need at this time to take this decision.

Parental Concerns

For many of our families, September will be the first time that the children will be returning to school. We understand that this may bring levels of anxiety for you. If you would like to talk your concerns through, please do contact the school office and we will do our best to reassure you.

It is going to be different and challenging at times. We just need to all remember to communicate with each other, discuss the challenges as they arise, and work together towards a solution. Throughout the pandemic, communication lines have been open and will continue to be so. The office will be fully staffed as normal in September and should, therefore, be the first port of call. Class Dojo will be set up within the first week for years 4,5 and 6 (year 3 is already up and running) and class teachers can also be contacted via email. Mike and Tracy will be around at drop off and collection. There are also many ways you can contact us directly.

All we ask is for your patience as we settle into this new normal and for your support. You have done an amazing job throughout the lockdown. Thank you!

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