Schools have been asked to plan for a phased re opening from the start of June. The first year groups that are able to attend school are Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
It was appropriate to have a detailed plan in place rather than simply initially ask parents whether they will be sending their children to school: your decisions would rightly be influenced by how school will be organised!
An important consideration is that, as the DfE advice states, primary aged children cannot be expected to remain 2 m apart. We will aim to ensure our school expects (and implements) high standards of care and safety but we obviously cannot guarantee that children will remain socially distant from each other.
There is an extensive list of FAQs below. This will be updated as required.
Drop Off and Collection:
- Only one parent/ appropriate adult to enter school site for drop off or collection per family
-There will increased access points to the school site. The large blue gates as well as the pedestrian gates will be used to increase the capacity for space. Please ensure you respect government guidance regarding social distancing as much as possible. Let's work TOGETHER.
-There will be extended arrival and collection times for all children in school. Children can be dropped off at any point between 8.45 and 9.15am. At the end of the day, children can be collected at any point from 3pm to 3.15pm. Nursery children to be collected from 11.30-11.45am.
-All children (including Nursery) must be dropped at the door and there will be no access to the classrooms for parents.
What if my child is displaying symptoms?
If your child is displaying ANY symptoms of COVID-19 (temperature over 37.8/ persistent cough) they must NOT be brought into school under any circumstances. If school believes that your child is displaying symptoms, they must be collected immediately. Additional info - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
This page will be updated when required. A copy of the original letter to parents is attached below.
School Reopening- Frequently Asked Questions:
Will the school definitely be open from 1st June? At this point it will be open to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 within a blended offer of 2 days in school and 3 days of home learning.. You may have heard Boris Johnson in his briefing say that this is a working plan subject to change based on the ‘R’ rate of infection (see here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52609952) . We are also being inundated with advice documents daily which all need to be considered.
If I choose not to send my child to school, will they still be able to receive home schooling opportunities? The Tudor Home Learning has been very well received and we have been pleased with the amount of engagement overall. This blended offer of 2 days in school and 3 days at home will mean there will still be activities and learning opportunities for 3 days in N, R, 1 and 6. For other year groups, there will be a continuation of what has been set already. However, as the staff are returning to work and teaching the reduced class sizes in school there will have to be a reduction in the bespoke and personalised interaction that children have been receiving so far.
I have a child in Reception/Year1/Year 6 but also a child in the school in another year group. Will I be able to send them into school? No, the school is only open for children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 or if you have a child on the Key Workers register.
I work in manufacturing and have been asked to return to work. Can my child join the key worker group? For advice on Key Worker eligibility please refer to this document https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision The school currently has a full register for Key Workers and we are unable to accept further children. However, not everyone from the register is attending school so there may be scope to add and remove children from this register.
Can you explain in more detail the differences between shielded people, vulnerable people and extremely vulnerable people? Further advice can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings
What steps are you taking to keep the school clean? The school will receive enhanced cleaning each day and will include the disinfecting of door handles, light switches, tables, laptops, etc. To make this manageable, we will reduce the use of some equipment or equipment which is difficult to clean. An example of this will be cordoning off the Tudor Towers and other outside equipment. We will be encouraging the children to assist in the cleaning of their own work space where possible by wiping their own pencil case, water bottle and table space. All children will be taught to wash hands regardless of age and this will be a regular, daily message. Children will also wash hands as they enter the school building.
Will staff be wearing PPE equipment? The formal advice suggests PPE equipment will not be needed in most cases unless closer contact is needed e.g. an unwell child or a child who has hurt themselves. However, staff may feel more comfortable wearing equipment and I am happy for them to wear this if they so wish.
Are children allowed to wear PPE equipment? We do not expect children to wear PPE equipment but if it makes them or you as a parent more comfortable then please feel free to use. School cannot provide this equipment.
My child has special needs, what will be done to assist them? At this time, the government are relaxing expectations for children with an EHCP (see here for details https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-send-risk-assessment-guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-send-risk-assessment-guidance ) However, we will do everything in our power to ensure children receive a good education. All class teachers are skilled in provision for SEND children. Miss Reading (INCo) will continue to be highly pro-active in her engagement of children with additional needs.
Why are you only offering cold school dinners? Doing this means we can avoid the use of the dining room and children moving around the building. It also helps facilitate outdoor picnics where the weather allows and for lunches to be eaten in classrooms. Tables will be wiped before lunch.
Do children still need to wear school uniform? No. To ensure that clothes can be clean and fresh each day we have decided to relax our uniform policy in this transitional phase. We would like children to wear trainers instead of shoes so they can more easily take part in outdoor learning and also avoid the use of PE kits. Additional clothing is being discouraged at this time.
Will Breakfast Club and After School Club be offered at this time? Unfortunately, we are unable to offer these services to those children in the returning classes as they are difficult to deliver in a social distancing context and DfE advice dictates we suspend them. There will still, however, be a reduced breakfast club offer for key worker families.
What about clubs in general? We are unable to offer any of our usual clubs at this moment in time. Mr Higgins and Mr Poole will be providing ‘contactless’ fitness fun activities during the school day and at breaktimes.
What will happen to Summer Consultation Evenings, Sports Day, the Summer Fair, Leavers Assembly, etc? Unfortunately, we are cancelling all events for the remainder of the academic year. We are disappointed by this ourselves and know this will be tough on the children but the logistics and advice make these events impossible to host. Should lockdown be completely lifted, it is unlikely that we would be able to move forward due to planning and time constraints.
How will you maintain a level of social distancing at lunch and break times? We will utilise our full Tudor site The groups will play in separate areas of the playground/ field and this will be supervised by staff.
What steps are you taking to keep staff safe? The safety of staff is of paramount importance. Those that are working in school have been given advice and support on how to stay safe and we have discussed a variety of protocols to enhance the safety and wellbeing of the staff team. Whilst we cannot maintain a 2m distance for the children, staff will be able to maintain a 2m distance for most of the working day. I have been thrilled with the commitment and drive demonstrated by #TeamTudor throughout this difficult period.
Will teachers still have PPA time? Yes, this will remain an entitlement but rather than have teachers not in class half a day, we will look to have PPA teachers do a full day with the class to minimise people coming in and out of school on the same day.
Can my child bring a bag to school? Children are asked to NOT bring in bags. Children should bring their own water bottle, as we will not be using school fountains for obvious reasons. The bottle should be labelled and taken home each day.
Will other year groups return to school before the end of term? Boris Johnson has expressed a desire for all year groups to return to school 4 weeks before the commencement of the summer holidays. However, there is a great deal of jigsaw pieces to slot into place before this becomes viable and at this moment in time, we have no idea what this would look like or how this would be achieved.
How are staff feeling about reopening? There is naturally a sense of worry, concern and reticence amongst staff but the team is also naturally very positive and forward thinking. We are all united in wanting to reopen school to see the children again and we want this to be as safe as possible. We are keen to serve and do our bit but would ask that you reinforce at home the distancing rules which we are putting in place in school.
Where can I find further general advice? The following links may be helpful:
- If your child has a school lunch, it will be a packed lunch that will be given. We will not be using the hall or dining area during the day (to limit) pupil contact. Packed lunches (that can be eaten around the school site) will support with this.
- Do not use the red home/ school diaries for communication. Use the firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject to highlight which member of staff you would like your message forwarded to. Please use the website as much as possible when you are seeking school information.
- We believe that there should be a personal choice about the wearing of face masks. Please do use them if you would prefer.
-The school has a supply of PPE. This will be used when required.
- Children will be in classes of reduced numbers and there will be an appropriate staff/ child ratio.
-The full site will be used to support social distancing. Year groups will be able to access different areas for breaktime and lunch periods. Additional school staff will be able to support with safe practices at such periods away from the classroom. There should be minimal contact between year groups but this cannot be guaranteed. (DfE advice states, primary aged children cannot be expected to remain 2 m apart.)