We are still confirming the arrangements for September. Implementing the government’s expectations in the safest way for children, staff, parents and visitors to the school is not straightforward. We have a ‘big picture’ of how things will look and are adding the finer detail. A full risk assessment will be on our website before the end of the term. Unfortunately, there are likely to be some inconveniences for families, which we will try to minimise, but are inevitable; please bear with us.
Our plans include:
• YN/R, Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6 will be seen as separate phases with each phase viewed as an individual pod.
In that way, the phase can arrive and leave school as well as taking lunch and breaks at the same time and a small number of staff can work between the 3 classes.
• Strict hygiene rules will be in place;
e.g. hand washing whenever returning to the classroom. Specific walking routes and restricted entrances/exits to and from the building will be used to support social distancing.
• There will be a slightly staggered start in September so the children can become used to the rules.
ONLY Y5/6 and the nursery will be in school on Thursday 3rd September, Y5/6, Y3/4 and the nursery will be in on Friday 4th September with Y1/2 joining the rest of the school as of Monday 7th September.
Arrangements for children in YR will be sent home separately.
Following home visits in the first few days of next term when parents will have a chance to meet the staff, there will be opportunities to work alongside the children in the classroom during the children’s first couple of weeks in school.
• There will be different start and finish times to the school day for each of the pods.
Classes will have specific drop off and collections times and places. These will be sent by text to parents before the start of term and be on our website.
• It is likely that hot school dinners will not be available as cleaning and social distancing in the lunch hall will be difficult to manage.
Packed lunches will be eaten in the classrooms or on the playground.
• Before and After school care will run with the children staying in their phases.
We will send a survey soon, please respond if you are wanting before/after school care; if there seems to be little demand, it will not run.
• The situation for other after-school clubs is not yet clear but it is unlikely they will run for the first few weeks of term.
• The Office will only admit one person at a time and will only be open to parents between 10 am to 2 pm. Parents will be encouraged to communicate via phone or email and use their SCOPAY accounts.
• The curriculum will be adapted to enable children to catch-up with a focus on the vital reading, writing and mathematics skills they have missed.
This does not mean the whole curriculum will be the ‘3 Rs’, all the other subjects will be taught too. However, the children will struggle if the reading, writing and mathematics programmes are not changed as the learning is frequently hierarchical and they will have significant gaps from this term.
• A ‘Plan B’ will be drawn up that will ensure home learning is compatible with the school curriculum should the school need to close in the autumn term.
Andrew Olive Headmaster