Coronavirus Update and Guidance

 

Last letter of the year and Arrangements for September 2020:

16th July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my whole-hearted gratitude to you for the tremendous support both myself and the staff have received over the last few months. It has been an extremely challenging time for everyone. I have enjoyed hearing about the learning that has taken place at home and, from the phone calls made by staff, it is reassuring to know that the vast majority of the school community are keeping well, and are managing and adapting to new routines during the lockdown.

As the current school year draws to a close, I am pleased to say that all teaching staff are staying on for the new academic year. Your child will have had a ‘goodbye’ message from their current year group teachers and a ‘welcome’ message from their new year group teachers as we look forward to seeing them in September.

Your child will meet their new teacher and friends when we return on Thursday 3rd September.  The guidance from the government has changed and it is now compulsory for all pupils to return in September to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on their education, their well-being and wider development. We have all missed the children and know that they have missed being with their friends. After months of disruption, it is important that we, as teachers and parents, work together to ensure children attend and have the learning opportunities to be successful. 

The staff have continued to work tirelessly in providing the remote learning activities for children and also preparing for a welcomed return in September. Following the Government’s guidance for schools, which was released on 2nd July 2020, a thorough risk assessment has been completed and there are a number of measures that we have put in place to ensure the continued safety of all children and staff. Please note that this information is accurate at the time of writing but it may have to be amended if the government releases further guidance during the summer holidays. We will, of course, keep you informed via text messages and on the school website.

There is a lot of information to communicate in our preparation and I ask that you read this carefully. 

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and expectations for attendance and the government’s Test and Trace

  • The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are: a new continuous cough; a high temperature; a loss of, or change in normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
  • You must not come into school or send your child/children into school if you or your child have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive in the last 7 days. Parents should report this to the School Office in the normal manner as soon as possible.
  • If your child becomes unwell whilst at school with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), we will call you to collect your child who must go home. You should follow government guidance, which sets out that you must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test. Other members of the household should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms of the virus. Your child will be isolated from others until they are collected.
  • You must inform the school if your test is positive and must provide details of anyone you have been in close contact with if asked by NHS Test and Trace.
  • Please note that, anyone with coronavirus symptoms should not visit a GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.

 

Hygiene

  • Your child will be required to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and running water or hand sanitiser when they arrive at school, after break times, before and after lunch times and after PE activities, before leaving school and when asked to do so by a member of staff.
  • Please support your child at home so that they continue to wash their hands thoroughly outside of school to support him/her to take responsibility and adopt good hand hygiene.
  • Hand sanitising stations and dispensers have been fitted at entrances and around the school.
  • The school promotes the ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’ approach and expects you to support your child to take responsibility and adopt good respiratory hygiene.
  • Class teachers will remind pupils to catch their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into the elbow on a regular basis. Please encourage your child to carry a pack of pocket tissues on them at all times for personal use only. Tissues will be available in classrooms if required.
  • The Government advice is that there is no need for anything other than normal personal hygiene and washing of clothes following a day in school. As such, the school expects all pupils to wear full school uniform as of September.
  • Your child should only bring minimal items into school: named water bottle for personal use only to avoid sharing cups in school; named lunch box that can be easily wiped down at home if they have a packed lunch; PE/swimming kit on allocated day only in an appropriately sized bag; a coat dependent upon weather.
  • Resources will be wiped down after use and your child will be encouraged to take responsibility for items they have used.
  • There will be additional cleaning during the school day of frequently touched items and toilets.

 

Pupil Groupings or Bubbles

  • The school recognises that younger children will not be able to maintain distancing. For older children we encourage pupils to maintain a distance from one another and from staff.
  • The school will implement year group sized bubbles, which will be kept apart from other year group bubbles wherever possible. This means that your child will remain with their own class for the majority of the classroom time and will only share rooms or social spaces as a year group bubble for breaks and lunches. Each year group will be allocated a designated play area and canteen area.
  • In order to keep year groups apart, various entrances around the school will be used We would like all year groups to start and finish as normal from 9.00 a.m. to 3.15 p.m. except Nursery who will start at 8.50 a.m. and finish at 3.30 p.m. (accounting for full time and part time pupils)
  • Please see the table and map below for which entrance to use for your child. Staff will be at the entrance from 8.50 a.m. and children will be asked to walk straight to class. Please note that you will not be allowed on the premises to drop off or collect your child.
  • Please do not worry if you have several children in school. We will keep your child safe until you collect them as you make your way around school.

Year Group

Entrance/Exit

 

Nursery

Nursery entrance on Annesley Close 

 

Reception

Nursery entrance on Annesley Close 

 

Year 1

Middle entrance on Annesley Close 

 

Year 2

Field entrance on Ardley Close 

 

Year 3

First entrance on Annesley Close 

 

Year 4

First entrance on Ardley Close 

 

Year 5

Middle entrance on Ardley Close 

 

Year 6

Main entrance on Aboyne Road 

 

SEND Group 

First entrance on Annesley Close 

Your journey to school, using public transport and expectations around the perimeter of the school

  • To help ease the pressure on public transport and the congestion outside the school, we encourage you and your child to walk to and from school where possible. If you do have to use public transport, you and your child should follow government requirements and wear face coverings for their journey.
  • If possible, only one parent should be dropping off or collecting your child, keeping at a safe distance when you arrive at school and using the markings along the perimeter railings/ fencing.
  • Please avoid any unnecessary gatherings outside the school.
  • If your child is in Years 4, 5 or 6 and will be travelling to and from school independently, please set clear expectations with them to ensure that they are kept safe.
  • Please note that you will not be allowed onto the school premises unless you have an appointment. You should call to make an appointment avoiding key timings. You will not be allowed into the front reception area during the start and end of the day when pupils are entering/exiting the building. Please note that you may be required to wait.

 

Behaviour

Whilst expectations in our Behaviour and Discipline Policy remain vital, it is necessary, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, to make some adjustments for the safety of all pupils and staff. Therefore, I have attached with this letter the school’s COVID-19 Addendum -  Behaviour and Discipline Policy and a Home School Agreement, which must be adhered to. It is important that you read these documents and support both the school and your child during this time.  Please discuss the Home-School Agreement with your child. The adjustments in the addendum cover the following:

  1.  Minimising Contact and Mixing.
  2. Arriving and Leaving School, Movement around School – using the specific entrance/exit point.
  3. Uniform, Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Hygiene. 
  4. Break Times.
  5. Using Toilet Facilities.
  6. Behaviour in School.
  7. Pupils Learning at Home (Remote Learning)
  8. Monitoring Arrangements.

 

After School Clubs

Please be aware that in order to avoid breaching year group bubble arrangements, the school will not be able to run the After School Club or any after school sports clubs when we return as the clubs are made up of children from various classes. We will follow the Government’s guidelines and let you know when we are able to resume these. We are sorry for the inconvenience that this will cause for some parents.

 

 

On behalf of all the staff, I would like to wish the Year 6 pupils the very best as they finish primary schooling  and embark on the next step of their education. It is disappointing that we could not give a deserving farewell to our year six pupils but I know that the Year 6 staff have been working hard on a special video for you all which will be uploaded to the remote learning platform. I hope you enjoy this as much as we all have.

 

This is still an anxious time for all of us. However, together, we will ensure that we do our utmost to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. We look forward to seeing you all in September.

 

Mr. Sharpe

 

Other Information

Free School Meals

If your child usually receives free school meals, the school is using the Department for Education’s (DfE) centrally-funded national voucher scheme. The e-voucher will be emailed directly to email address provided to the school by parents/carers.  Please check your emails regularly.

 

Supporting your Child's Well-being and Anxiety 

Please continue to talk with your children about this situation.  The following organisations and links to their websites have information that parents may wish to use to support children about the coronavirus illness and anxiety: 

 

 For more information and advice, please visit the Government website and Brent website