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Important Information about School Opening

I am writing this letter to provide you with further updates to what we are intending to do as a school after Half Term.

Classes attending school on June 1st

As per government guidance we are intending to open the school on June 1st for vulnerable children, children of key workers and children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. The government have said, however, that Reception, Years 1 and 6 will only attend if the “Five Key Tests” have been met. The children will be placed in groups of no more than 15. We will then make sure the children in these groups stay within their own “bubble” and do not mix with any other children in school. Their contact with staff will be limited to their designated teacher or teaching assistant to ensure the safety of children and staff at all times.

However, the guidance also goes onto say, that if we do not have enough staff to support all children safely or the space in school, our priority groups will need to change. In that case our focus will then be vulnerable children, children of key workers and children in Reception and Year 1.

At this stage and due to increased numbers of key worker children returning to work we will only be opening for Reception and year 1 and NOT year 6 at this time. Hopefully once numbers have settled this will change and we will be able to invite year 6 back in the near future.

Parents of children in Reception, year 1 and key workers who decide not to send their children to school because of concerns they have will not be penalised for non-attendance. The government has made it clear there will be no fines for non-attendance.

The way forward

As a result of shielding I will not be returning to school at this stage and Mrs. Morris will be taking the lead in my absence, supported by all the staff. I will be supporting the school from home.
To support social distancing, we have decided to run a shortened day for Reception and year 1. This means the children will have a longer morning and they will go home for lunch. This will allow us to deep clean the classrooms and surfaces in these rooms ready for the next day. Children of key workers will be attending for the whole day and their rooms cleaned when they leave. Therefore, key worker parents with children in Reception and year 1 will need to decide where they would like their children to go with their class or in the key worker groups, as we will not be able to swap children from one group to another.

Classroom set up:

Reception:
• Starting time: 9.00 a.m. and finishing time 12.45 p.m.
• They will be using their classroom and the music room as well as all the key stage 1 playground
• Reception children will be supported by Mrs. Joseph, Miss Loader, Mrs. Philp and Miss Wilson
• They will be using their classroom, the music room and the key stage 1 playground
• They will be in groups of no more than 15
• They will not need to bring lunch, however if parents want us to we can provide them with a packed lunch to take home with them.
• Due to government guidance on an expectation for children to wear clean clothes every day, children will not be required to wear school uniform, however, please make sure they wear trainers or similar suitable footwear. They will NOT need to bring in a P.E kit to change into as any outdoor activities will take place in the clothes they are wearing.

Year 1:
• Starting time: 8.45 a.m. and finishing time 1.00 p.m.
• They will be entering through their normal door and using the year 1 and 2 classrooms
• Year 1 children will be supported by Mr. David, Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Worley
• They will be based in the year 1 and year 2 classrooms
• They will be in groups of no more than 15
• They will not need to bring lunch, however if parents want us to we can provide them with a packed lunch to take home with them.
• Due to government guidance on an expectation for children to wear clean clothes every day, children will not be required to wear school uniform, however, please make sure they wear trainers or similar suitable footwear. They will NOT need to bring in a P.E kit to change into as any outdoor activities will take place in the clothes they are wearing.

Key worker/Vulnerable children:
• Starting time: 8.30 a.m. and finishing time 3.00 p.m. at the latest
• Depending on their group (parents will be informed closer to opening) children will be using the outside entrance doors of the years 3 to 6 classrooms.
• These children will be supported by Mrs. Neale, Mr. Sawyer, Mrs. Bedford, Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Robson-Rowell, Mrs. Henman and Mrs. Taton
• They will be based in the year 3, year 4, year 5 and year 6 classrooms
• They will be in groups of no more than 15
• They will need to bring lunch in however if the children are eligible for a free school meal and parents would like us to we can provide them with a packed lunch.
• Due to government guidance on an expectation for children to wear clean clothes every day, children will not be required to wear school uniform, however, please make sure they wear trainers or similar suitable footwear. They will NOT need to bring in a P.E kit to change into as any outdoor activities will take place in the clothes they are wearing.

Daily routine:
• Children will continue to be taught English and maths daily. Staff will then plan appropriate learning activities for the rest of the sessions.
• Staff will continue to provide Google class learning in English and maths for children not attending school at this time, this will be the same learning that the children in school are receiving. However, they may not be able to respond as quickly to or indeed to all questions due to their increased responsibility in school.
• On arrival at school and regularly during the day children will be expected to wash their hands.
• There will be staggered break times and lunchtimes to ensure only one group at a time is in the playground to limit social distancing.
• We have implemented a cleaning rota where toilets and surfaces are cleaned on an hourly basis, followed by a deep clean at the end of the learning day.
• The office will be open as usual and available for any queries you may have.

Note: The school will endeavour to ensure social distancing is in place, but as we have found over the last weeks this is not always possible. Children will gravitate towards each other and adults.

Expectations (Reminders)

Here are some key points on what we will be expecting to ensure a safe running of the school. These are being put into place to ensure we follow government guidance as well as trying to ensure the safety of all.

· The school carpark will be closed to all cars except for staff. This is to allow us to set up a two-way path system that will ensure there is a 2 metre gap between pedestrians.
· Only one adult will be allowed to drop off and pick up their child and no other children where possible will be allowed unless they are attending our school on this day.
· There will be a one-way system for movement around the school. All people will enter from the double gates to drop off and pick up their child/children and will follow the path and exit at the reception entrance by the staffroom.
· Children will be entering their classrooms from the following points:
Reception children will enter either their normal entrance or the entrance into the music room depending on their group.
Year 1 children will enter their normal entrance and will go to either the Year 1 or 2 classroom depending on their group.
Other key workers and vulnerable children will enter from the outside entrances of the Year 3, 4, 5 or 6 classroom (depending on their group)
▪ There will be no breakfast club or after school clubs during this time

Thank you for your support. I will continue keep you informed as we move forward. In the meantime, I hope everyone is keeping well in these very difficult circumstances. Rest assured we want to do the very best for our children.

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Roberts

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