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Phased return to school

Please read the posts below for the latest information regarding the phased reopening of school for EYFS and Years 1 & 6

Phased return to school - Update - 27th May 2020 - Applications for places now closed

 

Thank you for your cooperation in responding promptly, your patience with us whilst we try to find a safe solution, your understanding of our difficult position and your compassion for us and each other during this very challenging time. We now need to close our form to finalise our plans for the phased reopening of school. Therefore, if you have not already responded to our form, we will not be expecting your child to be attending school.

 

School staff and governors are trying incredibly hard to find a solution that will keep your child and our staff as safe as possible, whilst doing our best to meet the requirements of our families. It is proving very challenging to do so. We are emerging into a position whereby the requests for provision for the children of key workers and vulnerable group is likely to exceed the capacity we have available to maintain the control measures required to keep children, staff and their families safe.  As this is our first priority, we will not exceed the total number of children in school identified as safe by our risk assessment, conducted in line with Government guidance. Therefore, if you have not already responded to our form, we will not be expecting your child to be attending school. Any additional requests for children to attend school will now need to be based on an individual basis.

 

Again, we really do appreciate your patience with this. 

 

Warm wishes,

 

Mrs Hannah Beckett

Headteacher

Nightingale Primary School

 

Scheduled Start and Finish Times for Children attending w/c 1st June 2020 - letter send 26th May 2020

 

Dear Parents

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience whilst we put together this information to send to you.  You are receiving this letter because your child falls into one of the following eligible groups: you are a critical worker, your child is a vulnerable child, your child is in EYFS, Year 1 or Year 6 and you have requested provision in school for your child from 1st June.

 

Following the Government’s decision that schools may widen their opening from 1st June, we have been working hard to take into account our own school context (e.g. site layout, staffing availability, size of classrooms, number of key workers requiring provision etc.) and make detailed decisions regarding the safety of our school community and a wider opening of the school. This has not been an easy process and we have always had children and staff health and well-being at the heart of all decisions.  We have both a detailed plan, and a risk assessment, that enables us to safely welcome your child back to school from 1st June (Year 6s from 3rd June), as per your request. 

 

Following my letter to you on 15th May that answered many of your queries and questions regarding our phased reopening, I am now able to share with you your child’s start and finish time, which promotes social distancing and minimises mixing between groups. 

 

Group

Start

time

Finish time

Friday

Finish time

Location

Keyworker/vulnerable

8:45

3:30

1:15

Enter through our main pedestrian entrance by The Aviary as normal. Handover from the hall doors. Parents will need to wait on the tarmacked area.

Kingfisher

9:00

3:00

12:45

Enter through our main pedestrian entrance by The Aviary. Handover from the EYFS gate. Parents will not be able to enter the EYFS outdoor area but instead leave their child with their group leader at the gate. Parents will need to wait on the grass area.

Woodpecker

9:15

3:15

1:00

Robin

9:15

3:15

1:00

Enter through the pedestrian gate by the swimming pool. Follow the walkway round to the KS1 gates at the back of Jackdaw Classroom. Parents will not be permitted to enter the KS1 outdoor area but should wait under the trees for their child’s group leader to collect them.

Kittiwake

9:30

3:30

1:15

Osprey

9:00

3:00

12:45

Enter through Jackdaw Rise gates.  Handover on the large playground. MUGA not to be used. Wait for your child’s group leader to collect children from the large playground.

Peregrine

9:30

3:30

1:00

Buzzard

9:15

3:15

1:15

 

To reduce congestion and social interaction, we hope that many of you will be able to walk or cycle to school. We do ask that parents practice 2m social distancing and leave the site as soon as possible after drop-off and avoid gatherings at entrances and school gates. Also, we are working very hard to ensure social distancing measures and minimise mixing between groups to promote the safety of your child, please bear that in mind if you are considering children walking to school together.

 

Communication between staff and parents will need to be kept to a minimum. Any detailed communications can be sent to the office, via email or telephone, to be forwarded on to the relevant member of staff. 

 

Entrances and exits will be sign posted to allow for the safe flow of people to and from our school site. There will be signs and staff on hand to assist and direct you. To minimise the amount of people on site, we are asking that only one parent does this hand over. We realise that families with younger siblings will need to accompany their parents during these times and of course that is fine.  

 

Other adults in school

We are sorry that parents will still not be able to enter the building at present, unless this has been previously arranged with the Headteacher, Mrs Beckett. Any urgent conversations should take place by telephone or email via the office. This is in place to protect your child’s health by reducing the chance of infection spreading. Parents will only be able to access the designated drop off/collection points. 

 

If you have medication to drop off, please contact the school office prior to dropping off medicine so that this can be arranged. 

 

Do I have to send my child to school full time? 

Please note that if a place has been allocated to your child, it is expected that he/she will attend school. For our Keyworker group, we have noted the days requested on your form and support parents’ wishes for part time attendance. However, if they will not be attending on any day, it is important that the school is informed at the beginning of each day of absence so we can update our registers appropriately. We will undertake safeguarding calls if we are unsure where your child is and know you will understand why. Parents will not face penalty fines for non-attendance.

 

Yours sincerely and with best wishes,

 

Mrs Hannah Beckett

Headteacher

 

Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 Provision from 1st June - letter sent 14th May 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

I wanted to write you to begin to share our initial plans for the possible phased return to school for our Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 from the 1st June.

 

You will be aware that we are a large Primary School so catering safely for those children that have been identified to be the first to return to school as well as continuing to cater for our Key Workers, will be a challenge. However, we remain optimistic that this can be achieved with careful planning and your support. 

 

We are currently looking at what a phased return will look like for our children. 220 children fall within these identified year groups and our keyworker group. In order to put children into groups of 15, we will need to use 15 classrooms and have the staff to teach and support in each. Given these numbers, children will be taught and supported by different staff in a different class, which will remain as consistent as possible. As well as this, we will need to manage the movement around the school given the strict measures outlined by the Government.

 

The guidance from the government states that where schools cannot accommodate a return to school for the identified groups, they should prioritise, starting with the youngest children first. Given the numbers of children that we will be accommodating we are planning for a phased return from 1st June.

 

  • Year R and Year 1 returning to school on Monday 1st June
  • Year 6 returning Wednesday 3rd June

 

Please note, on Friday afternoons the school will need to be closed for deep cleaning. We will be asking you to collect your child/children in staggered waves from 12:45pm. 

 

Each Class will be allocated a staggered start time and finish time to minimise pinch points around our school site so we can all maintain the social distancing rules. We will be asking that only one adult drops off and collects as well as allocating you a space on our school site for these hand overs.

 

While I realise that the feelings around the return to school for these year groups has been mixed, with some parents anxious about the return and others delighted that their children can get back to some normality, I would really appreciate you letting us know in advance if you plan to send your child back to school on the specified date by completing the form which you can find here.  This will help us plan, coordinate and risk assess this return.  (If the link does not work please visit https://forms.gle/CfUsBa6W4RJbUN11A

 

I will endeavour to keep you up to date, at the earliest possible stage, as our plans progress. 

 

Yours sincerely and with best wishes,

 

Mrs Hannah Beckett

Headteacher

 

 

Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 Provision from 1st June - letter send 18th May 2020

 

Dear Parents

 

Thank you all of you who have responded so promptly to our google form sent last week. I realise that many of you will want to wait for your decision to be a more informed one. Of course, this is fine, and we understand. 

 

As with everything that this lock down has brought us, the phased reopening of schools brings so many more questions. I hope to be able to answer as many of them as possible so that you understand and feel reassured with the protective measures we are taking to make the school a low-risk place for your child/children. No doubt you have been watching the news coverage on this matter so are beginning to understand what welcoming the children back to Nightingale might look like. 

 

  • Year R and Year 1 returning to school on Monday 1 June
  • Year 6 returning Wednesday 3 June
  • School will be closed on Friday afternoons

 

Groupings

In organising your children into their smaller groups, we will of course take into account their needs, friends and the adults of whom they know and are used to working with. Our staff know your children well so are in a good place to do this. Children will stay within these groups for the day; learning together, taking breaks and lunchtimes together and of course having fun together. For our older children, they will be allocated their own desk and resources which will be kept consistent from day to day. We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. Therefore, the consistent use of groups and staffing will be applied and other protective measures practiced. 

 

During planned staggered break and lunch times, each group will be allocated a designated zone to play in. We are so fortunate to have so many diverse outside areas on our school site that we can utilise whilst continuing to keep groups separate. 

 

Those children that have been attending school since closure and those who have been in our key worker group will be part of the returning children’s groups e.g. a Year 1 child whose parents are key workers will be grouped with their Year 1 friends and not continue to be part of the key worker group. 

 

School Catering Service

We encourage our children to take up the offer of a school lunch especially those in Year R and 1 who have universal free school lunches (different from Free School Meals). Our kitchen will be open and will be operating a tasty and nutritious menu as always. We are, however, seeking options that will allow this service to be efficiently run, so that groups can stay together. This may take the form of a picnic lunch offer so some year groups can eat comfortably in either their classrooms or outside.  

 

Staggered starts and finishes

Each class will be allocated a start and finish time which will remain the same. We will let you know in due course. There will be an allocated area where the hand overs will take place. We have chosen spaces on our school grounds where you will be able to apply social distancing measures to keep everyone safe. 

 

-  Keyworker               Tarmacked area outside the hall

-  Year R                    Grass area close to the office, outside Year R gates

-  Year 1                     Grass area outside of picket fence near Year 2 classrooms

-  Year 6                    Playground next to MUGA and the adventure playground

 

On arrival, you will need to wait in your allotted area for the handover. A staff member will signal/greet your child so you know you can say goodbye and send your child over to the staff member. Staff will then organise their groups ready to enter the school safely. The hand over at the end of the day will take the form of a queuing system. Staff will line their groups up, check the parent is there and then send them over to you.  Communication between staff and parents will need to be kept to a minimum. Any detailed communications can be emailed to the office to be forwarded on to the relevant member of staff. 

 

Entrances and Exits will be sign posted to allow for the safe flow of people to and from our school site. There will be signs and staff on hand to assist and direct you. To minimise the amount of people on site, we are asking that only one parent does this hand over.  Younger siblings who cannot be cared for at home can come on site for these handovers.

 

You will know that these times in school are usually a social time, but we ask you to avoid this temptation by not gathering at entrance gates and doors, and leaving promptly for the smooth running of the school and to minimise contact in the interest of infection control. 

 

Hygiene Protective Steps

We shall be asking the children to follow school instructions on hygiene, such as handwashing and sanitising, including hand washing as soon as they arrive in school in the morning. Children need to form a sense of belonging again, so it is important that they should be wearing school uniform which will need to be washed daily. Where this is an issue for parents, we ask that instead they wear clothes as close to our school uniform as possible. Any coats or clothing items that cannot be machine washed should be avoided. 

 

As well as frequent hand cleaning we will be returning to the messages around good respiratory hygiene practice – catch it, bin it, kill it. 

 

In preparation for the return, our teachers have been clearing their classrooms and other learning environments of unnecessary items and resources with a particular focus on removing soft furnishings, soft toys and toys and resources that are hard to clean.  

 

Our school will be cleaned throughout the day as well as additional hours after school. We are extremely thankful to our cleaners who have agreed to do many additional hours to keep us all safer.  

 

Shielding and Clinically Vulnerable Children

Children who have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions have been advised to shield. We do not expect these children to be attending school. Clinically vulnerable children are those considered to be at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. A small minority of children will fall into this category, and parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category. 

 

Wrap around Care

Unfortunately, given the current school’s capacity, we are unable to run Breakfast Club, The Roost and after school clubs. Our staffing numbers and the stringent measures in place mean that this is sadly not possible.  

 

Displaying Symptoms

If a child or member of staff develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days with fellow house members isolating for 14 days. Any child developing the symptoms during a school day, will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door with supervision until collection. The group of children that the child is in and members of staff with that group will not be asked to isolate. 

 

Closure on Friday Afternoons

Please note, on Friday afternoons the school will need to be closed for deep cleaning. We will be asking you to collect your child/children in staggered waves from 12:45pm. 

 

Summer Holidays

You will know that schools were instructed to remain open during the Easter and summer half term. We have not had an instruction from the Government to open during the summer holiday. 

 

Other Schools Provision

Each school, depending upon their own unique circumstances will have developed their own phrased return. This may differ from ours. We are extremely fortunate at Nightingale to have this phased reopening to this scale given the stringent measures we are putting into place. 

 

Hope this helps in answering some of your questions and concerns. I will endeavour to keep you up to date, at the earliest possible stage, as our plans progress further. 

 

Yours sincerely and with best wishes,

 

Mrs Hannah Beckett

Headteacher

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