Important Information re potential opening on 1st June 2020

Dear Parents and carers,

We have now received guidance from the DfE about measures to be taken in school to reduce the risk of Covid19 infection should some children be able to return to school on 1st June.

The government is asking schools to open for Reception, Y1 and Y6 pupils. We have made some tentative plans to get children back in to school safely. We wanted to write and begin to let you know what school will look like for those children who return and try to answer some of the questions and concerns that you may have. Please be mindful that we do not have all the answers yet and further guidance will be issued when we hear more from the Local Authority and the Government.

School will not look the way it normally does. We will need to change the layout of classrooms and change the way we teach the curriculum and structure the school day.

We have asked parents of children in reception, Y1 and Y6 to let us know if they will be sending their child into school.  It has helped us with our initial plans. We have had responses from 60 out of 90 parents. Out of these 32 parents said they would definitely send their child back to school; 8 said they definitely wouldn’t return for this last part of the summer term and 20 of you are undecided.

Please remember a return to school will only happen if the Government criteria for return is met and at school we have done what we can to reduce the risks – we will not be able to eliminate them completely. Here are some answers to possible questions you may have;

My child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 so will they be back in school on June 1st full time?

Children in these year groups MAY return on 1st June, IF the Government gives the go ahead.

How will you keep the children apart?

Children will be in small groups as the guidance suggests no more than 15 children in any room at any time. Each group of children will have their own classroom and a teacher. It is recommended that each group is kept separate from all the others and that children and adults stay with the same group throughout wherever possible. Children will not be able to move from the group they have been allocated. This is not negotiable. We know our children well and use this to allocate groups. We will attempt to keep pupils 2 metres apart but this has proved to be very difficult, particularly with younger children. Children will be reminded of social distancing rules, tables and seats will be separated and children will each have their own equipment. We will ask you to provide your child with their own pencil case to keep in school.

Will the School Day timings will be different from ‘normal’.

We will stagger drop-off and collection times in order to observe social distancing rules. You will be informed of your drop-off and collection time, and we ask that you stick to these times. Only one adult should accompany the child and no siblings please. Parents/carers should not enter the building or gather at school gates and doors. We will have a system whereby there is only 1 parent in the office reception area at all times, and ask that you pay online wherever possible. There will be staggering break & lunchtimes so that groups are not mixing together/moving around the school at the same time. Movement around the school will be restricted in order to reduce the risk of contact and will be one-way.

How will you reduce the risk of infection for my child in school?

We are in the process of completing a comprehensive risk assessment. Some staff may choose to wear face masks, gloves, etc. Staff will wear full PPE if they are supervising children that are ill/showing symptoms in school (whilst we wait for parents to collect) and for administering First Aid or Intimate care.  IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE HAVE UP TO DATE PHONE NUMBERS AND THAT YOU ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES TO COLLECT YOUR CHILD IF THEY SHOW ANY SYMPTOMS.

Children will work in small groups . Movement in classrooms and around the school will be restricted in order to reduce the risk of contact. Items must not come to and from school. We will be providing a lunch service.  Any packed lunches must be sent in a disposable bag. Very frequent hand washing and sanitising of surfaces will take place, (children will be encouraged to help keep their own area clean), the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ mantra will be stressed (bins will be emptied throughout the day) and each classroom will be sanitised at lunchtime and at the end of every day.  Doors will be propped-open, windows opened and rooms well ventilated. We will be including outdoor learning since being outdoors carries less risk of contact. Frequent hand washing will be encouraged. Children will have to wash their hands as they enter the building.

Will my child have to wear school uniform? No. We are not recommending your child wears school uniform, instead comfortable clothes, suitable for indoor and outdoor activities including PE. Coats will be needed if it gets cold! Please send your child in to school in clean clothes each day they are in school and wash all clothes at the end of the school day. We also recommend your child showers on return home from school and changes into clean clothes. No ruck sacks or book bags. Bring nothing extra to school other than a packed lunch in a disposable bag if you do not want a school dinner.

What will the children be learning?

Learning activities will continue in a similar way to during lock-down. The focus on English and Maths, PHSE and well-being, PE and some project work. Home-learning activities will still be available for Y2, Y3, Y4 and Y5 children.

What if my child becomes unwell?  If anyone has a cough/temperature/feels unwell at school, they will be sent home immediately. They will need to self-isolate for 7 days, or until tested negative. Anyone in the child’s household will need to self-isolate for 14 days. It will be recommended a test is booked. The other members of the group will be informed that someone has displayed symptoms.  If a child or adult shows symptoms and tests positive for CoVid-19, then the whole school will need to be closed for 14 days. Staff and children should not attend if they have symptoms or are self-isolating due to symptoms in their household.  If you are phoned by school to say your child is unwell, you must make immediate arrangements to collect your child. An unwell child compromises the health and risks of ALL children and adults they have prolonged contact with.  School has a thermometer and we will take a child’s temperature if they complain of feeling unwell.

 What if my child has a medical condition or if I, or a member of my family, is ‘shielding’? Children or adults who are clinically extremely vulnerable (or ‘shielding’) or who live with someone who is ‘shielding’ should NOT attend school.

How can I contact the school?  From the 1st of June a member of the admin team will be available to answer the telephone and to continue to deal with emails. You will still be able to use dojo.

My child is not in YR, Y1 or Y6. Will they be returning before the end of the school year? We will be better able to answer this question in a few weeks’ time. In the meantime, the current online learning resources will continue.

My child has been attending because I am a key worker. Can he/she still attend? Yes – if not in reception, Y1 or Y6, these children will be in a different classroom.

Is it compulsory for my child to attend? It is not compulsory for your child to attend and there will be no sanctions for non-attendance.

Will school dinners be available? Picnic bag school lunches will be available at the usual cost of £2.30 to KS2 children and they will be provided free to Rec and Y1 children as normal. If your KS2 child is entitled to Free School Meals, they will be provided with a lunch. The picnic bag allows the delivery of lunch to the classroom and minimises movement in school. The FSM voucher scheme will continue for those eligible children not in school during this time. If they are in school, lunch will be provided instead of the voucher.

Will events such Sports Day take place? No. The school calendar is now empty of events for the remainder of the year. There will be no visits or visitors to school during this period. Mass gatherings are not permitted so this unfortunately means the things will love to end our school year with – Sports days, Leavers assembly, parents evening etc. are now cancelled.

Thank you for your continued support, kind comments and engagement with home learning. Thank you to all the staff for all your hard work, whilst looking after your own families too.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to email me at head@edleston.cheshire.sch.uk.  More details will be sent out nearer to June 1st.

Hopefully, one day soon, life for us all can return to some normality and we can go back to being the fabulous school that we are.

Take care everyone,

Kind regards,

Mrs Bagni and all the staff and Governors at Edleston Primary School.

Address

Edleston Primary School

Denver Ave, Crewe, CW2 7PX

Head Teacher: Mrs. Bagni

Telephone: 01270 685770

Email

admin@edleston.cheshire.sch.uk