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2nd June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Hopefully you are all well and making the most of the glorious sunshine we are having.

 

I am afraid this is another long letter informing you about the possible re-opening of school to larger numbers of children over the next few weeks. Please read it all very carefully and be aware all this information may change at the last minute.

 

Keeping children safe

 

Our primary objective, as always, is to ensure the safety of all children and adults who attend school.  We can do everything in our power to reduce the risks to children and staff posed by COVID 19 but we cannot eliminate them. 

 

It is obvious that early years and primary aged children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. Instead, schools are asked to work through a ‘hierarchy of measures’ to reduce the risk within these groups:

  • avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
  • frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices
  • regular cleaning of settings
  • minimising contact and mixing

 

As always if your child or anyone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19 please stay at home and contact 111 to arrange a test. You must also let school know as soon as possible.

 

If we suspect your child has symptoms of COVID-19 in school they will be isolated immediately and we will be asking you to come and collect your child as soon as possible. Please can you make sure we have your up to date contact details so you can be contacted throughout the day.

 

When might my child be able to return?

 

The LA has decided, that the safest way to return to larger numbers in school safely is to take a careful, phased approach, introducing one year group at a time. The proposed dates that school is working towards, but will be continually reviewed, are:

 

W.b. 8th June – Nursery (those starting school in September) and Reception pupils return (Monday –Thursday) from 9.00am – 2:45pm.

W.b. 15th June - Year 1 pupils return (Monday to Thursday) from 9.15am to 3.00pm.

 

Please note that school will be closed all day on a Friday to allow for additional cleaning to take place.

 

I know through contacting reception and nursery parents our numbers for children attending on the 8th June. Later this week we will be contacting all Year 1 parents to see if they want their child to return to school on the 15th June.

 

I am more than aware this is far from ideal for all our Year 2 children. I am hoping that we might be able to have some face-to-face time with small groups of children in school before we break up for summer. As always we are working closely with the Juniors to ensure a smooth as possible transition in these difficult times.

 

How will school be different?

 

Sadly, school will look and feel slightly different from when the children were last in. We are doing our best to keep these changes to a minimum. Key changes are

  • Bubbles of no more than 15 pupils, who will stay away from any other bubble through staggered playtimes and lunchtimes. The same staff will work with these bubbles the majority of the time.
  • Different staff may be required to teach your child, often in a different classroom than they are used to but I am trying to keep this to a minimum.
  • Resources that are likely to transmit the disease such as soft toys and toys that are hard to clean will be removed from the classroom.
  • Regular hand washing throughout the day.
  • Increased cleaning of the classroom throughout the day.
  • A changed curriculum to reflect the challenges posed by reduced timetables and limited resources.
  • No access to school unless by prior appointment.
  • Strict social distancing by parents on the premises at all times as you will be able to clearly see when you arrive at school. Only one adult will be allowed to drop off and pick up.
  • Children will be given their own pencil, colouring crayons etc.
  • Strictly no items such as toys, dolls or teddies from home coming into school.
  • Children will be allowed to wear their own clothes, but must wear freshly washed clothes each day.

 

We will be having staggered pick up and drop of times in order to ensure social distancing is adhered to. The only entrance to school will be through the main gates. The back gate to the Health Centre will remain locked all day.

 

 The staggered pick up and drop of times are;

 

 

 

Drop Off

 

Pick up

 

Nursery  (15 hours)

 

9:00 – 9:15

11:45

 

Nursery (30 hours) and Reception

 

9:00 – 9:15

2:45

 

Year 1

 

9:15 – 9:30

3:00

 

 

If you child is eligible for 30 hours you will be need to provide them with a packed lunch as you normally would. All other children will receive a meal in school.

 

In the event that a child refuses to adhere to any of these guidelines, staff will make every effort to educate the child about safety in order to encourage a change in their behaviour. If this behaviour continues and the child shows disregard for the health and safety of other in their classroom you will be contacted to come and collect your child.

 

What if my child does not return to school?

 

If you choose for your child to not attend school we will continue to support learning at home by delivering home-learning packs to your door. The learning sent home will mirror the learning happening in school.

 

As I have previously stated on several occasions, the decision over whether your child returns is solely yours. We have attempted to provide detailed information for you to consider and I would urge all families to make the decision that is right for you and you feel most comfortable with, remembering that any decisions are not final for the whole half term and will be reviewed regularly. There are no right and wrong answers in this situation and, again, I will support all families with their decisions.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me at james.waddington@meadowheadinfants.blackburn.sch.uk

Thank you for your continued support.

Stay safe,

 

Mr Waddington

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