Re-opening of the school: March 2021
Information for Parents
Following the government’s announcement that schools are to re-open from 8th March we are really pleased to be able to share our plans with you.
We are following the guidance which has been issued by the Department for Education to make the school as safe as possible for both children and staff.
How to prepare your child
We hope that your child will be excited to come back to school but please prepare them for the day as it will have been 11 weeks since they were last in school. It might be useful for you to go through some of the information on this page with your child.
If you are concerned about how your child might manage a return to school after all these weeks, take a look at this 'Back to Calm' pack for parents.
What will school be like?
As before this lockdown, all children will stay within a year group “bubble”. Having year group bubbles means that children within each year group will be able to arrive at school at the same time, have the same playtimes and lunchtimes, and leave school at the same time. During the day, though, they will still work in their own classrooms.
There will be no mixing of bubbles so, for example, we will not have large numbers of children playing together across year groups at playtime or lunchtime, nor will we be holding assemblies for the time being.
From 8th March, attendance at school will once again become compulsory. Attendance registers will be taken and non-attendance will be followed up in the usual manner.
It is very clear from all the guidance from the Department for Education that social distancing between children in a primary school is not possible. It is important, though, to protect staff too and I would ask all parents to talk with their children before returning to school about social distancing and that they must give their teacher space and not try to touch or hug him/her.
It is vital for parents to maintain a social distance at the start and end of the school day.
On arriving at school the first task will be to wash hands. Children will be directed to wash their hands regularly throughout the day, particularly at times when they might have moved from one part of the site to another, for example for breaktimes or lunchtimes.
The school has secured additional cleaning hours so that regularly touched surfaces and toilets are cleaned during the day. The staff ensure that equipment, door handles, computer keyboards, light switches etc are wiped down with a sanitizing spray and all rooms are cleaned thoroughly in the evening.
We expect children to wear uniform, although we do recognise that some children may have grown out of their uniform and it may be difficult to buy new clothes until all shops are allowed to re-open. If this is the case, please make sure that your child dressed smartly and in clothes which are as similar to our uniform as possible.
PE kit is required as we will be planning a lot of physical activities, knowing that during lockdown many children will have had limited opportunities for this.
We will be offering school dinners to children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 as these children are all entitled to a Universal Infant Meal. These children will be eating in the dining hall in three 'sittings', with the area cleaned in between each sitting.
For children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) we are asking parents to provide a packed lunch each day. These children will eat outside if the weather permits. At other times they will eat in the hall or in their classrooms. Children in these year groups who are entitled to Free School Meals will be provided with a packed lunch.
Bags and equipment
Children may bring a bag to school if they need to but realistically they do not need to bring anything with them other than their PE kit, packed lunch and drinks. The fewer things which are brought in and out the school the better. All equipment needed in the classroom will be provided so there is no need for pens / pencils / pencil cases etc. If it is going to be a warm day please consider whether your child even needs to bring a coat.
Before and After School Childcare
We will be offering before and after school childcare from 8th March. If you have made use of this childcare previously you will be contacted by the school office during the week commencing 1st March to see if you would like to continue. If you have not used our childcare previously but would like to now, please contact the school office as soon as possible so that we can plan for expected numbers.
Start of the School Day - unchanged from December 2020!!!
All year groups enter the site through the car park exit gate on the junction of Greenhill Road and Broom Leys Road. Please note that any vehicles which enter the school site between 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. and then between 3.00 p.m. and 3.20 p.m. will not be able to exit whilst children and parents are using the driveway.
The Director of Public Health and the Director of Children and Family Services request that face coverings are worn by parents and carers at school pick up and drop off in Leicestershire.
There is a staggered start to the school day in order to avoid congestion around the site:
Year 6: 8.40 a.m.
Years 3: 8.45 a.m.
Year 5: 8.50 a.m.
Years 2 and 4: 8.55 a.m.
Foundation Stage and Year 1: 9.00 a.m.
There are three drop off points along the route. The first point is for Years 4, 5 and 6. The second point is for Years 2 and 3. The third point is for EYFS and Year 1.
Please arrive at your allotted time - not early and not late!
If you have children in more than one year group, please drop ALL children off at whichever is the EARLIER time. There will be members of staff from all year groups on the playground from the outset to welcome you.
Please note that the side entrance gate (to Balmoral Road) will NOT be unlocked either in the morning or the afternoon.
If you bring your child to school, only one parent needs to do so.
Please socially distance both outside and inside the school grounds if you are waiting at any point.
When inside the playground, please send your child to one of the adults who will be there to greet you. There will not be an opportunity to stop and talk, unfortunately.
Similar rules will apply at the end of the day. We will have the children ready for you to collect and they will be sent over to you when they can see you.
End of the school day - unchanged from December 2020!!!
As with the morning routine, please arrive on time to collect your child and queue patiently, maintain social distancing.
Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 finish at 3.00 p.m.
Years 3 and 4 finish at 3.10 p.m.
Years 5 and 6 finish at 3.20 p.m.
Please follow the same routine as in the morning to collect your child, entering the site through the car park exit gate and leaving the site through the playground gate on to Greenhill Road; we will have the children ready for collection at the allotted times.
If you have children in more than one year group, please collect ALL children off at whichever is the LATER time. There will be members of staff from all year groups on the playground to hand your children over to you.
We will be delivering our full curriculum although there will be a greater emphasis on the basic skills in the core subjects of English and Mathematics, for obvious reasons. We know that most parents have worked tirelessly during lockdown to continue providing an education for their children and we would like to thank you for all your efforts - they are GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Teachers will be checking children's understanding from the outset and working hard to prioritise learning so that we can make sure that children are on track to achieve well.
Contacting the School
If you need to contact the school when we re-open, you will not be able to come to the school office as this will be closed to visitors. Please telephone the school if you would like to speak with someone or, if it is a query which a teacher can answer, please use Tapestry, ClassDojo or the contact facility on the website.
Health advice / expectations
If your child has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or someone in your household does, then your child must not attend school.
The medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate if you have coronavirus symptoms or live in the same household as somebody who does. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
• high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
• new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
• loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
For more information, read the further guidance on symptoms.
If you or your child has one or more of these symptoms, you must self-isolate straight away for 10 days – or longer if you still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. If you live in the same household as someone with coronavirus symptoms, you must self-isolate straight away for 14 days.
You need to get a test for coronavirus.
Only the person who has developed one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms described above should be tested. There is no need for the whole households to have a test, unless they are also symptomatic.
How to order a test
The sooner you have a test, the sooner you can be told if you and other members of your household must remain in self-isolation. You can make an appointment at a test centre or order a test through the NHS website.
When you order a test, you will get information on the options available to you. The NHS currently aims to provide results within 48 hours of taking a test, but some results may take longer. You will get your results by text, email or phone – and the message will advise you about what to do next.
If you test negative this means you are at low risk of having coronavirus. Other members of your household can stop self-isolating. If you feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus, you can stop self-isolating. You could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until you are better.
If you test positive this means that when you took the test, you had coronavirus. You, and other members of your household, must continue to self-isolate.
If your child becomes unwell whilst in school with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be isolated and you will be called to collect them immediately.
You will be advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that your child must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).
Other members of your household (including any siblings) must then self-isolate for 14 days from when your child first had symptoms.
If you order a home testing kit, there is a very useful, short video for parents which will help you prepare to administer the test to your child.
Thank you for your continued support of the school; it is greatly appreciated!