Re-opening of the school
The government announced on 28th May that they have met the criteria for schools to re-open from the week beginning 1st June.
Thank you to parents who have let us know if their child will be back on 3rd June. For parents who have not responded to texts and phone calls we have assumed that you will not be sending your child.
Information for Parents
Schools have been asked to partially re-open on Monday 1st June. This is for Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6 only. We would like to share the following arrangements with you.
Firstly, it is important for parents to note that, along with the majority of schools in the Coalville area, Broom Leys will not be open to children from 1st June (other than for Key Worker children) but will open from Wednesday 3rd June. This is to allow time for staff training and for making sure that the school is ready to accept pupils.
Booking a place for your child
Whilst many parents have told us whether or not they will send their child in to school once open, many have said that they will wait to decide until closer to the date. Now that it is certain that schools are to re-open we need to know how many children to expect on 3rd June so that we can make all necessary arrangements. Please let us know using the form at the top of this page. All bookings must be made by Sunday 31st May.
We are only taking bookings for children to attend school all day every day (there will be no choice of coming for some days and not for other days or of arriving and leaving at different times). Once you’re in you’re in!
If you choose not to send your child to school at this point this will not affect your child’s attendance as this is not being reported this year due to school closures. If you change your mind at a later date we will only accept bookings a week in advance. This is because some reorganisation of ‘bubbles’ may be required.
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?
• Any children who come into school will work within a “bubble”.
• A bubble will be no more than 15 children (roughly half a class).
• Each bubble will have two adults, usually (although not always) a teacher and a Learning Support Assistant.
• The children remain with their bubble at all times – during class time, during break time and at lunch time – and with the same adults. This is to reduce contact between large numbers of children. There will be no interaction between bubbles.
• This does mean that not all children will be with their class teacher and not all children will necessarily be with all their friends, although the teachers will try to consider friendships when allocating children to bubbles.
• Mrs. Beswick (1B) will have started her maternity leave by 1st June. Mrs. Collins (1C) is also expecting her first child (congratulations!) so she will not be working in school.
• Children in Foundation Stage will be spread across the Foundation Stage and Year 1 classrooms.
• Children in Year 1 will be spread across the Year 1 and Year 2 classrooms.
• Children in Year 6 will be spread across the Year 5 and Year 6 classrooms.
• If the weather is fine, children will be working outside as far as possible.
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 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.
Children will be expected to come to school in clean clothes each day. On arriving at school their first task will be to wash their hands. They 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 staff will ensure that equipment, door handles, computer keyboards, light switches etc are wiped down with a sanitizing spray during the day; all rooms will be cleaned thoroughly in the evening.
We will not expect children to wear uniform. What we need is for children to come to school in clean clothes each day, and clothes which they can run around in easily. They will be doing a lot of physical exercise as we know that many children will not have been out and about for a long time but they will not be getting changed for PE. T-shirt, shorts and trainers would be ideal.
The government guidance is that schools should try to offer a school meal but we are not going to do that. We are asking parents to send their children with a packed lunch and some drinks. This will avoid unnecessary movement around the school site and possible interaction between bubbles. Children will eat their lunch with the other children in their bubble, hopefully outside.
Bags and equipment
Children will not need to bring anything to school with them other than their packed lunch and drinks. Do not send your child with a bag. The fewer things which are brought in and out the school the better. All equipment 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.
Times of the School Day
We are introducing a staggered start and end to the school day in order to avoid congestion around the site:
Foundation Stage arrive at 9.00 a.m. and pick up at 3.00 p.m.
Year 1 arrive at 8.45 a.m. and pick up at 3.15 p.m.
Year 6 arrive at 9.15 a.m. andpick up at 3.30 p.m.
We are introducing a one-way system. The entrance will be through the car park exit gate on the junction of Greenhill Road and Broom Leys Road. The exit will be through the playground gate on to Greenhill Road.
If you bring your child to school, only one parent needs to do so.
The school gates will not be unlocked in the morning until 8.45 a.m. for Year 1 to enter and until 3.00 p.m. in the afternoon for EYFS pick up.
Please socially distance outside school if you are waiting to enter the grounds.
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.
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.
For these few weeks, the usual curriculum will be suspended.
For our younger children the priorities at this time are resocialisation into new style school routines; speaking and listening, and regaining momentum in particular with early reading. Children will take part in physical activities, making use of supervised non-touch running games within their group. Sharing stories, singing and playing outdoor games will help all children to socialise and resettle into familiar everyday classroom routines.
For year 1, we will try to ascertain where children have fallen behind or have progressed further against our existing reading curriculum. If children have forgotten aspects already covered, then we will reteach and practise this material, where necessary reteaching phonics and using appropriately matched reading books to practise reading. Where there are small numbers significantly behind others then we will ensure they receive support as intensively as can be managed to catch up, and liaise where possible with parents and carers to ensure they can support too.
In year 6 many of the end of term traditions will not, sadly, be able to take place, for example the leavers’ play, leavers’ ceremony or leavers’ photo. We will talk with the children about this as it may be a source of sadness. Teaching during this time will focus on readiness for secondary school. PE lessons will continue to take place, they will be non-contact and will not involve more than any one bubble.
As part of Apollo Partnership Trust we are working very closely with Castle Rock and Newbridge Schools to plan some form of transition project from primary to secondary school and we will let parents know more about this when it is in place.
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 the contact facility on the website.
Thank you for your continued support of the school; it is greatly appreciated!
The government guidance for parents can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june
The guidance which has been issued to schools is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020/actions-for-education-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020
Some parents have started to contact the school or to speak with their teachers about how things will be managed so we thought it might be helpful to answer some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on this page.
Do I have to send my child to school when it re-opens?
No. The guidance for parents states: Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time. The guidance for schools goes further and states: Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools and colleges will not be held to account for attendance levels. If, therefore, parents choose not to send children to school at this time then we will not challenge you over this decision..
Can the school guarantee the safety of my child, including social distancing?
As a school we have carried out a risk assessment so that we can try to put in the best measures we possibly can for the safety of both children and staff following the government guidance which can be found here but even this guidance states that, "We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff."
If my child returns to school, will they be taught by their usual class teacher?
Not necessarily. Part of the plans to reintroduce children safely is that they should be placed in groups of no more than 15 with an adult and to remain in that group throughout the day. It follows, therefore, that not all children will be able to be in the same group with their teacher, unfortunately, nor will they necessarily be in their normal classroom.
Will children be expected to wear face coverings?
No. And nor will staff. The guidance states, "Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings."
Will school meals be available?
No. Whilst the guidance does state that the government would expect schools to re-open their kitchens and to provide school meals we have already taken the decision, under our risk assessment, not to do this. Our reasoning is that this will create a lot of movement around the school site, children will have to queue to be served, and sit together to eat. Any child who comes back to school will need to bring a packed lunch each day which they will be able to eat, staying within their group only.