Tel: 01737 763549
Headteacher: Ms Moira Anderson
3rd September 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Full School Reopening Letter to Parents
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are all really looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Tuesday 8th September. In order for us to operate safely, providing a full curriculum, we are going to group the children into year group bubbles. In this letter, we aim to share with you everything you need to know to help your child prepare for their return to school, happy and safe.
As you will appreciate there will be an increase in numbers at the start and end of the school day, therefore it is really important you follow the designated times and plans for the drop off and collection procedures. Staff will be at the gates to welcome children into school.
Please note there will no longer be a one system in operation and we have put in place the following measures for you to drop your child off at school safely:
Drop off and collection time:
Entry and Exit arrangements
Parents with children in both Reception and in Y2
Your Y2 child go straight to class through the Y2 door at the same time you drop off your Reception child.
Parents with children in Reception and in Y1
Please drop off your Reception child first and exit through the green gate and join the Y1 line.
When will the school will reopen?
The school will reopen fully for children in Years 1 and 2 on Tuesday 8th September, 2020.
Children in Reception will start according to their individual start date, which will you will have received in a separate communication prior to school closing in July.
Will attendance be compulsory?
Yes - attendance for all pupils is mandatory from the beginning of the Autumn term, including for pupils with SEND. Your child should be in school every day unless they are unwell or have a medical appointment. Weekly class attendance and punctuality will be a feature of our new style newsletter and our celebration assemblies.
What will the Staggered School day timetable look like?
The school will be using staggered starting and finishing times until further notice, to allow for effective social distancing and infection control. Please see the table below for information on when we expect groups of pupils to arrive at school and when they should be picked up.
The staggered start and finish times will be as follows:
Reception - start school at 8:35 and finish at 3:05
Year 1 - start school at 8:45 and finish at 3:15 (normal school hours)
Year 2 - start school at 8:55 and finish at 3:25
Please try to ensure you drop your child at the allocated time as any child arriving more than 10 minutes after their allocated staggered start time will be marked as late. Lessons start promptly after registration and it can be unsettling for your child when they do not start the day with their peers and they miss out on essential learning.
If, for any reason, you are unable to pick up or drop off your child during these allocated slots, please contact the school office as soon as possible.
Please do not stay and chat with other parents in the playground or outside the main gate. We know that you will be pleased to see each other after so long, just like the children will be, but we do ask you move away from the school gate so that this area doesn’t become congested.
What can my child bring into school?
Children will bring only the minimal that is needed to take into the classroom:
When will PE be and what do I wear on that day?
PE will be on the following days:
In order to help minimise cross contamination, we ask that children wear their PE kit to school and for the remainder of that day. This needs to includes trainers, PE sweater, T shirt and shorts/tracksuit bottoms. Although you will not be leaving your child’s PE kit at school, we do ask that you still provide a spare set of clothes in a clearly named plastic bag to live on their peg
Additional 10 minutes fitness sessions will take place daily.
Will my child still have access to a range of resources?
Yes your children will have access to resources inside and outside
Resources will be cleaned when appropriate throughout the day. Children will be washing their hands after each activity. General worktop surface cleaning will also take place before and after breaks, activities and lunches.
The classrooms will be fully cleaned every evening.
Will my child have to wear school uniform?
Yes - the school expects all pupils to wear full school uniform from the beginning of the Autumn term unless it is their PE day when we ask for the children to come to school in their PE kit.
When will OCSCAHS resume?
OSCAHS will be on offer from the week commencing Monday 14th September. Breakfast Club will reopen on Monday 21st September
Additional after school clubs will not be operational in the Autumn term but we will review this for the Spring term.
Will educational visits resume?
The school will not resume any educations visits in the Autumn term in line with our risk assessment and this will be reviewed later in the term.
How will pupils be grouped?
Consistent groups (known as bubbles) will be implemented when pupils return to school at the start of the Autumn term. We aim for this arrangement to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission by limiting the number of people pupils encounter throughout the school day. Enforcing strict group arrangements will also help us reduce the number of people who will be asked to self-isolate should a member of the bubble become ill with coronavirus.
Pupils will be grouped using whole-year bubbles until further notice. Bubbles will not be permitted to mix at this time, including during breaktimes and lunchtimes. We will continually review the effectiveness of enforcing these bubbles, as this arrangement may present educational and logistical challenges. Should any of the above bubble arrangements change at any time, the school will notify you via email as soon as possible, as this may affect your child’s arrival and departure times.
Travelling to and from school:
We actively encourage parents to either walk their child to school, to take part in the Park and Stride or utilise the Walking Bus from Donyngs.
Infection control and social distancing measures
It is important that we maintain infection control and social distancing measures when we welcome back all pupils and staff from the start of the Autumn term. To ensure everyone’s safety, we will be implementing the following as part of our risk assessment:
Should any of the above protective measures change at any time, including the need to close the school due to a local lockdown, we will contact you via email as soon as possible.
Reception Come and Explore and Settling in Sessions
Further guidance will be sent out prior to you and child attending these.
If your child becomes unwell
If your child becomes unwell at school and develops a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of smell or taste, they will be sent home immediately. The will be told will be positioned away from others to self-isolate within the school and supervised, as necessary, until they can be collected. The school will contact you via telephone immediately.
If we do not have your up-to-date contact details, please contact the school office as soon as possible to notify us of any changes.
If your child becomes unwell at home and is presenting with symptoms of coronavirus (listed above), we ask that your child does not attend school and instead stays at home for the next seven days or until they test negative for coronavirus. We encourage all parents whose child is presenting with coronavirus symptoms to get their child tested and, where required, their family.
Please contact the school office via telephone before 8:30am and leave a message on the school absence line to notify us that your child will not be attending. We also ask that you notify the school office as soon as possible with the results of any coronavirus tests your child has undertaken. If a child does test positive, we will report this to Public Health England, as required, for advice on our next steps.
Supporting pupils with SEND
We understand that some pupils with complex needs may find this transition back into school and a new routine challenging or stressful; however, we are committed to supporting each individual pupil fully as they return to school.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school office via email should you have any concerns specific to your child’s needs in preparation for their return in the Autumn term. We also understand that some of the protective measures identified in our risk assessment may not be suitable or practical for all pupils. We are, therefore, committed to helping all pupils stay safe as best we can and working with your child to help encourage good hand and respiratory hygiene and social distancing practices.
We are committed to supporting you and your child as they transition back into the school routine and we are taking every precaution possible to minimise risk. Please help us make this transition for children as smooth as possible talking positively with your children about returning to school and arriving at the assigned arrival and dismissal time.
We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 8th September.
With best wishes,
The Hatchlands School Team