Learning Together with Kind Hearts and Determined Minds
Letter to Parents – July 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
It is our plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.
A thorough risk assessment has been undertaken but to ensure our procedures will work for a full return of all pupils, various procedures will be in place. Please read the following information carefully and store in a safe place, as you will need to refer back to this prior to September.
Early Years children – your original dates sent out earlier in the year still stand with the first of these dates being the Thursday 3rd September. Each class will start with the eldest 5 children and then every day for the next two and half weeks more children will be added until every child is in. Please check previous communication for your child’s start date.
Friday 4th September – Y3/4 children will join
Monday 7th September – Y1/2 and Y5/6 will join
In relation to working in schools, whilst it is not possible to ensure a totally risk-free environment, the government informs us that we are in an improved position with the balance of risk now overwhelmingly in favour of children returning to school. However, while coronavirus remains in the community, it is vital that we continue to stay alert which is why all schools including us will continue to have in place measures that reduce the risk as much as possible. Our plans are initially in place for the first term but will be under constant review; please read all communications.
After settling in time, teachers will be assessing what your child needs. Along with academic progress, we will also be assessing your child’s well-being. We have a central role to play in enabling children to be resilient and to support good mental health and well-being and will do this through an environment that is calm, kind and supportive.
Your child will need time to adjust to the new routines, their new class, their new teacher and we will be there to support you and them through this process.
Arrival and Pick Up
Arrival and pick up times will also be staggered. You must stick to these times to limit the number of people moving along the path. Children should only be brought in by one adult per family to reduce the number of people moving along the path.
For the vast majority of the day your child will be in a class bubble. There will however, be times when the bubble extends to the phase, see below. If you have children in multiple year groups, please arrive and collect all your children at the youngest child’s time slot.
There will be a controlled entry to the school and a one-way system for everyone’s safety. YOU CAN ONLY ENTER VIA THE SCHOOL APPROACH PATHWAY AND ONLY AT YOUR ALLOTTED ARRIVAL TIME. 2m apart boxes will be marked; only enter the next box as it becomes free. YOU CAN ONLY EXIT THE SCHOOL VIA THE HILL VIEW GATE. I know this means an extra walk for some of you but this system is in place for everyone’s safety as a social distance cannot be maintained with two directional ‘traffic’ on the footpath and it would be too dangerous for families to walk along the road. This system has been in place since March and has worked well.
Routines and Behaviour Expectations
EY – will have a hot meal delivered to Forest Room (a classroom next to Lime and Apple)
Y1/2 and Y3/4 – will eat in the hall
Y5/6 – will collect their lunch from the hall and eat in their own classrooms.
Please avoid approaching the office or members of staff at the beginning or end of the day as they need to focus on the children that are coming into school. If it is an urgent message please keep to a social distance otherwise send an email via the email@example.com
Thank you for all the supportive messages throughout this period. I very much look forward to seeing you all in September.
Mrs K Sandberg
Headteacher, Borough Green Primary
This plan and information is subject to change at short notice and is under constant review.
* Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms include one or more of the following:
• a high temperature
• a new, continuous cough
• a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
More detail is available online: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/
The individual should be tested for COVID-19; this can be arranged online: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/
What to do following a positive test
If the individual tests negative they can return to school. However, in the event of positive test result, they must self-isolate at home for seven days and follow the guidance available online: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The individual will receive a request by text, email or phone to log into the NHS Test and Trace service website and provide information about recent close contacts. Other individuals may also need to self-isolate for 14 days; in most cases this will include the rest of their bubble, however, Public Health England will support the school to identify those close contacts who will need to be advised to self-isolate and any further testing required.