The guidance released by the government on 2nd July states that all pupils in all year groups will return to school full time from the beginning of the autumn term.
The prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased and the government has set out clear measures that need to be in place to create safer environments within schools.
We have updated our risk assessment in line with the latest government guidance released on 2nd July in order to allow for the return of all pupils to return to school in September 2020.
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What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term
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Measures within school
The emphasis in the guidance is to ensure we maintain ‘bubbles’ to limit spread of infection and allow for isolated closures if there is an outbreak of the infection.
The size of these ‘bubbles’ can be decided by the school in line with their unique school structure. At our school we have decided that year group ‘bubbles’ will work most effectively and allow us to adhere to guidance.
Within school will be introducing measures to adapt classrooms to meet the guidance such as seating pupils side by side and facing forwards rather than face to face and or side on.
We will also be avoiding large gatherings such as assemblies and not using the school hall for lunch time meals.
For the first half term of the autumn term at least we will not be serving cooked school meals and instead our school kitchen will offer a range of packed school lunches to pupils.
Pupils will eat lunches in their classrooms rather than in the hall (apart from our EYFS children) and their time on the playground will need to be adapted and monitored.
We will also be ensuring everyone at the school cleans their hands more often than usual, including when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks, and before and after eating - this will be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser.
We will also be continuing to have a cleaner in school in the middle of the school day during to clean door handles, toilets, etc.
Measures for arriving at and leaving school
In order to follow the government guidance it is crucial that we try to minimise congestion on our school site in order to maintain social distancing – particularly between adults. This will be particularly challenging given the nature of our school site.
In order to achieve this we will be introducing staggered start and finish times for pupils from September 2020.
EYFS, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 pupils will start school at the usual time of 8.50am with the gate open to the playground at 8.40am. They will finish school at 3.00pm.
Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 pupils should be dropped off at the gate to the playground and make their way into their classrooms. Staff will be around on the playground to direct them on the first few days of term.
EYFS parents / carers will receive further details regarding their entry / exit to school during their transition weeks at the start of term.
Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 pupils will start school at 9.05am.
These pupils should aim to arrive at school no earlier than 8.55am. These pupils will finish school at 3.15pm.
Year 4 and Year 5 pupils should be dropped off at the gate to the playground and make their way into their classrooms.
Year 6 pupils should enter the school building by the red doors to the hall and then make their way to their classrooms.
At the end of school Year 4 and Year 5 pupils will be dismissed onto the playground to waiting parents. Year 6 pupils will be dismissed through the red doors by the hall and make their way down the side of the school building on the fenced path to the school gates.
Registers for all classes will close at 9.15am.
Any pupil who arrives after this time will be marked as late.
Arrangements for siblings
Where parents / carers have brother or sisters in different year groups with different start times - these pupils can enter the school and their classroom when their younger pupils start school.
At the end of the school day parents / carers will need to wait for older siblings on the playground until they are dismissed at 3.15pm. In order so as not to disrupt learning older pupils will not be able to be collected early except in exceptional circumstance.
We will also have to – in line with government guidance request that parents / carers do not gather at the school entrance and do not come into the school building unless an appointment has been made or unless it is urgent. We would ask parents that they ‘drop and go’ leaving the school site as quickly as possible once their child has been dropped off.
All of these arrangements will take some time to become familiar with and it is likely that we will have to make changes to them as the term goes on.
If you have any questions, queries or points to raise about these arrangements please do not hesitate to email: firstname.lastname@example.org