Dear Parents and Carers of children at Barningham CEVC Primary School,
Procedures for Returning to School in September 2020
Following the announcement from the DfE regarding the guidance for schools for September 2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak – I am writing to you to outline our expectations and planning. We are aware that there will be changes ahead and hope that together we will create a safe, secure and positive learning environment for every child. We have already a number of successful strategies which have been in place since the March lockdown.
The staff, governors and I are looking forward to welcoming every child back from Thursday 03 September 2020. The children will be in their new classrooms. Each classroom will be a ‘bubble’. Bubbles will play, learn and have lunch together. Assemblies will be held in individual classrooms. The school day will look very much as normal. Teachers will be planning a creative curriculum, but appreciate that for many children there will be issues to be talked through and some recovery of skills and knowledge.
The school day will continue to start at 8:50. We shall have a staggered start time from 8:40 – 8:50. The children are to come into the classroom straight away. There will not be a school bell. Please can I ask parents and carers not to wait on the playground to minimise contact. Y5 and Y6 children will have the opportunity to walk to and from school with parental permission. Playtimes will continue to be split into two time periods: EYFS (Rabbit) and KS1 (Squirrel) 10:15 – 10:30 one class on each playground. LKS2 (Badger) and UKS2 (Owl): 10:30 – 10:45 one class on each playground. Lunchtimes will also be staggered to keep each bubble safe. Tables are washed at lunchtimes. Toilets are monitored by adults to ensure that children allow a sensible space. We will ask parents and carers to collect your child from 3:10 to 3:20 to stagger the number of people waiting on the playground.
With the return to school, I am expecting each child to wear the correct school uniform. Each child will need a water bottle and snack. PE kits will be required in school each day as normal. The teachers will continue to organise their classroom by placing the desks in rows. Each child has a work station, with their books in their tray. In order to reduce physical contact points, I am asking parents and carers to provide a stationary set for each child: 1 30cm ruler, rubber, black, green and blue pen, glue stick, coloured pencils, coloured felt pens and highlighters. The pencil case will stay in school in their individual class tray. Badger and Owl children will also require a basic calculator and a protractor, if possible.
Mrs Chapman will cook school lunches daily as at present and an order form will be sent home shortly. The Breakfast Club will be running Monday to Friday, starting at 7:45 and costs £4. After School Club will also run from Monday to Friday, finishing at 4:30 prompt to allow for cleaning, with a cost of £4 per child. Booking is essential, please.
The emphasis will remain on regular washing of hands and good hygiene. We will continue to take everybody’s temperature each morning. Any child or adult who is feeling unwell will be removed and we will contact you to collect them immediately and follow the COVID-19 NHS advice. The school is deep cleaned every night.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I wish you a great summer holiday and look forward to welcoming you in September.
Frances Parr – Head Teacher