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Preparing for Return to School in September

We are driven by our desire to provide a positive, safe and stimulating environment.

Safety Measures

  • In order to minimise the risk of children contracting Covid 19 in school, each class will be viewed as a bubble and detailed timetables have been put in place to ensure that these bubbles meet as little as possible.
  • Children will be required to sanitise their hands on entry to the school grounds and then at set points in the day.
  • Throughout the day, regular cleaning of classrooms and communal areas has been organised and additional cleaning staff will be joining our team.
  • From September, no parents will be allowed on the school premises unless they have booked an appointment first.  We ask parents that when you collect your child you also try to maintain social distancing while at the school gates.

Uniform

  • Children will need to wear full school uniform in September.
  • Children will still be receiving two PE lessons a week and on these days children should wear their PE kit to school
  • Children should bring their book bag to school every day.
  • Another bag is allowed if needed.  A healthy school snack can be brought for break time.

Lunch and break times

  • To minimise the chance of cross contamination between home and school so we are asking that no child goes home for dinner.
  • Children and staff will stay on site for the whole day.
  • Don’t bring any footballs in or other play equipment for break and lunch time.

Important Dates and Times

  • We look forward to welcoming you back on Thursday 3rd September.
  • Inset training for staff – 1st and 2nd September.
  • As of Friday 11th September (the second Friday back), school will finish at lunch time in order for us to do a complete deep clean of the site and for teachers to have their planning time
  • Next academic year we will be following the Sheffield school holidays.

Parentmail

From September we will be operating a cashless system for all school meals and school visits.  Please download the parentmail app on your phone or tablet and set up an account.

Parentmail workshop for parents will be held in September.

COVID 19

Things will be a little bit different in September.  Click the link above to read the school’s comprehensive COVID 19 risk assessment and understand the planning that has gone into making the neccessary changes.

The School Day

School will close at lunchtime on Fridays to allow for deep cleaning and teacher PPA time.

FS2: 8.40am – 3.40pm
(Friday close 12.40pm)

Y1: 8.30am – 3.30pm
(Friday close 12.30pm)

Y2: 8.30am – 3.30pm
(Friday close 12.20pm)

Y3: 8.40am – 3.40pm
(Friday close 12.40pm)

Y4: 8.40am – 3.40pm
(Friday close 12.40pm)

Y5: 8.20am – 3.20pm
(Friday close 12.20pm)

Y6: 8.20am – 3.20pm
(Friday close 12.20pm)

Nursery am: 8.40am – 11.40am
Nursery pm: 12.30pm – 3.30pm

 

What plans are in place to control the spread of the virus?
Social Distancing

Each class will be viewed as a bubble

In order to minimise the risk of children contracting Covid 19 in school, each class will be viewed as a bubble and detailed timetables have been put in place to ensure that these bubbles meet as little as possible. We know children will be upset not to meet with children from other bubbles during the day, but we are looking at ways which bubbles can contact each other.

PPE is available in all classrooms and markings have been added to the classrooms and corridors to help staff and students maintain social distancing.

We have also created zoned areas in the playground for each bubble to play in and we are having staggered start and finish times in order to minimise the amount of people on site at the same time.

We would ask parents that when you collect your child you also try to maintain social distancing while at the school gates. At the end of the letter you will find a timetable with the start and finish times for each year group and their nominated entrance – please take a moment to familiarise yourself with this. Please turn up on time at the right entrance and not at the front door.

From September, no parents will be allowed on the school premises unless they have booked an appointment first. Contact with your child’s class teacher can be made via the phone or email or a message passed on to them from the school office. I understand this may be difficult for some parents, but we want to minimise the amount of people on site in order to minimise the risk of transferring Covid 19. Unfortunately as well at present we cannot allow any parents into nursery or FS2. We will be using lots of ways though to keep you up to date with what your child is doing including zoom and photos. We will be staggering the start to both nursery and FS2 over the first two weeks.

From Y1 to Y6 the classrooms will now be in rows so the children are only seated next to one other child.

Hand-washing and Sanitising

 

Children will be required to sanitise their hands on entry to the school grounds and then at set points in the day they will be asked to wash and sanitise their hands again (on entry to the classroom, before and after break, before and after lunch and at the end of the school day).

Throughout the day, regular cleaning of classrooms and communal areas has been organised and additional cleaning staff will be joining our team.

PPE is available in all classrooms.

 

 

Lunch and Break Times

As you can appreciate, we want to minimise the chance of cross contamination between home and school so we are asking that no child goes home for dinner but remains at school. Staff will also not be allowed off the site during the day except for our pastoral team.

Until systems are fully up and running school, will be offering grab bags for lunch or a child can bring a packed lunch in with them. We are hoping to offer a hot meal option by half term. It will be grab bags and perhaps a hot sandwich eventually every Friday.

As you may have seen on our social media pages and from the letter sent to you in the final week, we are going to be operating as a cashless site, which means that all payments for dinners and trips must be made through Parentmail. If you haven’t already can I encourage you to download the app and register as soon as you can.

We’re requesting that children don’t bring any footballs in or other play equipment for break and lunch time as school will be providing play equipment for the children at these times which will then be thoroughly cleaned between each use.

Uniform

Your child will still be receiving two PE lessons a week and on these days children should wear their PE kit to school but on the other days we expect them to be in full school uniform. We expect them when it is colder to have a tracksuit to wear – black, grey or blue please. There will be no PE on the first day.

Children are allowed to bring a bag to school with them as well as their book bag and one healthy snack for break time – no sweets allowed.

What plans are in place to make up for lost learning?
Lessons and the Curriculum

Your child will still be receiving two PE lessons a week and on these days children should wear their PE kit to school but on the other days we expect them to be in full school uniform. We expect them when it is colder to have a tracksuit to wear – black, grey or blue please. There will be no PE on the first day.

Children are allowed to bring a bag to school with them as well as their book bag and one healthy snack for break time – no sweets allowed.

Plans are already being made for intervention and support groups that will be offered in the autumn term. In the first couple of weeks, class teachers will be assessing their classes to identify which children will benefit from which catch up group. All subject leaders have already been looking at which areas of the curriculum have been missed while we’ve been operating a reduced service and this missed learning will be incorporated into our plans so that no child misses out.

We understand that some children may find it difficult to return and we will be attentive as always to giving children extra emotional support if they need it.

Important Dates and TImes
When does school open again?

As of Friday 11th September (the second Friday back), school will finish at lunch time in order for us to do a complete deep clean of the site and for teachers to have their planning time; please see the table below for what time your child will finish on a Friday. We look forward to welcoming you back on Thursday 3rd September.

Next academic year we will be following the Sheffield school holidays and a copy of the calendar can be found at the end of this letter. We expect full attendance at school as Sheffield Council has already stated that fines will be in operation for persistent absence.

Dates for your Diary
  • Inset – 1st and 2nd September
  • Thurs 24th Sept pm – Early close to facilitate Zoom meetings with new class teacher and parents to talk about how your child has settled in. (it will be sorted how afternoon nursery do this and details will be sent in September)
  • Monday 11th January – Assertive Mentoring Day – school closed for appointments
  • Monday 22nd February – Reading Project Day – school closed for training
  • Thursday 1st April – Assertive Mentoring – school closed for appointments

There will also be three early closes to be confirmed, one for Autumn 2, one for the spring term and one for the summer term. (these won’t apply to afternoon nursery)