Arrangements to open to a wider group from Monday 8th June   

Monday 1st June 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to you to set out the arrangements we have made to open to a wider group of children from Monday 8th June.

Thank you.

 

Before I set out these arrangements, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the positive comments we have received from you as you have worked hard to support your children with their Home Learning. I know that this period has been challenging for many families, in all sorts of different ways, and we continue to be here to support you. 

 

We realise this letter contains a long list of dos and don’ts. We are aware that this is not the usual way we operate or communicate with you but we need to ensure the safety of your children and families and of our staff and so have to be very firm about how we will operate as a school in these unprecedented times. 

 

Which children can attend from 8th June?

As you may be aware, we have remained open for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children throughout this period and have been operating with smaller group sizes and additional hygiene and infection control measures. We will remain open for these children as we open more widely for other year groups. 

At present, we aim to open for Nursery and Reception children, Year 1 and Year 6 however we only have limited space and staffing and so it will depend how many children want to return in each year group whether we are able to open to all these year groups. We will be sending a survey out tomorrow by text and would ask you to respond to it to let us know if you would like a place for your child by 3pm the same day. Please consider all the information in this letter before responding to the survey.  

Our Offer:

  • We will remain open Monday - Friday, with Breakfast club and after-school provision for children of Critical workers ONLY

  • School will be closed to all other children on a Friday and there will be no Breakfast Club or After School Club provision for these children

  • For nursery children we hope to offer Monday - Wednesday 9am -1pm 

  • For reception children we hope to offer Monday - Thursday with different groups at different times.

  • For Years 1 and 6 children we hope to offer Monday - Thursday with different groups at different times.  If we are able to accommodate all those wishing to return, the group to which your child has been allocated will be non-negotiable.

  • We will open to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, in this order and as said above we may not be able to open to all children who want a place if numbers are high. 

  • Children may not be with their own teacher or teaching assistant and may not be with many children from their own class.

  • If you decide not to send your child to school you will not be fined for non-attendance - it is your choice and you can decide to continue to keep your child at home with you. 

  • Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 will continue with Home Learning, and we will continue to provide Home Learning and support for Nursery, Reception, Yr 1 and Yr 6 whose parents choose not to send them back to school.  This will continue to be uploaded to our school website under the ‘Home Learning’ banner.

Risk Assessment

 

First and foremost, it goes without saying that the safety of your child and of our staff is our main priority. We are working hard, following the latest government guidance, to develop and implement a number of new ways of operating and have completed a detailed Risk Assessment to plan for this.  This will allow us to open as safely as possible, focusing on measures that will help limit the risk of Coronavirus transmitting within our setting.

These include:

  • Asking that anyone who is displaying Coronavirus symptoms, or who lives with someone who does, not to attend the setting. This includes children and staff.  

  • Keeping our children in small groups with as much consistent staffing as possible, and minimising contact with other groups around the setting.

  • Cleaning our hands more often than usual. We have developed routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly, or use hand sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.

  • Ensuring our children understand good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach and ensuring a good supply of tissues and bins throughout the setting.

  • Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the day, including table tops, door handles and play equipment.

  • Asking parents and carers to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent or carer per household.

  • Asking children not to bring toys or other items from home to the setting. 

 

In addition: 

  • Facemasks - children and adults in school will not be wearing face masks. This is because children will touch these masks during the day and this will add risk. Adults will only wear masks if they are cleaning or supporting a sick child.

  • Children need to come to school in fresh, clean clothes each day. We will understand if it is not always possible for children to wear school uniform. 

  • Children will be in ‘Bubbles’. 

    • These are smaller groups of children, (Yr 1 and Yr 6 in groups of max 15, reception in groups of max 10 and Nursery in groups of max 8)

    • Booking in, via a google form, will be necessary each week. If a child is not booked in they will not be able to attend that week as we need to manage staffing carefully. Children can only join us on a Monday and not mid-week.

    • Children and staff will not be able to swap between bubbles and will be in a consistent classroom. 

    • They will have designated break times - in separate spaces from other ‘bubbles’. 

    • There is no breakfast Club and after school club, unless a critical worker.

    • Toys and equipment will be separated and just used by that bubble and where possible by individual children.  Toys can not be brought from home and work / pictures will not be sent home. 

    • Within classrooms we will spread the children out as much as possible and aim to ensure social distancing. This is not always possible with small children. 

    • Access to the toilets will be carefully managed to limit the number of children at any one time.


Procedures for attending school as we open: 

  • Dropping off and picking up will be at designated areas of the school. There will be a set time and place and if a child is not there at the time and place they will not be able to come to school that day as there is no facility for bringing late children to the main office. Only one adult can drop off/pick up. If possible, siblings not attending school should stay at home. 

  • Dinnertime arrangements: Children can bring a packed lunch or can order a school ‘Grab bag’ (sandwich, drink, fruit, and biscuit). For Reception, and Year 1 these are free, for Year 6 they are £1.00 or free if you qualify for Free School meals. These will be added to your School money account. We are not able to handle money at this time. Children will eat in their classroom or outside weather permitting.

  • Free School Meals and vouchers - if you are currently receiving Free School Meal vouchers these will cease if your child returns to school as your child can now have a Free School Meal. 

  • Moving around school - we will do our best to ensure no physical contact between children by ensuring they have separate spaces in their classroom, their own equipment and that they play non-contact games when outside. 

  • Disruptive behaviour involving possible physical contact / spitting - we are going to consider the risk presented by all the children who request a school place and it may be that we feel that it is not safe for a child to attend school if we believe their behaviour would put other children or staff at risk. In addition we will have zero tolerance to any behaviour that puts children or staff at risk when we are open and any child behaving in this way will be sent home and will not be able to attend school at this time. 

  • Contacting staff - it will not be possible to meet with school staff in person, with drop off and pick up being very quick and focused on receiving the children safely. However the school phone line will always be manned and you can contact the admin team via email at admin@ings.hull.sch.uk if you have any queries regarding Home Learning. We will be responsive to telephone calls and emails and get straight back to you as soon as possible.

  • Transport to school - please do not travel to school using public transport unless absolutely unavoidable.  We encourage you to travel to school on foot or by bicycle and if coming in the car, not car sharing with others.

  • Social Distancing outside of school - please respect social distancing on your way to and from school and please do not gather at the school gates.  This will be supporting the school in keeping us all safe.

What can parents and carers do to help?

 

There are a number of things parents and carers can do to help us make these arrangements effective, in addition to the points listed above concerning arrival and departure and not bringing toys to the setting.

  • Please do provide reassurance to your child by sharing with them how things will work in school, using some of the practical details in this letter, so they understand  the changes to routines and also explain the need to stay apart from the others. 

  • If your child is in any way unwell or slightly unwell, you should keep them at home and seek medical advice. 

  • If your child or someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms your child should not come to school. 

  • If your child becomes in any way unwell during the day, including if we suspect a Coronavirus case, your child will be placed in a separate room and you will need to come immediately to collect your child.

  • If your child’s teacher becomes unwell and cover cannot be arranged, you will be asked to collect your child from school immediately.

Testing

 

Once schools open to more children, all children who are attending will have access to a test if they display symptoms of Coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario. The aim is to enable children to get back to childcare, and their parents or carers not to need to self-isolate any longer than is necessary, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting who will then be told to self-isolate for 14 days.

We ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child, in the event that they develop Coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of a positive test. Further guidance is available about getting tested.

 

I hope that this letter has given you the information you need to understand what arrangements we have made to enable children to return to us from wc Monday 8th June. We are looking forward to welcoming your child back and I hope that you are assured that we have taken all possible steps to ensure safety for all in our setting. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know.

Next steps:

 

Following your completion of the booking in form, we will arrange the ‘bubbles’ and will then be in contact with each ‘bubble’ to give you the details for your child’s return to school.  This will include staggered drop off and pick up times which are likely to be different from normal school times. As we have said we may not have enough staff for everyone who wants a place to have one, we will let you know if this is the case. Children will come back on staggered days during wc 8th June to allow us to settle each year group in carefully. From wc 15th June all bubbles will be in school Monday to Thursday.  

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mrs S Chadburn

Head of School

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