School Re-opening March 2021
As you will be aware, the Government have announced the statutory return of all primary aged pupils. Therefore, The Meads will be expecting all pupils in school full time from Monday March 8th 2021. Any plans made by the school may be subject to change, and we endeavour to keep parents/carers informed of any changes we may need to make to our plans. The following outlines the school’s continued plans for all pupils to return.
- To reduce the number of pupils and parents entering and leaving the school site at the same time, there will be a staggered start and end to the school day.
- Years 1/2 and 5/6 school drop off time will be between 8.50am and 9.00am, and collection time will be at 3.25pm.
- Reception and Years 3 and 4 school drop off time will be 9.00am until 9.10am, and collection time will be between 3.15 and 3.25pm.
Where parents/carers have multiple children to collect, we ask that they collect the youngest child first if the collection time is the same for their children.
- Parents/carers will need to leave the site promptly at drop off and collection times and must not gather on the school site. A one way system is in place through the car park for KS2 drop off an collection times.
- Parents/carers are requested to wear a face covering when dropping off and collecting their children (unless exempt).
- Only 1 parent/carer will be allowed access to the site at drop off and collection times.
- All children, staff and visitors to the site will be required to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more when they arrive at school, before leaving school, before and after eating, after break times and whenever else it is appropriate, e.g. coughing, sneezing, touching the face.
- Following Public Health England guidelines, the school will no longer be checking the temperatures of the children when they arrive at school. However, parents/carers can assist with this by checking their child’s temperature before leaving for school in the morning.
- The school will not accept pupils into school who are unwell with symptoms of any illness, under the guidance the school has received from Public Health England. Parents must not bring children into school if their child is unwell at all, and are required to engage with the NHS Test and Trace process. If the child does not have a test for Covid19, the school will not be able to accept the child into school for 10 days (following Public Health Guidance). Once a negative test is received and the child no longer feels unwell or has symptoms of Covid19, the child may return to school. Any siblings in the school will also be required to self-isolate. This is in line with Government guidelines for households to self-isolate.
- Any child who attends school and develops symptoms of any illness will be immediately isolated. Parents/carers will be contacted to collect their child from school immediately. Again, families are required to engage with the NHS Test and Trace process. If the child does not have a test for Covid19, the school will not be able to accept the child into school for 10 days (following Public Health Guidance). Once a negative test is received and the child no longer feels unwell or has symptoms of Covid19, the child may return to school. Any siblings in the school will also be required to self-isolate. This is in line with Government guidelines for households to self-isolate.
- All of the school community will be expected to follow good respiratory hygiene. All children will need to follow the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ approach.
- Each class in the school will become a protective bubble. Children will remain in these bubbles throughout the school day, including break times and lunchtimes, and there will be no mixing of these bubbles. Lunchtimes and break times will be staggered to ensure bubbles are able to remain apart.
- For Key Stages One and Two, lunches will be eaten in the classrooms. Reception lunches will be eaten in the hall.
- Following Government guidance, the children will be allocated the same seat in the classrooms. Classrooms in Key Stage Two will be set up in rows with all children facing the front.
- Bags, bookbags, lunchboxes and water bottles are allowed to be brought into school, and children will be allowed to bring reading books home. However, books that are returned to school will be stored away for 72 hours before another child is allowed to read the book, to ensure there is no risk of transmission.
- Pencil cases will not be allowed to be brought into school. All writing equipment will be provided by the school and will be named. This will reduce the chance of equipment being shared.
- Staff will be required to continue to follow social distancing guidelines (2 metres plus) in their classrooms. This includes staff who are covering PPA time for teachers. Government guidelines expects school staff to continue to do so.
- There will be regular ongoing cleaning throughout the school day of classrooms, toilets and equipment.
- There will be no large gatherings of pupils and/or staff in school. Assemblies will be pre-recorded and watched in the classrooms.
- Unfortunately, under current guidelines, school events are cancelled (unless there is a change in Government guidelines - parents/carers will be informed if such changes are made).
- Parents’ consultations will be held over the phone for the Spring Term.
- We ask that families do not use public transport to travel to and from school if possible, due to the associated risks.
- All children will be required to wear school uniform. On PE days, the children will need to attend school wearing their PE kits. Class teachers will inform families of which days these will be.
- Any visitors to the school will be required to have their temperature taken on entry and wash their hands. Visitors will be kept to a minimum and approved in advance with the Headteacher.
- Parents/carers will not be allowed access into the school building. If teaching staff need to speak with parents/carers, they will phone them at the end of the school day.
- The school will work with the Local Health Protection Team if there is a positive case of Covid19 within the school community, and will follow their guidance with regard to those who can and cannot attend school and who will need to self-isolate.
- In the case of a localised/national lockdown, the school has separate plans in place that will be communicated with parents/carers if required. This will ensure that all pupils are continuing to follow the curriculum expectations for their class, as well as maintaining contact with their class teacher through the use of Google Classroom, with teachers providing feedback on any work completed.
I appreciate that there is a lot of information in this letter for our families. The school are working hard to ensure that they are following Government guidelines in order to keep all children, their families and the staff safe while providing a high quality education for all pupils.
We look forward to seeing all of the children return to school on Monday, March 8th 2021. As always, thank you for your support and understanding in these challenging times. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about the children returning to school.