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Welcome back to school letter

Dear parents/carer

School Opening from 3rd of September 2020

On behalf of all of the staff and governors of New Marske Primary School, I am delighted to let you know about the plans over the coming days to welcome your child back to school. As a staff, we have worked incredibly hard over the summer break to ensure that school is as safe and welcoming as possible, so that your child can get back to their learning.

Within this letter, I would like to inform you of some of the steps we plan to take to make sure that all pupils can return safely and this return can be maintained over the coming weeks and months. This letter also contains a summary sheet, highlighting the key points from each section.

For the first half term the school has three main priorities:

  • To safely welcome back all year groups, ensuring that all pupils feel safe in school
  • To assess all pupils, identifying gaps in learning from previous year groups
  • To establish clear COVID secure routines, that will help support pupils as they move further into the school year.

Thursday the 3rd of September

In line with government guidance, the most important way in which school will minimise the risk of any infection spreading and maintaining a safe environment for pupils and staff will be by following the 5 important areas.

  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable

 

Over the summer, staff in school have worked on integrating these steps into school routines. This now means that from the 3rd of September, we will welcome back all of our pupils, apart from the 3 year old nursery who will start on the 7th of September.

So that we can minimise contacts and maximise distancing, there will be staggered entry and exit times for all classes. I would like to emphasise to all parents that it is very important to stick to these timings. I recognise that for some parents the staggered times are inconvenient, but due to the increased risk of getting over 250 pupils into school, this is the first step to take to ensure that pupils get into school safely, with as few people as possible on the school premises. This also means that if parents need to contact school, the best way to do that is via telephone (01642 486392), rather than waiting at the school office.

The exit time for all classes is 15 minutes earlier than usual, but the school have reduced the lunch hour by 15 minutes to ensure that no teaching time is lost for pupils.

The entry and exit times for the first half term will be:

Entry Exit
8:30am – Nursery and Reception 2:45pm – Nursery and Reception
8:40am – Year 5 and Year 6 2:55pm – Year 5 and Year 6
8:50am – Year 1 and Year 2 3:05pm – Year 1 and Year 2
9:00am – Year 3 and Year 4 3:15pm – Year 3 and Year 4

 

After the first week, these times will be reviewed to see if the 30 minute window for school entry and exit can be reduced.

 

New one way system around school

From the 3rd of September, the school car park will not be used as an exit from school.

So that contacts can be minimised and distancing maximised there will be a new one way system around school. All pupils will enter their classrooms via their external doors. All pupils and parents will enter via the main school gate. This does not apply to pupils who are attending Blossom Tree Nursery. These pupils will enter the school site via the nursery gate.

Pupils and parents will walk across the key stage 2 playground and around the perimeter of the school in an anti clockwise direction until they get to their child’s class. Parents will then continue in this anti clockwise direction across the key stage 1 playground, past the school office and out via the main school gate. When exiting via the main gate, we do ask parents to take care when passing parents and pupils entering the school.  Please can we ask that when entering or exiting the school all bikes and scooters must be walked.

 

School Uniform

School uniform will be used as normal within school. This will mean a school burgundy jumper, blue polo shirt and grey or black trousers for boys or girls and a grey skirt or gingham dress and school jumper or cardigan for girls will be needed. Shoes will also be worn rather than trainers. Pupils will also need to bring in a PE kit for their PE sessions.

In line with our behaviour policy and School Brochure, pupils will not be allowed dyed hair, shavings in hair or earrings.

Our main aim with school uniform is to establish the routines we had prior to the coronavirus pandemic, so that children can settle quickly into the known systems.

Pupils can bring bags into school. This should contain a PE kit. Pupils do not need to bring in pencil cases or stationery, as all equipment will be provided by school. As the water fountains have been removed in school, we also recommend that pupils bring in a bottle of water.

 

School Meals

From the 3rd September, school meals will take place as normal. If you child was on packed lunch before school closure, he/she will still be on packed lunch; if he/she was on school meals before school closure, he/she will still be on school meals.

Due to the restrictions in having large groups of pupils in the dinner hall at one time, the dinner sessions will be extended from 11:45am to 1:00pm, with pupils having a 45 minute dinner break within that time. As the overall timings of the day are changing slightly for our pupils, we would advise that pupils bring two snacks for the day.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club will reopen on Monday the 7th of September. There is a waiting list for the breakfast club. If pupils wish to go onto the waiting list, parents will need to complete the form on ParentMail. Breakfast club in school was established in 2014 to provide breakfast for our pupil premium pupils, rather than as an option for working parents to send their children into school so they could go to work. At the moment, we have a mixture of pupils premium and paid places for the breakfast club, but priority for places is always given to pupil premium pupils. From September, the cost of breakfast club for paying families is £5 per week per family. Parents will be informed about the new systems in breakfast club on the 3rd September 2020.

 

Sickness in School

From September, the monitoring of sickness within school will be a key priority to keep pupils and staff safe. In addition to this, in line with the government’s advice, schools must ensure they understand the NHS Test and Trace process and how to contact their local Public Health England health protection team. Schools must also ensure that staff members and parents/carers understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:

  • book a testif they are displaying symptoms. Pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school.
  • provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
  • self-isolateif they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

As autumn term coincides with the annual flu season and normal sickness and illness within school, the school plan to take the following steps to ensure that all pupils and staff are safe.

  • If a child feels ill, they will be taken by a member of staff to the meeting room which will be used as an isolation room.
  • If they have a headache, sore throat, sore stomach or any illness that does need to be looked at by parents, they will be sent home and will be allowed to return when they recover
  • If a child presents with a temperature above 38.1°, a new and persistent cough or issues to do with taste and smell they will be sent home and asked to receive a coronavirus test. If the test comes back negative, the child can return to school when better, if positive, the child will have to follow the guidelines for testing positive with coronavirus. Parents will need to show the results of the coronavirus test, before they can be readmitted to school.

One area to highlight here is if your child is ill for whatever reason, please do not send them to school because if they report being ill in school, there will be a strong likelihood they will be sent home.

To help support the usual flu season that approaches in the autumn term, the school plan to take part in the flu vaccination programme which ran very successfully in school last year.

Learning in case of localised lockdown

Within the guidance issued by the government, there is a requirement for schools to ensure that is there is a localised lockdown, or some classes within school have to self isolate, there should be strong contingency plans for remote education support. This will mean that if the school is closed for a period of time, there will be high quality remote education resources that link to the school’s curriculum expectations.

Upon our return to school in September, the school will be carrying out a survey of parents and pupils to better understand the type of resources that would best provide this education for pupils. Within years 3 -6 pupils will now have access to the Office365 education suite so that all pupils could have access to an online resource.

Face masks and PPE in school

In line with government guidelines, the school do not expect pupils to wear face masks or PPE in school. Although the guidance has changed for secondary schools, within primary schools there is an expectation that the steps taken by the school to minimise contacts and maximise distance, coupled with regular supervised handwashing, are the immediate first steps to ensure that pupils and staff stay safe. The school does have suitable quantities for PPE and this will be used in certain situations: when dealing with ill pupils, protecting staff in the dinner hall who deal with different classes and when a certain situation dictate this.

Risk Assessments

All of the steps taken by school are supported by a rigour risk assessments which if overseen the Galileo Multi Academy Trust and the Trust’s health and safety provider North Yorkshire County Council. The risk assessment and risk register can be viewed in the news section of the school’s website. http://newmarskeprimary.co.uk/news/new-marske-primary-school-risk-assessments/

 

Summary

We are delighted that school is ready to welcome back all of our pupils over the next week. As well as the Covid safe steps school has taken to ensure that staff and pupils can return safely, I am also pleased that school staff, parents and members of our local community have been working hard over the summer to make sure that as well as being safe, the school is a welcoming and full of excitement for their return. Over the summer our school grounds have been redeveloped to create a bookshed and reading area for children. Our keyworker groups started this work in July, with letters to local firms asking for paint to help regenerate the area. Over the summer the plans developed further so that we now have a beautiful reading area, with a community bookshed which will be used by all pupils in school. When working on this project over the summer, staff and parents were motivated to make sure that the first sight our pupils see when they return is a school which is delighted to welcome them back and help them restart their learning.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Mr Dooris

Head Teacher

Summary Sheet

 

School priorities for the autumn return

  • To safely welcome back all year groups, ensuring that all pupils feel safe in school
  • To assess all pupils, identifying gaps in learning from previous year groups
  • To establish clear COVID secure routines, that will help support pupils as they move further into the school year.

Covid Secure priorities

  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable

 

Entry and Exit times

Entry Exit
8:30am – Nursery and Reception 2:45pm – Nursery and Reception
8:40am – Year 5 and Year 6 2:55pm – Year 5 and Year 6
8:50am – Year 1 and Year 2 3:05pm – Year 1 and Year 2
9:00am – Year 3 and Year 4 3:15pm – Year 3 and Year 4

 

Please stick to these timings and avoid any gatherings in the playgrounds

Entry to school

 

From the 3rd of September, the school car park will not be used as an exit from school.

School Uniform

  • School uniform will be used as normal within school.
  • Pupils will need to bring in a PE kit for their PE sessions.
  • Pupils will not be allowed dyed hair, shavings in hair or earrings.
  • Pupils do not need to bring in pencil cases or stationery, as all equipment will be provided by school.
  • Pupils will need a water bottle

 

School Meals

  • From the 3rd September, school meals will take place as normal.
  • Dinner sessions will be extended from 11:45am to 1:00pm, with pupils having a 45 minute dinner break within that time.
  • Pupils should bring two snacks for the day.

 

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club will reopen on Monday the 7th of September.

 

Sickness in School

  • From September, the monitoring of sickness within school will be a key priority in keeping pupils and staff safe.
  • Parents should book a testif they are displaying symptoms. Pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school.
  • Parents should provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
  • Parents and pupils should self-isolateif they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

School will take these steps if a pupil is ill

  • If your child is ill for whatever reason, please do not send them to school because if they report being ill in school, there will be a strong likelihood they will be sent home.
  • If a child feels ill, they will be taken by a member of staff to the meeting room which will be used as an isolation room.
  • If they have a headache, sore throat, sore stomach or any illness that does need to be looked at by parents, they will be sent home and will be allowed to return when they recover
  • If a child presents with a temperature above 38.1°, a new and persistent cough or issues to do with taste and smell they will be sent home and asked to receive a coronavirus test. If the test comes back negative, the child can return to school when better, if positive, the child will have to follow the guidelines for testing positive with coronavirus. Parents will have to show the results of the coronavirus test before pupils can be readmitted to school.

Learning in case of localised lockdown

  • A full programme of remote learning will be implemented in case of a local lockdown.
  • The governors parent survey will be issued over the next week and will be used to assess the level of access pupils have to IT at home

Face masks and PPE

  • Pupils are not required to wear face masks or PPE in school.

Risk Assessments

  • The full risk assessment for the return to school is now available on the school’s website

 

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