Further to the updated announcement from government you will be aware that school will fully re-open to all students on Tuesday 2nd September 2020.
We want to re-assure you that we have carefully planned how we can re-open as safely as possible following local and national guidelines.
- Some of the key measures we will be taking include;
- Continued emphasis on hand washing regularly thought the school day
- Encouraging children to maintain a safe social distance where possible
- Class bubbles to be separate as often as the space in school allows
- Use of additional entry and exit points for classes
- Assemblies and collaborative celebrations to take place in class bubbles rather than any whole school gatherings
- All parents to leave children at their entry point to school
- Trainers to be worn wherever possible to ensure that staff can maximise the potential for outdoor learning
- PE kits to be brought into during first week back and remain in school for the half-term
- Reduced school trips or educational visits for the first term
- (Swimming is compulsory and provision will be made for pupils in the relevant year groups to attend during the Autumn term as usual should government advice allow for this)
- Limited parent / carer events to minimise the number of people on site and any one time (Parent meetings will go ahead in the Autumn term but will be via telephone appointment)
- Specific routes around school to minimise contact between groups of pupils
- Designated play areas on the playground/field to minimise contact and staggered play / lunch-times
- We will minimise the amount of time staff spend onsite working to maximise time for deep cleaning at the end of each school day
- Staff will not at this time visit alternative establishments or attend training events unless necessary
- We recognise that returning to school will be both exciting but also challenging for many pupils.
- We would like to assure you that we are adapting our curriculum to ensure that it meets the needs of all of our children who have experienced such difficult times over the past school year.
More than ever we will need to consider meeting our pupil’s emotional as well as their academic needs. With this in mind we have asked staff to plan and deliver a ‘recovery curriculum’ for at least the Autumn term. This will give pupils the time needed to re-engage with learning and focus on their resilience and emotional recovery.
Some of the adaptations to our curriculum will include teaching mixed year group planning to all groups in the Autumn term to allow pupils to ensure coverage of objectives that will have been missed due to not attending school.
If you have any questions about how we are keeping your children safe, or the adaptations we are making within school, please contact the school office via the school office in the first instance.