September 2020 Return to school.
Please read the letter below which gives details of the return to school in September.
Monday 13th September 2020
Dear Parents, Carers and Children,
As you will have seen on the news, schools will be able to reopen fully ready for the new school year. This means we will be welcoming all children back to Great Coates on Thursday 3rd September 2020.
All the staff are excited to be able to see all the children again as we have missed them. We are working really hard to ensure that we can reopen school in the safest way possible and adhere to the government recommendations. We have some excellent routines and systems in place already which we will use as the basis for September. Things will need tweaking though, as there will be lots more children.
- The biggest thing is ‘bubbles’. The government have made some suggestions about the size of bubbles, but we have decided to go with class bubbles where possible as these will keep our bubble size small. Children will stay with their class groups in the classroom and in the dinner hall. Children will not swap bubbles.
- Social distancing is going to be a factor in what we do. As a result, we will be staggering start and end times of the day. This is to avoid having too many people on site.
|Year group||Arrive||Home time|
|Year 5 and 6||8:50am||3:00pm|
|Year 3 and 4||9:05am||3:10pm|
|Year 1 and 2||9:20am||3:20pm|
|Nursery am session||9:00am||12:00pm|
|Nursery pm session||12:30pm||3:30pm|
- When you drop off and collect your children please follow social distancing guidelines, including no hanging around. Arrive as close to the timings as possible. You will be asked to move on, not because we are being rude, but because your safety is important to us.
- Contact with the office will remain via phone or email and the front window will remain closed.
- The hygiene and cleaning levels will need to be maintained throughout the whole day. School would usually be cleaned in the morning and in the evening, however it will need to be done throughout the day to ensure we reduce the chances of it spreading. We have solved this problem as Mrs Wilkins, the caretaker, will be on site all day to keep on top of this, ensuring the school is cleaned down throughout the day. We have already increased our stocks of cleaning products and hand sanitisers to ensure we have enough.
- The children will need to wear their full school uniform. The only exception will be KS2 children, who on their P.E days can come in their sports gear for P.E. they must still wear their school jumper. Sports gear is a plain T-shirt and plain dark coloured leggings or joggers. (Initially all P.E will be outdoors).
- Children will be encouraged to have a hot dinner as this reduces things being brought into school. However, if you decide to have packed lunch it MUST come to school in a disposable plastic bag that can be thrown away as soon as your child has finished their dinner.
- We will be following the guidelines is staff or pupils show symptoms, so please be patient and understanding if you are called regarding your child showing symptoms. Your children are eligible for getting tests and the process takes less than 48hours at the moment.
- As a school we will be engaging with NHS track and trace, so please make sure we have your up to date contact details.
- Breakfast club will be open, but I cannot stress enough that children must be booked in at least the day before. We need to restrict number of children attending breakfast club. Priority will be given to working parents, so if you are asked for proof that you work, please be understanding of the reason why.
- Initially afterschool club will not be open.
Please be reassured that we are doing everything possible to ensure that all the pupils and staff will be safe in school. We will be using the government guidelines as a minimum standard. I know some of you will be very nervous about sending your children into school and we understand this, however you are strongly encouraged to do so. The latest guidelines say that the usual expectations for attendance will start again as term starts, this includes notifying of absence and fining for non-attendance. There will be exceptions to this, and we can discuss cases on an individual basis.
As always, a huge thank you for your support and understanding, it makes our job easier. I am confident that if we all work together we will be able to return to school in the safest way possible. It won’t be normal and what we were used to, but I can guarantee you that it will be the best that we can offer.
Stay safe and stay well and we will see you all very soon.