School starts tomorrow
School starts tomorrow!
School starts tomorrow and I wished to remind you of the changes in the school day from tomorrow.
We will be reverting back to our normal times of starting and finishing the school day so that
Infants 08.45am to 3.15pm and Juniors 08.45am to 3.20pm.
There will be some changes that we have introduced that will stay in place and some ‘COVID keepers’ that we have chosen to maintain where we think the arrangement is actually an improvement on how we run the school day.
What will stay the same?
Children will continue to wash their hands regularly and we will continue to have hand sanitiser available in classrooms and at points around the school. Every class will also have a supply of tissues and a pedal bin specifically to dispose of them once used so they can ‘catch it, kill it, bin it.’ All classrooms will remain well ventilated throughout the day.
Our rigorous cleaning schedule will continue with high traffic areas getting additional cleaning during the school day.
School attendance is mandatory. We know how important it is for children to attend school every day and we know you agree.
However, it is incredibly important that children do not attend school if they are unwell. Any child that is showing any symptoms of coronavirus or is otherwise unwell should not attend school or visit the school site for any reason.
Pupils should attend school, promptly on time, every day. It is extremely important that the reasons for any absence are reported immediately to the school office.
We would like your child to continue to wear their PE kit to school on the day they are scheduled to have PE lessons.
Please ensure that the children have trainers that they are able to put on and fasten themselves so they do not require adult help. If they cannot tie their own laces, for example, please choose trainers with velcro fastenings.
What will change?
Children will no longer need to stay in bubbles. This will mean they can mix in the playground. However, the government guidance states that should there be a local outbreak of COVID, measures such as bubbles, staggered start times etc, may need to be reintroduced.
Tracing and self-isolation
From September, the school will no longer be expected to trace close contacts. If a pupil or staff member tests positive for COVID, only their close contacts may need to self-isolate rather than the whole class.
If there is an outbreak at school or we are put into an enhanced response area, you might be advised that some control measures need to be temporarily reintroduced.
Measures for arriving at school
Year 1 and Year 2 children should be dropped off at the KS1 entrance (Mrs Swabrook’ gate) at 8.45am.
Children in Years 3, and above are to enter the school via the front gate, independently, at 8.45am. (Mr Davis’ gate).
Measures for leaving school
We will be trialling not having a one-way system – this may be reviewed and your feedback would be welcome.
At the end of the day, Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 children will be dismissed from their classroom at 3:15pm. Please collect Infant siblings first then come onto the playground to collect Junior siblings. Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 will be dismissed from the playground as we do now at 3:20pm. Please collect your child and move through the grounds and surrounding areas quickly to avoid congestion on the pavements and also parking spaces.
Breakfast and Aftercare
The children will not need to be kept in bubbles at Breakfast or Aftercare Club. Booking arrangements will remain as usual.
Children should continue to bring their school bag and a labelled water bottle into school every day. All of the other classroom resources will be able to be provided and shared once again so children must not bring a pencil case to school. We will provide everything they need.
There will no longer be a requirement for staff to wear face coverings in the classroom or around the school but we will give staff members the option to do so if they choose to.
All of the statutory assessments will return next academic year, including the Phonics Check in Year 1, SATS in Year 2, the Multiplication Check in Year 4 and SATS in Year 6.
Meetings with Parents & Visitors
Visitors will remain by appointment only. We will continue to our virtual approach to parents evenings which will take place in October.
The School Office will be open at two points in the day for face to face enquiries should they be absolutely necessary: 8.30- 9.00am and 3.00-3.30pm. We will only be able to help a maximum of two people at the counter at once. Any queue should form outside the entrance door.
We are excited to see the children tomorrow morning. We hope we have a happy and healthy autumn term.
Bedfont Primary school