Re-opening of Bedfont Primary School to Children in Year 6, Year 1, Reception and Nursey Children
The safety of all the children, parents and staff of Bedfont Primary School is of paramount importance and it is essential that this letter is read carefully and is understood.
A copy of this letter will be found on the website so that parents can make use of the translation aspect of the school website, if this is needed.
Safety of all
To ensure that all of the children, parents and staff are kept as safe as possible, we will be arranging our reintroduction to school as a phased return. We have done this so that each aspect of the re-opening can be evaluated on an ongoing basis, so that we can minimise any risk. These decisions have been based around four guiding principles:
- Hygiene – that we can maintain high standards of hygiene throughout the school day. This will include regular hand cleaning, use of hand sanitiser and the cleaning of hard surfaces. Children will not be permitted to wear masks at school.
- Social distancing and safe movement around the school – as you are aware, social distancing is a great challenge for children. We must try to maintain social distancing during classtime, playtime and lunchtime. Children will be kept within a fixed social bubble and will not mix with any other children or adults outside of their bubble during the school day.
- Being responsible – that all children and adults can stick to the established rules so that we can effectively achieve the above two points
- Health and testing – that children at home are not sent to school if they, or a member of their household, show symptoms. All children of the class will be sent home if they, or their group leader, show any symptoms. We will require a test before children/adults return to school.
We reserve the right to complete temperature checks on arrival.
Based on these principles we have made the following decisions:
- School will run from Monday to Thursday. School will be closed each Friday for all children. There will be no breakfast club or after care at this present time.
- We will start with Year 6 children on Wednesday 10th June. These children are the oldest and will find social distancing and hygiene rules less problematic.
- Our key worker children will return to school on Monday 1st June. Children that have not accessed this group before will not be permitted until the week beginning 8th June.
- The first children to be returned to school will be based on those parents in Year 6 that have expressed their interest. These children, and these alone, will be reintroduced to school. No further children will be admitted to this group and the provision will be reviewed on the week beginning 24th June.
- A letter will be sent to all Year 6 parents closer to the start date of 10th June.
- A new Home-School Agreement will be shared and must be signed before children return to school. Children and adults will be refused entry/attendance to school if any of these rules are broken. This is to keep our whole community safe.
- We will reintroduce Year 1 on Wednesday 17th June and Reception on 24th June. At present Nursery will not be returning to school due to not having the sufficient space to cater for them. These dates will depend on the successful reintroduction of each previous group and overall success of this mammouth undertaking. THIS MAY CHANGE but this our initial plan.
School dinners and packed lunches:
- We will not be serving hot lunches - children will be eating in their classrooms or outside. This is to maintain their fixed social bubble. We request all parents to send children to school with a packed lunch. Children that receive a free school meal will receive a school packed lunch each day. Free school meal children that attend school will continue to receive food parcels from the Salvation Army.
Responsible behaviour at home and school:
All families and staff attending school will receive a daily reminder of the symptoms of Covid 19. We insist that you act responsibly and follow all our guidance. By being responsible and consistent in our approach we will keep each other safe.
To keep our whole community safe, any child that intentionally breaks social distancing rules, or fails to follow the clear instructions from staff, will be sent home from school immediately. The length of time of any exclusion will depend on the severity and persistent nature of the behaviour. This is to keep us all safe.
Your child may not be taught by their usual teacher. Teachers will be delivering the online learning content to the children in school. This is the same online learning activities children not attending will receive.
There will not be able to have assemblies, sports or singing lessons during this period. We will however make good use of our outdoor areas to minimise transmission and maximise vitamin D (sunshine).
Online learning activities will continue to be set for all children not attending school each day.
NO PARENT WILL BE PROSECUTED FOR NON- ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL DURING THIS TIME
I hope this letter answers some of your questions and demonstrates our intent to keep our community as safe and healthy as we possibly can.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mr G Davis
It makes me incredibly proud to be a member of this community. The people of Bedfont have shown their true community spirit which I know will continue into the difficult times to come.
We will continue to support the learning of the children through our website. There will be ideas for tasks and activities to complete at home. We will update this regularly. Please don’t forget to send examples of work to the class email for us to display in our gallery. Staying physically active is going to be so important. Please encourage play and promote language.
The school email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) will still be in use and should be used if you need to contact us. We cannot guarantee that the school office will be staffed so please email rather than phone.
Please be mindful of limiting your child’s anxiety about the virus. Your children are very young and are maybe worrying more than you know. Talk to them about why the school is shut and explain the reasons in a clear way. Be aware of your conversations with adult friends and family while your child is around.
We would like to say thank you to you all for your encouragement and kind words, offers of help and understanding. What an amazing community we live and work in. We will remain in good communication with you all both via SchoolPing and the website. Please look after yourselves and we look forward to all being back together in the near future.
Finally, I just wanted to share this…
‘Arguing with your kids to do work is not what anyone needs right now. Instead, cuddle up together and read, read, read. Take turns reading. Read them your favorite novel (yes, you can read novels to small children). Do a puzzle. Build a fort. Bake. Watch TV together. Paint. Get out the Lego and build together. Set up a tent in your living room and camp out. Look at photos of when you were a kid. In other words… Don’t stress about them forgetting. Don’t stress about homeschooling them. Just spend time together. Your children won’t learn much if they’re feeling stressed. Though this is a scary time, it could very well be a time they remember as the best time in their life.’