September return – information for parents/carers

Please click on the link below for further information about the return of all children in September 2020:

Letter to parents & carers re: September 2020 return of pupils

 

To support with translation please also see a copy of the text from this letter below (you will be able to select the language you wish to read this in from the selection box on the website):

 

Wednesday 5th August 2020

Dear Parents/carers,

We hope that this letter finds you and your family in good health. We are currently making careful and detailed plans for the return of all pupils to school in September and we are writing to share what these plans will look like. We will continue to monitor the national and local situation and respond accordingly to needs as they present; including following any direction and guidance  from the Department for Education, the local authority and Public Health England. As a result of any local or national changes between now and September, there may be changes to the plans shared below – we will always ensure that we share these with you as soon as possible.

Staggered return of pupils

As there will be new routines for children and families to learn when they return to school in September, our Governors have agreed for a staggered return of pupils to ensure that we can offer a smoother transition and support all of our children, parents and carers in understanding these new routines and approaches. The Director of Children’s Services for Leeds asked parents & carers to recognise that this staggered return is in the best interests of your child (please find a copy of the letter from Leeds City Council at the end of this letter).

We are asking that all children in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 return to school first, followed by the remainder of children as set out below:

  • Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th September- teacher training days- SCHOOL CLOSED TO ALL PUPILS
  • Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th September: all children in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 to return to school
  • Monday 14th September – all children from Year 1 to Year 6 to be in school

Reception & Nursery children: our Early Years team have contacted all parents/carers with children in Nursery and Reception classes and shared start dates for these children – please follow the information shared with you directly.

Staggered arrival at the start and end of the school day

To minimise risk and help parents, carers and families to maintain safe distancing we will be changing the routines for dropping off and collecting children at the start and end of each day. Please see the details below:

  • School will be operating a one-way system of movement around the outside of the school building
  • The one-way system will be clearly marked with arrows, signs and school staff will support directing parents and children at the start and end of the day
  • The main entrance gate will be the school gate on Burton Road (opposite TESCO)
  • Families will be asked to move in a one-way system around the school building to drop off or collect children directly from classroom doors (starting with youngest children)
  • Markings outside classroom doors will support families to maintain social distancing when dropping off and collecting children
  • Staff will be ready to welcome children into classes from 8.30am
  • All families will be asked to exit the school site via the gate on Burton Avenue

We are asking parents to arrival and collect at different times to support social distancing; we have decided to do this using family surnames rather than different ages as we are aware that many families have more than one child attending school and dropping off multiple children at different times could be challenging.

Arrival each day:

  • Families with surnames starting with the letters A – J please arrive at the school gate from 8.30am (if your children have different surnames then please use your youngest child’s surname to determine the time). Families will be asked to move in a one-way system around the school building to drop off or collect children directly from classroom doors (starting with youngest children)
  • Families with surnames starting with the letters K – Z please arrive at the school gate from 8.45am (if your children have different surnames then please use your youngest child’s surname to determine the time). Families will be asked to move in a one-way system around the school building to drop off or collect children directly from classroom doors (starting with youngest children)
  • School gates will close at 8.55am

 

Collecting children each day:

  • Families with surnames starting with the letters A – J please arrive at the school gate from 2.55pm (if your children have different surnames then please use your youngest child’s surname to determine the time). Families will be asked to move in a one-way system around the school building to drop off or collect children directly from classroom doors (starting with youngest children)
  • Families with surnames starting with the letters K – Z please arrive at the school gate from 3.10pm (if your children have different surnames then please use your youngest child’s surname to determine the time). Families will be asked to move in a one-way system around the school building to drop off or collect children directly from classroom doors (starting with youngest children)
  • School gates will close at 3.25pm

  Breakfast provision and After School Clubs

Due to the need to keep children and staff in specific year group pods and ensure that these do not mix for the safety and wellbeing of all, we are not able to offer Breakfast Club places in the way we have done previously. Governors have agreed to offer breakfast provision for every child as they arrive in their class each morning – this will likely be toast, fruit/yoghurt and some fruit juice.

We are hoping to be able to offer some form of After School Club provision, this will likely be based in Year groups. Further information will follow when we start our new term in September.

 

We can assure you that as a school, we continue to be committed to minimising risk for all children and adults and are in the process of completing a detailed risk assessment over the summer ready for our September start. Some of the main principles of this risk assessment are outlined below:

  • Children and staff will be based in class and year group ‘pods’ or ‘bubbles’
  • Different ‘pods/bubbles’ will not mix (including at break and lunchtimes)
  • Each ‘pod/bubble’ will use a consistent classroom/space in school
  • Regular and thorough cleaning will take place throughout the day in all areas of school
  • Children and staff will be washing hands regularly throughout the day
  • Resources and equipment will be in individual pencil cases for children or class based and cleaned thoroughly between use if used by more than one class
  • Any child or adult presenting with symptoms will have designated spaces in school to wait, prior to going home as soon as possible and have access to the national test, track and trace system
  • Parents/carers and visitors will not be in the school building unless this has been prior arranged and staff will maintain contact with parents through telephone calls

We thank you for your support and understanding as these routines and procedures are put in place for the safety and well-being of all.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Crawford and Hannah Darley

Co-Headteachers

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