Re-opening Plan for 8 March
I am writing to you to explain our operational arrangements from next Monday, 8 March as we once again are able to welcome all children back to school.
I would like to start by thanking our parents and carers for your fantastic support with your children’s home learning during this current lockdown. The use of Google Classrooms has been so different to the previous lockdown and we can see how much support and time parents have given to supporting your children’s learning. Children’s engagement has remained high and we do thank you sincerely for all that you have done to achieve this. We do not underestimate how difficult this has been for everyone. Thank you.
The operational guidance for our return on Monday is broadly in line with the arrangements which were in place for the autumn term reopening. Please do read the content of this carefully and please do share it with your child/ren. I hope that by discussing this with your child it will help give reassurance as we prepare to come back together in class groups once again. Hopefully lots of the detail in this letter will be familiar and this will help children as they adjust to the return to full time school again from Monday.
At Albert Pye, we will return to the staggered starts which were in place last term. This will enable us to minimise the impact of 400 children and families arriving and leaving our school site at the same time and help us to manage this safely. Times stated below are as near as possible to the school day and also help us to consider families with siblings and families who have children at both The Albert Pye and at Ravensmere schools.
Please bring your child into school at the following times according to your surname:
Families with a surname of A-J
8.40 – 8.50
Families with a surname of K-Z, and families with siblings at Ravensmere.
8.50 – 9.00
Nursery session times will remain the same and your offer letter will tell you the sessions and days your child will attend. For parents who have siblings in other classes in the school, please drop your child to Nursery first at the start of the day and collect your child from Nursery first at the end of the day, so that the one-way system is maintained.
We will continue with the one-way system around the school site, because we still need to minimise contact between our adults. Parents and children should come into school via the entrance on Peddar’s Lane, down the side of Durrants’ Auction Rooms. As before, we ask that parents walk round the outside of the school building to drop children off at the classroom door and then leave site via the Frederick’s Road entrance. This one-way system has worked well and ensures all adults move in the same direction around our site as far as possible. Signs are in place to remind you and staff will be on the paths to help you.
Children in RB and in R1VM will continue to come into school via the five-bar gate in their outdoor area and staff will greet your child from there.
Nursery will continue to use the small gate for handover and collection and parents are asked to wait in the social seating area at the end of the day. Please do remember to use the seats and not wait along the path so that the pathway is kept clear for all parents. Please make sure that anyone who may be picking your child up is aware of these measures.
Years 1 and 2 (Miss Batt and Miss Day) will use their outside doors via the KS1 playground, years 3 – 6 should use their outside classroom doors.
We ask that strictly just 1 adult per family brings your child/ren to school as we need to reduce the numbers of adults on our site as far as we can. We are restricting adults coming in to school and any visits must be made by appointment only. Please phone the Office who will be able to advise you.
The lunch break will remain as 45 minutes. This will be staggered so that children remain in their Year group Bubbles. Just as we did during the autumn term, Year 3 and Year 5 will eat lunch first and then access the outdoor playgrounds, each kept separate. When they return to class year 4 and year 6 will then have their outdoor play. Years 3 and 4 will use the lower playground and years 5 and 6 will use the upper playground. Break times will be staggered in the same way too.
Caterlink will provide all children in Reception, year 1 and year 2 with a school lunch and the menu will include both a cold and a hot option and meals can be ordered from the menu in class. Our younger children will use the dining hall to eat and children in years 3 – 6 will eat in their classrooms. This allows us to ensure cleaning between the 2 different lunch sittings.
Morning and Afternoon Clubs
The System of Controls which schools must follow requires schools to minimise contact across the site and maintain social distancing wherever possible. Therefore, I do not want to bring children together across Bubbles to access After School Club as this is what we are trying to avoid. Before and after school clubs at Albert Pye will remain suspended for the next three weeks whilst we are in Step 1 of the Plan. We very much hope that Clubs will be able to be reinstated as we move to Step 2 from the beginning of the summer term.
As above, we will not be offering any after school sports clubs for the next three weeks. We hope that these will be able to operate again from the start of the summer term and will keep parents updated.
We will be reinstating our uniform policy and from Monday 8 March we ask that all children wear school uniform please. Guidance is that clothes should be laundered as you usually would do. Please do bear in mind that windows and doors will be open wherever possible to ensure good ventilation so children should wear extra layers if the weather is colder.
As before, children should bring as little with them to school as possible. They may bring a bag and bookbag, water bottle, hat and coat. We will not be changing for PE so full kit is not needed but a change of footwear is essential please. This can be left in a bag on their peg. We will begin sharing reading books once again and children will be able to bring their reading book home. We will keep items going between home and school to a minimum and please do not let your child bring in items from home unless specifically asked to do so by their class teacher.
Government guidance states that from Monday attendance is mandatory again and it makes clear that education is not optional. We will continue to work with children and with families to ensure a smooth return again to school but children will be expected to be in school every day.
If your child was allocated a school laptop then these need to start being returned to school please. A member of the Office staff will contact you and agree a date and time for you to return the laptop. I ask please that parents do not return them until you have been contacted so that we can manage this process and avoid having too many adults arriving to the Office at the same time. Please wait to hear from staff at the School Office who will be in touch. We hope to complete this by Friday 19 March.
The system of controls asks schools to minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate by ensuring they do not come to school. Children, staff and other adults must not come to school if:
If your child develops symptoms whilst at school we will send them home and advise you to follow the guidance and to book a test.
An adult must be available to come and collect a child immediately if school is requesting that they are sent home so please make sure there is an adult available if you are requested to collect your child.
Staff are engaging with the asymptomatic testing programme twice weekly but children in Primary schools are not part of this testing programme.
Parents are strongly advised please to wear a face covering whilst on our school site. Children in Primary schools do not need to wear a face covering.
We all look forward to welcoming your child back to school on Monday and very much look forward to seeing all the children once again.
Mrs M. Mills