Information to parents about a phased return on June 1st 2020

Can my child/ren come back to school?

Following the Government guidance, Primary schools will reopen on Monday 1st June 2020 for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. It is our plan at Longlands, to operate a part time timetable in order to accommodate the pupils safely and so that they can be taught by their class teacher. The class will split in half, your child will be taught in either the morning provision (9:00 AM -12:00 PM) or the afternoon provision (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM). They will remain with their half for at least until July 17th.

What if I am a keyworker?

If you are classed as a keyworker or have a child/ren classed as vulnerable then the facility to offer emergency childcare at school still applies regardless of what year group your child is in.

What if I am a keyworker but my child is in either EYFS, Y1 or Y6?

If you require keyworker provision for your child and they are in EYFS, Y1 or Y6, they cannot attend both provisions. This is in order to reduce the possible spread of infection by mixing pupils from different groups. The school will work with you to find the best provision solution for your family.

If my child/ren are not in the above year groups, when can they come back?

The Government’s ambition is to bring all primary year groups back to school before the summer holidays, for a month if feasible, though this will be kept under review. We will only welcome back additional year groups if the most up-to-date assessment of the risk posed by the virus indicates it is appropriate to have larger numbers of children within schools. The safety of children and staff is our utmost priority.

What are some of the ways you are ensuring the children are safe?

We are closely following all the guidance and ensuring our settings are as safe as we can make them, we will adopt the below steps in order to minimise risk:

  • minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, will not be permitted to attend school
  • cleaning hands more often than usual – wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly. We also have alcohol hand rub/sanitiser available and will ensure this is used
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach for coughs and sneezes
  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces after each use
  • minimising contact and mixing by altering, as much as possible, the environment (such as classroom layout), timetables (such as staggered break times)
  • All classes, toilet and sink areas will be cleaned thoroughly according to the Government guidelines both during the cross over between groups and at the ed of the day

What will my child’s classroom look like?

There will be no more than 15 desks in the room.

Chairs will be spaced at 2m apart so all children can socially distance.

There will be hand sanitiser available in each classroom and hand soap and sanitiser at each sink.

The children will only be taught by their familiar adults.

What can my child bring to school?

All children must be sent to school with a water bottle and when needed a hat and coat. All items must be clearly labelled.  In the event of hot weather, parents should apply sun cream to children prior to them coming into school. There should be no need for parents to visit school to drop off items.

Can my child/ren wear a mask?

Whilst the guidance is that face masks are not recommended in the school setting, if you and/or your child feel more comfortable then of course, they can wear one.

Will the staff be wearing masks/PPE?

Whilst the guidance is that face masks are not recommended in the school setting, if staff feel more comfortable then of course, they can wear one. PPE is only needed in a small number of cases:

  • children, young people and students whose care routinely already involves the use of PPE due to their intimate care needs should continue to receive their care in the same way
  • if a child, young person or other learner becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus while in their setting and needs direct personal care until they can return home. A fluid-resistant surgical face mask will be worn by the supervising adult if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. If contact with the child or young person is necessary, then disposable gloves, a disposable apron and a fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult. If a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, for example from coughing, spitting, or vomiting, then eye protection should also be worn.

Do I have to send my child to school?

For the vast majority of children and young people, coronavirus is a mild illness. Children and young people (0 to 18 years of age) who have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions have been advised to shield. We do not expect these children to be attending school or college, and they should continue to be supported at home as much as possible. Clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) people are those considered to be at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. A small minority of children will fall into this category, and parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category.

Will I be fined if I do not send my child back?

There will be no fines issued to parents/carers for non-attendance during this time.

How many children will be in each class?

For primary schools, classes will be no more than 15 pupils in a group. If there are any shortages of teachers, then teaching assistants can be allocated to lead a group, working under the direction of a teacher.

Key Worker Group

Vulnerable children and children of critical workers in other year groups will also be split into small groups of no more than 15.

What measures will be in place to socially distance?

Whilst every effort will be made to keep children away from each other, the nature of young children is to be close to each other. Contact in some cases will be unavoidable and we will ensure that with increased hand washing and working in small groups, we will minimise the risk as best as we can.

We cannot respond to complaints from parents/carers if children are in close contact. We want this transition back to school to be a positive one for our parents and pupils. To support this, we will share with you our guidance on what to expect the school to be like and how we will help children in our care to stay safe. This, we hope, will help you when making the decision to send you child to school.

What equipment will my child be using and will it be shared?

In order to maintain an environment that is as normal as possible, children will be issued with their own stationary packs containing a pencil, pen, whiteboard pen, pack of pencil crayons and a ruler. Any shared equipment will be sanitised after each use.

Will my child take part in PE?

We will encourage children to take part in daily exercise but sports and PE lessons will be adapted to ensure the children are kept safe and limit contact. Mr Hounsell will ensure that he is maintaining the recommended social distancing rules at all times and all pupils will have their own personal equipment which will be sanitised after each use.

Does my child need to wear school uniform?

We will not require pupils to wear their school uniform. We would however, ask that children attend school in clothes that are suitable for school and playing outdoors and joining in a PE session. Children should wear clean clothes each day. Children will not require a change of clothes for PE

My child does not fall into any of the categories so does that mean they still have to stay at home?

Yes, children will continue with their home learning and work will continue to be provided in the same way as we are currently.

Will my child have lunch at school?

No. The groupings and timetables have been planned so that children can eat their lunch at home. (Further information to follow about the provision of Free School Meals)

How to I drop my child off and collect them?

We need to ensure the safety of our pupils and parents/carers too so please follow all guidance from the school when you drop off and collect your child. We want to limit the number of adults at these times, so please can you ensure one adult only attends to drop off and pick up. The school will provide parents with a site map illustrating routes to take and timings for staggered drop of and pick up procedures for your child’s class and those for children of key workers.

Can I visit the school during the school day?

No. Parents will not be allowed into the school building school at any time – even in the reception area. Parents will need to telephone the office with any queries, or to arrange a telephone meeting with a member of staff if they are required. This is to ensure that everyone adheres to the social distancing rule and so that we can control the number of persons on site.

Will before and after school clubs take place?

No clubs will be taking place during this time.

How does my child get to school?

The children will need to walk to school or come by car if this is your normal way of travelling to school. Please refrain from bringing bikes or scooters to school as the bike store will not be accessible.

My child or a member of the household are showing signs of coronavirus – can my child still attend school?

No, if your child or anyone in your household shows signs of coronavirus, you must all self-isolate as per Government guidelines.

If a child or member of staff at school develops symptoms during the school day, what will happen?

When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. Parents of all pupils in the group will be informed. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested if needed.

If the test is negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.

If the test is positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.