September Re-opening

School plans for full re-opening in September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope everyone has had a lovely summer break and we are looking forward to welcoming back pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 on Thursday 3rd September.

The prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased since schools restricted their opening to most pupils in March. The NHS Test and Trace system is up and running and we understand more about the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments.

Reception children will start school on Tuesday 8th September, after they have had their settling in session on Thursday 3rd or Friday 4th September.

Following government guidance, we will be putting into place key safety measures to keep all members of the school community safe when pupils return to school;

  • Pupils will be kept in year group bubbles throughout the school day, we have made some changes to the normal procedures in school. Pupils within their year group will sit at desks facing forwards and will be reminded of the importance of socially distancing from staff. We understand that this is challenging for younger children and staff will limit close interaction with pupils to under 15 minutes in one session.
  • Modelling high standards of hygiene is key. All pupils will wash their hands when they enter school, frequently throughout the school day and before they go home.
  • We will promote the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach, to ensure good respiratory hygiene.
  • Within each bubble resources will be regularly cleaned.
  • Within each bubble there will be a track and trace record sheet that will record all members of staff that have entered the bubble throughout the day. The number of staff working in more than one bubble will be kept to a minimum.
  • Pupils will have staggered and separate play and lunch breaks. Adults will be teaching the children a range of fun games that promote social distancing and positive pupil interaction.
  • All children are to return to school in a full school uniform, including school shoes. Children should bring their book or school bag. Please bring in a pair of named wellington boots.
  • There will be no whole school assemblies in the school hall. Senior leaders will run assemblies through the use of TEAMS.

Parents

It is essential that the school and parents work closely over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition back to school for all pupils. Parents will receive regular communication from the school and if you have any questions or concerns about the re-opening plans please email Head@pyrcroftgrange.surrey.sch.uk. It is important that we continue to keep the number of adults on the school site to a minimum;

  • Parents are not to come on site, only to drop off and pick up points. Please be punctual at the start and end of the day.
  • No parents to enter the school office-any meetings required need to be by appointment only. Please ring the school office 01932 564094 if you need to leave a message for a member of staff. Children MUST bring all their belongings with them at the start of the school day.
  • Any parents with appointments must use the hand sanitiser when they enter school.
  • Please can parents support the school by adhering to class bubbles when travelling to and from school and socially distance at the start and end of the day.
  • Parents must inform the school immediately if their contact details change.

Attendance

Government guidance confirms that attendance at school from September is compulsory. We understand that some children and parents have been away from the school environment for a significant period of time and may be anxious about returning to school. To reassure you the school has rigorously followed the safety measures laid out by the government and we put the safety and well-being of all members of our wonderful school community at the forefront of our school decisions.

Pupil Behaviour

We fully appreciate that some children have been away from the school environment for a long period of time and the school behaviour policy will reflect the need to adopt flexible and appropriate behaviour strategies to support pupils settling back into school. Individual behaviour plans will be written where necessary.

SEND and EHCP

If your child has SEND support arrangements or an EHCP, your child will continue with the identified support and interventions they had before the school closed in March.

Beginning and end of the school day

Please click here to view the timetable, that shows the allocated start and finishing times for each year group and their designated drop off points. Since we sent the timetable home in July a frequently asked question is;

What happens if my children have the same drop off/collect time but at different points within the school?

You take both children to one siblings drop off point and staff will take the other sibling through to their class

Please be punctual in the morning and afternoon

If your drop off point is the school gate on Chilsey Green Road please use the crossing to safely cross the road. Please be considerate of local residents when you park. Thank you

Wearing face masks

Public Health England does not (based on current evidence) recommend the use of face coverings in primary schools. This evidence will be kept under review. They are not required in schools as pupils and staff are mixing in consistent groups, and because misuse may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission. There may also be negative effects on communication and thus education. If your child wears a face mask on their journey to school, we will ask parents to support their child to remove their mask and take it home with them.

Recovery Curriculum

When the pupils return we will be offering a “recovery curriculum”. Class teachers will be focusing upon children’s well-being, re-building positive relationships and re-igniting pupils’ passion for learning. Teachers will spend time creatively assessing children’s understanding of key concepts in core subjects and use assessment for learning to plan lessons, that cover missed knowledge and skills due to school closure. Reading is an essential tool and teachers will be leading whole class guided reading sessions each day. Each class will have their own set of reading books and children will bring home a reading book. Teachers will also be allocating suitable books on Bug Club. Please encourage your child to read every night as being able to read fluently opens the door to a broad and balanced curriculum.

PE and Music

Pupils in Key Stage 2 need to wear their PE kits to school on a Friday. They will stay in their PE kit all day. Please make sure they have a school PE kit. Jogging bottoms can be black or navy.

It is recommended that children do not sing in large groups. In the autumn term children will be exploring different composers and their music.

Extra-Curricular activities

For the first half term we will not be operating any after school clubs as we are not permitted to mix year groups. This academic year we will not be running homework zone and individual class teachers will be working closely with parents to ensure weekly home learning is completed. Mrs Perkins will be sprinkling her magic in Year 6 and children will be invited into school for booster classes in the autumn term.

School meals

Children will be able to have a school dinner or a packed lunch. Some classes will be eating in the dining hall. Children will not be facing each other and the benches will be cleaned between different bubbles. Some classes will be eating in their classroom.

Starting in September children will need to have school dinners or packed lunch all week, they cannot mix the two. If your child wants to change from school dinner to packed lunch or vice a versa you must give the school a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice.

Breakfast and GAP after school club

Breakfast club will operate in September. Within breakfast club children will be in sibling or year group bubbles. Parents must book their child’s place in advance. Parents must bring their child to outside the main school office and a member of staff will meet the children.

We are very excited to begin a working partnership with GAP Club. All places must be booked in advice via the website www.thegapclub.com and click on book now.

Suspected or confirmed case of COVID

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow government guidance. They must self-isolate

for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate until test results are returned. Please advise school of the test results.

Schools must take swift action when they become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools should contact the local health protection team. The local health protection team will work with schools to guide them through the actions they need to take. Based on the advice from the health protection team, schools must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious.

If a year group bubble is advised to self-isolate for 14 days, the school will provide remote learning for those pupils.

Risk assessment

It is a legal requirement that schools have a risk assessment that is amended as necessary. Our risk assessment has been recently reviewed and is on the school website under the COVID 19 tab.

Home school agreement

Parents and carers will be sent an online home school agreement to talk through with their child and return before the start of term.

Parents are encouraged to visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their children’s return to school.

We are all looking forward to welcoming the pupils back to school and we will work closely with parents to ensure children feel settled and safe within the school environment.

Kind Regards 

Sue Nardoni