Shenton Primary School

Empowering and nurturing young minds to achieve excellence



Re-opening Parent letter

Re-Opening School

Dear Parents,

Below is some important information regarding how we are approaching the reopening of school.

The Governing Body have agreed a very careful approach to the reopening of school. They recognise that many families are fearful and shielding others at home, as are many staff members.

Having phoned every family, we know you are all safe and well. Within our school community we know of one death due to COVID-19 in one of our households. This is of course very sad. All other households have stayed safe and have not suffered in this way, as have our school staff.

 

We are therefore going to ask children to come into school in small groups for a limited time over 2 weeks. Your child will be connected to 7 other families only. At all times your child and their group will not have contact with any other children, and as far as possible we will ensure your child does not share equipment with other children.

 

Having finished all our health & safety assessments, we can make sure the school site is safe through regular cleaning in particular. We have put measures into place to protect your child and minimise contact with others. As I said before, with Y6 we expect the children to maintain 2m social distancing most of the time, it is only if they forget that any contact might be made. In Y1 and Reception your child will make contact with the other children as they are too young to be expected to remember.

 

The choice is yours to make, whether you wish to send your child or not.

We will phone parents of Y6 children next week, and then those of Year 1 and Reception to ask you what you want to do.

 

We will also be asking you some questions about how you have been coping, and what kind of wifi/gadgets you have available for home learning for each of your children. This is to help us to plan better support for you. Home learning will continue over this half term.

 

If your child attends school we will be focussing on their physical and mental health, reading and preparing them for either secondary school or their next class.

Below is an outline of what to expect as we open our doors and look forward to seeing you again. This plan is also based on available staffing.

 

Stage 1:

Connect children in groups of 7 or 8 for 2 weeks.

This will limit any risk. Children will have enough space to maintain 2m distancing but this cannot be guaranteed as children are children!

We will monitor any risk, and the Governing Body will make a decision regarding when to increase group sizes based on monitoring of safety plans.

Stage 2:

When we know 2 groups are risk free we will mix them into a group of 15, and check for a further week.

Any risk should already have been limited. Children will have enough space for 1m social distancing.

 

Stage 3:

When we know both groups of 15 are clear, we will mix back into normal classes.

The nationwide risk should be very low. Children will not be able to maintain any social distance at all.

 

Week Beginning

Y6

Y1

R

Timing

8.6.2020

Stage 1

1 Day per week – group of 8

 

 

8.40am – 1pm

15.6.2020

Stage 1

1 Day per week – group of 8

Stage 1

1 Day per week – group of 8

Stage 1

1 Day per week – group of 8

8.40am – 1pm

22.6.2020

Possibly stage 2

2 Day per week – 2 groups join to make 15

1 Day per week – group of 8

1 Day per week – group of 8

8.40am – 1pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

END OF TERM

 

Entry/Exit to Site

No one, parent or child, should enter the school site if they have COVID-19 symptoms:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (Do not use Calpol and then send your child)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

There is a one-way system around school and parents of Y6 and R children must exit from the KS2 playground top gate, Y1 parents from the KS1 playground smaller gate down Dunlin Road.

The main entrance on Dunlin Road will be the only entry point. Start 8.40am.

All children need to be accompanied to school and picked up by one adult family member only.

Y6 children will be dropped at the Dunlin Road gate and will walk to class.

Y1 and R children will be dropped at classroom doors.

1pm collection will be as normal for all children from classroom doors.

If you need to speak to the classteacher, please ensure it is urgent, otherwise continue to email or phone and we will help you.

The school office will be open and safety measures have been put into place, so please be patient.

 

What does your child need to bring?

For the first day please provide your child with a packed lunch and water bottle. Nothing else. If you would like your child to have school dinners after this please let us know and they will start from the week beginning 15th June 2020.

 

What does your child need to wear?

Your child does not need to wear school uniform but does need to wear freshly laundered clothes and shower before they leave the house.

They will need to wear trainers.

 

What happens if someone has symptoms in school?

Whether this is an adult or child, we will isolate them and send them home as soon as possible. If it is your child, you will need to get a test and show us the results.

Phone NHS 111 Coronavirus service.

If your child is negative they can come back to school, and we continue.

If your child or another child / adult is tested positive, all members of that teaching group, parents and staff, will be informed and told to isolate for 14 days.

Other groups will continue because they will not have been in contact with the isolated children / staff.

 

We will phone you very soon, so please stand by.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. We will stay in touch with you either through the school app or by phone call.

 

Stay safe,

Ms Gita