Information For Parents – Returning to School

What measures have been taken to reduce risk?

A comprehensive risk assessment has been undertaken and approved and this is available via the school website www.westminsterschool.co.uk

Can I change the time of drop off and pick up?

No. The timings have been designed to try and minimise the number of parents and children coming into contact.

What time do I pick my child up if I have more than one child in school?

Please pick up your children at 3.15pm

Can my child change groups?

No. We are sorry but children cannot change bubbles as this may increase the risk of cross contamination.

How can I reassure my child about returning to school?

We have a number of resources available on our website that can support children of any age. You can access these resources at www.westminsterschool.co.uk

Please talk to your child and give them lots of reassurance about how the staff in school are going to look after them.

What will you be teaching in school?

Our main focus will be the mental health and wellbeing of the children. School will be focusing on personal, social and emotional needs first. Embedding school routines and developing friendships.

There will be lots of outdoor and creative activities.

The curriculum will be a ‘Recovery Curriculum’. Reception and Year 1 will return to their phonics and reading and Year 6 will use the time to focus on their transition to secondary school.

Does my child need to wear school uniform?

Yes. Children should wear their normal school uniform.

If my child is in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 do I have to send them to school?

No. The government has stated that during this time parents can decide whether or not to send their children to school. Parents will not be fined if children do not attend school.

Will work be provided for children at home?

Most of our staff will be working in school from Monday 8th June so limited online learning will be produced for those pupils not invited to attend school. Pupils will be able to continue to use Frog, TTRockstars, PurpleMash and Reading Plus. There are also other online resources including the Oak National Academy, White Rose Maths and other providers such as Bitesize. Links are available on the school website. Work packs can be requested for children in Y2-Y5. Parents can still contact the class teacher using the class email address already provided, however please note that teachers will be with children during the day so emails may not be answered the same day.

How will the classroom be set up?

Tables have been separated, with one child at each table. Children will be given their own pencil case and stationery to use.

Many resources have had to be removed from the classrooms such as soft toys and furnishings. Where resources are shared, these will be cleaned regularly.

What will happen at lunchtimes and playtimes?

The children will remain in their bubbles of max 15 throughout the whole day and the teachers and teaching assistant who are with them will look after the children during break and lunch. Children can bring a packed lunch from home.

Children will be sat with their bubble group in the dining room and then play outside with their bubble.

Will the Free School Meal voucher scheme continue?

Yes. The national voucher scheme will continue for pupils entitled to benefits based free school meals.

Will breakfast club and after school clubs be running?

No. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide breakfast and after school clubs as this may increase the risk of cross contamination.

Why can’t parents come into the school office?

We need to limit the number of adults in the building to reduce the risk of virus transmission and therefore parents cannot enter the building. If you have any queries, please contact the school on 01274 648490 or via office@westminsterschool.co.uk or via your class email address. Meetings will be held over the phone if necessary. Please ensure that the school has your up to date contact number.

How will school ensure cleaning is done thoroughly?

The staff within each bubble will clean the children’s tables and chairs during the day. The bins will be emptied at lunchtime. The school has invested in a new cleaning system that provides a high level of cleanliness. Cleaners will clean the corridors and toilets during the school day and classrooms will be cleaned thoroughly every day after the children have left school. Extra cleaning will be undertaken on a Friday afternoon.

Can my child wear a mask and gloves?

No. The government guidance is that personal protective equipment including a mask and gloves is not required in a school. Children will be asked to remove any mask or gloves before they come into the building. Children will be washing their hands regularly during the school day.

If you have any other questions about your child returning to school, please contact the school office on 01274 648490 or via office@westminsterschool.co.uk

You can access the government guidance for parents here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday

10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday