Video & Return to School Letter

Westminster Phased Return Risk Assessment 26.06.20

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Monday 22nd June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope you and your families are healthy, and coping well in this challenging time.

Following confirmation from the government that it is safe to do so, we confirm that we will reopen school on Monday 29th June 2020, to children in all year groups.

Children in years 2, 3, 4 and 5 can return to school and will re-join their original class with their original teacher, where possible. From the survey sent to parents last week and the number of children currently in school, we are planning that only about half the children will want to return, which means we can safely limit the bubble sizes to a maximum of 15 children. To enable us to plan staffing, please confirm if you would like your child to return to school by Wednesday 24th June. The return of more pupils to school does not compromise the safety of children who are already attending school.

The doctors who advise the government have explained very carefully, why it is important and safe for children with no health issues to come to school. Scientific evidence shows that children have a much milder version of the disease and the risk of them becoming very unwell with it, is small.

Children must not come to school if they or any of the family who they live with, have COVID19 symptoms which are a high temperature, a new, and continuous cough or a loss of taste and smell.

The government guidance states the following:

‘We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain two metres apart from each other and staff. In deciding to bring more children back to early years and school, we are taking this into account.’

We will continue to follow government guidance, but I want to be clear to all parents that strictly enforcing social distancing in our primary school will not be possible. We will, however, ensure safety measures are in place. BDAT have checked our detailed risk assessments and plans very carefully and are confident that all the necessary arrangements are in place to plan for everyone’s safety.

  • Each class has a maximum of 15 children and two adults (one teacher and one assistant). Each group will be called a bubble
  • Children will stay in these bubbles and not mix with other children or adults
  • Children will have their own pencil case with their own equipment
  • Children will eat and have playtime with the children in their bubble
  • Regular hand washing will take place
  • Classrooms will be cleaned several times per day
  • Door handles, toilets and hand rails will be cleaned regularly throughout the day
  • Children will access the outdoor areas as much as possible in their bubble
  • Children should not bring items from home including their book bags
  • Children need to wear clean uniform that is changed or washed every day
  • We are unable to run breakfast club or after school clubs
  • Northallerton Road gate will be closed until September. Please use the Westminster Road gate only
  • Children and adults do not need to wear masks or gloves in class. Staff will use gloves and masks only when administering first aid.

Drop off and collection procedures

Arrival from 8.30am

  • Please do not arrive early as you will have to wait outside the gate. If waiting on Westminster Road, please ensure that you maintain 2m social distance from other parents and families. Parents must follow the social distancing guidance at all times
  • Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 parents should drop their child off at the school gate and children will walk down the drive and make their way to class. Staff will be at the gate to meet them.
  • For other year groups, one parent will be allowed to walk down the drive and will need to queue with your child and wait on the marked spots until a member of staff collects your child.
  • Unfortunately, we do not have space on the driveway for family members. Family members will need to wait on Westminster Road ensuring 2m social distance from other parents and families.

Collection at 3.15pm

  • Please do not arrive early as you will have to wait outside the gate. If waiting on Westminster Road, please ensure that you maintain 2m social distance from other parents and families. Parents must follow the social distancing guidance at all times
  • Children will be collected from the field at 3.15pm. One parent can queue and wait on the drive and will then be directed by staff to collect their child from their bubble on the field

I know the last few weeks have been very challenging for everyone and that you may be worried about children coming back to school. If you have any questions about how we are going to keep children safe, please ring the school office on 01274 648490 and ask to speak to Liz Holland or me. You can also email the school office via office@westminsterschool.co.uk

It is for parents to decide if they want their children to return to school, but please do give it careful consideration. You can read the scientific advice the government are using to base their decision about opening schools. Please also be aware that we will no longer provide resources or online learning for children after the 29th June, unless your child is shielding. Please use the BBC Bitesize resources or the Oak Academy to continue to support learning at home, to ensure that your child does not slip behind. https://www.thenational.academy/

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/885631/Overview_ of_scientific_advice_and_information_on_coronavirus_COVID19.pdf

Please make sure if you have children attending the school, that you are following the latest government guidance on socially distancing and if you are aware that your child has come into contact with someone with symptoms that they isolate at home for 14 days.

It is essential that we have your up to date mobile number and that you are contactable every day, so that if your child becomes ill during the day, we can ring you and you come quickly to collect them. Please let the office staff know on 01274 648490 if your number has changed.

Yours faithfully

Nicky White
Principal