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Returning to school from June 2nd for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.

29th May 2020

COVID-19 Update: Reopening for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am sure you will all be aware; the Government announced yesterday that their five measures have been met and that schools can open to more pupils from 1st June. As stated in the previous COVID-19 updates, rigorous risk assessments and preparations have taken place. The school risk assessment has been reviewed by the Local Authority and will be available on our website from Monday.

I apologise in advance for the complex nature of the following information. I am sure you will appreciate the importance of communicating all of the actions needed to minimise risks as the number of people on site increases.

· School is closed to all children (except critical workers) on Monday 1st June for staff Safeguarding and Health and Safety training.

· At this time, it is not possible to offer places for nursery children.

· A Marvellous Me message has been sent to all parents of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils. This informs you of the group and member of staff your child will be with throughout their time in school.

· In order for children to be in groups (bubbles) of 10, we are offering 2 days of onsite education per week.

· We will continue to provide virtual learning resources to be completed when not in school.

· Paper copies of the learning resources will be available for collection, if you are not able to access on line.

· Reception S, 1B and 61 will be in school on Monday and Tuesday.

· Reception E, 1T and 6R will be in school on Thursday and Friday.

· School is closed on Wednesdays to children (except critical workers) for cleaning.

· School will start for all children at 8.45 and end at 3.15.

· There are separate entrances for each year group. Please ensure you only use the entrance assigned.

· Please respect our neighbours when dropping off or collecting your child.

· Year 6 pupils must only enter the site using the Vicarage Road entrance. We request that parents do not enter the site either for drop off or collection. Please arrange an agreed meeting point with your child off site if you feel appropriate.

· Reception pupils and 1 parent/carer must enter the site using the Woden Avenue gate nearest to School Road.

· Year 1 pupils and 1 parent/carer critical workers must enter the site using the Woden Avenue gate next to the car park.

· Children of critical workers must enter the site using the Woden Avenue gate next to the car park. They can be accompanied by 1 parent or carer. A member of staff will greet them at the door to the junior hall.

· Please share the appropriate photomap with your child to help them understand some of the changes that have been put in place. (These are also on the school website under news and updates)

· Follow the orange spots and arrows to ensure 2m social distancing whilst on site.

· Please do not stop and chat whilst dropping off or collecting your child (sorry, we appreciate how good it will feel to see old friends)

· When collecting your child at the end of the school day, please maintain the 2m social distancing guidelines. A member of staff will dismiss your child to you from the external classroom door in Reception and Year 1.

· If you need to speak to a member of staff, please call the school office and staff will contact you either via email or telephone as soon as possible.

· There is no need to wear school uniform. Trainers, sportswear, clothes are easy to wash after a day in school are ideal. Please do not send children in football strips or designer sportswear.

· Every child will need a named water bottle, which they must take home every day, a lunch box (plastic not fabric) and a healthy snack for the morning break.

· Children do not need to bring any equipment from home, everything they need will be available in school.

· Each group (bubble) will have its own outdoor space, for playtime and lunchtimes.

· The needs of your child are at the centre of our concerns. The curriculum will focus not only on academic study but activities to support wellbeing, including physical activities, forest school and STEM.

· The creation of small bubble groups, should help children to learn and play with friends, whilst providing appropriate social distancing between groups.

· Children will be instructed to wash their hands at appropriate times throughout the school day.

.There will be a member of staff with a Paediatric First Aid qualification on site every day.

· If you child is unwell, or shows any signs of coronavirus; DO NOT send them to school.

· If anyone within your child’s group shows signs of coronavirus whilst in school, they will be isolated until they can be collected from the site. If they then test positive, everyone in their group will be required to self- isolate following Government guidelines.

· Please be assured that the Governors and staff are working together to ensure Wodensfield continues to be a safe place to work and learn.

If you have any questions or concerns please email the school office or call between normal school hours 01902 556350.

Yours sincerely

S. Walker (Mrs)


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