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Parent information about school openings
14th May 2020
Dear Parent/ Carers
You will have been watching the news and seeing on social media about school reopening. The staff, governors and I have started planning and discussing how this will work to not only keep your child safe but protect and keep my staff safe too.
Thanks to those parents who completed my survey. Only 9 parents stated that they felt they would be sending their child back in June. Following the government announcement, they have then stated that they would like more children to return before the Summer and at yet I will not be planning for this as I need to assess how the return goes on June 1st.
A number of things have to happen before then. The guidance is stringent and detailed but also it concerns me how this will affect children’s social and emotional wellbeing.
As always, I feel at this time being completely transparent and honest with you about what school will look like and how it will be is very important for you to make your informed choices.
You are your child’s parent and therefore you make the choice. The government has stated this.
For a few families it has been essential school has remained opened and I cannot imagine how difficult it has been for these parents and how worried they must have been leaving their child at school so they can go and continue to do the key jobs like caring for our vulnerable and the need to do this to pay their bills. We believe it was right providing school and childcare for these pupils and families.
Last night I have been in to school to map out a classroom and show what it should look like in order to keep children safe. Schools in France returned this week and you may have seen pictures of what their classroom and schools look like.
Some of the parents who want their child to return have stated this if for their mental health and well-being. This worries me more as I do feel some of the measures I will have to take with completely work against this.
Today I looked at a memory on my phone. It was from a year ago today when some girls in year 4 and 5 made me the most beautiful table for my lunch, it was covered in lip gloss to smell nice and full of sparkle and jewels. This is the school I miss. These are the activities we hope to resume. This will NOT be possible in June. This is the school we want to see back, where children run up and hug their teachers and friends. The school children can walk safely around a building without measures or go to the toilet without supervision and for them to be cleaned afterwards.
I will attach some photos to this document of what our classrooms look like now.
Below are some bullet point summaries of the measures and actions in place to ensure safety for all- these are taken directly from the DFE guidance we have received this week. Any parents and children returning will be asked to sign a new home school agreement to keep to these new measures and rules so I can keep the children and staff safe.
- Children will be with one teacher in one group and not necessarily with the same groups of children they were with in March. They may not be with the teacher or classroom they had in March.
- They will have to remain in that classroom for the duration of the day. They cannot mix with the groups of children in the other classrooms.
- They will have set times for the toilet which will need cleaned by the teacher after they have been used. Only one child allowed to the toilet at a time.
- They will sit at desks 2m apart. This includes the children in Reception.
- Their classrooms will have all unnecessary furniture and equipment removed and all soft furnishings removed.
- The classroom will be cleaned 3 times per day. The bins emptied throughout the day, desks cleaned and sprayed throughout. The classroom will be deep cleaned at the end of every day too.
- They will work at their desks. They will not sit on the carpet.
- They will not be able to bring anything from home. No reading books, no packed lunch boxes, no pencil cases.
- They will be provided with a see-through pencil case and equipment that will only be used and touched by them. These will be cleaned at the end of the day by the teacher.
- When any other equipment is used it will then need cleaned before other children use or touch it.
- When outside playing equipment like the climbing frame and bikes will not be able to be used as it is recommended these are cleaned afterwards but we would not have that facility or staff to do that at that stage.
- They will have some lessons that involve a lot of independent learning as the teacher will not be able to go side by side or sit next to them to give them targeted support needed. The teacher needs to keep social distance when teaching (the amount of distance keeps varying – to the public it is 2m but it has not been confirmed yet if this is the case for schools so we are operating on the same as the general public)
- Only one parent is allowed to drop of their child.
- This parent is NOT allowed to enter the school building or have the daily contact or conversation they need or are used to having.
- They will eat lunches in their classroom or we will have to finish early and send them home with their lunch.
- If they fall over or have a toileting accident if we cannot source PPE or masks (personally I do not want teachers having to wear masks in order not to scare children) they will be encouraged to change themselves and clean their scrape or cut. IF this is not possible the parent will be called to collect them so they can do that at home.
- It is advised corridor are split and marked off to save children having to walk past people without a social distance.
- Year 6 will not be able to have a leavers assembly, a reward trip or the usual end of year events.
- There will be no sports day
- No assemblies
I do not want to alarm parents by sharing this information but I do think parents need to understand and know what school will look like in June with increased numbers. These measures are what is needed to keep everyone safe and so I can try as much as possible to prevent the risk of illness.
I want to share with you the truth of it rather than the simple information that schools would resume and you all think this will be as it was in March. I am having regular online meetings with the other heads in the Bedlington partnership and these measures above are what the other primary schools will look like too.
What I will say to you is we absolutely want normality; we absolutely care and miss your children and we absolutely want things to return to normal and welcome those children back with open arms. Your child’s mental health and well-being is my number one priority.
We will be planning on opening our doors to pupils in Reception, year 1 and year 6 on June 1st alongside the key worker children we have had throughout and some priority children. I want to do this with you being aware of exactly what this will be like. As yet the plans for the timings of the day and how drop offs and picks up will look etc have not been finalised and I am working on this this week.
You can help me by letting me know asap who is planning to send their child back in June. The questionnaire will be sent again with updated information. I will ask you complete this asap so I can plan for numbers, rooms to use and notify the staff.
I am lucky to blessed to work in a place with amazing parents, staff and children and I am sure that we will all get through this and the school we love and know will come back stronger and we will have an even stronger community than before.
Take care – Be safe.
Mrs Marianne Allan