School Closure - Learning at home

Learning At Home

Good morning folks,

I hope the newsletter finds everyone safe and well. I will take an opportunity to send this newsletter ahead of our return to school from Monday 1 June. There remains so much talk and deliberation about the return of schools. As public servants we have taken the decision to open in the considered and staggered way that we have advertised to you all. We have heard from many families who are supportive of this and some who are not. I would remind all our families that the official advice is that if families choose not to send their children back to school, there will currently be no action or fines issued. That being said we will be here to welcome the particular year groups back to school should you so choose.

In all our Trust schools we are working together to make our school as safe as possible for all sections of the community. The safety of children, staff, parents and families is absolutely paramount. Our schools serve a diverse community which we value but we are aware there additional fears from groups within these communities – we will remain sensitive and vigilant to ensure government science and advice is carefully followed. We have drawn up are implementing rigorous Risk Assessments – I have included an example of key bullets from the many listed in these extensive documents. 

• Hand sanitiser, soap, disinfectant wipes, tissues are available in any areas where adults and pupils will be working/playing
• Hand sanitiser stations placed in entrances for those pupils/adults passing into school
• Clear signage explaining and reminding rules for all
• ALL areas will be enhanced cleaned daily with additional deep cleans during the week
• Gloves and disinfectant spray in all rooms
• Rotas in place to ensure adults and pupils are supported fully throughout the day
• No visitors permitted unless delivering - Parents will be asked to ring or email the office if they have any queries
• One parent/carer ‘drop off’ ‘pick up’  - no scooters, bikes, siblings, pushchairs
• One way system introduced and 2m social distancing indicators in place
• Timetable for all staff available, e.g. staggered toilet breaks , mid-morning breaks and lunchtime
• Arrival times of groups staggered to ensure social distancing measures can followed
•  ‘Bubbles’ of maximum 15 pupils with their teacher and TA with open windows an ventilation
• Classrooms laid out using government guidelines – pupil/desk 2m social distancing - One way systems in classrooms
• Toolkits provided for pupils – no sharing rule
• No reading books home – books and equipment used in school regularly sanitised to be shared with pupils in the classrooms.  All resources cleaned after us
• Pupils to bring only pumps, lunch box and a water bottle to school
• Provision to ensure that any coats pupils bring are stored with social distancing measures in place
• PPE available in all classrooms and in key areas of school e.g. when medical/accident attention require

A final request would be for your help in keeping your children away from school if they develop any illness and where possible the advice suggest to wash school clothes at the end of the day.

Our schools will continue to keep communications an important centre piece of how we work over the next few weeks and individual schools will always advise through the website, text or telephone call of any particular issues they have. I thank you once again for your understanding and re affirm our utmost care for all our children.

Best wishes - Kevin Grayson