School Reopening - FAQs
Monday 7th September 2020
We hope that you and your family are continuing to remain safe and well. School has started smoothly and we are delighted with the way in which the children have continued to adapt to the new procedures. Thank you also for your support in following the new arrangements. As there have been several changes and now that we have seen the routines in practice, I thought it would be useful to share the general queries we have had so that everyone is aware of the expectations.
Do I have to send my child to school?
The government has said that attendance at school is mandatory. As a result, parents/carers whose children do not attend school or are consistently late to school may receive a fixed penalty notice of £60 per parent/carer per child. However, if you are worried about sending your child back to school please contact us in the first instance so that we can advise and support you first.
How big are the school’s bubbles?
Children will continue (where possible) to be educated in a class ‘bubble’, and within a year group ‘pod.’ Each pod will have a separate break and lunch time. Bubbles will play in a zone within the same area as their year group pod. Children in Year 5 and 6 will have a later lunch. At this stage, we are being very cautious about extending class bubbles to year bubbles so that we don’t have to close too many classes, should there be an outbreak of coronavirus. We will be keeping this under constant review.
How many people can drop off and collect from school?
If your child is in Nursery to Year 4 then only one person from your family should enter the school site to drop off and collect your child. If your child is in Year 5 or 6 please let your child walk into class from the school gates.
Which gate should I use to drop off and collect my child from school?
As everyone has been adhering to the guidance on the school site and walked on the left when moving around the school, we feel it is safe for families to use the nearest gate to their home. This will be kept under review.
What time should I drop off and collect my child from school?
It is really important that you do not arrive too early at school and that you do not gather on the school site. Doors to classrooms/entrance points will be open at the following times:
Nursery – 8.30 am – 11.30 am and 12.15 pm and 3.15 pm.
Reception – Doors open at 8.45 am (Lesson time 8.55 am – 3.00 pm)
KS1 (Y.1 and Y.2.) – Doors open at 8.40 am (Lesson time 8.50 am – 3.05 pm)
KS2 (Y.3, Y.4, Y.5 and Y.6) – Doors open at 8.30 am (Lesson time 8.40 am – 3.10 pm)
What should I do if my child is late to school?
School gates across the whole school will be locked at 9 am. Please ensure that your child arrives at school on time. If your child is late to school or needs to be picked up early, then parents/carers need to go to the Marlow Road office and wait until a member of staff comes out of the office to talk to you. Please try to avoid this and phone in advance.
Can adults enter the school building?
At this stage, parents/carers will not be allowed to enter the school unless a meeting has been pre-arranged with the school office.
What equipment can my child bring to school?
It is really important that the children only bring a few items to school: A bag, water bottle, reading book and packed lunch (if not having a school dinner). Children should not bring in pencil cases or toys etc.
Are you organising breakfast clubs?
Yes - we have three separate breakfast clubs that have been organised in different parts of the school to ensure that we are not increasing the number of contacts the children have. The cost of breakfast club will remain at £1.00. We are very sorry if you have to walk to different parts of the school for breakfast club.
What will my child be learning?
We will continue to follow the Whitehouse Curriculum and will support the children to catch up on any lost learning. English and Maths will take place every morning and the afternoon curriculum will focus on all other subjects. We firmly believe that the children need a broad and balanced curriculum that supports their mental health.
Can my child bring a PE kit to school?
At the moment we have asked all classes to attend school in their PE kits on the days they have PE. Here is a summary of PE days for your child’s class.
Lions, Rabbits, Hedgehogs, Squirrels, Red Pandas, Lemurs and Ocelots.
Giraffes, Rabbits, Badgers, Owls, Foxes, Jaguars, Lemurs, Chameleons, Tigers and Ocelots.
Elephants, Frogs, Dragons, Badgers, Squirrels, Jaguars, Pandas and Toucans.
Lions, Elephants, Cobras, Dragons, Badgers, Owls, Robins, Toucans and Chameleons.
Giraffes, Cobras, Frogs, Foxes, Hedgehogs, Robins and Tigers.
When will clubs start?
This is currently under review as we don’t want to increase the number of bubbles and contacts the children have at this stage. We will be exploring introducing class clubs.
My child needs medication – what should I do?
Please contact the school office email@example.com and they will send the paperwork needed or provide you with a time to come into school to fill the paperwork out. We cannot administer medicine without the correct paperwork. Please ensure that inhalers and epi-pens are sent back to school.
Are you offering a tuck shop for KS2 children?
No. Children should not be bringing money into school to buy a snack. Please send your child into school with a healthy snack for break (fruit, bread sticks etc.)
Can my child wear a face mask in class?
No. Current Government guidance is that children under 11 years old do not need to wear face masks in school. We will inform you if the Government updates this guidance.
My child has a cough or cold. Can they come to school?
Yes - they may attend school with a common cold. If they have the following symptoms: temperature, persistent cough and loss of taste or smell, these are the signs of coronavirus and you will need to isolate immediately and get a test.
What should I do if my child or someone in my family gets Coronavirus?
If you believe you have symptoms or a family member has symptoms of Coronavirus then you must remain at home and get a test as soon as possible. Please notify school immediately of the outcome.
If you have any questions or queries about arrangements, please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support.