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22-05-2020 Reopening school - Key Information

Friday 22nd May 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers of Reception, Year 1, Year 6 and keyworker children,

 

 

As the plans for wider reopening are now being finalised, we would like to start to share them with you so you have an idea of what school will look like for your children as they return and when that wider reopening will potentially start. If the government deem that their five tests have been met and that there is no risk of a second wave of infection, Whitehouse Community Primary School will start to reopen on the 2nd June through a carefully managed staggered approach, so that we can ensure that everyone in the school community understands the new safety measures we have put in place. Thank you to everyone who responded to our last letter to request a place for your child. For the first week, all year groups will have a different starting day so it is important that you read this letter very carefully.

 

Reception (POD 1) – Senior Leader - Mrs S Porter

 

For parents who have requested a school place for your child in Reception, the children will start back at school on Friday 5th June. During this day, the new rules and expectations will be explained. All children will be allocated a bubble (for now this will be their usual classroom with their usual teacher). Then, from Monday 8th June the children will have four days in school: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a deep clean day, so that we can ensure everything has been disinfected and cleared down, so please don’t send them to school on this day. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer hot dinners to the children in Reception as we will not be walking them to the dining hall, in order to reduce the movement around the school and to reduce the spread of germs. A pick n mix lunch will be made for all children requesting a school dinner and taken to the new dining area that we have created in Early Years. To access Reception for collection and drop off (at the usual time) please enter the school through Marlow Road Car Park (no cars will be moving at this time and a walk way will be created). Please remain 2 metres from any other person outside of your family at drop off and pick up times.

 

Year 1 (POD 2) – Senior Leader - Mr Williams

 

For those parents who have requested a school place for your child in Year 1, the children will start back at school on Thursday 4th June and Friday 5th June. During these days, the new rules and expectations will be explained. All children will be allocated a bubble in which they will stay:

 

Lions A – Lion Class (Miss Bias and Mrs Bartholomew)

Lions B – Cobras Class (Mrs Gooch)

Elephant A - Elephant Class (Miss Sach)

Elephants B – Dragon Class (Mr Hayward)

Giraffe A – Giraffe Class (Mrs Shaw and Mrs Edwards)

Giraffe B – Frogs Class (Mrs Waters)

 

Then, from Monday 8th June the children will have four and a half days in school: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday afternoon will be a deep clean afternoon, so that we can ensure everything has been disinfected and cleared down, collection time on this day will be 12.30 pm after the children have eaten their lunch. Children will have a choice of a pick n mix lunch, hot dinner or their own packed lunch. They will eat in zones within the dining hall. To access Year 1 for collection and drop off (at the usual time) please enter the school through the usual pathways, please walk on the left and remain 2 metres from any other person outside of your family. We will text parents which bubble your child has been allocated.

 

Key Workers and Vulnerable Children (POD 3) – Senior Leader - Miss Siddall

 

For those parents who are critical workers or have a vulnerable child, then this POD will be organised in the same way as it has been organised for the last 9 weeks. Places are allocated on a weekly basis. Please email parents@whcps.org if your child needs a place to fit in with your shift patterns. We will continue to request evidence from an employer if a place is needed. Drop off time is at 8.00 am and collection time is 3.30 pm. POD 3 is accessed through Waterford Road car park.

 

Year 6 (POD 4) Senior Leader - Mrs Greggor

 

For those parents who have requested a school place for your child in Year 6, the children will start back at school on Tuesday 2nd June (Group A) and Thursday 4th June (Group B). During this day, the new rules and expectations will be explained. All children will be allocated a bubble within which they will stay:

 

Chameleons A – Chameleons Class (Mr Moore)

Chameleons B – Chameleons Class (Mr Moore)

Tigers A – Tigers Class (Mr Taylor)

Tigers B – Tigers Class (Mr Taylor)

Toucans A – Toucans Class (Mrs Hawkins)

Toucans B – Toucans Class (Mr Johnson)

 

Then, from Monday 8th June the children in group A will have two days in school: Mondays and Tuesdays and the children in Group B will have two days in school Thursday and Friday in their usual classroom. Wednesday will be a deep clean day, so that we can ensure everything has been disinfected and cleared down. Children will have a choice of a pick n mix lunch, hot dinner or their own packed lunch. Please note lunch will be at 1 pm for Year 6, so they may want an extra snack for play time. All the children will eat in their bubbles, in their zones, within the main dining hall. We know that most children in Year 6 walk to school by themselves, if they don’t we would advise parents to encourage their children to walk the school paths by themselves to their classroom doors as this will reduce the number of adults on the school site and ensure the reduction in the spread of the virus. We will text parents which group and bubble your child has been allocated.

 

General information for everyone.

 

As I am sure you will appreciate, it has taken time to work out all the safety measures for the school. We are aware that this plan may not be ideal for some families but we have worked hard to put together the very best school offer that puts safety first, during this unprecedented time we find ourselves in.

 

For everyone’s safety please can we ask everyone to follow this advice:

 

  • Only one parent may bring their child to school and must leave the site as soon as their child is safely in class
  • No parent is to enter the school building, including the school office without prior arrangement with the Headteacher 
  • When collecting and dropping off at school, please stay 2 metres from the class doors/teachers
  • When moving around the school site, please walk on the left
  • Parents of children in Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 please decide if you want your child to go to their year group POD or the Keyworker POD (children cannot switch between PODS) 
  • Children with an EHCP in Yr R, 1 and 6 it is advised for children to go to their year group bubbles if they are attending
  • Please ensure your child is on time to school so that they can enter the class. We cannot allow the children to walk through other entrances in the school as all PODS will be working separately:

 

                               EYFS – 8.55 am – 3.00 pm        Year 1 – 8.50 am – 3.05 pm

                              Year 6 – 8.40 am – 3.10 pm      Key Workers – 8.00 am – 3.30pm

 

  • It is crucial that any adult or child displaying coronavirus symptoms does not attend the school site in any capacity
  • All children must bring in their own drinks bottle that is clearly labelled
  • If your child is unwell or they cannot attend school on a particular day allocated, please notify the school (normal absence arrangements apply).

 

 

From 1st June, all available staff will be in school to ensure the extensive actions from our risk assessments are implemented throughout the school, as well as undertaking infection control training, preparing teaching spaces and designing a curriculum which will promote mental wellbeing and safe classroom practices. Work will continue to be available online for all children from 1st June. As we confirm more details, we will of course keep you updated. Our absolute priority is to maximise the safety measures needed, to reassure our children, staff and families that it is safe to return to school. We will continue to review our practices and will not hesitate to change these if new advice or guidance is forthcoming.

 

If parents change their mind and decide to send their children to school, please contact parents@whcps.org for advice. Please do not just send your child to school as lots of careful planning has been put in place to ensure social distancing can be adhered to. If there is an increase in the numbers of children attending this may mean with have to alter the provision we have set up. Thank you for your understanding.

 

We look forward to seeing more of our children from 2nd June, if the government feels that it is safe to do so.

 

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the school parents@whcps.org

 

Thank you for your support,

 

 

Andrea Hall

Headteacher

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