A. We have set up a questionnaire for you and the children to feed into so that the school can ensure that by providing regular Frequently Asked Question reports we are a) answering and addressing all your concerns and b) giving you and the children that opportunity to work with us. Our communication with you will be as transparent and informative as possible. The link below is for you and the children to begin feeding those questions and concerns into us.
We are sure that you appreciate, that much like when the school closed, information may be changing and updating regularly over the next two weeks. We have outlined below some of the key points of information that we feel as parents, carers and children, you would want to and need to know at this time.
A. Only children of essential workers and vulnerable Nursery children will be eligible for spaces in the summer term. All other nursery pupils will return in the Autumn Term. We will be in contact closer to the time to share arrangements.
A. Only children of essential workers and vulnerable learners can select the days to attend, this information is on the form that will need to be submitted to RCT. We are sure that you appreciate the complicated logistics of organising all other returning groups and so we are unable to provide choices for specific days.
A. All of the school staff have been working and will be working hard over the next fortnight to make sure that the school is welcoming and as safe as possible for the return of the children. This includes putting up rainbows that the children have made to decorate the school, creating one way systems, reducing clutter to make cleaning easier and creating attractive signage to make the changes easy for all of the children to understand. Amongst some of the plans we are developing over the next fortnight, we will be compiling video and photograph footage of what the children can expect when they arrive to school, within the rooms and the outdoor areas. We will be sharing more details of our plans and risk assessments as soon as they are finalised and ratified by the Chair of Governors, Health and Safety Committee and Local Authority.
Welsh Government and RCT guidance recommends that statutory aged children receive 3 full day “Check in, Catch up and Prepare” sessions. Until the school has accurate numbers for the children returning, we will be unable to plan these sessions and provide families with dates for these. RCT guidance states that Nursery aged children will not be entitled to a “Check in, Catch up and Prepare” session. However, our Nursery staff will be working on connecting with the children and families over the four weeks, remotely. The school will be working towards admitting no more than one third of the number of children on roll each day, for us that is a maximum of 91 children.
The school will be timetabling “Check in, Catch up and Prepare” sessions for children from Monday to Thursday and this will work by groupings and rotas over the four weeks. The dates and times that your child will be able to attend school will be shared with parents ASAP to support your planning and routines. The school is working towards sharing this information no later than Thursday 25th June, this is due to applications for childcare provision going through the LA up until the 22nd of June.https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Ug4_TzS3ZEGUCRtgHRR5k_YK51teUiJLuD3-8xWZTThUMzlPNU8xQTE4T0ZLR1M3RUNERVZJRUlFNC4u
Essential Worker children
RCT guidance has informed the school that Nursery to Year 6 children, of essential workers, will continue to be able to access childcare provision in the school from 8am to 5pm daily. Parents of these pupils will be expected to apply through the Local Authority for their place in this provision each fortnight. This will go live on the Council website on 19th of June for the period of the week commencing 29.06.2020 and 06.07.2020. Late applications will not be accepted. These children will also have an opportunity to have “Check in, Catch up and Prepare” sessions with their class teacher.
Essential Workers are defined by the LA as individuals who work in:
Health and social care;
Education and childcare;
Key public Services;
Local and National Government;
Food and other necessary goods;
Public Safety and National Security;
Utilities, Communication and Financial Services.
RCT guidance has informed the school that vulnerable children will be able to continue accessing childcare provision for the core school hours of 9 to 3.30pm daily. Only one application, through the Local Authority, will need to be applied for to secure their place in this provision for the duration of the four weeks. These children will also have an opportunity to have “Check in, Catch up and Prepare” sessions with their class teacher.
Vulnerable learners are defined by RCT as:
Children on the child protection register;
Children in need of care and support with an allocated social worker;
Looked after children;
Children on the edge of care and;
Children with additional learning needs or disabilities.
A. We understand that this is a difficult decision for all families. If you decide that children will not be returning to school before the summer holidays, you will not be liable for a Fixed Penalties Notice. If your children are not returning to school, it is important that you fill out this form to inform us of this decision. We will continue to provide home learning for children who are not returning to school.
A. We understand the difficulty in making any decisions at this time, but we are sure that you appreciate the logistical difficulties of organising the return to school. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that if you change your mind that we are able to accommodate your child.
A. As always, you can always share important information with us by telephone or email. We will not be arranging face to face meetings at this time, but if you would prefer, you can fill in this online form with any important information. Any information you fill in is only accessible by the Head Teacher (Mrs Jones) and Deputy Head Teacher (Mr Timbrell) and all data adheres to GDPR.
A. Staff will be observing social distancing with each other and encouraging social distancing between themselves and children. Several areas of the school will have hand sanitiser. Evidence shows that staff are only required to have PPE if they are working within 2metres of others and/or handling personal care of children. In these cases, PPE will be provided to staff by the Local Authority and the school. Children will not have to wear PPE , but
A. A member of the cleaning staff will be on-site throughout the day. They will move around the building systematically cleaning toilets, touch points and tables etc. There will also be a supply of additional cleaning materials in each room if staff should need them.
A. Under no circumstances should learners attend schools/setting if they:
feel unwell, have any of the three identified COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of taste or smell) or they have tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 14 days/ live in a household with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 14 days. If a child shows symptoms, parents/guardians will be contacted as the earliest possible opportunity.
A. Risk Assessments will be put in place for children with specific personal needs that may require personal contact at less than 2m. PPE will be provided for such situations.
A. We will be looking at new methods of building relationships and comforting children. The school can only promote social distancing and will not be held accountable for enforcing it. If your child is distressed upon entering school, we would ask that you consider whether they should be returning to school at this time.
A. The school day will be staggered to reduce the number of staff, parents and pupils moving through the reception area and within the school site. We will contact the parents of all returning children to inform them of return dates and times.
There will be rainbows painted on the floor outside of school for parents and children to queue, in line with social distancing. When parents and children reach the entrance, a member of staff will take your child to their classroom. All children will enter the building via the main entrance and then go to their class via the one-way system. At this time, parents will not be permitted to enter the building. We will be providing parents with a window to arrive at school. We ask that you do not arrive at school earlier than the window, to avoid excessive queues.
In Foundation Phase the children will be in groups of no more than six children, due to the size of the rooms and allowing for two metre social distancing within the room.
In Key Stage 2 the children will be in groups of no more than 8 children. Again, allowing for two metre social distancing within the room.
The school will endeavour to ensure siblings attend school on the same day to minimise the disruption and impact on families. However, we are unable to guarantee this again based on the number of children who are returning to school from each class and keeping within the maximum of 1/3 of children on roll. Within our planning the school will also be taking into account the transport needs of those children travelling to school by RCT taxis.
A. Within our planning we will be consulting with each class teacher to explore the option of friendship groups attending on the same day, to support the children’s friendships, relationships and wellbeing. But, again the school will not be able to guarantee this or make changes to suit the preferred preferences of the children or families.
A. This is unlikely as the children will be in small groups. Many children will only attend school several times before the summer holidays. Activities such as the ‘Stick People’ have been a huge success and so we will be organising activities and events for continuing our community spirit and developing a sense of kinship between our children, even if they do not see each other in person.
The children will not be expected to wear uniform for the four weeks we are back in school. However, we will be expecting the children to be dressed appropriately for the weather and respectfully for the school environment with suitable footwear. There will be an expectation that parents wash clothing between sessions to reduce the risk of transmission.
A. The most important factor in the children’s return is their wellbeing. Activities will be based around supporting the children’s wellbeing, building relationships and having fun. Children of essential workers will also be supported with their home learning on some of the days that they are attending.
A. Breakfast club will not be provided in school or the childcare provision. All groups will eat their lunch in their room, eating areas will be thoroughly cleaned before snack and meal times. The school will not be cooking meals on site and all children will be expected to bring a packed lunch, snacks and filled water bottle for the day. All packed lunches brought into school will need to be in throw away packaging to reduce the risk of transmission. The refilling of water bottles will be limited and will be supervised. Free School Meals children will receive a “grab and go” packed lunch from the school.
In line with RCT guidance children of key workers and vulnerable children will no longer be able to receive meals from the school and we would recommend they bring a morning and afternoon snack, packed lunch and water bottle.
A. We will ensure that the children are with an adult that they know, but as some members of staff will continue to shield from home and the need to reduce the maximum number of adults in the building, children will be with a familiar adult, that will not necessarily be their teacher.
A. This will not be tolerated and the school will be putting in place rules for the children to follow. If pupils demonstrate behaviour that risks the safety and wellbeing of staff or pupils, parents will be asked to collect their child immediately.
A. All children who received 1:1 support will continue with this entitlement. Due to shielding and the need for essential worker and vulnerable childcare, this may not be with the same adult. We are awaiting guidance from the Local Authority regarding social distancing and 1:1 support.
A. Individual interventions will not take place in the summer term, but school staff will be planning activities based on ELSA and Thrive, to support the wellbeing of all pupils.
A. We are extremely proud of the home learning we have provided to date and following consultation with parents at the end of May, and staff, we will be continuing with the same model until the end of the summer term. As we are sure you will appreciate, staff will be returning to work within the school full time from Monday 15th of June which will lead to a reduction and delay in the time they have to respond to emails, queries and marking the children’s work to provide feed forward comments. We are grateful for your support and understanding of this.
A. As soon as we are able to, we will confirm the arrangements for September. We would like to assure parents that we will do our upmost to support the children and ensure the best education for the children during these difficult times. New nursery parents will have a full-time place if and when new nursery start school in September.
A. We are currently working with the Location Authority on this and will inform parents when they have reached a decision.