Re-opening of School (8th June 2020)
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you may be aware, we have remained open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children since 23rd March 2020 and have been operating with smaller group sizes and additional hygiene and infection control measures.
The government is now encouraging all eligible children to attend and it is no longer necessary for parents of eligible children to keep them at home if they can. Please do contact us if you fall into one of these groups and would like your child to take up their place.
From the week beginning 8th June (for Hartlepool schools), early years and childcare providers will welcome back all children, if the five key tests set by government justify the changes at the time. For the vast majority of children and young people, coronavirus is a mild illness. Some categories of children with specific serious health conditions should not attend their early years setting. If you are unsure whether your child should attend the setting due to a health condition that they or someone they live with has, please contact us so we can discuss the details with you.
Protective measures we are taking in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)
First and foremost, it goes without saying that the safety of your child and of our staff is our top priority. We are working hard, following the latest government guidance, to develop and implement a number of new ways of operating. This will allow us to open as safely as possible, focusing on measures that will help limit the risk of coronavirus transmitting within our setting.
Some of the steps we are taking in readiness for reopening include:
· Asking that anyone who is displaying coronavirus symptoms, or who lives with someone who does, not to attend the setting. That includes children and staff who work here.
· Keeping our children in small groups with as much consistent staffing as possible, and minimising contact with other groups around the setting.
· Cleaning our hands more often than usual. We have developed routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly, or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.
· Ensuring our children understand good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach and ensuring a good supply of tissues and bins throughout the setting.
· Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the day, including table tops, door handles and play equipment.
· Asking parents and carers to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent or carer per household.
· Asking children not to bring toys or other items from home to the setting, unless this is essential to their health and wellbeing.
· Set resources for each child so that ‘shared’ resources is kept to a minimum.
There are a number of things parents and carers can do to help us make these arrangements effective, in addition to the points listed above concerning arrival and departure and not bringing toys to the setting.
We ask that when the school opens on 8th June for Y6 followed by Reception and Y1 that parents follow the one way system in place on the playground and adhere to the 2 metres distancing in place.
1. Year 6 children will return first on 8th June – initially for half days (finish 12 noon) followed by full days in week beginning 15th June. They will have a start time of 8 .45am up to 9am and will go directly to their classroom. (Allocated in advance) there will not be more than 9 pupils in a room and 2 metres distancing will be adhered to wherever possible. The pickup time is between 2.30 and 2.40 pm for going home. School packed lunches or home packed lunches will be eaten in the classroom and break times and lunchtimes outside will be staggered.
2. Reception children will return second on 15th June – initially for half days (finish 12 noon) followed by full days in week beginning 22nd June. They will have a start time of 9 am up to 9.15 am and will go directly to their classroom. (Allocated in advance) with staff familiar to them from the Early Years team. There will not be more than 8 pupils in a room and 2 metres distancing will be adhered to wherever possible. The pickup time is between 2.40 and 2.50 pm for going home. School packed lunches or home packed lunches will be eaten in the classroom and break times and lunchtimes outside will be staggered as well as use of the outdoor area in small groups.
3. Year 1 children will return third on 22nd June – initially for half days (finish 12 noon) followed by full days in week beginning 29th June. They will have a start time of 9.15 am up to 9.30 am and will go directly to their classroom. (Allocated in advance) there will not be more than 9 pupils in a room and 2 metres distancing will be adhered to wherever possible. The pickup time is between 2.50 and 3 pm for going home. School packed lunches or home packed lunches will be eaten in the classroom and break times and lunchtimes outside will be staggered.
Once early years and childcare providers open to more children, all children who are attending a childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario. The aim is to enable children to get back to childcare, and their parents or carers not to need to self-isolate any longer than is necessary, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.
We ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child, in the event that they develop coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of a positive test. Further guidance is available about getting tested.
I hope that this letter has given you the information you need to understand what arrangements we have made to enable children in Year 6, Reception and Year 1 to return to us from 8th June. We are looking forward to welcoming your child[ren] back and I hope that you are assured that we have taken all possible steps to ensure safety for all in our setting. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know. We will be calling all eligible parents over the next few weeks to ask your decision and answer any queries.
Mrs Joanne Wilson