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School Re-Opening - Information for Parents and Carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Thank you for being patient whilst I gathered all the information needed about the reopening of our school. School will be opening on Monday 8th March for ALL pupils. It is a Government requirement that all primary age children return to school on 8th March. We expect to see all of our children in school unless they are ill, self-isolating or if they have received a medical letter to say they should not be in school. If for any reason your child cannot attend, please inform the school immediately.

 

Your child’s teacher will be discussing their return to school this week online. If you feel your child may need more support returning due to anxieties, then please contact your child’s teacher and we will work together to ensure a smooth transition back to school. Some children will be very excited to return to school whilst others may feel more nervous. In order to help our children feel more relaxed about coming back to school, it is important to remind them that it will be like their return to school in September. We will be sticking to the same timetables, break and lunch rotas and school times as September.

 

Please could you also ensure you speak to your child about the importance of good hygiene and not touching others.

 

In order to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 we will be following the guidelines set out by the DfE. These will be the same as the September term, with just a few minor adjustments:

 

School Day:

 

Arrive

Lunch(eating)

Depart

Door

Barn Owls

9.05am

11.45am

3.20pm

Infant door

Kingfishers

9.00am

12.00noon

3.25pm

Main front door

Goldfinches

8.55am

12.15pm

3.30pm

Goldfinches classroom door

Please note: Siblings may be collected and dropped off together.

 

During the school day children will not interact with children from other class bubbles: lunches will be eaten separately in classrooms, toilet times will be supervised and playtimes/lunchtimes will be in different parts of the school playground. As far as possible children will be taught by key adults and interaction with other staff will be limited. Where possible, we will not allow any additional adults into school and school will be thoroughly and meticulously cleaned each day. We will also ensure that there is strict cleaning practice throughout the school day and part of this will be a regular handwashing regime for all of the children and adults. Please be assured that we will do all that we can to ensure that your children are safe.

 

In school we will be ensuring that as well as receiving a well-balanced education, we will be allowing our children time to socialise and have time to process and discuss their lockdown experiences should they need to. We will also be adapting our educational provision to help our pupils emotionally. This time is essential to ensure our children develop emotionally and socially as well as academically.

 

We will be assessing and monitoring our pupils when they return and developing our curriculum to suit their needs, both as a class and individually. If you would like any more information on this, then please contact Mrs Wyer.

 

There are some additional requests that we would like to make as a part of our preparation:

 

1.Children should come to school in uniform, unless it is PE or Forest School day (see table below), where they should come in the appropriate kit. Please can you make sure that your child has a waterproof coat and wellies/walking boots (if they can tie their own laces) daily. We will be spending as much time outside as possible. The children will be going on daily walks and where appropriate, will be having lessons outside too.

 

Class

 PE Kit

Forest School Kit

Barn Owls

Friday

Wed

Kingfishers

Thursday

Fri 12th, 26th March

Goldfinches

Thursday

Fri 19th March, Thurs 1st April

NB: Please also look out for messages from the class teacher as to if your child will need to come into school with different clothes on other days due to an extra activity.

 

2.It is vital that if any child displays any of the symptoms linked to Covid-19 that they are not sent to school. If a child becomes unwell at school, they will be immediately isolated and parents will be contacted to collect their child immediately. If there is a case of Covid-19 in school, the bubble/s will close for the required period for self-isolation and a cleaned appropriately. During this time, we will provide online education for the class isolating, provided that the staff are well enough to do so.

 

3. All adults, in stipulation with the Department for Education (DfE) guidance, must wear face coverings whilst on the school site, including at drop off and pick up times. One change from last reopening is that the DfE has recommended that all adults in primary schools wear face masks in school in situations where social distancing between adults is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas). Children in primary school do not need to wear a face covering.

 

We are pleased to announce that our wraparound care will resume from Monday 8th March. Please contact Progressive Sports at www.progressive-sports.co.uk/derbyshire to book on for breakfast club, and Mrs Pawley at s.pawley@peaktorfederation.co.uk to book a place with after school club.

 

To prepare for reopening the school to ALL of our on March 8th we have:

• reviewed and where necessary, updated our risk assessments

• made sure we are following the system of controls to minimise the risk of infection, including plan for asymptomatic testing.

• have a contingency plan in place for outbreaks in our school or changes in restrictions 

 

You can find our updated risk assessment on our school website (Key Information/Covid-19).

 

Prevention

In order to minimise the risk of infection we will be applying the following controls recommended by the DfE:

1) Minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate by ensuring they do not attend the school.

2) Ensure face coverings are used in recommended circumstances.

3) Ensure everyone is advised to clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual. 

4) Ensure good respiratory hygiene for everyone by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

5) Maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents.

6) Consider how to minimise contact across the site and maintain social distancing wherever possible.

7) Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

 

In specific circumstances:

8) Ensure individuals wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) where necessary.

9) Promote and engage in asymptomatic testing, where available.

 

In response to any infection we will:

10) Promote and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.

11) Manage and report confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community.

12) Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.

 

 

What if a member of my household develops symptoms or tests positive to coronavirus (COVID-19)?

 

If you or a member of your household (or support bubble if you have one) receives a positive coronavirus result OR display symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you MUST ensure your child does not attend school. ALL of your household/bubble should self-isolate for 10 days.

 

Your child must not attend for at least 10 days from the day after:

• the start of their symptoms

• the test date if they did not have any symptoms but have had a positive test (whether this was a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test)

• if your child or any member of your household/bubble starts to display symptoms while self-isolating they will need to restart the 10 day isolation period and book a test. If anyone tests positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they must restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they developed symptoms.

 

You MUST inform school if yourself or anyone in your household or bubble show symptoms or test positive as soon as possible by either phoning school or emailing a.wyer@peaktorfederation.co.uk AND info@rowsley.derbyshire.sch.uk. Please also copy in your child’s teacher to the email. Please be aware that the NHS Test and Trace service will not contact school if you or your child test positive to the virus.

                                                                                                                                               

Anyone told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their public health protection team has a legal obligation to self-isolate, but you may leave home to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm. More information can be found on NHS Test and Trace: how it works (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works).

 

Other important messages:

  • Please bring any school equipment back to school on March 8th, this may include reading books, rulers, whiteboard and pens etc.
  • Please only bring items to school that you need i.e. lunch boxes, coats, wellies, reading books. Your child should not be bringing toys, jewellery or teddies to school.
  • If your junior child has school dinners, please ensure that your ParentPay account is topped up.

 

Date for the diary:

  • Please note it is an INSET day on Friday 5th March. There will be no online work set on this day.
  • Thursday 4th March is our last day of online education and also World Book Day. We will be celebrating this with a day of fun activities run by the staff. More details about this to follow on Google Classroom. We hope that it will be a fun day.

 

Spring Term:

The last day of spring term will be on Thursday 1st April. The children will then have two weeks off for the Easter holidays and we will welcome them back to school on Monday 19th April.

 

Summer Term:

We will be open to pupils from Monday 19th April 2021 to and including Friday 28th May 2021. Please note Monday 3rd May 2021 is a bank holiday.

The last term will start on Monday 7th June 2021 to and including Wednesday 21st July 2021. Thursday 22nd July 2021 will be an INSET day.

 

All that is left is for me to thank you all for the help and support given to your children in what has been a very difficult term. May I suggest, if you can, that you buy yourself the biggest bar of chocolate on your way home after dropping your children off on March 8th and have a restful day- you certainly all deserve it. I wish you all a great last week of home schooling, may it be free of technical errors and tantrums! If you require any more information, then please contact myself or Mrs Middlebrook in the school office.

 

Warm regards

 

Alexia Wyer and the Rowsley Team

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