02/06 - Update
2nd June 2020
Well as we return after the half term break, it is wonderful to begin re-opening Walbottle Village. You will know from the communications before the break and the daily bulletins from the government that this will happen in a way that is gradual and cautious. We have been open to key worker children this week and, as you know, we will be reintroducing our year 6 pupils from Monday 8th June. If, after a couple of weeks, we feel it is safe to do so, we will bring more children back. Because the children are working in much smaller groups, we will not be in a position to bring all children back before the summer break.
I wanted to share with you some of the changes we are making to keep all pupils and staff members as safe as we possibly can. We cannot guarantee that those in attendance will not catch the virus, but we can do everything within our power to reduce the risk and we feel very comfortable with our re-opening plans.
KEEPING NUMBERS TO A MINIMUM
We will have one year group and key worker children initially. We will only increase this when it is safe to do so.
Visitors will only be permitted onto site if they have an appointment. This is so we can avoid any contact with staff or pupils.
Parents will not be able to come onto site until further notice (apart from when dropping off/collecting and only in the designated drop off area at the top of the yard). Dinner money payments can be made over the phone.
Staff members will work part of the week in school and part of the week from home in order to keep numbers of adults in school low and observe social distancing rules.
New signs have been ordered as visual reminders to children and adults.
Parts of the yard, ramps and corridors have been demarcated to remind children to keep their distance when moving around the site.
Small groups of children will play in large open spaces. This will allow the children to play further apart without being confined to designated areas.
A maximum of 9 children will be in the classroom (or area in the case of the Early Years space) with one adult.
Older children will have their own desk to work on.
Small groups of children will use the dining hall at any given time in order to allow for distancing.
MINIMISING THE SPREAD OF INFECTION
PPE is available for staff to use when providing personal care / first aid.
Hand sanitisers are available for children and staff in all classrooms.
Regular hand washing will be encouraged.
New signs have been ordered to remind the children to wash hands and catch it, bin it, kill it.
Anti-bacterial wipes will be available for use in all classrooms by staff and children.
Children will have their own stationary which they can keep in their tray.
Children and staff members will not be allowed in school if they are symptomatic.
If a member of staff or pupil develops symptoms, all other children in that group will be asked to isolate at home for 14 days (or until the staff member receives a negative test result)
If a family member develops symptoms, the child/staff member should isolate at home for 14 days (as per government guidelines)
Any child/adult displaying symptoms should be tested at the earliest opportunity
Whilst in school the children will be encouraged and taught how to follow the advice around social distancing and hygiene that we have all been given. Please be reassured that children will not be punished for accidentally forgetting the guidance but merely encouraged to observe the rules. We recognise that this will be particularly difficult for our youngest key worker children and we will be understanding of this. We promise that your child will continue to feel happy, safe and loved when they are at school.
As I have shared a lot of information today, a separate communication will go out to parents of year 6 pupils with details of start and end times. Our remote learning will continue for all children apart from those in year 6. Any parent of a year 6 child who chooses to keep their child at home will be welcome to a paper based home learning pack.
As always, I will communicate our thoughts and plans for the future with you as soon as I am in a position to do so.
Love and best wishes
Please note:The school yard is not accessible until 9am for children and it is non-uniform until September. Thank You.