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Information for September Opening

 

Dear Parents and families,

I can’t believe we have come to the end of another academic year and what a year it has been! The end of term always makes me reflect and think about all the things that have happened over the year. I never dreamt that we would be in the middle of a pandemic and would have faced some of the most challenging times that we have ever known. I am absolutely delighted that all pupils will be returning to school very soon and we can resume some form of normality.

 

This letter contains important information about changes that will be in place when school opens after the summer break in September. I apologise for its length, but it is really important that you read it and follow the guidance to keep everyone safe.

School re-opens on Thursday 3rd September.

New guidance from the government has been published regarding all pupils returning to school in September and in order to comply with the guidance we are putting in the place the following changes:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

 

Start and end of the day

Start and finish times will be staggered to reduce the number of people on the playground at any one time. Times will be staggered by family name:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Family Name

Drop Off

Collection

A – G

8:40

3:00

H – M

8:50

3:10

N - Z

8:55

3:15

 

All children should be dropped off at the classroom door (except for Y6 who  will enter through Y5/6 cloakroom door.) Children should only be accompanied onto the school site by 1 adult.  Please wait outside the classroom on the marked spots which are 2 metres apart until the teacher calls your child in.

Social distancing must be observed at all times. If you need to speak at length to your child’s teacher this must be done via telephone or ClassDojo.

 

Grouping children

As far as possible the children will be in a bubble with their whole class for lessons and mix with limited year groups in outdoor play.

 

Breakfast, Link Club and After School Clubs

Breakfast and link clubs and after school clubs are able to operate under the new guidance. It is acknowledged that children from different year groups, bubbles and families will mix. Breakfast and link clubs will resume on Thursday 3rd  September. Please pay for sessions via ParentPay if you wish to use these services. See our website for more information www.stbarnabasceprimary.co.uk

 

Measures within the classroom

The guidance states that reducing the amount of time face to face reduces the risk of transmission. Where possible, children will be seated side by side, facing forwards and staff are advised to maintain two metre distance where possible. Doors and windows will be kept open wherever possible to improve ventilation.

 

Measures elsewhere

It is recommended that large gatherings of more than one group do not take place, therefore assemblies will be usually be held in classrooms. Whole school celebration assemblies will take place via Microsoft Teams.

 

Playtimes and Lunch time

Initially, all pupils will eat lunch in their classroom. For children who have a school meal, hot options will still be served, including jacket potatoes, warm paninis and pasta, along with cold options. New dinner menus will be available on the website before the end of term. Toast will still be available for morning snack for Y1 to Y6. Please purchase via ParentPay.  Children’s playtimes will be staggered to ensure there will be no more than 2 classes out at a time. Outdoor play equipment will be cleaned regularly.

 

Water bottles

It is imperative that you send your child to school with a filled water bottle.  Juice or flavoured water is not allowed. The bottle must be clearly labelled with their name.

 

Handwashing

At the start and end of each day, pupils will be expected to wash their hands / use hand sanitiser. Handwashing and sanitising will take place regularly throughout the day including at key times, before and after breaks, lunch times and PE lessons. All regularly touched surfaces including tables and door handles will also be cleaned regularly throughout the day.

 

Uniform and PE Kit

Full uniform must be worn in September. This includes school shoes NOT trainers.

 

On days when children have PE, they should come to school in their PE kit and trainers. PE kits should include the school logo PE top and shorts, black or navy joggers or leggings and a school sweatshirt or cardigan. Older children can bring a spare polo shirt to change into after PE if they wish to. PE will take place outdoors where possible. Your child’s classteacher will you inform you about PE days.

 

Please see the Uniform page on our website for full details:

https://www.stbarnabasceprimary.co.uk/page/uniform-forms-/32026

 

Bringing bags and equipment to school

 

Children should only bring essential items to school such as their reading book, water bottle, lunch and planner. Please only send the children to school with small bags to ensure they fit in the cloakrooms.

 

School Office

 

If you need to speak with the staff in the school office, please try to do this by phone. If you need to come into the office, only 1 family will be allowed in at a time. Please queue on the marked spots outside if the office is busy.

 

Symptomatic Children

 

The main symptoms of Covid-19 are persistent cough, high temperature and loss of smell/taste

 

Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit

Parents/carers must be willing to:

  • provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
  • self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.

 

Parents should inform school immediately of the results of the test.

 

If someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.

 

If someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 7-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

 

If there was a confirmed case of COVID 19 within the school community, we would contact the Local Health Protection Team who would advise further.

 

I am aware that there is a lot of information to digest in this letter, but it is very important that you read and follow the guidance to keep us all safe. Before I sign off, I’d like to say thank you for all the messages of support and positivity. It really does make a difference and keeps us smiling. Our St Barnabas children and families are amazing and I am really looking forward to welcoming you all back in September.

 

If you have any queries about the information above, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Best wishes,

Miss J Hodgkinson

Headteacher

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St Barnabas CE Primary School

Collin Street, Warrington,

Cheshire WA5 1TG

01925 633606