As you will know, the government have announced a ‘phased return’ and asked schools to open back up, from June 1st 2020, for children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6, and continue to provide for priority groups (vulnerable and children of critical workers).
As always at Dinnington Community Primary School, we consider the safety and well-being of our children, staff and community vitally important and have therefore considered all the latest guidance when developing our plan for our phased re-opening.
We will open for the identified groups from Tuesday June 2nd.
Monday June 1st will be an Inset day to enable all our staff to prepare for the children’s return.
We will still be open for priority groups on Monday 1st June, in the same way we have been since we closed.
I apologise for the length of the plan but I have tried to provide information that may answer your questions or ease your concerns.
So, the overall plan is:
Which children will return to school?
- Children in FS1, FS2, Y1 and Y6 can return to school.
- We will also be open to children of priority groups (vulnerable and children of critical workers).
- The timings for each school day may differ from usual, and year group to year group, to allow us to try to avoid over-crowding on our premises.
- We will not be operating any breakfast or afterschool clubs.
How will the children be taught?
- Children will be taught in ‘bubbles’ – groups of children that will not mix with other groups of children. This may not be in the classroom they were in before we closed.
- Children will remain in one classroom, including to eat lunch. We will take them outside as frequently as possible, but still within their ‘bubble’ of children.
- They will be taught by a teacher, supported by teaching assistants, but this may not be the teacher, or teaching assistants they had before we were closed.
- Children will be taught some of the relevant curriculum, but we will also place an emphasis on ensuring that their well-being is a priority.
- Classrooms will be set out differently to allow us to follow the guidance about limiting the spread of germs. This will also include the removal of particular items such as cushions, as they cannot be cleaned daily.
How will you enter the school premises?
- All our gates will be open as usual.
- We strongly encourage you to follow the government guidelines that only one adult brings their child to school and that children who are not attending school, where possible, do not come onto the premises.
- There will be specific places for you to wait on the playground and for your children to enter and leave the building.
- We will ask you to use the lines on the playground (like in the supermarkets) if you need to wait, but will try to avoid this by having our doors open in time slots at the start and end of each day.
- No parent will be allowed to enter the school building, unless specifically asked to do so by a member of staff. This is to help us follow the social distancing guidelines.
- Parents who cannot follow our expectations around social distancing will be asked to leave our premises
- We will try to teach the children about social distancing and encourage them to follow this guidance, but as I am sure you will agree, this is not going to be an easy task, especially with the younger children.
Lunches and Break times.
- Dolce, our catering service, will initially only be offering a cold ‘grab bag’ lunch.
- Children who are attending school, and who receive free school meals, or are eligible for universal free school meals (FS2 and Y1), or wish to pay for a school meal, can order a ‘grab bag’.
- Children who do not want a ‘grab bag’ can bring a packed lunch from home.
- Children who are not attending school but are eligible for free school meals, can continue to order a ‘grab bag’.
- Children will eat lunch in their ‘bubble’ group, to avoid mixing groups of children.
- All children and staff will have lunch breaks and other breaks during the day, still encouraging social distancing guidelines.
Good Hygiene and Cleaning
- Good hygiene will be promoted with all our children.
- Posters will be displayed around school.
- Hand sanitiser, soap, paper towels and tissues will be provided in all classrooms and around school.
- We will also have specific bins for the disposal of tissues and cleaning products, so that it is contained and removed safely.
- Whilst the school has been closed to the majority of children, we have fully deep cleaned the entire building. This extensive cleaning process will continue daily when your children return to school.
Do I have to send my child to school?
- The Department for Education (DFE) states:
‘Parents and carers of eligible year groups, and critical workers/parents and carers of vulnerable children, are strongly encouraged to bring in their children, but they will not face fines or other sanctions if they don’t.’
- However, we will take the register daily and make welfare calls home if we are concerned about a child not being in school.
- If you initially choose to send your children, we will expect them to attend from that point, unless ill.
- If you initially choose to not send your child to school, and then you change your mind and want your child to attend, you must contact the school office to inform us of your decision, so that we can plan for your child to begin to attend safely.
What to wear and bring to school
- We would like all children who attend school to wear their school uniform. We believe that this will help the children make the transition back to school and give them a sense of belonging, after a pro-longed period at home.
- Children attending school will need to bring their own water bottle and take it home each day for cleaning.
- Children should not bring book bags or anything else, all equipment, books etc will be used and left in school.
- If children are not having a school lunch, they can bring a lunch box.
- We will follow government guidance and use personal protective equipment (PPE) as advised, but the government states that this is not necessary for staff to use this all of the time.
- We have followed the guidance and established a ‘RED’ room within school, in which we can isolate any children or staff who show symptoms of Coronavirus whilst on school premises.
- We have, following government guidance, reviewed the relevant school policies to ensure that we follow the latest government guidance, including for First Aid, Fire Safety, Intimate Care and Safeguarding.
- We have also reviewed any specific needs that we think any of our children may have.
- However, if you would like any specific information about this, please contact our school office.
- We will continue to be extremely vigilant and safeguard our children and families as always.
The specific plan for each year group, including who will teach your children, which classroom will they be in, where will they enter the school building and the timings of their day, can be found below. There is also further information regarding children who are not yet included in the return to school.
As a parent, I understand that this is an extremely unusual time for everyone, and you may have some anxiety about your child returning to school. We are doing everything that we have been advised to do, and following all the guidance we have been given and we ask that you support us in this by doing the same, particularly around social distancing whilst on our premises. I take my duty of care to all Dinnington children, their families, my staff and our community, very seriously but we can only keep everyone safe, if we all work together and do our best to follow the guidance.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not use our Facebook page to post your questions.
Finally, I would like you to remember that this plan could change at any point either before or after the 1st June due to government guidance and/or because a school decision is made based on the safety of our children and staff. We may have to announce any possible changes with very little notice, due to the reason for the change.
Thanking you in advance for our support during this very difficult time.
Miss Jo White
- Children in Y6 will be taught in the year 5 and 6 classrooms, but not necessarily the one they were in before we closed.
- Their teachers will be Miss McCarty and Miss Brown
- The children’s learning will initially focus firstly on their well-being, and then on basic maths and English skills.
- We will try to teach the children about social distancing and encourage them to follow this guidance, but as I am sure you will agree, this is not going to be an easy task.
- The children will work at individual desks, with their own equipment and books.
- When you arrive at school, you will be asked to go on to the main playground and your children will enter school through the same doors that they did before we closed.
- The doors will be open at the following time:
Group of children
Doors open for drop off
Doors open for pick up
9:00am – 9:15am