The plan to open the school on June 22nd to give all year groups the opportunity to be in school before the end of the summer term does not fit in with my latest working arrangements.
The government and all educational professionals are very clear; schools cannot possibly provide schooling or national curriculum coverage to the same extent as before lockdown. School’s cannot operate safely at full capacity currently and ensure all parents have the childcare necessary to manage their working commitments. The focus is for all children to have some time in school to address their well- being and mental health. If we restricted our offer to accommodate only reception, year 1 and year 6, the children in other year groups would have no experience of school for 6 months.
Why is provision being made to offer time in school for additional year groups as of 22nd June when reception, year 1 and year 6 are the government’s priority?
Answer: The government’s initial plan was to open to all year groups by the end of the summer term, starting with years R,1 and 6; these 3 year groups were never a priority. Primary headteachers were asked to plan to accommodate these 3 groups if they had the capacity and staff availability to safely do so. The provision nationally has not been uniform with many primaries still not open or only offering to 2 year groups. They were never a priority. Given the concerns and difficulties encountered by many schools, this was never going to be possible. As a result, the decision to open to additional year groups was passed to individual schools and their governing bodies. With the full support of the diocese, governing body, staff and the Health and Safety Officer for RBWM, we put all the necessary plans and risk assessments in place to open.
What transition will be happening for my Year 6 child's move to secondary school?
We understand that the following information from Mr Pilgrim regarding transition to Charters School has recently been shared with Year 6 parents:
Charters have made the decision not to offer their transition day scheduled for June 30th given the current advice from the government regarding Covid-19. They have created a dedicated New Year 7 Information page on their website (link here), where they have provided a range of details on their alternative arrangements. They have also created a dedicated email address for any parental questions regarding transition (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With regards to transition in our school, this is usually led by Charters and therefore this year it will not be happening in the same format as previous years. In-school transition PSHE lessons will start later this term providing work for children about the general transition from a primary to secondary setting. The information we are aware of about Charters will be shared with children, they will have the opportunity to ask questions about the school and these will be answered to the best of our ability. Any questions that cannot be answered by us can be directed to the dedicated transition email address provided by Charters.
Parents, carers and settings do not need to take children’s temperatures every morning. Routine testing of an individual’s temperature is not a reliable method for identifying coronavirus. Educational and childcare settings should reiterate to parents the need to follow the standard national advice on the kind of symptoms to look out for that might be due to coronavirus, and where to get further advice.If anyone in the household develops a fever, or a new continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they are advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance (which states that the ill person should remain in isolation for 7 days and the rest of the household in isolation for 14 days).
As per the home-school agreement, it is a parent/carers responsibility to not send their child into school of they or another member of the household is displaying symptoms of the virus.
As per the 'Health and Safety Check' document emailed to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 parents and carers (and available on the COVID-19 tab of the website), in the event a child is unwell:
• Pupils will be taken to the office.
• If necessary parents will be contacted and advised on how they can collect their child safely.
• Pupils will be kept at a safe distance from staff and other pupils in the medical area until they are collected from school.
• Staff are aware of the precautions they need to follow to reduce the risk of infection, while still remaining sensitive to the needs and well- being of the children in their care.
• Staff will gently explain why they are wearing a face mask and gloves as they take care of them.
• If a child is taken ill in with suspected COVID19, or the school is informed by parents that a child in school is being checked for COVID 19, the area where the child was present will be deep cleaned and all the parents of the children in the same ‘pod’ will be notified.
• A child diagnosed with the virus should remain in isolation for 7 days.
• The family of the child diagnosed with COVID19 should isolate for 14 days.
Will online home learning still be provided?
At present, online learning will still be provided for all year groups as the reopening of school is phased meaning at present, pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will not be attending school full-time. This means that initially learning will need to continue at home for at least part of the week for each class. Learning in school will be led by a teacher and will be supplemented with additional resources.
Will you be able to tell us which children will be in my child's pod?
Unfortunately, we will be unable to inform you of which children will be in your child's pod prior to reopening on June 1st. We will be emailing parents of those children returning individually after Thursday 21st May to inform them of what pod their child will be in.