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Wellington Primary School
Returning to School June 2020 - FAQ

 

Q. Who will be with my child most of the time?

A. We will try our best for your child to be with their own teacher or TA or another adult who knows them well.


Q. Will they be with their friends and usual teachers?

A. We will try our best for children to be with familiar children and adults.


Q. Will milk and / or fruit still be offered at EYFS and Year 1 and what about snacks?

A. Milk will continue and we will supply fruit for snacks. NO snacks from home will be allowed in school. Where there are special dietary requirements, please contact the school.


Q. What happens if my Year 1 or Reception child has a toilet accident?

A. Please bring in a sealed bag with a change of clothes for your child which can be kept on their peg for this emergency.


Q. Can I talk to the class teacher at the classroom door as usual?

A. No. Please contact the teacher through Google Classroom, Tapestry or via email. Parents will need to adhere to social distancing guidance and follow one way routes in and out of the school.


Q. Will school start and end at the same times?

A. There will be staggered starting and end times to ensure we minimise large groups of adults and children on site to reduce contact.


Q. What will happen with Home Learning?

A. Year R, 1 or 6 – home learning will continue for the time being, but maybe different as staff are being used to support the re-integration. This will discontinue when numbers increase to fuller capacity.

Year N, 2, 3, 4 & 5 – home learning will continue but these staff may not have the capacity to answer questions quickly, as all staff are being used to support the re-integration.


Q. Can my child wear a face mask?

A. We are not expecting children to wear face masks, as recommended by government guidelines – these are used to stop the person or child spreading their germs. If a child has symptoms- they should not be at school. We will not however say ‘no’ should you wish them to wear one. Although these will need to be changed or washed daily and ones they have worn to school should be handed back to their parent before entering the building.


Q. Will the staff be wearing face masks?

A. We are not expecting this but some staff may when be using public transport to get to and from school. Welfare staff and first aiders may use protective equipment, PPE, when dealing with injuries or unwell children.


Q. Do the children bring PE, book bags and snacks?

A. No, school will provide reading books for home. Children to wear PE kits on PE days. Pencil cases will be supplied by school, to remain in school. No snacks to be brought in from home. Packed lunches can be brought in but clearly labelled with the child’s name on them and disinfected each day at home.


Q. Can my child bring in a water bottle?

A. Water bottles should be brought in but clearly labelled.


Q. Can Year 6 bring their mobile phone in?

A. Yes, if absolutely required, but they will be kept in a zipped wallet and given back to the children at the end of the day.


Q. What is happening with school dinners?

A. School will provide a packed lunch to begin with although options will be limited. Parents should pay online in the normal way. Children may bring a packed lunch in from home which must be clearly labelled with their name and disinfected each day or in a disposable bag. The children will eat in their class bubble and will be kept separate from other children.


Q. Can I come into the office if I have a query?

A. Only in an emergency. All contact will be through telephone calls or email as much as possible. We are limiting adults coming onto the premises and ask that you phone or email as much as possible.


Q. What if my child is eligible but has siblings who are not?

A. The Government is asking that only certain year groups return after half-term in a controlled, considered and safe way. Unless those siblings are in a priority group, for example, the children of critical workers. The Government hopes that all primary school children can come back to school before the summer holidays, for some time if feasible, although this will be kept under review. Reducing the risks for children, parents and staff is of utmost priority.


Q. If my child is eligible, is it compulsory for them to attend school?

A. Parents need to make a decision based on the information available. You should notify your child’s school as normal if your child is unable to attend so that staff are aware.


Q. Should I keep my child at home if they have an underlying health condition or live with someone in a clinically vulnerable group?

A. Children who are considered extremely clinically vulnerable and shielding should continue to shield and should not be expected to attend. A minority of children will fall into this category, and parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category. Children and young people who live in a household with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable and shielding should not attend as stringent social distancing cannot be adhered to. It is very challenging to socially distance EYFS and Infant children, we will do our best to remind the children and put plans in place but the age of the pupils makes this difficult to achieve

 

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Monday 11th May 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you and your extended families are all safe and well. Thank you for supporting us over the last eight weeks with the virtual school.

I am sure following the Prime Minister’s statement on Sunday that you have many questions about how and when the school will reopen to different year groups. We have lots of questions too at the moment that need clarification too.

During May, for us in school, there is no change in the guidance, we will continue to care for those children whose parents are critical to the Covid -19 response and only for those who cannot be safely care for at home. The message is still that it is safer to stay at home at the moment.

We have not received any information as yet to support us with the new plan to start the phased return of some year groups. We expect we will receive further information from the DFE shortly, hopefully with some clarification.

We will need clear guidance to plan how it is possible to social distance in schools and keep our children, staff and families’ safe; how we might start to bring groups of children back to school and what this might look like. Please be reassured we will only open when we are fully prepared and fully understand how to keep children and adults as safe as possible.

As always, we will keep you informed as soon as we have all the relevant information from the DFE. Please try not to worry in the meantime, we will find a workable plan and do our best to support your families. Our plan for May is to continue to provide activities for learning at home, keep in contact with you and the children and continue to support each other in these very difficult and uncertain times.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs D Norton

Headteacher

 

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Friday 20th March 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers

Early this morning the Government shared their list of Critical Workers for whose children schools should remain open.

This list is on the link below. It is broad and you should take time to check it carefully to understand if your role is considered critical to the Nation’s response to the virus. If one parent is classed as a critical worker, then you are entitled to send your children to school. The government guidance is that Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so. Therefore, it is an offer but you may feel that you do not wish to utilise it.

If you are a critical worker, and you cannot keep your child safe at home whilst you are at work, please could you complete and return the attached form to us at school promptly so we can plan the level of provision we will need to have in place over these coming weeks. This will be regardless of whether you wish your child to come school or not.

I anticipate that we will support students to access the remote learning we are providing for all children but within school. There will be no normal lessons and the children will be clustered together in either an infant or a junior provision. However, this will depend entirely on numbers.

Once we have an accurate idea of numbers we can confirm what we will be offering. Please understand that the government expectation is that it is child care not education. We will do our best to ensure it is as educational as possible within the limits of our resources. If we are able to provide a dining hall service over this time it will be limited.

List of key workers can be found here;

guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

The full government guidance concerning this can be found here;

closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

We will be contacting families with children who fit the vulnerable learner’s category personally to establish if you will require the support of school. Many that we called yesterday did not want to take up this provision at the moment.

Click here to print off and complete this form. Please return this form to school by 4pm in order to ensure facilities can be provided. This form is required on entry to school on Monday morning for the children of our critical Keyforce to ensure eligibility .

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Norton

 

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