I wanted to start by thanking you all for your continued support and patience during this time. When we partially re-open (currently this is set to be Tuesday 2nd June for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6), we will be putting in place a wide range of measures in order to protect your children, your families and our staff from COVID-19. We have been working hard to make Hurley Primary School a safe environment for everyone.
To allow for staff training on PPE and the new safety protocols in school, all local schools are using Monday 1st June as an emergency training day. Therefore, there will be no home learning on this day.
HOW WE ARE KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE IN SCHOOL
Your child will be in a bubble, not their normal class. Each bubble has a maximum of 15 children and 3 adults. Your child’s bubble will not mix with children (or adults where possible) from any other bubble at all during school hours. This means that if there is an infection in one bubble, all of the other bubbles are protected.
Your child’s bubble will have:
- year group specific arrival and departure times
- its own teacher(s) and teaching assistant(s)
- its own cleaning products
- its own break time and zone (socially distant games only)
- its own lunch time (packed lunches in their own classroom at this time)
A maximum of two children will be allowed in the toilets at any one time. They must be from the same bubble.
In their bubble, your child will have:
- their own table and chair distanced away from the nearest child
- their own books, stationery and resources
We will be keeping your child’s bubble as clean as possible by:
- expecting all parents to do their bit using the rules over the page
- emptying bins for tissues regularly throughout the day
- cleaning surfaces regularly throughout the day
- insisting on handwashing regularly throughout the day
- undertaking a deeper clean at the end of every day
- not allowing staff or children from other bubbles into your child’s bubble
Children in Reception are not expected to socially distance. They will still be kept within their bubbles, working in small groups and we will endeavour to encourage the best hygiene practises possible to minimise the risks of infection.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE – Please follow all signage from the school
Parents, it is vital that everyone maintains social distancing when travelling to and from school and when waiting to drop and collect your children.
Only one parent is allowed to bring/collect their child/ren to school at any one time. Ideally, any siblings should be left safely at home. However, if this can’t happen, siblings should stand with you and maintain social distancing from other children and adults at all times.
There will be no parking available to parents either in the school site or church car park. Parents are encouraged to WALK with their children to school whenever possible.
There will be a one way system for non-key workers: please walk to the church car park via Heanley Lane and wait in the designated area. Please observe 2m social distancing and do not linger after your child has entered the school site. Members of staff will be there to greet and register your child and take them to their classroom. Please leave via the alleyway, walking down past the Holly Bush pub.
Staggered arrivals / departure times – (times may change in Week 2)
To try to make arrival and departures from school run as smoothly as possible, we have devised a staggered arrival and departure timetable.
|Rec A||9.30am||3.30pm||Reception||Miss Hickman, Louise, Dawn|
|Rec B||9.30am||3.30pm||Year 1||Miss O’Mara/Mrs Webber, Karen|
|Year 1||9.00am||3.00pm||Year 2||Mr Orchard, Carmen|
|Year 2/3 K||from 8.30am||Until 4.30pm||Year 3||Miss Coape-Arnold, Louise|
|Year 4/5 K||from 8.30am||Unitl 4.30pm||Year 5||Miss Smith/Miss Fletcher, Wendy|
|Year 6 A||8.30am||2.30pm||Year 4||Miss Slattery/Mr Hardman, Dena|
|Year 6 B||8.30am||2.30pm||Year 6||Mr Wiggin, Mrs Avery, Sue|
If you have children in multiple year groups, please arrive at the EARLIER arrival and departure slot. All of your children will be dropped off and collected at this time. For example, a parent with children in Rec and Year 6, would drop both children off at 8.30am and collect them at 2.30pm.
When collecting children, please arrive at school during the collection slot for their class and wait in the designated area on the church car park. Children will be brought out to you. It is imperative that parents follow the 2m distancing rule.
Strict adherence to arrival and departure times is necessary to reduce contact. Please do not arrive late or early, as this will cause too many people to be waiting and increase potential risk of cross contamination.
HPS PARENTS AND CARERS WITH NURSERY CHILDREN
Nursery children must be dropped off at the main school gate along with any siblings who attend HPS. You should drop off at the earliest drop off time for any of your children. Please collect school age children from the church car park and Nursery children from the main gate separately, picking up whoever finishes earliest first.
This timetable is temporary and if we are safely able to reduce times between groups arriving and leaving, we will inform you of the new times slots with at least 24hrs notice.
To avoid queuing in the church car park, Key Worker families are welcome to drop off and collect their children (regardless of year group) from 8.30am onwards at the main school gate on Heanley Lane. Please walk to the pedestrian gate where a member of staff will greet your child.
Key Workers dropping their children after 9.30am will need to phone the school office from the gate for their child to gain entrance. No parents will be permitted to enter the school building or site and must adhere to social distancing measures while awaiting a member of staff.
If we are expecting your child in school, please call to report any absences before 8.30am and leave a message on the answer machine. Government guidance is clear that parents will not be penalised for not sending their children to school.
CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCE
If you have responded to the questionnaire and change your mind about whether you wish your child to attend or not, please contact the school. Up to a week’s notice will be needed if you would like your child to join school after the initial set up of our bubbles. This is so we can ensure the safety of everyone.
THE SCHOOL DAY
Upon entering school, all children and staff will wash hands. Regular handwashing will continue throughout the day. Regular cleaning will also take place throughout the day.
The children should wear a normal school polo shirt and any school appropriate trousers, shorts or leggings. Children will need to wear trainers that would be appropriate for running in PE to school.
To make it safer and easier for children to take part in these activities, please ensure that long hair is tied up and children don’t wear jewellery. This includes earrings.
Children and staff will wear a clean set of clothes each day. Government advice is that on returning home, staff and children should change and shower as soon as practical.
Lunch and Snacks
Children will all be having packed lunches, which will need to be brought into school in a plastic tupperware box or plastic lunchbox which must be washed every night. The children will eat lunch in their own classrooms or outside on the grass/ benches depending on the weather, ensuring social distancing is maintained from other bubble groups. Any food the children do not eat and any packaging, will go back into their lunchbox. Please ensure your child can open their own food packaging.
At present, the decision has been made to not offer hot meals. Instead, a school packed lunch can be ordered. All children in Reception and Year 1 will be eligible for this for free (it will still need to be ordered) and children in Year 6 will be able to order one. Please note that children who were in receipt of the food voucher and return to school, will switch to receiving school packed lunch. Children from Key Worker families should continue to provide their own packed lunch.
We will set up a weekly ordering system in due course.
There will be no tuck shop so please ensure that children bring healthy tuck (a cereal bar or piece of fruit only).
The children will have staggered break and lunchtimes, in separate bubble zone areas. Socially distanced games will be encouraged. Contact games will not be allowed such as football and tig.
Each bubble will be allocated a toilet room to use. These will be cleaned regularly throughout the day. Up to two children from the same bubble can be in the toilet room at one time. If a child from another bubble is in the toilet room, they will wait outside until that child has left. Children will wash/ sanitise their hands after visiting the toilet.
All classrooms will have hot soapy water and hand sanitiser available at all times. Children will be asked to wash hands regularly following government advice. Chairs, tables, door handles and all equipment will be cleaned before school, at break, at lunchtime and after school as a minimum.
Children must not bring a bag to school. Lunchboxes and water bottles will be carried in by hand. These must be washed every night. All lunchboxes and water bottles must be clearly named. We will use permanent marker to name any items which are not named.
If coats, sun hats, jumpers or cardigans are needed, your child should wear/carry these into school. Sun cream must be named and brought in a disposable plastic bag. Children will need to apply their own sun cream and we recommend that on warm days, you apply at home before the start of school. All of these belongings must be named as unclaimed clothing will need to be disposed of.
The children will be given stationery in clear plastic pencil cases at school, which will be stored safely. Therefore, they will not need to bring a pencil case or any other stationary from home.
No reading books or work will be sent home or allowed into school from home.
No PE kits to be brought to school. Children will still have regular PE lessons. However, they will not need to changing into PE kits and must wear suitable clothes and trainers to school every day.
Children who need medicines will need to bring these in a clear plastic bag which has been named. Medicine will need to be passed on to an adult in class. Inhalers may be kept by a child where this is appropriate or treated like other medicine. All other medicine will be stored in the classroom by the class teacher. Any medicines requiring refrigeration will be stored in staff room fridge, collected and taken to class for administration.
The focus for the curriculum will be on English and maths and will run alongside work set for home learning. Where possible, Reception will endeavour to follow the provision set out in the Early Years curriculum.
If your child shows COVID-19 symptoms, they will be isolated, you will be contacted and you must arrange immediate collection of your child. Everyone in your household will then need to self-isolate for 14 days. In this situation, we would strongly advise you to arrange a test for your child and the family. Tests are now available for children over the age of 5. A child may return to their bubble with a negative test result.
In the event of a positive COVID-19 result, the entire bubble will be sent home and need to self-isolate for 14 days, including siblings, to ensure no symptoms develop and to protect others at school.
For a non COVID-19 illness or accident, the usual school procedure will be followed.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Children are not expected to wear masks and it is not a requirement of staff to do so (unless they are specifically dealing with a suspected case). However, some staff members may choose to wear masks and children should be aware of this.
To maintain children and staff safety, access to the school site will be strictly controlled. If you have an enquiry for school, contact the school office by phone or email (01827 872207 or email@example.com).
PARENTS & CARERS: HOW WE NEED YOU TO HELP US RE-OPEN SCHOOL SAFELY
We must work together to limit the virus and make school as safe a place as possible.
This will only work if you keep your child safe when they are not at school. Children who go out to play with other children, or socialise with family/friends, who do not live in their household, will put the rest of their bubble at high risk.
IT IS VITAL THAT CURRENT GUIDELINES ON SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE STRICTLY ADHERED TO AT ALL TIMES.
In order to keep all of our children and staff safe, the Governors and headteacher reserve the right to withdraw a child’s school place if social distancing guidelines are not followed.
If your child is due to return to school or is currently or due to start using Key Worker provision on Tuesday 2nd June, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd6bI8aE89-Z08T8pudxzqdvDbO4Ig5jUKkx6vrfJD8KE60YQ/viewform?usp=sf_link and complete the form to say you have read, understood and will abide by any requirements for your child to return to school.
Only together will we be able to reduce the risk.
Best wishes and take care
Glyn Morgans, Headteacher, and the Hurley Primary School Team