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Welcome Back September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming children back on Monday September 7th. Please see the letter below which gives more information on this.

                                                                                                                           28th August 2020                                                                                      

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you all had a good summer- we certainly had some good weather. I said when I last wrote to you on 20th July that I would be in touch at the end of August to confirm arrangements for welcoming all children back on Monday 7th September. The latest data shows rates of coronavirus in London to be low. Islington has the lowest rates in London. It is vital for all children to return so that they can receive their education. It is also essential for their wellbeing, social, emotional and physical development.  Missing out on more time in the classroom puts children at risk of falling further behind. This is why the government have made school attendance mandatory again and the usual rules on school attendance will apply. Our aims are:

  1. To ensure all risk to children and staff is minimised as much as is possible
  2. To provide a broad and balanced curriculum which includes additional time for mental health and well-being support as well as catch up learning. We have a plan in place to cover the most important missed learning and to address any significant gaps in children’s knowledge.
  3. To deliver at least the equivalent of full-time education to every child from 7th September (or what we would ordinarily offer to Nursery children).

The local authority has arranged a free webinar and question time for parents/carers led by a panel of experts including a Paediatric Consultant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Public Health Consultant, Head of School Improvement, School Nursing lead, Head of Early Years and Head of Safeguarding and Family Support. They will explain how we are safely working together in Islington to get children safely back to school.

This will take place on Tuesday 1st September 12.30-14:00:

 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/back-to-school-and-early-years-2020-islington-panel-and-question-time-tickets-116994603007

Arrangements for September:

Following government advice children will be in bubbles. In Babies, Toddlers, Year 2, 4, 5 and 6 this will be a class bubble and in Year 1 and 3 children will be in a year group bubble (they will still be in their class for the majority of the day but may be in a mixed group for reading or phonics). Nursery and Reception classes will be in one bubble also.  Each bubble will learn, play and eat in their individual bubbles and maintain safe social distancing (above Y1) and regular hand washing routines during the day.

 

The table below provides an overview of the drop off and pick up arrangements that are in place for your child’s class.

 

Nursery: Lilac

Ebony and Susan

 

Nursery: Willow

Blanca and Gwen

Reception: Beech

Caroline and Nicky

 

Reception: Pear

Lauren and Tina

Drop off

9.00

Playground Gate on Gard Street

9.00

Playground Gate on Gard Street

9.00

School Main Entrance

9.00

School Main Entrance

Pick Up

3.15

Playground Gate on Gard Street

3.15

Playground Gate on Gard Street

3.15

School Main Entrance

 

3.15

School Main Entrance

 

 

EYFS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 1

 

Year 1: Maple

Ruth and Karen

 

Year 1:  Olive

Megan and Sam

Year 2 : Cherry

Ms Umeh and Saira

Year 2: Pine

Athena and Cairo

Drop off

8.30

Playground Gate on Gard Street

8.30

Playground Gate on Gard Street

8.45

Children’s Centre Entrance

8.45

School Main Entrance

Pick Up

3.30

Playground Gate on Gard Street

3.30

Playground Gate on Gard Street

3.30

Children’s Centre Entrance

3.30

School Main Entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 2

 

Year 3: Ash

Ms Dyl, Esen and Marzena

Year 3: Palm

Miss Watson, Denise and Iqra

Year 4 :

Mohammed and Homaira

 

Year 5:

Ms Mensah and Pier

 

Year 6:

Ms Kimyani and Sue

Drop off

9.15

Playground Gate on Gard Street

9.15

Playground Gate on Gard Street

9.15

King’s Square Estate Gate

9.00

King’s Square Estate Gate

8.45

King’s Square Estate Gate

Pick Up

3.45

Playground Gate on Gard Street

3.45

Playground Gate on Gard Street

3.45

King’s Square Estate Gate

3.45

King’s Square Estate Gate

3.30

King’s Square Estate Gate

 

Please ensure you drop off and pick up your child at the allocated time. When waiting at the gate please observe social distancing rules and wait 2m from other people. We would appreciate it if only one adult drops off and picks up to make social distancing easier. If you have a child being picked up from a different class we ask that you wait until the time given for that class. Please do not wait outside the gate (you can go for a walk in the local area or wait in King’s Square park). 

 

 

 

Collecting children in Y4, 5 and 6 from the King’s Square Estate gate:

You may not drive into the King Square Estate. Please follow this rule or we will not be able to use this entrance for drop off and pick up. Please respect the residents of President House and do not wait on the pavement outside the doors to the block.

If your child in Y5 or Y6 has permission to go home alone then they may do so. If you no longer want your child to go home alone please speak to the class teacher or let the school office know. There is no pavement immediately outside the back gate. The class teacher or TA will see your child safely onto the Central Street.  Please speak to your child about road safety.

Children will need to bring:

  • Water bottle and fruit snack (we cannot allow children to use water fountains). (Jugs of water are available in class with throw-away bio-degradable disposable cups)
  • PE kit in a bag
  • Packed lunch if this is your preference. We will be safely providing hot lunch
  • No book bags as we cannot transfer books between home and school at the moment
  • NO OTHER ITEMS including toys. Every child from Y2 to Y6 has their own pencil case which will remain in school.
  • Children can leave a bike or scooter during the day at school to support travelling to school on foot.

 

Children must be in full school uniform.

Breakfast, after school clubs and further arrangements:

We will be providing Breakfast club and after school Play Centre, however, in line with government guidance on this provision we will only be able to offer 15 spaces at present. We will prioritise parents who are working or studying and have no alternative childcare available. Please speak to the school office if you have not already informed us that you will need a space.

The government guidance regarding full opening of schools very much focuses on children remaining in consistent groups/ bubbles and minimising contacts.

  1. Assemblies will happen in class- we will not assemble the children together inside or outside at any time until we are told to.
  2. No parents or carers will be allowed onto the school site only the main entrances and only 2 at a time. (Except parents settling new children into EYFS classes who will be required to wear a mask and remain outside wherever possible).
  3. During the autumn term we will continue to follow government guidance on school trips. We have re-scheduled Osmington Bay and Cardfields to summer term in 2021.

 

The responses below have been answered alongside the following government guidance:

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

 

 

 

 

Moreland Primary School FAQs –September 2020

How will you maintain social distancing for parents, carers, children and staff?

  • We will be reducing the contact between pupils and staff by having class or year group bubbles. The staff working with each group will stay with their allocated group to enable reduced contact between groups. There will be a first aid trained member of staff in every bubble. Where staff have to move between bubbles e.g. music teacher then they will remain socially distanced from children.
  • As much as possible, the children and staff will remain socially distanced from each other. This is not always possible for young children (Year 1 and below) where other measures have been put in place to minimise risk.
  • The learning environments around the school have been adapted to help with this. For example, children in Year 2 and above will sit at forward facing tables.
  • Lunch and playtimes will be staggered to ensure contact between groups continues to be reduced. Children will play in an allocated ‘zone’ in the playground each day.
  • There will be staggered drop offs and pick-ups every day to ensure social distancing is maintained for all. Parents are asked to socially distance themselves from other parents when dropping off and for only one parent to attend.

 

What happens to the attendance of my child if I am not comfortable sending them into school?

  • No one with symptoms of Covid 19 should attend school for any reason.
  • All children must attend school unless they are unwell and attendance is compulsory for all school age children from September.
  • Parents may be referred for non-attendance from September and schools will be held to account for attendance levels.

 

What protective measures will be in place for staff and pupils?

We have followed the government guidance with regards to protective measures and have implemented the following measures: -

  • Clear guidance in place to ensure there is consistency across the school community so that anyone with symptoms knows what to do next
  • Regular reminders to staff and pupils about hand washing - Hand sanitizers on all entrances to the school building including into the classrooms
  • Daily checks to ensure hand washing facilities are fully stocked and bins are regularly emptied
  • Increase in cleaning including deep cleans and regular cleaning of high contact areas e.g. light switches, door handles, taps etc.
  •  Minimising contact between groups with staggered starts, playtimes and lunchtimes
  •  A medical room with the correct level of PPE (gloves, aprons, face masks)
  • Bubbles of children and staff (see above in ‘social distancing’ question)
  • Each group to have their own set of resources to use within the classroom and at lunchtimes – these will be thoroughly cleaned daily.
  • Children from Y2 upwards will have individual sets of resource e.g., stationary, pencil case
  • All toys that are hard to clean will be removed e.g. soft toys
  • Doors to be kept open to limit the use of door handles being touched and to aid ventilation
  • Increase in the use of outdoor spaces throughout the school day but ensuring these are timetabled to limit contact between groups of children
  • One- way system around school for when children need to move between their class room, the toilets and outside
  • Children will eat at their desk in their classroom or have a staggered session in the hall. The hall will be cleaned between groups.
  • PPE will be provided for all staff when administering first aid and managing toileting e.g. nappy changing
  • As an important part of our school community, we ask that you continue to encourage good infection control practices, such as thorough hand washing at home and keep your child informed about the things they can do to discourage the spread of infection.

 

Will the children be going back to normal lessons?

  • We are very much aware that children have been out of school for some time and have had very different experiences. Our main priority initially is to focus on pupil wellbeing and support each child to transition smoothly back into school and to help them to feel confident and safe with the new routines that will need to be established in order to keep everyone safe. Lessons will resume as usual with a normal timetable.
  • We will assess the children quickly and provide a catch-up programme to support all children to make up the learning they have missed with additional classes before and after school..
  • We will provide children with the usual broad and balanced curriculum and children will study all National Curriculum Subjects. We will follow Government guidance on sports activities e.g. swimming and contact sports. Currently children will only participate in non-contact sports. PE will be taught outside whenever possible.
  • In the event of partial closure with a whole class bubble having to self-isolate, we will provide a timetable and lessons as well as the loan of IT for the duration of the isolation. This will ensure children do not miss out on any more of their education.
  • Children will initially only be able to attend trips or visits in the local area that do not involve using public transport. We will individually risk assess all trips and visits to ensure they comply with Government guidance.
  • We will continue to provide homework and other extra activities through the Class Dojo App.

 

Will my child be tested for COVID-19?

  • The DFE are providing schools with 10 self-testing kits which can be used only if a parent/carer cannot make arrangements provided through telephoning NHS 119 or NHS 111online coronavirus service
  • The school will engage with the ‘Test and Trace’ system as directed by the Government and Public Health England.

 

What additional cleaning will take place?

  • There will be additional deep cleaning of classrooms and shared areas.
  • Daily lunch time and after school cleaning will continue to take place.
  • We will use a Foggier machine to sanitise rooms each week.
  • The resources the children have used will also be cleaned more regularly.
  • Increased cleaning of high contact areas will take place routinely throughout the day.

 

 

 

 IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT IF YOUR CHILD OR ANYONE AT HOME SHOWS ANY SIGNS OF COVID-19: A HIGH TEMERATURE, A NEW, CONTINUOUS COUGH OR LOSS OF/CHANGE IN SMELL OR TASTE, THAT YOU DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL BUT ARRANGE A TEST.

Finally:

We will be sending you a slide show presentation next week that you can share with your child.  We will do all we can to keep the children and each other safe. Thank you for all your support, kindness and encouragement.  We have been managing the coronavirus situation since March and we know what we are working with. The context is very different to March with lower rates, the NHS Test and Trace and society has measures in place that everyone is familiar with.

Very best wishes to you all,

Ann Dwulit                                             Catherine Lawrence

Executive head teacher                            Head of School

 

                                                                                                                         

 

 

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