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Letchmore September 2020 re-opening

Overview of Questions

The School Day

 

Staggered Starts at the start of term for each year group

What will happen at the start of the day for Infant children?

What will happen at the start of the day for Nursery children?

Can children still come to school on their bikes and scooters?

What will happen at the end of the day?

Do I have to send my child back to school?

 

Uniform & Equipment

What should my child wear to school?

What can / cannot my child bring to school?

 

Food & drink

Will hot meals be available?

Where will my child eat their lunch?

What time will my child eat their lunch?

Will fruit be available for Years N, R, 1 & 2?

Will milk be available for Nursery, Reception and children in receipt of Free School Meals?

Will milk be available for other year groups?

 

Access to school

Can family members come into school?

What if I need a meeting with a member of staff?

 

Learning

Will my child be expected to take their Phonics Screening Test in the Autumn Term?

What will be organised to support my child to secure any missed learning?

My child has special needs, will they still receive extra support?

How will the teachers mark and feedback on children’s learning?

How will my child be safely issued with reading books?

Will my child be given learning to do at home?

 

Extracurricular Clubs & Activities

 

Wrap Round Care

 

What control measures will be in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission?

Year Group Bubbles

 

Cleaning

Personal Hygiene

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Face Coverings

 

COVID-19

What will happen if my child is unwell at school with COVID-19 symptoms?

What will happen if my child or someone in my family contracts COVID-19?

What will happen if a pupil or member of staff tests positive for Covid-19?

 

Please see below the answers to all of these questions to support the re-opening of Letchmore in September 2020:

Answers to Questions

The School Day

 

Staggered Starts at the start of term for each year group

All Nursery and Reception children have received information regarding their start times for September.

To also support reintegration to school for our Year 1 and Year 2 children, we will stagger their start too by a shorter first two days

Thursday 3 September and Friday 4 September

We will operate a “flexible start” by dropping your child between 11.30-11.45am and a “flexible finish” between 1.15-1.30pm on these two days.

We will still operate the one-way entry system whereby:

Year 1 children will be met on the playground just outside their classrooms (Goldfinch at the bottom of the stairs in the Infant playground) by their teaching assistant (TA) where they will sanitise their hands before entering the school building.

Year 2 children will meet their TAs in the following locations:

Barn Owl: Hall door

Tawny Owl and Snowy Owl: Via a new entrance to the Year 2 outside garden area by walking through the infant playground, past Reception, the hall and the school offices, where there is a new gate on the right.

The focus will be on supporting the children with their return to school, their well-being and familiarising themselves with lunch-time procedures.

All Year 1 and Year 2 children will then follow the procedures below from Monday 7 September.

 

What will happen at the start of the day for Infant children?

We will be operating a “flexible start”. Pupils can arrive at any time from 8.30am to 8.50am. Pupils will come directly into school - no lining up. Once in class they will be given an “early morning task” to complete, formal lessons will start at 8.50am. If your child arrives later than 8.50am, they will receive a late mark in the register.

Children arriving after 8.50am will be required to queue outside the office following social distancing with one family entering the office foyer at a time to register their child and await collection. Staff will be notified to collect your child from the foyer. Please endeavour to be on time to avoid unnecessary queuing at the school office in the morning.

Anyone dropping off a child/children must follow the one way systems in place on the school site. 

Only one adult per family to drop off, please.

Please do not arrive earlier than this as it will cause an obstruction or queues on the pavements outside of the school which must be avoided.  Please also ensure you are socially distanced when queuing to come through/entering the gates.

School staff will be available from 8.30am to welcome your child into school.

Once your child is in the school building, you must leave the premises immediately - no chatting or loitering please.

Please ensure that there are no children using the playground equipment before or after school.

 

What will happen at the start of the day for Nursery children?

Nursery times will remain the same as the flexible start and finish times are to ease the flow for the larger numbers in the infant classes. 

Please also adhere to the one way system on entry and exit to Nursery.

 

Can children still come to school on their bikes and scooters?

Yes. Parents/carers must ensure that their children ride these safely and responsibly, with due care to socially distancing. Transitional contact outside on a pavement has a low transmission risk.

Bikes and scooters MUST NOT be ridden on the school grounds therefore children will be required to disembark prior to the red line markings on the playground at the entry gate.

Bikes and scooters will not be able to be stored in the bike sheds and will need to be transported between home and school each visit.

 

What will happen at the end of the day?

The school gates will be opened at 2.40pm until 2.55pm for a “flexible finish”. Please do not arrive earlier than this as it will cause an obstruction or queues on the pavements outside of the school which must be avoided.  Please also ensure you are socially distanced when queuing to come through/entering the gates.

Only one adult per family at the end of the day, please.

Children will be in their classes.  Please be mindful of social distancing and collect your child from their class waiting area and leave the school site as soon as you have done so.

If we need to talk to you at the end of the day, we will telephone you after school where possible.

 

Do I have to send my child back to school?

Yes.

  • ALL children are expected to return to school in September. The only exceptions to this are if:
  • a child has a written report from a medical professional that recommends that they should continue to shield;
  • your child is unwell (including symptoms of or a positive test for COVID-19);
  • your household has been instructed to self-isolate;
  • you are quarantining after a trip abroad.
  • All absences must be reported in accordance with our attendance policy (Link)
  • Unauthorised absence may result in a penalty notice being issued.

 

Uniform & Equipment

 

What should my child wear to school?

As of September, children are expected to wear full uniform, including school shoes, except for days that they have a PE lesson (see below). Full details can be found on our website https://www.letchmore.herts.sch.uk/useful-school-information

Children are likely to be learning outdoors much more than usual and so will need a warm, showerproof coat.

Classroom windows will be open whatever the weather, so you may like to invest in a fleece too.

On days when children have PE lessons, they must come into school in their PE kit - this will reduce the need for large bags and extra personal items in school. They should wear black or blue shorts or black or blue tracksuit trousers and a white T-shirt, trainers and either their school sweatshirt or a school fleece.

ALL items of clothing MUST be clearly named. A permanent marker will suffice for this, but you can also buy named printed labels online.

In order to maintain social distancing between staff and pupils, please only send your child to school wearing items of clothing and shoes that they are able to manage themselves (e.g. Velcro shoe fastenings)

 

Please note that uniform is optional for Nursery children and they do not require PE kit.

 

What can / cannot my child bring to school?

Your child can bring:

  • Coat and other winter clothing
  • Sun hat if the weather is warm (apply suncream at home before school)
  • Book bag with library / reading scheme book
  • Packed lunch if not having a school meal (All 30 hour Nursery children will require a home packed lunch)
  • Water bottle (no juice / squash) - preferably in lunch box or rucksack (to enable “hands-free entry” for sanitising)
  • All Nursery children will require a pair of named wellington boots in a bag and a change of clothes

Your child cannot bring:

  • Toys
  • Games (including swapping cards, etc.)
  • Things to show the teacher / class (please email a photo to the teacher instead)
  • Their own stationery

 

Food & drink

 

Will hot meals be available?

Yes. Our kitchen will provide a choice of hot or cold meal for all infant children. The menu will be published on the school website.

Only 30 hour nursery children will require a packed lunch from home. 

 

Where will my child eat their lunch?

The children will eat their lunch in their classrooms with the exception of the Reception children who will be using the dining room.

 

What time will my child eat their lunch?

These are approximate times:

Nursery - 30 hour children  11.30

Year R                                11.45

Year 1                                 12.30

Year 2                                 12.30

 

Will fruit be available for Years N, R, 1 & 2?

Yes. We expect this service to resume in September.

 

Will milk be available for Nursery, Reception and children in receipt of Free School Meals?

Yes. We expect this service to resume in September. Nursery and Reception children will receive free milk until they reach the age of 5.

Children in Years 1 & 2 (or after they have reached the age of 5) who are in receipt of free school meals will also receive free milk.

 

Will milk be available for other year groups?

Yes. Visit our website to find out how to order milk for your child.

 

Access to school

 

Can family members come into school?

  • Only in emergencies will parents be permitted to come into the school building.
  • If you have a question, please email the school office: admin@letchmore.herts.sch.uk 
  • If you need to drop in a letter/form/etc., please post in through the letterbox by the school office.
  • Please be organised - we do not want lots of people dropping off lunch boxes, water bottles, etc. later in the day.
  • Adults will be on the playground to meet and greet your children at the beginning of the school day. We ask that you only speak to them face to face if the matter is urgent, if it is not, please phone the school office. Please comply with 2m social distancing.

 

What if I need a meeting with a member of staff?

We will try to do meetings by phone if possible. If a face to face meeting is required, social distancing measures will be put in place. All meetings need to be arranged in advance by telephoning the office.

 

Learning

 

Will my child be expected to take their Phonics Screening Test in the Autumn Term?

Children in Year 2 will undertake a previous version of the phonics screening check during the second half of the autumn term. Outcomes of the check will be used to determine which children have not met the expected standard in phonics and will need to take the statutory check in June 2021 (alongside Y1 pupils). Pupils in Year 3 who did not pass the phonics check in Year 1 and would normally have been expected to take the statutory check in June 2020 will be supported in school to develop their phonics knowledge but will not be required to undertake any statutory assessment.

 

What will be organised to support my child to secure any missed learning?

We will be assessing the core skills of all pupils as we go through the autumn term. Your child’s knowledge and understanding will be carefully analysed and lessons planned to cover gaps in learning. Some of this teaching will be with whole classes, some with small groups and some on a 1:1 basis. Teachers are highly skilled at identifying needs and planning lessons and activities to meet them.

 

 

My child has special needs, will they still receive extra support?

Yes. Teachers, teaching assistants, in-school specialist staff and external professionals will all be deployed as normal to support children with SEND. If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs Benson, Head of Inclusion, by email: senco@letchmore.herts.sch.uk

 

How will the teachers mark and feedback on children’s learning?

  • Teachers will practice good hand hygiene; they will handle children’s books as little as possible.
  • Teachers will not take pupils’ books home.
  • Teachers will use “whole class marking” sheets to note misconceptions, gaps, individual needs, good examples - these notes will inform their planning and feedback to children.
  • Teachers will “live mark” during the lesson - this may be in the form of verbal feedback or a post-it note to be stuck in a book.
  • If able to do so, pupils will mark their own learning with teacher supervision.
  • Pupils will record corrections in line with our feedback and marking policy (website).

 

How will my child be safely issued with reading books?

  • We will issue a home reading book for all infant children on a Monday to be returned on a Thursday.

The covers of library/reading scheme/class books will be disinfected before they are given to the pupil. Returned books will be quarantined for at least 48 hours before reissuing.

  • Pupils will not be able to visit the school library.
  • Phonics and reading scheme books will be issued by year group staff.
  • Class teachers may lend pupils books from their personal class library.
  • Children will continue to have access to Bug Club

 

 

Will my child be given learning to do at home?

  • We hope to continue to set tasks for shared home learning each week.
  • Recommendations for home learning activities over the summer are on the school website.
  • Plans are in being put in place in the event of a local lockdown or in the event of self-isolation.

 

Extracurricular Clubs & Activities

  • We are hopeful that we will be able to run some extracurricular clubs in the second half of the autumn term. It is likely that these will be restricted to one year group at a time.
  • The Government’s guidance says that we can resume school visits. It is likely that we will run visits that do not require transport, for example, a trip to the Old Town Memorial. We will, of course, risk assess all such visits.

 

Wrap Round Care

Premier Education will be offering Wrap Round Care in September.  The children will be allocated to their year group as they are unable to cross over between year groups.  They will have their own safety measures.  Bookings can be made via the following link:

https://www.premier-education.com/parents/venue/courses/1747/?location=letchmore

 

What control measures will be in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission?

 

Year Group Bubbles

Children will be in year group bubbles.

To reduce the risk:

  • Rooms will be well ventilated with doors and windows open at all times.
  • Children will spend no more than 15 minutes together at the same time - this will usually be for whole class teaching input (e.g. a phonics sound). At other times they will be split between indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Children will be issued with their own stationery pack.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned each day.
  • Shared resources will be cleaned after use.
  • Older children will be encouraged to socially distance and to play socially distanced games
  • Spaces and shared resources (including playground toys and equipment) will be cleaned after use.
  • One way system in corridors/ limited use of corridors
  • No large gatherings e.g. Assemblies to be conducted in classes
  • Separate outdoor areas for play / lunch
  • Adults not linked to year group bubbles will adhere to social distancing and hygiene procedures

 

Cleaning

  • Frequently used contact points (e.g. doors, handrails, toilets, desks, chairs, etc) will be sprayed weekly using a sanitiser spray.
  • Toilets will be allocated to the year group and cleaned appropriately.
  • Lunch tables will be cleaned after use.
  • All areas of the school (including desks and chairs) will be cleaned at the end of each day.
  • Shared areas will be cleaned by users after use and at the end of every day.

 

Personal Hygiene

  • Pupils and staff will be expected to practise good hand hygiene throughout the school day - hand sanitiser solution will be freely available, as well as soap and warm water.
  • Staff will promote the “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it” message and lidded bins will be provided in every classroom for disposal of tissues.

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Face Coverings

  • Staff will wear PPE for prolonged, close contact with pupils or other staff members, e.g. for first aid, and for intimate care, e.g. nappy changing.
  • It is not recommended that pupils aged 11 and under wear face coverings unless they have been advised by a medical professional that it is recommended for them to do so.  In these instances, school will require medical evidence to support this.

 

COVID-19

 

What will happen if my child is unwell at school with COVID-19 symptoms?

  • If your child is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, they will be isolated from the rest of the school population as a precautionary measure.
  • A member of staff will stay with them - the member of staff will wear PPE.
  • The school will use a touch-free thermometer to measure your child’s body temperature.
  • You will be called and instructed to collect your child immediately.
  • All areas used by your child will be thoroughly cleaned.
  • You will be instructed to follow the Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
  • You should arrange for your child to have a test to confirm whether they have COVID-19.  Information on how to get a test is available on the NHS website Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus
  • You will need to provide evidence of the test result to the school.
  • Your child will be able to return to school once it is safe for them to do so, in accordance with Government guidance.

 

What will happen if my child or someone in my family contracts COVID-19?

 

What will happen if a pupil or member of staff tests positive for Covid-19?

  • If a pupil or member of staff tests positive for COVID-19, we will contact the local health protection team and follow the instructions we are given.
  • We will follow the Active Learning Trust Flowchart and any future iterations of it.

 

All information provided is subject to change in response to updates from the Government.  In light of questions received to date, we hope this answers them for you and we look forward to seeing you in September.


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