Dear Parents and Carers,
As you know we started the year with class bubbles, and I said that towards the end of September, we would decide on whether to move to year group bubbles. However, given the current national picture, we will only be making some very limited changes, that we think will help the children learn, as well as keeping them as safe as possible.
The children have done so well learning all the new rules to keep them COVID safe, and they are following the new systems and procedures extremely well. Now that these are embedded, and we have tested every new COVID process, we will be making some very limited changes (from 28th September). This will allow some year group activities to take place with robust control measures in place. We will not be moving to full year group bubbles just yet.
Many things will stay exactly as they are now. We will still carry on having the same staggered start, finish, break and lunchtimes. There will still be the same high level of handwashing and hand gel use whilst also encouraging children to social distance where they can.
The changes for year groups means that we can start intervention groups with children from the two classes within a year group. This will help plug gaps in learning for every child in the year group. The children will work in small groups and will be socially distanced from children in the other class. Each child will be allocated their own chair and we will ensure that tables and chairs are cleaned before and after use. Where possible the groups will work outside.
When the time is right, we can start to let children in both year group classes play together at break and lunch, although at the moment we will be staying as we are with classes continuing to have their own area.
We will continue to ask children to wear their PE kit to school on PE days up until half term. After half term, children may be able to get changed in school within separate girl and boy groups across the year group. However, I will confirm this nearer the time.
There are times when we need to speak to a whole year group. We will do this outside or in one of the halls, with two classes at different ends of the hall to ensure social distancing. I believe that we have now rigorously tested every revised COVID-19 safe system in school and have reviewed how we can continue to keep the children and staff as safe as possible.
In the event of positive COVID test in school, we will continue to liaise closely with the DFE and Health Protection England and only as a last resort would a specific group or class be sent home. At that point, we would move to home learning via SEESAW. Please do give your consent for this, if you have not already done so, and we will send you an invite to register on the system.
Finally, all staff have been able to comment and input into our COVID risk assessment which is dynamic and changes are made regularly. The views of parents are also important to ensure that you also feel safe when on the school site. To help us review the staggered start and end of the day, please complete the survey via the link below.
Thank you for all your support over the last few weeks, as we all work to settle your child safely back into school.