Please find useful documents and information in regards the the management of Covid-19 safety. Our office is always available to answer enquiries via e-mail or telephone.
Full Reopening of School: September 2020
We have been working tirelessly, since the government announced that all pupils will return to school in September and have produced a robust and effective Risk Assessment to ensure staff and pupils safety.
We have provided a link (see above) to the official guidance from the DfE, however, this letter is more specific to the measures we have put in place for Shay Lane Primary School in line with the information from the government and our own Risk Assessment.
All pupils must return to school in September as attendance will be mandatory. This means that from that point, the usual rules on attendance will apply and schools will be asked to issue fixed penalty fines for non-attendance in line with LA policy.
The only exception to this will be for children who are shielding in line with public health advice and those that are self isolating.
Children should be brought to school and collected by one parent only. If a child is going to be late to school, parents MUST ring school before they bring their child in and instructions will be given as to where parents should wait with them. As usual, the school gates will be locked 10 minutes after the last start time as part of our safeguarding measures.
In order to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, we are requesting that children are not collected early unless for medical appointments, where proof of the appointment will be required. In the event of this we require 24 hours notice to enable us to safely organise your child’s early collection.
It is the responsibility of all parents to inform school if their child or any member of their immediate family develop symptoms of Covid-19. If a child or member of staff in their class develops symptoms of Covid-19 then the class will be sent home to self-isolate for 14 days. The school has a compulsory obligation to pass on contact details to the NHS Track and Trace system and you will be asked to participate in testing.
Staggered start times.
Nursery sessions will be between 8.45am and 11.45am for part time pupils. Children who are entitled to 30 funded hours will start at 8.45am and finish at 2.45pm. There will be no afternoon sessions for part time pupils until further notice.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will start at 9.10am and finish at 3.30pm. Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will start at 8.55am and finish at 3.15pm.
Children in Nursery will enter and be collected from the setting using the large gate beside the main school hall.
Reception children will enter and be collected from the setting using the gate marked Reception off the main school playground.
Year 1 and 2 children will enter and be collected from their external classroom doors respectively.
Year 3 will enter and leave via their conservatory door, Year 4 will enter and leave through the door at the top of the link corridor. Year 5 will enter through the double doors in the junior hall and Year 6 will enter and leave through their conservatory door at the front of school.
Children can no longer be collected from the school office at the end of the day and must be collected from their classrooms.
As from September wraparound care providers will be able to bring and collect children from school and Breakfast Club will be open from 7.45am for pupils other than Nursery at a cost of £3.00 per day or from 8.00am at a cost of £2.00 per day. Children who are entitled to FSM can attend free of charge from 8.30am.
Access to our school office will only be by prior appointment.
All pupils must wear school uniform as from September (including Nursery).
As part of our COVID-19 response, outdoor P.E kits (navy blue tracksuit bottoms, blue tracksuit top/jumper, white t-shirt and trainers or pumps) must be worn on your child's PE days from week commencing the 14th September. This is for Y1-Y6 only. Your child's PE days can be found on their class page on our school web site. Outdoor PE kits are required as PE will be outdoor where possible to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
We are asking that pupils have a jumper or cardigan in school with them at all times, as classrooms have to be well ventilated with open windows.
We are hoping to restart our swimming programme for Year 4 in October (more information to follow). When the lessons resume, Year 4 children will need to bring a swimming kit into school on Mondays.
(Please note that due to the restrictions around Covid-19, we are not able to provide pupils with spare P.E kits or swimming kit.)
Lunchboxes, and water bottles can be brought into school and taken home daily.
We are asking Nursery children to bring a spare set of clothing in a bag in case of little accidents.
Additional Measures Under Covid-19 Regulations
Unfortunately we will not be able to welcome parents into our premises in September without a prior appointment. Any parents or visitors will be required to leave contact details to enable information to be passed to NHS Track and Trace if required. Face coverings will also be required by adult visitors.
All communications with parents will be carried out via the school app and Class Dojo. Information will also be available on our school website. It is of the utmost importance that parents check both the website and the school app for updated information.
Pupils must not wear face coverings in school as this increases the risk of transmission where children are adjusting them and then touching surfaces. A strict increased regime of cleaning, respiratory and hand hygiene will be adhered to at all times.
Parents must be able to be contacted at all times by telephone. Please ensure you have updated your phone number by email or a telephone call to the office before your child returns to school.
To transition Reception children back into school we are asking that they attend Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th for the mornings only, to be collected at 12.00 noon. Wednesday 9th they will attend the morning session and stay for their lunch, to be collected at 1.00pm. Thursday 10th and Friday 11th they will stay for the full days.
Our Nursery provision for part time children will be mornings only and our Nursery will only remain open during the afternoon for children who are entitled to 30 funded hours.
Unfortunately, under the current circumstances we are not able to transition other year groups as we have historically.
As from September, we will be offering at least one hot meal option as part of our lunch menu.
Owing to class bubbles having to be segregated, we will be having staggered lunch breaks.
Children in Nursery, Year 3, 4, 5 and Year 6 who are not entitled to Free School Meals under the benefits system will pay £2.19 per day or £10.95 per week. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will receive a Free School Meal under the Universal School Meal system.
School meals will need to be paid for online (as our office staff will not be expected to handle cash). The information on how to do so is available on our school website.
Children who wish to bring in a packed lunch may do so.
As always if parents have any questions regarding their child’s return to school, please do not hesitate to contact our office staff by phone and we will attempt to answer your questions.
Please do not come to our school office unless you have made a prior appointment by phone or email. Our staff will not be available.
Please be assured that your child’s safety, happiness and wellbeing is always at the forefront of our minds and we will do our utmost to make their return to school in September a happy experience.