22 May 2020
Reopening of School
Update from the Headteacher - June 2020
Further to Gavin Williamson's address yesterday I am writing to inform you that we WILL be encouraging children who have not been attending school since March to come back in smaller groups or 'bubbles'. We are confident that given the size of our school site, we can safely expand the number of children who are in school and are in a position to offer morning lessons to children until the end of Summer term. Different bubbles will have different start and finish times and will be in groups no bigger than 15. I will write to individual year groups with specific information relating to their bubble but as a guide our plans currently are:
Open to Year 6 : Monday 15th June 2020
Open to Year 5 and Year 1: Monday 22nd June 2020
Open to Foundation Stage: Monday 29th June 2020
Open to Years 2, 3 and 4: Monday 6th July 2020.
At present the bubbles consist only of children who have already contacted school and requested that their child returns to school. If you have any questions please contact school but please be aware we do not have any information about September or transition to High School.
The Key Worker Bubble continues to run from 8am everyday - if you need your child to have a place in this please ring or email the school office.
We thank you once again for your patience and cooperation with this situation, Ms Harland
What safety measures are in place?
We have worked really hard to put in place a series of measures to ensure pupils who are returning to school (and those already in the key worker/vulnerable bubble) are and continue to be safe. Please take time to read through our Risk Assessment which has been approved by Rochdale Council.
How will school look?
We have been working hard to put many measures in place to significantly reduce social interaction and support social distancing. We are doing everything we possibly can to prioritise the safety of all our pupils.
We have placed markings both inside and outside school (including smiley faces, sea creatures and footsteps) to reinforce social distancing. These markings will be used by children throughout the day and by parents when dropping and collecting pupils during allocated times.
We have divided corridors with clear markings showing pupils which way to walk.
There will be hand sanitisers positioned at every door coming into school and all pupils will wash their hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds at regular intervals throughout the day.
We have removed much of our classroom furniture to ensure that pupils can be placed apart. Each pupil will have their own table and chair. Individual pencil cases will be provided and any resources which may need to be shared will be sanitised after their use. Classrooms will be well ventilated with a maximum of 15 pupils in each.
Here are some examples of the markers placed outside of school to help encourage social distancing for both pupils and parents.
There are reminders to reinforce good handwashing and hygiene routines at every door within school.
We hope these photographs have helped to answer any questions you might have had about returning to school. If you need any further support or clarification please contact the school office where we will do our best, as always, to help you.
The Possible Reopening of School to More Pupils in June - June 2020
Please find the latest letter dated 04.06.20 which details further information for pupils.
Government Announcement - May 2020
After the Government announcement regarding the reopening of school to more pupils, here is an official letter (22.05.20) from the school with updated information for parents.
Thank you to everyone who completed our online questionnaire before half term. We have now collated the information you provided and finalised our reopening ‘bubble’ groups today. Each ‘bubble’ will contain the same pupils to help reduce the number of interactions during school hours. Information will be sent to parents this week regarding potential start dates. If you did not complete the questionnaire or did not put your child’s name on the questionnaire then you must contact the school office this week so that you can be offered a restart date. Please note we will not allow pupils who are not listed in our finalised bubbles to return without a prior discussion. We thank you all in advance for your cooperation with this.