St Peters Catholic Primary School

St Peters Catholic Primary School

Department of Education Update

The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education have produced guidance for parents called "What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak"

Click here to read the guidance:

Risk Assessment for St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Parents Questions and Answers for Pupils returning to St Peter's Catholic Primary School

 

 

Coronavirus Update - September Opening

Dear parents and carers,

It is with much delight that we write to tell you that we will welcome back all pupils in September. We are very excited to welcome back all of our children and are looking forward to the start of the new academic year. We genuinely can’t wait to see you all.

The government has released guidance which states that from September it will be safe for all children to return to school, with measures in place. The government has stated that attendance in September is expected and non-attendance will now be unauthorised.

Apologies for the length of the following letter but there is so much information that we must share with you to make the new term start off smoothly. All children will return on Wednesday 2nd September (Y1-Y6). Reception will be issued with another letter confirming the details of their induction arrangements. 

The DfE are clear about the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments within schools. As we have remained open throughout lockdown, for vulnerable children and those of key workers, we have been able to risk assess, adapt and change policies and procedures to meet these measures effectively. 

Please find below an outline of the measures we have in place. A copy of this letter and all of our plans can be found on our website.

The school day

  • Whole classes will now be kept together as a ‘bubble’ and will not mix with other classes in school
  • Desks, from year 1-6, will be arranged so that seats face forward, as per government advice.
  • The groups will have access to resources that they use regularly, and these will not be shared, such as pens and pencils. Other equipment such as games, books, toys and computers will be shared within the bubble but will be cleaned regularly throughout the day and after use.
  • If another class group requires use of shared equipment it will be cleaned before and after use i.e. I-pads, PE equipment. However, some equipment will be rotated and not used for minimum of 48 hours if used by another group.
  • Our curriculum will look a little different. In the first instance we will be focusing on pupil mental health and well-being, ensuring our children feel happy, safe and ready to learn. We will of course need to address some ‘catch up’ and therefore our curriculum will focus on basic skills interspersed with physical and creative activities as a means of mini breaks from the catch-up curriculum. As time progresses, we will     revert back to our full curriculum.
  • The class group will remain together throughout the day and not mix with other groups in school for any communal activities such as assemblies, lunch or playtimes.
  • The children will still have playtimes and lunchtimes, but they will play within their group and times will be staggered to allow the groups not to mix.
  • There will be regular handwashing throughout the day along with good hygiene practice and regular cleaning of equipment.
  • All children must bring their own water bottle to school and have this labelled with their name – this will need to go home each day for cleaning. Please send in water only.
  • Children must only bring required items: book bag, PE kit and packed lunch (if lunch is not provided at school). All stationery items will be provided by school. Children are not permitted to bring their own.
  • Children will need to wear school uniform – normal washing routines are now recommended
  • You will need to sign a new Covid-19 Home school Agreement updated to reflect government guidance, this will available in September.

Drop off/collection

  • We have very limited on locations to allow for drop off and pick up, ensuring good social distancing, around the school site. The government is clear they do not want to create ‘congregations of people on the highways’ therefore in the first instance we will continue to use only the Offmore road entrance, with       staggered timings. We will assess the possibility of using the Adam’s Hill entrance during the first week as this is a busy place with three other schools potentially using this walkway. 

Dropping Off

  • Children will come in from the Offmore gate entrance by themselves or parents may walk them to the top of the path (following the white arrows, please stay one arrow apart). Children will then be guided by their teachers to their classrooms and parents will continue round to the red arrows and exit via the driveway. There will be no through way to Adams Hill.

Collection

  • Parents will enter from the Offmore road entrance. Children will be ready to walk out and meet you and you will continue to walk round to the red arrows and exit school via the driveway (please keep one arrow apart). There will be no through way to Adams Hill.
  • If your Y6 child will be walking home by themselves then you must send in a letter on the first day of term for permission for this academic year.

Staggered start and collection times

The government has made their position very clear that staggered start and finish times are needed to ensure social distancing, but they also state that these times cannot be taken from curriculum learning time. Therefore, you will notice that our school day will begin earlier and end later, in order to facilities this requirement.

  • Each year group has been assigned a location and time for drop off and collection. Please stick rigidly to these times to avoid congestion and allow people to move around the site safely and at 1 metre +.
  • Children will need to be collected/dropped off by one person(younger siblings may also accompany, if there isn’t anybody else to look after them.). This is particularly important as we welcome back more of our school community

Sibling groups

  • If you have more than one child, you can drop them all off with your earliest drop time and collect all your children with your latest collection time. E.g. If you have a child in Y6 you can drop all your other children at 8.30am as well.
  • However, for collection times, if you have a child in Year 2 and Year 5- you can pick your year 2 child up at 3.10pm and come back at 3.25pm for your Year 5 child. Alternatively, you can leave your Year 2 child until 3.25pm when you are due to collect your Year 5 child.

Please see the table below for your child’s Drop off and Collection time slots

Year group

Drop off point

Arrival time

Collection point

Collection time

1

Offmore Road Entrance for all pupils

9.05am

Back Playground

3.00

2

8.55am

3.10

3

8.45am

3.15

4

8.40am

3.20

5

8.35am

3.25

6

8.30am

3.30 

 

We will need to monitor and assess this new procedure in the first few days. With limited numbers of children that we currently have it has been working well, with even the youngest children entering from the gates by themselves. We appreciate your support in this matter if we need to make adjustments.

Other Important things you need to know

  • If there are messages to teachers that can be quickly passed on in the playground then we will do this. However, if it needs more time – please understand that this conversation will be held over the phone once all of the children are in safely.
  • Parking may be a significant issue, please be aware that you are never permitted to park on the yellow lines and that you may need park further away from school and walk to the gate to ensure safety for all. Guidance is clear, those parents and children who can walk to school- Should do so! Please support us in this matter safety of all is of greatest importance to us.
  • As I have stood at the gates throughout lockdown, I have noticed how fast vehicles come past the school. Please be very mindful as you are using the road. 20mph is fast enough past a school zone! Please support us.
  • Please do not use Offmore Road, the entrance gates or the playground to meet with other families and keep the 1 metre + distance at all times.
  • To allow for a swift drop off/collection and minimal contact you must stick to the allocated times and call the office if you are running late

Lunchtimes

  • Lunchtimes will be staggered to allow for groups to remain apart from one another as far as possible.
  • The school kitchen will open and be able to provide meals for the first two weeks this will be in the form of a packed lunch. We will update you accordingly. If you pay for school meals, please continue to do so via Squid.
  • Pupils in Reception, Year One and Year 2 will receive their universal infant free school meal. You can send in your own packed lunch if preferred, please ensure that this is a healthy lunchbox with no nuts. Use this link for some healthy lunch box ideas https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes.
  • There will be a lunch hall rota and some classes will eat in the hall and some classes will eat their lunch in their own classrooms, which will be cleaned before and after.
  • There will be some adjustments to lunch times when all children begin to eat in the hall in staggered time slots.

Break time

  • All children will have morning break time and also some playtime during the lunch break. They will remain with their class group and staggered times will allow pupils to enjoy their playtime and avoid mixing with other class groups.
  • If your child is upset or has an accident staff will of course be able to comfort and care for them.
  • All children can bring in a fruit snack for their morning break time if they wish to. Reception and KS1 children will continue to receive free fruit as a morning snack. There may be a small delay in this starting up again so If you’d like to send in fruit for the first few days you’re welcome to do so.

Wrap around care

  • We have been notified that WASPS and Kiddie’s World will be resuming their before and after school care. We will liaise with them to sort out drop off and collection times for children in their care.
  • As a parent you will need to ensure we have clarity on when children are and are not going to attend after school wrap around care. Please also make sure your children know this too.

Public Transport

  • When travelling to school, please avoid public transport as far as possible. If you need to use public transport adults and children aged 11+ must use the face coverings, as per government guidelines

Toast

  • We are unable to serve toast in the morning for the foreseeable future, lease ensure your child has a good breakfast before they come to school.

Localised Lockdown

The government plan is that all children will return to school in September, However, all schools need to be prepared for Localised Lockdowns. In the event that a local lockdown is imposed by the government we will notify you and share our home learning plans with you.

Keeping Safe

  • The government has advised that masks are not recommended for use in school.
  • If you are anxious and would wish for your child to wear a mask, then I feel that this is perfectly acceptable. However, I must stress that it is important that they know how to fit the mask correctly, it is plain with no patterns or logos and they will have to commit to keeping this on all day. The continual touching of or removal of masks and leaving them on surfaces can potentially be a much greater risk. This will need to be monitored. Please note that during the partial opening no pupils chose to wear a mask.
  • Additional resources for cleaning and sanitising are in place throughout the school
  • If your child or anyone in your household develops symptoms you must inform the school immediately, self-isolate and be tested for Covid-19 then seek appropriate advice as per the government guidelines.
  • All children and their families will be able to be tested if they develop symptoms.
  • If a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they will be sent home, have an immediate test and isolate until results are known.
  • If a test is positive the class group will be informed and will need to isolate for 14 days. Household members need not isolate unless your own child then tests positive or you develop symptoms yourself. Please see link below for further information or contact the school at any time for clarity in these               circumstances. There is a flow chart on the school website which makes this clear.
  • All information regarding safety measures and the return to school can be found on ourwebsite under the coronavirus information page

There is also a guide for parents on gov.uk which may answer some of your questions

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

If you have any further questions regarding the proposed plan, then please get in touch as soon as              possible. The slt@stpeterc.bham.sch.uk will be answered throughout the summer

We thank you again for your continued support during this challenging time and wish you all a wonderful summer break.

Please complete the survey below to indicate you have read and understood all the information in the letter and to ask SLT any questions you may have.

 https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=hK6Sjwgw_kWNfZnF5eaflTphG9gjbFhClkas0hjW7rZUMjJQME9JUkRKVDBMREQ3WkM3RkJLS0tCRi4u

I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I hope the sun shines. I look forward to seeing you all in               September.

Kind regards,

Mrs N Mellor

Acting Deputy Headteacher