Monday 8th June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Phased reopening of school for Nursery and Y6
Following on from previous correspondence, I can confirm that school will begin reopening to identified pupils on Monday 15th June 2020. School will close every Friday at 12pm to allow for a more thorough cleaning and for staff to plan home learning for those children that have chosen to stay at home.
We have put many measures in place in line with government and together for children guidance so school will seem very different. We now have the number and names of the children that wish to return and have been able to plan staffing and groups. I know that this has been a difficult decision for many of you and as a school we respect whatever decision you have made in regards to your child.
For any parent that decides later that they wish their children to return, school must be given at least one week’s notice. We will then let parents know if a place can be offered depending on group sizes and available staffing.
Childcare arrangements remain unchanged and we continue to offer this as we have done since March, however children of key workers must choose to access the childcare provision or their class bubble group. Children cannot switch between the two groups due to stringent risk assessments that have been carried out.
Children who return to school will be taught in small groups of up to 8 children, which we will call bubbles. Each bubble will have its own members of staff, room and resources. Bubbles of children will not mix during the day and they will be reminded about social distancing.
As well as our usual regular daily cleaning, there will be additional cleaning during the school day and a more thorough clean on a Friday afternoon when the children are not in school. We will be promoting good hygiene for staff and pupils, and there will be regular handwashing during the day. Following Government guidelines, children are not required to to wear any form of face coverings.
The start and end of the day
We are staggering the start and the end of the day to limit the number of people on the school site. We ask that the drop off and collection time is limited to one adult per family.
Y6 pupils will enter through the main gates on Tudor Grove. They must be dropped off and collected by a member of their household daily. Parent/carers will not be allowed past this point. Start time 8:50am. Finish time 3:15pm.
Nursery children will enter through the main gates on Tudor Grove adhering to a one-way system. No parent/carers will be permitted to enter the building. Start time 9:10am. Finish time 12.30pm.
On a Friday, school closes at 11:45am for Nursery children and 12:00pm for Y6 pupils.
A member of staff will be allocated to support and guide parents at drop off and collection times. We ask that children and parent/carers maintain social distance on arrival using the 2M markings.
Distancing of tables at 2M will be facilitated wherever possible (Y6 and childcare). Resources will be spaced at a distance in Nursery. Your child may not be in a bubble with their usual teacher however, staff will support them to make sense of the changes in their life, re-establish routines and provide a curriculum that supports their well-being.
Children must not bring anything to school other than a summer coat if needed, sun hat and their own water bottle labelled with their name. Suncream will need to be applied before coming to school. We will provide all equipment that the children need and this will stay in their bubble and not be shared with others. Each child will have a tray on their desk for these resources.
Children must attend school, daily, in clean clothing either uniform or non-uniform. School will continue to promote good hygiene and handwashing. Anti-bacterial stations are placed at key points in school and handwashing facilities are in every classroom.
We have staggered break and lunchtimes so that we can adhere to social distancing as much as possible. Children will eat their lunch in their classroom bubble and will go outside for breaks and planned activities to socialise with their friends in their bubble. Each bubble will be designated their own playtime equipment. Children are required to bring in their own packed lunch in disposable wrappings only. If your child normally receives a free school meal we will provide them with a packed lunch option.
In the event of a child developing suspected coronavirus symptoms whilst attending the setting, they should be collected as soon as possible and isolated at home in line with the NHS guidance. Whilst waiting for the child to be collected they will be isolated from others in an identified room with a member of staff from their bubble. A window will be opened for ventilation. The staff member during this time will wear suitable PPE. We unfortunately do have to think about every possibility, even if it never happens, so if someone within your child’s bubble becomes ill and tests positive for coronavirus, the whole bubble will be asked to self-isolate at home for the recommended period. This is in line with current guidance published by the Government.
Travel to school
Where possible we ask that public transport is avoided when travelling to school to avoid possible risk.
We would also like to reassure those parents who wish to keep their children at home during this difficult time. We will still continue to provide online work, which will be the same as what the children within school are doing. There will be no formal attendance procedures taken against any parent not sending their child into school.
I know some of you will be anxious, please be assured our aim is to make everyone as safe as possible and we have planned very carefully to minimise risks for a return to school. We don’t know how long the current situation will last but together we can work through this.
I hope you are all safe and well.
Further information will be sent to specific year groups shortly.
Wednesday 3rd June – School reopening update
Wednesday 13th May
I hope you all had a wonderful bank holiday weekend! We had glorious weather and I did see some brilliant pictures of how you and all the staff were all celebrating VE day.
I am sure everyone saw the announcement by the Prime Minister where he hoped Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes could start back at school in June, if it is safe to do so. We are still waiting to receive a lot of information from the government about what this means for our school. I am sure that like us, you will have lots of questions, but as yet, we do not really have any answers until the government share further information with us.
In the short-term therefore, nothing has changed for us and our school continues to remain closed and the childcare offer for children of key workers is still available at Farringdon Academy. Work will continue to be set as part of weekly class blogs. We hope to be able to provide you with further information in the coming days and weeks once we are able to do so.
In the meantime, please take care and look after each other,
Wednesday 6th May
I do hope everyone is well and keeping safe. The weeks are going by so quick and I know by all your pictures that you have all been super busy with the activities and challenges set by the teachers.
First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to all of our staff who continue to work so hard providing you with new online learning tasks and exciting home school projects. Also, a big shout out to our office staff and Mr Byers for making sure our school runs as smoothly as ever.
I would also like to thank your parents/carers and all other family members who are doing their utmost to keep you safe and at home during this difficult time. I imagine they all hug you just a little bit tighter and longer than before.
Lastly, I would like to thank you! You have all been amazing! The year 2 video brought me to tears, our home uniform day and thanking the NHS video gave me goosebumps and all of your pictures you send to your class teachers make me smile. I do hope it won’t be too long before we are all back together again and having fun.
I found this poem by Gemma Peacock called The Rainbow Children and I know my brave Plains Farm Rainbow Children are making me proud every single day.
The Rainbow Children
The history books will talk of now,
That time the world stood still.
When every family stayed at home,
Waved out from windowsills-
At those they loved but could not hold,
Because they loved them so.
Yet, whilst they did they noticed all the flowers start to grow.
The sun came out, they can recall,
And windows, rainbows filled.
They kicked a football in their yards,
Until the night drew in.
They walked each day but not too close,
That time the world stood still.
When people walked straight down the roads,
That once the cars did fill.
They saw that people became ill,
They knew the world was scared.
But whilst the world stood still they saw,
How much the whole world cared.
They clapped on Thursdays from their doors,
They cheered for the brave.
For people who would risk their lives,
So others could be saved.
The schools closed down, they missed their friends,
They missed their teachers so.
Their Mam’s and Dad’s helped with their work,
They helped their minds to grow.
The parents used to worry that,
As schools were put on hold,
Their children wouldn’t have the tools,
They’d need as they grew old.
But history books will talk of them,
Now adults, fully grown.
Those little boys and girls back then,
The ones who stayed at home.
They’ll tell you that they fixed this world,
Of all they would fulfil.
The RAINBOW children building dreams,
They’d dreamed whilst time stood still