Dr. Triplett’s Updates and Changes for September 2020
School starts on Thursday 3rd September for all pupils apart from those starting in Reception or Nursery. For children starting in Reception or Nursery, further information on start times will follow.
Years 1 and 2: school day is 8:45am – 3:00pm
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6: school day is 8:30am – 2:45pm
If you have children in more than one group they will all attend from 8:30am - 3pm to avoid adults needing to wait around. One adult to bring children to school/collect from each family, please.
- 3 separate entrance gates for children: Reception (Sapphire & Diamond) and Pearl Class (Y1) will enter via the gate used to access the main office and then through the side ‘garden gate’.
- For all other children both sets of gates in the Infant playground will be open (the usual ones and the one at the top by the bicycle shelter). Please use the entrance that you walk past first as you come to school.
- Reception (Sapphire & Diamond) and Pearl Class (Y1) will be collected via the gate used to access the main office and then through the side ‘garden gate’ the same as in the morning.
- 4S (Miss Sanders), 5D (Miss Daniels), Crystal (Mrs Heggbrenna/Mrs Wiltshire) and Emerald (Mrs Khan) can be collected by entering the school grounds through the large vehicle gates at the end of our car park. You will be able to walk to the outside classroom door to collect your child.
- All other classes (Ruby, 3R, 3S, 4D, 5R, 6J and 6B) can be collected from the Infant playground as usual at the set times of 2:45 or 3pm.
If you have children needing to be collected from different places at the same time, please collect your youngest child first.
It would be greatly appreciated if adults could wear face coverings when dropping off and collecting their children.
Thursday Morning on 3rd September - First Day of Term
On the first day of term, Years 1 and 2 will line up in the Infant playground to meet their teacher. Years 3-6 will line up in the Junior playground.
There will be staff to guide the children and show them where to go and where to line up. In order to keep everyone as safe as possible we would ask that you drop your children off at the main gates and do not wait in the playground for the class to be collected, even on the first day.
Children can bring their book bag (or school backpack), lunch box, PE kit, water bottle and any other necessary equipment as listed on the website for each year group. You can also use this link to see your child’s teacher and find out a little about them.
Please do not send in any other bags other than a book bag or school rucksack as school bags.
To enable us to meet the Government’s guidance for September opening, we have had to make some changes to how the school operates. For your reference the Government’s guidance can be found here:
Following detailed risk assessments being undertaken some of the changes will be as follows to keep us within these Government’s guidelines. As guidance is updated, we will of course adapt our practice in school. All of this will be explained clearly in an appropriate way to the children:
- Please avoid use of public transport where possible.
- KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) the school day will be 8:30am – 2:45pm
- EYFS/KS1 (Reception, Year 1 & 2) the school day will be 8:45am – 3:00pm
- Nursery times: 8:30am – 2:30pm if all day. Morning children 8:30am - 11:30am and afternoon children 12:00pm - 3:00pm. 30 Hours parents may choose to pay extra and collect at 3pm.
- No Soft Start at present. Lessons will begin immediately so time keeping is important. Please be on time.
- If you have children in different year groups whose drop-off/collection times are not the same (e.g. one child in KS1 and another in KS2), please bring all of your children into school together each day from 8:30am – 3pm.
- There will be year group ‘bubbles’ of children and children will only mix with their year group and the adults with those year groups as far as possible.
- A one-way system will operate in school, clearly demarcated in corridors.
- Hot food can be booked for lunches in the usual way if required, but an adapted menu will have to be used to allow for food to be taken easily to eat in the classrooms for some year groups because different year groups should not mix in the Hall. You may send your child in with a packed lunch as an alternative if you wish.
- Large pump dispensers of approved hand sanitizer will be in every classroom with frequent hand washing/sanitizing (e.g. on arrival, after breaks, before eating, when changing rooms etc.) to increase hygiene.
- Ongoing cleaning will take place throughout the day. A member of the premises team will be on site the whole time the children are present to clean frequently touched surfaces.
- Approved disinfectant will be in in each classroom to wipe down tables and resources.
- All cleaning materials will be out of reach of the children.
- No Breakfast Club or After School Club for September. This will be reviewed by the end of September.
- Collective worship will be in year group bubbles as a maximum – no whole school worship or class assemblies. Currently we cannot allow the children to sing.
- No planned whole school events as yet (this may change as guidance is updated).
- Some staff may use face visors/shields or masks at times. As per my earlier message, this will be explained gently and carefully according to the children’s age to avoid alarming children.
- The Government’s advice currently states that face coverings are not required for children in Primary schools. If you choose for your child to wear a mask to/from school, please ensure you remove it from them as they enter the school gates.
- No parents will be allowed in school (unless an emergency) without a pre-booked appointment.
- If you have any queries or need to contact the office, please either email or telephone for an appointment as we cannot allow parents into the building unless as stated above.
- Any sports coaches will be as consistent as possible with equipment cleaned between groups.
- Peripatetic music lessons to continue if possible as per Government advice.
- No swimming lessons at present for Year 4.
- Unless emergency repairs are required, no contractors will be on site when the children are here.
- Reading Records will not pass between home and school. Separate lists for home/school comments will be maintained.
- Reading books returned to school will be quarantined for 48 hours (in line with Government guidance above) before being shared with other children.
- There is an updated behaviour policy, which is available on our website:
- Children who are unwell with potential symptoms of COVID-19 will need to be collected immediately and may only return to school when a negative test result has been given.
- We hope you will support us in engaging with clear communication between home and school to keep our school community as safe as possible whilst enabling our children to continue to learn in school.
Please email the office any further queries: