Warden Park Primary Academy, New England Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3JR

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Warden Park Primary

'Reach for the Stars'

Update 10 - 29th May

 

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WPPA Parent Guidelines for Re-Opening School to Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6

June 2020

 

In addition to the previously shared FAQs this document outlines how we will manage the safe re-opening of WPPA. In order to do this we wish to share with you some of the new routines that we will all have to adopt. We appreciate there may be some anxiety for parents and we know that having a clear idea of what the school day will look like and how we will operate will help you better understand what you and your child can expect. All plans we have made are in line with the Public Health England, DfE and Government Guidelines.  These guidelines will be in place until we are advised to make any changes by the DfE.  The safeguarding of children, families and staff remains our top priority and we will be continually monitoring this during re-opening period.

 

It is essential that if anyone in your household is displaying symptoms of COVID19 you must not send your child into school. You must observe the self isolation guidance. 

 All of the following relies on no infected staff or children coming into school. 

 

Who is returning to school?

On Monday 1st June and Tuesday 2nd June the school will be closed in order to allow us to prepare staff and the school site appropriately for re-opening. The only children who may attend school on these days are the children of Key Worker parents. 

From Wednesday 3rd June the school will be open for a limited number of Nursery children, Reception, Year One and Year Six.  There will be staggered starting and leaving times which are explained fully below. 

School will be closed every Friday afternoon to all but the children of Key Workers. This is to allow for the school to be deep cleaned  and to allow staff to fully prepare for the following week. Children of Key Workers who are in Ys R,1 and 6 will stay with their class TAs in their room. They will not rejoin the Key Worker groups for Ys 2,3,4 and 5. 

 

Who should not return to school?

Children who have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions have been advised to shield at home. We do not expect these children to be attending school and they will be supported at home as much as possible. 

If a child lives with someone who is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable), including those who are pregnant, they can attend school. 

If a child lives in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, as set out in the COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable guidance, it is advised they only attend an education or childcare setting if stringent social distancing can be adhered to and, in the case of children, they are able to understand and follow those instructions. As stringent social distancing cannot be adhered to, we do not expect those individuals to attend. They will be supported to learn at home.

 

How should we travel to school?

Where possible we encourage families to walk, scoot or cycle to school to ensure that we do not have many cars at the school gates. As you know, there is very little available parking and dropping your children at school may take longer than usual because of the need to queue in a socially distanced way, especially for the younger pupils. To ensure social distancing and to minimise the number of people within the school building, we ask you not to visit the school office in person. Instead, please email or phone.  

 

When should we arrive at school and how can I safely drop my child off?

In order to maintain social distancing we will stagger each group’s start and end times. This is to ensure that parents do not congregate at the school gates or within the school grounds. Where it is necessary for you to wait on the public footpath outside the school gate, we ask you to maintain a 2m distance from the family in front of you. It is essential that you arrive precisely at (but not early) for your child’s allocated start time so that we do not have more than one year group arriving at the same time. Where Y6 children walk to school by themselves, please ensure that they leave home at the appropriate time to allow them to arrive at 8:30 (and not before). Where possible, we ask that siblings in Y2, 3, 4 or 5 who are not yet attending school, remain at home. Parents should ensure that their children remain next to them and closely supervised at all times. As all classes have had to be split in order to meet the guidelines of having no more than 15 in a class, children may not be in their own classroom or with their class teacher. You will continue to have contact with your class teacher via SeeSaw but you will not be able to stand and talk with them at the beginning or end of the day.   If it is necessary for us to give you a message about your child, we will do this via Seesaw or by contacting by phone.

 

There will be staff on hand to support the following arrangements:

 

It is essential that you arrive precisely on time for your start time so that we do not have more than one year group arriving at once.  

 

Nursery

8:30am - EY/KS1 gate. Nursery staff will meet you at the gate to receive children and bring them to class. This will prevent you from having to enter the site. 

 

Reception 

Panda arrive at 9am

Koala arrive at 9:15am

EY/KS1 gate  - Using Reception and Year One classrooms. There is a queueing system outside the KS1 parent gate. Parents will be allowed to walk their child down to their class entrances and then you will need to continue in a one way system past the office window and out through the main entrance gate. 

 

Year One

8:45 Llama Class will be in the Year Two classrooms - EY/KS1 gate - past nursery round to the back of the school and (in EY/KS1 gate, out bottom KS2 gate). All children will need to be in school before 9am when the gate will be used for Reception classes .

8:45 Armadillo Class will be in the Year four Classrooms. Parents will enter and exit through the bottom KS2 gates/staff car park gates.

 

Year Six

8:30 Bottom KS2 gate - Children must enter without any adults at the KS2 gate and enter their classrooms via the outside doors. All children will need to be in before 8:45 when the gate will be needed for the next year group. 

 

Key Worker 

8:30 Main gate- children will enter through the main gate and will enter their classrooms through the outside doors. Siblings will be able to enter at the same time and will be taken to their classrooms. 

 

When and how do I collect my child? - We will also be operating a staggered pick up times 

 

Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Key Worker Parents

Nursery staff will meet you at the gate.  This will prevent you from having to enter the site. 

 

Y6

Teachers will line up their group and walk them down to the exit gate where they can be met or walk home. We appreciate that most of our Y6 do walk home. It is important that children from different bubbles do not group up at this stage to walk home together. I know it will be very tempting for them to do so. We will be explaining to the children why it is so important not to do this. We would appreciate your help in enforcing this. 

 

Who will be teaching my child, where and who will be in their class?

 

If your child is in Nursery, Reception, Year One or Year Six they will be placed with their class. There is no option for them to remain in the Key Worker group. Your child’s class teachers know them very well and will use this information to create the smaller groups. They will take consideration of friendship groups and ensure a learning environment that will be happy for all. It will not be possible for all children to be in their usual classroom. We will consider the individual needs of children when planning for where the children will be based.   You will be informed which group your child is in by Tuesday 2nd June, once you have informed us whether you intend for your child to return to school on Wednesday 3rd June. Children of Key Workers will currently be in two groups: Y2/3 children and Y4/5 children. They will be taken by TA staff under the direction of class teachers. 

The class teachers will be planning the learning for all children. However, they will not be able to take both sets of children within the week. Each group will have two adults for the week. The class teacher will take one group and the class TA the other. They will each be assisted by another adult. The adults will swap to take the other half of the class the following week. 

 

Class

Adults 

week beginning:

1st June

15th June

29th June

13th July

Adults 

week beginning:

8th June

22th June

6th July

Classroom            

(current name)

Start Time

Gate entry 

Gate exit after drop off

Pick up time

Friday Pick Up time

Nursery

Miss Phillips

Mrs Smiles

Mrs Boyd

Mrs Hale

Nursery

8:30am

Staff will meet you at the normal gate

Staff will meet you at the normal gate

2:00pm

12:00pm

Panda A

Miss Burtenshaw

Mrs Wass

Mrs W

Mrs Cable

Panda (R) 

9am

KS1

Main

12.15pm

(Until 12.6.20)


2:15pm

12:15pm

Panda B

Mrs W

Mrs Cable

Miss Burtenshaw

Mrs Wass

Llama (Y1)

9am

KS1

Main

12.15pm

(Until 12.6.20)


2:15pm

12:15pm

Koala A

Miss Fraser

Miss Ashby

Ms Streeter

Miss Sheppard

Koala (R) 

9:15am

KS1

Main

12.30pm

(Until 12.6.20)


2:30pm

12:30pm

Koala B

Ms Streeter

Miss Sheppard

Miss Fraser

Miss Ashby

Armadillo (Y1) 

9:15am

KS1

Main

12.30pm

(Until 12.6.20)


2:30pm

12:30pm

Llama A

Miss Brown

Mrs Turner

Mrs Pursun

Mrs Terry

Dolphin (Y2) 

8:45am

KS1

KS2

2:45pm

12:45pm

Llama B

Mrs Pursun

Mrs Terry

Miss Brown

Mrs Turner

Alpaca (Y2) 

8:45am

KS1

KS2

2:45pm

12:45pm

Armadillo A

Miss Dockerill

Ms Hampson

Miss Sutton

Mr Norden

Dragonfly (Y4) 

8:45am

KS2

KS2

2:45pm

12:45pm

Armadillo B

Miss Sutton

Mr Norden

Miss Dockerill

Ms Hampson

Flamingo (Y4) 

8:45am

KS2

KS2

2:45pm

12:45pm

Year 6A

Mrs Dodd

Miss Chandler

Orca (Y6)

8:30am

KS2

No adults to enter site

3pm

12pm

Year 6B

Mr Leigh

Miss Piyachan

Whale Shark (Y6)

8:30am

KS2

3pm

12pm

Year 6C

Mrs Cartwright/Mrs Waters

Mrs O’Neill

Komodo Dragon (Y5)

8:30am

KS2

3pm

12pm

Key Worker

A - Y2/3

Miss Learney

Miss Bellwood

Mrs Funnell

Mr Fotheringham

Supported by Miss Furminger

Den

8:30am

Main 

Main

3pm

3pm

Key Worker 

B - Y4/5

Mrs Grayson

Ms Campbell

Mrs Thompson

Supported by Mrs Ridgewell

Guinea Pigs (Y3)

8:30am

Main

Main

3pm

3pm

Key Worker C - 

If needed

Mrs Funnell

Mr Fotheringham

Mrs Thompson

Wolf (Y3)

8:30am

Main

Main

3pm

3pm



What will a normal day look like for my child?

Your child will be taught in a smaller group, known as a bubble, of no more than 15 children.  They will continue to keep active, have English and Maths teaching and carry out creative tasks. We fully appreciate that the transition back into school needs to be handled sensitively and to allow children time to adjust to what the school experience is now and to reflect on their experiences over the past few weeks and months. Ms Baxter, our SENDCo, has been developing a curriculum that all teachers will use with children to explore their worries and concerns. 

 

As per usual, your child will have a mid-morning outdoor break with their small group. They will not mix with children from other ‘bubbles’. The adults from their ‘bubble’ will be on duty with them. At lunch time they will eat lunch in the room they are based in.  Children will also get a break time outside at lunchtime. Again they will not mix with children from another group/bubble.  What children are able to do at playtimes will be limited by the need to encourage distancing.  For example, children will not be able to play competitive team games (football/basketball). 

 

We intend for the children to spend as much time outside as safely possible. Reception and Y1 will have outside learning areas available for each classroom they are in. 

Children will not have access to pastoral staff at this time. There will not be separate small groups outside the classes at lunch time and the children will not have access to The Den or The Warren. 

 

Provision of lunches

Reception and Y1 children will be provided with a cold packed lunch.

Key Worker, Nursery and Y6 - children who are entitled to Free School Meals will be provided with a cold packed lunch.  Other children in the Key Worker group, Nursery and Y6 can buy a packed lunch - to be paid for on Parentpay.

If you would rather send your child in with a packed lunch you can. During ‘Lockdown’ all Key Worker families had access to a free lunch. This will no longer be the case when school reopens. 

 

Toilets

To avoid ‘congestion’ in the toilets, children will be encouraged to use the toilets at their groups’ allocated break times.  At other times, children will be able to use the toilet as required. Children in Reception and Y1 will be escorted to the toilet by an adult to ensure social distancing guidelines and good hygiene procedures are followed and adhered to.

 

Friday afternoon

We will close at lunchtime on a Friday to allow for a deep clean of the site and all classrooms. Therefore you will need to pick up your children at the following times on a Friday:

Nursery 12pm

Reception Panda 12:15pm

Reception Koala 12:30pm

Year One 12:45pm

Year Six 12pm

 

How will we keep resources clean and safe for use?

In addition to children remaining in a consistently small group/bubble and separate from other groups, resources and toys will not be shared between groups. The staff within each room will have cleaning products to ensure surfaces and resources are regularly wiped clean.  During the day additional cleaning hours will be used to clean touch points and ensure all toilets are cleaned before and after lunch. Cleaning will also take place at the end of each day as usual, with a deeper clean taking place on a Friday afternoon. Thorough and regular washing of hands will take place throughout the day. We continue to have gel sanitiser in class and at the main entrance and exit doors. 

 

Children or staff displaying symptoms of COVID-19

If anyone becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature in school, they will be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19 guidance for households. Whilst a child is awaiting collection they will be monitored away from other pupils (in the Garden room). The child or adult will need to access a test. Where a child or member of staff tests positive, the rest of their class group will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that group and members of staff do not need to self isolate unless the child or staff member they live with subsequently develops symptoms. 

The government advises against the routine checking of children’s temperatures as it is not regarded to be a reliable method for identifying COVID-19. However, parents must follow the standard national advice on the kind of symptoms to look out for that might be due to coronavirus. You must not send your child into school if they are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

PPE

Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended by the government. Therefore no children or adults will be asked to wear PPE. The only exception to this is if a child, young person or other learner becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus and needs supervision until they can return home. If you would like your child to wear a mask you will not be prevented from doing this. 

Will children need to bring in their own hand sanitiser? 

No.  We have hand sanitiser in all classrooms and on the entrance and exit doors. We also have sinks in all classrooms and antibacterial hand wash. The key message from the government remains that washing hands for 20 seconds regularly is the best way to prevent the spread of infection. All adults will continue to teach this message and ensure this is carried out. 

Children’s belongings and equipment

We want children to not bring anything into school where possible. The exceptions to this are: packed lunch and a sun hat when the weather requires.  Please apply sunscreen to your child before school in the event of warm and sunny weather. 

 

Medicines

Please make sure that all medicines are brought to school on the first day back and handed to the class adults. Please check that it is in date. 

 

School uniform

It is vital that children wear clean clothes every day. We appreciate that this will mean more regular washing of uniforms. PE kits are an acceptable form of uniform and can be worn to school. If this becomes problematic, plain alternatives are acceptable. We also understand that in the last three months children may have grown out of their school clothes and you have been unable to replace them. Until shops reopen, suitable alternatives are acceptable. The teachers will advise you via SeeSaw if the children need their PE Kit or clothes for Forest School. When they do, they can wear it all day - they can arrive in PE kit/forest clothes and do not need a change of clothes. If children have experimented with their hair style and colour during the break, we ask that this be returned to their natural colour and a sensible style. 

If my child forgets something, is it ok for me to come to the school during the day to hand it in at the school office? 

Please phone the school first as the school may be able to resolve the issue without you coming to school as visitors at the school should be kept to a minimum. 

 

Ongoing remote learning arrangements for other children who are not yet attending 

For the children in Y2,3,4 and 5 remote learning will continue as it is now. These teachers are not currently being asked to come into school to teach groups as we wish to maintain the current provision.

If your child is in Reception, Y1 or Y6 and not in school there will be a reduced version of the current provision. Teachers will no longer be able to do their daily videos and detailed explanations of tasks. They will, however, direct you towards suitable learning activities for the week and will answer messages on seesaw. 

 

Before and After School Clubs

Given the current government guidance, it is not currently possible for ‘Treetops’ or ‘Pioneer Childcare’ to re-open. Therefore there is no provision for before or after school care.   Please contact these providers directly if you have any further questions.

After school clubs will not take place this term. 

How do I inform the school that my child will or will not be attending?

Parents are encouraged to send their children back to school in the following key year groups; Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6. We understand that some families have personal circumstances, such as living with clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable adults, that will prevent children from returning to school. We also understand that some parents may have some anxieties about their child returning to school on this date. Parents will not be penalised for their choice. 

We have sent a google form with these guidelines to gather your intention regarding your child’s attendance. Please make sure you have filled this out as it will impact on staffing and groupings when we open next week. We will repeat this request weekly from Thursday 11th June to find out your intentions for the following week. Parents must decide for the whole week. If you decide on a Wednesday, for example,  that you would now like your child to attend they may start the next Monday. 

 

Testing

All children and those with whom they live will have access to a test through the NHS if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario. The aim is to enable children to get back to childcare, and their parents or carers not to need to self-isolate any longer than is necessary, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.

We ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child, in the event that they develop coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of a positive test. Further guidance is available about getting tested.

 

What should I tell my child in preparation for going back into school 

Most children will be excited to be going back to school. However, there has been a lot of uncertainty for all and making this transition back into school life will present challenges. School will be different. Children may not be in their normal classes with all their classmates or usual teachers. The classroom is set out differently to maintain 2m distances where possible. Children will not have the same freedoms that they are used to and this will take some getting used to! Class teachers will be sending you a ‘Guide to Returning To School’ for your child’s class. We ask that you share that and the social story attached with your children. The class teachers will also be in contact to explain what school will be like for their groups. 

There will be some behaviour expectations which will be different too. Personal hygiene and cleanliness being one of them and the washing of hands will be monitored.  

 

Behaviour

Addendum to the academy behaviour policy during Covid 19:

1 WPPA will teach their children returning to school what is unsafe behaviour and the required protocols for keeping school safe at this time.   Children will not be allowed to leave their group to mix with children from other groups. We will be very strict about this.

2 Any pupil who behaves, deliberately, or otherwise in a manner that we believe is detrimental to safety guidelines provided during the COVID 19 pandemic will be temporarily excluded from the school site, with parents being requested to collect their child immediately. Wherever possible the academy staff will endeavor to mitigate against this course of action and will always seek to work in partnership with parents to ensure the safety and well-being of every child. 

 

We appreciate that there is a lot of information to digest in this document, but we hope that it answers most of your concerns and queries. You may have specific questions which relate particularly to your child or children. Please do not hesitate to contact the Senior Leadership Team via email - office@wardenparkprimary.co.uk