Dear parents and carers,

We hope all our pupils and families are well during these challenging times.  Thank you for completing the parent survey on returning your children to school. This has supported us in our planning process.  For those parents who do not want their children to return to school, there will be no fines issued for non-attendance. Attendance at school is currently voluntary and we respect the views of our parents to make the right decision for their own personal circumstances.

We are proud that we have kept our school open from 23.03.20 for vulnerable pupils and pupils of key workers; this included two Bank Holidays and one weekend during the peak of the pandemic.  We would like nothing more than to welcome all our pupils back to school however our main priority is the safety of our pupils, families and staff.

The gradual release of government documents, uncertainty of when the scientific evidence will be reviewed (possibly not until 28th May), preparing a school risk assessment and making each site safe as part of our COVID 19 response has made it challenging to plan our re-opening.

For these reasons we are working towards opening week commencing 8th June for some pupils.  Our provision for the vulnerable pupils and pupils of key workers will continue from 26.05.20 until 05.06.20 at our Hob Moor Road site.  We will be closed on Monday 25th May 2020 due to Eid and Bank Holiday.

If we do not receive any new guidance from the Government or Birmingham City Council, our plans to re-open to those pupils whose parents have indicated they want their children to attend school, will be:

Week beginning 08.06.20
  • Nursery: Monday – Thursday
  • Reception: Monday – Friday
Weeks beginning 15.06.20 & 22.06.20
  • Nursery: Monday – Thursday
  • Reception, Year 1 and Year 6: Monday – Friday
We will review our re-opening plan by Friday 26th June, including possible provision for other year groups, and inform parents if there are any alterations for the weeks following.

Until then, pupils in Years 2, 3,4 ,5 will have access to our Summer 2 Online Curriculum and can supplement learning with lessons on Oak National Academy.

School Opening Times

We will strive to maximise social distancing as pupils and parents enter and exit the school sites by operating staggered opening and closing times. On Fridays, school will end at 12:00pm to allow for a deeper clean of the school. Once we know the composition of the pupil groups (bubbles), we can share these times with parents.

During the week beginning 01.06.20, our staff team will be phoning parents, who indicated in the parent survey that they want their child to return to school, to share the time you are to arrive at school. We will be following the suggestions in the Government guidelines.

  • Parents must keep strictly to the times to ensure all of our community are kept safe.
  • Social distancing signs need to be adhered to.
  • Only one parent can drop and collect a pupil. If you need to bring a sibling, they must not walk or run away from you. Please hold the hand of smaller children.

Protocols/Expectations

We have produced a set of pupil and parent protocols/expectations which will help keep all of us safe. These are currently being finalised in line with the Government guidance and will soon be available on our website. If your child is returning to school, please begin to talk to them about our expectations.

Our Before School and After School Club

Our Before School and After School Club will not be open again this school year. We cannot accommodate the pupils and staff safely.

We have included some frequently asked questions. Please see below.  We know some of our families will be getting ready to celebrate EID. We wish you a very happy celebration with your families.  Eid Mubarak!

 

Yours sincerely,

Mr N.Riaz, Mrs S.Portlock and Mrs N.Malhi
(Primary Deputy Headteachers)

 

Wider re-opening of school letter

Request to attend school

Coronavirus June Re-Opening Frequently Asked Questions:

Please remember the situation, guidance and information is rapidly changing. We have answered these questions with the current information.

How can children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 be expected to socially distance?

How can children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 be expected to socially distance?

The Government documents imply that all risks have been assessed without the need for social distancing. It is very unlikely that the children will remain 2 metres away from each other at all times, but it will be actively encouraged by the staff. Markers on the floor and only using half of the desks in classrooms will help with social distancing inside. 

The main risk control for the children is that they will be put into smaller self-contained groups, known as bubbles. They will remain in these smaller groups throughout the day and will not mix with children from other bubbles. Staff may not be the usual teacher however we will endeavour to have a known adult with a bubble, if staffing allows.

What will happen when you reach the maximum number of children in a bubble?

What will happen when you reach the maximum number of children in a bubble?

If it is possible, we will open another bubble in a separate space if available. If the demand for places increases, we may need to prioritise places for certain pupils to maintain safety.

Parents who have said they may want to send their child into school will need to complete an on-line application form (this is on our website) so that we can assess if school can accommodate more pupils in a safe way.

If I have a vulnerable child at home with severe asthma and a sibling comes to school: how can you assure the sibling attending school will not put them both at risk?

If I have a vulnerable child at home with severe asthma and a sibling comes to school: how can you assure the sibling attending school will not put them both at risk?

We will not be able to guarantee this.

Will there be special consideration for BAME children?

Will there be special consideration for BAME children?

We are waiting for further guidance on this question.

What about hand washing for staff and children and keeping school clean?

What about hand washing for staff and children and keeping school clean?

All three sites have had a deep clean. All classrooms and toilets have hot/cold water and soap; we have disposable paper towels and hand dryers. We have also invested in hand sanitisers for the shared areas of the school and entry and exit points. Pupils will be escorted to bathrooms for regular hand washing and floor areas will have social distancing signs.  Our schools have a full and thorough clean once a day and wipes/cleaning products will be available in every classroom for staff to use throughout the day. Pupils can help with keeping their table and chair clean, thus reinforcing the message about cleanliness and hygiene. A lunchtime clean of tables, chairs and door handles will be carried out by the lunchtime supervisor attached to each group/bubble and/or class teacher. We are closing school at 12.00pm on Fridays to complete a deeper whole school clean.

 

What will the lunch arrangements be?

What will the lunch arrangements be?

Pupils will eat lunch with their bubble in the allocated class space. Pupils can bring a packed lunch in a bag which can be thrown away after eating.  If your child receives a Free School Meals (FSM), they will have a packed lunch provided by school and you will no longer receive a FSM voucher. If you pay for a school dinner, a packed lunch can be purchased.

Will school staff be wearing PPE?

Will school staff be wearing PPE?

No. The Government guidance suggests that this is not needed in school and it is difficult to deliver a clear lesson wearing a face mask. We are purchasing PPE for staff dealing with a child who becomes unwell; this will include an apron, gloves, face mask and a face mask/visor.

What procedures will the school have in place should a child show symptoms for COVID 19?

What procedures will the school have in place should a child show symptoms for COVID 19?

 The child will be placed into isolation with a member of staff using PPE. They will then be sent home and recommended for testing. They will remain at home for the following 14 days. If the test is positive, the whole bubble will need to isolate at home for 14 days, along with members of their family who live with them. We all have to strictly adhere to this guidance from Public Health England.

Can I send my child part-time?

Can I send my child part-time?

No for pupils in Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6. Pupils in these targeted year groups will need to come to school at their staggered start time and leave at their staggered dismissal time. You won’t be able to collect them early to maintain social distancing and minimise additional adult contact with groups/bubbles beyond the staff allocated.

 

Yes, if your child attends the childcare provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers but we expect you to agree the days in advance with no last-minute changes. School is still responsible for safeguarding the children and we need to know where they are and that they

are safe.

What will be teaching?

What will be teaching?

We will focus on a recovery curriculum that will focus on reading, writing, maths and non-core subjects that we can safely teach. We will initially revise and consolidate what the children learned just before lockdown to ensure they have retained this learning and then build on this.  There will also be a focus on PSHE lessons to support pupils with feeling emotionally secure; they will only be able to learn if they feel safe and secure.