Dear Year 6 Parents,

We hope that you and your family are well.  Since our last letter we have been looking at each of our three sites to ensure that pupils and staff can return to school with their health and safety being our main priority.

Thank you for all of your support during this very difficult time.

As you are aware, the Government have decided to open schools to some pupils from the week commencing 1st June.

In line with the Government guidance, we will reopen our schools to pupils in a gradual and safe way.  Having small numbers of classes returning will help us to keep all children safe.

Which pupils will return to school and when?

Children who have been attending school throughout the lockdown will continue to attend on a daily basis but from Monday 8th June this provision will transfer to our individual sites.

Children in the early years and Year 1 have been prioritised for return by the Government. Ministers have made this decision because they know the importance of children’s early reading, numeracy and personal development skills.

The Government has also prioritised pupils in Year 6 so that they can receive some support as they approach their transition to secondary school. We have undertaken a risk assessment that confirms we do not have the capacity for Year 6 pupils to return on a full-time basis. We will, however, be inviting Year 6 to come to school on a Monday from week beginning 15th June 2020.

Children in other year groups will stay at home and continue to benefit from Starbank’s summer 2 online lessons / study packs provided by the school or through National Oak Academy / BBC Bitesize Daily.  We hope that your child will continue to follow the programmes of work that we have set for them during the lockdown.

Arrival and departure arrangements

We are putting a lot of arrangements in place to keep children and staff safe. There are a number of changes to how we will organise the school day.

Year 6 – Some Year 6 children will not be using their normal Year 6 door.

Site

Bubble A

Entry Time

Exit Time

Door

Bierton Road

6SK Bubble A

8:30

2:30

Y6 Entrance

Bierton Road

6RM Bubble A

9:00

3:00

Y6 Entrance

Hob Moor Road

6BH Bubble A

8:30

2:30

KS2 Entrance

Hob Moor Road

6S Bubble A

9:00

3:00

KS2 Entrance

Starbank Road

6K Bubble A

8:30

2:30

KS2 Lower Playground

Starbank Road

6R Bubble A

9:00

3:00

KS2 Lower Playground

 

Site

Bubble B

Entry Time

Exit Time

Door

Bierton Road

6SK Bubble B

8:30

2:30

KS2 Side Door

Bierton Road

6RM Bubble B

9:00

3:00

KS2 Side Door

Hob Moor Road

6BH Bubble B

8:30

2:30

Staircase 1 Fire Door

Hob Moor Road

6S Bubble B

9:00

3:00

Staircase 1 Fire Door

Starbank Road

6K Bubble B

8:30

2:30

KS2 Lower Playground

Starbank Road

6R Bubble B

9:00

3:00

KS2 Lower Playground

 

Teachers will be phoning home the week commencing 8th June to inform you of which ‘bubble’ your child is in. On Monday 15th June staff will be in the playground directing you to the entry and exit doors.

Please avoid gathering in groups when you drop off/collect your child. There will be markers in place to ensure that you are able to maintain 2m social distancing guidance.

Year 6 Pupils have to walk to school and be collected from school with an adult.

Please note there will be no Walking Bus or Before and After School Provision over the 6-week period.

If you drive your child to school, please park sensibly and appropriately away from main entrances.  Car sharing between members of different families is not advised. Please do not enter the school building and avoid forming groups outside of the school – for the sake of everyone’s health it is important that we continue social distancing where possible. Please leave the school premises straightaway once you have left your child safely. 

If you have more than one child attending school, please bring both children in at the earlier time.

Children must not bring any equipment into school from home.

Lesson arrangements

We will organise children into groups of 15 or less. Each group or ‘bubble’ will have its own classroom/area to work in and will have the same staff members teaching them at all times.  This arrangement is in line with Government guidance and means that children can be kept safe and well supervised.

We will be doing a lot of work to help children’s mental and emotional wellbeing as well as working on basic skills such as reading, writing and mathematics in preparation for secondary school. We want all of our children to feel comfortable and enjoy being back at school. We are very aware that they have been away for a long time and that the experience of coming back will be quite strange for them. We have thought carefully about the curriculum and will be avoiding activities that bring children into very close contact with each other. Children will use individual resources rather than sharing materials with their friends. If any resources are going to be used by more than one child during the day, then they will be carefully disinfected before being used by a different child.

Break time

Children will spend break time with other children from their bubble. They will spend time outside in the fresh air whenever possible and will be supervised.

Lunch arrangements

School lunches will be available for FSM pupils who attend school for a full day. The choice will be more limited than usual. All children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals will continue to receive vouchers through the Government’s ‘Edenred’ scheme.  If they attend school for any full days, they will also be provided with a school meal.

  • Children will eat their lunch with other members of their bubble.
  • Lunch will be eaten in classrooms.
  • Children will be served with their meals by staff to avoid them needing to queue up.
  • Children may bring their own packed lunches to school if they prefer.

Hygiene and safety

We take the safety of children and staff very seriously indeed. All children will need to wash their hands as soon as they enter school, every time they use the toilet, before and after they eat lunch, and when they leave school. They will also wash their hands following some lesson activities and, in the event, that they cough or sneeze.  Please help by making sure that your child knows how to wash their hands, using soap and water, for 20 seconds.

We will ensure that materials used by children are disinfected after each individual child uses them. Our cleaning staff will wipe down surfaces in the classroom, including tables and chairs, regularly during the day. We will ensure that toilets, washbasins and taps are thoroughly cleaned after each use.

Children will be given stationery and resources for their individual use when they are in lessons. These items will be bagged and stored separately from other children’s resources.

Our school has completed a thorough health and safety risk assessment. This has been reviewed and approved by the Governors, along with our broader risk assessment and reopening plan.

Expectations of pupils’ behaviour

We have high expectations of children’s behaviour when they return to school. It will be very helpful if you can talk gently to your child about these before they return. We expect children to be kind and fair and to do what all adults ask them, straightaway. This includes washing their hands regularly and not standing or sitting too close to their friends. We are asking children not to touch each other – this includes hugging and holding hands.  It is important that children understand the reasons why they are learning and socialising in ‘bubble’ and that they do not try to interact physically with friends from other bubbles, however tempting this may be. Please emphasise to your child that avoiding close contact is a way of keeping themselves and others safe.

Uniform

Children should wear their uniform to school, or other comfortable clothing, such as plain trousers and T-shirts that can be washed easily. If possible, children should wear clean clothes to school every day.

Children who are unwell

Any child who is unwell should remain at home.

If a child develops symptoms of COVID-19 in school (a new persistent dry cough, high temperature, change or loss of smell or taste) they will be taken to a medical room and you will be asked to collect them from school as soon as possible.

Children or staff who are tested positive for COVID-19

If a pupil or a staff member is tested for COVID-19, then the whole bubble which they are a part of will be asked to stay away from school and self-isolate for 14 days. In this way, the possibility of disease transmission throughout the school will be reduced.

Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable or clinically vulnerable

If your child, or anyone in your household, is clinically extremely vulnerable, and therefore at high risk of becoming severely ill if they are infected by COVID-19, they will have received a letter from the NHS advising them to shield. In these circumstances, your child should not attend school. Your child should not attend school if anyone else in your house is clinically extremely vulnerable, even if your child does not have a severe medical condition themselves.

If your child is clinically vulnerable, you should take advice from a medical practitioner before sending them to school.

We understand that you may be feeling anxious about sending your child back to school. Please be assured that we will look after them. We very much want to welcome your child back. Many things may have changed during the lockdown period but our commitment to working with you in the best interests of your child remains firm. We will, however, respect your decision and not take any action against you if you decide that you do not wish your child to return to school yet.

Please update us

If you are a key worker and require a place for your child (in any year group) to enable you to return to work, please complete our online application form (starbankschool.co.uk) so that arrangements can be made. You can also phone school on 0121 464 2638. Parents of children who are already attending school daily do not need to reapply.

If you have not already informed us, we also need to hear from you if your child is clinically extremely vulnerable, clinically vulnerable or if a member of your household is clinically extremely vulnerable. Please contact the school office 0121 464 2638.

Thank you once again for all of the support that you give to your child, and for working with us.  We are very proud of the way in which our Starbank community has pulled together to look after each other during the pandemic. As you know, we have supported families who have struggled to buy essential food and hygiene products during this period. If you need help with this, then please do let us know. 

Our Parent and Pupil Protocols and Expectations can be found on our website. Please take the time to read these with your child/children.

 

Yours sincerely

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

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils in Year 6