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What are the new arrangements for dropping my child to school in the mornings?

The gates to the infant and junior playgrounds will open at 8.45am and close at 9.00am. The children will go straight into their classrooms and wash their hands as follows:

 

Class

Arrangements

N

Children should be dropped off at the Nursery classroom door at 8.45am by 1 adult.

R

Children should be escorted by 1 adult into the infant playground via the High Street gate. Parents should leave their child at the Reception classroom gate and exit the premises via the infant side gate.

1

For the first week only, children may be escorted by 1 adult into the infant playground via the High Street gate. Parents should drop off their child at the Y1 classroom gate and leave via the infant side gate. After the first week, children should enter via the High Street gate and walk straight into the classroom by themselves.

2

Children should enter the infant playground via the High Street gate and walk straight into the classroom by themselves.

3

Children should arrive via the junior side gate and enter the building through the left-hand door to the library. Parents are not permitted to enter the junior playground.

4

5

Children should arrive via the junior side gate and enter the building through the right-hand door to the library. Parents are not permitted to enter the junior playground.

6

 

What are the new arrangements for picking up my child at the end of the school day?

The infant playground will be opened at 3pm to allow 1 adult per family to enter gradually before 3.15pm. Pick-up arrangements are as follows:

 

Class

Arrangements

N

1 parent per family should wait in the Nursery garden social distanced from other parents and exit via the Nursery gate after collecting their child.

R

1 parent per family should enter the infant playground via the High Street Gate from 3pm and wait in the playground social distanced from other parents. Year R and 1 children will be dismissed from their respective classroom gates. Year 2 children will be dismissed from the edge of the playground next to the classroom. Parents and children should exit the playground via the infant side gate promptly.

1

2

3

The children will line up on the junior playground and will be asked to raise their hand when they can see their adult outside the fence. The teacher will dismiss the children one at a time to meet their parent outside. Only 1 parent per family should attend. Please tell your child roughly where you will be standing so they know where to look for you. Parents will not be permitted to enter the playground.

4

5

6

 

What are the arrangements for clubs?

Parents are strongly encouraged to adhere to the government advice, which is as follows: It is crucial that we are minimising the risk of transmission of the virus due to increased mixing between different groups of children. For this reason, you should consider sending your child to the same settings consistently, and consider carefully the number of settings they attend overall.

 

Please see https://www.wansteadchurchsch.co.uk/clubs/ for details of our after school clubs. All after school clubs will finish at 4.15pm and the children will be dismissed from the front entrance.

 

What should my child bring to school?

Your child should bring minimal items into school: book bag, lunch box, water bottle, coat. They will also need to bring their PE kit into school on the first day. The school is providing a fully stocked pencil case for Years 1-6 for their own individual use. Children in Years N and R will use school-provided equipment too.

 

Please do not allow children to bring in anything else from home unless directly requested by the class teacher. Please ensure that bags are small (ideally the school book bag) and that there are no key-rings or toys hanging from bags. Children are not permitted to bring their own hand sanitiser into school.

 

Can my child bring their mobile phone to school?

No. Only in exceptional circumstances may Year 6 parents request in writing to the school office for their child to bring their mobile phone to school. As well as the restrictions on bringing personal belongings to school due to COVID-19, we also had a serious incident where an attempted mugging of a child in our school took place before the summer break.

 

What should my child wear to school?

All children from Year R-6 must wear full school uniform. Uniform does not need to be washed any more than usual or using anything different from usual. You can find a full list of the school’s uniform requirements here: https://www.wansteadchurchsch.co.uk/uniform/. Please note that hair accessories should be simple/small in design and navy blue or white in colour.

 

Can my child have school dinners?

Yes. The school kitchen will reopen on Monday 7th September. Our catering company has advised that their staff have undergone additional training during lockdown to further improve their service. You can find out more here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/68f5173d-9223-4ab0-bfeb-18019766c6ea. School dinners must be paid for online at https://parents.feedinghungryminds.co.uk/login. The school office is now completely cash free so we are no longer able to accept cash payments.

 

How will the children be kept safe?

  • Each class will become its own “bubble” and the bubbles will not mix with one another.
  • Breaktimes and lunchtimes will be staggered so that fewer children are on the playground at any one time.
  • Any equipment used by more than one class will be disinfected between uses.
  • Children will be seated side-by-side in rows from Year 1 upwards.
  • Children will be encouraged to maintain their distance from others.
  • Regular and thorough handwashing will be part of the daily routine.
  • Good respiratory hygiene will be taught and reinforced frequently.

 

How will my child catch up?

The teachers have been working hard to create a broad and ambitious curriculum that will engage and excite the children upon their return to school. They will be assessing the children carefully and quickly, informally to begin with and then through more formal methods, in order to ensure the children’s needs are being met effectively.

 

We have adapted the “homework” part of our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy as we will be asking the children to complete key tasks that directly link to their learning in school. It will therefore be essential that children complete homework tasks set or they will miss out on key learning in school. Please speak to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the tasks that are set.

 

Will my child go on any school trips?

Overnight residentials are not permitted under the current government guidance, so the Year 5 residential (already postponed from Year 4) will be postponed again. It is unlikely any other trips will take place due to the restrictions, but any requests for trips made by teachers will be risk assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 

What happens if my child has to miss school to self-isolate or quarantine?

The class pages on our school website will continue to be updated for any children learning from home due to self-isolation. We are almost ready to launch Google Classroom and will update you as soon as we can on this.

 

How do I speak to my child’s teacher or another member of staff?

Please direct all enquiries and messages through the school office by telephoning or emailing. Your enquiry will be passed on to the relevant staff member who will contact you as soon as possible. Parents will not be permitted to enter the school building, so we will telephone you or arrange to meet via Zoom if appropriate. Parents will not be permitted to drop off any forgotten items to the office.

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