As you can imagine, the re-opening of school for pupils, albeit on a part-time basis, has required a considerable amount of planning and organisation. In order to keep everyone as safe and happy as possible, there are a significant number of changes to every-day practice that have had to be introduced and form part of our School's comprehensive risk assessment. The risk assessment process has taken all Government guidance into consideration. A link to the Department for Education where a summary of this guidance for parents and carers can be found at the bottom of this page.
A summary of some of the key changes is given below. All of these changes will need to be fully understood and implemented by the whole school community upon the return of pupils to school in June. Your on-going support in introducing and enforcing these changes is greatly appreciated.
- Introducing staggered drop off and collection times.
- Only one parent to drop off/collect a child. Where there is another adult at home, all siblings should be left at home with them and not brought to/from school at the beginning and end of the day.
- Introducing social distancing measures for parents when dropping off/collecting. Unfortunately, parents and other visitors will not be allowed inside the buildings.
- A one-way ststem around the outside of the buildings will be introduced to avoid congestion at the school gates.
- Ensuring that children arrive with minimal equipment. No book bags, rucksacks, pencil cased, PE kit bags etc.
- Splitting classes in half, so that there is a maximum of 15 pupils per group as per the Government’s cap on class sizes (although at Watchfield this is likely to be less than 15).
- Allocating designated outdoor space to each class group.
- Ensuring that class groups do not mix – both during lesson time and at break and lunchtimes.
- Increased focus on regular hand washing (including upon entry to school at the beginning of the day) and the on-going promotion of the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ message.
- Staggering break and lunchtimes to minimise contact with other groups.
- Children will be asked to bring a packed lunch to school, rather than having a hot dinner.
- Eating packed lunches outside where possible, or within the classroom depending on the weather conditions.
- Providing pupils with their own work stations within the classrooms, ensuring that these are as close to 2m in separation as possible.
- Allocating pupils their own set of stationery and other specific learning resources where appropriate.
- Limiting accessibility to/ceasing the use of some general classroom resources, particularly those that cannot be easily cleaned.
- Dividing ‘shared’ resources e.g. playground equipment and allocating these per group, so that they are not shared between groups.
- Not using large outdoor equipment such as the adventure playground, traversing wall or pirate ship,
- Not having assemblies or similar gatherings in the hall for the foreseeable future.
- Encouraging lessons to be taught outside where practical.
(NB: Please be aware however, that despite our best efforts we cannot promise you that your child will always remain 2m or more from another child or adult at all times, as we know children will naturally gravitate towards others).