Covid 19

Click on the links below to read the relevant communication letters sent during this period. Don't forget, we have a translation tool on the website should you require it. 

Parent Letter 19.5.20

Clear communication is vital at this difficult time so we are working with members of staff to get this letter translated into as many languages as we can. Please scroll down this page for video translations. 

 

Letter from Mrs Matheson 19.5.20

Dear Parents and Carers 

I am writing to outline the process by which we are going to organise our phased return to school. I apologise that this letter is detailed but making sure that we do this in a safe and controlled way is complicated. We are being guided by the Bourne Education Trust and all its schools are adopting the same model.   

The Prime Minister has outlined some basic principles around which we have based our planning: 

  • Schools should prepare to begin to open for more children from (not on) 1st June 
  • The Government expects children in early years’ settings, reception, year 1 and year 6 to be back in school in smaller sizes, from this point  
  • The Government’s ambition is for all primary school children to return to school before the summer for a month if feasible, though this will be kept under review.  

To implement this strategy, we will be opening the school in a controlled and measured way as follows: 

1.       Home schooling support will stop at the end of this week and begin again on Wednesday 10th June.  This will allow 2 days of on-site preparation on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th June; key worker and vulnerable children will continue to attend. 

2.    The phased reopening will start on Wednesday 10th June. 

3.       Wednesday 10th June: Year 6 plus key worker and vulnerable children. 

4.       Monday 15th June:  Year 6, year 1 plus key worker and vulnerable children. 

5.    Monday 22nd June: Year 6, year 1 and reception plus key worker and vulnerable children. 

6.       Monday 29th June: Year 6, year 1, reception and nursery plus key worker and vulnerable children. 

7.       Monday 6th July: Possible date for all primary pupils to return. 

8.       The above will have to be adjusted for individual schools’ staff availability and our response to risks that arise during the phased return. 

9.       It may be necessary to introduce a temporary limit on numbers to ensure that safety is prioritised.  

10.   If your child is attending school as a key worker or vulnerable child, you will choose whether they remain in this category and stay from 8:45am or 3:15pm or, when their year group returns to school, whether they join their peers and attend school from 8:30am to 1pm.

We understand that some of you will be anxious about your child returning to school. In order to minimise the risks of returning to school we are reducing class sizes in accordance with Government guidelines: 

  • Primary cohort sizes: Year 6, 15 pupils maximum per class; year 1, 10 pupils maximum per class; reception and nursery, 8 pupils maximum per class. 

In terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), the Government and Public Health England do not recommend pupils or staff wearing a face covering or masks, but they can if they wish and will not be prevented from doing so. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus. Furthermore, school uniform is expected to be worn for the remainder of this term by those pupils returning and also key worker and vulnerable children. 

With that in mind, we are introducing strict social distancing measures and new routes around the school to avoid pupils meeting each other unnecessarily. Pupils who deliberately and continuously fail to follow social distancing guidance will be sent home and will be expected to continue with remote home learning.  

The school will run to a revised timetable to enable safe entry to and exit from the site and enable regular and rigorous cleaning. We will be operating a shorter day, from 8.30am to 1pm with cohort groups to be given 15-minute staggered starts from 8.30am. Pupils will always remain in their cohorts and be segregated in these groups. Play times will be staggered and each cohort will be allocated designated areas to go to. Our educational focus will be on well-being, English and maths and, for the younger pupils, resocialisation. Parents and carers should note that there will be no hot catering provision available, so pupils will have to bring in their own refreshments (snack and water bottle) if required and can have a take home cold lunch available if requested from school. Where relevant, Free School Meal vouchers will continue to be provided. 

As you know, we usually encourage parents and carers to come on-site and interact with the staff. Sadly, this can no longer apply either at the start or the end of the day. Please drop your child off in the morning at their given time where they will be met by a member of staff. Parents and carers collecting pupils will follow the same format at the end of the day. We will take your child to his or her allocated exit point where he or she will line up, whilst maintaining social distancing, to await collection. You will be notified of your child’s drop off time in due course. Parents and carers will not be allowed entry to the school buildings without an appointment, which should only be in an emergency. 

I realise that these new systems will take some getting used to, but I know that the staff and children will adapt; they always do. We are looking forward to returning to some sense of normality and thank you, in advance, for your support with this. 

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Yours sincerely, 

Nicola Matheson 

Head of School

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Whole school update 5.6.20

5th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you and your families are well and that you have enjoyed the wonderful weather over half term.

I wanted to write to update you on arrangements for the rest of the summer term and where we are up to with our planning so far.  The Senior Team and staff have been working relentlessly over the half term period to get the school site safe and ready for the wider reopening of the school to some year groups, in addition to our key worker and vulnerable children.  We are continuing with the plan I set out to you before half term of Year 6 returning on 10th June, Year 1 from 15th June, Reception from 22nd June and Nursery from 29th June.  From a survey sent out to parents in these year groups before half term, the uptake on places has been very mixed.  I wanted to reassure you that whether you send your child back to school or not, it is parental choice and we fully support whatever decision you make.  If you choose not to send your child back to school, their absence will be authorised and there will be no fine to pay.  If you do choose to return, we really look forward to welcoming your child back to school and although school will feel different we have made every effort to ensure it is as safe and happy as possible.

If your child is in year 6, you will receive a letter from me with details about the arrangements later today.  If you have a child in one of the other year groups returning later in June, we will write to you again the week before your child is due to start with either detailed instructions on the arrangements we have made if your child is returning; or an updated home learning offer if you choose to keep your child at home.

In my letter sent out before half term, I also referred to plans for all primary pupils to possibly return from Monday 6th July.  I will wait for further guidance from the government and the Trust and keep you updated on this as soon as I have any more information.  After we have welcomed back the year groups above in small groups, we have very limited space left on the school site and limited staffing capacity.  I do hope that for those families who wish for their child to return before the summer we find a solution and I will let you know as soon as I know any more.

We are committed to continuing home learning for your child and for those year groups not back at school the home learning offer will remain the same as it has been.  There will be 3 weekly challenges and if you upload your child’s learning, this will usually be responded to within 48 hours.  If and when your child’s year group returns, the home learning offer will change to reflect the learning taking place in school.  More details will be given as this affects your child.

Steps we have taken to keep your child, staff and the community as safe as possible:

I understand that deciding whether to send your child back to school is not an easy decision, but I want to reassure you that a lot of hard work and planning has taken place to minimise the risk to your child, staff and the community.  A thorough risk assessment has been carried out and will continue to be reviewed.  Here are some of the actions that we have taken based on the risk assessment:

  • Class sizes have been reduced
  • Enhanced, deep cleaning by our cleaning company, prior to school reopening
  • Daily cleaning by cleaning company
  • Staff members will regularly wipe down and disinfect commonly touched areas throughout the day
  • Classrooms being used all have sinks in and children will be asked to wash their hands regularly
  • Wherever possible, the same adults will stay with the children in the bubble
  • Children will not see their peers in other bubbles, due to separate classrooms, staggered playtimes and sectioned areas of the playground, staggered entry and exit times
  • Movement around the school is limited and clear signage is used to identify exit and entry points
  • We ask that where possible parents do not use public transport to bring your child to school.  If you need to, please can you inform the main office
  • No whole school assemblies will take place
  • Staff training is taking place on 8th and 9th June to prepare staff for these changes and to be able to support your child to adapt to these changes
  • Please ensure good personal hygiene of your child and wash their clothes at the end of the school day
  • In order to keep everyone safe, some staff may wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), particularly if administering first aid or they are supporting a child who is ill. 

 

We are continually reviewing a detailed risk assessment which can be viewed in full on the school website under Children and Families, Covid 19.

We know that the last few months may have been extremely difficult for many families.  If there have been any changes in circumstances for your family or anything we can do to support your child, please do contact your child’s class teacher.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

 

Best wishes

Nicola Matheson

 

Please find below a letter from our Local Governing Committee

 

For Parents:

 

Dear everyone,

We do hope you and your families are all keeping safe and well and that you had some kind of rest over the half term break. At least we had some lovely sunshine to look at, if not be out in.

As governors, our focus is on the health, safety, wellbeing and education of the children and staff at Sythwood. We are very aware of the significant challenge facing everyone as school reopens and that the challenges may be slightly different for everyone. What unites us all is that this is a massive disruption to the way we live and work and it takes place amidst nervousness, uncertainty and with different voices declaring what should and shouldn’t be happening. I am sure our emotions are all high as well, with our health and that of our families at stake.

Nobody knows how to deal with a phased re-opening of school in the midst of a global pandemic – it hasn’t happened before. However, there are three things that we know are coming together to give us confidence that we can make this work at Sythwood.

Firstly, we all share a common goal, to do the best we possibly can for the children and each other at Sythwood. Secondly, whilst we haven’t re-opened a school under these conditions before, there are some outstanding skills and resources we are calling on within the leadership team, at both school and Trust level. Detailed and robust plans have been developed and rigorously risk assessed.  Finally, it is the amazing staff at Sythwood who will turn these plans into something that can work.

There will inevitably be difficulties and problems that no-one could even have anticipated. It’s how these are dealt with and learnt from that will determine how well we all serve the children. We know the leadership team and staff will bring a positive attitude and a constant focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of all.

Thank you so much for the support you have given the school up to this point. We wish you well and do look forward to the day we can return to school and see you all.

Ruth, Paula, Rosie, Gemma & Brent

 

 

Nursery Key Workers Letter 05.06.2020

5th June 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I wanted to start by apologising for writing to you over half-term, but now we have had confirmation from the government that schools can begin to reopen, I wanted to update you on the return to school details for your child.  Although your child may have been attending school as a key worker or vulnerable child for several months now, due to the wider reopening of school there have been several changes which I wanted to update you on.

We look forward to welcoming your child back from Monday 8th June.  We know that the last few months have been extremely difficult for many families.  We want to support your child as best as possible when they return and in order to do that, we would be grateful if you could please complete and return the attached information form.  (This can be emailed to your child’s class teacher, info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk, or printed and returned.  We will also have some paper copies available for your child to take home on the first day).

 

Further details are below:

Attendance: As your child is currently attending a key worker bubble, the attendance for these sessions is flexible.  Please keep us updated on the sessions you wish your child to attend by either ringing the main office on 01483 770063 or emailing info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk.  If your child is due to attend school for a session and they are unable to attend, please inform the school office by 9am on the morning of your child’s absence.  (You can now report your child’s absence directly via option 1 of the main school number)

For some children, their year group may be returning to school over the next few weeks (year 6 from 10th June, year 1 from 15th June, reception from 22nd June and nursery from 29th June).  If you wish for your child to switch to their year group bubble when it reopens please let us know and we can accommodate this.  (NB: if your child switches to their year group bubble the school day is shorter e.g. 9am – 1pm and they must attend every day).

 

Bubble: Your child will be in a key worker bubble with nursery children with Mrs Rances and Mrs Chrysafi. Please note that we will try and keep adults as consistent as possible but changes may take place.

Location: Your child’s classroom will be Sunflowers.

Drop off and collection: Your child will need to enter the Key Stage 1 playground gate at 8:45am and be collected at 3:15pm. Please be on time for drop off and collection to help us maintain social distancing between other bubble drop off and collection times.

Parents on site: For the older children, if possible we ask that parents remain off site and your child walks through the gate independently.  For younger children, please can only one parent enter the site and if at all possible without siblings.  Please do not congregate at the school gates and ensure that social distancing is observed at all times. There will be no entry into buildings for parents but if you do have any concerns or questions, please call or email the school office on 01483 770063 or info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk

Uniform: Your child is now required to wear full school uniform.  We appreciate that it may not be practical to buy new Sythwood uniform for the remaining few weeks of school.  In this instance, grey or black smart trousers and a white, blue or yellow shirt / polo shirt can be worn, which you can then use for secondary school. 

In terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), wearing a face covering or mask in schools is not recommended by the Department for Education (DfE), but if pupils arrive at school wearing a face covering or mask, they may continue to wear it, providing that the face covering or mask is used and maintained in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Disposable face masks are not designed for re-use and must be replaced as soon as they become damp.  Used face masks should be disposed of carefully, in the same way as used tissues.  Re-usable face masks must be washed at the temperature and frequency recommended by the manufacturer.  Home-made face masks are not recommended to be worn in school due to the lack of guidelines on appropriate use and replacement.

Equipment and belongings: In order to reduce the number of belongings entering and leaving school, we ask that your child only brings to school a named water bottle.  All other resources and equipment that they need in school will be clearly labelled and left on their individual desk. 

If your child needs to bring a mobile phone to school with them, your child must enter, wash their hands and put their phone in a clear, zip wallet which will remain on the teacher’s desk until the end of the day.  We will continue to review our mobile phone policy, in line with any government track and trace system.

Behaviour policy: Please see attached with this letter an updated behaviour policy for all children to follow.  Please read through this with your child so that they are clear of the expectations.  In order to ensure the safety of all, if your child is unable to follow the behaviour policy they may be asked to return home and complete their learning at home.   If your child has an EHCP or additional needs, a further risk assessment will be carried out with you and your child around their individual needs.

Suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases in your child’s bubble:

  • If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home and advised to follow government guidance.
  • If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door
  • When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
  • Where a child, young person, or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person, or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

 

Steps we have taken to keep your child, staff and the community as safe as possible:

I understand that deciding whether to send your child back to school is not an easy decision, but I want to reassure that a lot of hard work and planning has taken place to minimise the risk to your child, staff and the community.  A thorough risk assessment has been carried out and will continue to be reviewed.  Here are some of the actions that we have taken based on the risk assessment:

  • Year 6 class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 15 children per bubble
  • Year 6 children will be allocated their own, individual desk
  • Enhanced, deep cleaning by our cleaning company, prior to school reopening
  • Daily cleaning by cleaning company
  • Staff members will regularly wipe down and disinfect commonly touched areas throughout the day
  • Classrooms being used all have sinks in and children will be asked to wash their hands regularly
  • Wherever possible, the same adults to stay with the children in the bubble
  • Children will not see their peers in other bubbles, due to separate classrooms, staggered playtimes and sectioned areas of the playground, staggered entry and exit times
  • Movement around the school is limited and clear signage is used to identify exit and entry points
  • We ask where possible that parents do not use public transport to bring your child to school.  If you need to, please can you inform the main office
  • No whole school assemblies will take place
  • Staff training is taking place on 8th and 9th June to prepare staff for these changes and to be able to support your child to adapt to these changes
  • Please ensure good personal hygiene for your child and wash their clothes at the end of the school day
  • In order to keep everyone safe, some staff may wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), particularly if administering first aid or if they are supporting a child who is ill.  Please share the photo below with your child so that they can get used to seeing staff wearing PPE and that beneath it there are still the same friendly faces!

Kki

 

We are continually reviewing our detailed risk assessment which can be viewed in full on the school website under Children and Families, Covid 19.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school from Monday 8th June.

 

Very best wishes

 

Nicola Matheson

Reception Key Worker Letter 05.06.2020

5th June 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I wanted to start by apologising for writing to you over half-term, but now we have had confirmation from the government that schools can begin to reopen, I wanted to update you on the return to school details for your child.  Although your child may have been attending school as a key worker or vulnerable child for several months now, due to the wider reopening of school there have been several changes which I wanted to update you on.

We look forward to welcoming your child back from Monday 8th June.  We know that the last few months have been extremely difficult for many families.  We want to support your child as best as possible when they return and in order to do that, we would be grateful if you could please complete and return the attached information form.  (This can be emailed to your child’s class teacher, info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk, or printed and returned.  We will also have some paper copies available for your child to take home on the first day).

 

Further details are below:

Attendance: As your child is currently attending a key worker bubble, the attendance for these sessions is flexible.  Please keep us updated on the sessions you wish your child to attend by either ringing the main office on 01483 770063 or emailing info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk.  If your child is due to attend school for a session and they are unable to attend, please inform the school office by 9am on the morning of your child’s absence.  (You can now report your child’s absence directly via option 1 of the main school number)

For some children, their year group may be returning to school over the next few weeks (year 6 from 10th June, year 1 from 15th June, reception from 22nd June and nursery from 29th June).  If you wish for your child to switch to their year group bubble when it reopens please let us know and we can accommodate this.  (NB: if your child switches to their year group bubble the school day is shorter e.g. 9am – 1pm and they must attend every day).

 

Bubble: Your child will be in a key worker bubble with Reception children with Miss Bruce and Miss Salima. Please note that we will try and keep adults as consistent as possible but changes may take place.

Location: Your child’s classroom will be in the Club House.

Drop off and collection: Your child will need to enter the Key Stage 1 playground gate at 8:45am and be collected at 3:15pm. Please be on time for drop off and collection to help us maintain social distancing between other bubble drop off and collection times.

Parents on site: For the older children, if possible we ask that parents remain off site and your child walks through the gate independently.  For younger children, please can only one parent enter the site and if at all possible without siblings.  Please do not congregate at the school gates and ensure that social distancing is observed at all times. There will be no entry into buildings for parents but if you do have any concerns or questions, please call or email the school office on 01483 770063 or info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk

Uniform: Your child is now required to wear full school uniform.  We appreciate that it may not be practical to buy new Sythwood uniform for the remaining few weeks of school.  In this instance, grey or black smart trousers and a white, blue or yellow shirt / polo shirt can be worn, which you can then use for secondary school. 

In terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), wearing a face covering or mask in schools is not recommended by the Department for Education (DfE), but if pupils arrive at school wearing a face covering or mask, they may continue to wear it, providing that the face covering or mask is used and maintained in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Disposable face masks are not designed for re-use and must be replaced as soon as they become damp.  Used face masks should be disposed of carefully, in the same way as used tissues.  Re-usable face masks must be washed at the temperature and frequency recommended by the manufacturer.  Home-made face masks are not recommended to be worn in school due to the lack of guidelines on appropriate use and replacement.

Equipment and belongings: In order to reduce the number of belongings entering and leaving school, we ask that your child only brings to school a named water bottle.  All other resources and equipment that they need in school will be clearly labelled and left on their individual desk. 

If your child needs to bring a mobile phone to school with them, your child must enter, wash their hands and put their phone in a clear, zip wallet which will remain on the teacher’s desk until the end of the day.  We will continue to review our mobile phone policy, in line with any government track and trace system.

Behaviour policy: Please see attached with this letter an updated behaviour policy for all children to follow.  Please read through this with your child so that they are clear of the expectations.  In order to ensure the safety of all, if your child is unable to follow the behaviour policy they may be asked to return home and complete their learning at home.   If your child has an EHCP or additional needs, a further risk assessment will be carried out with you and your child around their individual needs.

Suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases in your child’s bubble:

  • If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home and advised to follow government guidance.
  • If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door
  • When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
  • Where a child, young person, or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person, or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

 

Steps we have taken to keep your child, staff and the community as safe as possible:

I understand that deciding whether to send your child back to school is not an easy decision, but I want to reassure that a lot of hard work and planning has taken place to minimise the risk to your child, staff and the community.  A thorough risk assessment has been carried out and will continue to be reviewed.  Here are some of the actions that we have taken based on the risk assessment:

  • Year 6 class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 15 children per bubble
  • Year 6 children will be allocated their own, individual desk
  • Enhanced, deep cleaning by our cleaning company, prior to school reopening
  • Daily cleaning by cleaning company
  • Staff members will regularly wipe down and disinfect commonly touched areas throughout the day
  • Classrooms being used all have sinks in and children will be asked to wash their hands regularly
  • Wherever possible, the same adults to stay with the children in the bubble
  • Children will not see their peers in other bubbles, due to separate classrooms, staggered playtimes and sectioned areas of the playground, staggered entry and exit times
  • Movement around the school is limited and clear signage is used to identify exit and entry points
  • We ask where possible that parents do not use public transport to bring your child to school.  If you need to, please can you inform the main office
  • No whole school assemblies will take place
  • Staff training is taking place on 8th and 9th June to prepare staff for these changes and to be able to support your child to adapt to these changes
  • Please ensure good personal hygiene for your child and wash their clothes at the end of the school day
  • In order to keep everyone safe, some staff may wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), particularly if administering first aid or if they are supporting a child who is ill.  Please share the photo below with your child so that they can get used to seeing staff wearing PPE and that beneath it there are still the same friendly faces!

Kki

We are continually reviewing our detailed risk assessment which can be viewed in full on the school website under Children and Families, Covid 19.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school from Monday 8th June.

 

Very best wishes

 

Nicola Matheson

Year 1 Key Worker Letter 05.06.2020

5th June 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I wanted to start by apologising for writing to you over half-term, but now we have had confirmation from the government that schools can begin to reopen, I wanted to update you on the return to school details for your child.  Although your child may have been attending school as a key worker or vulnerable child for several months now, due to the wider reopening of school there have been several changes which I wanted to update you on.

We look forward to welcoming your child back from Monday 8th June.  We know that the last few months have been extremely difficult for many families.  We want to support your child as best as possible when they return and in order to do that, we would be grateful if you could please complete and return the attached information form.  (This can be emailed to your child’s class teacher, info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk, or printed and returned.  We will also have some paper copies available for your child to take home on the first day).

 

Further details are below:

Attendance: As your child is currently attending a key worker bubble, the attendance for these sessions is flexible.  Please keep us updated on the sessions you wish your child to attend by either ringing the main office on 01483 770063 or emailing info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk.  If your child is due to attend school for a session and they are unable to attend, please inform the school office by 9am on the morning of your child’s absence.  (You can now report your child’s absence directly via option 1 of the main school number)

For some children, their year group may be returning to school over the next few weeks (year 6 from 10th June, year 1 from 15th June, reception from 22nd June and nursery from 29th June).  If you wish for your child to switch to their year group bubble when it reopens please let us know and we can accommodate this.  (NB: if your child switches to their year group bubble the school day is shorter e.g. 9am – 1pm and they must attend every day).

 

Bubble: Your child will be in a key worker bubble with Year 1 children with Mrs Maxwell or Miss Walker, and Ms Griffin. Please note that we will try and keep adults as consistent as possible but changes may take place.

Location: Your child’s classroom will be Beech.

Drop off and collection: Your child will need to enter the main gate at 8:45am and be collected at 3:15pm. Please be on time for drop off and collection to help us maintain social distancing between other bubble drop off and collection times.

Parents on site: For the older children, if possible we ask that parents remain off site and your child walks through the gate independently.  For younger children, please can only one parent enter the site and if at all possible without siblings.  Please do not congregate at the school gates and ensure that social distancing is observed at all times. There will be no entry into buildings for parents but if you do have any concerns or questions, please call or email the school office on 01483 770063 or info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk

Uniform: Your child is now required to wear full school uniform.  We appreciate that it may not be practical to buy new Sythwood uniform for the remaining few weeks of school.  In this instance, grey or black smart trousers and a white, blue or yellow shirt / polo shirt can be worn, which you can then use for secondary school. 

In terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), wearing a face covering or mask in schools is not recommended by the Department for Education (DfE), but if pupils arrive at school wearing a face covering or mask, they may continue to wear it, providing that the face covering or mask is used and maintained in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Disposable face masks are not designed for re-use and must be replaced as soon as they become damp.  Used face masks should be disposed of carefully, in the same way as used tissues.  Re-usable face masks must be washed at the temperature and frequency recommended by the manufacturer.  Home-made face masks are not recommended to be worn in school due to the lack of guidelines on appropriate use and replacement.

Equipment and belongings: In order to reduce the number of belongings entering and leaving school, we ask that your child only brings to school a named water bottle.  All other resources and equipment that they need in school will be clearly labelled and left on their individual desk. 

If your child needs to bring a mobile phone to school with them, your child must enter, wash their hands and put their phone in a clear, zip wallet which will remain on the teacher’s desk until the end of the day.  We will continue to review our mobile phone policy, in line with any government track and trace system.

Behaviour policy: Please see attached with this letter an updated behaviour policy for all children to follow.  Please read through this with your child so that they are clear of the expectations.  In order to ensure the safety of all, if your child is unable to follow the behaviour policy they may be asked to return home and complete their learning at home.   If your child has an EHCP or additional needs, a further risk assessment will be carried out with you and your child around their individual needs.

Suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases in your child’s bubble:

  • If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home and advised to follow government guidance.
  • If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door
  • When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
  • Where a child, young person, or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person, or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

 

Steps we have taken to keep your child, staff and the community as safe as possible:

I understand that deciding whether to send your child back to school is not an easy decision, but I want to reassure that a lot of hard work and planning has taken place to minimise the risk to your child, staff and the community.  A thorough risk assessment has been carried out and will continue to be reviewed.  Here are some of the actions that we have taken based on the risk assessment:

  • Year 6 class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 15 children per bubble
  • Year 6 children will be allocated their own, individual desk
  • Enhanced, deep cleaning by our cleaning company, prior to school reopening
  • Daily cleaning by cleaning company
  • Staff members will regularly wipe down and disinfect commonly touched areas throughout the day
  • Classrooms being used all have sinks in and children will be asked to wash their hands regularly
  • Wherever possible, the same adults to stay with the children in the bubble
  • Children will not see their peers in other bubbles, due to separate classrooms, staggered playtimes and sectioned areas of the playground, staggered entry and exit times
  • Movement around the school is limited and clear signage is used to identify exit and entry points
  • We ask where possible that parents do not use public transport to bring your child to school.  If you need to, please can you inform the main office
  • No whole school assemblies will take place
  • Staff training is taking place on 8th and 9th June to prepare staff for these changes and to be able to support your child to adapt to these changes
  • Please ensure good personal hygiene for your child and wash their clothes at the end of the school day
  • In order to keep everyone safe, some staff may wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), particularly if administering first aid or if they are supporting a child who is ill.  Please share the photo below with your child so that they can get used to seeing staff wearing PPE and that beneath it there are still the same friendly faces!

Kki

 

We are continually reviewing our detailed risk assessment which can be viewed in full on the school website under Children and Families, Covid 19.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school from Monday 8th June.

 

Very best wishes

 

Nicola Matheson

Year 2 Key Worker letter 05.06.2020

5th June 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I wanted to start by apologising for writing to you over half-term, but now we have had confirmation from the government that schools can begin to reopen, I wanted to update you on the return to school details for your child.  Although your child may have been attending school as a key worker or vulnerable child for several months now, due to the wider reopening of school there have been several changes which I wanted to update you on.

We look forward to welcoming your child back from Monday 8th June.  We know that the last few months have been extremely difficult for many families.  We want to support your child as best as possible when they return and in order to do that, we would be grateful if you could please complete and return the attached information form.  (This can be emailed to your child’s class teacher, info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk, or printed and returned.  We will also have some paper copies available for your child to take home on the first day).

 

Further details are below:

Attendance: As your child is currently attending a key worker bubble, the attendance for these sessions is flexible.  Please keep us updated on the sessions you wish your child to attend by either ringing the main office on 01483 770063 or emailing info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk.  If your child is due to attend school for a session and they are unable to attend, please inform the school office by 9am on the morning of your child’s absence.  (You can now report your child’s absence directly via option 1 of the main school number)

For some children, their year group may be returning to school over the next few weeks (year 6 from 10th June, year 1 from 15th June, reception from 22nd June and nursery from 29th June).  If you wish for your child to switch to their year group bubble when it reopens please let us know and we can accommodate this.  (NB: if your child switches to their year group bubble the school day is shorter e.g. 9am – 1pm and they must attend every day).

 

Bubble: Your child will be in a key worker bubble with Year 2 children with Miss Roast or Mr Varley, and Mrs Shanahan. Please note that we will try and keep adults as consistent as possible but changes may take place.

Location: Your child’s classroom will be Larch.

Drop off and collection: Your child will need to enter the main gate at 8:45am and be collected at 3:15pm. Please be on time for drop off and collection to help us maintain social distancing between other bubble drop off and collection times.

Parents on site: For the older children, if possible we ask that parents remain off site and your child walks through the gate independently.  For younger children, please can only one parent enter the site and if at all possible without siblings.  Please do not congregate at the school gates and ensure that social distancing is observed at all times. There will be no entry into buildings for parents but if you do have any concerns or questions, please call or email the school office on 01483 770063 or info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk

Uniform: Your child is now required to wear full school uniform.  We appreciate that it may not be practical to buy new Sythwood uniform for the remaining few weeks of school.  In this instance, grey or black smart trousers and a white, blue or yellow shirt / polo shirt can be worn, which you can then use for secondary school. 

In terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), wearing a face covering or mask in schools is not recommended by the Department for Education (DfE), but if pupils arrive at school wearing a face covering or mask, they may continue to wear it, providing that the face covering or mask is used and maintained in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Disposable face masks are not designed for re-use and must be replaced as soon as they become damp.  Used face masks should be disposed of carefully, in the same way as used tissues.  Re-usable face masks must be washed at the temperature and frequency recommended by the manufacturer.  Home-made face masks are not recommended to be worn in school due to the lack of guidelines on appropriate use and replacement.

Equipment and belongings: In order to reduce the number of belongings entering and leaving school, we ask that your child only brings to school a named water bottle.  All other resources and equipment that they need in school will be clearly labelled and left on their individual desk. 

If your child needs to bring a mobile phone to school with them, your child must enter, wash their hands and put their phone in a clear, zip wallet which will remain on the teacher’s desk until the end of the day.  We will continue to review our mobile phone policy, in line with any government track and trace system.

Behaviour policy: Please see attached with this letter an updated behaviour policy for all children to follow.  Please read through this with your child so that they are clear of the expectations.  In order to ensure the safety of all, if your child is unable to follow the behaviour policy they may be asked to return home and complete their learning at home.   If your child has an EHCP or additional needs, a further risk assessment will be carried out with you and your child around their individual needs.

Suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases in your child’s bubble:

  • If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home and advised to follow government guidance.
  • If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door
  • When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
  • Where a child, young person, or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person, or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

 

Steps we have taken to keep your child, staff and the community as safe as possible:

I understand that deciding whether to send your child back to school is not an easy decision, but I want to reassure that a lot of hard work and planning has taken place to minimise the risk to your child, staff and the community.  A thorough risk assessment has been carried out and will continue to be reviewed.  Here are some of the actions that we have taken based on the risk assessment:

  • Year 6 class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 15 children per bubble
  • Year 6 children will be allocated their own, individual desk
  • Enhanced, deep cleaning by our cleaning company, prior to school reopening
  • Daily cleaning by cleaning company
  • Staff members will regularly wipe down and disinfect commonly touched areas throughout the day
  • Classrooms being used all have sinks in and children will be asked to wash their hands regularly
  • Wherever possible, the same adults to stay with the children in the bubble
  • Children will not see their peers in other bubbles, due to separate classrooms, staggered playtimes and sectioned areas of the playground, staggered entry and exit times
  • Movement around the school is limited and clear signage is used to identify exit and entry points
  • We ask where possible that parents do not use public transport to bring your child to school.  If you need to, please can you inform the main office
  • No whole school assemblies will take place
  • Staff training is taking place on 8th and 9th June to prepare staff for these changes and to be able to support your child to adapt to these changes
  • Please ensure good personal hygiene for your child and wash their clothes at the end of the school day
  • In order to keep everyone safe, some staff may wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), particularly if administering first aid or if they are supporting a child who is ill.  Please share the photo below with your child so that they can get used to seeing staff wearing PPE and that beneath it there are still the same friendly faces!

Kki

 

We are continually reviewing our detailed risk assessment which can be viewed in full on the school website under Children and Families, Covid 19.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school from Monday 8th June.

 

Very best wishes

 

Nicola Matheson

Year 3 & Year 4 Key Worker Letter 05.06.20

Year 4 have been split across two groups so please check which group your child is in. You should have received a letter in an email (please contact the school office if you are unsure)

5th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I wanted to start by apologising for writing to you over half-term, but now we have had confirmation from the government that schools can begin to reopen, I wanted to update you on the return to school details for your child.  Although your child may have been attending school as a key worker or vulnerable child for several months now, due to the wider reopening of school there have been several changes which I wanted to update you on.

We look forward to welcoming your child back from Monday 8th June.  We know that the last few months have been extremely difficult for many families.  We want to support your child as best as possible when they return and in order to do that, we would be grateful if you could please complete and return the attached information form.  (This can be emailed to your child’s class teacher, info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk, or printed and returned.  We will also have some paper copies available for your child to take home on the first day).

 

Further details are below:

Attendance: As your child is currently attending a key worker bubble, the attendance for these sessions is flexible.  Please keep us updated on the sessions you wish your child to attend by either ringing the main office on 01483 770063 or emailing info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk.  If your child is due to attend school for a session and they are unable to attend, please inform the school office by 9am on the morning of your child’s absence.  (You can now report your child’s absence directly via option 1 of the main school number)

For some children, their year group may be returning to school over the next few weeks (year 6 from 10th June, year 1 from 15th June, reception from 22nd June and nursery from 29th June).  If you wish for your child to switch to their year group bubble when it reopens please let us know and we can accommodate this.  (NB: if your child switches to their year group bubble the school day is shorter e.g. 9am – 1pm and they must attend every day).

 

Bubble: Your child will be in a key worker bubble with Year 3 and 4 children with Miss O’Kane or Miss Sullivan, and Miss Sadler. Please note that we will try and keep adults as consistent as possible but changes may take place.

Location: Your child’s classroom will be Rowan.

Drop off and collection: Your child will need to enter the main gate at 8:45am and be collected at 3:15pm. Please be on time for drop off and collection to help us maintain social distancing between other bubble drop off and collection times.

Parents on site: For the older children, if possible we ask that parents remain off site and your child walks through the gate independently.  For younger children, please can only one parent enter the site and if at all possible without siblings.  Please do not congregate at the school gates and ensure that social distancing is observed at all times. There will be no entry into buildings for parents but if you do have any concerns or questions, please call or email the school office on 01483 770063 or info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk

Uniform: Your child is now required to wear full school uniform.  We appreciate that it may not be practical to buy new Sythwood uniform for the remaining few weeks of school.  In this instance, grey or black smart trousers and a white, blue or yellow shirt / polo shirt can be worn, which you can then use for secondary school. 

In terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), wearing a face covering or mask in schools is not recommended by the Department for Education (DfE), but if pupils arrive at school wearing a face covering or mask, they may continue to wear it, providing that the face covering or mask is used and maintained in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Disposable face masks are not designed for re-use and must be replaced as soon as they become damp.  Used face masks should be disposed of carefully, in the same way as used tissues.  Re-usable face masks must be washed at the temperature and frequency recommended by the manufacturer.  Home-made face masks are not recommended to be worn in school due to the lack of guidelines on appropriate use and replacement.

Equipment and belongings: In order to reduce the number of belongings entering and leaving school, we ask that your child only brings to school a named water bottle.  All other resources and equipment that they need in school will be clearly labelled and left on their individual desk. 

If your child needs to bring a mobile phone to school with them, your child must enter, wash their hands and put their phone in a clear, zip wallet which will remain on the teacher’s desk until the end of the day.  We will continue to review our mobile phone policy, in line with any government track and trace system.

Behaviour policy: Please see attached with this letter an updated behaviour policy for all children to follow.  Please read through this with your child so that they are clear of the expectations.  In order to ensure the safety of all, if your child is unable to follow the behaviour policy they may be asked to return home and complete their learning at home.   If your child has an EHCP or additional needs, a further risk assessment will be carried out with you and your child around their individual needs.

Suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases in your child’s bubble:

  • If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home and advised to follow government guidance.
  • If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door
  • When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
  • Where a child, young person, or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person, or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

 

Steps we have taken to keep your child, staff and the community as safe as possible:

I understand that deciding whether to send your child back to school is not an easy decision, but I want to reassure that a lot of hard work and planning has taken place to minimise the risk to your child, staff and the community.  A thorough risk assessment has been carried out and will continue to be reviewed.  Here are some of the actions that we have taken based on the risk assessment:

  • Year 6 class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 15 children per bubble
  • Year 6 children will be allocated their own, individual desk
  • Enhanced, deep cleaning by our cleaning company, prior to school reopening
  • Daily cleaning by cleaning company
  • Staff members will regularly wipe down and disinfect commonly touched areas throughout the day
  • Classrooms being used all have sinks in and children will be asked to wash their hands regularly
  • Wherever possible, the same adults to stay with the children in the bubble
  • Children will not see their peers in other bubbles, due to separate classrooms, staggered playtimes and sectioned areas of the playground, staggered entry and exit times
  • Movement around the school is limited and clear signage is used to identify exit and entry points
  • We ask where possible that parents do not use public transport to bring your child to school.  If you need to, please can you inform the main office
  • No whole school assemblies will take place
  • Staff training is taking place on 8th and 9th June to prepare staff for these changes and to be able to support your child to adapt to these changes
  • Please ensure good personal hygiene for your child and wash their clothes at the end of the school day
  • In order to keep everyone safe, some staff may wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), particularly if administering first aid or if they are supporting a child who is ill.  Please share the photo below with your child so that they can get used to seeing staff wearing PPE and that beneath it there are still the same friendly faces!

Kki

 

We are continually reviewing our detailed risk assessment which can be viewed in full on the school website under Children and Families, Covid 19.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school from Monday 8th June.

 

Very best wishes

Nicola Matheson

Year 4, 5 & 6 Key Worker Letter 05.06.20

Year 4 have been split across two groups so please check which group your child is in. You should have received a letter in an email (please contact the school office if you are unsure)

5th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I wanted to start by apologising for writing to you over half-term, but now we have had confirmation from the government that schools can begin to reopen, I wanted to update you on the return to school details for your child.  Although your child may have been attending school as a key worker or vulnerable child for several months now, due to the wider reopening of school there have been several changes which I wanted to update you on.

We look forward to welcoming your child back from Monday 8th June.  We know that the last few months have been extremely difficult for many families.  We want to support your child as best as possible when they return and in order to do that, we would be grateful if you could please complete and return the attached information form.  (This can be emailed to your child’s class teacher, info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk, or printed and returned.  We will also have some paper copies available for your child to take home on the first day).

 

Further details are below:

Attendance: As your child is currently attending a key worker bubble, the attendance for these sessions is flexible.  Please keep us updated on the sessions you wish your child to attend by either ringing the main office on 01483 770063 or emailing info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk.  If your child is due to attend school for a session and they are unable to attend, please inform the school office by 9am on the morning of your child’s absence.  (You can now report your child’s absence directly via option 1 of the main school number)

For some children, their year group may be returning to school over the next few weeks (year 6 from 10th June, year 1 from 15th June, reception from 22nd June and nursery from 29th June).  If you wish for your child to switch to their year group bubble when it reopens please let us know and we can accommodate this.  (NB: if your child switches to their year group bubble the school day is shorter e.g. 9am – 1pm and they must attend every day).

 

Bubble: Your child will be in a key worker bubble with Year 4, 5 and 6 children with Mrs Green or Mrs Dennis, and Mrs Carver. Please note that we will try and keep adults as consistent as possible but changes may take place.

Location: Your child’s classroom will be Cedar.

Drop off and collection: Your child will need to enter the main gate at 8:45am and be collected at 3:15pm. Please be on time for drop off and collection to help us maintain social distancing between other bubble drop off and collection times.

Parents on site: For the older children, if possible we ask that parents remain off site and your child walks through the gate independently.  For younger children, please can only one parent enter the site and if at all possible without siblings.  Please do not congregate at the school gates and ensure that social distancing is observed at all times. There will be no entry into buildings for parents but if you do have any concerns or questions, please call or email the school office on 01483 770063 or info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk

Uniform: Your child is now required to wear full school uniform.  We appreciate that it may not be practical to buy new Sythwood uniform for the remaining few weeks of school.  In this instance, grey or black smart trousers and a white, blue or yellow shirt / polo shirt can be worn, which you can then use for secondary school. 

In terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), wearing a face covering or mask in schools is not recommended by the Department for Education (DfE), but if pupils arrive at school wearing a face covering or mask, they may continue to wear it, providing that the face covering or mask is used and maintained in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Disposable face masks are not designed for re-use and must be replaced as soon as they become damp.  Used face masks should be disposed of carefully, in the same way as used tissues.  Re-usable face masks must be washed at the temperature and frequency recommended by the manufacturer.  Home-made face masks are not recommended to be worn in school due to the lack of guidelines on appropriate use and replacement.

Equipment and belongings: In order to reduce the number of belongings entering and leaving school, we ask that your child only brings to school a named water bottle.  All other resources and equipment that they need in school will be clearly labelled and left on their individual desk. 

If your child needs to bring a mobile phone to school with them, your child must enter, wash their hands and put their phone in a clear, zip wallet which will remain on the teacher’s desk until the end of the day.  We will continue to review our mobile phone policy, in line with any government track and trace system.

Behaviour policy: Please see attached with this letter an updated behaviour policy for all children to follow.  Please read through this with your child so that they are clear of the expectations.  In order to ensure the safety of all, if your child is unable to follow the behaviour policy they may be asked to return home and complete their learning at home.   If your child has an EHCP or additional needs, a further risk assessment will be carried out with you and your child around their individual needs.

Suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases in your child’s bubble:

  • If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home and advised to follow government guidance.
  • If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door
  • When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
  • Where a child, young person, or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person, or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

 

Steps we have taken to keep your child, staff and the community as safe as possible:

I understand that deciding whether to send your child back to school is not an easy decision, but I want to reassure that a lot of hard work and planning has taken place to minimise the risk to your child, staff and the community.  A thorough risk assessment has been carried out and will continue to be reviewed.  Here are some of the actions that we have taken based on the risk assessment:

  • Year 6 class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 15 children per bubble
  • Year 6 children will be allocated their own, individual desk
  • Enhanced, deep cleaning by our cleaning company, prior to school reopening
  • Daily cleaning by cleaning company
  • Staff members will regularly wipe down and disinfect commonly touched areas throughout the day
  • Classrooms being used all have sinks in and children will be asked to wash their hands regularly
  • Wherever possible, the same adults to stay with the children in the bubble
  • Children will not see their peers in other bubbles, due to separate classrooms, staggered playtimes and sectioned areas of the playground, staggered entry and exit times
  • Movement around the school is limited and clear signage is used to identify exit and entry points
  • We ask where possible that parents do not use public transport to bring your child to school.  If you need to, please can you inform the main office
  • No whole school assemblies will take place
  • Staff training is taking place on 8th and 9th June to prepare staff for these changes and to be able to support your child to adapt to these changes
  • Please ensure good personal hygiene for your child and wash their clothes at the end of the school day
  • In order to keep everyone safe, some staff may wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), particularly if administering first aid or if they are supporting a child who is ill.  Please share the photo below with your child so that they can get used to seeing staff wearing PPE and that beneath it there are still the same friendly faces!

Kki

 

We are continually reviewing our detailed risk assessment which can be viewed in full on the school website under Children and Families, Covid 19.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school from Monday 8th June.

 

Very best wishes

Nicola Matheson

Year 6 (children not returning to School) Letter 05.06.2020

5th June 2020

Dear Year 6 Parents and Carers,

I hope you and your families are well and that you have enjoyed the wonderful weather over half term.

I wanted to write to update you on arrangements for the rest of the summer term.  On the survey sent out before half term, you have indicated that you would not like your child to return to school from Wednesday 10th June.  I wanted to reassure you that whether you send your child back to school or not is parental choice and we fully support whatever decision you make.  Your child’s absence will be authorised and there will be no fine to pay. 

As all year 6 staff will now be teaching in school every day, I wanted to update you on what the home learning offer will look like for your child, as they continue to learn from home.  Firstly, I want to reassure you that we have tried to make sure that the offer for the children learning in school is as similar as possible to the home learning offer.

We have arranged the following:

  • Daily maths activity with answers then uploaded so you and your child can mark their work and go through any misconceptions
  • Daily English activity which we encourage you to upload on to the website, so that our teachers can provide your child with weekly feedback
  • Weekly other learning topic e.g. science or PSHE for you to work through with your child  

We know that the last few months may have been extremely difficult for many families.  If there have been any changes in circumstances for your family or anything we can do to support your child, please do contact your child’s class teacher.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

 

Very best wishes

Nicola Matheson

Year 6 Bubble 1 (Sycamore) Letter 5.6.2020

5th June 2020

Dear Year 6 Parents and Carers,

I wanted to start by apologising for writing to you over half-term, but now we have had confirmation from the government that schools can begin to reopen, I wanted to update you on the return to school details for your child. 

On the survey sent out before half term, you indicated that you would like your child to return to school from Wednesday 10th June and be in a bubble with their Year 6 peers for the rest of the summer term.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school and although school will feel different we have made every effort to make it as safe and happy as possible.  We know that the last few months have been extremely difficult for many families.  We want to support your child as best as possible when they return and in order to do that, we would be grateful if you could please complete and return the attached information form.  (This can be emailed to your child’s class teacher, info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk, or printed and returned.  We will also have some paper copies available for your child to take home on the first day).

 

Further details are below:

Attendance: As you have indicated that you would like your child to return to school, we expect your child to be in school every day, except for if they are unwell or other authorised reasons.  If your child is unable to attend school, please inform the school office by 9am on the morning of your child’s absence.  (You can now report your child’s absence directly via option 1 of the main school number)

Bubble: Your child will be in a bubble with their year 6 peers from Sycamore class with Mrs Dexter and Mr Cummings.

Location: Your child’s classroom will be Hawthorn class (the change in classroom is due to the risk assessment carried out)

Drop off and collection: Your child will need to enter the junior playground gate at 8:30am and be collected at 12:30pm.  Teachers will then meet your child at Hawthorn classroom outside door.  Please try to be as prompt as possible to avoid cross over of children from other bubbles. 

Parents on site: Due to the fact that your child is in year 6, wherever possible we ask that parents remain off site and your child walks through the gate independently.  Please do not congregate at the school gates and ensure social distancing is remained at all times. There will be no entry into buildings for parents but if you do have any concerns or questions, please call or email the school office on 01483 770063 or info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk

Lunch: If you have indicated that you would like your child to collect a cold, take-away lunch, this will be ready for them to bring home with them.

Uniform: Your child is required to wear full school uniform.  We appreciate that it may not be practical to buy new Sythwood uniform for the remaining few weeks of school.  In this instance, grey or black smart trousers and a white, blue or yellow shirt / polo shirt can be worn, which you can then use for secondary school. 

In terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), wearing a face covering or mask in schools is not recommended by the Department for Education (DfE), but if pupils arrive at school wearing a face covering or mask, they may continue to wear it, providing that the face covering or mask is used and maintained in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Disposable face masks are not designed for re-use and must be replaced as soon as they become damp.  Used face masks should be disposed of carefully, in the same way as used tissues.  Re-usable face masks must be washed at the temperature and frequency recommended by the manufacturer.  Home-made face masks are not recommended to be worn in school due to the lack of guidelines on appropriate use and replacement.

 

Equipment and belongings: In order to reduce the number of belongings entering and leaving school, we ask that your child only brings to school a named water bottle.  All other resources and equipment that they need in school will be clearly labelled and left on their individual desk. 

If your child needs to bring a mobile phone to school with them, your child must enter, wash their hands and put their phone in a clear, zip wallet which will remain on the teacher’s desk until the end of the day.  We will continue to review our mobile phone policy, in line with any government track and trace system.

Behaviour policy: Please see attached with this letter an updated behaviour policy for all children to follow.  Please read through this with your child so that they are clear of the expectations.  In order to ensure the safety of all, if your child is unable to follow the behaviour policy, they may be asked to return home and complete their learning at home.   If your child has an EHCP or additional needs, a further risk assessment will be carried out with you and your child around their individual needs.

Learning in school:  We understand that for many children and families, the past few months will have been very challenging and stressful.  Our priority when your child returns is their emotional health and wellbeing.  We will therefore provide opportunities for your child to talk, write and draw about their experiences. 

We will also be preparing them for secondary school with transition work, recapping basic English and maths and carrying out some other enrichment activities. 

Suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases in your child’s bubble:

  • If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home and advised to follow government guidance.
  • If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door
  • When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
  • Where a child, young person, or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person, or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

 

Steps we have taken to keep your child, staff and the community as safe as possible:

I understand that deciding whether to send your child back to school is not an easy decision, but I want to reassure you that a lot of hard work and planning has taken place to minimise the risk to your child, staff and the community.  A thorough risk assessment has been carried out and will continue to be reviewed.  Here are some of the actions that we have taken based on the risk assessment:

  • Year 6 class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 15 children per bubble
  • Year 6 children will be allocated their own, individual desk
  • Enhanced, deep cleaning by our cleaning company, prior to school reopening
  • Daily cleaning by cleaning company
  • Staff members will regularly wipe down and disinfect commonly touched areas throughout the day
  • Classrooms being used all have sinks in and children will be asked to wash their hands regularly
  • Wherever possible, the same adults will stay with the children in the bubble
  • Children will not see their peers in other bubbles, due to separate classrooms, staggered playtimes and sectioned areas of the playground, staggered entry and exit times
  • Movement around the school is limited and clear signage is used to identify exit and entry points
  • We ask where possible that parents do not use public transport to bring your child to school.  If you need to, please can you inform the main office
  • No whole school assemblies will take place
  • Staff training is taking place on 8th and 9th June to prepare staff for these changes and to be able to support your child to adapt to these changes
  • Please ensure good personal hygiene for your child and wash their clothes at the end of the school day
  • In order to keep everyone safe, some staff may wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), particularly if administering first aid or if they are supporting a child who is ill.  Please share the photo below with your child so that they can get used to seeing staff wearing PPE and that beneath it there are still the same friendly faces!

Kki

We are continually reviewing a detailed risk assessment which can be viewed in full on the school website under Children and Families, Covid 19.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school on Wednesday 10th June.

 

Very best wishes

Nicola Matheson

Year 6 bubble 2 (Sequoia) letter 05.06.2020

5th June 2020

Dear Year 6 Parents and Carers,

I wanted to start by apologising for writing to you over half-term, but now we have had confirmation from the government that schools can begin to reopen, I wanted to update you on the return to school details for your child. 

On the survey sent out before half term, you indicated that you would like your child to return to school from Wednesday 10th June and be in a bubble with their Year 6 peers for the rest of the summer term.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school and although school will feel different we have made every effort to make it as safe and happy as possible.  We know that the last few months have been extremely difficult for many families.  We want to support your child as best as possible when they return and in order to do that, we would be grateful if you could please complete and return the attached information form.  (This can be emailed to your child’s class teacher, info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk, or printed and returned.  We will also have some paper copies available for your child to take home on the first day).

 

Further details are below:

Attendance: As you have indicated that you would like your child to return to school, we expect your child to be in school every day, except for if they are unwell or other authorised reasons.  If your child is unable to attend school, please inform the school office by 9am on the morning of your child’s absence.  (You can now report your child’s absence directly via option 1 of the main school number)

Bubble: Your child will be in a bubble with their year 6 peers from Sequoia class with Mrs Grant and Mr Clarke.

Location: Your child’s classroom will be Cypress class (the change in classroom is due to the risk assessment carried out)

Drop off and collection: Your child will need to enter the junior playground gate at 8:45am and be collected at 12:45pm.  Teachers will then meet your child at Cypress classroom outside door.  Please try to be as prompt as possible to avoid cross over of children from other bubbles. 

Parents on site: Due to the fact that your child is in year 6, wherever possible we ask that parents remain off site and your child walks through the gate independently.  Please do not congregate at the school gates and ensure social distancing is remained at all times. There will be no entry into buildings for parents but if you do have any concerns or questions, please call or email the school office on 01483 770063 or info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk

Lunch: If you have indicated that you would like your child to collect a cold, take-away lunch, this will be ready for them to bring home with them.

Uniform: Your child is required to wear full school uniform.  We appreciate that it may not be practical to buy new Sythwood uniform for the remaining few weeks of school.  In this instance, grey or black smart trousers and a white, blue or yellow shirt / polo shirt can be worn, which you can then use for secondary school. 

In terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), wearing a face covering or mask in schools is not recommended by the Department for Education (DfE), but if pupils arrive at school wearing a face covering or mask, they may continue to wear it, providing that the face covering or mask is used and maintained in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Disposable face masks are not designed for re-use and must be replaced as soon as they become damp.  Used face masks should be disposed of carefully, in the same way as used tissues.  Re-usable face masks must be washed at the temperature and frequency recommended by the manufacturer.  Home-made face masks are not recommended to be worn in school due to the lack of guidelines on appropriate use and replacement.

 

Equipment and belongings: In order to reduce the number of belongings entering and leaving school, we ask that your child only brings to school a named water bottle.  All other resources and equipment that they need in school will be clearly labelled and left on their individual desk. 

If your child needs to bring a mobile phone to school with them, your child must enter, wash their hands and put their phone in a clear, zip wallet which will remain on the teacher’s desk until the end of the day.  We will continue to review our mobile phone policy, in line with any government track and trace system.

Behaviour policy: Please see attached with this letter an updated behaviour policy for all children to follow.  Please read through this with your child so that they are clear of the expectations.  In order to ensure the safety of all, if your child is unable to follow the behaviour policy, they may be asked to return home and complete their learning at home.   If your child has an EHCP or additional needs, a further risk assessment will be carried out with you and your child around their individual needs.

Learning in school:  We understand that for many children and families, the past few months will have been very challenging and stressful.  Our priority when your child returns is their emotional health and wellbeing.  We will therefore provide opportunities for your child to talk, write and draw about their experiences. 

We will also be preparing them for secondary school with transition work, recapping basic English and maths and carrying out some other enrichment activities. 

Suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases in your child’s bubble:

  • If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home and advised to follow government guidance.
  • If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door
  • When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
  • Where a child, young person, or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person, or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

 

Steps we have taken to keep your child, staff and the community as safe as possible:

I understand that deciding whether to send your child back to school is not an easy decision, but I want to reassure you that a lot of hard work and planning has taken place to minimise the risk to your child, staff and the community.  A thorough risk assessment has been carried out and will continue to be reviewed.  Here are some of the actions that we have taken based on the risk assessment:

  • Year 6 class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 15 children per bubble
  • Year 6 children will be allocated their own, individual desk
  • Enhanced, deep cleaning by our cleaning company, prior to school reopening
  • Daily cleaning by cleaning company
  • Staff members will regularly wipe down and disinfect commonly touched areas throughout the day
  • Classrooms being used all have sinks in and children will be asked to wash their hands regularly
  • Wherever possible, the same adults will stay with the children in the bubble
  • Children will not see their peers in other bubbles, due to separate classrooms, staggered playtimes and sectioned areas of the playground, staggered entry and exit times
  • Movement around the school is limited and clear signage is used to identify exit and entry points
  • We ask where possible that parents do not use public transport to bring your child to school.  If you need to, please can you inform the main office
  • No whole school assemblies will take place
  • Staff training is taking place on 8th and 9th June to prepare staff for these changes and to be able to support your child to adapt to these changes
  • Please ensure good personal hygiene for your child and wash their clothes at the end of the school day
  • In order to keep everyone safe, some staff may wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), particularly if administering first aid or if they are supporting a child who is ill.  Please share the photo below with your child so that they can get used to seeing staff wearing PPE and that beneath it there are still the same friendly faces!

Kki

 

We are continually reviewing a detailed risk assessment which can be viewed in full on the school website under Children and Families, Covid 19.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school on Wednesday 10th June.

 

Very best wishes

Nicola Matheson

Year 6 Bubble 3 (Magnolia) letter 05.06.2020

5th June 2020

Dear Year 6 Parents and Carers,

I wanted to start by apologising for writing to you over half-term, but now we have had confirmation from the government that schools can begin to reopen, I wanted to update you on the return to school details for your child. 

On the survey sent out before half term, you indicated that you would like your child to return to school from Wednesday 10th June and be in a bubble with their Year 6 peers for the rest of the summer term.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school and although school will feel different we have made every effort to make it as safe and happy as possible.  We know that the last few months have been extremely difficult for many families.  We want to support your child as best as possible when they return and in order to do that, we would be grateful if you could please complete and return the attached information form.  (This can be emailed to your child’s class teacher, info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk, or printed and returned.  We will also have some paper copies available for your child to take home on the first day).

 

Further details are below:

Attendance: As you have indicated that you would like your child to return to school, we expect your child to be in school every day, except for if they are unwell or other authorised reasons.  If your child is unable to attend school, please inform the school office by 9am on the morning of your child’s absence.  (You can now report your child’s absence directly via option 1 of the main school number)

Bubble: Your child will be in a bubble with their year 6 peers from Magnolia class with Miss Hutchinson and Mrs Wheeler.

Location: Your child’s classroom will be Lime class (the change in classroom is due to the risk assessment carried out)

Drop off and collection: Your child will need to enter the junior playground gate at 9:00am and be collected at 1:00pm.  Teachers will then meet your child at Lime classroom outside door.  Please try to be as prompt as possible to avoid cross over of children from other bubbles. 

Parents on site: Due to the fact that your child is in year 6, wherever possible we ask that parents remain off site and your child walks through the gate independently.  Please do not congregate at the school gates and ensure social distancing is remained at all times. There will be no entry into buildings for parents but if you do have any concerns or questions, please call or email the school office on 01483 770063 or info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk

Lunch: If you have indicated that you would like your child to collect a cold, take-away lunch, this will be ready for them to bring home with them.

Uniform: Your child is required to wear full school uniform.  We appreciate that it may not be practical to buy new Sythwood uniform for the remaining few weeks of school.  In this instance, grey or black smart trousers and a white, blue or yellow shirt / polo shirt can be worn, which you can then use for secondary school. 

In terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), wearing a face covering or mask in schools is not recommended by the Department for Education (DfE), but if pupils arrive at school wearing a face covering or mask, they may continue to wear it, providing that the face covering or mask is used and maintained in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Disposable face masks are not designed for re-use and must be replaced as soon as they become damp.  Used face masks should be disposed of carefully, in the same way as used tissues.  Re-usable face masks must be washed at the temperature and frequency recommended by the manufacturer.  Home-made face masks are not recommended to be worn in school due to the lack of guidelines on appropriate use and replacement.

 

Equipment and belongings: In order to reduce the number of belongings entering and leaving school, we ask that your child only brings to school a named water bottle.  All other resources and equipment that they need in school will be clearly labelled and left on their individual desk. 

If your child needs to bring a mobile phone to school with them, your child must enter, wash their hands and put their phone in a clear, zip wallet which will remain on the teacher’s desk until the end of the day.  We will continue to review our mobile phone policy, in line with any government track and trace system.

Behaviour policy: Please see attached with this letter an updated behaviour policy for all children to follow.  Please read through this with your child so that they are clear of the expectations.  In order to ensure the safety of all, if your child is unable to follow the behaviour policy, they may be asked to return home and complete their learning at home.   If your child has an EHCP or additional needs, a further risk assessment will be carried out with you and your child around their individual needs.

Learning in school:  We understand that for many children and families, the past few months will have been very challenging and stressful.  Our priority when your child returns is their emotional health and wellbeing.  We will therefore provide opportunities for your child to talk, write and draw about their experiences. 

We will also be preparing them for secondary school with transition work, recapping basic English and maths and carrying out some other enrichment activities. 

Suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases in your child’s bubble:

  • If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home and advised to follow government guidance.
  • If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door
  • When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
  • Where a child, young person, or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person, or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

 

Steps we have taken to keep your child, staff and the community as safe as possible:

I understand that deciding whether to send your child back to school is not an easy decision, but I want to reassure you that a lot of hard work and planning has taken place to minimise the risk to your child, staff and the community.  A thorough risk assessment has been carried out and will continue to be reviewed.  Here are some of the actions that we have taken based on the risk assessment:

  • Year 6 class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 15 children per bubble
  • Year 6 children will be allocated their own, individual desk
  • Enhanced, deep cleaning by our cleaning company, prior to school reopening
  • Daily cleaning by cleaning company
  • Staff members will regularly wipe down and disinfect commonly touched areas throughout the day
  • Classrooms being used all have sinks in and children will be asked to wash their hands regularly
  • Wherever possible, the same adults will stay with the children in the bubble
  • Children will not see their peers in other bubbles, due to separate classrooms, staggered playtimes and sectioned areas of the playground, staggered entry and exit times
  • Movement around the school is limited and clear signage is used to identify exit and entry points
  • We ask where possible that parents do not use public transport to bring your child to school.  If you need to, please can you inform the main office
  • No whole school assemblies will take place
  • Staff training is taking place on 8th and 9th June to prepare staff for these changes and to be able to support your child to adapt to these changes
  • Please ensure good personal hygiene for your child and wash their clothes at the end of the school day
  • In order to keep everyone safe, some staff may wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), particularly if administering first aid or if they are supporting a child who is ill.  Please share the photo below with your child so that they can get used to seeing staff wearing PPE and that beneath it there are still the same friendly faces!

 

Kki

 

We are continually reviewing a detailed risk assessment which can be viewed in full on the school website under Children and Families, Covid 19.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school on Wednesday 10th June.

 

Very best wishes

Nicola Matheson

Year 6 Bubble 4 (Mrs Walsh's group) letter 05.06.2020

5th June 2020

Dear Year 6 Parents and Carers,

I wanted to start by apologising for writing to you over half-term, but now we have had confirmation from the government that schools can begin to reopen, I wanted to update you on the return to school details for your child. 

On the survey sent out before half term, you indicated that you would like your child to return to school from Wednesday 10th June and be in a bubble with their Year 6 peers for the rest of the summer term.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school and although school will feel different we have made every effort to make it as safe and happy as possible.  We know that the last few months have been extremely difficult for many families.  We want to support your child as best as possible when they return and in order to do that, we would be grateful if you could please complete and return the attached information form.  (This can be emailed to your child’s class teacher, info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk, or printed and returned.  We will also have some paper copies available for your child to take home on the first day).

 

Further details are below:

Attendance: As you have indicated that you would like your child to return to school, we expect your child to be in school every day, except for if they are unwell or other authorised reasons.  If your child is unable to attend school, please inform the school office by 9am on the morning of your child’s absence.  (You can now report your child’s absence directly via option 1 of the main school number)

Bubble: Your child will be in a bubble with their year 6 peers with Miss Walsh and Mrs Lishoy.

Location: Your child’s classroom will be Pine class (the change in classroom is due to the risk assessment carried out)

Drop off and collection: Your child will need to enter the junior playground gate at 8:45am and be collected at 12:45pm.  Teachers will then meet your child at Pine classroom outside door.  Please try to be as prompt as possible to avoid cross over of children from other bubbles. 

Parents on site: Due to the fact that your child is in year 6, wherever possible we ask that parents remain off site and your child walks through the gate independently.  Please do not congregate at the school gates and ensure social distancing is remained at all times. There will be no entry into buildings for parents but if you do have any concerns or questions, please call or email the school office on 01483 770063 or info@sythwood.surrey.sch.uk

Lunch: If you have indicated that you would like your child to collect a cold, take-away lunch, this will be ready for them to bring home with them.

Uniform: Your child is required to wear full school uniform.  We appreciate that it may not be practical to buy new Sythwood uniform for the remaining few weeks of school.  In this instance, grey or black smart trousers and a white, blue or yellow shirt / polo shirt can be worn, which you can then use for secondary school. 

In terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), wearing a face covering or mask in schools is not recommended by the Department for Education (DfE), but if pupils arrive at school wearing a face covering or mask, they may continue to wear it, providing that the face covering or mask is used and maintained in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Disposable face masks are not designed for re-use and must be replaced as soon as they become damp.  Used face masks should be disposed of carefully, in the same way as used tissues.  Re-usable face masks must be washed at the temperature and frequency recommended by the manufacturer.  Home-made face masks are not recommended to be worn in school due to the lack of guidelines on appropriate use and replacement.

 

Equipment and belongings: In order to reduce the number of belongings entering and leaving school, we ask that your child only brings to school a named water bottle.  All other resources and equipment that they need in school will be clearly labelled and left on their individual desk. 

If your child needs to bring a mobile phone to school with them, your child must enter, wash their hands and put their phone in a clear, zip wallet which will remain on the teacher’s desk until the end of the day.  We will continue to review our mobile phone policy, in line with any government track and trace system.

Behaviour policy: Please see attached with this letter an updated behaviour policy for all children to follow.  Please read through this with your child so that they are clear of the expectations.  In order to ensure the safety of all, if your child is unable to follow the behaviour policy, they may be asked to return home and complete their learning at home.   If your child has an EHCP or additional needs, a further risk assessment will be carried out with you and your child around their individual needs.

Learning in school:  We understand that for many children and families, the past few months will have been very challenging and stressful.  Our priority when your child returns is their emotional health and wellbeing.  We will therefore provide opportunities for your child to talk, write and draw about their experiences. 

We will also be preparing them for secondary school with transition work, recapping basic English and maths and carrying out some other enrichment activities. 

Suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases in your child’s bubble:

  • If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home and advised to follow government guidance.
  • If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door
  • When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
  • Where a child, young person, or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person, or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

 

Steps we have taken to keep your child, staff and the community as safe as possible:

I understand that deciding whether to send your child back to school is not an easy decision, but I want to reassure you that a lot of hard work and planning has taken place to minimise the risk to your child, staff and the community.  A thorough risk assessment has been carried out and will continue to be reviewed.  Here are some of the actions that we have taken based on the risk assessment:

  • Year 6 class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 15 children per bubble
  • Year 6 children will be allocated their own, individual desk
  • Enhanced, deep cleaning by our cleaning company, prior to school reopening
  • Daily cleaning by cleaning company
  • Staff members will regularly wipe down and disinfect commonly touched areas throughout the day
  • Classrooms being used all have sinks in and children will be asked to wash their hands regularly
  • Wherever possible, the same adults will stay with the children in the bubble
  • Children will not see their peers in other bubbles, due to separate classrooms, staggered playtimes and sectioned areas of the playground, staggered entry and exit times
  • Movement around the school is limited and clear signage is used to identify exit and entry points
  • We ask where possible that parents do not use public transport to bring your child to school.  If you need to, please can you inform the main office
  • No whole school assemblies will take place
  • Staff training is taking place on 8th and 9th June to prepare staff for these changes and to be able to support your child to adapt to these changes
  • Please ensure good personal hygiene for your child and wash their clothes at the end of the school day
  • In order to keep everyone safe, some staff may wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), particularly if administering first aid or if they are supporting a child who is ill.  Please share the photo below with your child so that they can get used to seeing staff wearing PPE and that beneath it there are still the same friendly faces!

 

Kki

 

We are continually reviewing a detailed risk assessment which can be viewed in full on the school website under Children and Families, Covid 19.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  We really look forward to welcoming your child back to school on Wednesday 10th June.

 

Very best wishes

Nicola Matheson

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