As I am sure you all know from September 3rd 2020 Ferrars Junior School will be open for all children. This letter outlines the changes and expectations that will be in place for the foreseeable future. Our main aim is to keep your children, yourselves and the staff as safe as possible whilst acknowledging that we need to be “providing a full educational experience for all children.” We have closely followed the advice given by the government in the document “Guidance for full opening:schools” they have also produce a document aimed at parents and carers which can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term
It is very important that you read all the information contained within this document and that we work together as a community to support our children returning to school.
What should we do on our way to and from school?
If appropriate Year 5 and Year 6 children should make their own way to and from school although we realise that this is not always possible or desirable. If Year 5 or Year 6 children are accompanied by an adult in the morning then they must be left at the entrance to the school site only Ferrars Junior School Children should enter the site in the morning. Year 3 and Year 4 children must be accompanied to and from the school gate by a responsible person (If this is a sibling then they must be in Year 7 or above). There will be a member of staff at each entrance to the school site to ensure that only Ferrars Junior School children enter the school site. Apart from with their siblings, children should, wherever possible, avoid coming to school with children from another year group and they should try to avoid using public transport.
How will the children be grouped in school?
The children will be grouped in year group ‘bubbles’ and wherever possible year groups will not mix during the school day.
What happens at the beginning of the day?
With the exception of the first day, when arrangements for Year 3 will be different, children should arrive at school between 8:45 and 9:00. Each year group will have its own separate entrance to the school site and there will be clear signs indicating this. If you have children in two different year groups then the 15 minutes arrival window will provide enough time to drop them off at the different entrances.
There will be an adult at each entrance to welcome the children and parents must not enter the school site. Only Ferrars Junior School children will be allowed on site. The children will make their way onto the playground where there will be adults to meet them and direct them to one of four designated areas one for each year group. Children will remain on the playground in their year group until one of the adults instructs them to enter the school. At 9:00 a whistle will sound and Year 3 and Year 5 will enter school. In single file.
At 9:05 a whistle will sound and Year 4 and Year 6 will enter school in single file.
As the children enter the classroom they will sanitise their hands thoroughly supervised by an adult.
What are the arrangements for Year 3 on the first day in September?
Thursday September 3rd will be the first day at Ferrars Junior School for our Year 3 children so arrangements will be different
What happens at the end of the day?
At 3:05 Year 5 and Year 6 children who are walking home alone will leave the school site. If they are to be accompanied home by a responsible person then that person must wait for them off site.
If a child in Year 5 or Year 6 has a sibling in Year 3 or Year 4 they will not be dismissed at 3:05 but will remain in school so that they can walk home with their sibling and a responsible person.
All Year 3 and Year 4 children must be collected from the playground by a responsible person if this is a sibling they must be in Year 7 or above. From 3:15 the person collecting the Year 3 or Year 4 child may enter the site from any of the entrances. Please do not enter the site before 3:15. There will be a designated area for you to wait so that year 3 and Year 4 can stay in their ‘bubbles’ (an adult will be there to direct you). Children will exit the school at 3:20 led by an adult
Once the children have been collected any Year 5 or Year 6 sibling will join them and leave the school site.
What will the classroom be like?
Desks will be facing the interactive white board and the children will be sitting side by side. The school will provide every child with a pencil case and all the stationery they will need. Please do not send any stationery items into school. Children can bring a school bag with their P.E. kit, packed lunch (if they are not having a lunch provided by school), healthy snack and named water bottle (this is essential as cups will not be provided for children to drink out of). P.E. kit should be brought into school on Monday and taken home on Friday to be washed.
Education and care will take place as normally as possible in each classroom. Children will regularly sanitise their hands throughout the day. The classroom surfaces will be sanitised while the children are having their lunch. Each classroom has a lidded bin to promote the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it approach.
What will break time be like?
Break times will be staggered so that we can keep the children in their ‘bubbles’. The playground will be divided into two separate zones to accommodate two year group ‘bubbles’ at a time.
At the end of break children will line up in classes and lead in in single file.
What will lunch time be like?
For those who want it we will be offering a cooked meal from the first day of school. The menu will be on the school web site as usual so that you can help your child choose what they would like. The cost of school lunch is £2.10 per day or £10.50 per week and must be paid in advance. Each Year group will eat in the school hall at separate times and the tables and seats will be sanitised after each sitting. Once in the hall the children will line up in three lines red, yellow and green depending on what they have chosen. There will be no water or cups (a named water bottle is essential and must be brought into the hall when they come for lunch) on the table and cutlery will be given to them individually.
What about going to the toilet?
Each year group has its own allocated toilets one for girls and one for boys and these will be clearly labelled. Teachers will endeavour to make sure that only one person is in the toilet at any given time. Children will be encouraged to wash their hands after they have been to the toilet. An adult will also supervise hand sanitising once they have returned to the classroom.
Will the children be going swimming?
There will be no swimming for any year group during the first term. This is not only as a result of the current pandemic but also due to the fact that the swimming pool we normally use has closed. We will reassess the situation before the start of next term.
Will the curriculum be different?
There will be a few alterations but we will make sure that we follow the advice from the government (see below). In September you will be given more information.
“For pupils in key stages 1 and 2, school leaders are expected to prioritise identifying gaps and re-establish good progress in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics), identifying opportunities across the curriculum so they read widely, and developing their knowledge and vocabulary. The curriculum should remain broad, so that the majority of pupils are taught a full range of subjects over the year, including sciences, humanities, the arts, physical education/sport, religious education and relationships and health education.”
What about interventions?
Small group and individual interventions will continue to take place with a separate location for each year group.
Will there be a breakfast club?
Breakfast Club will start on Monday 7th September at 8:15. We must be informed at least one day in advance if you would like your child to attend, unlike before, we cannot let children just turn up unannounced on the morning. If you wish your child to attend please contact the office to provide them with your details. Children will enter school via the main entrance gate and reception and make their way directly to the hall where they will sit at a table with other members of their year group. They will remain seated and their breakfast will be brought to them. Once their class has arrived in the classroom they will be sent to join them. The cost of Breakfast Club remains at £1.00.
Will there be whole school assemblies?
Each year group will have one separate assembly per week to celebrate achievements.
Will there be after school activities?
At the beginning of term there will be no after school activities but we are hoping to start a reduced programme for individual year groups as soon as possible.
Does my child need to wear school uniform?
All children are expected to wear school uniform and school P.E. Kit. Details can be found on the school web site https://www.ferrars.org.uk/uniform-and-equipment/
Does my child have to come to school?
Unless advised otherwise all children are expected to return to school on Thursday 3rd September.
What if I need to speak to a teacher or other member of staff?
Initial contact should be by telephone through the school administration team. The teacher or member of staff will then respond to your request within 24 hours.
What if my child is late for school?
It is more important than ever that children arrive at school on time, not only because being late impacts negatively on their learning, but also it helps us make sure that they arrive and enter school with the rest of their ‘bubble’. If your child is late they should enter school via Reception so that their lateness can be recorded. They will then make their way to the classroom.
What should I do if my child or someone in my household has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms?
You should not send your child to school and they or the member of the household should be tested. Anyone who tests positive should self-isolate for 7 days. Other members of the household should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
What happens if my child develops symptoms whilst they are at school?
You will be asked to collect your child immediately and have them tested. We will help you with this process. You must then inform us immediately once you have the results. If the test is positive then we will be guided by the local Public Health England health protection team as to what action should be taken.
What happens if another child in the same bubble as mine develops symptoms?
Parents will not be informed if another child within the bubble displays symptoms. All children will continue to attend school unless they develop symptoms. If the child displaying symptoms tests positive then we will be guided by the local Public Health England health protection team as to what action should be taken.
Kevin Rae MEd. BA. Cert Ed.
Ferrars Junior School
Tel: 01582 574933