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SCHOOL OPENING September 2020:
Insha'Allah our school will be re-opening its doors to the pupils on Monday 7th September.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the school with an emphasis on social distancing and a safe & happy environment!
Reception - 8.45am to 3.10pm
Yrs 1 & 2 - 8.45am to 3.10pm
Yrs 3 to 6 - 8.40am to 3.20pm
Please can all parents wait outside the school playground gates on Merthyr Street whilst dropping and picking up your child/children. To ensure the safety of yourselves and others, please observe social distancing.
PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES TO MINIMISE RISK
In order to re-open to all year groups in the safest way, the government and Public Health Wales have set out a series of measures we should implement. These measures fall into one of two categories; limiting contact between pupils and implementing hygiene measures.
The essential measures we will be implementing include:
- A requirement that children who are ill stay at home. If anyone else in the household is ill you must immediately inform the school and your child needs to self-isolate at home.
- Thoroughly and frequently washing hands
- Coughing into the crease of your elbow
- Sneezing into a tissue and putting it in the bin before washing your hands (catch it, bin it, kill it).
- Enhanced cleaning arrangements
- Formal consideration of how to reduce contact, maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable
At CMPS we are planning on reducing contact in the following ways:
- Grouping children together in class group bubbles
- Avoiding contact between different year groups or bubbles
- Arranging Year 3 – Year 6 classrooms with forward facing desks
- Asking staff to maintain distance from pupils not in their bubble and from other staff in school as much as possible
- No salah in school, except Years 5&6 who will be required to bring in their own travel prayer mats which will be labelled and kept in school. All other children will need to perform Dhuhr salah at home.
- Break and Lunch time will be staggered
- Limited number of children allowed to visit the toilet at one time
- Allocated spaces in the playground
Essentials your child needs to bring to school
- A small bottle of anti-bacterial hand gel, labelled with their name and class (optional)
- A packed lunch in a bag, labelled with their name and class
- A healthy snack for morning break and one for the afternoon break
- A water bottle clearly labelled with their name and class
- A pencil case with essential stationery (pencil, eraser, sharpener, ruler)
CLASS AND YEAR GROUP BUBBLES
As you will know, the Government have acknowledged that unlike older children and adults, primary age children cannot be expected to socially distance and therefore primary schools have been asked to reduce contact between children. We are also proposing that our year groups start school and finish school at different times.
Parents will not be allowed into the school building or playground to drop or collect children. All parents will have to line up outside the gates on Merthyr Street ensuring social distance is being maintained between families. This is to limit congestion at the start and end of the day and support social/physical distancing requirements. The children will have staggered playtimes and staggered lunchtimes.
As we return to school in September 2020, many of our children will have been out of school for a little over 5 months. As such, our curriculum will need to be responsive and precisely focused to address gaps in learning. Our curriculum delivery will be underpinned by three core principles:
- Strong, purposeful teaching that maximises learning time;
- Well-planned, targeted schemes of work supported by excellent assessment for learning;
- High quality welfare and pastoral systems (daily Personal Development and Well-being teaching)
We remain committed to ensuring our children progress socially, emotionally and academically through well-taught, progressive curriculum content. We understand that children make good progress across the curriculum and in individual subject disciplines when we build on what they already know and what they can already do. As we recover from the prolonged absence, we will prioritise learning in the following subjects:
- English (communication, speaking and listening, phonics, reading, writing including handwriting).
- Maths (arithmetic, reasoning and problem solving).
- Personal Development and Well-Being.
- Physical Education
- Qur’an/Arabic/Islamic Studies
Other curriculum areas will also be taught and where possible, will be taught through the subjects identified.
All children are expected to bring a packed lunch from home. There are no food heating facilities in school. Children will be eating their lunch in the classrooms then go out for half an hour play.
EXTRA CURRICULAR PROVISION
In order to carry out the protected measures outlined by the Government to limit contact and maximise social distancing, we have taken the decision that there will be no extra-curricular clubs at the beginning and end of the school day during the Autumn term.
When children return to school in September we kindly ask that they return wearing their school uniform. The usual rules on school attendance will apply including:
- parents’ duty to ensure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;
- parents’ duty to inform school on the first day of absence the reason for the absence; this is all the more important in the current climate;
- schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
We would ask that you do not send your child to school if they become unwell, especially if they or a member of their household has symptoms of the coronavirus. These are:
- A high temperature (more than 37.8C)
- Continuous cough
- Loss of smell and taste
As per the usual school policy, I would like to remind you also not to send your child into school if they have a stomach ache resulting in vomiting or diarrhoea. In this case the child must stay home for 48 hours after their last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea.
We also ask that you limit the amount of equipment your child brings into school each day to essentials, such as lunch boxes, sun hats, coats, books and a water bottle clearly labelled with their name.
Please be assured that our number one priority remains the children’s wellbeing. We appreciate that the coronavirus outbreak may have caused significant wellbeing difficulties for some children and we want to be able to support them on their return to school. Their assigned teaching staff are committed to doing this. If your child is worrying about coming back to school, you could;
- talk to your child in a positive way about school, seeing friends and teachers again.
- help them to understand how social distancing works and make sure they can wash their hands properly themselves.
- let them know that school may seem a bit different, but their teachers are doing everything to make sure that it is safe.
All schools are going through uncertain times and we are preparing to the best of our ability to keep your child safe and happy in our school. I would like to reassure you that the staff and management have worked tirelessly to ensure the children return to a safe and happy environment. We are all looking forward to the return of the children in our school. As this is all new to us as well, we will review our operational procedures on a weekly basis in sha’ Allah, so some of the guidelines set above may be subject to change. We appreciate your support and patience in this matter.
If you have any questions about what will be happening for your child when they return to school, then please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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