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Welcome to Crompton Primary!

Tuesday 25th August 2020

Dear Parents,

Back to school next week

I hope you have all had a restful Summer break. As we are fast approaching the beginning of a new school year, I wanted to share our plans for September again. I sent out a letter at the end of the last academic year outlining what school would look like in September and thought it would be helpful to send again as a reminder.

As you know, the Government closed schools on 20th March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Crompton Primary School remained open throughout the lockdown period for our key worker and vulnerable children. School also opened for Year 6 from 2nd June, Reception and Year 1 the following week, and recently to our Year 5 pupils. We also provided lots of home learning opportunities to all children.

By now I am sure you will have heard that the Government expects all children to return to school in September. The staff and I are looking forward to this return, as the months of lockdown have been as frustrating for us as I know they have been for you. It will be lovely to welcome all of the children back as we have missed those who have remained at home.

The Government has set out detailed guidance for school leaders so we can put proportionate protective measures in place for children and staff. By putting certain controls in place (these are explained below) we aim to reduce the number of contacts that the pupils have during the school day. A detailed risk assessment has been carried out and Crompton Primary School will be open for all pupils from Wednesday 2nd September.

What will the focus be from September?

• The school site, building and procedures are adapted to reflect the latest safety guidelines.

• Children and staff have positive mental health and well-being following the Covid-19 crisis.

• Gaps in children’s learning are addressed and that resources and interventions are implemented in the most effective way.

What will school look like?

Crompton Primary School will look and feel slightly different to your school before the pandemic.

All children will stay within their own classrooms. Each class will be a ‘Bubble’ and where possible there will be little or no contact between the Bubbles. Your child will come into contact with only a limited number of adults. Nursery and Reception will create an EYFS ‘Bubble’.

Which entrances should we use and what time should we arrive?

School will continue to operate a one-way system; in through the gate where the main school entrance is situated and out through the double gates at the top of the large playground. To reduce congestion on site, we ask that you follow a one parent / adult policy.

Nursery

Pupils in Nursery will be taught by Mrs. Finn and Miss Carfoot in the Nursery classroom.

Entrance/Exit through the door on the Nursery / Reception playground.

Children who are picked up/dropped off at lunch and who go home at 2.45pm, will use the main entrance to school.

Arrive 8.45am. Collect 3.15pm (for full time children) – you will have been given individual start dates and times for week one. Please follow these.

Reception

Pupils in Reception will be taught by Mrs. Biggs in the Reception classroom.

Entrance through the door on the Nursery / Reception playground.

Exit through the door on the small playground

Arrive 8.55am. Collect 3.10pm

Year 1

Pupils in Year 1 will be taught by Mrs Aguiar in the Year 1 classroom.

Entrance/ Exit through the door at he rear of the Year 1 classroom.

Arrive 8.45am. Collect 3.00pm

Year 2

Pupils in Year 2 will be taught by Mrs Hindley in the Year 2 classroom.

Entrance/ Exit through the hall door under the canopy

Arrive 8.55am. Collect 3.10pm

Year 3

Pupils in Year 3 will be taught by Miss Rimmer in the Year 3 classroom.

Entrance – the children will walk down the side of the school building (to the right of the main entrance) and will go in through the door on the small playground. Parents should then continue around the building, past the Early Years playground and out through the top gate on the large playground.

Exit – the children will be brought to the meeting point on the large playground to be collected.

Arrive 9.05am. Collect 3.20pm

Year 4

Pupils in Year 4 will be taught by Mr Ahmad in the Year 4 classroom.

Entrance – they will walk down the side of the school building (to the right of the main entrance) and will go in through the door on the small playground. Parents should then continue around the building, past the Early Years playground and out through the top gate on the large playground.

Exit – the children will be brought to the meeting point on the large playground to be collected

Arrive 9.15am. Collect 3.30pm

Year 5

Pupils in Year 5 will be taught by Mr Crossley in the Year 5 classroom.

Entrance/ Exit through the door at the rear of the classroom (children will make their own way down the side of the school building to the right of the main entrance).

Exit – the children will be brought to the meeting point on the large playground to be collected. Children who have permission to walk home will be released from this point.

Arrive 9.05am. Collect 3.20pm

Year 6

Pupils in Year 6 will be taught by Miss Sprawling in the Year 6 classroom.

Entrance/ Exit through the door at the rear of the classroom (children will make their own way down the side of the school building to the right of the main entrance).

Exit – the children will be brought to the meeting point on the large playground to be collected. Children who have permission to walk home will be released from this point.

Arrive 9.15am. Collect 3.30pm

KS2 - We request that parents / carers respect social distancing guidelines while waiting to collect their child.

What do we ask of parents bringing pupils to school?

Only one parent/adult to bring pupils to school. Teachers and teaching assistants will meet the pupils at the gate or door. Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will follow the path round to the left of the school building from the main entrance, Years 3-6 will go to the right of the main entrance and walk down the path to the rear of the school.

Children from the same family but in different groups must be dropped off/picked up at the earlier/later time. Please choose a drop off time from one of your children’s classes and drop all children off at the same time through their appropriate entrance. The classrooms will be staffed earlier and later than usual to accommodate this.

Urgent messages only to be passed onto staff at drop off, please ring or e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with anything non-urgent. Parents who wish to speak to a teacher should telephone school and an appointment will be made for the teacher to call back. No face-to-face meetings will take place.

What will my classroom look like?

• Desks will all be facing the front with 2 pupils per desk sitting side by side. Reception classroom will still be set up as an early year’s classroom in order to deliver the Early Year’s curriculum. Movement around the classroom will be limited as much as possible.

• Classrooms will be well ventilated and internal doors open.

• Each child will have their own pen/pencil but resources can be used and shared within the individual Bubbles. Any shared resources across the school will be thoroughly cleaned between uses.

What hand washing is in place?

• Soap dispensers have been placed in all sinks in school.

• There will be an automatic pump hand sanitiser in every classroom and children will use the hand sanitiser as they come into school in the morning. The sanitiser used will be alcohol free.

• Children will be washing their hands more than usual.

• We will aim to promote good respiratory hygiene and will be displaying ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ posters around school, as well as talking to the children.

• Each class will have its own supply of tissues and a lidded bin to dispose of waste.

What will the curriculum look like?

• We will be returning to a school timetable, curriculum or teaching style that was in a place prior to school closure. Homework/home reading will also be set.

  • There will be an emphasis on reading and phonics. Please bear with us until we have had time to properly assess which level your child is reading at so we can give them the appropriate reading book.
  • Outdoor learning will be incorporated where practical and possible, remaining in one single Bubble only.

What should pupils wear?

• The children will need to come in their full school uniform, including black school shoes.

• P.E. kit should be brought into school and taken home after each use. All P.E. lessons will take place either in the school hall or outside so as the weather gets cooler the children will need tracksuits and trainers. Please see the school website for further details on uniform.

What will pupils need to bring with them?

• Book bags can be brought into school.

• Reading books will be changed. We will be sending reading books home in September. All reading books sent home before the lockdown must be returned during the first week. If books have been lost or damaged during lockdown then a charge will be made to replace the books.

• The children must bring a named water bottle. This will remain on the child’s work station. The water bottles will be sent home for washing every day, please ensure these bottles are clearly labelled and only contain water. Juice or flavoured water will be disposed of and replaced with water.

• Pupils may bring their own packet of disposable tissues if they wish. Please label

  • Children are not permitted to bring in their own hand gel/sanitiser.

Will my child need PPE?

  • No children need to wear a face mask or a face covering in school, as advised by the Government.
  • Children who travel on public transport and wear a face covering should be shown how to remove this safely and keep it in their bag or pocket until they go home.

• Most staff will not be wearing PPE equipment unless completing first aid/intimate care or advised differently by their own health professional, following Government guidelines.

What cleaning measures are in place?

• All areas of school have been thoroughly deep cleaned, in line with government guidance.

• All used areas will be cleaned thoroughly at the end of each day.

• We will aim to clean frequently touched surfaces throughout the day.

• The Government has advised that there is no need for anything other than normal personal hygiene and washing of clothes.

  • Non- alcohol hand gel dispensers (automatic) have been installed in every classroom as an additional measure to handwashing.

What will lunchtime and break times be like?

All children will eat their lunch in the school hall with their own class ‘bubble’.

Break Time Eat Lunch Lunch Play

Nursery

Reception

11.30 – 12.00 12.00 – 12.30
Year 1 10.10 – 10.25 12.00 – 12.20 11.30 – 12.00
Year 2 10.10 – 10.25 12.00 – 12.20 11.30 – 12.00
Year 3 10.30 – 10.45 12.20 – 12.40 12.40 – 1.00
Year 4 10.30 – 10.45 12.20 – 12.40 12.40 – 1.00
Year 5 10.50 – 11.05 12.40 – 1.00 12.00 – 12.30
Year 6 10.50 – 11.05 12.40 – 1.00 12.00 – 12.30

All of the plans I have informed you of in this letter remain subject to change if the Government or Local Authority recommend a course of action, at which point our plans will change accordingly and I will communicate with you once we have considered the recommendations fully. We would like to remind parents that attendance is compulsory again from September and alert you to the fact that parents can be fined for keeping children away from school.

In the event of a child or family needing to self-isolate or a confirmed COVID case school will take advice from Public Health England and the Local Authority. In such cases we are directed to provide home learning and I will be sending more information on how we will do this in the near future.

All of the staff and team at Crompton Primary are very much looking forward to seeing the children back in school in the next few weeks. We have really missed them and we would like to thank parents and carers for your continuous support. Please take care, follow the safety guidelines and look after yourselves and your family.

Yours sincerely

L.N Beaumont