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Leighton Primary School

Update Letter 19/05/2020 - School Reopening 1st June

Reopening arrangements from 1st June.


Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you to all of those parents that have returned questionnaires now. It has made the planning process a lot easier knowing the viewpoints of our parents.

The teachers are working hard this week to ensure that we group the children into suitable teaching units. We have planned for the following groups to start school again on 1st June:

  • All of those children from the Key worker Groups
  • Children from vulnerable homes
  • Reception
  • Year 1
  • Year 6

Please can I reinforce that for the safety of our children and staff alike, these units will remain consistent throughout the half term.

Please do not ask teachers to change the groups around as this is not possible given that we are following and adhering to government health and safety guidelines. It is imperative that we do not mix these teaching groups once they are in place.

Teachers are carefully considering groups based on their knowledge of your children. We will not take emails from parents around choice of groups as the planning is already complex and unfortunately cannot be negotiated.

Those children within the vulnerable and key worker groups, will be taught across two allocated classrooms. They will have the same adults in the rooms throughout the half term period. The children in this group will be from Years 2,3,4 and 5. Again they will be considered as a teaching unit and within this unit, will be taught in appropriate groups according to their social and emotional needs and academic learning needs.

The vulnerable and key worker children who have been in school since 23rd March from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will re-join their year group and will be part of teachers planning. This will allow us to keep spaces open for key worker children from Year 2,3,4 and 5.

Priority will be for those key worker/vulnerable children that have been attending since the school closure on March 23rd. If you wish to request a place in this group, please email me direct. You must be on the government key worker list to be allocated a place. Please do not just turn up at the school with your child as the place for key worker children must be pre-booked. If we feel that your child fits into the vulnerability group then we will contact you for a discussion around school attendance.

If the staff member for your child’s teaching group becomes poorly and cannot come into work then unfortunately we will have to contact you as your child will not be able to attend school that day. This will be because we are not allowed to mix teaching groups and will have no alternative adults in place. We will text the parents for these children at 7am on the morning that the children will not be able to come into school.

When a child 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 children who are attending the school setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.

Where the child or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.

Where the child or staff member tests positive, the rest of their teaching group within the school setting should 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 or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

Each year group teacher across the school will be sending you a letter home on Friday 22nd May to outline details for your child. Please ensure that you read and follow the instructions set out. They will be different for each child in your home that is returning to school. They will include the entry point you use for access to the school, start times, collection arrangements and finish times. These have all been carefully planned with health and safety at the forefront of our minds. Please ensure that you support us to keep everyone safe by following the plans that have been set out for you.

Please note that for the health and safety of our families we will be strictly adhering to the times and entry/collection arrangements set out.

Start and Finish times will be staggered now. Please can I ask that if you have more than one child to drop off and collect, you stand away from the entry and collection points and respect social distancing. It would be very unsafe to have large groups of parents gathering outside of the school. We will have social distancing reminder notices up outside of the school and I would ask that you follow these at all times.

Please can I ask that communication with teachers is through email. Dropping off children and collection needs to be effectively maintained to ensure again we do not have crowds of parents at the entry and exit points. Please do not be offended if asked to email with any questions or concerns that you have.

The school office will not be open for parents and carers. Staff will be in the office but will only take phone calls and emails. We cannot let parents into the reception area and access to the school will not be allowed.

School medicines must be given directly to the class teacher. If you request a medical form, please email the school office and they will ensure they email one out to you. These can be emailed directly back to the teacher.

Please ensure that your child has all they need for the school day. We will not be able to take forgotten items down to classrooms throughout the day. Our corridors will now have limited access for staff and the office staff will not be able to access the classrooms now.

The teachers are organising for inhalers and other medications we have in school to be transferred to the teaching unit for each child.

We have decided as a result of feedback from parents that children will not have to wear school uniform. We understand that a lot of your children have had sudden growth spurts and uniform is difficult to purchase currently. We would ask though that children wear appropriate clothing. The children will be continuing to do PE lessons within their teaching unit and take exercise. They will not be changing for PE so clothes work must be appropriate to run about in.

As outlined in previous communication, school lunches will be delivered to the classroom. Children who are entitled to deprivation FSM and universal FSM (those children in Reception, Year 1) will continue to receive a school meal. Parents in Year 6 who pay for school meals can continue to do so using the parent pay system. Children are able to bring into school a packed lunch should this be the preferred choice.

Children who are from the vulnerable group and key worker children will continue to receive free school meals whilst they are in school.

All classrooms will be equipped with first aid kits and cleaning materials to avoid adults using the corridors and having access to the whole school.

If your child does need to be sent home then the school office will call you and make individual arrangements for your child to be collected. Can we please ask that you keep your phones on all day as children will need to be collected immediately should you receive a phone call. It will be considered a welfare issue if the school is not able to contact you.

As from the 1st June, the school will be closed at lunchtime each Friday. All teachers are entitled to have an allocated amount of time to carry out planning and prepare for lessons. Please read your child’s individual letter for collection arrangement times.

To support our Key workers, we will be allowing these children to stay in school until the end of the school day on Friday. It is ONLY for these children though.

Finally, please that I remind all parents and carers that the school is closed for the half term period.

It has been confirmed today by the Department for Education that they have confirmed that the scientific evidence to make the decision over increasing pupil numbers on the 1st June will not be known until the 28th May. I will of course write to parents on this day to confirm any changes to the school reopening.

Thank you for your continued support. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further support.

Kind Regards

Hayley Sutton