Returning to School in September

 

This page outlines how we will return all pupils back to school on Thursday 3rd September.

 

In following the government guidance on opening schools, there are a number of changes that will take place.

 

Staggered start and end times 

Schools must implement staggered start and finish times for each year group, whilst ensuring pupils are provided with a full school day. These will be as follows:

 

Year Group   Start Time     End Time

Year 6            8:30am         3:00pm

Year 5            8:40am         3:10pm

Year 4            8:50am         3:20pm

Year 3            9:00am         3:30pm

Year 2            9:10am         3:40pm

Year 1            9:20am         3:50pm

Reception*     9:30am         4:00pm*

AM Nursery    8:30am         11:30am

PM Nursery    12:15pm       3:15pm

* For their first several days, Reception will have shorter days which will be communicated separately

 

School drop-off

Only one adult is to accompany children onto the site at the allotted start time. Adults and children will enter the site via the footpath with the car park on the left-hand side. Children will be dropped off as you enter the playground and will line up by a cone in a designated area. Children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 will enter directly into their classroom. Adults are asked to exit the site and not to line up with their child. Staff will be on hand to take down messages and pass them on to the teacher. Parents will exit the site via the footpath running next to the field.

 

Collection at the end of the day

Please arrive promptly at the designated collection time, entering and exiting through the same gates as the morning. You will be directed to line up beside a cone and the children will be brought out and released to you. Do bring an umbrella when there is a threat of rain! We ask that families promptly exit the site upon collection.

 

Siblings

We appreciate that some families will have siblings at the school with different start and end times. If there is a gap of 30 minutes or more between the start and end times of your children, which you are unable to cater for, please contact the school directly, and we will do our utmost to put arrangements in place.

 

Breakfast Club

We can continue to provide childcare before school but it will operate differently. Provision will be available from 8:00am. However, we will not be able to provide food; therefore, children will need to eat breakfast before coming in. Reception to Year 4 will sit at year group tables in the hall and will not be allowed to mix with children from other year groups. There will be 2 metres of space between different year group tables. Years 5 and 6 will go directly to their classroom and complete activities at their table.

Activities will be largely paper-based and each child will have their own labelled pack of resources to use each day. Further information about booking your child into this provision will follow in due course.

 

After school provision

For the duration of the autumn term, we will not be able to offer after school provision. We will notify parents and carers as to when we will be able to offer this provision again.

 

Travelling to and from school

For those families that use public transport to get to and from school, there is further guidance around safer travel, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

 

Attending school

From September, the government are reverting to usual rules around school attendance, including:

 

· parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;

· schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence

· the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

 

School Uniform

Pupils are to wear school uniform as normal. PE kits should be worn on the days your child has PE. During the Autumn term, PE will be outdoors as much as possible. We ask that children do not bring bags into school with the exception of a lunch box.

 

The structure of your child’s day

All pupils will wash their hands upon arrival at school and a number of times throughout the day. Whilst washing hands remains the best method of protecting against the coronavirus, we have also had hand sanitiser dispensers installed throughout the school as an additional protective measure alongside hand washing. Please let us know if your child cannot use hand sanitiser for any reason.

 

Pupils will have staggered playtimes and will remain with their year group in designated sections of the playground. Children can bring a packed lunch or have a school dinner if they wish. Reception to Year 2 will have their lunch in the hall and different times and Years 3 – 6 will eat lunch in class. For children eating in class, hot meals will be brought up to the classroom in takeaway packaging.

 

The past several months have been challenging for children and adults alike. Returning to school will hopefully add some normality and routine for children. We will be adjusting our curriculum to help them catch up with the learning that they have missed and ensure that we spend additional time on aspects of Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE) education.

 

Children will have their own bag of resources to use in class. The bag will be labelled with their name and used only by them. For Years 1-6, schools have been instructed to arrange tables in rows facing front. This is to minimise the time pupils spend directly facing one another. This is not expected in Nursery and Reception, who will maintain their usual classroom set-up.

 

Communication with school staff

Parents and carers will not be able to enter the building, including the school reception, without a prior agreed appointment. In most cases, we will have discussions with parents and carers over the phone. There will be staff available outside at the start and end of the day to answer questions and relay any messages.

I appreciate there is a lot of information in this letter. If you have any questions, please contact the school via email on: barlows-ao@barlows.liverpool.sch.uk or phone on: 0151 525 2751.

 

We look forward to welcoming the children back to school in September.