Full School Opening: Monday 6th September 2021
Wednesday 1st September 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
IMPORTANT: RE-OPENING OF SCHOOL, SEPTEMBER 2021
We hope this letter finds you well and that you have had an enjoyable and ‘nearly normal’ summer. We are excited to be welcoming pupils back to school on Monday 6th September 2021 and, of course welcoming, new children to our Nursery and Reception classes.
As you will know, government restrictions continue to be lifted in our personal lives, however the DfE and Public Health England continue to remind schools and school leaders that we are legally obliged to have a risk assessment when we re-open in September. The guidance that schools are to adhere to, makes it clear that whilst some measures are relaxed, others will remain, and if necessary, in response to the latest epidemiological data, we all need to be prepared to step measures up or down in future, depending on local circumstances. Therefore, we provide the following information as a ‘live document’ which may be subject to change; we greatly appreciate your continued support and patience in these ever-moving times but, rest assured, Leys Primary School will continue to be transparent and timely in sharing relevant information with all stakeholders.
We will no longer be using the staggered start and finish times.
School day will begin at 8.50am for pupils in Reception (bespoke times given for Rec) to Year 6 inclusive. Field Gate and Leys Ave Gates open at: O8.50. Class staff will be on the playground to greet their pupils. Nursery parents will be informed of times.
Nursery, Rec, & Y1 enter at Leys Avenue Gate with parents/carers supervising them, to drop off at class doors.
Nursery, Rec & Y1 parents or carers, can choose to exit site via Main Gate or Leys Avenue Gate, unless dropping off older siblings in playground.
Y2 pupils enter at Leys Avenue Gate and walk to line up on playground with their class staff or, go straight in to class if it is raining.
Yrs 3,4,5 & 6 are encouraged to enter through Field Gate (Wellington Drive [with their parent or carer]), if they do not come with younger siblings, and walk to line up on playground with their class staff or, go straight in to class if it is raining.
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Leys Avenue gate opens 3.05pm for parents and carers to access site for collecting their children from class doors of children in Nursery, Rec, Y1 & Y2 at 3.10pm.
The Field Gate opens at 3.10pm for parents and carers to access site for collecting their children from class doors of children in Yrs 3,4,5 & 6 at 3.15pm.
Families can exit site via Field or Leys Ave gates.
Children will come to school in PE kit on PE days and wear this throughout the day instead of general school uniform. PE will begin from Monday 6th September.
Additional Gymnastics sessions for are taking place on some Fridays – you will be informed when these will happen.
Break and Lunchtime:
We are delighted to announce that from the start of term, we will resume serving school lunches in the main school hall. EYFS & KS1 Lunch break is 12 noon to 1pm; KS2 lunch break will be 12.30 to 1.30pm. We are also delighted to announce that Leys Primary School has been awarded Healthy Schools status – Bronze award and thank all pupils and parents and carers for participating in the Healthy Food Survey. Further information will follow regarding expectations for healthy packed lunch choices, for those families electing not to have a school meal.
Contacting the school office
To contact the school office, please continue to use the phone or email addresses (see above). Where possible, should you need to pop into the office, please arrange this via telephone, prior to arrival.
PLEASE ENSURE WE HAVE UP TO DATE TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND A MINIMUM OF 2 EMERGENCY CONTACTS
Tracing and Close Contacts:
The current ‘Operational Guidance’ tells us: Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- They are fully vaccinated
- They are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- They have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- They are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR if advised to do so.
The current ‘Operational Guidance tells us: Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas. …government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.
We will ensure good hygiene for everyone
Frequent and thorough hand cleaning is now regular practice. We will continue to ensure that pupils clean their hands regularly e.g. on arrival to school, whenever they use the toilet facilities, before eating lunch etc. A combination of soap and water and hand sanitisers are available to pupils, staff and visitors.
The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach will be revised and continue to be implemented across the school community.
Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
Our cleaning teams will ensure rooms are deep cleaned at the end of each day and during the day there will be cleaning of toilets, frequently touched areas, hand rails and door handles. Staff have access to anti-viral wipes for added incidental cleaning as required. Lunch tables will have additional cleaning between sittings.
Keep occupied spaces well ventilated
As part of our school risk assessment, we will identify any less well-ventilated areas, and share this information with staff so that if they are used, they are encouraged to wear masks or visors. In addition, the school will be fitted with carbon monoxide alarms.
The school site will be well ventilated at all times and we will ensure there is a comfortable learning and teaching environment across the school. However, please be mindful that as we enter the colder months of the year, children may need to wear layers under their uniforms e.g. thermal or warm vests, long sleeved tops, thicker tights in order that children will not be uncomfortable and distracted from their learning.
Follow PHE advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19
If anyone at school develops Covid symptoms, however mild, they should be sent home and they should follow PHE advice. We shall continue to use our designated isolation room if a child should display symptoms and is awaiting collection. Staff will wear appropriate PPE if close contact is necessary and the room deep cleaned after the child has left.
We ask that if, unfortunately your child receives a positive test result, you kindly inform the school in the usual way regarding absence from school and keep us updated of how their recovery is progressing.
Travel and quarantine
Whilst we may have taken holidays closer to home or to destinations further afield in warmer climates, we are reminded of the travel corridors and the DfE make it clear that parents must adhere to travel legislation: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england
Children should return to school in full school uniform. Please adhere to the school colours as specified in the uniform list, including for PE. As mentioned above, during the colder months, children may need to wear vests and extra layers, and we request they are in line with our school colours if worn as outer garments. Remember shoes should be plain black.
We are hoping to re-open breakfast and after school club in the week after the October half-term break. Details to follow.
Children need to bring their book bag, water bottle, coat, reading book, and reading record. Going forward, we request that you regularly check your child’s book bag for any letters and homework materials and support your child with their learning as necessary.
We hope this letter, though long, is reassuring in as much as it details the fundamentals needed for a smooth and positive start to the new academic year and underlines our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of all associated with the school.
We thank you for supporting us in our endeavours.
Mr. G. Krog
Senior Leadership Team