Return to School

September 2020

Re: Full Opening of School

Dear Parents,

I do hope you have all had some time to relax and enjoy the summer holiday. With the break coming to an end, we look forward to the full opening of school.

There has been lots of news coverage recently about children returning to school. Please rest assured that we will do our utmost to make the return to school a positive and enjoyable experience for all the children. Those children who were able to return in June certainly had a great time seeing their friends and adapted well to the new ‘norm’. As always, children amaze me with their resilience and acceptance of all things new.

There has been little change to the Department for Education’s guidance for full opening of schools published on the 2nd July, so I am writing to update you with our plans for next week.

School is still going to be different from what it was like before lockdown as there are a number of protective measures we have to put in place to keep all our children and staff as safe as possible.

These essential measures include:

  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable
  • grouping children together
  • avoiding contact between groups
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
  • staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible

To ensure that we continue to reduce risk in school for both childrenand staff, our risk assessment has been revised and is now available for you to read on our school website. Please read this carefully.

If you have not been able to return to the UK in time to quarantine, please make sure your family does self-isolate following Government guidelines.

Key Information

  • Children will return full-time in the autumn term.
  • Children in Years 1-6 will return on Thursday 3rdSeptember.
  • Children in Nursery will start with a settling-in period from Monday 7th September.
  • Children in Reception will start on either Monday 7th or Tuesday 8th September.
  • Attendance will be mandatory.
  • Children in Nursery and Reception will enter via the gate to the Reception Outside Classroom on Boltons Place.
  • Children in Years 1-6 will enter via the back gate in South Bolton Gardens (see map below)
  • There will be a staggered start and end to the day for all children.
  • Each class will be a ‘pod’ and each year group will be a ‘bubble’(except Years 5 and 6 who will be in bubbles with their neighbouring class–5H & 6SG and 5C & 6G).
  • Class ‘pods’ and year group ‘bubbles’ will stay together and will not have contact with other ‘bubbles’.
  • Year group ‘bubbles’ will have designated toilets and sinks.
  • Children will wash their hands throughly with soap and dry them with paper towels.
  • Children will wash their hands on arrival, before lunch and after each playtime.
  • Signs will remind children to wash their hands.
  • ‘Bubbles’ will have staggered break times and lunchtimes.
  • Children will not be allowed to use the climbing frames.
  • All children will be asked to bring a labelled bottle of water each day as the water fountains will not be in use.
  • Classrooms for Years 2-6 will be arranged with forward facing tables.
  • Carpets, soft furnishings and soft toys will be removed.
  • Resources with intricate parts will be removed.
  • Children will each have a labelled tray containing stationery including their workbooks and pencils.
  • Other equipment used during the day will be wiped clean.
  • Teaching assistants will be ensuring that the classrooms are kept clean throughout the day.
  • Children will wear P.E. kit and trainers (shorts and t-shirts, leggings or tracksuit).
  • School lunches will be delivered to the classrooms.
  • We are unable to provide a Breakfast Club (this will be reviewed after half term).
  • We will have a reduced number of clubs –Aziz Hajjaj and Alexis Butterworth will run after-school sport and dance clubs to mirror the year group ‘bubbles’ (information will follow in September).

Timings

South Bolton Gardens – left hand side
Class Drop-off Pick-up

5H & 6SG

9am 3:30pm
5C & 6G 9:10am 3:40pm

4B & 4H

9:20am 3:50pm

South Bolton Gardens – right hand side
Class Drop-off Pick-up
2C & 2S 9am 3:30pm
1F & 1H 9:10am 3:40pm
3P & 3WS 9:20am 3:50pm

Boltons Place
Class Drop-off Pick-up
Nursery 9:20am 3:10pm
RB 9am 3:15pm
RP 9:10am 3:25pm

  • Parents and carers are expected to adhere to these times. We are unable to accommodate late arrivals and early pick-ups.
  • The map below indicates the direction of travel and we will be asking parents to follow social distancing guidance and maintain a 1-2m gap.
  • We ask that only one parent accompanies their child.
  • Parents will not be allowed on the premises and should not congregate in South Bolton Gardens.
  • We appreciate that it may be hard to separate from your child but we will need you to do so.
  • Children will need to enter the premises independently.
  • Classteachers will be at the gate to welcome the children and direct them to the playground to line-up.

Behaviour

  • Staff will be teaching and re-iterating the expectations throughout the day: encouraging children to maintain social distance in their classrooms, on the stairs and along the corridors; frequent hand washing; not touching each other, or their mouth, eyes and nose; using a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and using bins for waste (catch it, bin it, kill it); rules about playtime and use of toilets.
  • Staff will consistently reinforce well-executed rules through praise and encouragement.
  • Please read the behaviour expectations on our website.

Curriculum

We want everyone to feel happy and safe in school and so the initial focus will be on rebuilding relationships and ensuring children remember how best they learn. There will be a focus on English and maths, particularly in the autumn term, and we will be adjusting our curriculum accordingly to ensure gaps in children’s learning are addressed as well as providing support for emotional health and wellbeing and lots of opportunity for sport and fitness. We will endeavour to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, with regular opportunities for outdoor learning and play.

Transition

As the children will bemovingto their new classesnext week, please make sure that your child has seen the ‘hello’ message from their new teacher posted in the Gallery section of our website.

I hope the above information relieves some of the anxieties you may have about the return to schoolnext week.If you have any queries or concerns, please email info@bousfield.rbkc.sch.uk and we will get back to you in due course.

The whole staff are really looking forward to everyone being back together in September.
With best wishes,
Ms Swain

Drop-off and collections map