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COVID-19

As of Friday 13th March Hudson Primary School is following advice from Public Health England and The Department for Education with regard to coronavirus COVID-19 

The pride in who we are is not part of our past

It defines our present and our future

The moments when the United Kingdom has come

Together to applaud its care and essential workers will be

Remembered  as an expression of our national spirit and its symbol

Will be the Rainbows drawn by our children

We will succeed and that success will belong to

Every one of us

The Queen’s speech Sunday 5th April 2020

 

 
   

September 2020 start for Hudson Primary  

The 7th (and 8th for some classes) of September will mark the start of the new school year.  On the 2nd July the Prime Minister through the Department for Education provided schools with plans and strict guidelines for the operational duties that would enable the safe reopening of schools.  We have worked tirelessly to plan a new Hudson regime for a whole school return.

Safety must be our primary concern and outlined below are the details of our revised school systems:

For reasons of social distancing, pupils will be taught in full class groups. We will refer to these groups as ‘bubbles.’ Each bubble will be assigned particular adults, who will need to remain constant to minimise possible transmission of the virus. Within each bubble, we will reduce contact between staff and pupils and, as far as possible, maintain social distancing measures. The government has recognised the challenge of maintaining social distance in a school setting:

‘We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2m apart from each other and staff.’ (Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 Gov.Uk)

Some of the general practices we will be reinforcing are:

  • Frequent hand washing and good hygiene practices
  • Regular cleaning of classrooms
  • And minimising contact and mixing

As for the more specific detail of the return, there are a number of key points:

Arrival / Departure

Arrival and departure each day will be staggered, with pupils asked to arrive any time between 8.45am and 9.15am, each class will be different and families will have to manage this. Entry will be through the two pedestrian entrances on Grosvenor Road and Moorhey Road.

Anyone entering and leaving will need to exercise patience and consideration to maintain appropriate distance. The government asks that only 1 adult accompany a child.

We would strongly encourage you to let your child enter the school playground gates on their own (KS2 main school children), to minimise numbers moving through these narrow spaces. Nursery families will need to safely distance whilst waiting outside of the nursery exterior doors.  Please do not use the play equipment, I know this will be difficult but it is part of the safeguarding restrictions.

We will obviously monitor how this works in case adjustments need to be made to improve the system.

Clearly, there will be a very human urge to congregate and catch up with staff and other parents when on the school grounds. We must ask you not to do this.

The end of the school day will also be staggered. We will let you know which pupils will be leaving at which times and these will then be fixed for the duration of the return.

Again, if you plan to collect your child at the end of the day, please exercise appropriate social distancing on the school field. If your child walks home on their own, would you please support us by reinforcing the need for them to walk home alone. Pupils must not congregate in groups and walk home in close contact with their peers. Equally, we will be asking you to clear the school site as soon as possible at the end of each day, again for safeguarding reasons your children will be unable to stay and play on the school outdoor equipment.

Attendance and Punctuality

For safeguarding reasons, please continue to inform us of any absence (just as you did before lockdown).

The government is strictly monitoring absence and punctuality and this is directly reported to them now daily.

If you are late and miss your time slot for arrival then please call the school office and report your child’s absence. Unfortunately lateness means that we will be unable to admit your child into school on that day due to the school being zoned off to ensure safety.  There is a ten minute window for drop off and after this doors and gates will be locked.  There will be limited adults allowed on site.

Food and drink

A packed lunch is essential for returning to school; support will continue to be given in the form of a packed lunch provided daily for those children eligible for Free School Meals (as is currently being provided during lockdown).  Lunch needs to be brought into school each day in a disposable bag, this includes any disposable cutlery e.g. a spoon for a yoghurt.

There will be no food available in school so it is imperative children bring their own.

Please ensure that you send your child with a named water bottle, that they will need to bring back home to be cleaned and replenished each day, children will no longer be able to share the water fountains.

Personal Equipment and School Uniform

In order to minimise cross-contamination, we will ensure each child has their own personal set of equipment: pens, pencils, ruler etc. It is expected that pupils will wear school uniform, these need to be fresh clean clothes each day.

A Typical Day

We will be focusing on core learning, gaps from the previous year and the social emotional aspects of learning as a priority on return to school. The curriculum will be revised and our priority will be the pupils’ well-being and work on transition as we work towards settling the children into a new school year.  The government are keen that the children receive a broad and balanced curriculum offer and in particular remain fit and active.  With this in mind – please ensure your child has a correct PE kit in school at all times, again this will be sent home weekly so it remains clean.

There will be staggered break times and lunchtimes; different class bubbles will have access to different play equipment, the use of toilets monitored, and each class will eat a packed lunch in their own classroom.  They will need to bring this in fresh each day in a disposable bag.  It is essential that each child has a cleaned filled water bottle labelled with their name that they have access to in their own classroom throughout the day. 

PPE

The government states in its guidance, ‘Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other educational settings is not recommended… Schools and other education settings should therefore not require staff, children or learners to wear face coverings.’ (Coronavirus: implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings – 11th May 2020).

Wrap around care

In the most recent guidance on the 2nd July Schools were advised that wrap around care can now restart so long as school were able to provide care in small consistent groups.  We are now ensuring this through a limited number of places that families must pre-book on to.  All information on booking has been provided via ClassDojo from the Headteacher class story.  However any available places can be enquired about by phoning the school office on Friday morning (before 12pm) weekly.

After school extra-curricular Activity

Hudson has always had a rich and varied extra-curricular offer through its HUC (Hudson University for Children).  Currently this offer is on hold until half term in October, and will be reviewed at each half term.  When it is deemed safe to mix more staff and bubbles of children we will re-establish our provision.

All advice and guidelines that schools must adhere to can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Summary of timings for returning to school

 

 

Nursery 2 Year old

Nursery 3 and 4 Years

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Arrival time

8.45am

 

9am

 

8.45am

 

8.45am

 

9am

Collection time

3pm

3.15pm

3pm

3pm

3.15pm

Entrance/Exit doors

Nursery Doors

Nursery Doors

Main Playground Maple doors

Main Playground KS1 doors

Main Playground KS1 doors

Door closure

3.20pm

3.10pm

3.10pm

3.25pm

 

 

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Yew and Larch ASD bases

Arrival time

8.45am

 

9am

 

8.45am

 

9am

 

8.45am

 

Collection time

3pm

3.15pm

3pm

3.15pm

3pm

Entrance/Exit doors

Key Stage 2 Ramp Doors

Key Stage 2 Ramp Doors

Key Stage 2 Set 2 Doors

Key Stage 2

Set 2 Doors

Base doors

Door closure

3.15pm

3.25pm

3.15pm

3.25pm

3.15pm

Please understand that good attendance and punctuality are essential and we cannot make exception

Our Curriculum Return

Nobody quite knows how adversely affected our children have been by the absence of daily routine which schools provide. From the evidence available, we can assume some will have felt acutely the anguish caused by the lack of social interaction or feel loss from not being able to undertake the informal rituals of school life – the missed school journey or end of year production, we are talking about rites of passage for young people transitioning into the next phase of their lives.       

It underlines that schools are so much more than places which provide education – they are about people.  Our schools are communities; we embody values; we model relationships required for modern life to function:  collaboration, getting on with others, friendship. 

So, as we support all of our pupils as they return to school in September, our attention shifts as much towards helping children come back to us and each other as it necessitates considering the formal curriculum.  Our recovery curriculum needs to balance how to learn best with what to learn:

1: Relationships – we can’t expect our children to return joyfully, and many of the relationships that were thriving, may need to be invested in and restored. We need to plan for this to happen, not assume that it will. Reach out to greet them, use the relationships we build to cushion the discomfort of returning.

2: Community – we must recognise that curriculum will have been based in the community for a long period of time. We need to listen to what has happened in this time, understand the needs of our community and engage them in the transitioning of learning back into school.

3: Transparent Curriculum – our children may feel like they have lost time in learning and we must show them how we are addressing these gaps, consulting and co-constructing with our learners to heal this sense of loss.

4: Metacognition – in different environments, children will have been learning in different ways. It is vital that we make the skills for learning in a school environment explicit to our children to reskill and rebuild their confidence as learners.

5: Space – to be, to rediscover self, and to find their voice on learning in this issue. It is only natural that we all work at an incredible pace to make sure this group of learners are not disadvantaged against their peers, providing opportunity and exploration alongside the intensity of our expectations.

The documents below outline how covid-19 catch-up funding will be used to support children in their return to school and also for those that may need to isolate at any time the details of how we will support remote learning at home.