Reopening of School – 8th March 2021 – amendment

Please see amendment below in bold and italics.

 

Following the government’s announcement on Monday 22nd February 2021, we can now confirm that Chalkwell Hall Junior School will be open to all pupils again from Monday 8th March 2021.

 

We are aware that the reopening brings with it a mix of excitement and anxiety, and we have put the wellbeing of children, their families and our staff at the centre of our plans. We are confident the plans and support are in place to make the return to school as smooth and safe as possible. More details on our catch-up plans will be shared with you once we have received further clarity and guidance from the government.

 

The daily set-up for school is very similar to the way in which we were working before the Christmas holidays. Attached to the end of this letter you will find an updated copy of the information that was originally sent out in September 2020 ahead of our wider reopening. It would be very helpful to remind yourselves and your child of this information ahead of their return to school on Monday 8th March 2021.

 

Each class will remain in its own ‘bubble’ and staggered breaks and lunch times will remain with the playground separated into areas for each class to use. The staggered start and finish times remain unchanged, as does the one way systems at drop off and pick up time. Please note that the Sunningdale Avenue entrance/exit will be shut to Infant and Junior parents as preparations begin for building work at the Infant school.

 

We are asking all adult visitors to the school continue to wear a face mask/visor when on the school grounds, unless they are exempt on medical grounds. Staff in school will also be wearing a face mask when moving around school, but will remove them in the classroom or switch to a clear visor. There is no expectation for your child to wear a mask in school, and it is a parental decision whether you or your child wish to wear them when travelling to or from school.

 

We also wish to remind parents and carers to only enter the school site at collection times or if it is essential to visit the school office in person. If you need to wait before a pick up time, we advise you to make use of the open spaces in Chalkwell Park, and ask you to please respect social distancing and household mixing guidance both on site and in the park. This also extends to ensuring that your child follows this guidance should they be allowed to walk home by themselves.

 

We have also updated our FAQ for how to respond to any Covid-related symptoms, diagnosis or contact with a known case. You will find this information on the next page and please be aware of the reporting procedures required.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school.

 

 

What to do if … Action Needed Return to school when …
… my child has COVID symptoms ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate (all household members)

·         Get a test for your child

·         Inform school immediately about test results

… the test comes back

negative

…. My child tests positive for Coronavirus ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately regarding a positive test result (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for at least 10 days (all household members)

·         Contact school at the end of the isolation period to confirm child’s return

….the child has completed at least 10 days isolation and they feel better. They can return to school after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell/taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.
….somebody in my family has COVID symptoms ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate (all household members)

·         Household member with symptoms to get a test

·         Inform school immediately about test results

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the household member test

is negative.

…somebody in my household has tested positive for Coronavirus ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately regarding a positive test result (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (all household members)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the child has completed 10

days of isolation.

 

… NHS Test and Trace have identified my child as a close contact of somebody with symptoms or confirmed Coronavirus
(this includes cases identified within school)
·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately to inform them of Test & Trace advice (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (child only if it is a school-based case)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the child has completed 10

days of isolation.

…we/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate apart for a period of quarantine ·         Do not take unauthorised leave in term time

·         Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel

·         Provide information to school with regards absence and return

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:

·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school to inform of quarantine period (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (all household members)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the quarantine period of 10

days has been completed.

 

…we have received medical

advice that my child must continue or resume shielding

·       Do not come into school

·       Contact school as soon as possible

·       Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

·       If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…school or medical advice informs you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to

school again.

… we have received medical advice that another person within our household must resume shielding ·       Contact school as soon as possible

·       Cases will be discussed on an individual basis

NB: While we will always endeavour to be as flexible as possible, it may not be possible to adapt our approaches to suit all requests while maintaining the ability to cater for all pupils safely

… it is agreed your child can attend safely whilst your family member shields.

Or

…   medical advice informs you that restrictions have been lifted.

CHALKWELL HALL JUNIOR SCHOOL

Coronavirus related absence – quick reference guide for parents and carers

 

 

Information for the full reopening of school in March 2021

 

Having risk assessed our building and staffing provision, we have made arrangements for all pupils to be in school at the same time. Please share this information with your child so they are prepared and ready to go when they come in to school.

 

Attendance from 8th March is expected for all children unless there are exceptional circumstances, please contact us if this is the case.

 

The main office will be out of bounds for parents from 8:20am-9:00am and from 2:50pm-3:25pm as the space will be needed for the entry and exit of pupils.

 

We will need to stagger the start and finish times of our days to make sure we do not have crowds of people in our limited outside spaces and we can ensure effective social distancing to keep you, your children and our staff safe.

 

Dropping off (at the main gate only):

 

If some of the older children can walk to school safely on their own this will reduce crowds at the gate. If they cannot come on their own then please be prepared to drop off and not hang around while maintaining a 2m distance from other individuals.

 

Year 6 children will enter through the main gate and go up the stairs by the boys’ toilets to their class. If children aim to arrive at the following times we can maintain a steady stream of traffic in one direction towards their classrooms.

 

6RM, 6TF and 6DS     – arrive between 8:20am – 8:30am

6AF and 6AD           – arrive between 8:30am – 8:40am

 


Year 5
will enter through the main gate and go up the stairs nearest the gate to their class.

 

5JW and 5JT            – arrive between 8:20am – 8:30am

5SH, 5AF and 5GB     – arrive between 8:30am – 8:40am

 

 

Year 4 will enter through the main gate and then go through the main reception door and on to their classroom. The reception area will be out of bounds for parents.

 

4AB and 4CF            – arrive between 8:40am – 8:50am

4GW and 4LR           – arrive between 8:50am – 9:00am

 

 

Year 3 will enter through the main gate and go straight to their classroom door, which they can access, directly from the playground.

 

3SR and 3KB            – arrive between 8:40am – 8:50am

3NM and 3OS           – arrive between 8:50am – 9:00am

Collection at the end of the day: 

 

If older children can walk home from school safely on their own this will help reduce crowds. If you are collecting, please do so individually if at all possible.

 

Parents collecting children in Years 3&4 will need to enter through the main gate and leave the playground via the gate between the two schools (London Road) please. This will keep everyone heading in the same direction and reduce the congestion we usually have at the end of the day at the main gate.  Please ensure you are following social distancing when on the school site to collect children and please be prompt in collecting your child.

 

Year 6 will exit from the door that is between the two schools (by the downstairs kitchen area). The expectation is that many Year 6 pupils will be walking home independently and parents that are collecting can wait around the corner in the front car park please. You will not need to enter the main playground.

 

6RM, 6TF and 6DS     – children will exit the building at 2:55pm

6AF and 6AD            – children will exit the building at 3:05pm

 

Year 5 will exit out of the blue doors at the eastern end of the building (Leigh Road) and be brought out to the car park by their teacher to be picked up by parents. Please enter via the large gate on Leigh Road. When you have collected your child, please leave via the small gate on to London Road.  Please wait in this area and only go on to the main playground if you are collecting another child.

 

5JW and 5JT            – children will exit the building at 2:55pm

5SH, 5AF and 5GB     – children will exit the building at 3:05pm

 

Year 4 will exit on to the main playground through the door near the boys’ toilets at the western end of the building. There will be a waiting zone marked out for parents to wait in for collection. When you have collected your child, please exit the playground via the gate between the two schools on to London Road.

4AB and 4CF            – children will exit the building at 3:15pm

4GW and 4LR           – children will exit the building at 3:25pm

 

Year 3 will exit from their own classroom doors at the following times. Please stay in the collection zones that will be marked out. When you have collected your child, please exit the playground via the gate between the two schools on to London Road.

 

3SR and 3KB            – children will exit the building at 3:15pm

3NM and 3OS           – children will exit the building at 3:25pm

 

We know that this won’t be perfect and that some people may need to go to more than one zone but this is the best way for us to minimise congestion with all 840 children needing to leave our rather cramped site. Please follow the signs (and the traffic controllers who will be outside) and we should be able to move everyone around safely.

 

We appreciate that parents will be keen to meet with their child’s teacher but it will not be possible face-to-face at the end of the school day under these guidelines. You will be able to contact your teacher via email/phone and we very much look forward to meeting you all when the guidance allows us to do so.

 

During the day:

 

Once the children are in class, we will use a one-way system in school. Up the east stairwell (office end of school) and down the west stairwell (toilets end of school). This means the main reception will be part of the children’s route through school. The front door will be locked and DfE guidelines state that school offices should be closed to all but essential visitors so please wherever possible contact the office by phone or email. We would much rather see you in person but you will need to book an appointment to visit the office so they can manage the number of people coming through.

 

When children are in class and when moving around school, we will remind and expect them to observe the social distancing rules that have become the norm. They have a combination of rules to follow now. Within their own classes, they are now allowed to be next to each other and don’t need to be separated but they should stay 2 metres away from their teachers and pupils from other classes as much as possible. Desks will all be facing forwards so the children are not directly facing each other.

 

The dining hall will be providing hot meals, however, as we are not allowed to mix class bubbles, children will be eating their dinners or packed lunches in their classrooms.  We will be sending out the 2 week menu as a reminder, the week beginning the 8th March will be Week 1. Free School Meal vouchers will cease from 5th March 2021, however, we await news from the government on whether vouchers will be provided during the Easter holidays.  Please pay for dinners using SIMs Pay.

 

Children will eat lunch in the classroom and will have outside time at morning break and lunchtime in a zoned area of the playground where they will only be allowed to socialise with the same children from their class. Playground equipment will be out of bounds but we will make sure the children have things to play with which will be sanitised regularly.

 

Stationery will be provided and only used by the individual child. You do not need to send in pencil cases, they won’t need them, but they can bring in reading books or something they have done at home they would like to share with their teacher. We are trying to minimise the number of items going back and forth from school to home and vice versa.

 

PE and other lessons that require equipment will still go ahead, we will have enhanced cleaning routines for any equipment that gets used and children will wash hands before and after using it as well. PE kits still need to come into school as before, and children will change for PE as needed during the day.

 

Desks will be cleaned during the day and handwashing routines will be strongly reinforced. The school will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day.

 

We expect the children to be in uniform, although we understand that getting every item sorted with growing children and other things going on at the moment is tricky so don’t worry if it isn’t perfect on day one.

 

Medication:

 

If your child needs medication, please drop it into the school office during the day outside of drop-off times.

 

To maintain social distancing please note that there should only be one parent in the school reception area at a time.  If queueing is necessary, please observe social distancing in the car park area as well.

 

Conkers before and after school club:

 

We are aiming to resume a service for wraparound care, and more details on Conkers before and after school club will be sent out separately.

 

Other clubs:

 

Although the guidance states that we can have clubs, we are still formulating plans to enable this to happen whilst remaining in class bubbles, which takes priority. We will inform and update when we have risk assessed all of the options.

 

Lockdown:

 

Should we find ourselves in a situation where there is another lockdown, be it local or national, then we will move to remote learning through Microsoft Teams. This will allow for direct communication between teachers and families, including feedback on work, and ensure that what we would be learning in school can be replicated at home. Please inform the school if you are unable to attend school due to parents/carers who are shielding.