School Reopening – Information

Please see below the main points of Mrs Tricketts letter sent Wednesday 20th May 2020. Please refer back to the full letter if you are unsure on any area.

 

Sections

Grouping of children
Classroom layout
Timings
Timetable AM
Timetable PM
Groups & Teachers
Start Dates
Curriculum
Beginning of the day
Lunchtimes
Equipment
Uniform
Attendance & Absence
School Office is physically closed to parents
Behaviour Protocol
Other things to be aware of
Children of KeyWorkers

 

 

Grouping of Children

  • Classes will be split into groups of no more than 15.
  • Nursery is one group of no more than 15 children.
  • Reception and Year 1 havebeen split into groups of no more than 15.
  • Year 6 have been split into two groups of no more than 15 to allow a‘transition-to-secondary’curriculum to be delivered supporting our pupils to say goodbye to Maple Cross and prepare for secondary school.
  • You will receive a personalised letter confirming which group your child is in. For GDPR reasons,we cannot send out a list of the whole class.
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Classroom Layout

  • Classrooms will look very different, particularly for children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1, this will be inthe context of keeping everyone safe.
  • All soft furnishings, rugs, soft toys, sand, playdoughand any other items that cannotbe easily washed regularly will be removed.
  • Children will no longer have ‘free flow’ between the outside and inside areas. There will be timetabled slots for indoor and outdoor learning.
  • To support social distancing, there will alsobe a more restricted range of activities and resources than the children are currently used to.
  • Please tell your child(ren) that classrooms will look very different and that they are not able to hug, hold hands or sit close to their friends or staff. We will be giving them alternatives (e.g.a virtual ‘high five’) to use instead.
  • Class teachers will be sharing a welcome back pack which will include photos of the new classroom layouts as well as video tours on our Twitter account. Please share these with your children and talk about the new layout.
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Timings

  • Part-time timetable for all returning classes, either morning or afternoon, to ensure all pupils are taught by their class teacher in their classroom.
  • Allocated sessions will be confirmed in the personalised letter you will receive about groupings.
  • This will be regularly reviewed and when,and if appropriate, we will move to longer sessions and full days.
  • Start and finish times will be staggered to keep to social distancing expectations and for staff to clean the resources and get classrooms ready for the next sessions.
  • There will be a full clean at lunchtime andatthe end of the day as well as spot cleaning throughout the sessions
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Timetable AM

Time Nursery
Mon-Wed
Reception
Mon-Thurs
Year 1
Mon-Thurs
Year 6
Mon-Thurs
Key Worker
Mon-Fri
Arrival  8.40am 8.50am 9.00am 9.10am 8.30am
Departure 11.10am 11.20am 11.30am 11.40am 3.30pm
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Timetable PM

Time  Nursery Reception
Mon-Thurs
Year 1
Mon-Thurs
Year 6
Mon-Thurs
Key Worker
Mon-Fri
Arrival N/A 12.30pm 12.40pm 12.50pm N/A
Departure N/A 3.00pm 3.10pm 3.20pm N/A
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Groups and Teachers

Group Primary
Base
Lead
Teacher
Max People
in space
(chn and adults)
Handwashing
Station
Designated
Toilets
Nursery Nursery
Classroom
Ms Biss
(Ms Heydarzadeh)
15 children + 2 adults Nursery
Classroom
Classroom
Reception
(Group 1, AM)
Reception
Classroom
Ms Scourfield
(Ms O’Reilly)
15 children + 2 adults Reception
Classroom
Classroom
Reception
(Group 2, PM)
Reception
Classroom
Ms Scourfield
(Ms O’Reilly)
15 children + 2 adults Reception
Classroom
Classroom
Year 1
(Group 1, AM)
Year 1
Classroom
Ms Anand 15 children + 1 adult Year 1
Classroom
Yr1 corridor
Year 1
(Group 2, PM)
Year 1
Classroom
Ms Anand 15 children + 1 adult Year 1
Classroom
Yr1 corridor
Year 6
(Group 1, AM)
Year 6
Classroom
Ms Cacuci 15 children + 1 adult
+ 1:1 adult
Year 6
Classroom
Yr6 mobile toilets
Year 6
(Group 2, PM)
Year 6
Classroom
Ms Cacuci 15 children + 1 adult Year 6
Classroom
Yr6 mobile toilets
Key Workers/
Vulnerable Group
Year 4
Classroom
Ms Lumm am
Mr Dignum pm
10 children + 1 adult Year 6
Classroom
Yr4 Classroom
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Start Dates

  • Monday 1st June – Year 6, Monday to Thursday going forward.
  • Tuesday 2nd June – Year 1, Monday to Thursday going forward.
  • Wednesday 3rd June – Reception, Monday to Thursday going forward.
  • Monday 8th June – Nursery, Monday to Wednesday going forward.

SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL PUPILS (except key worker children) ON FRIDAYS. This will allow for extra cleaning and time for staff to prepare learning both for those in school and for those at home.

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Curriculum
  • Focus will be on ensuring well-being and re-establishing relationships with peers.
  • Each group (morning or afternoon) will have a daily phonics/reading session, outdoor maths session and a lesson based around the whole school writing project.
  • Learning will be provided for the children who continue to learn at home and for the morning or afternoon session they are not at school.
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Beginning of the day

  • Yellow spots, at a 2m distance, have been marked on the floor from the start of the alley to the green gate near the school building.
  • It is vital that families arrive at their designated time and wait on a yellow spot at least 2m apart.
  • Children should be accompanied by 1 parent and other siblings who are not in the returning year groups, should not come to school.
  • Members of staff will be around to support with the new logistics, maintain a 2m distance at all times.
  • If you have siblings in more than one returning year group, they should arrive at the later time and enter together.
  • There will be one-way system in operation. Please enter school via the usual alley-way entranceand follow the yellow spots. Signage and staff will direct you.
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Lunchtimes

  • For at least the first two weeks of the half term,  no meals will be eaten at school (except key worker children who should continue to bring a packed lunch in to school). We will be reviewing this regularly.
Equipment
  • Children must not bring any items to school apart form a coat/waterproof as appropriate. This will be hung on their chair (cloakrooms will not be used as these are not spaced apart).
  • Each child in school will be provided with stationery as appropriate. This will remain on their table for the time at school and will not be shared with any other pupils.
  • Following updated guidance, no reading books will be sent home.Please continue to access e-learning books. If your child has completed learning for the whole school reading and writing project (The Journey) this will be stored for 72 hours to ensure any trace of the virus has died off and then will be used in school.
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Uniform

  • Children will not be partaking in their usual PE lessons so no PE kit is required in school. We will still want them to be active so please send your child into school wearing trainers.
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School Office is physically closed to parents.

  • No parents will be able to come into the School Office or remain on the school site other than to drop off or pick up Nursery, Reception,Year 1 children, Year 6 or children in the key worker group.
  • Please direct communication via the school office telephone or email systems.
  • Please ensure emails are sent to the admin@maplecross.herts.sch.uk address.
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Behaviour Protocol

  • Whilst we understand young children will find social distancing hard, our expectation is that older children will adhere to these rules. Should a child flagrantly disregard this, under health and safety,we will require parents to pick up their child immediately. We include an appendix to our normal behaviour policy with this letter.
  • We have a duty to protect not only all the children but also the staff and their families too.
  • By bringing your child to school,we assume you are in agreement with these rules and failure to comply may result in you being askedto keep your child at home.
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Attendance and Absence

  • As per the Department of Education guidelines, fines for non-attendance have currently been suspended, however we will still be adhering to our school attendance policy.
  • We will require notification of any non-attendance due to illness etc. prior to 8:30am that day.
  • Any child that does not attend, where notification has not been received, will be contacted in the usual manner.
  • Please refer to the school website page ‘school reopening’ for further information and up to date copies of our policies.
  • If you have chosen to keep your child at home, due to a child/familymember displaying symptoms of Coronavirus or are shielding, we still have a duty of care and you will need to contact the school every Monday by leaving an answer phone message on 01923 770909, Option 1.
  • If your child is in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 and you have decided you do not want your child to return to school,please put this in writing to the school office team –admin@maplecross.herts.sch.uk.
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Other things to be aware of:

  • We expect you to not socialise outside of the government’s directive.
  • We will not be administering antibiotics/calpol or other medication as the children are not in school for full days.
  • Should your child require first aid, please be advised that staff will be wearing a mask, apron and gloves.
  • If your child uses an asthma pump,please ensure that they are able to hold and use it themselves under supervision.
  • Groups will remain in one room. Children will not be using the Dining Hall, School Hall or Library.
  • Shielding children or siblings of shielding children are not to attend school. Parents are to inform the schoolin writing (admin@maplecross.herts.sch.uk)
  • If children or staff show Covid symptoms, they will be sent home and required to self-isolate.
  • Parents can request that children are tested should they believe that they have been exposed to C-19.
  • If staff become unwell or isolate, it is unlikely that a substitute member of staff will lead their group. That group mayno longer be offered sessions in school until that staff member is well enough to work.
  • Classroom and learning spaces will be cleaned twice daily and teachers will have cleaning equipment to wipe surfaces clean throughout sessions.
  • Pupils will be asked to wash their hands on entry to school, before departing, when coming back in to the building (after outdoor learning), after toileting and after sneezing/coughing.
  • Children in EYFS and Yr1 will also have a supervised snack time, with handwashing prior, rather than the usual rolling snack.
  • Children are welcome to bring their own anti-viral hand sanitiser but they must still followthe adult instructions on hand washing. Handsanitiseris not a replacement for hand washing with warm water and soap. Handsanitiser must be named and children are not allowed to share it with any peers.
  • Bins will be emptied twice daily and childrenwillhave access to tissues.
  • No water bottles should be brought into school. Instead each child will have a plastic cup (this will be sterilised through the dishwasher after each session) and topped up with drinking water throughout the session.
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Children of KeyWorkers

  • After half term, children of keyworkers will need to book fortnightly in advance into daily sessions when parents are working‘on-site’only.
  • Children will not be able to be collected early as we must ensure staggering of drop offand collection for all pupilsdoes not contradict the social distancing rules.
  • For child care, the group will be ledby Ms Lumm or Mr Dignum. Within these sessions,children will be encouraged to complete their home learning tasks and have opportunities to take part in some arts and crafts or similar.
  • In order to fulfil demand, we will need to be reassured that parents are working onsite rather than at home.
  • If youare a key worker, working on-site,and your child is in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6, you will be asked to confirm which group you wish your child to be a part of from June 1st:part-time sessionswith their year grouporthe key worker group. From that date, there is no option to switch from one to the other. The Government has stipulated that pupils are not to move between smaller groups.
  • School will NOT be open during the half term to ensure it can fully prepare for the 1stJune and finish deep cleaning.
  • Please book your key worker days HERE . These must be booked by Friday at 2pm for the forthcoming fortnight.