Shakespeare Infant School Strategic plan for the full re-opening of school from September 2020 for all children and staff.
Due to the easing of lockdown and the reduced infection rate of coronavirus the Government have decided to open schools for all children from September 2020. This plan has been written and agreed in line with the government document “Guidance for full opening – school” published July 2nd 2020.
We have worked closely with staff, governors and the local authority based on all of the information available to school, the concerns of staff and the advice to members from trade unions.
This plan has been agreed by staff and governors.
The plan will be reviewed when needed.
Risks have been identified and the school responses agreed. The risk level has been assessed if all protocols are strictly adhered to.
Risk levels are associated with catching and spreading coronavirus.
RISK 1: All parents and carers and children arriving on site at the start and end of the day could result in catching and spreading coronavirus through close proximity.
Early bird club and breakfast club resume from September.
- They will be offered from 8am each day. EBC will be in the music and drama room and sunshine room and breakfast club in the hall. Breakfast will be served at tables that are kept apart from each other. These will not start until week beginning September 7th.
- Staff should as much as possible keep a safe distance from the children.
- In both facilities the children will have table based activities - books to read, colouring, puzzles. There will be no shared toys on the floor. There will be no physical activities which could result in contact
- Early bird club children can also watch the screen in the Music and drama room, sitting apart from each other.
- If possible children will be encouraged to sit near to children in their own class bubble. They will be encouraged to keep at least a metre apart from children in different bubbles.
- Numbers will for the term be strictly limited to 15 in EBC and 15 in breakfast club.
- It will be made clear to parents/carers that they should only access these facilities if they absolutely have to and new lists will be created from September.
- The provision for after school care has ceased at Crestwood and provision for this will be reviewed in the autumn term
Parents and children arriving at school:
- Until further notice there will be a staggered start time and finish time for each year group as follows:
- Children in Year R will arrive at 8.45am and leave at 3.00pm.
- Year R children will come through the main car park, through the wooden gates by the kitchen to their classes. The carpark will be supervised by staff am and pm. No traffic movement will be allowed during these times. One of the main gates will be kept closed to prevent traffic coming in or out of the carpark.
- Children in Year 1 will arrive at 9.00am and leave at 3.15pm
- Children in Year 2 will arrive at 8.45am and leave at 3.00pm
- Year 1 and Year 2 children will come through the usual pedestrian gate to their classes.
- Children will be marked as late if they have not arrived with 15 minutes of the start time and unauthorised absence after that.
- One adult per child and adults are not to enter the classrooms.
- Child minders can collect from each class keeping to the outside of the building.
- The social distancing markers and signage will remain outside to remind parents/carers of the importance of safe distancing.
- Staff can arrive from 7.30am.
- No traffic will be allowed on site in the car-park until after 9.30am.
- Mr Day will lock the usual entrance gate by 9.30am at the latest.
- Parent/carers and children will not be allowed to wait in groups outside either entrance.
- Older siblings will not be allowed to drop off or pick up younger siblings unless permission has been agreed with the headteacher.
Risk level: Low
RISK 2: Parents and carers could catch and spread coronavirus due to entering the school building to seek information, use facilities, dropping off late children, collecting children outside normal hours.
- Most Parents / carers won’t need to enter the school building unless they have a pre - arranged appointment or an urgent safeguarding concern.
- Parents/carers attending Year R stay and play sessions will be allowed to enter the class rooms. Year R parents will also be allowed to come into class to settle their child at the start of the day.
- Staff in Year 1 and 2 will have to use professional judgement to allow parents in to settle their child at the start of the day if needed.
- Children who are late must be brought to the main front door so that admin staff can safely admit them.
- Parents/carers should be encouraged to refrain from using the toilets facilities if at all possible.
- Parent/teacher meetings in October will be held via Zoom
Risk level: Low
RISK 3: Children and staff could catch and spread coronavirus through close proximity with other children and staff.
- The overarching principle is to reduce number of contacts between children and staff.
- It is accepted that younger children will not be able to maintain social distancing and it is acceptable for them not to distance within their group.
- All teachers and staff can operate across different classes and year groups in order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable. This allows PPA to continue as normal. Staff who move around classes should try, where possible, to maintain 2 metres distance from children and other staff accepting that with young children this may not be possible but to try and do so where circumstances allow.
- The children will stay in their classroom and the only other areas they will access are the toilets, outside and possible the hall for PE.
- Classes will be set up to taking into account the need to minimise face to face and close contact whilst recognising that the guidance is clear that the government are not expecting young children in their class bubble to be able to socially distance.
- The Year R indoor area outside the classes will be clearly marked to stop children entering other classes.
- All children will have their own small zippy bags for basic resources such as pencils, crayons. Shared resources will not be out on tables.
- Children and staff will access their classroom as far as possible externally.
- School will retain the markings in the corridor areas reminding everyone to keep a safe distance when walking around.
- If required, passing others along the corridor at close proximity is still deemed low risk.
- Staff will need to agree new class rules with the children early on focussing on safe bubbles, walking a safe distance from each other, no holding hands, non-contact play when outside, using tissues, and how to wash hands effectively.
- Children will be directed to wash their hands upon arrival in class, before eating and after using the toilet.
- HAND WASHING FOR 20 SECONDS WITH SOAP IS CRUCIAL AND NEEDS TO CONTINUE TO BE A KEY PART OF THE DAY.
- Regular use of hand sanitiser is recommended throughout the day.
- School will purchase two fogging machines to sanitise rooms quickly and efficiently thus supporting the cleaning team.
- Resources need to be washed regularly eg guided reading books.
- The children will only socialise with children in their own class and will not mix with other classes.
- Lunches will continue to be eaten in classrooms and a full hot food menu will be offered.
- Playtimes will be staggered using the whole site with each class keeping to their allocated area. Classes must not be allowed to mix with other groups.
- Staff should where possible and safe to do so prop doors open and open windows in order to maximise ventilation.
- Children should be outdoors as much as is reasonably possible with due regard to other groups and their learning needs. This is something staff could agree together when year group go outside other than playtimes.
- Staff can use the fixed tables and chairs situated outside classrooms as break out areas but mixing with other classes must not happen.
- Play therapy for some children will continue.
- Listen 2 Me for Year 2 will resume in the Music and drama room, class by class. Amy Lane will have to wipe down the instruments after each class has used them. This may reduce the lesson time slightly to enable this to happen.
- After school activities facilitated by other providers, including Brownies, will not resume until the Spring term due to children from multiple classes/schools mixing together.
- Year 2 sports coaches can resume from September. Coaches will need to maintain 2M distance from the children. They will use the far end of the all-weather surface.
- Until further notice there will be no large gatherings of adults/children e.g. assemblies, sports events. Assemblies will be in class. HT assembles will be reviewed possibly via a class rota in the hall.
- There will be no Year 2 lunchtime clubs until the Spring term.
- PE will take place outside ideally or in the hall. If equipment is used then it MUST be cleaned before another class go and use it.
- Staff must not congregate in the staffroom. Where possible breaks to be taken outside or in own classroom or empty rooms such as the sunshine room, music and drama room, hall. Staff must keep a safe distance apart to prevent classes mixing. The staffroom will be set up to ensure safe distancing whilst accessing facilities and areas are to be cleaned after each use.
- The Hive can be used as extra office space if required. If infection cases rise locally then working from home will be considered for some of the admin team to ensure that if the office bubble had to isolate then essential admin will not be affected.
Risk level Medium
Risk 4: Children and staff could catch and spread coronavirus from touching resources commonly found in classrooms.
- Teachers and support staff will only use the resources they require that day. Other resources should not be available.
- Staff will ensure that children will have their own basic resources in a named zippy wallet. These can be left on the table at the end of the day having been wiped down before (teaching) staff leave.
- Staff will need to carefully consider which toys/resources to use and they will need to be cleaned/wiped as far as is reasonably possible at the end of each day by staff before leaving. The cleaning team will not be able to do this.
- If children are using any IT equipment eg IPad, keyboards then these must be wiped clean before being used by another child (in their group).
- If resources need to be shared across classes (though if at all possible this should be avoided) they must be thoroughly cleaned before sharing
- Soft furnishings and soft toys can be in class but must not be shared with other classes.
- Children will be able to bring books bags, PE bags, water bottles and coats/hats into school.
- Staff can take books etc home if needed.
- Water bottles should be clearly named and remain on the table where the child sits and not stored in crates unless absolutely necessary. They should be taken home at the end of the day for washing.
- When playing outside there will be no shared resources out. The play trail can be used on a weekly rota for each Y1 and Y2 class. YR can start to use it after half term. As part of the curriculum staff will need to continue to teach outdoor games for the children to play at playtimes.
- Library books – Zoe Daniel will put a collection of 30 books in each class so children can still loan books. These will need to be quarantined for 72 hours before going back to the library for another class to have. Zoe will support teachers and staff re how to record which child has loaned which book.
Risk level: Low
Risk 5: Children and staff could catch and spread coronavirus from using the toilet facilities
- Children will need continual reminding about safe use of toilets i.e. flush and wash hands for 20 seconds.
- Children must not be in the toilet areas for any longer than required (class rule).
- If in any doubt re hand washing children should wash hands again upon returning to the classroom.
- At busy times toilets must be supervised to ensure safe use. If waiting with an adult to access the toilet areas at break times or before lunch safe distance protocols must be adhered to.
- All staff have a shared responsibility to mop floors if very wet etc.
- Spills/ accidents must be cleared up immediately using agreed protocol. The children must be removed from the classroom until the area has been cleaned and sanitised. The hall and outside can be used for this. PPE must be worn when clearing up any messes. Steve has provided clear instructions.
- Toilets will be cleaned midday.
Risk level Medium
Risk 6: Children and staff could catch and spread coronavirus by touching surfaces around the school
- Thorough cleaning remains essential in preventing the spread of coronavirus and thus keeping children and staff safe.
- Fogging machines will be purchased to support this.
- Teaching and support staff will leave the building when ready each day.
- The cleaning team will continue to thoroughly clean the areas that have been used.
- Joy Bright will continue to clean the toilets at lunchtimes.
- Staff meetings will continue to be held remotely via Teams.
- PPA will be in school as usual but will be adhering to social distancing so class groups don’t mix. Can use the Hive, Owl, Library rooms with the therapeutic support taking place in the Sunshine room.
- Steve will ensure he and his team continue to thoroughly clean all areas and surfaces with a chlorine based product as per the government’s advice; this includes table tops, taps, chairs, handles, door handles, key boards etc.
- Staff will need to play their part with this during the day and use anti bac wipes, liquid and blue roll to clean surfaces e.g. after using the photocopier. These products MUST be stored well away from children at all times.
- The staffroom can only be accessed to check the notice board, check pigeon holes and collect a hot drink using sealed disposable cups provided by the school or staff bring their own. Staff need to observe social distancing requirements when accessing the staffroom.
- The water heater handle and surfaces around the sink area must be wiped with a cloth and cleaner before the next person accesses the area.
- Staff can take breaks/ have lunch outside or in own classroom or using the available rooms.
Risk level: Low
Risk 7: Children and staff could catch and spread coronavirus if they do not have access to PPE
- We have been informed by the government that PPE is still not required by school staff in most circumstances.
- The cleaning team continue to have their own PPE in use.
- However if staff want to wear PPE they are welcome to. This could be their own or use disposable masks provided by school.
- Children are not to wear face masks because, according to government advice, this can be counterproductive and indeed unsafe.
- School will continue to purchase robust face masks for staff to use when administering first aid or clearing spills. They also have aprons and gloves.
- FIRST AID: If a child requires first aid staff need to send a card to the office via another child or adult. Ria Warwick will administer the first aid either outside or near the child’s classroom. This reduces the number of children coming to the office but ensures the first aid is administered properly and consistently and parents are correctly informed. (Note INSET day for first aid has been planned for Oct 23rd to refresh all staff). In the event of a child having possible coronavirus symptoms they will be moved to the first aid room and isolated and looked after by staff. Once sent home the area will be thoroughly cleaned.
- We also have these face masks available for staff who will be working with children’s whose behaviour may require it. It is clear that these face masks are not designed for safety due to inappropriate behaviour e.g. hitting. They can protect against spitting. Individual risk assessments will be completed as necessary.
Risk level: Low This is according to the government.
Risk 8: Children and staff’s mental health could have been adversely affected by the impact of the coronavirus; this could include bereavement, effect of lockdown, financial worries
- School recognise that children’s well-being and education will have been affected by the crisis in different ways. The curriculum and the school day will be planned taking this into account and there will be a strong emphasis on the supporting children to rebuild friendships, respond to issues linked to the coronavirus crisis and support children with physical and mental their well-being
- All staff will be supportive of each other and recognise the different experiences staff will have had and the potential impact arising from this.
- Sarah Kesterson has been trained as our mental health first aider and can provide more bespoke support/direction for professional support if required.
- School have also purchased a mental well-being toolkit as a useful resource.
Risk 9: Some children may find returning to school very difficult and many will have missed weeks of learning opportunities causing the attainment gap to increase.
- The children will need time to settle in and staff should plan to reflect this- there will be a need to be more of a focus on SEMH, re-socialising and wellbeing initially.
- Some children who have been away from school since March will get tired quickly until their learning stamina picks up.
- The government have made it clear about the importance of a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum and making good use of the outdoors where possible. This will support their global development as well as recognising that many children will have gaps in their learning and may have forgotten some of that they have been previously taught.
- Gaps in the following areas will be prioritised : phonics, reading, developing vocabulary, writing and maths)
- It is recognised that the curriculum will have to be adapted in the autumn term at least to address the SEMH needs of the children as well as significant gaps in knowledge. The government have said that the aim is for schools to return to their normal curriculum by no later than the summer term 2021 giving in effect two terms for “catch up”
- Remote education opportunities need to continue to be developed so that it is integrated into the curriculum planning process so that in the event of a class or more having to lockdown children can immediately access their education remotely. Google classrooms has been set up to support this.
- There could be a temptation to have lots of volunteer helpers in school to support learning. This must be very carefully planned to ensure ALL safeguarding checks are completed as per our current safer recruitment practise and that admin colleagues can manage this process.
- All current volunteers will need to have their safer recruitment checks refreshed including DBS due to the time lapse since they will have bene in school.
- Reading Champions will resume from January onwards.
Risk 10: Children may have had a negative experience during the lockdown and school closure.
- Staff need to be extra vigilant with regard to the children returning who have not been in school. Some children may have had negative experiences during the lockdown and school closure.
- All safeguarding protocols are in place and have been adhered to during lockdown. This of course will continue from September.
- CPOMS must continue to be used to report any issues and keep relevant staff up to date. “Mental health” will be added as an option to tick on CPOMS.
Risk 11: Visitors and contractors on site could result in the spread of coronavirus and / or visitors and contractors could be at risk of contracting the virus by attending school.
- All visitors and contractors will sign in and use the hand sanitiser on entry to the building .Names and company must be clearly written in capitals in case contact tracing is required.
- They will maintain safe distance at all times and limit the number of people required on site.
- Visitors and contractors will have to make agreed appointments before coming to school.
- Ideally contractors who need to work inside the building will visit outside of the school day.
- Mr Day will have only essential contact with them and keep a safe distance at all times.
- Supply teachers – where possible school will cover absence using current staff.
- Education visit and education visitors will not resume until the Spring term due to multiple classes accessing these activities. Outdoor walks in class groups can resume from September.
Practical requirements of the plan.
Will be in the Sunshine room Wednesday.
- These will be staggered for each year group and each class will play in a specific area to ensure classes do not mix
- The main playground can accommodate 2 classes, separated by fencing.
- The all-weather surface can have a class.
- There can be a play trail rota so that it can used by a class per week giving a weekend break before another class use it
- Year R- 10.00 – 10.10 (fruit / milk after play)
- Year 1 10.35– 10.50 (fruit / milk before play)
- Year 2 10.15 – 10.30 (fruit / milk after play)
- If classes take resources out then they must not be used by another class unless they have been cleaned
Lunches will be packed lunches (with hot food options) for the Autumn term and will be brought to the classes by the lunchtime staff. This can be reviewed for the Spring term.
Play areas for lunchtimes are:
Early year’s courtyard 1 class
Outside YR 1 class
Main playground 2 classes
All weather surface 2 classes
Year R 12.00 – 12.30 lunch in class then playtime 12.30 – 1.00. One class in each of the following areas - EYC, outside YR classes, half of main playground YR end.
Year 1 12 00 – 12.30 lunch in class then playtime 12.30 – 1.00. One class in each of the following areas – upper half of main playground, two classes on the all- weather surface
Year 2 12 00 – 12.30 playtime. One class in each of the following areas – two classes on the main playground, one class on the all- weather surface. 12.30 – 1.00 lunch in class.
Classes are not to go out or in until their allotted times and must be accompanied by staff.
Special menu children will need to be carefully monitored re where they are sitting and ensure they have the correct food.
Lunch wrist bands will not be used until further notice.
Use of the field areas
When the weather allows the field areas can be coned off and used. Again groups must be kept apart.
Walks can take place in the woodland observing social distancing.
- There is clear guidance regarding what to do if someone becomes unwell within a setting or if there is a confirmed case. The head teacher and the governing body have the power to close the school if they feel the safety of the children and staff is at risk even if this is not the advice given.
WEDNESDAY MAY 20th 2020.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS ABOUT THE PHASED RE-OPENING OF SCHOOL FROM JUNE 1ST.
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you and your family are all well.
As you know, schools have been asked to reopen from June 1st for some year groups. I have now agreed our comprehensive strategic plan with staff, governors and the local authority having assessed the risks to children and staff. I have also taken into account the government information available to schools, the concerns of staff and
the advice from trade unions to their members.
Therefore we have agreed to re-open every day from June 1st for children in YEAR R only. This will be reviewed with the possibility of Year 1 returning at a later date.
Vulnerable children and children of key workers from any year group will continue to be able to attend school every day.
Attendance is not compulsory. There are no penalties if children do not attend school. It is the decision of parents and carers whether you send your (YR) child back to school from June 1st.
- We can see how this goes with regard to numbers in the classrooms, social distancing and whether the infection rate increases.
- It adheres to the government guidance to prioritise Year R if school cannot accommodate all eligible year groups safely.
- The guidance and advice from the government asserting schools are safe to open can be assessed with smaller numbers in school and in groups.
- It supports the very real concerns that staff have about schools re-opening from June 1st. It covers areas of concern posed by trade unions.
- Initially we can keep numbers in groups well below 15 (we are aiming to have groups of no more than 10 children).
- Y1 and Y2 key worker children and Y1 and Y2 children deemed vulnerable will each have their own classroom in the modular building.
- There are fewer children and adults accessing the school site at the start and end of the day.
- There are fewer children and adults moving around the site during the school day.
I totally understand that some parents and children in Year 1 may be disappointed. However these are unprecedented times and decisions have to be made to ensure the safety of those in the classrooms and school building. The government made it clear that if we cannot safely re-admit Year R and Year 1 children then we have to prioritise Year R. Whether we agree with that or not that is what we have done.
Parents and carers of all children in Year R will, by Friday, receive a letter via email explaining admission arrangements from Monday June 1st. Please ensure that you read it carefully to ensure a smooth start on the 1st. There will also be a video on Facebook and the school website explaining arrangements and will show what the
school will look like for those children eligible to return on June 1st.
I will post the detailed plan on the school website via the parent tab: coronavirus.
This will hopefully answer any other questions you may have.
Keep safe and I look forward to seeing some of you soon.
Monday May 18th 2020
UPDATE RE JUNE 1ST.
Dear parents and carers,
I hope you and your family are all well.
As you know, schools have been asked to reopen from June 1st for some year groups.
I am currently working on a comprehensive strategic plan with staff and governors and will be informing you about how we are responding to this by the end of this week.
The challenges are immense. We have to try to ensure the school is as safe as we possibly can make it for the children and staff. Not only is this a place of learning for the children, it is also a work place for staff. With that in mind we are taking into account staff concerns, how other employers are endeavouring to make workplaces safe before their staff return and the advice unions are giving to their members with regard to health and safety in the workplace in respect of the risk posed by coronavirus.
Taking everything into account, it is almost certain that we will not be able to implement everything the government are asking us to do from June 1st. It is likely that we will be implementing a phased approach (in addition to their phased approach!).
We have a survey monkey on our website asking parents of children in years R and 1 if you will be sending your child back to school on June 1st. Please could you complete this survey.
Further to that, if you are a key worker and have a child in YR, Y1 or Y2 please
could you email the office (or call) to let us know if your child will be returning to school from June 1st.
Please make it clear in your email (or call us):
· Full name of child
· Year group they are in
· Whether your child WILL or WILL NOT be returning to school from June 1st.
Key worker parents whose children are already attending school during the lockdown do not need to contact us as we will be expecting your child to carry on attending from June 1st (unless you tell us otherwise).
Thinking of you all.