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Coronavirus Safety Information for the Autumn Term 2020

Updated Risk Assessment

 

Please read through these documents carefully and thoroughly as there is a lot of information.  We hope these documents will reassure you about our procedures for keeping staff, and both you and your child safe whilst they are in school.

As and when we get new guidance we will update our plans accordingly, and notify you by email.

 

If you visit the class pages the welcome video clip from your new class teachers is there if you have not already seen it.

Returning to School in September

 

Dear Parents,

As the holiday is drawing to a close we wanted to make contact and let you know how much we are all looking forward to welcoming you and the children back to  school. We did a lot of planning and risk assessing before the start of the holidays and hopefully you all received that information about the practical aspects of how school will function. The film clips and information letters are on the website https://www.wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk/information-for-september-2020/ .  There will be signage and some of the team will be out on the grounds to meet you for the first few days.

Information for September 2020 | Wheatfields Infants' and Nursery School

Please read through these documents carefully and thoroughly as there is a lot of information. We hope these documents will reassure you about our procedures for keeping staff, and both you and your child safe whilst they are in school.

www.wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk

 

The staff team have also been doing lots of thinking about the emotional needs of the children, the community and themselves as we enter this unprecedented start to a school year.

We will be mindful of the fact that as families you may have had limited contact with others outside of the home and now we asking the chidren to mix with a much larger group, that you may not have had the opportunities to do the sorts of preparation for starting school that you would normally do, that your children may have had limited opportunities to play with other children, that they are still unsure as to why school stopped so suddenly and will it happen again, that they may not have been sleeping as well or are finding it hard to get up early and get back into a routine, that getting back into a learning routine (despite the fantastic work you as parents have done) may leave them tired and overwhelmed. Maybe they have thoroughly enjoyed their time at home with you and don't want to leave you and come into school or maybe they can't wait to get get back!

We will be listening to each and every child and family to try and  make this transition back to education in school as smooth as possible. We have attached part of an article on separation anxiety that was produced for us by the Educational Psychology Service and would suggest reading lots of stories about school and starting school (there are a number suggested in the article), practise putting on the school uniform, walk the route to and from school, talk to your child about the ritual of dropping off and how you will be saying goodbye.

If your child is reluctant to leave you, please wait with your child in the drop off zone whilst the class teacher takes the other children in and a member of the class team or another member of the staff team will come out to support you and your child.

 

If you have any information that you would like to share with us, for us to be aware of before Thursday's start or if you have any concerns yourself please contact your child's class teacher on the class email below:

 

Mrs Lowe (Ash Class)  TLowe@wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk

Mr Rush (Beech Class) TRush@wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk

Miss Morgan (Maple Class) AMorgan@wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk

Mrs Norman (Willow Class) JNorman@wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk

Mrs Pratt (Chestnut Class) EPratt@wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk

Miss Read (Oak Class) SRead@wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk

Mrs Bushi (Acorns Class) RBushi@wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk

Miss Hackett (Conkers Class) JHackett@wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk

Miss Matthews (Pinecones Class) KMatthews@wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk

Mrs Nicholl  (Nursery Children) JNicholl@wheatfieldsinfants.herts.sch.uk

 

Look forward to welcoming our new families and welcoming back our existing children to Wheatfields Infants and Nursery School next week

   

Miss Cockburn and the Staff Team

 

 

Parents role in supporting their child's return to school - Educational Psychologist Service Recorded Presentation.

 

Please see below video clips of how to enter and leave the site in September 2020.

Thank you to Mrs Bushi and Mrs Fitz for filming these.

Year 1, Year 2, Conkers and Pinecones Route

Nursery Route

Acorns Class Route

Department for Education

Plans for all children and young people to return to full-time education at the start of the autumn term. 

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced our plans for all children and young people to return to full-time education at the start of the autumn term in Parliament today.

We have published the supporting guidance that provides schools, colleges and nurseries with the details to plan for a full return. The guidance has been developed in close consultation with sector stakeholders and medical experts from Public Health England.

Nurseries and other early years providers, including childminders, have already been welcoming back children of all ages since 1 June, with a range of protective measures in place. From 20 July, restrictions on group sizes for nurseries, childminders and other early years providers will be lifted, increasing capacity for more children to return, as set out in the updated guidance.

The schools guidance sets out a range of measures to protect children and staff. This guidance applies to all mainstream schools, alternative provision, independent schools and boarding schools and sets out advice on how you can minimise contact and mixing. Separate guidance has also been published for special schools.

We have also published guidance for parents and carers on the plans for the autumn term to help reassure them about what to expect for their children.

The guidance for the full opening of schools from the start of the autumn term can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

The updated guidance on actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures

The new guidance for the full opening of special schools and other specialist settings from the start of the autumn term can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-full-opening-special-schools-and-other-specialist-settings

The new guidance on what further education colleges and providers will need to do from the start of the 2020 autumn term can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision

The guidance for what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term can be found here:

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

The updated guidance on re-opening buildings and campuses for higher education (HE) can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-he-providers-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

The information below has not changed since yesterday.

Collection of guidance for early years, children’s social care, schools and further education providers on GOV.​UK

The Department for Education’s coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance has been grouped by subject and audience on GOV.​UK to help you find the information relevant to you. In response to your feedback, future updates to guidance will also include a summary of the changes that have been made.

Guidance on what early years providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/early-years-and-childcare-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on what school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-schools-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on what colleges, universities and other providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/further-and-higher-education-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on what local authority children’s services need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-authority-childrens-services-coronavirus-covid-19

You can sign up to alerts on GOV.​UK to be notified by email when new pages are published or existing pages change. You can set the frequency at which you receive these emails and unsubscribe at any time.

Sign up to GOV.​UK updates here:

https://www.gov.uk/email-signup?link=/government/organisations/department-for-education

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.

The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here:

https://e-bug.eu

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