Please watch this video to see what we’ve done to help safeguard our children and staff upon their return to school.
Please also take time to read this reopening brochure provided to you directly from E-ACT:
Below is a letter, further outlining the information detailed throughout the video:
REEDSWOOD E-ACT PRIMARY ACADEMY FULL RE OPENING MARCH 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that you and your family are well and are looking forward to your child returning to school on the 8th March as much as we are.
We are all looking forward to seeing all of our pupils once again, but I would like to reassure you that the safety of our school community is our priority. We will continue to review the arrangements we have already implemented since last September, and will continue to update you with any changes as and when we make them, taking into account any worries or concerns that parents may have.
We now have the government guidance on how we can reopen in March and I would like to outline our plans to reopen for all children. I’m sure you will appreciate we have made some changes to our school day to ensure a safe return for everyone. There will some small changes to our school day to ensure we abide by the government requirements and they will ensure your child can return to school in a safe environment.
Following the guidance we have ensure that these key measures below have been implemented:
Staggered starts and ends to the school day
Year group lunch and break times in class bubbles
Additional cleaning in all rooms throughout the day
Reduced movement around the building
Hand sanitisers in all classrooms
Zoned playground spaces for class bubbles
Social distancing drop off and collection
We have updated our video that has been on our website since last year just to refresh your memory and to show you where to come on the first day back to drop off your child and collect. The video also gives you a chance to see the changes we have made within the academy and how we are organising break and lunchtimes.
I can confirm that school will reopen to all pupils on MONDAY 8 MARCH. We have missed you all very much. We have carried out a full risk assessment to identify the risks associated with coronavirus specific to our academy and minimised those risks as far as we are able to.
See below Drop off and Collection Points for your children. This is to limit social gatherings.
|Year group||Drop off point and time||Collection point and time|
|Tiny Twos||8.30am Bentley Drive MAIN ENTRANCE
12.15pm Bentley Drive MAIN ENTRANCE
|11.30am Bentley Drive MAIN ENTRANCE
3.15pm Bentley Drive MAIN ENTRANCE
|Nursery||8.45am Pargeter Street entrance
12.30pm Pargeter Street entrance
|11.45am Pargeter Street entrance
3.30pm Pargeter Street entrance
|Reception||8.30am Bentley Drive Follow one way system as before – up STEPS/out main entrance||3.00pm Bentley Drive Follow one way system as before– up STEPS/out main entrance|
|Year 1||8.30am Bentley Drive MAIN ENTRANCE||3.15pm Bentley Drive STEPS|
|Year 2||8.30am Pargeter Street entrance||3.15pm Pargeter Street entrance|
|Year 3||9.00am Pargeter Street entrance||3.30pm Pargeter Street entrance|
|Year 4||9.00am Bentley Drive STEPS||3.30pm Bentley Drive STEPS|
|Year 5||8.45am Bentley Drive MAIN ENTRANCE||3.30pm Bentley Drive MAIN ENTRANCE|
|Year 6||8.45am Bentley Drive MAIN ENTRANCE||3.15pm Bentley Drive MAIN ENTRANCE|
Now the children have had a week to settle in and in order for us to be able to fit all of the curriculum into the school day we have reviewed drop off and collections. From Monday 15 March all children will need to be dropped off at their allocated time for their year group and not together with the earliest sibling. We appreciate that for some families it may mean you waiting and for that we appreciate your co-operation. We will continue to accommodate families that have drop off/collections at the same time but at different locations.
Our Breakfast club will be up and running again in March but there will be a few differences to what parents and children are used to in order for us to reduce contact between our bubbles as much as possible. Children will sit in class bubbles. All children must be booked in advance to breakfast club, unfortunately we will not be able to accept children just turning up on the day. Please book your space via the school office. Please also note that spaces are limited.
PE and Uniform
All children must be in full school uniform except on PE days then they should come to school in their PE kits. Jogging bottoms instead of PE shorts is fine on colder days.
Arrangements for break times and lunchtimes
We recognise the importance for all pupils to have a break from learning and to enjoy time outside during the school day. Reconnecting with friends will be an important aspect of pupils settling back into school life, so we have made some adjustments to break and lunch times to ensure they can do so safely. Classes will have the opportunity to play together in bubbles at break times and lunchtimes. Our lunchtimes will be ‘staggered’ between 11:30am and 1:30pm. When children return in March we will be providing food boxes and hot meals that children will eat in their classrooms. This will be reviewed after Easter.
From 8th March, the government have stated that attendance will be mandatory for all children and, therefore, all children should return to school. For parents and carers of children of compulsory school age, this means that the legal duty on you as a parent to send your child to school regularly will apply.
A small number of pupils will be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves, or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19). If your child is unable to attend school for this reason, you should contact school and advice will be given about what support is available in terms of remote education.
Shielding advice for all adults and children will be reviewed on 31st March, subject to a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of coronavirus. This means that the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding. Some pupils no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school in March. Where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, the absence will not be penalised although we will need to discuss this with you.
I hope that these arrangements provide you with the information you need to support your child’s return to school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email Postbox.Reedswood@e-act.org.uk or call the school office on 01922 721323.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for supporting the school over the past months and supporting your child with their home learning, and look forward to seeing everyone in March.
Mrs M Lathbury-Cox