SEPTEMBER 2020 RE-OPENING
I hope I find you all well and that you have had both a restful and enjoyable summer. You will note that we continue to live in strange times, but we look to the future with hope and confidence knowing that God is always with us.
As you will be aware the government has stated that all schools will reopen to all pupils at the beginning of the autumn term. Therefore, Harper Bell will begin the term for all pupils on Thursday 3rd September. We are so pleased that we are finally able to welcome all pupils back into school knowing that many pupils have really missed their friends and the structed routine of school life.
Unfortunately, school will not be exactly as it was before lockdown commenced. In line with government guidelines we have put in measures to create a safer environment. The procedures being put in place are to keep everyone in our school community safe and therefore must be adhered to. We appreciate your support at this time in helping to keep everyone safe and well.
From September the expectation from the government is that all children will return to school. Schools will be expected to resume the processes involved in following up on absences and imposing fines where necessary.
To safeguard us all, children should NOT attend school if they are exhibiting any symptoms of Co-vid-19, including any of the following:
a high temperature – this means your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure their temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if your child regularity has a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss or change to your child’s sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with Coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
What to do if your child has any of these symptoms
If you or your child have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone you live with, must also stay at home until receiving the result of the test. If your child receives a negative result, they are then able to return to school. If your child returns a positive result, he or she must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when the symptoms started. In both cases it is essential that you inform us of the outcomes.
As a further measure to minimise the number of contacts pupils have during the school day, your child will be placed in one of three bubbles based on their year group:
Bubble A: Reception & year1
Bubble B: Year 2 & Year 3
Bubble c: Year 4,5 & 6
During the school day children will not be allowed to mix between bubbles and as much as possible will remain within their class. This system enables us to have clear contact history to support the NHS track and Trace system. This also means that there will no longer be daily collective worship or assemblies in the hall. However, these will now be held in classrooms. Playtimes and lunch times will be staggered . The start and end of the school day will also be staggered in order to avoid mass gatherings in the playground. Children will not be socially distanced within classes, but we have organised all classrooms to have desks and chairs facing the front in order to avoid prolonged face-to-face contact.
Children are expected to wear school uniform from the first day back along with appropriate school shoes. Uniforms do not need to be changed more than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different than normal. We ask you to minimise personal items that children bring to and from school such as pencil cases and books to minimize the potential spread of the virus.
Children will be expected to use hand sanitiser on the way into the school building and to wash their hands upon arrival to their classroom, as well as at break and lunch times. Hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities are available in every classroom and children will be asked to wash their hands more regularly than usual. The same health hygiene measures that we introduce prior to lock down e.g.(Catch it, bin it, kill it) will continue to be promoted. Hand washing posters are in place to support and remind staff and pupils of the importance of rigorous handwashing. There is no need for children to wear face coverings in school; if children wear masks on the journey to school they should be removed before entering the school building and either given to parents to take home or placed in a plastic bag and tied until home time.
Breakfast and after-school clubs
Breakfast club will be available for all pupils from the beginning of term (Thursday 4th September 7.30am) and this will be facilitated using pupil bubbles. There will be a significantly reduced after school club timetable and this will again be delivered with pupils placed in their respective independent bubble. After school clubs will not begin until the week beginning Monday 14th September. Registration information will be sent to all parents at the beginning of the term.
Accessing and communicating with the school.
Parents will not be allowed to access the school building beyond the school office without permission from a member of the senior leadership team. We ask that where possible you communicate with the school via email or telephone. Where it is necessary to visit the school office only one parent/family will be allowed in the foyer area in order to facilitate social distancing.
School Ping continues to be the main method for keeping parents up to date with key school information. If you are yet to register for School Ping, please contact Mrs Jackson in the school office at the beginning of the term.
Drop off and collection times and entrances
The school day will be staggered from September in order to reduce congestion and support social distancing in line with government guidance. Times need to be strictly adhered to in order to avoid cross overs between bubbles. Classes should arrive as follows:
Again, in line with government guidance, we respectfully ask that you do not congregate outside the school more than necessary, in order to ensure maximum social distancing.
Friday afternoon new school closure time
Also, can I remind you that our new closing time on Friday is 1.00pm from September onwards. Registration for Friday afternoon childcare will be sent out at the beginning of the term.
Finally, please see below for your child’s new class teacher. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back Miss Jackson and it is also my pleasure to introduce Mr Mansell who is a new addition to our teaching team.
Year Group Teachers (September 2020)
Year 6 – Mr Liam Mansell
Year 5 – Miss Rumena Begum
Year 4 – Mr Paul Fowen
Year 3 – Miss Ursella Lawrence
Year 2 – Miss Dominique Jackson
Year 1 – Miss Sophie Mason
Reception – Miss Dorota Plominska
Reception – Miss Charlene Brown
Year 1 – Miss Karina Richards
Year 2 – Miss Harjinder Banga
R Irish – SENCo
G Bishop – Intervention Teacher
P Hynan - Deputy Head
I look forward to seeing you all very soon.