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  • St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
  • Alvechurch Road, West Heath, Birmingham
  • West Midlands, B31 3PN
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Full Opening of St John Fisher Catholic Primary School 

 

Following government guidance, in September we have welcomed back all pupils. 

 

The government have produced guidance which states that from September it is  safe for all children to return to school, with measures in place. The government has stated that attendance in September is expected and non-attendance will now be unauthorised. Please find below an outline of the measures we have in place. 

The school day

  • Whole classes will now be kept together as a ‘bubble’ and will not mix with other classes in school
  • Desks from year 2-6 will be arranged so that seats face forward, as per government advice. Year 1 will move towards this as part of the transition from Reception but will initially involve a mix of independent and group working utilising the outdoor space as much as possible.
  • The groups will have access to resources that they use regularly, and these will not be shared, such as pens and pencils. Other equipment such as games, books, toys and computers will be shared within the bubble but will be cleaned regularly throughout the day and after use.
  • If another class group requires use of shared equipment it will be cleaned before and after use.
  • Our curriculum will look a little different. In the first instance we will be focusing on pupil mental health and well-being, ensuring our children feel happy, safe and ready to learn. We will of course need to address some ‘catch up’ and therefore our curriculum will focus on basic skills interspersed with physical and creative activities as a means of mini breaks from the catch up curriculum. As time progresses, we will revert back to our full curriculum.
  • The class group will remain together throughout the day and not mix with other groups in school for any communal activities such as assemblies, lunch or playtimes.
  • The children will still have playtimes and lunchtimes but they will play within their group and times will be staggered to allow the groups not to mix.
  • Regular handwashing throughout the day along with good hygiene practice and regular cleaning of equipment.
  • All children must bring their own water bottle to school and have this labelled with their name – this will need to go home each day for cleaning. Please send in water only.
  • It is recommended that children limit the items they bring to school each day. The only items that children will require is their book bag, PE kit and packed lunch (if lunch is not provided at school). All stationery items will be provided by school. Please do not send in teddies, comforters etc.
  • Children will need to wear school uniform – normal washing routines are now recommended
  • You will need to sign a new Covid-19 Home school Agreement updated to reflect government guidance, which can be found on our website here.

Drop off/collection

  • Each class group will be assigned a location/time to drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon. Please stick rigidly to these times to avoid congestion and allow people to move around the site safely and at 1 metre +.
  • Children will need to be collected/dropped off by one person (younger siblings may also accompany). This is particularly important as we welcome back more of our school community.
  • Bikes, scooters etc. should be parked at the gates to main playground entrance and not used to enter the playground. A larger group returning will mean that we need to put this in place to ensure distances can be maintained.
  • We have several locations for drop off and pick up to allow for social distancing around the school site.
  • There will be 1 metre + markers at all drop off/collection points - please keep your distance from others.
  • Please do not use the playground area or the entrance gates to the school before or after school to meet with other families and keep the 1 metre + distance at all times.
  • To allow for a swift drop off/collection and minimal contact please try stick to the allocated times and call the office if you are running late. If there is a message that can’t be quickly passed to the teacher – please understand that this conversation will be held over the phone once all of the children are in safely.
  • When walking through the school grounds via the main pedestrian access please walk on the LEFT.
  • When travelling to school, please avoid public transport as far as possible. If you need to use public transport you must use the face coverings for children aged 11+ as per government guidelines
  • Please see table below for collection/drop off times (Please note that when dropping off siblings you can drop the siblings of your child with the earliest arrival or departure time at their entry point E.g. a child in year 6 will be dropped at 8:35 - 8:45 if they had a sibling in reception they could also be dropped just after to their own classroom door and the teachers will be ready for them.
  • When collecting pupils please collect your child with earliest departure time first and then wait at the exit point for the next child if there is a sibling to collect. Teachers will dismiss siblings to you earlier if you are waiting.

Group

Location

Arrival Time

Departure time

Reception**

Small side entrance

9:00 – 9:15**

3:00 – 3:15**

Year 1

Year 1 classroom door

 

9.05 – 9:15

3.05-3.15pm

 

Year 2

Year 2 classroom door

8:45 – 8:55

3.25-3.35pm

Year 3

Infant library entrance (previously main entry for all)

 

9.00-9:10

3.15-3.25

Year 4

Library side entrance

(on main path at side of school)

 

8:55-9.05

3:15-3:25

Year 5

Year 5 classroom door

8.45-8:55

3.25-3.35

Year 6

Year 6 Classroom door

 

8.35-8:45

3.30-3.40

 

 

Lunchtimes

  • Lunchtimes are staggered to allow for groups to remain apart from one another as far as possible.
  • The school kitchen is open and is able to provide meals in the form of a hot meal or choice of sandwich daily
  • Pupils in Reception, Year One and Year 2 will receive their universal infant free school meal. This can be either in the form of a hot meal or sandwich. You can send in your own packed lunch if preferred, please ensure that this is a healthy lunchbox with no nuts if you do (products containing traces of nuts are fine). See link here healthy lunch box ideas. Most children do take up their infant free school meal and a full menu of hot meals is available for their return.
  • Reception class will eat their lunch in the hall (early slot), followed by year 1. Y2 will collect lunches from the school canteen but will eat in their own classrooms, which will be cleaned before and after.
  • Pupils in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 may also order a lunch from the school kitchen which is payable to the school office please call the office to let us know if you require this. You are of course welcome to send in your own healthy packed lunch if you prefer. Free school meals will continue to be issued as usual.
  • Y3 – Y6 will eat lunch in their classrooms if bringing a packed lunch and can collect a hot school meal from the hall (staggered times for all classes) if required.

Breaktimes

  • All children will have morning break times and also some playtime during the lunch break. They will remain with their class group and staggered times will allow pupils to enjoy their playtime and avoid mixing with other class groups.
  • If your child is upset or has an accident staff will of course be able to comfort and care for them.
  • All children can bring in a fruit snack for their morning break time if they wish to. Reception and KS1 children will continue to receive free fruit as a morning snack. There may be a small delay in this starting up again so If you’d like to send in fruit for the first few days you’re welcome to do so.
  • KS2 children will still be able to purchase toast – this will begin on Monday 7th September. A letter will come home on the children’s first day back

Wrap around care

  • This is in place from Monday 14th September. Children will be in small consistent groups, mixing with no more than 14 other children throughout the week as another (bubble). Your child can choose to attend breakfast, after school or both. This will determine the number of 'bubbles' your child is a part of.
  • For full details regarding availability, costs and measures in place please call the school office on 0121 475 3489 or email Mrs Sanders c.sanders@stjonfsh.bham.sch.uk

Keeping Safe

  • The government has advised that face coverings are not recommended for use in primary school.
  • Additional resources for cleaning and sanitising are in place throughout the school
  • If your child or anyone in your household develops symptoms you must inform the school immediately, self-isolate and be tested for Covid-19 then seek appropriate advice as per the government guidelines.
  • All children and their families will be able to be tested if they develop symptoms.
  • If a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they will be sent home, have an immediate test and isolate until results are known.
  • If a test is positive the class group will be informed and will need to isolate for 14 days. Household members need not isolate unless your own child then tests positive or you develop symptoms yourself. Please see link below for further information or contact the school at any time for clarity in these circumstances. There is a flow chart on the school website which makes this clear.
  • All information regarding safety measures and the return to school can be found on our website under the coronavirus information page

There is also a guide for parents on gov.uk which can be found here which may answer some of your questions

 If you have any further questions regarding the proposed plan, then please get in touch as soon as possible before the summer break. We thank you again for your continued support during this challenging time and wish you all a wonderful summer break.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Rogers

DFE Information for parents on schools during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Health and Safety addendum

Infection Control Policy

BCC Flow Chart - How to deal with symptoms in a member of staff or pupil

Access to testing

Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus

The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.

A coronavirus test can be booked here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Essential workers in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.​UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers

Letter from Birmingham City Council regarding reopening

Click below to go to our home learning resources
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