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

 

Following government guidance, on 1st June we welcomed back pupils back in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 as per our telephone conversations with families.

 

Should any of your own plans have changed you will have already been allocated a group – your child can join this group when you feel it is right for your them to do so. This is a parental choice, there are no penalties for those that choose not to return to school at this stage. Some families may choose to wait a few weeks more or until September, which is of course perfectly acceptable. Each family has its own circumstances and will decide when the time is right to return, we would just ask that you let us know of your intention at least 1 day before returning.  

 

We do ask that you keep up to date with lockdown measures issued by the government and that you stick rigidly to the rules. This helps to limit risk not only to yourselves but also our school community should you be returning.

 

For those children staying at home in year groups not yet returning or those that have chosen to delay returning then we will continue our regular contact with you and support you with home learning opportunities.

 

We’re here to support all families. Please get in touch if you are in need of support as there are a number of ways we can offer help.

 

Please find the details regarding our wider opening and the logistics of this below…

 

Travel

  • Families are encouraged to travel by car, bike or walking and avoid public transport where possible for travelling to and from school

The school day

  • Classes will be split and therefore a maximum of 15 children per group
  • We will utilise spare classrooms and areas around the school to make a temporary space for groups
  • The groups will have access to resources that would typically be needed for their age even if this is not in their own classroom.
  • The ‘normal’ curriculum will not be delivered. We will be focusing on pupil mental health and well-being in the first instance and catching up with basic skills thereafter in order to be ready for their new class in September.
  • The group will remain as a group 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 these 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.
  • Please send children in a clean school uniform daily along with PE kit and emergency medication e.g. inhalers etc.

Drop off/collection

  • If you have a child in Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 you will be allocated a group e.g. Reception A, Reception B etc. A group will be allocated even if you are deciding to keep your child at home currently. This is in case your circumstances change and a place is required at a later stage.
  • We will have contacted you already to confirm your allocated group and will also be on hand in the morning with clipboards to assist you should you have forgotten.
  • The group that your child has been allocated to will determine the drop off/collection point and also times for these to allow for as much distancing as possible.
  • There will be 2 metre markers at all 7 drop off/collection points - please keep your distance from others. Unfortunately, we cannot permit parents to enter the school building.
  • Please do not use the playground area before or after school to meet with other families and keep the 2 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 etc.
  • When walking through the school grounds via the main pedestrian access please walk on the LEFT.
  • Please note that we are unable to offer breakfast/after school club provision currently to avoid mixing of the allocated groups.
  • Pleases see table below for collection/drop off times

Group

Location for teaching

Arrival time

Departure time

Reception A

 

Reception Classroom

9.15-9.30am

Reception classroom door

3.00-3.15pm

Reception classroom door

Reception B

 

Hall

9.15-9.30am

Junior doors (side path by library)

3.00-3.15pm

Junior doors (side path by library)

Year 1 A

 

Year 1 classroom

9.00-9.15am

Year 1 classroom door

3.15-3.30pm

Year 1 classroom door

Year 1 B

 

Year 2 Classroom

9.00-9.15am

Year 2 classroom door

3.15-3.30pm

Year 2 classroom door

Year 6 A

 

Year 5 classroom

8.45-9.00am

Year 5 classroom door

3.30-3.45pm

Year 5 classroom door

Year 6 B

 

Year 6 classroom

8.45-9.00am

Year 6 classroom door

3.30-3.45pm

Year 6 classroom door

Key worker Children Grp A

Year 3 classroom

9.00-9.15am

Front entrance (office)

3.30-3.45pm

Front entrance (office)

Key worker Grp B

Year 4 classroom

8:45-8:55

Front entrance (office)

3:00 – 3:15

Front entrance (office)

 

Lunchtimes

  • Lunchtimes will be staggered to allow for groups to remain apart from one another as far as possible.
  • The school kitchen will open and be able to provide meals in the form of a packed lunch
  • Pupils in Reception and Year One will receive their universal infant free school meal. Initially in these early stages this will be in the form of an individual packed lunch provided by the kitchen. The children can order a ham, cheese or tuna sandwich daily and will also be given a yoghurt, piece of fruit and a drink. You are welcome to 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).
  • Pupils in Year 6 may also order a packed 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.
  • Key worker children – if you are a Y2 key worker pupil you may also order a lunch from the school kitchen as you will receive a ‘universal infant free school meal’ but equally can send in packed lunch if you prefer. Please inform the school office if you require a lunch to be provided.

Keeping Safe

  • The government has advised that masks are not recommended for use in school.
  •  If you are anxious and would wish for your child to wear a mask, then I feel that this is perfectly acceptable. However, I must stress that it is important that they know how to fit the mask correctly and will commit to keeping this on. The continual removal of masks and leaving them on surfaces can potentially be a much greater risk.
  • If your child or anyone in your household develops symptoms you must inform the school immediately and self-isolate, seek appropriate advice as per the government guidelines.
  • If a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and get tested.
  • If a child or member of staff within the group tests positive for coronavirus the whole group will need to isolate for 14 days. Children, staff and all family members will be eligible for testing.

There are is a guide for parents on gov.uk which can be found here which may answer some of your questions https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

Covid 19 Home School Agreement

DFE Information for parents on schools during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Covid-19 Safeguarding addendum

Health and Safety addendum

Infection Control Policy

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

Key contacts

Click below to go to our home learning resources
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