Children will continue to be kept in ‘bubbles’ and will not mix with other bubbles to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. However, from September our bubbles are our year groups rather than groups of 15; this is fully in line with government advice.
Our drop off and pick up times will still be staggered and once the children are on site, we will separate them into their bubbles. The staggered times gives us a chance to get the children on site, in their classrooms/ out of their classrooms and off site, whilst avoiding direct contact with other bubbles. We will expect children and adults to adhere to social distancing as we currently are.
For this reason, we ask that you help us by sticking to your child’s allotted time slot and helping the start and end of the day to be as smooth and quick as possible. Please note, no parents or carers will enter the main site and all children will be dropped off and picked up at their usual entrance site:
Nursery and Reception: Gates at Nursery Close end
Y1 and Y2: Side gates by hall (Y2 will go through the doors into the corridor by Y1 outside area)
Y3-6: Side gates by the hall and walk straight around the back of the school to enter their classrooms by the class doors.
We will have plenty of staff on hand to supervise and take care of the children and they will be taken straight into their classrooms.
We recognise that for working parents and parents with more than one child in school, the staggered starts are tricky. Therefore, we have timetabled in a flexible ‘Holding Time.’ This is supervised time in class, but it does not count as part of the statutory teaching hours. Holding Time starts from 8.30 am and if you need this facility (as you are a working parent or a family with more than one child and therefore different start times), your children can enter their bubble outside of their start time.
For example, a parent with a year 1 child and a year 4 child may wish to do the following: when they drop off the year 1 child, the year 4 child can also enter at 8.45 when the gates open for this wave, go straight to class for Holding Time, and wait for the year 4 teaching day to officially start at 9.00.
Children who do not need holding time will not miss out on any teaching and learning.
If your child arrives on site 15 minutes after the time their Teaching Day has started, they will be marked as late in the usual way. We have always recorded lates in this way.
This must be booked through our online booking system for the whole term. This is to enable us to plan carefully for our provision. You don’t need to use every day but we are asking for planned commitment to allow us to plan for everyone’s safety.
We will not be taking temperatures on arrival from September. If any children or adults in school display Covid symptoms as per the government guidelines, they will be isolated immediately and we will phone home so they can be collected. That person will need to be tested. If the test is negative they will be able to return to school as soon as they have recovered. If the test is positive, they will need to self-isolate for 7 days. We will also be forced to close their bubble for 14 days.
In the case of a bubble being closed we will inform parents and send all children and adults home from that bubble. The teachers of those bubbles will then revert to home learning, from the next school day. More details will follow re this.
In order for us to meet the guidelines, we have also found it necessary to restrict parents on site for the time being. We understand this is not ideal and we hope you will continue to feel able to contact us and approach us if you need to discuss anything about your child. Therefore, the following applies;
-Parent meetings can be made by appointment but 24 hours’ notice must be given
-Meetings to happen in open spaces where possible
-No parents on site without an appointment
-Appointments at the office or with a member of staff need to be made via the phone
Richmond Academy is a Primary School in Sheerness
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