UPDATE -Monday 25th May 2020
The school will remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable children.
The government will announce on Thursday 28th May whether their five tests have been met, which will enable schools to welcome back children in Reception, Year1 and Year 6. However, the Prime Minister did acknowledge that some schools may not be ready to extend opening immediately.
At Holway Park School the provision for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will not commence on 1st June; the school needs to train staff thoroughly with specialist training and prepare the classrooms and school building.
The numbers of staff available to work, the need for regular deep cleaning of classrooms for infection control and capacity of rooms means that Holway Park School will not be able to offer full-time provision for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, instead there will be a staggered start and part-time provision.
We will inform parents/carers of the details of what times and days will be available for these groups of children during the latter part of the week commencing 1st June, following a final audit of staff availability and capacity of classrooms.
Parents will be clearly expected not to bring any child to school who is unwell or showing any of the symptoms of Covid-19. Any parent/carer who is unwell or showing symptoms is not allowed on the school site.
It is with regret that we have to inform you that school will not look or feel the same for the children during this time; compliance with Public Health England and government guidance on infection control means our priority is to ensure the safety of all the children, staff and their families, so many things will be different.
Here is how the school will be operating:
- Staff will be instructed to maintain a 2-metre distance between themselves and children or other adults. They cannot sit with pupils.
- The school car park will be locked and closed to all parents, so no parking will be available on school site, with the pedestrian gates being unlocked 5 minutes before the first group’s start time and collection time. There will be a one-way system in place during drop off and collection times.
- The school cannot guarantee a 2-metre distance between pupils in the classroom; social distancing will be enforced as much as is reasonably possible.
- School will only be providing packed lunches - no cooked meals.
- Children will be required to wear school uniform and parents should ensure this is changed daily.
- Every child and staff member will have their temperature taken on arrival.
- The children will be isolated into small groups called ‘Bubbles’. Children will not be allowed to mix or socialise with children from another Bubble. No assemblies or joining together of groups.
- Each Bubble will have staggered outdoor playtimes and lunchtimes.
- No use of books or other shared resources, each child will have their own individual pack.
- Teachers will not be marking children’s work, or allowed to touch children’s work.
- Parents will not be allowed to enter the school building; they may call or email the office for enquiries.
- Pupils will be allocated a table and chair and will not be allowed to wander.
- Children will not be able to bring in or take home anything apart from individual water bottle and lunch box.
- Staff may elect to wear a mask.
- Any staff treating a child who is unwell or has an accident will be wearing full PPE.
- All external doors and windows will be open all day.
I hope you are all well. The teachers have really enjoyed catching up with their pupils and families by phone and will continue to contact you each week.
Many petals have started to arrive in school with lots of great pictures and writing on them, we will start making the flowers to place on the school fence later this week.
Frustrating, as it may be the guidance from government about reopening of schools is not a definite yes we will be opening but we may if all five key tests set by the government are met. Once school is clear about when, how and who I will notify parents.
The Government published this for schools following the speech on Sunday.
As part of national social distancing measures to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have had to limit the numbers of children and young people attending educational and childcare settings, to ensure that pupils and staff attending could do so safely. That is why, since 23 March 2020, education and childcare settings have only been open to priority groups (vulnerable children and children of critical workers)
As well as offering face-to-face provision for those able to attend, settings have also done a huge amount to support the remote education of those who have been staying at home. Innovative and fast-paced work has taken place, by committed staff, to develop resources to make this education the best it can be.
Throughout this period, the work and dedication of critical workers has been crucial to our country. This of course includes all our critical workers working with children and young people – leaders, teachers, support staff, childcare workers, social workers and others, who have worked tirelessly to support the education and welfare of young people.
As a result of the huge efforts everyone has made to adhere to strict social distancing measures, the transmission rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased. We therefore anticipate, with further progress, that we may be able, from the week commencing 1 June 2020 to welcome back more children to early years, school and further education settings. We will only do this provided that the five key tests set by government justify the changes at the time, including that the rate of infection is decreasing and the enabling programmes set out in the Roadmap are operating effectively. As a result we are asking schools, colleges and childcare providers to plan on this basis, ahead of confirmation that these tests are met.
Keep Safe, Take Care
Holway HT update- advice for online safety
I hope you are well.
The Class Teachers have started making their weekly phone calls to families, do not worry if you have not received your call yet; they are dividing the class into groups to call each day. When they do call you they will be touching base with you and your child and offering any support they can with home learning.
Please be aware they may be calling from home so the numbers will appear as not known or number blocked.
Please find below some websites with ideas to support you keeping your child safe online at home, you may find this useful.
Again please ignore all the speculation on the news about schools reopening, as soon as it is safe to do so I will be contacting you to explain how that will happen. Today the government have informed schools that this will not be for the foreseeable future.
Several of the petals have started arriving into school and it has been really good to see what your children have been up to whilst at home. Please continue to send them in.
I miss all the children and activity but hope you are keeping safe and following the lockdown rules, tough as this may be.
Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?
There is support available to keep your child safe online. You can access further information on keeping children safe online.
Here are some useful links to help parents and carers.
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to stay safe online
- to help families manage during this time, the NCA has launched Thinkuknow: home activity packs, a set of fun, engaging activities based on Thinkuknow cartoons, films, games, and advice articles
- a new activity sheet for each age group will be published on the Thinkuknow website every 2 weeks while schools are closed - these activities offer a great opportunity to help you keep up positive, supportive conversations about online safety in your home
- Parent Info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- Childnet provides a tool kit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Internet Matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- LGfL provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including 6 top tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Net Aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, providing a guide to social networks, apps and games
- Let’s Talk About It provides support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
- staying safe online provides government guidance offering advice on parental controls, fact-checking information, communicating with family and friends while social distancing is in place and taking regular breaks
A BIG WELL DONE to the children who were stunning during the sponsored silence. Now we need to collect all the sponsor forms and monies that are going towards the important fund raising for Reading books.