Reopening Plan for September

I am pleased to share with you our Reopening Plan for September, which has been approved by the Governing Body this afternoon. A copy will be sent to all parents this afternoon.

Please do take the time to read through it. If, after reading this document,  you would like clarification on anything, please do email me directly on helen.stott@allertonceprimary.com .

I do appreciate your patience, as we have worked through the detail of the Dfe guidance.

kind regards
Helen Stott
Headteacher

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Reopening plans for September

As shared with you in our newsletters and previous updates, we aim to send you all the details of our reopening plans, at the end of this week, following Governing Body approval on Friday afternoon.

As you can imagine, the Dfe guidance came out on the 2nd July and we have been working tirelessly to ensure we have thought about every aspect of reopening with 650 children and over 100 staff.

These have included detailed meetings with other groups of Heads, the Local Authority, expert medical  information and up to date guidance.

Our aim is for all pupils to be back in school in the first week but with very clear, meticulous guidance for all stakeholders.

We want everyone to feel safe returning, maintaining all the tight systems that we have had in place since March, when we had at least 50 children in every day.

I appreciate your frustrations and am very aware that many of you will be facing job insecurity and potential redundancy. Please be assured that by the end of the first week of term, ALL pupils will be back in full time (new Reception and Nursery children will continue with their phase introduction to school, as per our normal practice).

If you have any queries, AFTER that plan is sent out to you then please just email me directly.

kind regards
Helen Stott

Hand Sanitiser Station

I am absolutely delighted with the hand sanitiser stations that Tony, at Collective Group, has designed and started to produce. These will be placed around school, so that we can use and be confident that anyone coming on to site, and in to buildings, has germ free hands.

Tony has produced all our new signage and runs an outstanding company, which produces work of a high standard.

Update from Mrs Stott Monday 11th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers and pupils,

Following the Government announcement last night, I wanted to offer you reassurance and clarity regarding our position as a school.

Allerton CE Primary benefits from a strong established  staff team, along with an effective, strategic Governing Body and incredibly  supportive community of parents.

 It is with great confidence in our school community that we can navigate this current situation together. This community cohesion, strength and commitment has already been evident over the last 2 months of closure and lockdown. 

Any decisions that are made will be done at a strategic school level but will be made for our school. Therefore I would ask that you ignore all press statements and speculation.

I will be communicating with the Governors, the Local Authority and staff; sending any updates to all our stakeholders, when there are any changes or new information to share. This will be via the usual systems – parentmail, my Headteacher Blog, teacher emails.

Please be reassured that we will not make any decisions to reopen, unless it is safe to do so.

Our pupils and staff are our greatest priority, as you know.

Therefore, the systems and arrangements that we are using at the moment will remain in place, with no changes currently.

Once again, I would like to publically thank my staff for their incredible commitment, hard work and dedication to our school and to your children.

They are a truly amazing team of people, whom we should not take for granted. They have shared the many messages of thanks that you have sent to them, so thank you for taking the time to do that. It really does make a difference. If you haven’t yet, then please do consider taking the time to.

What can you say to your children when they ask what is going to happen next?
Stella in Year 6 sent me some questions, which I have answered….they might help when talking to your children about what happens next.

Will we have to socially distance?

Yes you will be expected to physically distance and we have markings on the floor to indicate that, in main areas around school.

We will be adding to these where we need to. Socialising and supporting emotional well being will be our priority when any year group starts to return.

Will you have to have hand sanitiser?

We have commissioned some hand sanitiser units, which will be placed around school at key points.  These will be at external doors and on entry to the main building and site. We will order more, if we need to.

Will we have to wear uniform?

Yes you will be expected to wear uniform….but if you have ordered a Y6 leavers hoodie then Year 6 will be able to wear those.

Will our class be broken into smaller groups?

Obviously we have not had any details yet from the  Government or the Local Authority but have already been working on this plan for some weeks. As soon as I know anything, I will communicate that to you.

Yes, classes will be in smaller groups of 10 or 15. We have reorganised a few classrooms to see which are feasible, with the 2m distancing rule in place. 

We have no idea how that will work yet but we will only have children back when it is safe to do so and where we can ensure physical distancing can be maintained. 

School will feel different though and it would be a good time to remind yourselves about how far 2m really is!

Why did Boris Johnson say reception and year 1 will be the first to go back alongside year 6 – they will be the hardest to socially distance.

Headteachers, teachers and most other people who have experienced Reception and Year 1 in school are all in agreement with you!

 I do not anticipate that they will all be back in full time.

Our school priority will be working to get Year 6 back, in some capacity, so that you can have a good ending to your 7 years with us.

Again, this is only my initial thoughts and any further details will be sent as soon as I have them.

Coming to school is a risk, can we stay at home but children who re not thriving at home have face to face catch up with teachers?

We have not heard anything more than you yet.

The Local Authority have scheduled a meeting with all Headteachers on Wednesday at 3.30pm, to discuss all of these concerns and organisational issues.

I have sent them a summary of all the questions that you, your parents and the staff sent back. 

We don’t yet know what will happen if parents choose not to send their children in, when schools are reopened to certain year groups.

Will seats and desks be sanitised daily?

Yes, seats and desks and classrooms that are being use during now are being subject to a deep clean every day.
Mrs Horsley sanitises all door handles and push plates, on all doors round school every morning.
Mr Sagoo does the same at the end of the day.

Hopefully that will answer a few of your questions and provide you with some clarity at this time.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Stay safe

yours

Helen Stott

Free School Meal Hampers/Lunches clarification

We use the Leeds Catering Agency, to provide our school dinners. Since we have been closed, the Catering Agency have been working hard to provide those children eligible for Free School Meals, with a packed lunch each day.

This changed to a hamper, so that you only need to pick up on a Monday.

We have had some of you coming into school asking to collect the food boxes which we are giving out. 
Unfortunately, these are ONLY for children who are entitled to Free School Meals.
IF you, the parent, are on;

  • Income Support, or
  • income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, or
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or 
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit, with an income of less than £7,400 a year 
  • support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, or
  • Child Tax Credit, if you have an annual taxable income (as assessed by H M Revenue and Customs) which does not exceed £16,190

This will be something that you already  have in place through one of these benefits.

We have a list in school of all families who are eligible for Free School Meals and we can only give the boxes to these people. 
For the past couple of years in England, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been given a meal in school which you do not pay for. ​This is referred to, by the Government, as Universal Free School Meals. So we can see the confusion! Food is not being provided for these children.
If you are not sure whether you are on our list, please email office@allertonceprimary.com and we can check, rather than you having a wasted journey coming to school.

Please don’t listen to rumours. Keep checking the website as we will update on there if there are any changes. 

Wed 25th March In school news

Today has been even quieter with less than a class full children in school but they have been working hard and having fun…making the most of the sunny day.

Jermaine and Mr Moore were busy with sports and outdoor learning. The children have discovered tadpoles in the mud puddles and mosaic tiles on the field. They also have a pea and a potato to take home and grow. Jermaine even cut the grass in his dinner hour!

At the end of the day Mr Moore and Miss Hall untangled a very cute fox cub from the football nets, and Mr Moore was bitten! He said that Elvis was not sympathetic, when he got home!

I’m sure the children will tell you all about it. Huge thanks to all the staff that are in school working; doing an incredible job. All the staff working at home and connecting via Google Classrooms too. Mr Moore says that the comments, enthusiasm and engagement has been incredible! Keep going!

Don’t forget to collect your Free School Meal packed lunch and contact office@allertonceprimary.com if you have any questions or queries.

Tuesday 24th March update

So did you join in with Joe Wickes this morning?! I did and it was a great start to the day. Let’s see if we can all join in tomorrow and see some positives of this self confinement. This is now essential in order to stop the spread of Coronavirus and to protect our NHS staff.

We have 25 children in today and they are working hard, enjoying being out of the home I imagine but sticking to our social distancing guidance.

https://maths.aceprimary.uk/
Don’t forget to check out Mr Kay’s Maths Blog

Are your children eligible for Free school Meals? If so, a packed lunch is being made each day but so many were wasted yesterday. Please email office@allertonceprimary.com with your chid’s name and yes/no if you have been contacted by the office. This will reduce food waste.

Monday 23rd March

I am amazed to hear that there were over 99 children who had been on Google classrooms, before 9am today! Huge well done and I am incredibly proud of you for working so hard.

Don’t forget that there are lots of links on the school website, to lots of on line learning.

Read Write Inc are broadcasting free online lessons, which will be excellent for all our children and also parents.

I forgot to log on to Joe Wicks this morning at 9am but will do that tomorrow! I hear it is a hard session so can’t wait to see photos of you all, post workout! Don’t forget to share all your work via Google classrooms or to email your class teacher.

Huge thanks to all the ACE staff because they really are living up to that name. I have always been proud of the team that we have built but in an unprecedented crisis as this one, they have been wonderful. Don’t forget to email office@allertonceprimary.com if you should need anything or have any queries. The school phone line will not be accepting calls or taking messages at this time, as we are minimising the number of staff who need to be in school.

Enjoy day 1, be patient, be kind, build in routine and keep learning!