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

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

Planning for next week

Thank you to all the parents who have already emailed us with their key worker information and ID. Please can you do this by 12pm today, 20th March, as we will then plan for next week and email you confirmation of a place.

We are also planning to be open during what would have been our Easter holidays, in order to allow essential key workers to work, if you are required to do so. We will do this on a flexible, rota pattern for staff so that they still get their holiday entitlement, if they are happy to work in this way.

Again, thank you for cooperation at such a difficult time. What an amazing, ACE community we have here and I know that this will only strengthen us further.

Parents evenings

In light of the huge changes we are facing, we have cancelled the parents evenings for next week. We will therefore be closing at the normal time on Wed 25th March, to further support all our working parents. So there will be no early closure on that day.

Staff will aim to send home a short written report instead, on April 22nd.

The aim of this is to share progress to date, next steps and ways that you can further help your child to make progress.

Thank you once again for all your support during a time when we have had to make some small but significant changes to the way we are running school.

We really do appreciate your cooperation and support.

Helen Stott

Winning Cheerleading!

Congratulations to our Cheerleading team today for coming first in the Active Schools Cheerleading competition on Wednesday. They have worked so hard starting in September to prepare a dance routine and today they demonstrated those skills and qualities including physical strength, co-ordination, flexibility, as well as building confidence, self -esteem and team working skills. Thank you to Ciara Patchett who has worked with the children to help them produce such an intricate routine!

We are so proud of you all!