From September 2020, schools have been advised that due to the reduced risk of COVID -19 transmission, they can fully reopen to all pupils.
The DfE guidance below (updated 28th August 2020) outlines the measures that schools are expected to take to ensure that all members of the school community, including parents, remain safe at all times:
The measures set out in this guidance provide a framework for school leaders to put in place proportionate protective measures for children and staff, which also ensure that all pupils receive a high quality education that enables them to thrive and progress. In welcoming all children back this autumn, schools will be asked to minimise the number of contacts that a pupil has during the school day as part of implementing the system of controls outlined below to reduce the risk of transmission. If schools follow the guidance set out here, they can be confident they are managing risk effectively.
Essential measures include:
- a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
- robust hand and respiratory hygiene
- enhanced cleaning arrangements
- active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
- formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable
How contacts are reduced will depend on the school’s circumstances and will (as much as possible) include:
- grouping children together
- avoiding contact between groups
- arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
- staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible
(DfE August 2020)
There are many decisions to be made and as new information is decided, it will be published here. Please keep referring back to this page for up to date information.
Update 21st August 2020
The Government has now published an updated guide for parents on the return to school in England. Please click on the link to read it fully:
The school risk assessment for September together with an amended Behaviour Policy (to be read in conjunction with the Rights Respecting Behaviour Policy) are now available for you to read at the bottom of this page.
Updated guidance for First Aid is also attached.
If you have any questions about any of the above documents, please contact Mrs. Wright via the school office.
Does my child have to return to school?
Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply. If you are concerned about any aspect of your child's return to school, please contact Mrs. Wright.
In addition, if you have been advised by a medical professional that your child needs to continue to shield in the Autumn Term, please contact the school office as soon as possible so that a personalised home learning programme can be discussed.
What are bubbles?
Since lockdown, the children have been grouped in communities no larger than 15 children. In September, in order for all children to access school, these 'bubbles' will increase to the size of the class. The children will remain in these bubbles all day, including at playtimes and lunchtimes. Staff may now move between bubbles to lead interventions and personalised learning. Thorough cleaning will take place between each smaller intervention group if the space used is outside of the classroom. Should there be a confirmed case of COVID-19, then only the bubble of that child or teacher will be affected. In this way, it is hoped that the closure of the school would be avoided.
Is there going to be a staggered start and finish to the day?
The guidance states that schools may consider staggered start and finish times so that large crowds of parents do not congregate at entrances and exits. We have been advised that our arrangements need to be sustainable for the long term and so we will be changing the times of the school day slightly. The children will still receive the same amount of teaching time as lunch time will be shortened by ten minutes.
All parents and carers entering the school site on foot must wear a face covering. This is to protect all the members of our community as we will not be able to social distance at 2m due to the small size of our entrance. Please observe this rule unless you have a valid medical reason for not wearing a face covering in public. Children under 11 will not need a mask.
There will be no parking on the school site except for those with a valid blue badge.
Drop off: Between 8.30 a.m. and 8.45 a.m. This may be by the drive through that has been so successful or by entering through the pedestrian access route. Please do not wait in crowds outside of the school before 8.30 a.m. Only one parent per child on site please.
If you are driving through, the drop-off point is via the steps outside Mrs. Wright's office and children will enter through the front hall door.
If you are arriving on foot, please wait in a socially distanced line in the marked area. When the side gate is opened, the children may cross the 'STOP' sign and enter through the gate. Please leave the site promptly by following the correct one way flow.
Pick up: Infants 3.00 p.m. Juniors 3.10 p.m.
The staff car park is not open to parent vehicles, so you may enter and exit on foot via the vehicular access during this time. Please be mindful of the blue badge holders.
If you are an infant parent, please go through to the school playground via the side gate, which will be open from 2.55 p.m. Make your way down to the playground and wait at least 1m away from others. Once your child has been dismissed, please leave the school site promptly to allow room for the junior parents on site. If there is a junior sibling, please wait at the front of the school for them at the appropriate 'pen' area. If you wish to socialise with other parents, please do so away from the school site , following the correct government rules for gathering in the open. This is currently meeting in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines (current from GOV.UK 25th July).
Juniors (Years 3, 4 and 6) will be brought to the front of the school at 3.10 p.m. for pick up from their designated 'pens'. These will be spaced out across the staff car park and front of the school. Again, when collecting, please consider where you are waiting and observe social distancing at all times.
The exception to this will be Year 5 who will remain in their classroom at pick up time. Please wait for your Year 5 child on the playground from 3.10 p.m. onwards.
A sketch plan of the pens will follow on Thursday 3rd September.
Can I come in to school?
We have been advised in the DfE guidance to restrict the number of visitors in school to a minimum, so until further notice, entry to school will be by appointment only. Mrs. Graham is more than willing to have a chat through her side window - just knock gently on the glass! The red postbox is still in the foyer for forms and letters to be dropped in and we will answer all emails and phone calls. If you do need to speak to a member of the office staff in person, please buzz at the front door and wait for a member of the team to come out to you. From September, all emails should come via the school office and not the teachers' school accounts - these were shared for home learning purposes only. In addition, until the rules are relaxed further around social distancing and mixing of bubbles, our parent volunteer programme is also suspended.
Do the children need to wear school uniform?
From Monday 7th September, all children will be expected to wear full school uniform, including school shoes. There will be certain days when the children will come to school in their full PE kit and for YR, one day when Forest School clothes can be worn. For further details, please see the year group passports. These are now on class web pages.
Will we be able to park and stride from the Seven Stars?
We have had clarification from the Manager at the Seven Stars that we are able to use the car park. However, this offer will be withdrawn if people do not park responsibly.
When arriving at school, use the pedestrian access route and stand on the socially distanced lines whilst waiting for your child to arrive or depart the premises. Do not come further than the 'STOP' sign. Do not congregate outside the school gates. All adults should wear a face covering when on school site to protect themselves and others due to the small entrances and exits at Langrish. Children do not need to wear a mask unless by parental choice.
If your child is in Year 6 and you are happy for them to walk to the Seven Stars at the end of the school day, please notify the school office and we will keep their records updated.
Will Club Morgan and Karate be starting in September?
Unfortunately, these outside providers will not be able to run their classes due to the strict rulings around year group bubble mixing. This will be reviewed as soon as the DfE guidance changes.
Will there be any teacher led extra-curricular clubs in the Autumn Term?
Some teachers are keen to offer specialist provision after school such as clay and art club. These will only be offered to specific year groups to allow for the bubbles to remain intact. Look out for further details.
When will Activ8 start?
The risk assessments are now in place for the after school care to open. Key workers will have priority for this provision as places are limited to 20 children. Bookings can be made through the Activ8 website: https://active8.wraparoundcarebooking.co.uk. The risk assessment and parent flyer are attached at the bottom of the page
Can I book into Breakfast Club?
Langrish has been successfully running a breakfast club since the start of lockdown for keyworkers and vulnerable pupils. From September, in order to maintain the health and safety of all children and staff, breakfast club numbers will continue to be limited to keyworkers and vulnerable pupils only. For those who attend, booking is essential as bases will be set up for the children to access in their year groups. If you are new to the school and would like to book a breakfast club place, please email Mrs. Graham in the school office with dates and evidence of your keyworker status as outlined in the following DfE guidance:
Breakfast Club is open from 7.50 a.m. until 8.30 a.m. and priced at £3.00 per session. Breakfast will be served up to 8.20 a.m.
Parents may park in the staff car park up to 8.00 a.m. if you are dropping off for Breakfast Club. Please do not park after this time as the spaces are needed by staff. You may park and stride from the Seven Stars or drive through and drop off at the front of the hall if you prefer.
Will my child need a snack?
The Government has confirmed that the school fruit and vegetable scheme, which was paused during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, will resume as normal in autumn when all children return to school. This scheme provides daily fresh produce for pupils in key stage 1 and helps every child have a healthy, happy start to life. Key Stage 2 will still need to bring in their own healthy snack.
Will school dinners be available?
Free school meals for the infants is still being funded by the Government and so all infants, if they wish, can have a school dinner from the menu. Juniors can order on the day and accounts settled online via the school office. When the weather is favourable, dinners will continue to be taken outside as the risk of virus transmission is less when outdoors. Please provide a small towel or picnic blanket for your child to sit on.
When will Music lessons start?
Hampshire Music Service have already drawn up plans to start peripatetic lessons in September. The department has produced comprehensive risk assessments and these include grouping the children by their year group rather than their ability. In this way, bubbles are not mixed. School owned instruments, such as keyboards and pianos, will be thoroughly cleaned between each bubble and strict social distancing will be observed at all times. Mrs. Langan has advised parents that have notified the office of lesson days and times.
Update 24th August 2020
Hampshire Music Service have contacted their schools to tell them that lessons will start w/b 14th September. The teachers will be using the first week of term as their planning and preparation times during which they will contacting individual schools with updated risk assessments and arrangements according to the latest Government guidelines. Their updated risk assessment (28.8.20) for schools across Hampshire is attached at the bottom of this page.
Will my child still need a pencil case?
Yes. For individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils and pens, it is recommended that staff and pupils have their own items that are not shared. Classroom based resources, such as books and games, can be used and shared within the bubble; these should be cleaned regularly, along with all frequently touched surfaces. Resources that are shared between classes or bubbles, such as sports, art and science equipment should be cleaned frequently and meticulously and always between bubbles, or rotated to allow them to be left unused and out of reach for a period of 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different bubbles. It is still recommended that pupils limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each day, to essentials such as lunch boxes, hats, coats, books and stationery. Bags are allowed.
The exact contents of the pencil cases can be found on the year group passports which are on class web pages.
What will the class base look like?
Schools should make small adaptations to the classroom to support distancing where possible. This should include seating pupils side by side and facing forwards where possible, rather than face to face or side on, and might include moving unnecessary furniture out of classrooms to make more space. Tape will be used to demarcate a teacher zone and Perspex screens may be installed around the teacher's personal desk.
I've heard there's money from the Government for pupils who may have fallen behind ...
And you would be quite right! The Prime Minister recently announced an injection of money into schools to help with catch up teaching and learning. However, the money has not yet arrived in budgets , and there have been no further communications with headteachers as to how this funding will be divided between schools and certain pupil groups. We are very fortunate here at Langrish, as we already employ a focus group teacher from our own budget share for three days a week and have done so for the past four years. In September, when all the children have settled back in to the 'new' normal, it will be decided which pupils need extra support and in which subjects. We will also have an early parents evening in Week three of the Autumn Term to share results of baseline tests and to catch up with you all as parents as to the way forward.
Update 20th July 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium
Guidance has now been shared on the GOV.UK website:
Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.
Special, AP and hospital schools will be provided with £240 for each place for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
We have applied additional weighting to specialist settings, recognising the significantly higher per pupil costs they face.
This means a typical primary school of 200 pupils will receive £16,000 while a typical secondary school of 1,000 pupils will receive £80,000.
Will the children still need to wash their hands?
Public Health England continue to be very clear that good hygiene, including frequent handwashing, is key to limiting the spread of the virus. We are currently purchasing extra resources to help with handwashing as the children will still be required to wash their hands on arrival at school, between lesson transition, before and after playtime and lunchtime and before departing for home. Please reinforce this routine with your children during the Summer (washing for 20 seconds) together with 'Catch it, Bin it, Kill it' after sneezing and using a tissue. Children may continue to bring in their own named hand sanitiser if they wish, but this will not replace handwashing with soap and water.
What about reading books?
The guidance recommends that transfer of materials between home and school is still monitored carefully, and so we will continue to provide home reading books on a weekly basis. This has worked well during lockdown, but here are a few points if you need a reminder:
- Children who are on book bands (up to and including Busy Bees) will have a named plastic reading wallet and a reading diary provided by school.
- Please bring these in every Friday (keep them at home for the rest of the week) and all home books will be taken out and a new set put in. Books will only be changed on a Friday to allow for the 48 hour quarantine to still be observed.
- Each child will be given enough reading material for a week in their wallets on a Friday to bring home again.
- Keep writing in their reading diaries - up to Year 3, teachers will look at every child's reading diary on a Friday and make comments as needed, so please keep recording your reading throughout the week.
- In Years 4 - 6, children should keep logging their books as they finish them and complete Reading Tools as part of their Home Learning. These should come into school every Friday and will be commented on at least once a month by the teacher.
- Don't forget that the reading diaries also have pages for phonics and key words, so keep looking at these during home reading sessions.
- The children will have a separate set of books for school reading. These will be kept in their school trays and will again be changed on a Friday. Teachers will keep a separate reading log which will help them when communicating with you in home diaries on a Friday.
- Our library (which is due to be redesigned on 3rd and 4th September) will be open for children to use, again on a Friday. The children all have their separate log in on Microsoft Librarian so that we can keep track of their loans and returns.
- Children who are 'free readers' can also change their books on a Friday. This group of children will be encouraged to have two books at any one time, one to be kept in school and the other to come home, so that they always have reading material to hand.
- Each class still has their own log in to Oxford Owl, so if you fancy some reading material in a virtual format, please continue to access this site - login details will be in Reading Records alongside other online password details.
What about Home Learning?
Now that you are the experts, Home Learning will continue in a similar digital format to that which we have used during lockdown. Each week, class teachers will post new Spelling Shed lists, a Purple Mash 2Do activity and an Interactive Resources option for maths. These will be listed on the class page and monitored online by the teacher. Reading should also remain a priority with Reading Records updated weekly to reflect this. During Autumn Term, a Reading Challenge, with new reading lists, will help to supplement the Home Learning diet. There will be no Home Learning book this year, however teachers will contact you should any concerns arise.
Can my child be collected by another parent?
The latest Government Guidance for parents (link at the top of this page) now gives us a clearer understanding of what is permitted:
If your child needs to share a car to school with someone outside of their support bubble or household, they should:
- share with the same people each time
- open the windows for ventilation
- if they are over the age of 11, wear a face covering
Don't forget that children in Year 6 may walk by themselves to and from home or the Seven Stars. Please let the office know in writing if this will be the case for your child.