From 8th March, schools have been advised that due to the reduced risk of COVID -19 transmission, they can fully reopen to all pupils.
We have published our COVID-19 Catch Up Premium plan. This can be found at the bottom of this page.
The DfE guidance below (updated 21st February 2021) 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:
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.
The Government has published an updated guide (21st February 2021) for parents on the return to school in England in March. Please click on the link to read it fully:
The school risk assessment for March 2021 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. 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.
What are bubbles?
The children will remain in year group 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?
From after the Easter holidays (starting Monday 19th April), the arrangements will be as follows:
Morning Drop Off:
Morning drive through times:
8.25 a.m. – 8.40 a.m. All children regardless of age.
Morning pedestrian drop off:
Times as above (8.25 - 8.40 a.m.), but all pupils must still enter the school site unaccompanied. A member of staff will be at the pedestrian entrance to welcome the children. This will reduce the gathering of parents at the entrance and avoid congestion due to our narrow pedestrian access route. It will also allow children free access to get to their classrooms quickly as they will still be entering their rooms via their back doors to ensure increased ventilation in rooms first thing in the morning.
The side gate will be locked at 8.40 a.m. All children must be on site by this time.
Afternoon Pick up
Note: Y5 and Y6 must now be collected from school unless permission has been given for them to walk home. Pupils will not be released to be picked up at the Seven Stars.
No drive through – the car park is closed (with the exception of Blue badge holders already known to school) so that parents can walk through the car park to enter and exit the site. All parents must continue to wear a face mask unless you have notified the school office that you are exempt. Only one parent / carer may enter the school site. Secondary school children must not enter the site or wait at the gates. Please respect each other’s space by socially distancing (2m), especially whilst waiting on the playground or in the car park area. Please leave both the school site and surrounding roads quickly. This includes the car park at the Seven Stars.
3.05 p.m. Side gate will open for parents in Years R, 1, 2 and 5.
3.10 p.m. Years R, 1, 2 and 5 will be dismissed from their class room doors either to parents / carers or to walk home with permission.
3.10 p.m. Years 3, 4 and 6 dismissed from car park pens on the left hand side of the school (looking out onto the road) or walk home with permission.
3.10 – 3.15 p.m. All children leave school.
Points to Note:
- Activ8 are still accepting bookings for after school care. Please see their website to book in sessions. These sessions will continue to run Mon- Thurs, 3.10 - 5.15 p.m.
- Breakfast club continues to be run by Langrish school staff from 7.50 a.m. Please do not arrive before this time as parking spaces are needed by staff. The drive through is available for Breakfast Club if this is easier and quicker for you. If arriving on foot, face masks must be worn. Breakfast will be served until 8.20 a.m. Booking must me made in advance via the school office as numbers will continue to be limited to 25 to allow for social distancing.
Can I come into 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 8th March, 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?
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 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.
Will after school clubs be starting on 8th March?
Unfortunately, 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. We are hoping that teacher led clubs and outside provider clubs will be running from May half term onwards.
When will Activ8 start?
The risk assessments are in place for the after school care to open. Bookings can be made through the Activ8 website: https://active8.wraparoundcarebooking.co.uk. The club will run, Monday - Thursday, 3.15 - 5.15 p.m. These times will be reviewed at Easter.The risk assessment and parent flyer are attached at the bottom of the page
Can I book into Breakfast Club?
For those wishing to attend, booking is essential as bases will be set up for the children to access in their year groups. Numbers, in the first instance, will be limited to 25 children to allow for social distancing in the hall. If you would like to book a breakfast club place, please email Mrs. Graham in the school office with dates. Payments are made via parent accounts.
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 will continue. 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 contacted their schools to tell them that lessons will start w/b 8th March in person.Their updated risk assessment 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 continue to make small adaptations to the classroom to support distancing where possible. This 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. 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. 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. Our Catch Up Premium Plan is published at the end of this page.
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 (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 that good hand hygiene should be observed if touching multiple resources. Books that are changed at school will still be quarantined before being given to other children. All children should bring their reading wallets containing their books and reading diaries in to school every day as reading will be a priority for all of our children. Please continue to log all your home reading in these diaries or encourage your children to do so if they are in the junior years. All entries made by children should be legible, neat and tidily presented and where applicable, be based around the Blooms reading prompts. If you are unsure of these, please contact your child's class teacher via the school office.
- In Years 4 - 6, children should keep logging their books as they finish them and complete Reading Tools as part of their Home Learning
- Don't forget that the reading diaries also have pages for phonics and key words, so keep looking at these during home reading sessions.
- Our library 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. Any books which are lost or damaged will need to be replaced either with a book donation or the equivalent cost of the text.
- 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 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. 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 Years 5 and 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.