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September Arrangements

We hope this page will provide some clarity regarding September and arrangements for our children.  We have made our plans based on the information that we have at the moment and have tried our very best to provide a quality smooth transition back into school that is as close as possible to our usual procedures.

 

We are planning for all children to be back in school in September.  We will be following government guidance in order to ensure safety and would like to reassure you that safety is always our highest priority. 

 

In order to keep our children and staff safe we are making some changes to our routines and procedures, we thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.  Our ethos of an ‘open door policy’ very much remains albeit by telephone and email contact at the beginning of term. Please see our school website for the most up to date risk assessment which will be under regular review.  

 

Can we remind parents that during the autumn term access to the building will for be for our pupils only.  Please take little ones to the toilet before coming to school as we are unable to offer you this facility at this moment in time. When children are dismissed at the end of the day they will leave with all of their belongings (lunch boxes collected from the playground) and they will not be able to re-enter the building once they have been dismissed.

 

Drop Off and Collection Arrangements

Early Years and Key Stage One

Children will arrive from 8.30am, (register taken at 8:45 am). One parent may accompany their child across the playground to the classroom door where staff will be ready to meet them.  Parents will not be able to enter the building.  Please say goodbye at the door and leave as quickly and cheerfully as possible.  Usually children calm very quickly if they are upset and we will telephone you if necessary. 

Key Stage Two

Children will enter the playground independently, from 8.40am, and need to be in school by 8.55am ready for register to be taken.  Staff will supervise the gates and the playground, and ensure that children enter the building safely. To reduce the number of adults on the playground and entry/exit points, parents will not be able to access the playground at the beginning of the school day or the school building. Children will enter the building (staff will ensure that they sanitise their hands) and then they will go straight to their classrooms.

Senior Leaders along with a high ratio of staff will be on the playground each morning from 8:30 am and the end of each day to ensure good supervision and a smooth transition.

 

End of the day

Please note that the children have different collection times to allow for a safe dismissal. All children will be dismissed from the main school playground and whilst we have a staggered collection in place, we ask that you exercise good social distancing whilst on the school site.  If you have children in different year groups a single collection time can be requested for your convenience.  Please contact us if this is the case by email: postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

 

Please see the chart below for further details:

Key Group of Children

Start Time

End Time

Entrance Point

Dismissal Point

Nursery

From 8:30 am

2:45 pm

Nursery Entrance

Key Stage 1 playground

Reception

From 8:30 am

2:45 pm

Reception Classroom

Key Stage 1 playground

Year 1

From 8:30 am

3:00 pm

Year 1 class door

Year 1 class door

Parents to wait on KS1 Playground

Year 2

From 8:30 am

3:00 pm

Playground ramp

Ramp door

Parents to wait on KS2 Playground

Year 3

From 8:40 am

3:10 pm

Front entrance- main front door

Ramp door

Parents to wait on KS1 Playground

Year 4

From 8:40 am

3:10 pm

Front entrance- main front door

Main entrance Parents to wait of KS 2 Playground

Year 5

From 8:40 am

3:20 pm

Front entrance- main front door

Ramp door

Parents to wait on KS1 Playground

Year 6

From 8:40 am

3:20 pm

Front entrance- main front door

Main entrance Parents to wait of KS 2 Playground

ARP 1 & 2

Taxi/Class Arrangements

Taxi/Class Arrangements

Front entrance- main front door

Ramp door

Parents to wait on KS1 Playground

PAWS

From 8:00 am 

6:00 pm

PAWS entrance

PAWS exit

 

Communication

In September we will no longer be sending out paper letters.  All of our communication will be through our app and website. If you haven’t already done so please download the Rushall app (instructions are at the foot of this letter).  This will ensure that you don’t miss any essential messages throughout the summer holidays regarding school.  Please also check the class pages and blogs on the school website regularly as these are key communication points.  Newsletters are always put on the website and at the same time an alert will show on the app. You can also opt to receive all newsletters by email – please go to the Parents section of our school website and to the Newsletter page.  Scroll down to the bottom and click ‘Subscribe to Newsletters’.  In these uncertain times it is more important than ever that we are able to reach you this way so please do regularly check for updates.

Please let us know if there is anything that you need any help with either by telephoning in or emailing into postbox and we will do our best to help. postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

 

Illness

Children or adults displaying covid symptoms or are unwell should not enter the school site. Children who say they feel unwell will have their temperatures taken and be taken to our rainbow room away from the other children where they will wait to be collected. We will send unwell children home immediately.  Children who are sent home due to having covid symptoms must be tested and school must be informed of the outcome of the test as soon as possible: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

If your child is ill and unable to come into school you must telephone us and let us know the symptoms that they have and the time that the symptoms started.

If they are displaying covid symptoms or possible soft symptoms we are to direct you to call NHS 119 for further advice and to organise a test as necessary. (NHS 119 will help to arrange this for you). Your child will need to isolate for seven days, and household members for fourteen days.  We also are required to report that we have a child with symptoms to Public Health Walsall.

Following any absence due to illness a conversation by telephone must be had with Mrs O’Brien or Mrs Jones before a child returns to school.  On the first morning they return to school Miss Faulkner or Mrs Jones will meet you on the playground to take their temperature and confirm that they may come back into school.

 

Absence

If your child is ill or unable to attend school for any reason you must let us know please by telephone on the first morning of absence.  Our office staff will telephone you if no message is received.  If we are unable to make contact home visits/ involvement of the EWO will take place as usual. If you need to take your child out of school to attend a medical appointment, please send the appointment slip into school on their return.  If you require a leave of absence form to request absence for another reason please contact the school office and a form will be emailed out to you.

 

Medication

Medication, including inhalers will be administered at school if it is prescribed, in date and the relevant forms have been completed.  If your child will require medication please telephone the school office and ask to speak to Miss Faulkner.

 

Parent Contact Details - Track and Trace Support

Thank you to those parents who have completed the online pupil information form, if you haven’t already done so please do this as soon as possible following the link: https://forms.gle/pvytT9fVY6Yv4rsD6 

EYFS parents have already received this link.  It is vital that we have this form completed before your child/ren return in September. 

 

Homework

From September we will be using Google Classroom increasingly for homework particularly with children in years 1-6.  Google Classroom is an online platform that many of our children used successfully during the lockdown.  It is an effective method of communication between children and their teachers and enables children to upload photographs of work completed in addition to completing activities online. In the event of a local lockdown we would be making great use of this technology. Please complete the questionnaire via this link regarding your technology capacity/availability:

Device Survey: https://forms.gle/ACrZUKd2iobTJMsp6 

Acceptable Use Policy Agreement: https://forms.gle/iUkryaooCN9Cvd6y6 

 

Local Lockdown

If Walsall Council in conjunction with Public Health Walsall decide upon a local lockdown at any point, we will inform you as soon as possible, along with our education continuity plan.

 

PAWS

Many parents have requested to take up our before and after school club (PAWS) offer in September.  Miss Faulkner will contact you shortly to confirm the sessions.  We still have spaces so please email school if you require this provision.

 

Curriculum

During the Autumn Term we will dedicate our time to our ‘Recovery Curriculum’ which places a great emphasis on catching up on key skills and personal, social and health education (PSHE). Our core value focus will be CARE – care for each other and of ourselves. A more detailed letter will follow in September regarding this.

 

Reading Books

In September home reading will resume.  When a book is returned it will be stored in a safe place and left in ‘quarantine’ before it is placed back on a shelf.  If you would like to spray or wipe a book you are more than welcome.  Plastic pockets will be provided for children to keep their books in so that they stay clean in their reading folders.  Home/School reading log books/ diaries will not be used for the foreseeable future.  Staff will keep detailed records of children’s reading at school and will talk to them about the reading they have been doing at home.  If you would like to discuss any aspect of your child’s reading please do not hesitate to telephone the class teacher.

 

Uniform and Belongings

All children should wear school uniform and school shoes in September.  The children will also need their PE kit in school.  (Please ensure that pumps fit).  All children will also need a reading folder/ book bag to carry their reading books in.  Children bringing a packed lunch in will bring it in a named bag or box and will place it on the lunch trolley near their entrance point.  All children will need to bring a drink each day in a plastic bottle with their name clearly visible, this will need to be taken to their classroom.  Children should not be bringing toys or any other items from home into school at the moment. 

 

PE Kit

During autumn children will be taking part in lots of outdoor PE so in addition to their usual PE kit please could all children be provided with some comfortable jogging or tracksuit bottoms/leggings and a warm hoodie and trainers suitable for outdoor use.  Ideally this could be kept in a separate bag. We are not expecting you to go to great expense, we simply want to ensure that children are warm enough when taking part in outdoor PE as the weather gets colder.

 

Dinner Money

From September:

  • All meals that require a payment will need to be booked on a weekly basis and sent in with the child to hand into their Class Teacher/Teaching Assistant.  Money will need to be in a sealed named envelope and change will not be given (a credit system will be used).
  • All children will let their Teachers know on a Monday morning whether they will be having school meals (hot or cold) or a packed lunch from home for the whole week. Unfortunately we unable to accommodate children switching on the day.
  • Walsall Council School Meals menu will be uploaded to the school website (w/c 31.08.2020 to w/c 19.10.2020) so that parents can view the weekly menus on offer.

 

Free School Meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free meals as part of the ‘universal free school meal offer’. This differs from the free school meal offer which is related to financial circumstances, e.g. in receipt of certain benefits.  Current Year 2 parents please note that from September if you are not eligible for free school meals you will have to pay for meals. We have included the link to this form at the bottom of this letter as we know that for many families circumstances may have recently changed.  It is really important that if you are eligible for free school meals that you do apply as school receives additional funding which is used to support our children’s learning. If you would like to apply for Free School Meals please claim via the webpage: https://go.walsall.gov.uk/forms/Application-for-Free-School-Meals

Support from ‘Making Connections'

If you do not qualify for Free School Meals or your circumstances have recently changed and you need help please email or telephone ‘Making Connections’ on the numbers below:

COVID-19communityhelp@walsall.gov.uk or 0121 380 6690

This group can also support with practical help such as collecting shopping or prescriptions as well as providing financial advice.

 

Healthy Snacks

EYFS and Key Stage 1 will have a free piece of fruit each morning as part of our healthy school status.  Key Stage 2 may like to bring in a healthy snack (fruit/cereal bar) for the morning.  Your child will take this to their classroom along with their drinks bottle (clearly labelled).

 

Changes Checklist

We do understand that we have given you lots of new information in this letter and it is highly likely that we have to make further changes during the Autumn Term. In order to help you understand the key changes we have compiled a ‘Checklist’ ensure you are ready for the changes in September. Please see attached.