1. 1. Why is school closed on Monday 1st June?
Wolverhampton City Council have announced a city-wide INSET day on Monday 1st June. This is to allow schools the time to prepare for the reopening of school. We will therefore not be open to any pupil on this day and children can return to school on Tuesday 2nd June.
2. What are the start and end times for Nursery?
Morning Nursery sessions will be from 9.00am to 11.00am
Afternoon Nursery sessions will be from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
3. Where do I drop off/collect my child from?
You can drop off/collect your child from Nursery entrance that is situated along the path to the Rainbow Day Nursery. Gates will be opened to ensure that a one-way system can be put into place. We ask parents to kindly not hang around by the doors at drop off and pick up times. Only one parent should pick up/drop off and where possible, no siblings should be with them.
4. Will my child need to wear school uniform?
We have been advised that during this time, children should come to school in their own clothes so that clothes can be washed as soon as pupils get home. Where possible, try to send your child in different clothes each day.
5. I want to speak to my child’s teacher. What should I do?
We are asking parents not to hold up teachers at the main doors as it is likely that there will be a queue of parents behind you. If you do need to pass a message onto your child’s teacher, please contact the school office who will be happy to pass messages on. If you do need to speak with a teacher, the office can organise a telephone conversation however parents should know that this may not be possible straight away as our main priority will be supporting the children in school.
Where possible, we are asking parents not to visit our main office. If you must visit the school office, please ensure that only 1 adult enters at a time and be aware that the glass partition will be kept closed.
6. What will my child be learning?
Our initial planning is that the curriculum currently in place will form the basis of our provision. All lessons will be age appropriate. In order to maintain social distancing, children may not be taught by their usual class teacher.
7. Can you guarantee that my child will be 2 metres away from others at all times and that social distancing will be enforced?
Whilst we will try to keep children apart, it seems almost impossible to say that we will be able to maintain social distancing. We will of course do our best to separate children as much as possible. Children will be taught in smaller groups and will stay in the same room for the entire Nursery session.
8. What can my child bring to school?
The guidance is very clear: children should only bring their coats, water bottles and their lunchboxes (if they are having a packed lunch).
9. Will school continue to provide online home learning activities for pupils who are not attending?
Absolutely. We will continue to set home learning activities which will be available online weekly via our school website. However, we will have to limit the number of photocopiable resources as we are trying to limit the number of visitors to the school.
10. My children are returning to school but their start times are different. Can you have my other child in at the same time?
Unfortunately this will not be possible. We have staggered the start and end times of the day in order to keep children, staff and parents safe. We appreciate that this is going to cause an issue for some parents but the guidance is clear: we cannot mix groups of children and we do not have the staffing capacity at present to offer other provisions outside of those that we are going to offer from Monday 1st June.
11. What happens if my child starts displaying symptoms?
If your child becomes ill during the school day, we will do all we can to isolate the child (but with adult supervision) and they will be kept in an area of school away from other children and staff. A call will be made to parents and the child will be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance. If unwell pupils are waiting to go home, they will be directed to use different toilets to the rest of the school to minimize the spread of any potential infection. Please ensure that school has the most up-to-date contact numbers for parents in case of an emergency. Any areas used by unwell children or staff will be appropriately cleaned once vacated.
If a child becomes unwell whilst at home, please do not bring your child to school. Contact the school office who will be able to help you further.
If it were ever to advised that a member of staff or pupil has developed COVID-19 and were recently on school premises, Mrs Scoffham and Mrs Nicholls will contact the Public Health Authority to discuss the case, identify people who have been in contact with them and will take advice on any actions or precautions that should be taken.
12. What if I really do not want my child to return to school?
We can understand that for a lot of parents, there is a lot of uncertainty about whether children should come back to school. Whilst government advice is that schools need to strongly encourage children to attend, we have also been told that there are no plans to fine parents if they choose not to send their children.
Similarly, if you have informed us that you are not sending your child back but change your mind, please do not just turn up on that morning as we will not be able to accommodate your child as they will not have been included in our staffing figures.
13. Can my child wear gloves and face masks?
This information has come directly from the guidance that school have received:
Public Health guidance on the use of PPE to protect against COVID-19 relates to health care settings. In all other settings, individuals are asked to observe social distancing and practice good hand hygiene behaviours. Therefore, for mainstream schools, face masks, gloves, aprons would not be needed. The majority of staff will not require PPE beyond what they would normally require, for example if a child becomes ill, has an accident, needs first aid attention. It is at this point that schools require PPE to be worn if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.
However, we have a good stock of gloves in school and staff on the gates and doors will be wearing gloves as appropriate.