Updated: May 28
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 Year 6?
Year 6 times of the day will be from 9.30am until 3.00pm. This is to ensure that we can safely get children in and out of school and minimise the contact with other year groups. Unfortunately, at this time, we will not be able to accommodate Year 6 children at any other times than those stated above.
3. Where do I drop off/collect my child from?
We know that Year 6 pupils often walk to school by themselves however during this time, we ask that pupils are brought to and collected from school by parents. This is to ensure that social distancing between pupils can be followed. You can drop off/collect your child from the gates by Year 6 classrooms at the front of the school. There will be signs directing parents and children where to go. Gates will be opened so that parents can follow a one-way route. We ask parents to follow social distancing measures when dropping off and collecting children. At the end of the day, children will only be called when you are the front of the queue. Year 6 children will be using the Year 5 and 6 classrooms for the foreseeable. We ask parents to kindly not hang around by the gates 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 but we are trying follow a ‘normal’ school timetable of Literacy, Maths and Topic lessons.
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 of no more than 15 ( which we will call bubbles) and have the same teachers for the day. There will be no mixing of year groups. They will use the same classroom each day and have their own work stations in the classroom where they will have their own resources at their tables.
8. Will playtimes and lunchtimes be staggered?
The simple answer is yes. Each ‘bubble’ has a set playtime during the morning and will be supervised by the teachers in their bubbles. Each bubble has a section of the playground where they will stay. Each bubble will also have their own play boxes of equipment to be used. There will be no mixing of bubbles at any playtimes or lunchtimes.
Lunchtime will follow the same pattern: each bubble will have a set time in the dining hall to each their lunch. Children will not be permitted to leave the dining hall until all the children in their bubble have finished. The dining hall will be cleaned between the different bubbles exiting and entering. Much like playtime, bubbles will have their own area to play during their allotted time outside.
9. How will school be kept clean throughout this time?
The whole school has been through an enhanced cleaning process in anticipation of the school reopening. This means that every ‘touch point’ has been cleaned ensuring all government guidance has been followed. One of the reasons why school will close to pupils by 3.00pm is so that it gives our cleaning staff ample time to conduct deep cleans of all spaces that are being used on a daily basis. School staff will be cleaning work stations and other touch points in the classrooms over lunchtime.
10. Why won’t school be offering a breakfast/afterschool club?
Government guidance is that children should not mix, other than within their bubbles, during the school day. Offering a breakfast club or afterschool club opens up the possibility of children interacting with other children and therefore we have made the decision not to offer this provision during the partial school return.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. My child has attended throughout the lockdown as I am a key worker. What happens now?
If your child is in the returning year groups, they will have been allocated to a bubble appropriate to their age. Again, we appreciate this is going to cause an issue with some parents but now that we have more children attending, we have had to make some tough decisions for the safety of everyone. This means that the start and end times of the day will need to be followed. If your child is in Years 2 3 4 or 5, we will still offer provision for your child but only on days that you are working and we will require weekly proof of working hours. There will be no interaction with children from other year groups and, like the other bubbles in school, will have the same teachers every day and will stay in the same room.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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).
18. What will happen with transition to secondary school?
The local authority are currently making plans with the secondary schools across the city to plan the transition of Year 6 pupils to their new schools. One idea is to begin transition early so that Year 6 pupils have a few weeks at Stow Heath before having a few weeks in their new secondary school. At the minute, no plans have been confirmed and we will inform parents as soon as we know more.