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School Re-opening Thursday 3rd September

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

FULL SCHOOL RE-OPENING ON THURSDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2020

 

I hope that you have had a happy and restful summer break with your families.

I am very pleased to be writing to you with the final arrangements for our full re-opening on Thursday 3rd September for all our children.

 

At school, we have been very busy getting everything ready for the new school year and I am hopeful that the information within this letter will answer any questions you may still have as the beginning quickly approaches.

 

Included are details of pick up and drop off as well as frequently asked questions.

 

Our new and updated Risk Assessment is available on our website.

 

Please remember that, from September, we will be beginning the day in a slightly different way. The school doors will be opened at 8.30am for all children so that they can go straight to their classroom to get settled and begin a learning activity. Their class teacher will be in the classroom to greet them. Part of the reason for this is to avoid congestion on the playground, in line with social distancing guidance and also to maximise time for learning opportunities. The register will be taken at 8.50am so this remains unchanged. However, we would urge you to try to get your child/ren in to school as early as you can so that they can make the most of this new learning opportunity.

 

Please can we ask that Year 6 parents do not enter the site: in this way, our Year 6 children have the opportunity to become more independent and we also minimise the number of adults on the school site.

 

Pick up and drop off

 

There will be a one-way system in place for morning drop off and afternoon pick up to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Please pay careful attention to which gate you should enter the site and which gate to leave by. Staff will be available in the first week to guide and support with this. Please note that we continue to ask that only one adult should enter the site to collect and no Y6 adults should enter the site. See FAQs. We ask all adults to adhere to and model social distancing guidelines in order to keep our whole community safe.

 

Class

Entrance

Exit

 

Reception

Duckling Class

Hedgehog Class

Rabbit Class

 

 

Enter the site along the path from the ‘Early Years’ entrance gate on Waverley Road. Purple gate.

Enter directly into their classrooms via the doors to the rear of the building.

 

Please exit the site via the Y3/4 playground and through the single gate by Sparrows. Orange gate.

Year 1

Bumblebee Class

Butterfly Class

Ladybird Class

 

 

 

 

Year 2

Parrot Class

Owl Class

 

 

 

Enter the site along the path from the ‘Early Years’ entrance gate on Waverley Road. Purple gate.

Enter directly into their classrooms via the doors to the rear of the building.

 

 

 

 

 

Enter the site along the path from the ‘Early Years’ entrance gate on Waverley Road. Purple gate.

Enter directly into their classrooms via the doors to the rear of the building.

 

 

Please exit the site via the Y3/4 playground and through the single gate by Sparrows. Orange gate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please exit the site via the Y3/4 playground and through the single gate by Sparrows. Orange gate.

Year 2

Penguin Class

 

Enter the site using the Key Stage 1 playground gates on Sparrow Farm Road. Yellow gate.

Enter building via the corridor door immediately next to the classroom.

 

Please exit via Green gate in Y1/2 playground.

 

Year 3

Shark Class

Starfish Class

Dolphin Class

 

 

Year 4

Grizzly Bear Class

Panda Class

 

Enter the site using the Year 3/4 vehicle gate on Sparrow Farm Road. Blue gate.

Enter building via the entrance the Year 3/ 4 entrance.

 

 

 

Enter the site using the Year 3/4 vehicle gate on Sparrow Farm Road. Blue gate.

Enter building via the entrance the Year 3/ 4 entrance.

Please exit via the pedestrian gate on the Y3/4 playground. Orange gate.

 

 

 

Please exit via the pedestrian gate on the Y3/4 playground. Orange gate.

Year 4

Polar Bear

 

 

 

Enter the site using the Key Stage 1 playground gates on Sparrow Farm Road. Yellow gate.

Enter building via the staircase at the rear of the small hall.

 

Please exit via Green gate in Y1/2 playground.

Year 5

 

 

 

Enter building through the linkway doors. These are accessed via the large double entrance gate adjacent to the main school hall on Sparrow Farm Road. Red gate.

 

Please exit via Red gate.

Year 6

 

 

 

Enter the site via the large double entrance gate adjacent to the main school hall on Sparrow Farm Road. Red gate.

Enter building via the path to the left of the school hall.

 

Please exit via Red gate.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Can my child cycle or scoot to school?

Yes. Please ensure that you have discussed relevant road safety and the entry points they should use to access the site. All children must wear helmets and will not be allowed to cycle or scoot within the school grounds.

 

  • Does my child need to wear a facemask?

No. Current government advice is that adults and children do not need to wear face coverings, as they will be practising social distancing. Should you wish for your child to wear a mask, please can you contact the school to arrange a discussion as to how we can best accommodate this for your personal circumstances.

 

If your child is travelling to school on public transport, they will be required to wear a face covering which should be kept in a sealed plastic bag when not being worn.

 

  • What should my child bring to school?

Each child Reception and KS1 should have a school book bag, and in KS2, a school ruck sack or equivalent small rucksack.

  1. One pencil case which will be left in school from Monday to Friday
  2. Water bottle which should be washed daily
  3. Personal hand gel and/or tissues (optional)
  4. Lunch box (wipe able and taken home daily to be cleaned)
  5. Coat if needed

 

  • How do I communicate with the school office or class teacher?

Please use email or the telephone to contact the relevant member of staff who will then make an appointment for you if necessary. No parents or carers will be allowed to enter the school building without prior appointment. Where appropriate, please email your class teacher directly as they will be best placed to support you. Please be advised that teachers do not access their emails during the school day.

 

  • How are our children kept safe?

Please see the new risk assessment which is available on our website under Key Information.

The children will be kept in Year Group bubbles. Adults are allowed to move between bubbles under government guidelines but this will be kept to a minimum.

 

  • Will my child’s classroom look different?

No. Tables and chairs will be set up slightly differently in rows as per government guidelines to mitigate transmission.

Windows will be open at all times to promote good ventilation so please ensure your child has appropriate layers of clothing to keep warm.

The classrooms are welcoming and cheerful places for the children to learn in.

 

  • How will lunch work?

Lunch times will be split across three halls to allow for distancing and enhanced cleaning.

Please remember to book school lunches in the normal manner asap, using ScoPay and allowing adequate time in advance for our Catering Team. See the link to Twelve15 at https://spark.adobe.com/page/A9wbXZPKPLNX3/ for further details.

 

  • Will my child still get to play outside at playtime with their friends?

Playtimes and lunchtimes will be staggered and children will only be able to socialise with those in their year group bubble. Some equipment will be allocated to each bubble.

 

  • What should my child wear?

All children will be required to wear full school uniform including appropriate school shoes. (Not trainers or boots). A coat is also necessary, as outdoor learning will be promoted.

To reduce movement and potential transmission, for the first half term, all classes will be allocated a PE day and all children will be required to arrive at school in their PE kit and will stay in it for the duration of the day. Please note, children should wear their team coloured t-shirt with black or navy shorts or plain black or navy tracksuit bottoms, with trainers or plimsolls and school sweatshirt (no hoodies). KS2 children should not wear earrings to school on PE days.

 

  • What if my child needs medication in school?

Please fill in the relevant medical form which you will find on the school website and email it to info@meadow.surrey.sch.uk who will arrange a suitable time for you to drop off the medication.

 

  • Can my child bring a mobile phone into school?

If your child is in Y5 or Y6 and comes to school independently, they may bring in their mobile phone. Their class teacher will send home a form to be filled in and all phones will be kept in a lockable cupboard in each classroom. Please see our mobile phone policy for further information.

 

We hope your children are looking forward to coming back to school. We understand that there may be some anxieties associated with the virus and the long period away from school but please be assured and reassure your children, that we fully understand this and will provide plenty of opportunities to settle in and give support where needed.

 

We wish you a lovely long weekend and look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

 

Kind regards

 

Laura Benardout

Head of School