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URGENT LETTER 21.06.2020

 

IMPORTANT LETTER REGARDING SCHOOL WIDER-OPENING FOR

YEAR 1 & 6 PUPILS

 

Dear Parent/ Carers,

 

PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD INTO SCHOOL ON MONDAY 22ND JUNE UNLESS THEY HAVE PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED.

 

As you will have seen in the news over the past few days, including an announcement by the health secretary on Friday, there has been a spike in COVID-19 cases in Leicester.

 

There have been some pop-up testing centres set up and a number of cases are local to the area that Taylor Road Primary School is situated. Whilst the information states that these cases have been in young adults and not children, I have had to consider the safety of staff, pupils and the community.

 

I, along with the other leaders within school, have made the decision that sadly we cannot welcome any new pupils to attend Taylor Road Primary School this week.

 

We will confirm arrangements for the week beginning June 29th to those parents who had planned to send their children into school, by Thursday 26th June.

 

Please be assured that the current measures we have in place at Taylor Road are stringent and reviewed regularly and I believe that our school is a safe place for your children. I have not taken the decision to postpone opening to more year groups lightly.

 

Over the past 2 weeks we have enjoyed having the children back in and have had stability for our children and no cases of COVID-19 within any of those bubbles of children. Whilst this is great news for us as a school I also have to consider the wider community.

Whilst there has been a spike of cases within the Evington area we, as a school feel that to postpone wider opening is the best course of action in the short term, whilst further evidence is explored.

 

These are very difficult times for us all and we are desperate to get back into some sort of normality but the health of the pupils, staff and community is of the utmost importance.

 

We will continue to inform all parents via phone calls, texts and letters on the school website. Please continue to stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in the near future.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Mrs Grant-Thomas

 

 

 

LETTER TO KEY PARENTS ON 17th June 2020

 

IMPORTANT – PHASED RETURN TO SCHOOL FINAL PLAN

 

Parent/ Carer of ___________________________

 

Dear Parent/ Carer,

 

Thank you for responding to us with your expression of interest as a Year 1 or a Year 6 parents who wishes to send their children back to school at this time. This has been most helpful for finalising the provision we are able to offer.

 

Since I wrote to you last, in consultation with the staff and governors, I have been working to formulate a plan for a phased return to our school. This plan follows government guidance which has subsequently been adapted to suit the staffing, environment and pupil needs of our school as highlighted in the risk assessments the school has carried out.

 

What is the current situation & guidance?

The Governors (in our case our Interim Executive Board (IEB)) and I have determined that the most appropriate option is to adopt HM Government and Local Authority Guidance. This guidance is developing and may change at any time. The current government position is that they believe it is safe for children to congregate in schools in allocated groups - no more than 15 in a ‘bubble’, and that schools should begin to plan to offer  places for Reception, Y1, Y6 and vulnerable children/ critical workers children, beginning from 1st June.

 

However, at the moment, it is still up to the head teacher and IEB to determine how this should be implemented safely in their own school; risk assessing the building and staffing numbers.

 

After the success in opening to limited pupils earlier this month, we have determined that we can begin to welcome some more children back to our school from Monday 15th June. These will be pupils whose parents have received a phone call and a personalised letter ONLY.

 

What is the school doing to prepare?

I have, in consultation with the staff and members of the IEB, undertaken a robust risk assessment to ensure that the school will be as safe as it can be. From these assessments, plans have been drawn up to mitigate the risk of viral spread.

However, as the head teacher, I have to inform you that I cannot guarantee and will not guarantee that your child/children will not catch COVID-19 in the school environment which they will return to.

 

The plans I am outlining to you are our preferred way of managing things, but are subject to change should further guidance or instruction be published by the government.

 

Arrival at School

Risk – Lack of social distancing waiting to enter classroom in morning resulting in direct transmission of the virus.

 

Start of Day Drop-off

The start of the day will be staggered for different bubbles (see below for the time your child is expected to start). These times will be STRICTLY ADHERED to.

We ask that only one parent / adult accompanies their child to school and please do not bring on site siblings who are not attending school at this time.

The front gate will be open according to the time below for the parent/adult to hand over their child to a member of staff from their bubble. NO PARENT WILL BE ALLOWED ONSITE AT THE START OF THE DAY beyond the front gate.

If you are late for your drop-off time, we cannot guarantee your child will be allowed into school as this will increase the risks to other children and staff within their bubble.

Staff will wear Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to collect children at the start of the day. Hand sanitiser will be provided for children to use before entering the school site.

 

End of Day Collection

The end of the day collection times will be staggered for different bubbles and we ask that only one adult/parent is present to collect your child (see information below for the time your child is expected to be collected.) Please do not bring siblings on-site who are not attending school at this time as we are trying to limit all visitors.  

The front gate will be open and a one-way pathway system will be marked out towards the side door of the hall (where Food hampers are picked up from).

Parents will be asked to line up staying 2 m apart on the yellow lines marked out.

Teachers will release children once they see their parent at the front of the queue. Your child will bring all their belongings with them including packed lunch box, and water bottle to be washed and cleaned before bringing back to school the next day.

Please note neither your child nor the parent will be allowed to return into school after collection if they have forgotten something.

Staff will wear Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to dismiss children at the end of the day.

We ask that you exit via the side gate by the hall.

Classroom Management

Risk – Lack of social distancing in the classroom resulting in direct transmission of the virus

Risk - Contact of shared resources resulting in indirect transmission of the virus

 

Children have been allocated a bubble that they remain in every day. There is no Breakfast Club or After-School Clubs as the guidance states that children should only mix within their family unit and one bubble.

 

We have put in place, according to Government guidance and the results of our risk assessments, the following measures to minimize viral spread:

 

Childcare Bubble

Year 6 Bubble

Year 1 Bubble

1. Reduce the number of children in the group to enable social distancing (no more than 15)

2. Children asked to wear a fresh set of clothes each day

3. Remove excess furniture to increase space if space to do so

4. Children keep to their desks when in the room

5. Social distancing explored through PSHE lesson – (Include instructions how to line up, use of toilet, moving around the classroom etc)

6. Social distancing rules revisited and modelled many times a day and linked to school values – lots of praise for adherence in line with Behaviour Policy

7. Lessons planned for individual work (not pairings or group work)

8. Feedback – verbal – using large whiteboard and interactive whiteboard or pupil self-marking – staff having no close interaction

9. Mark out an area for the teacher – 2m distancing at front of room

10. Children to use same desk / work station for the days that they attend

11. Staff are assigned to these children and stay with these children throughout the day (although there is a staffing rota that changes over the week for these children – we cannot guarantee that the staff member will be the same)

12. Children stay in their assigned room for majority of the day and not mix with other groups

13. Bags, coats, water bottles and lunchboxes kept under children’s tables

14. All windows and classroom doors are opened at the start of the day and remain open for the whole day.

15. Timetables are given for pupils to have staggered breaks, lunch and PE sessions outside each day.

16. Pupils will not change for PE

17. Pupils will eat lunch at their tables in the classroom and the tables will be wiped throughout the day.

18. Midday supervisors are allocated to a bubble at the start and end of the week and will remain with the same children for each dinner

19. No pupil or member of staff will be allowed to leave the school site for dinner. Once on site, all will remain here for the whole day.

20. Packed lunches do need to come with the child in the morning. The office will not be accepting lunches to be given to the children during the day.

1. Reduce the number of children in the classroom to enable social distancing (no more than 15)

2. Children asked to wear a fresh set of clothes each day

3. Packed lunches do need to come with the child in the morning. The office will not be accepting lunches to be given to the children during the day.

4. Children keep to their desks when in the room

5. Social distancing explored through PSHE lesson – (Include instructions how to line up, use of toilet, moving around the classroom etc)

6. Social distancing rules revisited and modelled many times a day and linked to school vaules – lots of praise for adherence in line with Behaviour Policy

7. Lessons planned for individual work (not pairings or group work)

8. Feedback – verbal – using large whiteboard and interactive whiteboard or pupil self-marking – staff having no close interaction

9. Mark out an area for the teacher – 2m distancing at front of room

10. Children to use same desk / work station for the days that they attend

11. Staff are assigned to these children and stay with these children throughout the day (although there is a staffing rota that changes over the week for these children – we cannot guarantee that the staff member will be the same)

12. Children stay in their assigned room for majority of the day and not mix with other groups

13. Bags, coats, water bottles and lunchboxes kept under children’s tables

14. All windows and classroom doors are opened at the start of the day and remain open for the whole day.

15. Timetables are given for pupils to have staggered breaks, lunch and PE sessions outside each day.

16. Pupils will not change for PE

17. Pupils will eat lunch at their tables in the classroom and the tables will be wiped throughout the day.

18. Midday supervisors are allocated to a bubble at the start and end of the week and will remain with the same children for each dinner

19. No pupil or member of staff will be allowed to leave the school site for dinner. Once on site, all will remain here for the whole day.

 

1. Reduce the number of children in the classroom to enable social distancing (no more than 15)

2. Children asked to wear a fresh set of clothes each day

3. Packed lunches do need to come with the child in the morning. The office will not be accepting lunches to be given to the children during the day.

4. Children keep to their desks when in the room

5. Social distancing explored through PSHE lesson – (Include instructions how to line up, use of toilet, moving around the classroom etc)

6. Social distancing rules revisited and modelled many times a day and linked to school vaules – lots of praise for adherence in line with Behaviour Policy

7. Lessons planned for individual work (not pairings or group work)

8. Feedback – verbal – using large whiteboard and interactive whiteboard or pupil self-marking – staff having no close interaction

9. Mark out an area for the teacher – 2m distancing at front of room

10. Children to use same desk / work station for the days that they attend

11. Staff are assigned to these children and stay with these children throughout the day (although there is a staffing rota that changes over the week for these children – we cannot guarantee that the staff member will be the same)

12. Children stay in their assigned room for majority of the day and not mix with other groups

13. Bags, coats, water bottles and lunchboxes kept under children’s tables

14. All windows and classroom doors are opened at the start of the day and remain open for the whole day.

15. Timetables are given for pupils to have staggered breaks, lunch and PE sessions outside each day.

16. Pupils will not change for PE

17. Pupils will eat lunch at their tables in the classroom and the tables will be wiped throughout the day.

18. Midday supervisors are allocated to a bubble at the start and end of the week and will remain with the same children for each dinner

19. No pupil or member of staff will be allowed to leave the school site for dinner. Once on site, all will remain here for the whole day.

 

Toilet Breaks

 

Risk - Lack of social distancing using toilets and poor hygiene resulting in direct and indirect transmission of the virus

 

The toilets will be cleaned after each bubble have used them and will be cleaned throughout the day.

Children will have set times to go to the toilet and will be escorted by an adult when doing so.

Handwashing posters will be displayed in the toilet block and by sinks.

Hand washing by the child will be supervised by an adult.

 

Movement around School

 

Risk - Lack of social distancing in the corridors resulting in direct transmission of the virus

 

A one- way system is in place around the school with clearly marked arrows on the floor. There is one up staircase and two down staircases. Children will not be allowed to move around school unaccompanied at any time and use of the one-way system will be monitored by senior staff.

 

Break and Lunchtime

 

Risk - Lack of social distancing during playtimes and lunchtimes resulting in direct transmission of the virus

 

Children will remain in their bubbles for break times and the two staff members will take turns to release each other for a comfort break.

 

A midday supervisor will be allocated to a different bubble at the start and end of the week and will remain with the same children for each lunchtime. Children will eat in their classrooms in their bubbles. This same midday supervisor will supervise the bubble, in a given zone, when outside.

 

Please note –your child will need to bring a packed lunch, meals from the kitchen will not be available. Children will NOT be allowed off-site for their

 

Any pupil in receipt of Free School Meals will need to bring a packed lunch from home and continue to collect the food hamper from the school on a Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Curriculum Planning and Content

 

Risks - Emotional distress of the children

 

The main aim of the return back to school will be wellbeing, emotional resilience and socialisation. We cannot guarantee that lost learning will be made up for as we need to assess children’s readiness and receptiveness

PSHE and wellbeing curriculum activities will be delivered for the first week to support children’s wellbeing. Reflective time and opportunities for talk will be timetabled into each day along with Maths, English and Topic lessons.

 

Close Contact – First Aid and Illness

 

Risk – Lack of social distancing during the administration of first aid or comfort resulting in direct transmission of the virus

 

There are First aid stations on each floor and members of staff will be provided with a first aid kit to take outside during breaks and dinners for use on minor injuries.

 

If a child becomes ill whilst in school, parents will be phoned immediately. If these are COVID-19 related symptoms, alongside the call home the pupil will be taken to the isolation room (meeting room in reception area), where they will wait until the child is collected. The office will then follow procedure for ensuring the child is taken from the site immediately.

 

Any first aider dealing with an injury or illness of a child will wear full Personal Protection Equipment, including face covering and gloves.

 

Further Protective Measures

 

Risk - spreading of the virus due to poor hygiene resulting in indirect transmission of the virus

 

There will be regular cleaning of high-use areas, and we encourage good personal hygiene and thorough handwashing. These are promoted by the government , according to their guidance, as being the most effective way of preventing viral spread.

 

The use of PPE by staff and children has been discouraged by the Government, and having met together and read through the guidance the senior leadership team, IEB and I feel the use of it, apart from for close contact first aid, would be inappropriate and will be discouraged. When used incorrectly, PPE gives little protection to the wearer and those they mix with. We feel this can breed complacency for the other measures we are promoting.

 

Mr Hendry, the site team and our wonderful cleaners have kept the school thoroughly cleaned during the lockdown period. Classrooms have remained empty since we closed. Every room, table, chair and surface has been thoroughly cleaned.

We have procedures in place to ensure that the site is cleaned throughout the day, high use areas are cleaned after every use and we are having deep cleans of the rooms and high-use areas on a Wednesday and Friday evening.

 

Visitors on site

 

Risk - Contact of shared resources resulting in indirect transmission of the virus

 

We are limiting the number of visitors we have onsite. All parents/ carers will be asked to ring or email the school if they have a question. No 1:1 meetings will be made at this current time, this will be regularly reviewed.

 

Any necessary visitors to site ie. Maintenance or emergency services will receive training on the systems, policies and procedures including; the one- way system, social distancing and hygiene procedures. These will be agreed to before allowing onsite.

 

Please note – this plan and the risk assessments that have informed it, will be reviewed weekly. I reserve the right to amend and change it as necessary and will keep you informed.

 

Organisation of Groupings

 

Risk – Lack of social distancing in the classroom resulting in direct transmission of the virus

 

The current guidance suggests that we have groups of no more than 15 children – these are referred to as bubbles - and those children are ideally not allowed to mix. As a school we are starting with bubbles of up to 10 children only and will increase these over time to the government recommendation of 15. These bubbles are expected to only have close contact with the same adults all day.

 

Bubble: ____

Teacher/s: ________

Day and Dates attending: __________

Start Time: ______

Collection Time:__________

 

We are not allowing our bubbles to increase in pupil number, in the first instance, but will be reviewing the numbers in the bubbles and pupils on our waiting list on a weekly basis.

 

Please note - our plan utilises all staff and we are trying to ensure that staff do not cross bubbles, therefore in the unlikely event of staff absence or illness we may have to close a bubble down temporarily.

 

Home Learning – Years EYFS, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (this also includes any children in Year 1 & 6 not attending

 

Home learning will continue as normal for all children not attending Taylor Road at this current time. Please maintain a weekly check of the school website or phone the school office for information.

 

What will happen next?

 

I believe that we have the safest plan we can, but as parents, you will have to make the final decision. The staff and I want you to know that we miss you and your children, and do want to welcome them back to school as soon as it is safe to do so!

 

We remain committed to helping the Taylor Road Primary School community feel safe and secure as we move forwards. In order to ensure the success of this plan, you will be asked to sign a home/school agreement demonstrating our commitment to it. These will need to be returned on your child’s first day back.

 

If you decide not to send your child, and then change your mind at a later date, you will simply need to phone the school, with a weeks’ notice, and inform us. Due to the preparation required and in order to protect the children attending already, if you turn up on the day unannounced, we will not be able to let your child stay due to ‘bubbles’ having already been created.

 

All schools have had the enormous task of interpreting the guidance and deciding on the best approach for reopening. Every school in our local area has very different ways in which they have done this. It is important that you read this plan carefully so that you are fully aware of the school organisation that you and your child will be returning to.

 

Please do not compare us to other schools – Taylor Road Primary School is unique and will make decisions which suit us as a school community. We will continue to keep in contact with you and continue to support each other in these very difficult and uncertain times. We will get through this difficult period together, with support and understanding. Thank you.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

 

 

Mrs Grant-Thomas

Acting Headteacher

LETTER TO PARENTS CONCERNING THE CHANGES TO GOVERNANCE

 

28th April 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I hope that you and your family are all managing to keep well and safe in these difficult and different times. I am writing to let you know that after the last letter from Leicester LA in February to you, where they stated that they had ‘taken the decision to provide more help to deal with the (Governance) issues swiftly and effectively through developing a new governance structure for a limited time’, they had to make the difficult decision to to disband the school’s Governing board.

The Governing Board has been replaced by an Interim Executive Board (IEB). An IEB is a small body, typically smaller than a full governing body, appointed by the LA and the Regional Schools Commissioner.

 

The Local Authority would like to acknowledge the time and commitment that the former governing board extended to the school and to thank all those involved for their support of Taylor Road through some very challenging times.

Unfortunately, we are unable to meet with you to introduce ourselves and the role of the Interim Executive Board. This letter is to introduce you to the members of the Interim Executive Board which is taking the place of the governing board.

This has been approved by the Local Authority and the Regional Schools Commissioner. We are not here to manage and run the school, just to support the school and school improvement in general.

The Board consists of five members, all very experienced and with a huge range skills:

• Jane Ridgewell, Headteacher of Highfields Primary and a National Leader of Education,

• Ian Johnson, governor at Soar Valley College and previous School Business Manager,

• Farhan Adam, Principal of Crown Hills Community College and an Ofsted Inspector,

• Jawaahir Daahir, BEM, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Somali Development Services and

• Suzanne Uprichard, National Leader of Education and experienced governor.

Once normal schooling is resumed, we hope to hold a meeting to which all parents and carers are invited so that we can meet you and listen to any concerns or questions you may have.

With best wishes

Suzanne Uprichard Chair of the IEB

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