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Parkgate Primary School

September Re-Opening

Updated - Thursday 27th August 2020

*NEW* Local Authority letter to parents - click  here

*NEW* - Check out the news section for information on packed lunches, PE kits, face masks and more.

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

Firstly, we hope that you and your loved ones are keeping well and safe during this difficult time. Unless anything changes at Government level before September, with regards to COVID-19, we are aiming to fully open again to all children in September.

Tuesday 1st September and Wednesday 2nd September will be Teacher training days and school will be closed to all children. As many children have not been in school since March, and have missed out on the usual transition events in the summer term, we have taken the decision to utilise Thursday 3rd September and Friday 4th September as transition days for Years 1 to Year 6 (If your child is in Nursery or Reception, you will have received an individual letter and so these arrangements do not apply to you). School life and routines will look very different, ensuring the safety of the school community.  These include, but are not limited to, thorough cleaning, regular hand washing facilities, one way systems and timetables.  At the present time children are not required to wear face masks within school.

If you choose to send your child to school in a mask, they will be instructed not to touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing it. They must wash their hands immediately on arrival (as is the case for all children), dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can take home with them, and then wash their hands again before beginning lessons in class.

Arrangements for drop off

In the main, we will be operating a one way system around the school site.  The only adaptation to this will be when utilising the Moreland Road entrance.  This information is outlined below.  There will be plenty of staff on hand to guide you through the new system, so there is no need to worry.  In order to support Social Distancing, and keep everybody as safe as possible, we will only be allowing one adult to accompany children into school. This will reduce the amount of people on the school site at any one time.  The gates will be open from 8.25am and will remain open until 8.50am.  The expectation will be that parents drop off their child and move on.  If you would like to speak to class teachers then you will need to either ring the office to make an appointment or email info@parkgate.coventry.sch.uk. To support Social Distancing, there can be no congregating around doors, there will be a sign outside of classrooms as a reminder.  Children are expected to make their way straight to their class. If children travel to school on a bike, they will still be able to do this, but must not ride their bike on the school site.

If your child uses public transport, please talk to us about the safest times to travel if you are concerned. 

Parkgate Road Entry

For all year groups, the pedestrian entrance will be reopened and will be the main way into school from Parkgate Road, those with pushchairs will need to use the main gate. 

The Nursery gate will be the exit point off the school site back to Parkgate Road.

Moreland Road

This will be an entrance and an exit.  The footpath between the playgrounds has been widened and will be a two way footpath.

Click here for map for more clarity.

Whilst in school

For the majority of time, children will remain in their own classrooms where seating arrangements, where possible, have been organised to allow children to be front facing, in line with Government guidance. For use of toilet spaces, playtimes and lunchtimes, the bubble will stretch and children will be able to mix with other classes within their year group. Timetabling has been developed to ensure there is no mixing across year groups.

Lunches

The kitchen will not be able to offer hot meals in September.  Any child in Year 1 or Year 2 will have the opportunity to have a packed lunch provided by school unless you would prefer to provide your own.  If your child is in receipt of Free School Meals in KS2, a packed lunch will also be provided.  To support social distancing, the majority of children will eat their lunch in their classroom.  Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer a meal service to those parents who would usually pay through ParentPay at this time.

Equipment

We are requesting that children come to school with as little as possible.  Children will need to bring their book bag and their own bottle of water, we will be unable to supply cups.

On PE days, children will be required to come to school in their PE kit.  This will alleviate the need to change and will also mean fewer items of clothing in school.  Please refer to the school website for acceptable clothing. A reminder that children should not be coming to school wearing earrings on a PE day, we will be unable to cover them.

Curriculum

We know there will be anxiety around the amount of missed learning over the lockdown period.  Rest assured that we are working tirelessly to develop a curriculum that both supports the wellbeing of children and addresses gaps in learning.  Our curriculum will not be narrowed and children will still access the whole range of subjects.

Before and After School Clubs

Unfortunately, we will not be running any before or After School Clubs during the autumn term.

Arrangements for collection

Collection will be possible between 2.55pm and 3.15pm to reduce congestion and support social distancing. All children must be collected by 3.15pm and off site by 3.30pm as school gates will be locked.

Attendance

Attendance at school will be compulsory again from September – please see letter from the Local Authority clicking here. There is also an option for alternate languages.

Sickness

Please ensure you do not send your child to school if you or anybody in your household are experiencing any of the symptoms of Coronavirus which are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Please follow national guidance relating to testing and self-isolation as appropriate and inform school in the usual way.

School Website

We have developed this new website.  This will contain the most up to date information.  There is also a new app, instructions for how to download this can be found under the mobile app tab on the website.

When is your child expected in school?

Children whose surname falls between A-J inclusive, are expected to be in school on Thursday 3rd September but NOT on Friday 4th September.

Children whose surname falls between K-Z inclusive, are expected to be in school on Friday 4th September but NOT on Thursday 3rd September.

All children will then be expected back into school on Monday 7th September.

Surname A – J

Surname K – Z

Monday 7th September

Thursday 3rd  September

Friday 4th  September

All children

Thank you for your continued support and patience at this unsettled time

Take care and stay safe!

 

Mrs Zoe Richards

Headteacher