COVID-19 Reopening Information
The school reopened on 1st June for children in Early Birds, Reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside continuing to provide care for the children of Key Workers.
Children will be taught in bubbles of no more than 15 children in classrooms that are rearranged to promote social distancing. Playtimes and lunchtimes have been reorganised to allow children to remain in their bubbles whilst still giving them important access to fresh air and interaction with others. We will use our extensive school site to teach the children outdoors as much as possible. Hygiene will be an integral feature of the school day with regular handwashing, cleaning of classrooms throughout the school day and increased vigilance for anyone displaying signs of illness.
For children unable to attend school yet we will continue to provide online learning through Google Classrooms and teachers will still be contactable through this platform.
School will feel different and our new routines will take a little time to become settled. Please bear with us as we navigate this together.
Monks Kirby Specific Information
Please use the one-way system around the village and quickly drop off using the bus lane outside the school gate. Staff will be on hand to greet the children and see them into the school building so that parents can remain in their cars. You can drop off any time between 8.30 and 9.15. Please make your drop off quick to minimise congestion. We will be running an early 8am drop-off option for the children of key workers – spaces will be limited but please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register an interest in this.
Chlidren will be asked to wash their hands as they arrive in their classrooms.
One adult only should make their way to and from the designated pick up area for their bubble using the specific gates requested - these are marked clearly on the maps below. There will be flower markers around the school to assist in social distancing whilst you wait. Please leave the school site as soon as you have collected your child. All gates will be open from 3pm, including the gates between the staff car park and playground to help with access to KS2 pick up points. The school driveway will be coned off between 3 and 3.30 to ensure it is safe for pedestrians. Since we anticipate that all three school buses will be running as usual, we politely request that parents do not park in the bus lay-by at pick up times.
Year 1 and key worker pick up will be from 3.00 until 3.20.
Year 6 will be from 3.10 until 3.25.
Please use the main school driveway to walk to KS2 collection points NOT the ramp that links KS1 and KS2 as it is too narrow to facilitate social distancing.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no after-school clubs running until further notice with the exception of wrap-around care for key workers' children (see below).
School buses will be running a limited service and will not be available initially - please make alternate arrangements.
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU EMAIL email@example.com TO INFORM US OF CHANGES TO YOUR CHILD’S PICK UP ARRANGEMENTS.
Collection Point Maps
Brinklow Specific Information
We are offering a limited number of wrap-around care places for the children of Key Workers only. Should you require this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wrap-around care will be based in the school hall but will use the outdoor space as much as possible.
Drop off is from 8am via the chapel door (please use the chapel gate for access).
Pick up is until 5pm from the hall fire exit door (please use the main school driveway for access).
Educaterers have produced new menus consisting of a hot or cold deli bag option. This means that we are able to remove the need to queue and can eat outside as much as we can (weather permitting). These will be available for children to order using the usual system as an alternative to packed lunches.
General Back to School Information:
What should they wear?
Children should wear clean school uniform each day they are in school. We do appreciate that they may have grown out of some items and would not expect parents to purchase new items, please dress them as appropriately as you are able to; staff will not dispute any missing items or alternate footwear. Children should wear PE kit on their PE day, which are as follows:
Sycamore bubble - Monday and Thursday
Maple bubble - Tuesday and Thursday
Beech bubble - Wednesday and Friday
Hazelnut bubbles (year 2 and year 3) - Monday and Thursday
Palm bubble - Tuesday and Friday
Poplar - Monday and Wednesday
Ash bubble - Wednesday and Thursday
Pine bubble - Tuesday and Thursday
Cherry bubble - Tuesday and Friday
All PE lessons will take place outdoors (weather permitting). Mr Stubbs will be taking some of our PE lessons but will remain socially distanced from bubbles at all times.
What should they bring?
As little as possible! We will not be sending home any homework packs, letters or reading books and request that children do not bring bags or anything non-essential into school. Please clean their lunchbox and water bottle thoroughly each evening.
Prescribed medicines can be sent into school using the usual procedures, staff will be checking that relevant medicines such as inhalers are in school, in date and in the correct 'bubble' classroom as a priority on the first day back;, we will contact parents should there is anything missing or out of date.
Items children may bring into school are as follows:
- Lunchbox (if required, hot meal options are available)
- Water bottle
- Sun hat (please apply long-lasting sun cream before school if needed)
- Small tube of hand lotion/moisturiser, if needed, that can be kept in school on their desk
- YEAR 6 ONLY – pencil case which stays in school
We are keeping our children at home – what should we do?
We completely understand and respect that some families need to continue shielding and will not return to school at the moment. Please inform the school office via email@example.com of this and confirm the date you intend for your child to return to school. Staff will continue to upload lessons and resources to Google Classrooms and these will match closely to the work being provided in school, we do not require evidence of work completed at home to be sent in. You are welcome to message staff via Google Classrooms with enquiries about the work but please appreciate that teachers may not be able to reply immediately.
What if my child is unwell?
It is crucial that any child or staff member who shows any sign of illness is cautious and stays away from school if they are unwell. Please use the usual methods for reporting absence to the school. If you are concerned that you or your child are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 it is essential that you self-isolate and follow government guidelines; please inform us immediately so that we can take the necessary actions. We will take a similarly cautious approach in school and will contact parents immediately if we have any concerns that your child is unwell; please ensure that we have up to date contact numbers - do consider whether your alternate emergency contacts need to be amended due to family members isolating. You can update your emergency contact details by emailing the school office.
Should we have a confirmed case of Covid-19 in school we will contact all pupils and staff who have had contact with the infected person in order that they can begin a 14 day period of self-isolation. Current guidance states that we only need to do this once a case is confirmed by a positive test, it is therefore crucial that anyone displaying symptoms organises testing as soon as possible and keeps the school fully informed.
What if my child struggles to leave me in the morning?
We fully expect that some children may find it hard to say goodbye to parents at drop off time and we all need to be ready for this possibility. Staff will be sympathetic and will happily support by talking to your child and encouraging them to join us, however we will not be able to assist in physically supporting the child to leave you. In the event that your child simply won't let go of you, despite staff encouragement, the best action would be to calmly and patiently take your child home and try again the next day. Staff at the gate will let class teachers know if this occurs. If it happens more than once we will contact you to discuss how we can support you and help your child coming into school.
How do I contact the school?
We respectfully ask that you do not approach school staff or office staff in person, instead please email the school office with any queries and only telephone the school with urgent issues. The office will forward emails to the relevant staff who will contact you as soon as they are able.
How do I prepare my child for a return?
We do appreciate that there will be mixed feelings as schools plan to reopen. Your child may be feeling anxious or excited - staff and parents are probably also feeling the same. Our staff have put together some videos which you may like to share with your child to help reassure them and there is a video made by Warwickshire County Council available here:
If you feel that your child is particularly anxious please contact the school so that we are able to offer additional support and reassurance as needed.