Menu
Home Page

School Re-opening Guidance

SEPTEMBER 2020 RE-OPENING INFORMATION

 

UPDATED 13/10/20 - Please read the letter carefully. Updates are in green.

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

 

As we approach the start of term we feel it is important to explain how the beginning of the new school year will look. Following Government guidance, unless circumstances change due to COVID 19 peaks, all pupils will return to school. However, due to advice around social distancing and measures to keep all children, staff and parents safe, there will be some changes to school routines.

 

Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd AND THURSDAY 3RD September are INSET days for staff training. CHILDREN DO NOT START UNTIL FRIDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER.

 

- Staggered times for start and finish:


Please think carefully about which Year group your child will be in from September!

To ensure we follow social distance guidance, year groups will be starting and finishing at staggered times. Children will only be allowed to enter through specific gates to help ease congestion around the school site. Please check the map attached to this letter to see which gate your child MUST use. Class teachers will collect and return their class at the gate at the specified time. Any pupils who arrive late will not be permitted to enter and will need to return home until the following day.

    

 

School START time

School FINISH time

Gate

Year 1

9:00

3:15

A

Year 2

8:45

3:00

A

Year 3

9:15

3:30

A

Year 4

9:15

3:30

B

Year 5

9:00

3:15

B

Year 6

8:45

3:00

B


- Only one parent per family will be allowed to drop off pupils: Pupils will enter the site at their allocated entry point and then through their outside classroom doors. They will be required to sanitise their hands as they come in. If a parent needs to drop off siblings in different year groups, each sibling will need to be dropped off through the correct gate for each year group. Parents must maintain appropriate social distancing at all times. Parents who need to speak to a member of staff will be required to make an appointment by contacting the school office. Without an appointment no parents/carers will be allowed through the school gate.

 

-Staffing: There have been some staffing changes during the summer. Please read the list carefully to see which teachers will be in which year groups in September:

 

Reception- Miss Thomas and Miss Wills
Year 1- Mrs Cameron/ Miss Cooke and Miss Begum
Year 2- Mrs Jolliffe/ Mrs Doyle and Miss Webster
Year 3- Mr Anderson and Mr Blackton
Year 4- Mr Griffiths and Mr Jacks
Year 5- Mrs Bobat and Mr Siddiqui 
Year 6- Mrs Beevers and Miss Hout

 

- Reception: 
    Week beginning Monday 7th September: pupils will attend for one day in groups of 6. Staff will contact you to let you know which day your child needs to attend.
                        
 Week beginning 14th September:  ALL RECEPTION PUPILS 9:30- 2:15 every day

 

- Attendance will be mandatory- Your child must attend every day.

 

- Breakfast and Afterschool clubs will NOT be running until further notice: Following guidance around maintaining Bubbles for pupil safety, it will not be possible to provide this service.

 

- Uniform: this will be compulsory. All children are to wear correct school uniform and shoes every day- check website for details.

 

- Pencil cases: we are asking children to bring a plastic pencil case to school. This will remain at school at all times and will help reduce the risk of transmission by removing the need to share equipment.

 

- PE: Your child’s class teacher will let you know which day PE is on. On this day your child is to come into school in their PE kit. They are not to bring it in separately as they will not be able to store items on pegs.

 

- Lunches: Widden School will continue to offer hot school lunches in September which pupils can order daily. Please remember that Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils are eligible for a Universal Free School Meal daily but normal payment arrangements apply for those in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 who are not eligible for Free School Meals. Please pay online as access to the school office will be strictly limited to maintain social distancing.

 

Finally, we want to thank you for all of your support through the last six months. It has been a difficult time for everybody and we look forward to welcoming pupils back in September. Please keep checking the school website and Facebook page for any updates between now and September as Government guidance changes and the situation moves forward. 

 

- Mobile phones: children are not permitted to bring mobile phones to school or have them in their possession during the school day.

 

Please use the Site Map below to identify Gate A, Gate B and Gate C.

SCHOOL RE-OPENING SITE PLAN AND ENTRY GATES

Risk Assessment - Updated 13/10/2020

Top