Reopening Procedures and Latest Guidance
This page gives you information on our reopening and latest Government Guidance for schools, parent and carers. This page will be updated regularly. For the latest Government Guidance please use the links below:
Latest Guidance and Information for our Reopening In September.
Please follow the links below for our latest information for parents and children .
We trust that you have enjoyed some respite and family time during the summer and that this letter finds you all in good health. At the end of the summer term, we explained that we would communicate school opening measures at the end of August in order that we could make valid decisions in relation to the current climate.
As we approach the start of our new academic year, COVID-19 procedures mean that our school practices will be different to those we are all used to. Please be assured that safety of children and staff remain our major one priority and this is reflected in all decisions. We have worked hard to operate within current Department for Education guidelines, Local Authority risk assessment guidelines but with minimal change/disruption to the norm. As our supporting community, we would ask you to be considerate of the very valid reasons for adjustments at present. Please remember that Allithwaite is, as all schools are, a unique setting with its own staffing, building, pupil age range and pupil number variables. Please support us in our judgements, they are made in the best interests of you our community.
We will reopen to our children on Thursday 3rd September with a full time offer to all children.
Children will be remaining in a class bubble for the duration of the school day, there will be no whole school playtimes, worships etc.
There will NOT be Before School or After School provision for at least the first month. This decision is based on facilitating a reduced model of staff & children interaction as well as minimising mixing outside of our planned ‘bubbles’ and is in line with Government guidance. We will review the possible wrap around care provision models and their corresponding procedures as a senior team as part of our ongoing risk assessing and communicate decisions accordingly.
We will be operating under two drop off/collection times to allow social distancing between adults. Drop offs will be 8.45am and 8.55am. Collections will be 3.05pm and 3.15pm. You will be contacted with a specific slot and instructions for which school area/external door to use.
Pupils are not expected to wear school uniform until next half term although they may do so if they wish to. During the first few days, your teacher will advise you which days are P.E and sport kit should be worn to school on these days. We are still recommending daily washing/change of clothes after each school day.
Pupils should NOT bring bags, pencil cases etc. to school in an attempt to minimise resources brought between home & school environments. Please bring a water bottle with a screw top, no pop up tops thank you. Please bring a coat.
School dinner provision will be confirmed shortly. Please bring a packed lunch for Thursday 3rd September and Friday 4th September.
If your child chooses to wear a mask to school, this should be removed during the school day and stored in a plastic bag.
Under new guidance, children may attend school and a separate childcare provider. This is something that we are supporting for all children including our Nursery pupils.
We look forward to starting our new school year.
The DFE are encouraging all schools to return to their usual uniform policies from September. They state “uniform can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone.”
At Allithwaite, we recognise that the pandemic has resulted in financial restraints for many of our families. We therefore intend to retain our offer of non school uniform for the first half term. If pupils wish to wear uniform they of course can.