Further Questions and Answers
Frequently asked questions and answers?
Why is there a plan in place to phase the return of children to school?
As you will know, Government guidance has asked schools to plan the return of key year groups of children- Year 1, Year 6, F2 and F1.
At Liscard Primary we have planned a phased return to school. This will allow for safety measures to be implemented to minimise the risks to children and staff.
We have taken a ‘pod’ (small class groups) approach which will allow social distancing and growth as we introduce more year groups as they return to school.
What about social distancing measures?
As you will know social distancing cannot be guaranteed with young children but we are putting a number of measures into place to minimise risks:
- Each pod of children will have an assigned entrance and exit point when arriving to and leaving school. Start and finish times will be staggered.
- There will be a one-way system operating around the school grounds- maps and details will be shared for each pod group before they return to school.
- Pod sizes are limited to 7-12 children and the classrooms will be set up to ensure children are kept apart as much as possible.
- The lunch hall will not be in use as we cannot guarantee social distancing.
- No free play times- there will be structured PE/ physical activities led by staff.
Will my child be returning to school on a full time basis?
No they will be offered a part time session to allow us to integrate more children back into school and to remove high risk times of day such as play times and lunch times.
What about social distancing measures?
As you will know social distance cannot be guaranteed with young children but we are putting a number of measures into place to minimise risks:
- Each pod of children will have an assigned entrance and exit point when arriving to and leaving school.
- There will be a one-way system operating around the school grounds- maps and details will be shared for each pod group before return dates.
- Pod sizes are limited to 10-12 children and the classrooms will be set up to ensure children are kept apart as much as possible.
- The lunch hall will not be in use.
- No free play times- there will be structured PE/ physical activities led by staff
When will my child return to school?
This plan is only a proposed plan. It will be re-evaluated at every stage and will change.
- Week beginning 1st June- Key worker children/ Vulnerable children to be in school from 8.45- 3.15pm
- Week beginning 8th June- Year 1 children will be returning on a part time basis, in school for a morning or afternoon session.
- Week beginning 15th June- Y6 children will be returning on a part time basis, in school for a morning or afternoon session.
- Week beginning 22nd June- F2 children will be returning on a part time basis, in school for a morning or afternoon session.
- Week beginning 29th June- F1 children will be offered some time in school with F1 staff.
- Week beginning 6th July- Y2, Y3, Y4 and Y5 to begin their phased return on a part time basis.
Does my child fall into the Keyworker/ Vulnerable group?
Children who have a parent who is classed as a keyworker (please check the government guidance for the listed keyworker roles) may attend our key worker provision.
Vulnerable children are defined as children who have an assigned social worker, and Education Healthcare Plan or are classed as Children Looked After.
These groups of children are being encouraged by the Government to return to school in Phase 1 Monday 1st June for full school days 8.45am- 3.15pm.
How do I prove that I am a Key Worker?
Please bring any Key worker role identification such as a payslip/identification badge/ letter form employer.
Is my child going to be with their class teacher?
We are aiming for children to be with familiar year group staff, their class teacher, where possible. Part time provision helps us to achieve this.
What do I do if my child is anxious about returning to school?
Remember it is your decision to send your child back to school and if you feel you would like some more advice and support with this then contact our family support team.
Is my child going to be with their friends in their group?
We cannot guarantee that your child will be with their closest friends in their pod. This is because classes will be split into two by alphabetical order.
If I have more than one child returning to school, will they be given the same part time session?
Yes. This is why we are grouping the pods using an alphabetical system- family groups will be given the same morning or afternoon session.
Can I keep my child off school?
As parents/carers you must make your own decisions as to whether you want or need to send your child back to school. We will respect any choice that you make and will not be pursuing any non- attendance of pupils.
Will staff still be providing home learning?
Dojo will still be used as the main platform for communication between staff and parents. It may not be your child’s class teacher who makes contact with you if they are teaching a pod group in school. A learning menu will still be available to children at home and staff will be directing parents to the websites that will provide support for those accessing these.
What if I need my child to be in school for longer hours?
Pirates club will not be reopening. This is because government guidance does not allow groups of children to mix at any point of the school day. This means that a child could not go from their class pod and then join children from different pods in afterschool provision. This would increase risk dramatically to staff and children.
We may be able to offer an ‘Extended Key Worker’ pod. This will be for key worker parents who need extended hours from 8am- 5.30pm. The pod will be made up of mixed age key worker children and they will remain together as a pod from 8am until they have been picked up.
A cost of £70 per week for before and after school hours will be in place for this pod. This is the cost of staffing this small group of children. If you wold like to secure a place in this group, please contact school office.
What will my child need on their return to school?
- Glasses if they wear them.
- A named inhaler if they need it for the hours they are in school.
- A named water bottle.
- Children are to wear school uniform where possible- clothes need to be washed every day after children have been in school.
- Children need to wear trainers or pumps for school as they will not be able to change for outdoor sessions. Children should wear elasticated or velcro pumps if they are unable to tie their laces independently.
Please do not bring
No School Bags!
No toys or equipment from home.
Will my child receive a school meal or need to bring a lunch box?
If your child is in the Key Worker/ Vulnerable group and is entitled to Universal Free School meals (F1, F2, Y1, Y2) or is entitled to Free School Meals they will be provided with a school meal. All other key worker children can bring their own lunch box or pay for a school meal.
Year group pod groups:
- All EYFS and KS1 pods will be entitled to universal free school meals. School will provide a meal at the end of the morning session to take home or at the beginning of the afternoon session to eat in school.
- KS2 pods- if your child is entitled to free school meals they will be provided with a school meal at the end of the morning session to take home or at the beginning of the afternoon session to eat in school.
What if my child feels unwell?
Do not send your child into school if they are unwell. Please ring school office to let staff know they will not be in.
What happens if there is a confirmed case of COVID19 in school?
If there is a confirmed case, we will close the pod the child is a member of and that group of children and staff will be asked to self-isolate at home for at least 7 days. If symptoms are shown, then it would be 14 days. We would follow Government guidance. The room would be deep cleaned.
Can I meet or have a face to face conversation with a member of staff?
To reduce risk, we would ask you to only contact staff via Dojo, email of phone. Parents will not be able to come into the school building at any time including the main reception area.
Will my child be following their normal curriculum?
There will be a restricted curriculum in place which will focus on mental wellbeing, reading, writing and maths.
Curriculum challenges will be set for children to continue their learning when not in school.