Below, we hope to provide all the information you need relating to the full opening of our school in September and we are adding new information (or reminders) at the top of this page, with the date of the change/update, so that you can find the latest information easily. If you need any information that is not published below, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
05.11.2020: we have revised our gate timings for afternoon Pre-School from Monday 9th November. Gate timings for all Year Groups are detailed HERE.
23.10.2020: we have revised our gate timings to make drop off and collection more efficient.
25.09.2020:The school photographer will be in school on Monday 28 September to take individual photos of children. All children will need to wear school uniform for the photos so if your child has PE on Monday, they can either come to school in PE kit (as usual) and bring uniform to change into or they can come to school in uniform and bring their PE kit.
04.09.2020:Children in KS2 will be asked to come to school on PE days in their PE kit, from the week commencing 14th September. More information will be sent home about this.
03.09.2020: We will be asking children to use school hand sanitiser as they arrive at their classrooms as this is the most efficient method of promoting children’s hand hygiene at the busiest time of the day. Children will regularly wash their hands during the school day; hand sanitiser will only be used at drop-off.
01.09.2020: Reminder – please remember to order school meals. We are all having packed lunches for the first part of the Autumn Term and the menu and more information is HERE. School packed lunches are free and will be provided for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 whose parents/carers have ordered via the ISS website. Free packed lunches will also be provided for all those registered with Kingston Council for benefits-based Free School Meals as long as meals have been ordered via the ISS website. If your financial circumstances have changed, please fill in this form to register with Kingston Council who can advise whether your child is entitled to free school meals – it is quick and easy to do!
01.09.2020: Reminder – all teachers will be contacting parents/carers of children in their new class by Friday 4th September – if you receive a call from a withheld number over the next few days, this is likely to be your child’s teacher and they would love to speak to you.
How will social distancing take place with full classes?
We are following Government guidance on the safe reopening of schools which includes measures to minimise potential transmission of the virus as it has been acknowledged that children cannot remain 2 metres apart during the school day. Children will learn in their own classrooms in ‘Year Group Bubbles’ (which have separate arrival and collection times, separate break and lunch times and separate Bubble resources and outside spaces) and desks in classrooms will all face forwards to minimise potential transmission of the virus. Large gatherings (such as assemblies) will not take place in the hall but will be shared online. Sports will be limited to those that can be done safely (such as non-contact sports) and lunches will be eaten outside or in classrooms. The Government guidance for schools is here and the Government guidance for parents and carers for September is here.
How will children in Pre-School, Nursery and Reception play?
Children will have access to an indoor and outdoor space with freeflow. Children will have resources that can be disinfected in their room and outside. The sandpit and water play will be closed. A huge part of returning to school will focus on the health and emotional wellbeing of the children, focusing on cleanliness and hygiene and ensuring the children understand the change of routine and new school structure. Children will be allowed to play with their peers and adults from their own Bubble without social distancing.
What resources have been taken away?
Each Bubble will have its own resources which will only be used by the children in that Bubble. The majority of resources will be used and cleaned as specified in Government guidance.
Will staff or children need to wear masks?
Adults and children will not be asked to wear masks in school. We think it is important that children can see familiar faces and read our expressions to ensure children feel safe and secure. Children will be asked to remove masks and put these into plastic bags to bring home.
How will first aid be given?
Where possible, each Bubble will have a first aider, particularly in Reception. If additional first aid support is needed, a walkie talkie will be used to call a first aider to the Bubble. The child will be treated outside the Bubble before returning.
How will lunches work?
All children will be need a packed lunch which will be eaten in their Bubble classrooms or outside. Packed lunches can be ordered from school and there is a charge for these unless children are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 or are entitled to benefits-based Free School Meals. UPDATE 01.09.2020: If children are bringing in their own packed lunch then this needs to be brought in a named lunchbox so that rubbish can be brought home.
What do children need to bring to school?
We would like to limit the items brought into school. All children will need is a labelled drink bottle (which will be sent home for cleaning each day), a book bag and a raincoat. UPDATE 01.09.2020: If children are bringing in their own packed lunch then this needs to be brought in a named lunchbox so that rubbish can be brought home. Children will need a named sun hat; sunscreen should have been applied before children come into school.
What happens if someone has symptoms?
If an adult develops symptoms during the day, they will go home immediately and organise a test. If a child develops symptoms during the day, they will be taken into an isolation room and their parents/carers called to collect them. Parents/carers will be asked to book a test for their child. Staff treating anyone with suspected COVID-19 symptoms will wear masks, visors, gloves and aprons.
If a test is positive, we will contact the LA Hub and follow guidance from Public Health England which may require the Bubble to close for 14 days and children and adults to isolate at home. A deep clean of the Bubble would take place and we would follow additional measures as required by Public Health England.
How will pick up and drop off work?
The start of the school day has been staggered for different Bubbles to avoid encouraging crowds. Markings have been placed at all entry points to ensure social distancing takes place as children are dropped off and picked up. Parents/carers will not enter the school premises, so please talk to your children about this before their first day. Children must be on time as routes into school have been carefully planned and timed so that children in different Bubbles do not meet.
Bubble drop off and pick up times are as below:
Pre-School Bubble: Arrive at the main school gate and queue towards the shop. Drop off: 8:15 a.m. (12:25 p.m.); pick up: 11:15 a.m. (3:25 p.m.)
Nursery Bubble: Arrive at the red gate which leads to Nursery and queue towards the bridge. Drop off: 8:15 a.m. (12:35 p.m.); pick up: 11:15 a.m. (3:35 p.m.)
Reception Bubble: Arrive at the red gate which leads to Nursery and queue towards the bridge. Drop off: 9:00 a.m.; pick up: 3:25 p.m.
Year 1 Bubble: Arrive at the main school gate and queue towards the shop. Drop off: 8:30 a.m.; pick up: 2:55 p.m.
Year 2 Bubble: Arrive at the main school gate and queue towards the shop. Drop off: 8:45 a.m.; pick up: 3:10 p.m.
Year 3 Bubble: Arrive at the red gate which leads to Nursery and queue towards the bridge. Drop off: 8:45 a.m.; pick up: 3:10 p.m.
Year 4 Bubble: Arrive at the red gate which leads to Nursery and queue towards the bridge. Drop off: 8:30 a.m.; pick up: 2:55 p.m.
Year 5 Bubble: Arrive at the entrance to the alley in Norbiton Common Road where members of staff will escort children along the alley and into school. Drop off: 8:30 a.m.; pick up: 2:55 p.m. (from the end of the alley in Norbiton Common Road).
Year 6 Bubble: Arrive at the entrance to the alley in Norbiton Common Road where members of staff will escort children along the alley and into school. Drop off: 8:45 a.m.; pick up: 3:10 p.m. (from the end of the alley in Norbiton Common Road).
Blossom Bubble: Arrive at the main school gate and queue towards the shop. Drop off: 9:00 a.m.; pick up: 3:20 p.m.
SCL Breakfast Club and After School Care Club: Arrive at the red gate which leads to Nursery and queue towards the bridge. Drop of between 7:45 a.m. and 8:10 a.m.; pick up between 3:40 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.