Dear Parents/Carers,

We are delighted that we will be reopening fully in September and look forward to welcoming your children back into school.

Autumn Term Routines

The first day of the Autumn Term is Monday 7th September (except for children in Pre-School, Nursery and Reception who will start on different days and be notified of these). Aside from social distancing measures, our expectations are that learning and school routines will continue as usual.

All children are expected to be in school and our usual attendance policy will apply. As we are in a pandemic, it is vital that we know why children are absent if they are unwell so please phone us (not email) as soon as possible on each day of absence. All children (and staff) who are absent with COVID-19 symptoms (as below) will need to be tested and must stay at home during this time. We will be able to advise when children should return. Children who are at home during periods of self-isolation will be expected to continue their learning on Google Classroom so that they do not fall behind.

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. Drop off and pick up times (detailed below) must be strictly observed to support social distancing. This will ensure everyone’s safety.

UPDATED 01.09.2020: All children will have packed lunches until at least October half term and these can be ordered from our school caterer, ISS, via their website from Monday 24th August – more details about ordering are HERE. If your child brings a packed lunch, we now ask that this is brought in a lunchbox so that packaging etc. can be brought home in the lunchbox.

As much as possible, we will be encouraging children to keep 2 metres apart and will be keeping doors and windows open and learning outside as often as we can in separate areas of the grounds. 

UPDATED 01.09.2020: After school activity clubs will not be running during September or October due to the logistics of staggered start and finish times. SCL Breakfast Club and After School Care can now be booked here Children attending Breakfast Club must be dropped off at the Red Nursery Gate between 7:45 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. Places at After School Care Club must be booked by 2:30 p.m. on the day the care is needed.

For September, please ensure that:

  • Your child has a water bottle, clearly labelled with their name.
  • All school uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name. Children will need to wear full uniform (no hoodies or trainers) – please see our website for the contact details and ordering processes of our school uniform supplier.
  • Daily sun screen is applied before school.
  • Your child brings a sun hat clearly labelled with their name.
  • If your child suffers from hay fever, they take any medication before coming to school in the morning.
  • A coat is only worn if it is cold or raining.
  • All public transport is avoided and walking is encouraged. We have limited storage for bikes or scooters at school so please only use this method of transport if you usually use public transport and cannot walk. We take no responsibility for bikes and scooters that are on our school site.
  • Your child understands that they will be asked to remove face masks at school (they will bring these home in a plastic bag).

If you need to drive to school, we have previously been advised that parents/carers are welcome to use the Aldi/Matalan car park (which has free parking for up to three hours) at drop-off and collection times. If you want to take advantage of this generous offer, please be mindful of correctly positioning your car so that it is within the lines of the parking bay as parking attendants may issue parking tickets if car tyres are slightly over the bay markings.

Reporting COVID-19 symptoms and staying at home

If your child has any of the COVID-19 symptoms (as below from the NHS website), you MUST NOT bring them to school. Your child also must not come to school if any member of the household has COVID-19 symptoms. Please phone our School Office and inform us immediately if your child or household have COVID-19 symptoms.

All children (and staff) who are absent with COVID-19 symptoms (as below) will need to be tested and must stay at home during this time. We will be able to advise when children should return.

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If a member of our school community has a positive test result, Bubbles may need to close; we will aim to text you before 8:00 a.m. to inform you of this. Any further communications will be sent by ParentMail later that day. Children who are at home during periods of self-isolation will be expected to continue their learning on Google Classroom so that they do not fall behind.

If, during the school day, your child develops COVID-19 symptoms, they will be removed from their Bubble immediately by a member of staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). They will be taken to our Medical Room and you will be called immediately. Your child will be isolated while we wait for your arrival.

Drop off and collection arrangements and visiting the school site

Parents/carers are only able to come onto our school site if they have a pre-arranged appointment and only on their own (unless an interpreter is needed). If you need to contact staff, please email admin@kop.rbksch.org or email your year group email address if your enquiry is related to learning.

UPDATED 01.09.2020: Each Bubble will have a set time for arrival and pick up, as below. Although this will mean that siblings have different arrival and collection arrangements, we are confident that the timings will work for our families and children will not lose any learning time as a result of the revised timings. Parents/carers of children in Year 5 who also need to drop off a sibling at Dickerage Lane can drop their Year 5 child at the back alley gate from 8:25 a.m.

We ask that only one parent/carer per family drops their child(ren) off at the school gate and does not enter the school site. We have therefore put 2 metre marks outside the main school gate and the red Nursery gate (in the same way that the supermarkets do). Parents/carers will wait (and socially distance) until it is their turn to drop off or pick up their child(ren) at the designated gate (please see below) where they will be met by staff. At the end of the arrival time slot (please see below), the children will move to their classrooms. Parents/carers who drop off at the main gate or red Nursery gate will then be encouraged to cross the road on the zebra crossing outside school to move away from the school. Pick up will be at the same place. Children will wait for their parent/carer inside the gate and parents/carers will queue to collect their child.

Anyone who is late must buzz at the main school gate and wait there to be met by a member of staff.

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.

Due to the systems that we are having to adopt at pick up and drop off, there will not be time for staff to talk to individual parents/carers. Any queries related to learning can be made through the Year Group email system. Once on our school site, children will move around the outside of the building (except Blossom) and enter their learning spaces via an external door. This is the only space that children will access beside the toilets and their designated outdoor area for break/lunch times and for exercise. All gates will be locked at 9:05 a.m. In order for this system to work and for everyone to be kept as safe as they can, children MUST arrive on time and be collected on time.

All teachers will be making phone contact towards the end of the summer holidays – if you receive a call from a withheld number, this is likely to be your child’s teacher and they would love to speak to you.

Best wishes,

Katie Bentham