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Update from Create Partnership Trust

Date: Wednesday 20 May 2020

 

To the parents of all children at Brookfields Primary School

 

From: Pat Smart, CEO and Selina Lees, Head Teacher

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

Letter from Create Partnership Trust

 

Firstly we send our very good wishes to all our children and families.  We know that this has been a very difficult time for everyone and we particularly send our deepest sympathies to those of you who have lost loved ones at this terrible time.

 

We want to bring you up-to-date with our plans.  As you will be aware, there is much anxiety and confusion across the country about when schools should reopen.  Please bear with us as we try to make sense of it.  Unfortunately we are not yet in a position to set out everything that will happen over the coming weeks and months and we recognise that must be frustrating for parents.

 

There is nothing we would like to see more than our wonderful children back in school but at the moment, until we receive clearer advice, we can’t be certain of their safety or that of our staff. 

For this reason we will not be opening the school during the week of 1 June.

 

However, our teams of staff are already starting to organise the spaces in school to ensure that when it does open, there can be enough social distancing to keep everyone safe.  We fully understand the concerns of staff and parents and we are determined that we will take no unnecessary risks.

 

It is officially the half-term holiday next week so we would expect to have some further news after that and we will keep you fully informed.

 

We miss the children very much and hope that parents and families have been able to keep up the home schooling.  We thank the staff who have kept in touch with you over these long nine weeks.

 

If you are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr, we wish you Eid Mubarak and hope it is not too long before we can see the children back in school again.

 

Very best wishes to you all.

 

 

 

 

FAQ:

Coronavirus June Re-opening Frequently Asked Questions from parent survey

 

What is Brookfields’ timeline for re-opening?

 

Week beginning

What is happening?

18th May 2020

School open for key worker and vulnerable children

25th May 2020

School CLOSED to all pupils for half term

1st June

School open for key worker and vulnerable children

Date TBC

Proposed wider opening for key worker, vulnerable, reception, Y1, Y6

 

 

How can children aged 4-6 be expected to socially distance?

The government documents imply that all risks have been assessed without the need for social distancing. It is very unlikely that the children will remain 2m away from each other at all times, but it will be encouraged by the staff. Markers on the floor and removing half of the desks from classrooms will help with social distancing inside.

 

The main risk control for the children is that they will put into smaller self-contained groups, known as ‘bubbles’. They will remain in these smaller groups throughout the day and will not mix with children from other bubbles. We estimate that the maximum bubble size at Brookfields is likely to be approximately 10 children and at least 2 staff. The staff will also stay the same for each bubble and therefore the children may not have their usual teachers. Bubbles will have separate play space, and initially will use a specific set of toilets to avoid any cross contamination. 

 

The government say you will have groups of 15 children. How will you fit these in?

We can’t. Having measured the distances in all of our classroom types, the average number of children permissible would be 10 children and 2 staff in each classroom bubble. 

 

 

What will happen once you reach the maximum number of children in a bubble?

If possible, we will open up another bubble using a separate space if its available. If the demand for places is high, we may have to prioritise certain children so that safety is maintained. 

 

How will you organise the bubbles and which children will be in them?

We will be sending out a booking form by email to parents in reception, Y1 and Y6 in preparation for more children returning  later in June. You will need to reserve a place for the whole week because we will need to organise suitable staffing cover. We will contact you if there are no spaces left, but will endeavour to provide places for everyone who wants or needs one. Once we know how many children will be attending we will put them into groups, if possible with their friends.

 

I have a vulnerable child at home with severe asthma. How can you ensure her sibling attending school will not put them both at risk? 

We will not be able to guarantee that. 


How can I safely get my child to and from school with other siblings needing to come?

You would need to bring any other siblings with you to drop your child off at school and remain socially distanced from other children and parents. 

 

Would the children have to wear mask and gloves?

No, the use of gloves and masks has not been recommended by the government. 

 

How is social distancing be ensured between parents during school pickup and drop?

We are planning a staggered start to the day; e.g. Y6 children to arrive at 8.30am, Y1 to arrive at 8.45am, reception to arrive at 9am. The barrier will be open on the school drive and there will be a one-way system used to minimise any crossing between people. A staggered pick up will also be used. 

 

Is there going to be sanitisation/deep cleaning periodically of surfaces? 

Yes

 

What about hand washing/hand sanitisation for staff and children? Will there be enough hand sanitiser?

All toilets have hot water and soap. We have plenty of disposable towels for drying of hands. We introduced hand sanitiser stations in the main entrance and will source additional sanitiser where possible. Most classes have a sink and soap inside, classes that do not have access to a sink just outside the room.

 

A study has shown that BAME population is more at risk of having a severe disease. Will there be special consideration for BAME children?

We are awaiting additional guidance on this question. 

 

Will you re-start Breakfast club?

No, to avoid cross contamination of the children in separate bubbles, it will not be possible to re-start Breakfast club at this current time. 

 

Will we lose our school place there if we disagree with government advice and choose to home-school a little longer?

No, attendance at school is currently voluntary. No fines will be issued for non-attendance. 

 

 

Are teachers/children going to be tested?

No, there are no plans to test unless a person becomes symptomatic. 

 

What's the reasoning behind reception children being allowed back in?

The government believe that reception children are the highest priority in schools because it’s a ‘transition year’ e.g. they are moving from the early years curriculum to the national curriculum. 

 

Is it going to be compulsory to send your child to school?

No.


Is it going to be 5 days a week/normal school time?

We are being asked to open in June for all reception, Y1 and Y6 children, full time. The timings will be slightly different due to the staggered start/ends of the school day. 

 

In the event of my child returning in June what reassurances can the school provide around the children’s safety?

We will be carrying out a range of risk assessments over the coming days and will share these with you on our school website. 

 

How will reception transition/visits work as youngest is due to start in September?

We are working on plans for this at the moment. You will receive a welcome letter and we have created a new page on our website to share with our new children. If you haven’t received this, please email her on enquiry@brookfields.bham.sch.uk 

 

How confident is the school that they can implement social distancing across the school, without leaving my child exposed?

We cannot minimise the risk completely but will follow all of the government advice provided. 

 

How confident is the school that they can ensure all the children wash their hands regularly and sanitise?

Relatively confident. Children got into a good habit before the lockdown began. With reduced numbers in school this should be possible to re-start and maintain. 

 

Will the school have regular cleaning and disinfecting of desks, door handles etc?

This is our intention, however, we do not have onsite cleaning staff during the day. Our teachers and Teaching assistants cannot be expected to lean 6 toilet blocks multiple times throughout the day. We are currently looking at recruitment of this role.

 

What procedures will the school have in place should a child show symptoms for Covid 19?

The child will be placed into isolation with a member of staff using PPE. They will then be sent home and recommended for testing. The will remain at home for the following 14 days. If the test is positive, the whole bubble will need to isolate at home for 14 days, along with their families. 

 

What will the dinner arrangement be?

Children will eat their dinners in their bubble classroom. They can bring their own packed lunch or have a packed lunch provided by the school.  

 

Will outdoor play be cancelled?

No, outdoor play and learning will be encouraged. We plan to divide the field and playground into smaller sections and each bubble will have their own space. 

 

How will children be kept apart at break times? 

Children will be reminded of the rules- they can only play with people from within their bubble.  Each bubble will have their own space and different breaktimes.

 

How will teachers comfort our children if needed?

There is a recognition that children may need to be comforted at some point within the day. Limited amounts of PPE will be provided for the staff in order to do this (masks and gloves). 

 

How will teaching continue?

Teaching will pick up from where the children left off in March, but will also be supported by the home learning materials being provided for the children not in school. 

 

Reception children spend a lot of time playing will they be told to play alone? 

We don’t think it’s going to be possible to prevent children playing with others. We will not be using the reception classrooms or having the usual toys. It will be a much more formal arrangement where children will be required to sit at their desks and play with activities on their own.

 

Will children get into trouble for breaking the rules eg if they get too close to another child?

No. 

 

If a child in the class shows symptoms does the whole class (bubble) then self-isolate for 2 weeks?

Yes, if they test positive. 

 

How many adults will be in a classroom?

A minimum of 2.

 

Have you had any Covid-19 cases since the lockdown?

Yes, at least 2 confirmed cases.

 

Will you receive any hand sanitisers from the local authority?

No. Each of the 300+ schools are currently trying to buy their own, stocks are low or already gone to the NHS.

Coronavirus June Re-opening Frequently Asked Questions from parent survey

 

 

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