We look forward to welcoming all pupils back to school in September 2020.
It would be most helpful if you would familiarise yourselves with the following arrangements:
Returning to School in September 2020
The first day back
The school is open on Tuesday 1 September for staff training.
The first day back for the children from Years 1 to 6 is Wednesday 2 September.
The start of the day
Arrival times will be staggered.
Surname beginning with A to M – arrive at 8:45am
Surname beginning with N to Z – arrive at 9:00am
** If your children have different surnames please arrive at the time allocated for the youngest child and all of your children will be allowed in at the same time.
The end of the day
End of day times will be staggered.
Surname beginning with A to M – day ends at 3:00pm
Surname beginning with N to Z – day ends at 3:15pm
** If your children have different surnames please arrive at the time allocated for the youngest child and all of your children will be dismissed at the same time.
Only one adult should bring and collect children from school.
Parents and children are prohibited from congregating at the front of the school and in the playground at the beginning and the end of the day.
Parents and visitors are not allowed in the school building unless by appointment. This includes the main school entrance. The school office remains closed to parents. Email and phone communication can take place.
Food and drink
Arrangements for school dinners will not be back to normal in September.
For their lunch, children should bring a packed lunch from home in a clearly labelled lunch bag.
Under the universal free school meals scheme, for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 a box meal will be provided if this is your preferred option. Numbers will be taken daily.
For children entitled to free school meals in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 a box meal will be provided if this is your preferred option. Numbers will be taken daily.
Children should also bring a snack for morning break. Drinks and toast are not available to purchase in school.
Children should bring a water bottle and this can be refilled during the day.
There is an expectation that children should wear uniform to school in September. This is in line with Government Guidance published 2 July 2020. Our uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of the school and a sense of belonging.
We will, of course, take a mindful and considerate approach in the event that children are not wearing correct uniform. We will acknowledge limited availability to purchase uniform and financial pressures on parents.
The school office remains closed to parents and uniform will not be available from the school office at this time.
Opportunity to buy school uniform will be offered in September.
For details of our uniform please see the PARENT section of our website:
Children should bring their PE kit for physical education. The PE kit can remain in school. The PE kit should be clearly labelled with the child's name. Children will not be allowed to borrow PE kit and without PE kit children may miss the lesson.
For outdoor PE lessons in cold weather children can wear jogging bottoms, sweatshirts, track suits and trainers. Dark colours are preferable.
Bags and pencil cases
Children should not bring their own bags and pencil cases. Writing equipment will be provided in school.
Children can bring a book bag with a reading book.
Public Health advice to minimise coronavirus (COVID-19) risks
Children must not attend school if they are displaying any symptoms of the Covid-19 virus, this includes a temperature of 37.8C or greater or if children feel hot.
Children must not attend school if they feel unwell in other ways.
Children must not attend school if any member of their household is displaying any symptoms of the Covid-19 virus.
Updated information can be found on the website link below:
If children develop even the slightest symptom of the Covid-19 virus whilst at school, parents will be contacted immediately and will need to collect their child as a matter of the utmost urgency. Parents must collect their child from the Key Stage 2 entrance door. Please be mindful that staff will be wearing PPE.
If children begin to feel unwell in other ways parents will be contacted immediately, and will need to collect their child as a matter of the utmost urgency. Parents must collect their child from the Key Stage 2 entrance door. Please be mindful that staff will be wearing PPE.
Hand washing and hygiene
There are robust hand and respiratory hygiene measures in place.
Children will wash their hands on arrival and frequently throughout the day.
Good respiratory hygiene will be promoted by the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
There are enhanced cleaning arrangements. This includes daily cleaning of play equipment.
Cleaning capacity is increased and there is a cleaner on site at all times throughout the day. Desks, resources and contact points will be cleaned throughout the day.
Children will be in a Class Bubble and a Year Group Bubble.
Children will stay in their Bubbles for lessons and for break times and dinner times. We have been asked by the Government to limit interaction, sharing of rooms and social spaces as much as possible.
Each Year Group Bubble has their own outdoor space.
There will be no assemblies.
Classrooms and the environment
The classrooms look very different. The rooms have been cleared as much as possible and all soft furnishings have been removed.
The children have an allocated seat for all lessons and the seating is arranged so that all children face forwards. Lunch will also be eaten in the classroom.
There is a requirement for staff to maintain distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible so lessons will have a different feel.
There is no one-way system at Dudley Wood due to the configuration of the site but passing in corridors will be done as infrequently as possible.
Before and after the school day
To start the Autumn Term there will be no Breakfast Club and no After School Clubs. This will remain under review and we hope to be able to reintroduce both. I am sure you will understand that we cannot be exact about how and when this will be.
I thank you in anticipation of your full support,
Mrs S Guest, Headteacher.