Returning to school on 8th March

Risk Assessment for the Full Re-opening of School – 8th March

Mrs Thapar has conducted a new risk assessment for the re-opening of school on 8th March, and we hope you will find that our plans protect all children, parents and staff as much as possible. You can view the risk assessment in PDF form below.

View ‘Risk Assessment for the full Re-opening of the school on 8th March’ (PDF file)


Opening of School on 8th March

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4th March 2021

Opening of School On 8th March

Dear parents,

I hope you are all safe and well and ready to send your children to school on Monday 8th March. We are very excited to receive the children back to school on Monday.

I have sent you the revised Risk Assessment for full opening of the school.

All the classrooms have had tables arranged so the children are facing the front, hand sanitiser, anti- bacterial wipes and PPE for staff is all in place. All classrooms have warm water and drinking water for the children to wash their hands in class and drinking water facilities.

All staff have had training on Health and Safety and have become familiar with the changes to the Risk Assessment dated Monday 8th March 2021 to make sure everyone understands what the procedures are when the children return; they have also received Safeguarding training.

We have discussed and prepared engaging activities with a big focus on well being and mental health in the first few weeks and plan to spend extra time talking to the children about how they are feeling about what has happened over the last few months, but also help them to move forward. Google Classroom activities have also been planned for this week to prepare your children to return to school.

Communication

  • It is VERY important that families make every effort to READ all the information sent by text, email and through the school website.
  • Some letters will be issued at short notice so please make full use of the school website and the email system set up for parents.
  • If you do not have an email address then please set one up as it will make it easier to keep in touch. Let the school office know your email address.
  • If you have changed your contact details then again let the school know as soon as possible.

Staggered start and finish to the school day

  • The staggered start and finish times are shown in the table below. Please see the document at the end of this email so you can have quick access to it. It might be a good idea to take a photo or download the document onto your phone so you can access it regularly.
  • Please DO NOT ARRIVE TOO EARLY OR TOO LATE. Please come just on time. We do not want queues forming outside the school, which in itself will be difficult to manage.
  • Keep your distance from other families.
  • Do not hang around to talk to other parents around the school gate. We need you to leave as soon as you have dropped or collected your child.
  • Try to walk to school or park your car further than you do normally.
  • Please do not talk to your child’s class teacher. A friendly wave and smile from afar will be fine. If it is urgent then wait until the teacher can come outside and speak to you from a safe distance once all the other children are in class

Uniform / bags/ water bottles/ coats

  • Children must come to school in a clean school uniform everyday if they can. If you are having difficulties washing and drying in time, children may wear sensible home clothes on some days.
  • Please do not overdress your children. They just need to wear their school jumper a vest, pants, blouse / shirt and a trouser / skirt and one pair of socks. We will ask the children to remove tights/ pyjamas if they are worn under long trousers. The children become uncomfortable with so many layers and they will be sitting at tables most of the day. We want them to be as comfortable as possible.
  • We will send a reminder about the day your child is having PE. Children should come to school in their outdoor PE Kit from home; joggers, t-shirt and sweat shirt as before. We want to minimise the number of things children have at school.

Things to remember for Monday 8th March:

  • Bring all the children’s reading books in the child’s blue reading bag and place them in the box outside your child’s class.
  • Bring all the children’s home learning they have completed during the lockdown, this is all the worksheets from the Home Learning Packs, the exercise books they have completed their Google Classroom work in and any other pieces of work they have completed. We will look at all this work to get an idea of how much your child has accessed remote learning and completed work so we can support them now that we are back in school.
  • Do not send any rucksacks into school.
  • Wash the blue reading bag before sending it to school.
  • NO other bags, pencil cases or toys from home. We are trying to keep the corridors clear of all clutter.
  • Label your child’s water bottle clearly with their first and surname as well as their class. Try and send in a small water bottle please.
  • Only send your child’s coat into school. NO GLOVES, HATS OR SCARVES.

Presentation  

  • Long hair must be tied up securely, with instructions to your child not to take it out.
  • No fancy hair clips or hair bands. A simple black or blue hair band is permitted.
  • Head scarves should be royal blue, black or white.
  • No long earrings, only studs.
  • No nail varnish.

Tissues

Please bring in a box of tissues and place it in the bag outside your child’s class where all the boxes will go into quarantine for a few days. We will use these for all the children in the class so everyone should bring in a box.

Birthday celebrations

We will acknowledge your child’s birthday in class but please do not bring any party bags or sweets to give out after school or birthday cakes. Sadly we can’t do this at the moment.

Lunch

Children will have lunch in their classrooms to keep them in their bubble.

The teachers will have so many extra things to do before starting lessons so it will help if children could choose their lunch for each day and be ready to tell their teacher their choice.

The menu will be published on the website and emailed to you today separately.

Visiting the school / Contacting the school office

To avoid being confused on Monday morning take the time to read all the information sent to you over the last few weeks.

I want staff in the school office to keep the telephone lines open for real emergencies. All letters sent home are published on the school website.

If you need to speak to Mrs Kernoghan, the class teachers or me, then just email the school and someone from the office will get back to you as soon possible and you can make an appointment. You already have your child’s class email and your class teacher will respond to any questions you may have.

  • The school email address is:

grangepkinf@gpin.school

  • The school website is:

https://www.grangepark-inf.hillingdon.sch.uk/

I have noticed that the above hyperlink does not always work, however if you just highlight the above the address and copy and paste it into your browser search bar you should get to school website.

  • The school telephone number is:

0203 886 0887

Do read all previous emails sent from Grange Park Infant and Nursery. Go on the school website and keep an eye on text messages.

I wish you a wonderful weekend with your families and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday and throughout the week.

Kind regards and best wishes

Kiran Thapar

Head Teacher

STAGGERED STARTS AND END TIMINGS FOR CHILDREN IN RECEPTION, YEAR 1 AND YEAR 2 FROM 8th March 2021

To maintain a one way system and social distancing Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will use the Nursery Gate on Balmoral Drive to enter the school use the big Field Gate to exit – also on Balmoral Drive.

 

If you more than one child to drop then off the oldest child first then the next youngest and so on, a staff member will welcome any siblings who arrive earlier than their allocated time. It is more important not to have adults waiting around

Please enter and leave the school site immediately after dropping and picking up your child as you can see we have staggered times for every year group and this planning has been co-ordinated with the junior school arrival and leaving times. You will appreciate why it is important to be punctual.

PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THE PLAN WORKS

Classes Start time Home time
Year 2 Classes

Emerald Class, Pink Class, Lilac Class, Orange Class

8:30 AM 3:00 PM
Year 1 Classes

Yellow Class Purple Class, Crimson Class Blue Class

8:40 AM 3:10 PM
Reception Classes

Green Class, Turquoise Class, Silver Class

8.50 AM 3:20 PM

STAGGERED STARTS AND END TIMINGS FOR CHILDREN IN NURSERY

Nursery Classes Start time Home time
 

Caterpillars AM

8.30

Big Field gate to enter and exit

11.30 AM

Nursery gate to enter and exit

Ladybirds AM 8.35

Big Field gate to enter and exit

11.35 AM

Nursery gate to enter and exit

Caterpillars PM 12.30

Nursery gate to enter and exit

3.15-3.30 PM

Big Field gate to enter and exit

Ladybirds PM 12.30

Nursery gate to enter and exit

3.15-3.30 PM

Big Field gate to enter and exit