After much preparation to ensure our school was as safe as we possibly could make it for both children and staff, we were absolutely delighted to welcome children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 returning back to school from Monday 1st June.
Thorough risk assessments had to be undertaken and approval sought from Walsall Local Authority prior to the Governing Body of King’s Hill Primary School agreeing to the phased return of children.
The measures we have put in place include:
- Children organised into suitable groups of no more than 15 as advised by the government and DfE
- Staggered arrival and departure times for each group to ensure that there is social distancing between groups
- Each group remains in their dedicated work space for the majority of the lessons with plenty of resources that they need
- Tables and work stations as far apart as possible in the classrooms
- Corridors marked and signage placed so that everyone stays on the left
- Children clean their hands more often than usual - wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly. This includes before and after break time and lunch time - An adult supervises this
- Cleaning equipment in the classrooms provided where pupils are present, including disinfectant spray for adults to use on surfaces
- Children bring in their own water bottle but single-use plastic cups provided for those who have not brought in their water bottles
- Activities planned according to the year group and their needs. Use of independence to encourage social distancing encouraged
- Staff plan to educate the children about social distancing, following new routines and guidelines to stay safe
- Outside space used for exercise and breaks* as much as possible with hand cleaning before going out/coming back into the classroom
- Strict hygiene guidelines followed when preparing snacks/toast for children
- Extensive cleaning taking place twice each day
The children are happy to be back and although things are very different, they are adapting to the new ways of working very well. You will be able to see from the photographs and comments on the class pages, what the children think about returning - It made me smile and feel so proud of them!
For the children in Year 6 who have not returned back yet, please check details of what has been planned regarding transition and end of year activities!
Let’s hope that things get back to normal soon, whatever the new normal may be. I look forward to seeing more children return back to school.
Stay safe and look after yourselves.
Mrs N. Matharu
Mrs N. Matharu