In the last few months, staff at Southwood School have had to make many adaptations to ensure that children returning to school are kept as safe as possible following the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
The Re-opening model attached below outlines all the measures that we are putting into place at Southwood and Downs Barn.
Please telephone the school if you have any concerns, or you wish to discuss any issues.
Firstly, children will enter and exit the school through different gates, with children arriving at different times. If possible, parents and carers should walk/cycle with their child to school, however if buses or taxis are used, please take additional precautions. The daily arrangements are as follows:
Year 3 children will enter through the normal side gate entrance from 8.35am to 8.40am. Year 3 children will finish school and exit through the same gate at 3.10pm.
Year 4 children will enter through the normal side gate entrance from 8.45am to 8.50am.
Year 4 children will finish school and exit through the same gate at 3.20pm.
Year 5 children will enter through the gate next to King Edward’s Nursery at the front of Southwood School from 8.35am to 8.40am.
Year 5 children will finish school and exit through the same gate at 3.10pm.
Year 6 children will enter through the gate next to King Edward’s Nursery at the front of Southwood School from 8.45am to 8.50am.
Year 6 children will finish school and exit through the same gate at 3.20pm.
Only one parent/carer should bring children to/collect children from school where possible and parents and carers need to socially distance from each other whilst waiting to collect children. Children need to be at school promptly for their entrance time to avoid crossing into other year group bubbles.
Children must not come to school if they, or a member of their family are displaying coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, a persistent cough or loss or change to the sense of smell or taste). They must also not come into school if they, or a member of their family has been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or their doctor.
Children will be in their class bubble for the majority of time, working with adults who stay within their bubble as well. There will be times when other adults may work with them/supervise them (e.g. lunchtimes), although this will be kept to a minimum.
Children will wash their hands frequently throughout the day, particularly before eating and when moving from one place in the school to another.
Classrooms are cleaned on a daily basis and a daily midday clean also takes place to clean those areas that are frequently touched.
The Government recognises that younger children find socially distancing very difficult, however we will still teach the children about keeping their distance from each other and not touching adults or their friends whenever possible.
Classrooms will be rearranged, so that children are sitting side by side wherever possible and windows will be kept open as much as possible throughout the school, to aid ventilation. Children will have different areas of the playground to play in and the playground equipment will be rotated on a weekly basis.
Children will all have their own resources in a pencil case, so they won’t need to bring in a book bag, or anything from home other than a coat/sunhat depending on the weather, a water bottle (which will need to be refilled every day) and a healthy snack. Children will not change for PE, but will need to wear appropriate clothes for PE (white t-shirt and leggings/shorts with trainers/pumps on PE days). We will let you know your child’s PE days in the first week of term.
Books will be provided for children to read in school and at home and when they are returned to school, they will be placed in a separate area for 48 hours before being re-issued to another child.
Travel around the school will be limited, but all children and staff will need to follow the one-way system in place. Whole school gatherings will not take place, but I will continue to lead assemblies remotely, so that all classes can join in.
Breakfast Club, After School Club and Lunchtimes
Breakfast Club will be available from 8am every day (with a cost of £1.20 per session) and ACERs will be available after school until 5.30pm (costs are as usual), although parents and carers must let the school know at least the day before if a child needs to be booked in. At the beginning of term, ACERs children will be looked after at Southwood School, although this may change as restrictions continue to ease throughout the school year.
Chartwells, our usual lunch provider will be providing a hot and cold lunch option from a limited menu in September, however you are welcome to send in a packed lunch with your child if you prefer.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
As always, mental health and wellbeing of children, parents and carers and staff is of utmost importance to us and we recognise that it will be difficult for some of our families to be confident about coming into school. Please be assured that we will take considerable time to explain any new systems to children and make them feel comfortable being in school. We also will make sure that the learning is as enjoyable and challenging as ever, even though things won’t be quite back to normal just yet!