The government have now said that all children will not be expected back before the summer holidays. We are currently reviewing what are next phase of partial re-opening might be. We are currently at full capacity in terms of number of 'bubbles' while still following the government guidance of a maximum of 15 children per bubble.
We are also thinking about what transition might look like for next year as it is now highly unlikely we will be able to have everyone in the building before we break-up. We are awaiting further government guidance and we will be in touch by the end of the week with a further update.
Thank you again for your support and patience through this time
We now have seven 'bubbles' of children attending and we really appreciate the support and flexibility our families have shown. We are following government guidelines so are only open for Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 at the moment. If your child is in one of those year groups and you have not signed up, please contact the school to let us know if you wish to have a place from Monday June 22nd.
There is no word yet on when we may be open for Y2/3/4/5 but as soon as we have news on that, we will let you know. We are still using ClassDojo to support those year groups with their home learning.
The amount of support we have been given by our families has made a huge difference to all of the staff so thank you very much.
FONTHILL RE-OPENING PLAN
We are planning to re-open subject to government clearance from the week beginning Monday June 1st. We are initially open to the children in Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 plus the children of key workers. Thank you to all the parents who have signed their children up. We have now finalised our groupings (maximum of 15 children) and families will find out today who will be with their child. We will be reviewing our provision for the week beginning Monday June 22nd.
For children in Y2, Y3, Y4 and Y5, we will be maintaining the ClassDojo though this will be reduced as some of the teachers are now going to be teaching full-time in other year groups as we can only have groups of 15 at a time.
For children in Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 we will still be maintaining some home learning on ClassDojo but again this will have to be a reduced offer as the teachers will all be teaching full-time. We have organised teachers’ timetables so that they all have some dedicated time in the week to upload and respond to children’s work. Hard copies of work will still be available from the school office.
School will be closed to all children, including key workers on a Friday afternoon. For children who are non-key workers in Reception, Y1 and Y6, they will attend Monday to Thursday. Nursery children will attend for a shorter time. Detailed information will be sent to the specific children.
Monday 1st June – INSET day for staff training, school closed to ALL pupils
Tuesday 2nd June – INSET day for staff training, school closed to ALL pupils
Wednesday 3rd June – open for Y6
Thursday 4th June – open for Y1
Friday 5th June am – open for Nursery and Reception
Information and photographs regarding routines for individual bubbles will be sent out after half-term. Staggered entry and exit times are in line with Government Guidance will be in place and members of the senior leadership team will be on hand during these times to support you in navigating your way around the site safely.
All of our decisions have been based on what we can safely and practicably achieve for the children, bearing in mind the necessary social distancing and well-being and safety of all children and adults on site. In line with the Government guidance, it is important that we remind you that it is not possible to achieve full social distancing with children, particularly nursery and infant children.
You will not be able to enter the school building and you will need to leave the site promptly. All communication with staff will be via the school email address (email@example.com), telephone (0117 3772550) or via class dojo. Playground
equipment is out of bounds and will not be available for use. Please do not allow your child to play or climb on any of the equipment whilst waiting to drop off/pick up.
If you have children within two of the above year groups, you are able to drop off and collect at the earlier time. Please stick to the allocated times and do not arrive throughout the day to collect your child, unless it is an emergency or pre-arranged.
Thank you again to all our fantastic families for your support through this time. I feel very privileged to be headteacher of such a supportive community.
UPDATE FROM CEO 22/5/20
Since moving back to our individual school sites, the Head Teachers have told me that they have been so grateful for the many messages of support they have received from parents when they’ve been in contact with regards to re-opening for eligible year groups. Thank you. We understand that you have wanted to know our plans as soon as possible so you can get organised for after half term and we share your frustration at the delay, however we have been working exceptionally hard to finalise our planning; often working with Government and Union guidance that has been only been published in the last few days or has changed several times over the last week.
As you will know, the Government have announced that from Monday 1st June at the earliest; Nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6 children can return to school alongside the children who have been attending as priority group children. As you would expect, they have published very comprehensive guidance around this return. The key guidance is:
· Teaching groups must be no more than 15 pupils per group who must then be taught by the same staff. These staff members must not ‘rotate’ to teach other groups day to day. If there are any shortages of teachers, then teaching assistants should be allocated to lead a group, working under the direction of a teacher
· Staff and children must remain in their teaching groups at break, lunchtimes and when moving about the school
· These teaching groups (often referred to as ‘bubbles’ or ‘pods’) must not mix
· There must be increased levels of cleaning including cleaning during the day of resources and common ‘touch’ areas like door handles
· There must be strict hygiene routines in place for all staff and children including regular hand washing, disposal of tissues etc
· There must be social distancing measures in place for parents and families when dropping off and collecting
· The must be an enhanced and thorough risk assessment before re-opening can occur
The Government have been very clear that:
· Although there should be training for children in social distancing and new routines; it is explicitly recognised that it is not possible to achieve full social distancing with children, particularly nursery and infant children
· Schools will not be able to offer the ‘usual’ curriculum
· Schools will not be able to maintain their current distance learning offer to children in non-eligible year groups or for children whose parents chose not to take up the place as staff will be needed to teach the smaller groups
· Parents can choose not to send their children to school and will not be penalised for poor attendance
Our re-opening planning has considered all of the Government advice and we have decided:
o The first week will have a staggered start with year groups returning on different days to focus on induction and ‘training’ for children on new routines and systems
o The start and end time of the school day will be staggered based on specifics of site access. There will be clear signage and markings to support parents and families in understanding the new rules of dropping off and collecting children. This may mean a later start time and / or early finishing time
o Movement around the school will be mandated including signage and markings
o Our cleaning providers will ensure there is enhanced cleaning at the start and end of every day and we will have additional cleaning of resources and high touch points during the school day
o School meal arrangements will change to minimise movement and allow catering staff to work safely
o We will have strict hygiene routines including hand washing and hand sanitisers at access points
o We will be restricting access to the school site during the day to all but the most essential visitors. Parents must contact the school by phone or email in the first instance
o There will be a clear protocol for if staff or children display symptoms during the school day
Your school will write to you with the details of their specific arrangements however some important points to note:
· All schools are closed to all pupils (including priority children) on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd June. These are INSET days to allow for comprehensive staff training and final preparation for re-opening
· In order to maintain ‘bubbles’ we are not able to cover PPA with different teachers/teaching assistants so schools will be closed for all children, other than the priority children, for one day a week to ensure teachers receive their PPA entitlement and can support those children who are not at school with their distance learning
We would ask you to please to play your part in allowing us to re-open safely.
· Please follow the social distancing rules outside of school and be on time for drop off and collection. Please do not come on site for any other reason
· Please follow the Government guidance for social distancing at home and do not introduce more people into your household or allow your children to play with other children on the way home
· Please explain to your child the importance of following the rules that they are taught. We can not allow any child to break these rules deliberately and put others at risk. Our normal behaviour policies applies and sanctions up to and including exclusion will be used if any child persistently and deliberately fails to follow the rules
The Government have stated that Monday 1st of June is the earliest date that schools can return and they may delay the final decision until Thursday 28th May. We will continue to keep you posted if the information changes.
Once again, thank you for your continued support. Detailed guidance will follow from your own school; please read it carefully.
COVID Update 13/05/2020
Following the announcement on Sunday, the head teachers and I have been discussing the wide range of Government and Health & Safety guidance with regards to the proposed phased re-opening of schools. Our plan needs to balance the educational needs of the children with our duty of care to keep children, staff and parents as safe as we possibly can. Government guidance can also by its very nature only ever be general …. a 20 pupil primary school in rural Devon housed in two rooms will have very different opening plan to a 7 form Entry London primary thus we are undertaking our own full risk assessment for each school for a phased re-opening.
In this first phase, the suggestion from the Government is that the year groups that will resume school-based education will be Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 as well as Nursery provision. We fully endorse the Governments position that “The three year groups within mainstream primary have been prioritised because they are key transition years – children in Reception and year 1 are at the very beginning of their school career and are mastering the essential basics, including counting and the fundamentals of reading and writing, and learning to socialise with their peers. We know that attending early education lays the foundation for lifelong learning and supports children’s social and emotional development. Year 6 children are finishing Key Stage 2 and are preparing for the transition to secondary school, and will benefit immensely from time with their friends and teachers to ensure they are ready.” They are also less able to access online learning without significant support.
Our Phase 1 needs to offer 3 elements:
- Children from nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 accessing school-based learning;
- Continue to provide vulnerable and key worker school-based child care;
- Maintain a distance learning offer for all year groups
In order to offer all 3 elements of phase one, we will only be able to offer part-time school-based learning for Nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6. Our risk assessments will help us decide what we can and can’t offer, however it is entirely unrealistic that we can have these year groups in full time and offer the other two elements. I appreciate that for some parents this may be difficult with the demands of work however, we are clear that in order to keep everyone safe, this has to be a phased return to some school-based education offer and is not child care.
In order to help us complete our risks assessment, please can you let us know if you wish to have a place for the part time school based learning for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or 6 provision by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We will send more details out on Friday. These will include details on the educational offer and how we will keep your children, the staff and parents safe on our sites.
Thank you for your ongoing support,
Tuesday April 28th
We have set up all the children on Class Dojo. We have sent all parents a link to sign you and your child up. They will be able to see videos and content from the teachers and there are portfolios set up for the children to upload their learning from home. Teachers will then provide the children with personalised feedback to help the children improve.
Please sign up if you haven't already. If you are having any issues with sign up, please contact email@example.com and we will do our best to support you.
Thank you for your ongoing support
Monday April 20th
As I am sure you aware the lockdown has been extended for at least a further three weeks. Thank you again to all our families for supporting us in keeping the numbers of children and staff that are required to travel to school to a minimum.
Thank you to everyone who has uploaded work to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is more work now for every year group in the Learning from home section of the website and please send us your work, we'd love to see it. I will be doing a special home learning celebration assembly this week sharing some of your great work.
Thank you again for all your support
Stay safe everyone
Update Tuesday March 24th
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you to all parents who have managed to find alternative care for your children during this difficult time. Can we please be clear that this care should not be provided by people over the age of 70 or who are in a vulnerable group. School-based child care is available if you have no alternatives.
From Friday, this provision will be based at Little Mead Primary Academy on Gosforth Road. We have taken this decision so that we can ensure that we are able to continue to offer this provision for as long as it is needed and so that we can minimise the risk to our staff by having as few staff working on site as possible. Please can I reassure you that the move to a single site will not increase the size of the pupil group your child is in. While we have the school staff to manage this, we will be keeping numbers in the groups as low as we can (maximum of 10) and keeping each group separate from each other at all times including break and lunch times. The only reason we would change this is if we experience severe staff shortages. We would inform you of this before it happens. School-based child care will be available from 7.45am, where we will provide a free breakfast club, until 3.30pm. If you need after school care, please make sure you let us know and we will support this as much as we are able.
We have been contacting parents over the last 24 hours so that we can make a register of who needs this provision, on which days and for what hours. If we haven’t been able to speak to you, then please contact your school office today or tomorrow at the very latest. We will not be able to offer this to parents who haven’t pre-booked this with us.
Best wishes and stay safe
Update Sunday March 22nd
Dear Parents & Carers,
If you were offered a place for you child at school for emergency child care, please can I urge you to only take up the place if absolutely necessary. The Government message today is very clear and we must do all we can to stay away from each other. Every additional person that we come into contact with increases risk. We must try and reduce this number as much as possible. Currently we have a large number of children eligible for a place at our school. Our staff are being asked to put themselves and their families at risk to provide this care and are willing to do so but please can I urge you to only use school based child care as a last resort.
COVID update 20/03/2020
Dear Parents & Carers,
Learning from Home packs:
- Week one & two are available on the school website
- An Easter holiday fun pack will be added next week
- Further weeks of Learning for Home materials will be added after the Easter Holiday
- We have included a mixture of internet and non-internet based activities however if you have severely limited access to the internet and want a paper copy of the activities; please let the school office know and one will be posted to you or you can collect one at the end of the day if you are not self-isolating.
School based child care:
Children with Education, Health and Care Plan and other Government defined vulnerable groups:
If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or is in another vulnerable category, we have either contacted you already or will have contacted you before the end of the day and explained the arrangements for Monday.
Thank you for your patience whilst we have been putting together the final stage of our plan for Monday. If you have contacted the office with regards to school based child care for key workers, we will be in touch before the end of the day by email or phone. Please can I stress that the Government advice is very clear, you should only be sending your child for school based care if there is absolutely no alternative. Limiting contact and reducing gatherings to their lowest possible number is the only way that we can limit the spread of the disease. Our staff are being asked to increase their risk and so we all have a responsibility to limit this to as few children as possible.
In order to minimise the risk for those children who will be at school and our staff, we will:
Keep group sizes as low as we can manage with the staff we have available
· Each group will not be allowed to mix with other groups and we will keep them separate on the playground
· There will be no whole school activities like assemblies
· As is the case now, children will be encouraged to frequently wash their hands
We can only offer this service while we have staff well enough to do so. Provision in school should be the last resort.
Children eligible for Free School Meals:
The Government have announced that they are working on a scheme to support children who are not at school but who are eligible for free school meals so please keep an eye out on the news and we will let you know as soon as we know. In the meantime, if your child is eligible for free school meals and not attending school from Monday, you will be receiving a separate letter from us the next few days. Please look out for this.
Thank you once again for your support this week.
IMPORTANT UPDATE FRIDAY MARCH 20TH
Dear Parents and Carers,
The Government has released the list of ‘key workers.’ Parents of children who work in the areas listed can bring their child to school from Monday. In order for us to be able to plan for this, please can we ask that you contact the school office by email email@example.com or phone today as soon as possible 0117 3772550 and by 11am to let us know if you are in these categories. Sorry for the very short notice but this information was published for schools at 4am this morning! If you are currently at work and therefore don’t receive this email before 11am, then please contact us as soon as you are able.
From the Department for Education:
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
Fonthill Primary Academy & Nursery
All Fonthill children will know that they have achieved personal, social and academic success. We will champion every child to be the very best they can be. We are a centre of excellence at the heart of our community.
Tucked away in a corner of Southmead we have a dedicated, talented and exceptionally caring staff who champion every single child. We have a fantastic environment to support and inspire children and an ethos that believes in the potential of each and every child.
We want our children to be successful in every aspect of their lives; we all aim to be the best we can be at all times. Our school motto ‘working together, achieving together’ underpins our commitment to working collaboratively with our learners, parents and carers and the local community, so that when our children move on from Fonthill they know that they have achieved personal, social and academic success.
We work closely with other local schools as part of the Endeavour Academy Trust and believe that we can achieve more by working together in the best interests of our amazing children.
Whether you are a prospective parent or whether you are already part of our community, we hope that our website will give you a flavour of what you can expect from us.
If you are looking for a place for your child and would like to arrange a visit to look around our school please contact us.
Alan Reese Headteacher
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