Update for Parents:
GEMS Twickenham Primary Academy
Principal: Mr John Smith
Possible Opening: Pupils Returning to Twickenham Primary Academy from June 1st 2020
I hope that you are all well and that all our families are healthy and safe.
As you will no doubt be aware, the Prime Minister – Boris Johnson, has announced the Governments ambition for schools to begin a phased return to school at the very earliest on the 1st June 2020. This means school will open on the principle that it can assess its risks as medium to low.
This document sets out the plan for the schools return to school based on the information the school has received from the Department of Education thus far.
Though we hope this document encapsulates the key principles of the school’s reopening – This information and advice will continually be updated throughout the summer term especially around the other year groups return so please do be aware that you will need to re-read this document on a weekly basis (Fridays).
We hope that you find the measures that we have in place clear, concise - and yet supportive with the safety of the pupils, staff and parents at the centre of the school’s decisions.
I do apologise in advance for the length of letter but this is a complex situation, and we need to ensure that you have the most up to date and necessary details to keep the whole school community as safe as possible.
Year Groups Returning:
The first year groups to return will be Reception and Year 1. These pupils will begin their return on Monday 1st June 2020. The pupils will be sorted in to small groups, and you will receive an email about which group your child is in, which days they are attending, and what time they need to be dropped off and picked up in relation to the time of the school day. We have decided to operate at this point a day on, and day off rota with each class attending in Reception and Year 1 alternatively on each Fridays (this will be updated and changed depending on the wider context of COVID – 19 and the expectations around the return to school).
Those pupils that are children of key workers, have EHCP plans in place or are classed as vulnerable pupils can continue to attend the school full time as they have done throughout the school closure. These will be fed back into the returning classes, and the remaining pupils kept separate as a bubble until their peer year group’s return. On the alternative day, that their class is not attending they will remain with the key children.
Unfortunately, your child will not be in class with all of their peers – and sometimes not always with the usual class teacher. We ask that you please prepare and support your child around this and we will let you know who your child will be taught by before the return to the school.
Furthermore, please note:
The government and the school are very hopeful that all pupils will return to the school by the final month of the summer term. This will be addressed weekly (on a Friday) within this document.
Arrival / Drop off / Pick up
There will be a one way system in place during arrival and pick up. Please drop off / pick up your child and leave the school premises. Do not stay to talk or socialise with other parents, and do not congregate in the playground or any of designated drop off and pick up areas. We need to consider the safety of every member of our school community.
Please be on time for your allocated slot to support the smooth running of the drop off and dismissal as much as possible. If you are going to be late, please inform the school in the first instance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
It is not recommended that we take the children’s temperatures on their arrival to school but we do ask you ensure that your child is fit and well before you proceed to bring them to Twickenham Primary Academy each day to support us with ensuring the school is kept as safe and as hygienic as possible.
If your child displays any symptoms of COVID – 19, he/she/they and the family must get tested. You will have priority testing. Please inform the school in the first instance about the outcome as if they test positive the remaining pupils and staff for their group will need to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes all family members as well.
We are planning for siblings to be able to attend the school on the same day where possible. Where this has posed a challenge for us, you will receive a follow on form with information with what to do next. Please complete this in the first instance.
If you do not receive the form, your children will be attending on the same day.
Pupils walking around school
There will be a one way system operating within the school. The pupils will always go up the front stair case, and they will come down the back stair case; this is to support social distancing measures within the school and to limit different groups of pupils mixing as well keeping the learning environment calm and purposeful.
Social Distancing in the School and logistics
The Department for Education recognises that it cannot expect the school to keep pupils and staff 2 metres apart from each other at all times. The Department for Education has also stated that it does not recommended for Pupils or Staff to wear face masks unless a child is displaying symptoms of COVID – 19. The school will not be providing PPE for pupils unless they are displaying symptoms of COVID – 19 and unfortunately, we cannot support the pupils with any PPE you may wish for them to wear e.g. adjusting or providing new masks. They should not wear this in the school. If a child displays COVID – 19 symptoms, they will be placed into isolation within the finance office until they can be collected by their parent or a family member living in the house hold via the ‘The Green’ entrance of the school. Where required, a member of staff will remain with them in the room.
This member of staff will wear PPE (a face mask and gloves). If the child is stable, the member of staff won’t remain in the room with them but observe them through the glass panel until they are collected and ensure they are safe.
Classrooms will be set up so that desks are separated and the school will be following the ‘Protective Measures Guidance’ as set out by the Department for Education
The children will play as a whole group, but there will be designated zones for them to play in at playtime. The children will be provided with lanyards to support them with knowing the allocated areas they are playing in. Staff will redirect pupils to support with social distancing where they get too close to each other.
The children will enter the playground via the glass doors in front of the foyer. After play time, they will re- enter the building via the side glass door to limit any mixing of year groups; this will be clearly zoned so the pupils know where to stand.
The children will be provided with their own stationary pack in the school which will be kept on their table and solely for their use. These resources won’t be shared, and the children must understand that they cannot share their equipment with each other.
The children must not bring in any stationary resources or any items of interest from home.
The children will wear their summer uniform – Long hair needs to be tied up. Please see below for the following regulations:
Symptoms of COVID – 19:
If your child displays symptoms of COVID – 19 whilst they are at school, they will be isolated in the finance office away from the other pupils until a member of the family can pick the child up.
In the instance that your child is seriously ill, a member of staff will remain with the child in the finance office until that child can be collected. As aforementioned, this member of staff will wear PPE (A mask and gloves). Again, if the child is stable, they will be observed through the glass panel until collection can take place. There will be some reading books and toys in the room to support them and ensure they feel safe.
Once you have collected your child, you will need to go and have your child and family tested for COVID – 19 as soon as an appointment is available. If the test is positive, then your child will need to remain in isolation for 7 days before returning to school. Other family members in the household are required to isolate for 14 days therefore at present your child cannot return to the school until household members have finished their period of isolation (14 days).
Please inform the school in the first instance about the outcome as if they test positive the remaining pupils and staff for their group will need to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes all family members as well.
If the test is negative, the child can return to school once they are feeling well enough to attend Twickenham Primary Academy as would be normal practice within the school.
Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class/group within the school will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class/group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the child or young person’s cohort or in the wider education or childcare setting, Public Health England’s local Health Protection Teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise the school and other settings on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases, a larger number of other children and young people may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure - perhaps the whole class, site or year group.
Where they feel that our school is observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole school will not generally be necessary.
For the vast majority of children and young people, coronavirus is a mild illness. Children and young people (0 to 18 years of age) who have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions have been advised to shield. We do not expect these children to be attending school and we will continue to provide remote learning as required.
More information about clinically vulnerable groups and extremely clinically vulnerable groups can be found here:
No pupils with any COVID – 19 symptoms should attend the school for any reason. Please notify the school as usual if your child is not attending the school via Miss Joy in the school office. Please let Miss Joy know by 08:00 am if your child is not going to be attending school through following the school’s usual attendance protocols and attendance policy – this can be found on the school website. If you tell us that your child is displaying symptoms, the school will recommend that he/she goes and get tested as soon as possible.
Attendance for Eligible Pupils
We strongly advise that children begin to attend the school in the ear marked year groups from June 1st 2020, and wholly support the government with this.
However, if you do decide not to send your child back to school yet, there will not be any penalisation. Home learning for those eligible pupils who aren’t attending school and those categorised as being ‘extremely critically vulnerable’ will have a range of work posted on the website ready to use. Please find this under your ‘Home Learning’ year group tab.
Teaching and Learning
The core curriculum will resume as usual with the teaching of English, Mathematics, Science and Topic taking precedent as well as key focus on mental health and wellbeing.
However, the school has decided not to teach Physical Education until the social distancing measures have been further relaxed and we feel that is safe to do so.
Some form of Physical Education within the school premises may take place before the end of the summer term.
Wrap around care and Clubs:
There will be no Extra – Curricular clubs or Breakfast Club during the summer term. We will begin arranging these as usual for the Autumn 2020 term (this will be precautionary against any social distances measures that may still be in place).
Energy Kidz are currently assessing the feasibility of providing evening wrap around care, and we will update you with how this is proceeding when we have the detailed information.
As stated, the school will provide lunches for those pupils who are attending school but this will not yet be a hot meal (as advised by Edwards and Ward) as we usually do. The school will also continue to operate the voucher system for those pupils that are eligible (pupil premium) and those who are not attending the school. This will be allocated to your account as usually done so by the school office.
Dessert will be given out and plates/cutlery cleared by the designated staff members to avoid unnecessary movement within the lunch hall.
Learning for pupils in Year 2 – Year 4
To ensure consistency and minimise gaps of learning between year groups we have decided to change our home learning programme once school reopen for some year groups.
From 1st June, if opening of schools is confirmed, children in Year 2 - 4 will be set up with a google classroom account to support remote learning.
Teachers will be providing some pre-recorded video introductions for English, Maths, Topic and Science each week to match the timetable of children attending school. Other learning tasks such as
phonics/spelling, reading and other relevant foundation subjects will be set out as per current practice. Work will continue to be mainly completed in their books however every Friday children are asked to complete English and maths work online for teachers to assess and give feedback.
Details and Information on how to access google classroom and timetable of lessons will follow nearer the time.
Home learning for the days Pupils are not in school (Reception and Year 1)
Children will receive homework in English, Maths and Topic/Science to complete at home. This will be based on the new learning in class and provides opportunity to apply and practise their acquired skills.
The school’s Travel Policy remains in place – do not, under any circumstances park on Colne, Knowle, Edwin or Albion road. And, please do not, under any circumstances use the Twickenham Primary Academy car park. We need your full support with this to be able to operate the school safely. Where possible, you should cycle, walk or scoot to school.
Pupils who require first aid will be supported within the following ways:
Health and Safety:
A Health and Safety video assembly will be sent to you on Thursday 21st May 2020 indicating all the key changes that are taking place within the school so that both parents and the children are prepared for how the school will now operate. We ask that you take time to watch the video fully and listen to all the guidance, to prepare both yourself and your children regarding the new regulations at Twickenham Primary Academy. We will make this as up to date as we possibly can, and in line with the regulations at the time.
We will continually update you about Twickenham Primary Academy’s phased return, and how this will develop throughout the summer term. This document will be updated, shared with you every Friday alongside the newsletter, and the new information highlighted to make the process as efficient and accessible as possible.
What will happen next?
What you need to do now:
I sincerely look forward to welcoming our families back to Twickenham Primary Academy,
Mr John Smith
Further guidance for Parents can be found here: