Friday 22 May 2020                                                                                                                                 

Dear Parents

Since the announcement was made that schools were going to re-open for a small number of pupils in a safe, phased and well considered way, we have been working long hours to find ways in which that could happen at Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School.

We have been determined to do the very best we can do within a range of important safety constraints, following DFE guidance and taking advice from the Local Authority and relevant governing bodies.

Our planning and preparation has been driven by the legal completion of a Risk Assessment document provided by the Local Authority. This has identified the factors which have determined our decision making throughout this process. The measures we are taking are designed to support the safe return to learning whilst protecting all children, parents and staff, for as long as the risk to health still exists. As part of our prioritisation we have had to consider the appropriateness and availability of spaces in the school as well as the availability of staff, some of whom are currently shielding.

Social distancing for young children is a recognisable problem and we are not going to deny that this is going to be very hard to achieve. The school has put into place what it considers to be appropriate measures in order to encourage and support children and staff at a time when social distancing is still required to take place.

We have been asked by many parents as to what we are planning to do in order to minimise risks.

The steps we have taken include:

  • Each class group will have a maximum of 15 pupils placed in designated areas of the building. Each class group will have its own dedicated adults, indoor and outdoor areas and equipment, in line with government guidance
  • The amount of contact between different groups of children will be limited. This means that your child may not be in the same group as their friends and therefore they will be unable to play together. They may also not be with their regular teacher
  • Each group will be segregated from one another throughout the day so that potential cross contamination is minimised
  • There will be minimal contact and mixing within class groups and, as much as possible, the environment and classroom layout will incorporate two metre distancing. Timetables which will introduce staggered breaks and lunchtime arrangements
  • We ask that no books or bags be brought into school at any time
  • We will ensure that these small class groups have an appropriate number of allocated adults assigned to supervise and support pupils throughout the day. We will try to ensure that these adults remain the same each day. These adults will not be in contact with other class groups
  • All movement across the site, via appropriate one-way systems, 2 metre queuing measures, and social distancing will be in place in line with guidance.
  • There will be specified drop off and pick up points and times for each class group
  • No parents will be allowed to enter the school site
  • Security gates will remain closed to secure the site, to enable doors and windows to be propped open to create through drafts in line with advice
  • All classrooms will be well ventilated

 

Additional protective measures, such as increased cleaning and encouraging good hand and respiratory hygiene will be in place

  • Staff will receive training linked to all new safety measures and precautions
  • Once children are back in school, all frequently touched surfaces, equipment, door handles and toilets used will be cleaned regularly throughout the day by staff and again by cleaning staff at the end of each day
  • The availability of soap and hot water will be in every toilet area and all classrooms bases to encourage the cleaning of hands more often than usual – washing hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and drying them thoroughly
  • The location of hand sanitiser stations will be in class bases and around the school
  • The location of lidded bins in classrooms and in other key locations will be around the site for the disposal of tissues and any other waste, which will be double bagged before emptying
  • The provision of a good supply of disposable tissues will be available to implement the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it approach to ensure good respiratory hygiene in each classroom

We will ensure that children who visit the designated toilets are supervised and follow sanitisation procedures

  • Staff training will ensure that the monitoring of health of pupils and staff ensures that any infections that do occur are appropriately managed. The class group may need to be closed if an infection is identified within
  • Staff will ensure that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.

 

So what happens now?

For Keyworker children:

  • The children of key workers and vulnerable pupils who have been accessing day care will be continue to be offered a place. The children will be in either a mixed age KS1 or KS2 closed group of pupils of no more than 15. This will be continue to be full time, running from Monday to Friday each week
  • These sessions are allocated by the school to individuals and any change of circumstance or need must be reported to the school office
  • Sessions must be booked at least 5 days in advance so that we can ensure that staffing levels are appropriate

 

For the identified additional year groups:

 

  • There will be specific drop off and collection times for each class group returning to school. Your timings will be confirmed with you.
  • A queuing system will be in place for staff to greet each child, ensure they wash their hands immediately on arrival, and then go straight to their base. This is to reduce the number of people on the school site in the interest of infection control. While it is customary for parents to gather in the playground or to enter the buildings to drop off or collect children this is no longer allowed, and neither should any gathering at the school gates to talk to other parents take place in line with Government rules around social distancing
  • The office will be closed, the admin team are either working from home or in isolation from others. Visitors to the school will be minimal and by appointment only. The office will not be open to parents, all communication should be done through telephone calls or email. To make an appointment you will need to contact the school. Please be patient with us as not all adults are in school or available as normal
  • Parents should only come into school buildings when strictly necessary, by appointment, and ideally only one (unless for example, an interpreter or other support is required). Any such meetings will take place at a safe distance
  • Pupils in all other year groups who are not attending school at this stage will continue to be offered online support, educational activities and phone call contact.
  • Understandably, some parents have indicated that initially they may not wish to bring their children into the offered sessions. Parents who wish to change their mind for their child to attend can do this by email or phone the school. Mrs Bennett, Head of School, will call you back to discuss the available places. The place offered will be in line with available timings. You must give the school at least five days’ notice that this is something you wish to do
  • Each week we will review the effectiveness of the safety measures, the operation of social distancing, the availability of staff who are not ill, shielding or in a vulnerable category and confirm if we are in a position to open up the next year group as planned. This will be communicated clearly to parents

 

The Governors of the school have agreed a timetable for a phased return for identified cohorts of children. This timetable will be regularly reviewed in line with the school’s Risk Assessment s and any adjustments and/or changes will be communicated to you as soon as possible. We ask that you please read through this carefully.

The introduction of groups of children at Clyst Heath will take place as follows:

 

Groups returning

Organisation

Drop off

Collect

Week One

w/b Monday 1 June

 

 

Key worker children only by prior booking

Mixed Years

Groups of 15

8am

By 5pm

 

Week Two

w/b Monday 8 June

 

 

Keyworker children by prior booking

Mixed Years

Groups of 15

8am

By 5pm

 

 

Year 1 children

Group 1

8:45am

2:15pm

 

Group 2

9:00am

2:30pm

Group 3

9:15am

2:45pm

 

Week Three

w/b Monday 15 June

 

 

 

Keyworker children by prior booking

Mixed Years

Groups of 15

8am

By 5pm

 

 

Year 1 children

Group 1

8:45am

2:15pm

 

Group 2

9:00am

2:30pm

Group 3

9:15am

2:45pm

 

 

Reception children

Groups A & B

Monday and Tuesday

Group A

9:30am

 

1:30pm

Group B

10:00am

 

2:00pm

Please note that areas used by Reception children will be closed each Wednesday for a deep clean

 

Reception children

Groups C & D

Thursday and Friday

Group C

9:30am

 

1:30pm

Group D

10:00am

 

2:00pm

 

Week Four

w/b Monday 22 June

 

 

Keyworker children by prior booking

Mixed Years

Groups of 15

8am

By 5pm

 

 

Year 1 children

Group 1

8:45am

2:15pm

Group 2

9:00am

2:30pm

Group 3

9:15am

2:45pm

 

 

Reception children

Groups A & B

Monday and Tuesday

Group A

9:00am

 

2:30pm

Group B

9:15am

 

2:45pm

Please note that areas used by Reception children will be closed each Wednesday for a deep clean

 

Reception children

Groups C & D

Thursday and Friday

Group C

9:00am

 

2:30pm

Group D

9:15am

 

2:45pm

 

Week Five

W/B Monday 29 June

 

All of the above continues. We are not in a position to safely offer any places to Nursery children at this time.

A review of capacity and success of systems will determine whether the school is in a position to be able to have Year 6 children back in class before the end of term. Year 6 children will not see a return before this date at the earliest

 

Teachers from each cohort will send specific information to you over the next week or so in order to support you and your child in a return to a school which is complex due to this current pandemic. We will be seeking a confirmation of numbers returning well ahead of the set dates.

I apologise for this rather lengthy letter but it is important that we communicate our decisions and plans clearly to you. The Risk Assessment does not give us any room for negotiation, only a planned and phased re-introduction of children back into school which is supported by the Local Authority and agreed by the Governing Body. Every school in the country will have a slightly different response according to their needs and circumstance and we hope that you will feel able to work with us at this time. I have attached a FAQ document (see below) which contains further information for you.

It is upsetting not to be able to see all of the children back into school together at this time but we are following strict safety guidelines to ensure that our measures are working well and keeping us safe during this Pandemic. Thank-you for your patience and understanding but most of all thank-you for the support and good wishes received throughout the past weeks of Lockdown. We have appreciated them very much.

Kind regards

Karen Hadley

Executive Headteacher



13 May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

So far this week we have received three sets of detailed guidelines regarding the re-opening of schools post Covid19 and we are currently working through a large amount of information in order to inform our planning.

The Government paper ‘Our Plan to Rebuild’, has informed us that the rate of infection remains too high to allow the reopening of schools for all pupils just yet. However, it is important that vulnerable children and the children of critical workers are able to continue attending school, as is permitted at this time. The school cannot currently offer places for children outside of these groups for safety reasons.

Importantly, this newly published document tells us to prepare for a phased return from June 1 at the earliest but we will need to wait for confirmation of the timing regarding this event. The Government expects children to be able to return to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 with the aim to ensure that the youngest children, and those preparing for the transition to secondary school, have maximum time with their teachers. The group currently attending school will also continue to be included.

In addition, we have learned that the Government’s ambition for all primary school children is to return to school before the summer for a month if feasible, though this will be kept under review. It will certainly be a challenge if current social distancing measures are still in place.

All of this means that the school leadership have considerable planning to do ahead of 1 June to try and ensure social distancing measures are observed and that children, their families and school staff remain safe and free from Coronavirus. We are considering a range of options at this time which include staggered starts and half days to begin with in order to ensure that groups remain small and available spaces are carefully organised. There are many things to consider and we would like to reassure you that we are going to do the very best we can in order to welcome children back into school.

Shortly we will contact you in order to ascertain the numbers of children we can expect in school.

Once we have something tangible to report we will inform you as soon as we can. More generic information can be found through the news sites and government briefings which I am sure you are following regularly.

Please stay safe and well. We really do look forward to a time when we can welcome you all back into school and resume our regular activities; nothing would make us happier!

Kind regards

Karen Hadley

Executive Headteacher


Monday 11 May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Last evening you will have heard the Prime Minister indicating that the government believes it may be in a position to implement a possible phased re-opening of schools from 1 June, starting with pupils in reception, year one and year six.  This is part of the government’s conditional plan which it says will remain under regular review. In essence this means that advice may change depending on how well it is supported by science.

To be absolutely clear, we all want to get more pupils back into school as soon as it is safe to do so. However, the first priority has to be the safety of everyone in the school community.

We are sure that you will have many questions for us in the coming days and weeks and we will do our very best to answer them. However, we need to wait to receive more information from government about what this means for our school.

Importantly, in the short term, the current arrangements for the attendance of keyworker children and other identified groups in school remain as they were before. Nothing has changed in that respect. We will provide further information in the coming days and weeks once we are able to do so.

We would like to reassure you that in the meantime we continue to work on strategic plans which support the safe re-opening of our school once the government confirm it is safe to do so.

We would like to thank-you for your much valued and continued support at this time and hope that you are all able to stay safe and well in your own homes.

Kind regards

Karen Hadley

Executive Headteacher

Connect Federation


IMPORTANT LETTER REGARDING COVID-19

Dear Parents/Carers

Following the turn of events and the breaking news daily. Further advice has been issued today Sunday 22nd March.

It clearly states the following:

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response.

If you are able to keep your child at home, you should.

  • #StayHomeSaveLives

NB: Keyworkers directly involved in frontline services for treating or supporting those or services to the public; both keyworker and EHCP children should only be in school if they need to be and if they can’t be at home, the exception to this is EHCP children with a named social worker.  To help you decide if you fall into this keyworker category I have attached the tiered response list that other schools are using in Devon to allocate spaces and keep everyone safe.

I must stress to you all that we are operating a skeleton staff here at Clyst Heath to support frontline services. Please re-evaluate your situation and, if possible, stay at home!

If you have any queries or would like to contact us regarding this childcare provision please email efanson@clystheath.devon.sch.uk

Stay safe all,

Emma Bennett

Head of School


TIERING FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE

Places need to be limited to keep a provision at the correct scale to protect both staff and the children who attend.  If the provision is too large it negates any benefits of the social distancing measures the government has imposed and through associated contacts children and staff will be exposed to unacceptable risk.  This is not 'business as usual' and all medical advisers are clear that the safest place for children and families to be at present is at home with as little social contact as possible.  These childcare places are intended for families who have no other adult at home to look after children and who are immediately required in the response to this virus.  Thus, the first tier consists of frontline medical workers and emergency services where both parents are required to work or there is only one parent present.  Thank you to all our keyworkers for your commitment to our public services and I hope you can see the logic of this approach.

Tiering

Descriptor
Tier 1 - will be allocated a place first where available

*       NHS frontline clinical staff or administrators (e.g. NHS 911 etc.) working directly with Coronavirus patients;

*       First responders (i.e. paramedics or those who support them)

*       Police officers and some civilian police staff (e.g. dispatchers);
*       Firefighters;
*       Those in NHS support services needed to keep hospitals and clinics running - e.g. hospital porters, full time hospital cleaners etc. (please explain when you e-mail us)
*        Teachers and other school staff
 

Tier 2 - will be allocated a place when all places are not used by Tier 1 parents (effectively first waiting list)
*        Other frontline NHS workers (e.g. midwives, pathologists, CT scan operators, radiographers)
*        Local authority staff working in key emergency planning roles;
*        Some Ministry of Defence personnel;
 

Tier 3 - keyworkers who may be needed if/when the crisis escalates (effectively second waiting list - clinical staff offered first)
*        Those in other NHS/private care roles who will not be called upon to assist in coronavirus cases - e.g. care home staff, researchers, private pharmacists, OT, NHS administrators, other medical specialities etc.
*        Social workers;
*        Those involved with the supply chain for supermarkets and pharmacies (i.e. supermarket delivery drivers and those in supporting logistics roles)
*        Those working for in key transport roles (train drivers, bus drivers)
*        Prison officers and some other prison staff or involved in judicial system;
*        Those working in care homes or in meals on wheels;
*        Community police officers;
*        Probation service staff.
 

Tier 4 - not able to offer a place
*        Those involved in the water industry - delivery or maintenance;
*        ICT or telecoms workers in critical roles (please explain in e-mail);
*        Those employed in necessary government processes such as the payment of benefits.
*        Those involved in fuel or gas deliveries or maintenance;
*        Associated staff in support roles for transport services;
*        NHS medical students

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

As I am sure you are now aware, the Government has taken the decision to close schools from Monday 23rd March to all children with the following exceptions:

 

· Children of ‘key workers’ (awaiting clarification from the Department for Education)

· Children who are designated as vulnerable (those who have a social worker)

· Children who have Education and Health Care Plans

 

The clarification of exactly who the key workers are is still yet to be announced but this is expected later today.

The Local Authority expect this to cover the following but do stress that it is not yet a definitive list:

 

· Staff at any level working in the NHS system

· Staff who work in adult social care, care homes or care providers

· Staff who work within children’s social work and Early Help staff

· Teachers and school/education staff

· Emergency workers, delivery drivers

 

The aim of the closure is to drastically reduce the numbers of children in school to approximately 10% of the original roll and therefore we expect the published criteria regarding ‘key workers’ to be distinct.

 

We need to get an early indication of the number of pupils for whom we need to keep the school open for.

 

If you consider yourself to be a key worker without alternative child care and would like your child to attend school next week, please email the school office admin@clystheath.devon.sch.uk telling us the full name and year group of your child/children and your occupation. Please title your response ‘Key Worker’.

 

If your occupation fits into the ‘Key Worker’ category to be defined by the Government, hopefully later today, we will be in contact with you about arrangements for next week. The School will run normal hours, although we must stress that the work your child will do will be different from the norm.

 

Please provide the school with this information by 9:30am on Friday 20th March. We will be in direct contact with parents of vulnerable pupils to discuss arrangements for next week and we will also be issuing details of how pupils not in school will be continuing their education.

 

In addition, there will be postings and updates of all the information that we have on both the school website and twitter feed and we urge you to look here before contacting the school with any questions. We are running a skeleton staff and our admin team will be working from home for the foreseeable future. All phones will be re-directed to them.

 

It is a privilege that the Government has called upon schools to play their part in combating COVID 19. I know that with your support, we will be able to look back on this crisis and say that together we played our part.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Emma Bennett

Head of School

Welcome

We would like to offer a very warm welcome to the Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School website. This website is designed to give you the most up to date information that we have about our school including its opportunities and aspirations for your child.  
 
Our aim is to give you a useful insight into the type of school we have  developed at Clyst Heath, its aims, its staff, its curriculum, its organisation and activities.
 
We offer a committed and talented team of staff who are focussed on delivering a curriculum through high quality teaching, which is rich and diverse for all children in our care.  We want to be proud of the achievements of our children and to identify success in academic, social, cultural, physical and spiritual learning as they extend their knowledge and skills.
 
We firmly believe that an effective partnership between home and school is vital and communications between us should be open, honest and friendly in order that positive experiences may be gained.
 
We hope that you will take time to visit this site often in order to keep up to date with our progress and begin to experience for yourself the care and learning that take place at Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School.
 
Contact:
Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School,
Royal Crescent,
Exeter
EX2 7QT
01392 361415
admin@clystheath.devon.sch.uk
 
 

School Ethos and Values

Clyst Heath has a strong inclusive learning ethos where we live out our school values in a happy and confident way. The school motto ‘Aim High, Achieve the Best’ is well known by our children and frequently demonstrated in day to day life and activity of the school. We believe that education at Clyst Heath is an experience that all children should enjoy to the full and our curriculum offer is broad and balanced in order that this is upheld.

Our school website will give you a good flavour of what you can expect at Clyst Heath but please do come and visit us in order than you can see and experience the ethos at first hand for yourself and your child.




My Example Please park considerately around our school when picking up and dropping off children. Thank you.

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