What is happening at Clyde from 1 June 2020
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What’s happening at Clyde from June 1st?
I know that this is a very uncertain time for everyone and you will have seen lots of things in the media about schools and nurseries re-opening to children on June 1st. Advice from the government often changes and this has led to people feeling even more anxious.
My main priority is to keep children and staff safe while they are in school. After much discussion with the other senior leaders in school and the governing body, I have decided that we will not be re-opening the school to all children from June 1st.
At the moment we have a very small number of children in school who were offered places using the criteria set by the Department of Education. We will continue to use this criteria and may offer a few more children places over the next few weeks. More information about the criteria being used can be found on our website or on the Lewisham council website (www.lewisham.gov.uk).
As you will know, it is not possible to keep young children 2m apart from each other and so we feel that having a smaller group of children will help to minimize the risk to them, their families and to our staff. The government advice to all schools is to have no more than 15 children in a class together and we intend to follow this as much as we can.
The staff will continue to ring you regularly to check on how you and your family are – please let them know if there is anything that we can help you with. We know that things are becoming more challenging for some of you as time goes on and we have excellent links to support services like food and clothing banks.
Please get in touch with us if your circumstances have changed to see if we can help in any way or if you feel that you may need a place for your child. The school office is open each day from 8.30am – 3.30pm if you would like to talk to someone and from 3.30pm – 4.30pm for queries about the free school meal vouchers.
For children who are due to leave us in July to move onto primary school in September, we will be inviting them back for a leaver’s celebration when it is safe to do so – this will give children, families and staff to say goodbye properly.
I would be really grateful if you could help us by helping other Clyde families to access this letter. We are aware that not all families will have access to the internet or be able to read the letter in English. Please could you make sure that your friends who attend Clyde are aware of this letter and what it says. We will be reviewing the situation regularly and I will keep you all posted if anything changes.
Please stay safe
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my child automatically be able to come back to school on June 1st?
In order to try and keep staff and children safe we have decided not to open to everyone on June 1st. We will gradually offer more places to children whose circumstances may have changed during lockdown or whose families are key workers. We will still stay in touch with you each week to check how you and your family are.
What if I get offered a place?
If you are offered a place for your child, you do not have to accept it. We know that this is a very worrying time for everyone and you may prefer to keep your child at home with you. This is very understandable. Once you have let us know that you would not like a place, we can then offer it to another family. However, if you do change your mind at any point, please get back in touch with us and we will see if we can sort something out for you.
What if I don’t get offered a place and I want one?
If you think that your family fits the criteria laid out by the government, you will need to get in touch with us to let us know. There is more information on our website and on www.lewisham.gov.uk
Are the children socially distancing?
It is not possible for us to socially distance with the children. Young children like to be in close contact with the staff in nursery and with each other. For children who need to have nappies changed, wet clothes changed or first aid it is not possible to do this from a distance of 2m away! The staff are keeping their distance from each other whenever possible.
Are the staff wearing PPE?
Staff have access to facemasks, aprons, gloves and goggles and it is up to them if they would like to wear it. Most people have said that they found it extremely challenging to wear it when they were with the children and some reported that the masks made some children tearful. . There are large amounts of soap and hand sanitizer around the building and staff are following the government guidance on hygiene.
What if someone becomes ill when they are at nursery?
If a child or member of staff becomes unwell during the school day, they would be isolated away from the other children – with supervision from staff in PPE. For children we would then ask them to be collected as soon as possible and they and their family would have to self-isolate as per the regulations. The families of the other children would be informed and asked to collect their child and the classroom and resources would then be deep cleaned. For staff, we would ask them to go home and arrange to be tested. We would have to carry out a risk assessment about whether the school would re-open the next day or need to be closed for a few days. We must remember that this is hayfever season and some of the symptoms may look very similar.
What if my child has a place and someone in my family is ill?
You would need to follow the government guidance for self-isolation. We would ask that you let us know as soon as possible if anyone is displaying symptoms as this will help us keep everyone as safe as we can.
What arrangements are in place for the school to be cleaned?
Children and staff are not accessing the whole building at the moment which means that we are able to concentrate our cleaning in the areas which are being used. Children are currently spending a lot of their time outside which is felt to be safer. The class room is cleaned thoroughly each evening after school and will be deep cleaned during the half term holidays. Staff wipe down surfaces and toys during the day with anti-bacterial wipes and support childrre with using hand sanitizer and washing their hands during the day.
What if my circumstances have changed and I need some help?
Please get in touch with us as soon as you can. The school office is open weekdays from 8.30am – 3.30pm and then 3.30pm – 4.30pm for enquiries about free school meal vouchers.