info@appletreegfs.org.uk        TEL 0191 2523546
30th May 2020
Information for Year 1 Return to School
3rd June 
WEEK 1  9-9.15- 12 pm (Wed-Fri)
Week 2  9-9.15- 1 pm  (Review of Risk Assessments)
Week 3  9-9.15 -3.15-3.30pm
 
Dear parents, carers and children,
 
We hope you are well. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to school. I am writing to give you some of the final information needed for Wednesday. We have been asked to tell parent/ carers about the safest way to return to school. You may want to talk to your child about some of these changes BEFORE they return. School will be very different; the children may not be with their class teacher or a TA they know well, may be in a different classroom, will have new routines to follow. They will not be able to socialise with their friends outside of their assigned groups, even at break or lunchtimes. Please be reassured, we will do our very best to support your child to come back into school.
 
If you or your child show any signs or symptoms of coronavirus DO NOT return to school. Follow Government guidelines The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
 a new continuous cough  a high temperature
 a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
 
School Information
 Please follow the ONE WAY SYSTEM now in place- Enter by Main Car Park gates and leave by top end of yard (past Nursery and Reception) out of small gate. Follow the arrows. Staff will be placed around the yard to help adults and meet and greet children -Y1 Drop off between 9 and 9.15 and Pick up between 3.15 and 3.30pm
WEEK 1  9-9.15- 12 pm
Week 2  9-9.15- 1 pm  move to full days after Risk Assessments are reviewed
Week 3  9-9.15 -3.15-3.30pm
 1 adult to drop off and collect child/children
 2 m social distancing must be adhered at drop off and pick up
 Staff will show you which door to leave your child
 Stand with your child next to you until they are handed over to staff
 Children must not play on the apparatus or in the yard
 Leave the playground /school site immediately using the one way system
 Do not drop off children from other households even if they are family.
 Please stand back from the doors so we can see clearly for handover.
 Ensure that your child has everything they need when you drop them off.
 
Children should not bring toys, pencil cases, PE kits, books, green folders or snacks. Please do send your child into school with a coat, a named water bottle and named sand shoes to leave in school.
 
Attendance -The Government is strongly recommending that parent/carers send children every day school is open. We understand that p/c may only access school when needed and perhaps build up to full attendance. Parent/carers will NOT be fined for non-attendance.
 
Home Learning – If your child is not in school they should be following our new home working from https://www.thenational.academy/ and contacting staff through Seesaw.
 
Uniform - The Government guidelines suggest clean clothes every day (to reduce possible spread of infection) so we are asking children to wear at least a clean school sweatshirt every day (with ordinary clean clothes), full clean uniform if parents can manage. We have some spare sweatshirts in school. PLEASE send in a sun hat.
 
Lunch - North Tyneside Catering Services are providing a packed lunch for all Y1 children on their return to school BUT please provide a water bottle. No other food to be brought into school.
 
Key Worker Provision- if you are signed up as a Key Worker and your child is eligible to access all day provision, then they will be kept in school as one group with other Y 1 Key Worker children and the same adults. Please collect from the Main Yard, 3.15-3.30 pm. This is to minimise contact between groups of children and adults to minimise possible passing of infection. Please email the school office or inform staff of your needs as a Key Worker.
 
Hand washing - as children will be washing hands throughout the day, we have some aqueous cream (recommended by a pharmacist) in case your child’s hands become sore. You may supply your own cream but your child MUST be able to apply it themselves.
 
Sun screen – we recommend you apply sun cream BEFORE school as we cannot apply for your child.
Hygiene and minimising contact between groups of children
To prevent the spread of Coronavirus we have been asked to use a range of protective measures to create a safer environment. A risk assessment has been carried out so that measures can be put in place to minimise those risks for children. Staff will implement and endeavor to adhere to routines to minimise those risks.
 
Hygiene routines within school:
 Children will clean their hands on arrival at school, and also before and after eating.
 There will also be regular hand washing throughout the school day for 20 seconds with running water and soap.
 Staff will do their best (given the young age of the children) to ensure that pupils are encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose.
 We will encourage pupils to use a tissue, or elbow, to cough or sneeze and to use bins for tissue waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’).
 There will be regular cleaning within school throughout the day; to get rid of the virus on frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, tabletops etc. using detergents and anti-bacterial sprays.
 School will be cleaned thoroughly at the end of the day ready for the next day.
 Toilets will be cleaned during the school day by staff.
 
Whilst we will make every effort to reduce the contact between us in school socially distancing is extremely difficult for small children. We have put the following measures in place:
 
 Reducing pupils mixing between groups through staggered drop-off and collection times.
 Smaller classes or group sizes (15 or less) and altering the school environment (classroom/corridors) as much as possible.
 Children staying with one teacher (one TA) and in one group of children all day.
 Reducing mixing between groups through timetable changes including break and lunchtimes.  Restricting the movement around classrooms by changing the layout. Also cordoning off some areas of classrooms.
 Reducing mixing between groups through staggered break and lunch times.
 Removal of soft furnishings, soft toys and toys that are hard to clean (such as those with intricate parts).
 Play equipment will be appropriately cleaned if used between groups of children.
 The Children will sit at the same table space every day (excluding early years where this is not possible).
 No large assemblies or large group gatherings.
 Packed lunches will be eaten at cleaned tables in the classroom.
 One to adult drop off and pickup child/children. Please do not gather at the school gates.
 Windows will be opened to increase ventilation.
 Doors will be propped open, where safe to do so (bearing in mind fire safety and safeguarding), to limit the use of door handles.
 Classrooms will be accessed directly from outside where possible.
 One way system for entering school yard for all – parents/carers to enter yard via car park main yard gate and to exit the gate at the top of the yard past the Nursery and Reception classrooms.
 Staff will endeavor to direct adults and children via a one way system
 No reading books will be sent home to limit the exchange of take-home resources between children and staff.
 Large equipment (climbing frame) will not be used as during a playtime we will be unable to ensure that it is appropriately cleaned between groups of children.
 
This information is as up to date as can be. We are in a very fluid situation and guidance changes on a daily basis. So, please forgive me if I haven’t answered your queries and feel free to ask a member of staff or email or phone school, if you have any questions.
 
Your faithfully,
 
Jill Burrell

New Admissions Nursery and Reception for September 2020

A special 'hello' to new families whose children are starting our Nursery or Reception  in September. We are delighted that you are joining us at Appletree Gardens and hope you all enjoy browsing through our website. This will give you a taste of everyday life at Appletree. However, like all schools, we are currently closed to most pupils in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. We are busy preparing 'Information Packs' and planning ways to welcome you to our school community.As the national picture is changing quickly, we cannot yet share dates and details for school visits, but will be in touch soon with updates. In the meanwhile, if you have any queries, please email the school office  info@appletreegfs.org.uk. and we will get back to you.

Jill Burrell Headteacher and Mrs Claire Carron Foundation Stage Lead.

**WATCH OUT FOR OUR NEW WEBSITE PAGE 'SEPTEMBER ADMISSIONS' COMING  SOON!!

 

Government 'FREE SCHOOL MEALS' VOUCHER  UPDATE-  
Families eligible for the FSM Voucher system should receive an email voucher from Edenred UK, each week.  (Check your 'junk' folders)  If you have difficulty redeeming your vouchers please email the school office info@appletree.org.uk OR ring between 9 and 12 and we will help. Thanks
North Tyneside Catering Services are offering a free packed lunch (sandwich, crisps and fruit) to ALL children in Rec, Y1 and Y2 and to KS2 children in receipt of benefit based FSM.
 If you wish to take up this offer, please email the school office and collect from the Annex.

Government Advice 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

 COVID-19: guidance for educational settings

Online Safety Advice for Parents (COVID 19)

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