Back to School

We are preparing to welcome back the first year groups to school in line with guidance from the Government which, they have made clear, will be a cautious, phased return of some children based on the best scientific and medical advice that it is safe to open.

 

Following the extensive guidance from the Department for Education, we have been working hard to prepare for the safety and welfare of our pupils and staff.

 

Returning to school is a process that will take many weeks. We cannot predict in advance what it will look like. We understand that some of the arrangements may prove to be challenging for parents and that most parents are eager for a return to the full timetable. However, our first duty must be to comply fully with government directives and not contribute, חס וחלילה to the spread of the Coronavirus.

 

The health and safety of our staff and pupils is extremely important to us. Parental cooperation is critical in ensuring that we are able to facilitate a smooth and safe transition back to school. Please take the time to read the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) carefully. Some of the answers are repeated in different questions.

Nursery

On the first day back, please can girls bring to school:

  • A full set of spare clothes in a bag - Important, as we won’t be able to give them anything else if they have an accident. 

  • Pencil case with crayons/felt-tips, glue, scissors. 

Every day, please can girls bring to school:

  • ​Fruit or veg, packed lunch and a water bottle, in a disposable bag.

Reception

Distance Learning work packs for Monday and Tuesday will have been given to the girls in school, on Friday 26th June.

Year 1

  1. Pupils need to bring in:

  • One fruit for the morning break. This should be a fruit that is easy for your daughter to eat independently.

  • A pencil case labelled with her name. 

       The pencil case should contain:  Two pencils, Pen, Eraser,                           Sharpener, Scissors, Pritt Stick, Pencil Colours, 

       Small tub of play dough

  • A lunch box if they are eating homemade packed lunches

  • Water bottles should be brought into school on a Monday and can stay in school and then be taken home on a Friday.

       Water bottles should be labelled with your child’s name.

Year 2

  1. Pupils need to bring in:

  • One fruit for the morning break. This should be a fruit that is easy for your daughter to eat independently.

  • A pencil case labelled with her name. 

       The pencil case should contain:  Two pencils, Pen, Eraser,                            Sharpener, Scissors, Pritt Stick, Pencil Colours, 

        Small tub of play dough

  • A lunch box if they are eating homemade packed lunches

  • Water bottles should be brought into school on a Monday and can stay in school and then be taken home on a Friday.

       Water bottles should be labelled with your child’s name.

Year 3

  1. There will not be lunch in school, girls should bring in a snack for morning break.

  2. Pupils need to bring in: 

•  A full pencil case (labelled with their name). This includes pencils,              ruler, glue, scissors and pencil colours. 
•  A bottle of water and snack.
•  A bag to take home their books, work and additional things in school. 
•  Optional - pupils can bring in work they would like to show us (not          too much as this will be heavy for them to carry.) 

Year 4

1.    There will not be lunch in school, girls should bring in a snack for morning break

2.    The girls will need the following resources:
•    A big bag to take all their school work and books home in 
•    A fully stocked, labelled pencil case containing:
      pen, pencil, rubber, coloured pencils/felt-tips, scissors, glue, ruler,            sharpener

3.    Any school library books you have at home must be brought in on the first day.
 

Year 5

  1. There will not be lunch in school, girls should bring in a snack for morning break

  2. The girls will need the following resources, which should be contained in a pencil case or ziploc bag with their name clearly labelled on it:

       2 pencils, 2 pens, (handwriting), rubber, glue stick, set of colours               and/or fine liners, scissors, ruler, pencil sharpener

Year 6

Coming Soon...

Frequently Asked Questions

 

General Information

Which Year Groups are returning to school?


Year 1 will be returning to school on Monday 8th June. We are working on plans for Reception to return to school as the next Year Group. In the coming weeks we will be contacting parents of certain Year Groups to advise them of their daughters’ return to school.




Why aren’t all the children coming back at the same time?


The DfE (Department for Education) have based the phased reopening on the need to reduce the rate of transmission of the virus. Additionally, each school has their own specific set of challenges, such as staffing or physical space.




How do you decide which Year Groups return to school and when?


We are following Government guidelines, whilst taking into account staffing availability and physical space within the school building for multiple “bubbles” of 15 children. Please read more about “bubbles” below.




I am worried that my child is clinically vulnerable or that a close family member living with us is clinically vulnerable. Should I send my child back to school?


  1. Children who are considered extremely clinically vulnerable and are self-isolating should continue to self-isolate and should not come to school.
  2. Children who are living with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable and are self-isolating should continue to self-isolate and should not come to school.
  3. If your child is clinically vulnerable, you should follow medical advice regarding your child’s return to school.
  4. Children who are living with someone who is clinically vulnerable (including a mother who is pregnant) can return to school.
  5. Please click on this link for guidance on shielding extremely clinical vulnerable people.
  6. Please inform the school if you do not intend to send your daughter back to school.




What are you doing to prepare the school for reopening?


During these past few weeks, there have been many logistics to organise:

  • We have been in contact with all members of staff to confirm whether they are able to return to school.
  • We have completed audits and Risk Assessments to ensure that we are doing the maximum to safeguard the health and safety of the staff and children.
  • The school has undergone a deep clean including bio misting of the entire premises.
  • Hand-sanitisers with special 24 hour long-lasting disinfectants have been installed in strategic positions around the school.
  • Non-essential furniture has been removed from classrooms to ensure that they are clutter-free.
  • Soft furnishings, cushions and other resources that cannot be easily cleaned have been removed from classrooms or have been covered over.
  • Tables and desks have been moved as far apart as the room allows.
  • Signage has been placed around the school with specific instructions/guidelines to staff.
  • The playground has been cordoned into three sections with a distance of 2 meters between each section to allow the children to play in their bubble.




What will be done to ensure that standards of hygiene are maintained once the children have returned to school?


  • Children will be divided into “bubbles” of no more than 15 children. Each bubble will be kept separate from other bubbles at all times.
  • Children will be encouraged to wash their hands regularly throughout the day, and antibacterial gel will be available in every classroom.
  • Rooms will be kept well ventilated using natural ventilation by keeping the windows open as much as possible.
  • Door handles, taps and toilet flush handles will be wiped clean numerous times during the day. All doors will be propped open so no one needs to touch the handles.
  • Tissues will be available in all classrooms. Children will be taught to cough or sneeze into their elbow and to use bins for tissue waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’).
  • Dustbins will be kept covered at all times.
  • Toilets will be cleaned numerous times during the day.
  • Surfaces and resources will be wiped down frequently throughout the day.
  • All areas will be thoroughly cleaned every afternoon.
  • A Medical Room has been designated. Any child who is unwell will be isolated (under adult supervision) in the Medical Room and parents will be asked to collect their child immediately.




What are you doing to prepare children, staff and parents for the transition back to school?


We have signed up to Legadel’s new well-being programme – Lechazek. Staff are being trained in how to promote children’s well-being. Additionally, children will also have access to specifically designed wellbeing resources in order to promote their resilience. Staff are also being trained in how to identify children’s individual emotional needs. Our SEND department will be working closely with Dr David Roth and Yaakov Barr from Lechazek and will be listening to feedback from teachers and parents.




What can I do to prepare my daughter for her transition back to school?


Please read the document entitled “Parent guidelines to support your child returning to school”. This is a document published by Legadel’s new well-being programme – Lechazek.




Will staff be wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)?


There is no expectation that staff will routinely wear face coverings. However, staff may wear PPE in some circumstances.




Is my child required to wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)?


The DfE advises that wearing a face covering or face mask in schools is not recommended. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus. Face coverings should not be worn in any circumstance by young children as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.




My family and my child are all well. Am I required to send my child to school?


We strongly encourage you to send your child back to school. School is the best place for them to learn, and because we know how important it is for their mental wellbeing to have social interactions with their peers and teachers. You are encouraged by the government to send your child to school, but it is not compulsory to do so at present.

Whilst we encourage you to send your daughter to school on the first day back, it is understandable that some parents may wish to delay their start. However, once your daughter has returned to school, you will be expected to send her to school consistently every day (unless your daughter feels unwell).




My daughters’ Year Group is returning to school, however, I am unable/unwilling to send her to school. Will Distance Learning continue for her?


Unfortunately, we are unable to provide Distance Learning for Year Groups that have returned to school.




Will Distance Learning be provided for those Year Groups who have not yet returned to school?


Distance Learning will continue for all Year Groups who have not yet returned to school.




Will there be any changes to the Zoom timetable now that Year Groups are returning to school?


Year Groups that return to school will no longer have Zoom lessons. We may make adjustments to the Zoom timetables for other Year Groups – in particular to avoid having Zoom lessons whilst parents are travelling to and from school for drop off and pick up. This is so that siblings who need to travel with their parents to school for drop-off and pick-up should not miss out on their Zoom lessons. Changes made to the Zoom timetable will be communicated to each Year Group separately.




Will parents and visitors be allowed into the school building?


Access to the building is limited to essential personnel only. Parents and visitors will not be permitted access to the building.




What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in school?


When a child develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus (COVID-19), they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days and arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19. They can do this by visiting NHS.UK to arrange or contact NHS 119 via telephone if they do not have internet access. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. Where the child, young person or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.

Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their bubble or class will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that bubble or class do not need to self-isolate unless the child they live with from that bubble subsequently develops symptoms.




What if another child ‘coughs’ deliberately in someone else’s face?


The School takes anti-social behaviour very seriously. We will explain to the child the dangers and potential consequences of these actions. Parents will be telephoned and may have to come and collect their child, resulting in a fixed term exclusion.




Will there be End of Year Reports?


Teachers are preparing End of Year Reports, however, these will be condensed. Parents are welcome as always to contact their child’s teachers if they would like to discuss their child’s learning.




Will the School Year end early or continue into summer holidays?


It is too soon to see if the School Year will be amended. We will keep parents informed if there are any changes made.




Will my Year 6 daughter have the opportunity of returning to school before the end of the School Year?


We understand how important it is for the girls to complete their 8 year tenure in school properly and that this means giving them the opportunity of returning to school. We are working hard at making this happen at some point in July and will communicate with Year 6 parents directly.





My daughter is returning to school - What do I need to know?

Will there be any physical changes to the layout of the school?


Children will be divided into “bubbles” of no more than 15 children. Each bubble will be kept separate from other bubbles at all times. This means that children may not be in their usual classroom and movement around the premises will be limited. Furniture and resources in classrooms will be streamlined and the playground will be cordoned off into three sections.




Will my child be taught by her teacher?


Understandably some staff are unable to come into the school. As such, some children may not be taught by their class teacher. Teachers or teaching assistants who are covering for the class teacher will be supported remotely by the class teacher.




How will the classes be divided into bubbles?


Bubbles of no more than 15 children have been created in alphabetical order. It will not be possible to move children from one bubble to another.




Will there be any adjustments to my child’s timetable when she returns to school?


The school day will be shortened. Breaktimes, drop off and pick up times will be staggered with bubbles staying away from all other adults and children.




Will my child need to wear a school uniform when they return to school?


Children should be dressed in their school uniform. Government advice is that once returning from school clothes should be removed and washed and a clean set of clothes worn the following day.




What if a child or staff member becomes ill during the day?


They will be taken to the Medical Room, which will be solely used for the purpose as an isolation room for anyone with symptoms. The room will have full PPE equipment ready for the use of the staff member supervising the child. Parents will be called to collect their child and expected to immediately book a test. See below regarding what will happen if a child or member of staff tests positive for Covid-19.




How will you guarantee that social distancing takes place e.g. keeping children 2 meters apart?


We will of course do our best to support distancing, but please understand that in returning to school there is a strong likelihood that children will touch adults and one another and come into close contact to others within their bubble. The nature of the school site and the age of our children is such that this may be unavoidable. Staff and children will wash their hands regularly throughout the day, and antibacterial gel will be available in every classroom.




Will children go straight back into normal lessons following the school curriculum?


The initial focus, for as long as we feel necessary, will be on supporting personal, social, health and emotional aspects of learning to support children’s wellbeing. The children, their families and our staff have all gone through an incredible period of change and we will be working hard at supporting the children.

We will of course ensure that skills in Chumash, Kriyoh, English and Maths continue to be developed.




Key Stage 1 - Should my daughter be davening at home before coming into school?


Classes will either be taught Kodesh or Chol each day. We will not be teaching both Kodesh and Chol on the same day. On a day that your daughter is taught Chol, she will daven in school with a recording of the Davening




Key Stage 1 - Will my child receive a hot lunch in school?


Whilst we will not be giving the children hot lunches, they will be receiving pareve sandwiches every day. Parents may choose to send their own packed pareve lunches. Packaging should be easy for your child to open independently. Due to severe nut allergies, foods containing nuts or sesame are not allowed to be sent to school.




What should my child bring to school each day?


We do not want your child to bring anything into school with them other than:

  • One fruit for the morning break. This should be a fruit that is easy for your daughter to eat independently (i.e. does not need to be peeled or sliced by a member a staff).
  • A pencil case labelled with her name. Children will not be able to share resources, so it is important that they come to school with the correct equipment. The pencil case should contain:
    • Two pencils
    • Pen
    • Eraser
    • Sharpener
    • Scissors
    • Pritt Stick
    • Pencil Colours
    • Small tub of play dough
  • A lunch box if they are eating homemade packed lunches
  • Water bottles should be brought into school on a Monday and can stay in school and then be taken home on a Friday.
  • Water bottles should be labelled with your child’s name.

Children should not bring:

  • School bags
  • Face masks
  • Toys or games




What do I need to do in order to ensure that my daughter’s bubble stays safe?


  • Complete the Back To School Health and Safety Form that you have been sent. Children will not be permitted to return to school unless this form has been completed.
  • Do not send your child to school if she is unwell.
  • Inform the school immediately if your daughter displays any symptoms of Covid-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, her normal sense of taste or smell).
  • Traveling to school using public transportation is not recommended.
  • Government advice is that once returning from school, clothes should be removed and washed and a clean set of clothes worn the following day.
  • Children should maintain social distancing outside of school at all times.




Is there anything that I need to know about drop-off and pick-up from school?


  • When driving into school in the morning, please follow staff instructions carefully. Please do not exit your vehicle. Your child should be seated on the passenger side of the car. A member of staff will direct her to her “bubble”.
  • Vehicles will not be permitted to enter the school gates for pick-up. Once you have parked your car, please follow the instructions that you will be given at the school gates.
  • Only one parent/carer should come to school to collect their child.
  • Please maintain a 2 meter distance from other people at all times.




Reception and Year 1 - What should my child bring to school on her first day back?


  • A pencil case labelled with her name. Children will not be able to share resources, so it is important that they come to school with the correct equipment. The pencil case should contain:
    • Two pencils
    • Pen
    • Eraser
    • Sharpener
    • Scissors
    • Pritt Stick
    • Pencil Colours
    • Small tub of play dough
    • The pencil case will remain in school.
  • Water bottles, labelled with your child’s name, should be brought into school on the first day. Please note: the water fountains in the playground is out of use.




Year 2 - What should my child bring to school on her first day back?


  • A pencil case labelled with her name. Children will not be able to share resources, so it is important that they come to school with the correct equipment. The pencil case should contain:
    • Two pencils
    • Pen
    • Eraser
    • Sharpener
    • Scissors
    • Pritt Stick
    • Pencil Colours
    • Small tub of play dough
    • 2 whiteboard pens
  • The pencil case will remain in school.
  • Water bottles, labelled with your child’s name, should be brought into school on the first day. Please note: the water fountains in the playground is out of use.
  • One or two reading books which they can keep in their desks.
  • Small pocket size packet of tissues.




Key Stage 2 - Will my child receive a hot lunch in school?


We will advise parents about lunch arrangements in due course.




Key Stage 2 - Should my daughter be davening at home before coming into school?


We will advise parents about Davening in due course.




Which week will Year 3, 4 and 5 return to school? And what will their timetable be?


We are currently finalising plans for the Year 3-Year 5 weekly rotation between home-based learning and returning to school for lessons. We will communicate with the relevant Year Groups separately closer to the time.




I have children in multiple Year Groups. Travelling to and from school at different times is proving to be a challenge. What should I do?


We understand that some of the arrangements may prove to be challenging for parents and that most parents are eager for a return to the full timetable. However, our first duty must be to comply fully with government directives and to ensure the health and safety of all our pupils and staff. Whilst we empathise with the challenges that the Covid-19 timetable presents, understandably we are ​unable to arrange bubbles according to parent rotas, and we are unable to adjust the timetable to suit individual parent’s needs. Some parents have asked for further clarification on rotas. Current government guidelines are that social distancing must be adhered to. Staff shortages and lack of indoor and outdoor space means that it is challenging for the school to provide a social distancing waiting area for children who arrive early. As such, our strong preference would be for those parents who have children in two or more Year Groups to drop off all their children at the later time. Having said that, we appreciate that this will prove too difficult for some parents and we are able to provide a social distancing waiting area for a limited number of children under the supervision of a member of staff. Please appreciate that if too many parents use this provision, we may not have enough staff or space for the social distancing waiting area - so we request that parents make use of this provision only if absolutely necessary. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.




Will my child’s experience in school be the same as it was prior to Covid-19?


The atmosphere in school will be positive, enthusiastic, and nurturing whilst being cautious and alert to keeping everyone hygienic and healthy.





September 2020

How does the Department for Education's new guidance change things for September 2020?


The Department for Education has published extensive guidance with regards to the full opening of school for the new school year. We are highlighting some of the guidance below:

  • It is the DfE’s plan that all year groups will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.
  • School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term.
  • Schools may be able to implement bubbles the size of a full class.
  • Schools can look to implement year group sized ‘bubbles’ (this means that we can have Chumash and Math groups and allow the children in one Year Group to play together).
  • Teachers and other staff can operate across different classes and year groups in order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable.
  • Adaptations should be made to classrooms, including seating pupils side by side and facing forwards, rather than face to face or side on.
  • When timetabling, groups should be kept apart and movement around the school site kept to a minimum.
  • Schools should also consider staggered break times and lunch times (and time for cleaning surfaces between groups).
  • Schools should consider staggered starts or adjusting start and finish times to keep groups apart as they arrive and leave school.
  • For individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils and pens, it is recommended that staff and pupils have their own items that are not shared.
  • It is recommended that pupils limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each day, to essentials.
  • Substantial modification to the curriculum may be needed at the start of the year. Schools should aim to return to the school’s normal curriculum in all subjects by summer term 2021.
  • Schools must ensure that parents/carers understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:
  1. book a test if they are displaying symptoms. All children can be tested, including children under 5.
  2. provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus.
  3. self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus.




What time will school start and end every day in September?


In keeping with the DfE guidelines, we will be having a staggered start and end to the school day. This will help us control the number of pupils moving about the school building at one time.

Parents will have been sent a link to a Rota Booking Form in which each rota can select one of two timetable options:

  • Timetable 1: 8:40am drop-off and 3:45pm pick up (dark green Parent Pass)

  • Timetable 2: 8:50am drop-off and 4:00pm pick up (light green Parent Pass)




Will the school year start as scheduled in September 2020?


We are pleased to inform you that בעז"ה we will be starting school as scheduled:

  • Years 1–6 - Thursday 3rd September at 10:00am
  • Reception - Friday 4th September at 10:00am
  • Nursery – to be communicated to parents in due course




With regards to drop off, pick up and organising rotas, is there anything that I need to know?


Please take note of the following important points:

  • Parents must keep to their allocated time.

  • The two different groups will be given different coloured Parent Passes to help security identify their start/end time.

  • Our strong preference is for families to travel to/from school together and not with rotas

  • Where this proves too challenging, girls can travel to school in rotas with other families in their alphabetical group, whilst adhering to the government’s travel guidance




What are the Parent Passes, how do I get one and why do I need one?


Each family is allocated two parent passes to stick on the inside of your car's windscreen. The parent pass helps security identify BYPS families and allows them entry into the school car park. Parents will be receiving the parent passes shortly.




Is there anything different about September's parent pass?


This year, we will be providing two different colours of parent passes to the two different groups within the staggered timetable.

  • Timetable 1: 8:40am drop-off and 3:45pm pick up (dark green Parent Pass)

  • Timetable 2: 8:50am drop-off and 4:00pm pick up (light green Parent Pass)

This will help security identify whether you are dropping off your rota at the correct time.




My child is travelling to school in a privately arranged mini-bus. What should I do?


The Rota Booking Form will have an option for you to submit the details of the children travelling in the mini-bus.




I have two or more different rota arrangements throughout the week . What should I do?


The Rota Booking Form will have an option for you to alert the school so that you can be contacted and appropriate arrangements made accordingly.




What is the Rota Booking Form and who should complete it?


We understand that parents have already arranged rotas for next year and want to support parents in maintaining their current rotas, whilst allowing the school to adhere to government guidelines. As such we have created a Rota Booking Form allowing each rota to choose a timetable option. We have capped the number of bookings for each time-slot so as to limit the number of children arriving to / leaving from school at anyone time. A link to a Rota Booking Form will be sent to all parents.




Who should complete the Rota Booking Form?


Each rota should nominate one parent to complete the entire form. This will ensure that there only duplicate rotas submitted.




What information do I need to have in order to complete the Rota Booking Form?


You will need to know:

  • How many children will be in your rota

  • The full first name, surnames, Year Group (e.g. Year 1) and Class (i.e. Ahavoh/Chessed/Emess) for each child in your rota.





Please select questions from the two categories below - we advise all parents to read all questions

 

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