Woodfield Primary School
Woodfield Road
Harrogate
HG1 4HZ
01423 566494
Dear Parents / Carers
Woodfield - Opening Plans June 2020

I hope you and your families are well and are keeping safe. School staff are very much missing you and your children. I would like to start this letter by paying a great testament to our staff who have worked tirelessly since schools closed in March. Most of our staff have still been working in our provision for key worker and vulnerable pupils throughout this time- school has not been closed. I want to say a big thank you to our staff for their commitment to our children.

As you know schools are being asked to plan for a phased reopening from Monday 1st June at the earliest.  This will be done in stages and will be for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6; we will continue to be open for those children who already accessing our provision for Key Worker families. Children in Year 2, 3, 4 and 5 are to remain at home and we will continue to post ideas for home learning on our class pages on the school website.

Here at Woodfield, a lot of time has gone into planning the reopening with staff and thinking carefully about how we can keep everybody as safe as possible.

It is parent’s choice whether they decide to send their children into school. The government have made clear they will not fine parents for keeping their children at home at this time. If you as parents have concerns over sending your children back to school, we would absolutely support you in the decision to keep your child/ren out of school. As I have said there will be no fines for non-attendance nor will it affect their attendance record.

Below is a table of dates that explain how we plan to reopen school to selected year groups in a phased way. Please note that these arrangements may be subject to change dependant on any announcements that the government make or changes in staffing. We will inform you of any changes as soon as we can.

Monday 25th- Friday 29th May

School closed to all pupils for half term

Monday  1st June

School closed to all pupils – staff training day to ensure routines and procedures are in place

Tuesday 2nd June

School re opens to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and pupils who were previously accessing provision for key worker families

Monday 8th June

School re opens to children in Year 6

*school will be closing every Wednesday afternoon to allow time for teachers to organise online learning, perform additional cleaning of resources and have planning and preparation time. We will still provide lunch for pupils.

To welcome the children back we have had to make a number of changes to the school day and the building which I would like to tell you about.

  • Children will be split into smaller classes of no more than 15 children. Where possible they will be taught by the same teachers each day or they may have two teachers who work part time.

Year Group

Classroom

Teachers and TAs

Nursery and Reception

Robins classroom

Miss Siari,

Mrs Williams

Mrs Berman

Year 1

Swallows

Mrs Howlett

Mrs Gibb

Mr Green

Pupils of key workers in other year groups

Jays

Mrs Hunter

Mrs Boot

Year 6

Curlews

Mr Boyle

Mrs Lovett

  • Start and finish times will be staggered.

If you child’s surname begins with letters A – L

Start time

8.45am-9am

Collection time

3-3.15pm

Wednesday 12.15-12.30

If you child’s surname begins with letters M - Z

Start time

9am-9.15am

Collection time

3.15pm-3.30pm

Wednesday 12.30-12.45

There will be no breakfast club or after school club at this time.

  • Parents will be asked to use different gates and not to enter the school building. Nursery, Reception and Year 1 pupils will drop children off at the far gate. Year 6 and pupils of key workers will use the gate that is normally used when collecting and dropping off. Markers are placed on the floor so that parents maintain the 2metre social distancing.
  • Parents will collect from the same gate they dropped off at, maintaining the 2metre social distancing rules. Only one parent should drop off/ collect.
  • All pupils will be expected to wash their hands when ever they enter or leave the classroom, before and after eating and after using the toilet.
  • Children will arrive at school wearing their school uniform and a coat when appropriate. Please do not bring any other bags / PE kit into school.
  • Groups of children will have staggered playtimes and lunchtime so that groups are kept as  separate as possible in school.
  • The kitchen will be open as normal and providing school dinners to those who need them or are entitled to free school meals. If your child receives free school meals and you decide to send them back to school, you will no longer receive the government EdenRed vouchers.  If your child is not attending school then you will continue to receive the government vouchers. The final week for Woodfield food vouchers for families who have received them will be the week of half term.
  • If Parents need to speak to a member of the office staff they are asked to ring the school office on 01423 566494or email [email protected]

Whilst we appreciate this is a very distressing time I would like to reiterate we are following the government guidance which has been issued. Children will remain in small groups but it is clear that 2m social distancing will not be possible for children within these groups. I would like to reiterate that it is parent’s choice whether they decide to send their children into school.

Parents and children are reminded that if they, or their child, are showing any symptoms they must not come to school. If we feel a child is displaying symptoms they will be placed in a separate room in school and parents will be asked to come to collect them. A reminder of the symptoms are below.

We look forward to seeing your children soon.

Stay safe,

Kind regards

Mr Mathew Atkinson                                       Miss Jo Marwood

Acting Executive Headteacher                        Acting Head of School