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Kindergarten and Key Stage 1 opening

26 May 2020

We are eager to inform you that BSS Kindergarten and KS1 are opening on 26th May 2020, Tuesday.

The Kindergarten (Pre-Nursery, Nursery 1, Nursery 2 & Reception) and KS1 (Grade 1 & Grade 2) are opening. 

Please find below our detailed planning for the opening and running of the Kindergarten and KS1, under our new health and safety measures.

 

Planning and organising

  • We refreshed our risk assessment to ensure that all health and safety checks have been undertaken before opening.
  • We keep small class groups.
  • A disinfection mat will be placed at every entrance.
  • The learning will be organised in the playground, when appropriate, and all groups will have a dedicated space to ensure they are not going to be mixing between each other.
    • In the kindergarten, reception group are going to learn and play in the upper playground and Pre-Nursery and Nursery 1 & 2 in the lower one.
  • Timetable changes:
    • Library lessons will be taught remotely through Zoom, to limit student exposure.
    • The additional lessons like LEGO and Music and will be taught remotely for the kindergarten students.
    • Assemblies will be conducted within the class.

PLEASE, remember to social distance while waiting and in the interest of safety we ask parents to wear face covering.

Play equipment will be appropriately cleaned between groups of children using it, and that multiple groups do not use it simultaneously.

  • Unnecessary items will be removed, including soft furnishings, soft toys and toys that are hard to clean.

On Arrival

The students` and the staff temperature will be checked on arrival at the school building.

  • ONLY students and school staff will be permitted on school premises.
  • Children should be accompanied to the school, only by one parent.
  • The staff will be fully informed about the responsibilities and the procedures, concerning the school day.
  • Cleaning staff will be instructed about the additional cleaning requirements and the medical staff will oversee the quality control.

At School

Classes are in the same small groups at all times each day, and different groups do not mix during the day.

  • Each group uses the same classroom and area of the playground throughout the day, with a thorough cleaning of the rooms at the end of the day.
  • Sufficient hand washing facilities are available.
  • Hand sanitisers are provided in classrooms and other learning environments
  • All adults and children:
    • frequently wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly.
    • clean their hands on arrival at the setting, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing
    • are encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose
    • use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze
  • Help is available for children and young people who have trouble cleaning their hands independently
  • Bins for tissues are going to get emptied throughout the day
  • All spaces will be ventilated using natural ventilation (opening windows) or ventilation units
  • Doors will be left open, where safe to do so (bearing in mind fire safety and safeguarding), to limit use of door handles and aid ventilation
  • There is no need for anything other than normal personal hygiene and washing off clothes following a day in an educational or childcare setting.
  • Teachers are encouraged to find ways, appropriate for their students` age, to greet everyone and play in the safest way possible.
  • Scheduled lunch breaks - children should clean their hands beforehand and enter in the groups they are already in, groups should be kept apart as much as possible and tables will be sanitised between each group.
  • Toilets use will me monitored to avoid crowding.

 

Resources will not be shared between groups.

 

Adjust transport arrangements where necessary including:

  • We encouraging parents to travel in their own vehicles.
  • The school vehicles will be sanitised regularly according a schedule.
  • The drivers are properly instructed to take each child’s temperature in front of the parent before entering the vehicle.

 

 

Additional questions

 

What happens if someone becomes unwell at an educational or childcare setting?

The person will be isolated and in a case of a child the parents will be called immediately.

 

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

In a case of confirmed coronavirus, BSS will follow the requirement of the local authority.

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