Letter from Kaleidoscope MAT
You may have heard the announcement by the Prime Minister, on Sunday 10th May that schools may open on the 1st June for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils only. Last week, Schools received further details and instructions from the Government describing some of the measures that need to be in place for more pupils to return.
Kaleidoscope Multi Academy Trusts’ key priority is the health and safety of pupils and staff in our schools. It is important to be aware that the social distancing guidelines for schools contain some differences to those announced for outside of school – in the home and for businesses.
The latest guidelines from the Government mean that:
Classes will be no larger than 15 pupils. These groups (bubbles) should not mix with other groups of pupils and ideally have contact with a reduced and limited number of staff. Your child may not be in a class with their class teacher with all of their friends.
Classrooms will be reorganised. Tables will be pushed further apart and some equipment will be removed such as toys, some creative equipment and any furniture or equipment covered in fabric. Children should not share resources where possible.
Schools will need to stagger the start and end times of the day, break and lunchtimes for each group. Parents will not be able to come into the building and must keep their distance (2m) from children, staff and each other.
Schools may operate a one-way system if necessary to enable safe movement around their site.
Surfaces will be cleaned regularly. Children will need to wash their hands often (or use hand sanitizer) and follow ‘Catch it, Kill It, Bin it’ for coughs and sneezes.
If a child or family member has Covid-19 symptoms, they must not come into school, but self-isolate. They will need to take a test. If a child displays Covid-19 symptoms when in school, they will be isolated and sent home, and need to be tested. If tests are positive, the whole of that child’s group/bubble will be notified and must not return to school until they have had a negative test. This includes adults working with that group.
Kaleidoscope schools will follow their behaviour policies and procedures. If a child deliberately does not follow the school rules and additional procedures, they will face firm sanctions.
We have also made the decision that children do not need to wear school uniform until further notice. Hopefully this will help you to send your child into school, with a clean set of clothes each day.
The Government are hoping that children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be able to return to school before the end of the Summer Term. In the meantime, distance learning will continue. Please be aware that the majority of teachers will be teaching full time and may not be able to respond or support pupils, as they will have done before 1st June. The children of Key Workers and our vulnerable pupils will still attend school if they meet the criteria set out in March.
You can see from the above details, that there will be many differences in how our schools are organised when the children return. As you can guess, there are huge logistical implications in setting up these systems. Headteachers and leaders across our MAT have been working hard to plan how to manage this in their own schools. They will be writing to you shortly to provide more detailed arrangements for your setting. This is a fast moving situation with Government guidance changing quickly. Just as you received updates before and during the lockdown, your schools will update you as we move out of it.
Finally, on behalf of the Trust Board, I would like to thank all staff for their hard work during this period. They have taught the children of Key Workers and our vulnerable pupils (during term time and holidays) set work using remote learning systems, supported pupils and families, provided meals and vouchers and continued to carry out the normal day to day roles needed in a school and which haven’t stopped during lockdown.
We would also like to thank you and your children, for managing home learning and your support during this difficult time.
(CEO Kaleidoscope Multi-Academy Trust)