Coronavirus latest update – Friday 22nd May 2020 – Return to school Risk Assessment
Early School Closure Summer 2020
If you are currently bringing your children to school you will be aware that the building work is now moving on at quite a pace. This is good news as it means that hopefully we will be able to use all of our building in September. However, in order to ensure every possibility of opening in September and to guarantee the safety of our staff and children as the builders move into the main part of school it has been necessary to complete a health and safety review.
Supported by the LA and Diocese governors have made the decision, for the safety and welfare of all staff and children, school will close on Friday 10th July for all children, including those of key workers, for the summer break.
Unfortunately due to the building programme there will be no summer school activities or the usual wrap around care provision. School will not be open again until September. Our start date for the new term is Wednesday 9th September.
We are hoping that September brings calm to our current situation and our children returning to school in fashion that, as much as possible, is back to normal.
Mrs J McDonald
SS Osmund and Andrew’s arrangements for school re-opening June 2020
We hope you are all keeping well and managing to enjoy some of the continued good weather. As you will all be aware the Prime Minister has now announced government plans for the first steps in easing the lockdown. As part of this plan it is proposed that primary schools should consider opening for nursery, reception, Y1 and Y6 children early in June. We are sending this letter to all parents so you are all informed of the plans for our school in the coming weeks. We will be sending further details directed at parents of children in the year groups mentioned above.
All schools are being asked to put together a plan that will fit the needs and requirements of their own school setting and therefore it may be that all schools will not have the same arrangements in place. Our school is quite unique at the moment for the following reasons:
- Our year group numbers are large, we take 50 children in each year group
- We teach in mixed age range classes
- We already have limited space and overcrowding
- We are currently in the middle of a building expansion programme
- All of KS2 is now out of use due to this building programme
- Limited space means limited numbers of children can safely be accommodated during this crisis
We recognise that you may have some concerns about your child returning to school and that for some children another change will be unsettling for them. We also understand that the past weeks will have been challenging for many families.
Sadly, our schools will be very different places when the children return. This is necessary in order to be able to implement the government measures.
Government guidance acknowledges that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. Considering this, please be aware that, whilst endeavouring to enforce children to social distance, we cannot make this happen or guarantee that this will happen 100% of the time. This becomes more applicable the younger the age-range of the children.
The governors, with guidance from the Local Authority, and remaining in line with government health and safety requirements are proposing the following plan as a safe way to get children back to SS Osmund and Andrew’s:
- Due to the unique circumstances mentioned above we will not be opening for Y6 children in the immediate future
- Children will be assigned a group with a named teacher, the group/bubble will be a maximum of 15 in Y1 but smaller in nursery and reception
- There will be 2 teachers per year group for reception and Y1 working in 2 classrooms or teaching spaces
- School will open on Tuesday 2nd June for children in nursery and reception. The children will be allocated a group and this group will stay together throughout the day creating a bubble and avoiding other groups/bubbles
- School will open on Monday 8th June for children in Y1. The children will be allocated a group and this group will stay together during the day creating a bubble and avoiding other groups/bubbles
- Classrooms will be reconfigured and unnecessary items removed to allow for the additional space needed around desks
- Soft furnishings and soft toys will be removed
- Parents have been asked to notify school if they intend to send their child/children back when this system begins in early June
- Classrooms will be set out in a fashion that enables social distancing to be in place
- Start and end times of the school day will be staggered to allow the safe dropping off and collecting of all children
- School will operate 4 days per week Monday to Thursday except on week one which will begin for the children on Tuesday 2nd June
- Friday will be a deep cleaning day for all classrooms and equipment that has been used during the week
- The curriculum will look and feel very different as there are limitations to what can be delivered while keeping protective measures in place
- If our pupil numbers increase in these year groups in the coming weeks, we will have to consider the introduction of a rota – 1 week in school and 1 week off to ensure that we have the appropriate space to keep our children safe
- More in-depth details regarding our risk assessment to ensure the health and safety of everyone, timetables, the groups/bubbles, the daily routine, breaks, lunchtimes, use of equipment, named adults etc. will be shared with parents when the groups have been set up and we have details and numbers of the children likely to be in school
Please note that only the children in these year groups – nursery, reception, Y1, are returning to school. The government have made it clear that there will be no childcare provision for siblings in other year groups.
Those children that have been attending ‘childcare’ for key workers and who are not in the above year groups will still be catered for in school for full weeks including Friday.
Our home-learning for all other year groups will continue. We thank you all for your positive response and engagement in home learning, as challenging as it is. The number of children now accessing learning from home is amazing.
We understand that this is a challenging time and parents are faced with a difficult decision to make. This is not the ideal situation either for yourselves as parents or indeed, for us in school. Please be patient and understanding as we try to bring your children back to school in a manner that is safe for everyone. We are missing our children and are looking forward to seeing them all soon. These are very difficult times and we are dealing with this crisis day by day and doing our very best to follow the government advice and to provide an education for your children.
Take care, kind regards
J McDonald Mr A Davies
J McDonald A Davies
Headteacher Chair of Governors
As you will be aware schools have been asked to make arrangements for re-opening in early in June for nursery, reception, Y1 and Y6. Each school will have its own plan for how this can happen and provision will be different in each school. The priority must always be the safety and well-being of our children, families and staff.
In order to complete our planning we will need to know numbers of children who will be returning.
If you are a parent of a child/children in nursery, reception, Y1 or Y6 please notify school of the following information by telephone or email by Monday 18th May.
- Parent’s name
- Child’s name
- Year group
- I will be sending my child back to school in early June
- I will not be sending my child back to school in early June
Please be aware that the government is encouraging this return but it remains parental choice.
Telephone number – 01204 333070
Office email – email@example.com
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for accessing the school website for ideas and resources to support your child’s learning (Classes 1 to 9). We are now able to offer specific learning for your child. From Tuesday 21st April your child’s class teacher will be setting work for your child to complete each day. This work is important now the school has an extended closure. Please make every effort to try and complete these lessons daily.
To continue your child’s education the school will be using Microsoft Teams to deliver this work. A maths lesson (one of these will be linked to science) and an English lesson (one of these will be an extended piece of writing) will be set each day for your child. Your child needs to complete this work each day to ensure they are consolidating and developing their learning.
You can use a computer, laptop, tablet, ipad or smartphone to access and send work to your child’s class teacher. There is an app you can download which will make logging in easier after the first time. You do not need a printer as any work can be written down and then a photograph of the work can be easily uploaded onto the learning platform.
How to Access SS Osmund and Andrew’s Classroom (Microsoft Teams)
- Use Internet Explorer and type in:
This will bring you to the login page.
- To login you will need your Purple Mash login details. These were given to your child at the beginning of the year and just before the school closed in March. You may find it in your child’s home reading record. If you do not have this please contact the school during school office opening hours any day this week and on Monday and Wednesday between 9.00am and 2.00pm from week beginning 27th
- Your email will be your Purple Mash login followed by @ss-osands.bolton.sch.uk
- The password for Microsoft Team is the same as the pupils use for Purple Mash. It is a four digit code.
- Once you are logged into the site you will need to click onto your child’s class. E.g. Class 5
- You will then see assignments set for your child.
Please ensure you use the link to login. Internet Explorer seems a better browser to support this that Google Chrome.
Work will be set by your child’s class teacher for each school day. They will give feedback to your child where necessary and your child will be able to ask their teacher for help using the messaging facility on the Learning Platform.
Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.
Mrs S Doyle