We have reopened our school for all children in September 2020.
The Government has stated that school attendance will be mandatory from September. This means that all children will be expected to return to school and the usual rules on attendance will apply.
To allow everyone to return to school, we will teach children in year group ‘bubbles’. Children will mainly be taught in their class of 30 but some mixing across the year group will be necessary for teaching some areas of the curriculum. Entry, break, lunch and home times will be staggered to keep year group bubbles apart throughout the day.
Drop off and Pick up procedures
The procedures for drop off and pick up will be similar to what is happening currently. Unfortunately, parents / carers will not be able to enter school unless they have arranged a meeting.
Parents / carers will drop their child off at their drop off point at the time given. Any parents / carers who arrive earlier than the time stated below will be required to wait in the waiting area. Children arriving after their drop off time will need to be dropped off at the main entrance. At home time, parents/ carers are requested to wait in the allocated area.
Parents / carers who have children in more than one year group, will need to drop their older child off first, then wait in the waiting area until the next drop off time. If parents / carers are unable to do this, then please drop the younger, Y1 or reception aged child off at the hall door in the morning club. This service will be free of charge from 8.40am.
Drop off and collection times
The Site Manager will be on duty at the cobbled road gate. A member of staff will be stood at the reopened Jenkin Road gate entrance. A teacher and teaching assistant will be on duty on the main yard. Please remember to maintain a safe distance from staff members and other parents/carers. Drop off and pick up times are listed underneath. From 2/11/20 they will be:
Class 5 8.30 3.20
Class 2 8.35 3.25
Class 7 8.40 3.10
Class 10 8.45 3.15
Class 8 8.50 3.00
Class 9 9.00 3.05
Children will be asked to line up in boys and girls lines. This is so they can wash their hands in the toilets on entry into school.
Morning & after school provision
Brightside will continue to provide a morning and after school provision, chargeable from 8am to 8.40 am and from 3.05 to 4pm. This provision will be based in the hall from September until further notice. Parents/carers are requested to drop off their child at the entrance to the hall on the main yard.
Please contact the school office (phone or email) if you require this service.
After school clubs will begin after the autumn half term holiday.
Lunch time will be spread over a longer period to allow for the staggered entry and exit time. Children can choose a hot meal or grab bag from the menu. Children can also bring their own healthy packed lunch.
Resources and equipment
Your child can bring a water bottle with their name on and their reading bag. Please do not bring any other personal resources. In school, children will have their own, individual equipment such as pencils, books, whiteboards and pens. Classroom / year based resources like reading books and maths resources can be used and shared within a group. They will be cleaned daily as will all touched surfaces.
Any resources shared between year groups, such as sports and art equipment, will be cleaned frequently and meticulously, and rotated between the years groups so they can be unused and out of reach for a period of 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different groups
Homework will be given remotely as will all letters and other communication. Please check your emails regularly.
Please tell us
If you suspect you or your child has symptoms, please do not come to school and follow the government guidelines. Please inform school immediately of the results of a test. We will not share the names or details of people with corona virus unless it's essential for protecting others. If we as a school become aware that someone has tested positive, we will contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact us if they become aware that someone at our school has tested positive.
The team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who's been in close contact with the person when they were infectious, and make sure they are asked to self-isolate.
In case of a local outbreak
If a local area sees a spike in infection rates, our school may be advised to close temporarily for most pupils like before. If this happens, we will offer remote education for all pupils at home.
What to do if your child shows symptoms of COVID-19.
Please use the flowchart as guidance for what to do if your child or someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19.
If you are unsure, please ring the school office for further advice.