Issue 26 - Friday 22nd May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
PARKFIELD OPEN FROM 1st JUNE - KEYWORKER AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN ONLY
Parkfield will re-open on June 1st to almost 50 pupils. We are looking forward to welcoming the different groups back and we've been working hard in getting the school ready for their return. An email will be sent shortly to all those attending on the 1st with further details.
Due to to the high numbers of children attending Parkfield, it is becoming even more difficult to accomodate additional groups. We do expect a slight increase in the number of keyworkers that attend and this will mean that any provision in future for Reception, Y1 and Y6 children to be significantly reduced. I do hope at some point to be able to offer some, if not all, of those groups some kind of part time provision and I will update families on this after the half term break.
IF YOU'RE NOT ON THE LIST - PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP
For those that require provision at Parkfield, you MUST speak to us beforehand and not just turn up. We have limited space available at school and timetabling the different groups and adults is a real challenge. We apologise but a minimum of 7 days notice will be required if you're a keyworker and you'd like your child to attend.
THANK YOU LITTLE HEATON
We have been based at Little Heaton over the past couple of months and I'd like to thank them personally for allowing us to share their building. Due to staffing levels at Parkfield we were unable to offer any provision to our families and thanks to Little Heaton we could still provide suport for our families.
HOME LEARNING (https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/home-learning )
There wil be no home learning tasks set next week by teachers. They will begin again on the 1st June but please be aware that teachers are now in school and as a result may not be as quick to respond to some of the fabulous work that's being completed.
For those parents in Reception, please continue to share what you are doing on Tapestry and access the links on our home learning page.
If you have any issues or questions around homelearning please email email@example.com.
Please note that we are in contact with the high schools about transition arrangements into Y7. We have been sharing information with our feeder high schools and they are putting together something to ease the transition into Y7 at this difficult time. When I know more information I will update you.
Please also be aware that when it is safe to do so, we will have a leaving party for our fabulous Y6 children.
We do have a number of items that were left in school by the children back in March. Please don't worry. We have these and after half term we'll work out a way of getting them back to you safely.
ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCE CALLS
These have been a huge success and they will continue when we get back to school on the 1st June. Please keep checking your emails for invitaitions to the zoom calls.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHER SCHEME
If you are having any issues with the voucher scheme please contact the office and we'll be happy to help. Vounchers are available for those children entitled to free school meals and reamin at home. Those in school will recieve a free school meal. firstname.lastname@example.org
If your personal circumstances have recently changed you may be entitled to Free School Meals. If you feel this is the case you can apply online at http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/schools-and-education/Pages/free-school-meals.aspx
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I've included these at the bottom, which gives infomation about how the school is planning for the current situation.
If you need to contact school, then please email email@example.com . Parents and carers will be unable to come into the school office unless it's a pre-arranged appointment. We will be attempting to have all our meetings on the phone and through video conferencing.
Thanks in advance for all your support over the past few weeks. We look forwrad to seeing you all soon.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have attempted to answer many of the frequently asked questions we are being asked. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
What risk assessment has taken place to ensure children are safe coming back to school?
A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out to ensure that all pupils and staff are as safe as possible.
Can you guarantee that my child will not catch coronavirus?
No. The measures we have put in place are to reduce the risk. We cannot eliminate the risk.
Will I still receive my childcare vouchers if my child is not in school?
Yes. These will continue if you’re entitled to Free School Meals. If your child returns to school they will receive a free school meal and you will not be entitled to the vouchers.
How will the social ‘bubbles’ work?
Children will have to remain in their social bubbles at all times. Unfortunately, if a child is in the ‘keyworker’ group and their year group are able to attend in future weeks they will not be able to join them as this will be a different bubble.
What will my child have for dinner?
We are developing a menu that is easy for pupils to eat whilst in the classroom (e.g. packed lunch, finger food). There will be a limited choice but we hope to offer hot food for a number of days.
Will they be able to bring in a lunch bag?
Yes. These are allowed as children won’t be sharing the contents of their packed lunch.
Will my child have access to the water fountains?
No. Children will have to bring in a water bottle from home that can be taken home and washed daily. On hotter days, children may want to bring in more than one water bottle. Please be assured that if your child forgets their water bottle we will be able to provide them with a drink.
What will my child be able to bring into school?
They will only be able to bring in a coat and packed lunch. No other items will be allowed.
Can I just turn up to school if I change my mind and want to send my child to now attend?
No. We will be keeping registers of the children attending each day. We will require a minimum of 7 days’ notice as we may have to rearrange and increase staffing levels.
I’m a key worker, requiring childcare, does my child have to attend full time every day?
We would prefer your child to attend every day, full time as staff will be in place for this provision. However, we understand that you may not want to be in every day. Our expectation is that children attend for a full day (8.45am – 3.15pm). Both school gates will be locked during the day and we may not have the staff available that can meet parents.
Will I be fined if I don’t send my child to school?
No. Currently, the government have said they will not fine parents if they decide to keep their children at home.
Will I lose my child’s place at Parkfield if they don’t come in for the remainder of the term?
No. Your child will still be a Parkfielder in September.
If my child does attend, what are my options if I don’t want my child to attend anymore?
Let school know and we will accept your decision.
What will happen if the member of staff in my child’s bubble is poorly?
If it is not coronavirus related symptoms, we will first attempt to cover the group with another member of staff that hasn’t had contact with another social bubble. If we have no members of staff available we will send a message as early as possible to let parents know that we can’t provide any provision and children will have to stay at home.
What will happen if my child is displaying symptoms from coronavirus?
They must stay at home and you must follow government guidance. You will be entitled to have your child and household tested for the virus. All children in their social bubble will also be sent home and will be able to be tested.
If the poorly child has a sibling that is in a different social bubble, the children within that group and adults would also have to be sent home.
If your child is poorly at school, a member of staff will support them. The member of staff will be wearing PPE and will accompany them to an area of the school away from anyone else until they can be collected.
Our household has someone that is clinically vulnerable. Should I send my child to school?
What will you be doing for those children that are not in school?
We will continue and develop further, the home schooling that is being offered to those that remain at home. We will also continue our regular phone calls and the popular whole class zoom video conferences.
If my child is only attending part-time, what do we do on the days that my child is at home?
Home learning tasks will continue to be provided on Showbie and Tapestry (Reception)
Can you make sure siblings are able to start school at the same times?
Where possible we will keep siblings together. However, if there is a large age gap this may not be possible as a Y6 pupil will not want to be placed in a Reception classroom.
Will my child be grouped by ability?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to group children by ability.
Will my child be grouped with their friends?
We will do our very best to group children with their friends. However, if they are in a ‘keyworker’ bubble they will be unable to mix with children from their class that attend part time and are in a separate bubble.
Can my child change the social bubble they are in?
We would only consider this in extreme circumstances and a period of time (possibly a week) would have to be spent away from school before any change.
Will my child have to wear uniform?
No. It will be optional. We understand that many children have grown and may not fit into their uniform. We also appreciate that many of our children like dressing in their uniform and would prefer this. You will have to make the decision. What we do ask is that clothes must be washed daily and cannot be worn the following day.
Will you be covering the curriculum as planned?
Unfortunately, no. We have an amazing curriculum at Parkfield and our whole staff are upset that they can’t deliver it. Our focus within class will be to support the home learning tasks being set and support the pupil’s emotional health and wellbeing.
Can you guarantee that my child will be taught by a teacher?
No. We don’t have enough teachers for the number of bubbles required. Teachers will also have to spend time contacting other members of their class and supporting home learning. We also have some members of staff who are unable to attend school as they’re shielding.
I’m a key worker and my child will have to be in school full time. Will they be with their class on the days their classmates are in?
Unfortunately we can’t guarantee this. We understand that this can and will cause some upset.
What arrangements are in place for Y6 transition to high school?
We have been in contact with all the high schools that our Parkfielders are attending and we have sent over important information – including predicted SATS grades. These scores will be shared with parents in an end of year report near the end of term. If high schools arrange a transition day at a later point in the term, we will contact parents. Members of staff from high schools will not be visiting any Y6’s at Parkfield as we’re not allowing any visitors.
Has anything been arranged for Y6 pupils leaving?
It is really upsetting for the whole school community that many of our Y6’s may not attend Parkfield again. When it is safe to do so, school will arrange a leaving party that our Parkfielders fully deserve.
Who will be allowed into the school building?
We will be reducing the number of people coming into school by having only essential services come in – such as workmen. Parents will not be able to come into school. All communication will be via phone, email or video conferencing.