March 2021 - Latest Information
BPA will reopen its doors to all pupils in all year groups from Monday 8th March
Full attendance for all pupils - barring those pupils advised to shield or self isolate by NHS England - is expected and the school will be returning to the normal attendance policies and monitoring. BPA will maintain this site and the remote learning offer to continue the education for any child required to shield/ self isolate during the coming months.
Please note this is subject to changes if staffing levels or government guidance change
The video shows how we will continue to come in and out of school from 8th March 2021.
Please watch the video carefully and make sure you have read all of the information below so you can help do you part ot keep everyone in the BPA school community safe.
The frequently asked questions section helps parents understand what will happen in different circumstances.
Thank you for your efforts in helping keep everyone safe and sound, we are really looking forward to seeing you all on Monday at your allotted arrival times.
Entrance and Exit Times
The table to the left illustrates the staggered entrance and exit times for all pupils returning on 8th March 2021. The school will be operating a strict one way system and it is important that all adults and children follow these one way systems at all times. If at any point you are confused, please step off the path slightly to allow others to continue on their route and then seek the assistance of one of our school team who will help to get you where you need to be. There may be times where you have to complete the one way loop again.
Lunchtimes & School Dinners
Lunch times will be organised slightly differently to make sure children remain safe in their class or year group bubbles.
Children in nursery and reception will eat in their classrooms.
Children in Year 1 & 2 will eat together in their classrooms.
Children in KS2 will eat together in their classrooms.
Free school meals will be hot for those children in R, 1 & 2. Children in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 will eat packed lunches.
All school meals (UFSIM, FSM and Paid for) will need to be ordered using the Easylunch online booking system. If you have not booked your child's meals in advance, you will need to provide them with a packed lunch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will children be wearing uniform? Yes they will. Children will need to wear full uniform and bring their PE kits in to school. Uniform can be ordered from our school uniform service here: Taylormadeuniforms.co.uk
Will my child require a PE kit? Yes. We will be delivering our normal Physical Education curriculum outdoors as often as we can.
What should my child bring to school? Every child will need to bring their book bag, reading diary, reading book and water bottle each day. They will keep these items on their desk or in a specially designated place throughout the day.
What will my child eat for lunch? If your child is eligible for Free School Meals or if you would like to purchase School meals for your child, you can order a hot lunch (Years R, 1 & 2) or Packed lunch (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) on the Easylunch website. If you have not ordered an Easylunch meal your child will need to bring a packed lunch from home each day. The deadline for ordering school lunches (Free lunches and paid for lunches) for the March return by midday Saturday 27th February 2021.
Will the children be sharing toilets? Yes. Year group toilets will be shared as this constitutes the second level of school bubble.
Can my child bring a snack for playtime? If your child would like to bring a healthy snack for break time, they may of course do so. This will need to be kept in their book bag until break time.
What will the school day look like? Hopefully...as normal as possible! We will of course be taking different steps to keep children safe depending on the number of children they are working with at any given time. For example, when working in their normal class bubble, children will be able to interact quite normally; children will spend most of their day in this class bubble. In contrast, when children attend a specialist phonics lesson with children from other classes or year groups, they will be seated further apart and will not share any resources with other children in the group. Seating will be arranged in all lessons to ensure as much normality as possible, while keeping children and adults safe.
Will the BPA Breakfast Club & Fun Club provision be running? The Fun Club provision will be running for those regular parents who have prebooked their slots. Breakfast club will also be running from this point all children will need to prebook in order to attend.
Will children and adults need to wear masks to school? Parents need to wear a face mask when dropping off and collecting from the school site. The current guidance states that masks should not be worn in schools by children or staff.
Will people be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) around school? The current guidance still recommends that PPE should only be used should someone become ill or where it was already necessary to complete a task safely before lockdown commenced. For example, where a child, young person or learner already has routine intimate care needs that involves the use of PPE in which case the same PPE should continue to be used. Clear face shields are available for staff to wear - should they wish - while in public spaces.
What will happen if someone develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school? The child or adult in question will be sent to the secure COVID-19 medical room to isolate. Where necessary, a member of the office team will remain with the child or adult showing symptoms until they are collected. Current guidance states that this person will need to be tested and that the whole group will only be asked to isolate if the test returns positive. All other members of the class/ bubble will continue to attend until the results have been confirmed. If multiple cases occur, Public Health will swiftly become involved and guide the school on the expected steps to take.
Does my child have to attend school from Monday 8th March 2021? Yes. The government has reissued the expectation that children must attend school and schools have been instructed to reinstate fines and prosecutions for adults who do not ensure their child attends regularly.
How do I pass a message to my child's teachers or the school office team? You are welcome to speak with your child's teachers at the beginning and end of the day in a socially distanced manner. Alternatively, you can email the school year group emails. Please note that when we are back in school full time, the access to these accounts will be at the beginning and end of the day as staff will be teaching from 8.45 - 3.15.
Does the school have a risk plan in place for the reopening in March 2021? TKAT has produced a Risk plan for all Primary, and Nursery settings and we have read and adopted these accordingly. They can be found here - Primary & Nursery. Please also see the addendum from 17th May.