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Letter From Roding

Dear Parents and Carers,


We look forward to welcoming Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 back into school over the next few weeks. Further news for nursery parents will follow in the near future.


We understand that children may feel anxious about returning to school. With this in mind, many of the planned activities are designed to support your children’s emotional wellbeing and transition back into school. However, attendance at this time is optional and the current home learning systems and resources will continue.


You must inform us, in advance if you want your child to return, otherwise they will not be admitted for health and safety reasons.  


If you do not receive the ParentMail form please email with your child's name and class BY 9am on Monday 8th June if you want them to attend. 


Please ensure that your child does not attend school if they, or a member of your family, becomes unwell with coronavirus symptoms for at least 14 days.


We hope that the information below will give you reassurance that we are following all of the current Government guidance.


Staggered timings, entrances and exits:





Year 6



Year 1




9.15 am


Key worker




Timings to be confirmed prior to start

Breakfast Club

Only open to key worker children


Key worker children in Year R, 1 and 6 will go into their own year groups BUT they are unlikely to be with their teacher. The rest of the Key worker children will be taught separately UNLESS there is reason to assign them to another class.


For families who have children in more than one year group, please bring ALL of your children in for the start time of the YOUNGEST child each morning and collect ALL of your children at the end of the school day with the ELDEST child - for example, if you have a child in reception and Year 6 they must both arrive at 9.15 and leave at 2.30.


In order to maximise safety, only one adult from the family can bring a child/ren to school. We are advising that an adult should bring and collect children, even if previously older children have been given permission to walk home alone. We are using a one-way system to enter and exit the school premises. Please follow these signs to walk your children to the external entrance to their classrooms. Markings will be placed on the floor to help you to follow social distancing guidance. Please look at the site maps (below) to see where you child will enter and exit the school site. This will be signposted and staff will be available to support children entering the school.


If you arrive to school after the gates are closed, please go to the main office entrance and follow the guidance and social distancing markings there.

Lunchtimes and break times will be staggered to maintain social distancing.

Please do not gather at the school entrances or exits maintaining the social distancing guidance at all times.


Classes, sizes and curriculum:


  • There will be a maximum of 10 children in each class. These will be divided into smaller ‘bubble groups.’

Once the children have been put into a class they will not be swapped.


Children must ONLY bring a jacket (weather dependent), a named water bottle (water fountains and drinking cups will not be available) and their packed lunch if not having a packed lunch provided by the school (this will be supplied to ALL children attending in Reception and Year 1). Please DO NOT allow your child to bring in book bags.


  • All children will be provided with a personal pack of equipment (including tissues) to limit the sharing of resources.


The school environment will be very different to what your child is used to. If they find it too distressing and/ or is unable to follow the social distancing and behaviour requirements, we will discuss attendance with parents/carers.


The children will be following their year group curriculum, ensuring that they are prepared for their next year group in school. This will be replicated for the home learning activities that are made available via the website, blogs and google classroom.




Please ensure that the school has up to date information on your child’s health and medication. Scientific research has identified that there are some ethnic groups that are more vulnerable or are more seriously affected by the COVID-19 virus, particularly those with Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds (BAME). It is vital that the school has the most up to date medical information and that YOU have checked that your child is not more vulnerable by being in school.


Hygiene routines & supplies


  • All children will continue to wash their hands for 20 seconds throughout the day.

  • Additional cleaning of classrooms, toilets and resources will take place regularly through the day. Items that are difficult to clean have been removed from classrooms.

  • Additional hand sanitising units have been placed throughout the school.


Social distancing and PPE


  • In order to ensure everyone is alert, we are asking for everyone to refrain from using their mobile phone on the school premises.

  • Markings and signs have been placed in and around the school to help children and adults to maintain social distancing recommendations.

  • Adults will use PPE as appropriate in certain circumstances. Children can wear PPE if they are able to safely remove and put the equipment on themselves, as the staff will be unable to help them.

  • Dedicated areas will be used for anyone who displays symptoms of the virus and appropriate measures will be taken.




  • The school kitchen will only be providing packed lunches until further notice. This will usually consist of a sandwich (tuna, egg, ham or cheese), a bottle of water, a biscuit and a piece of fruit.

  • Children are allowed to bring in a packed lunch, but it must be in a packed lunch box or a carrier bag.

NO rucksacks and large bags to be brought in. Also, only provide food items that your child can manage without support e.g. crisps or yoghurts they can open, as due to social distancing help will be limited.


Please follow the Government guidance concerning travelling to and from school relating to walking or cycling instead of using public transport.


Part of the guidance recommends changing and wearing clean clothes daily. Children will be expected to wear school uniform when attending school.


We understand that this is a worrying time, please be reassured that the school is still open and can be contacted via email and telephone. We will be posting information videos on our website to give you and your child information on the changes to the school environment for their return.


Also, please see the information we previously sent on 15/5/20.


To further inform YOUR decision you also to need to know:


  • Social distancing measures will be challenging due to space and the developmental stage of the children. We cannot guarantee the effectiveness of the measures put in place

  • If your child is clinically extremely vulnerable, or living with someone who is in this group, they will not be able to attend school and should continue with learning at home.

  • Full-time childcare for key workers and vulnerable families will continue to be provided.

  • Class sizes will be reduced, pre-decided and non-negotiable. Children may not be in their familiar classroom, with a familiar adult or their friends.

  • Children will spend the full school day, including lunchtime, in their pre-decided groups with no interaction with other groups.

  • Drop off/pick up times and break-times will be staggered to ensure limited social interaction.

  • Children will have limited access to resources and equipment that may spread infection.

  • First Aid, if required will be administered by staff wearing PPE equipment.

  • Packed lunches will be provided by either the school or parents and children will be eating in their classroom with their pre-decided group

  • Children will find these measures challenging as their opportunities to play and mix with their friends will be very restricted or non-existent


If a child or member of staff develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. They will need to have a Corona test and inform the office of the result. If the test is negative the child can return to school. If the test is positive they will need to remain at home and the rest of the class will have to stay at home for 14 days.


Thank you for your time.


The Staff at Roding


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