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Holly Trees Primary School

Vaughan Williams Way, Brentwood, CM14 5RY, 01277 212296

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Happily Back to Holly Trees-returning to school

Please click here to read our full guide 'Happily Back to Holly Trees'
Please click here to read our guide 'Step Up September Back to School'
Please click here to read the 'Holly Trees Primary School Full Opening Plan'
Please click here to read 'Holly Trees Primary School Full Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Action Plan'

Initial start and finish times from 7th September are published below and are subject to change:

 

 

Arrive

Depart

EYFS

 9.00am 

 3.00pm 

Year 1 & 2

 8.55am

 3.15pm

Year 3 & 4

 8.50am

 3.10pm

Year 5 & 6

 8.45am

 3.05pm

Measures for arriving at and leaving school

Staggering arrival collection will ensure that the adults and children on site can distance appropriately and it will reduce the risk of children coming in to contact with children from other bubbles. We appreciate that this may be a challenge for some families of multiple children.

Parents are to be encouraged to walk to school where possible. If children cycle or scooter to school, then they are to use the storage area to store their bike/scooter securely near the office entrance.

 

The Start of the Day

  • Year 5&6 will arrive at 8.45am sharp and enter the school via ‘Willow Gate’ – this is the gate just opposite the turning to Drovers Mead. Only the children will come into school, parents will drop off at the gate. Children will follow the path, cross the car park at the crossing point (the car park gates will be on lock down from 8.40-9.05am & 2.55-3.15pm) and walk around the building, past the Music Room and to the external doors of their classrooms. Staff from the appropriate year groups will be on the gates and at points along the route to support children as they arrive at school. This way we will continue to reduce footfall of adults on site. Parents must not congregate at the ‘drop-off’ point, they must instead arrive on time and then promptly depart. The only exception to this is if you have other children to drop off.
  • Year 3&4 will arrive at 8.50am sharp and enter the school via ‘Chestnut Gates’ – these are the main double width gates at the front of the school. Only the children will come into school, parents will drop off at the gate. Children will walk down on the right hand side of the path and turn down the side entrance (sign says Crescent Road) and enter the school via this side door. They will go down the stairs, deposit items in the cloakroom and enter their classrooms through the internal doors. Staff from the appropriate year groups will be on the gates and at points along the route to support children as they arrive at school. This way we will continue to reduce footfall of adults on site. Parents must not congregate at the ‘drop-off’ point, they must instead arrive on time and then promptly depart.
  • Year 1&2 will arrive at 8.55am sharp and enter the school via ‘Chestnut Gates’ – these are the main double width gates at the front of the school. Only the children will come into school, parents will drop off at the gate. Children will walk down on the left hand side of the path and enter the playground, they will then walk the short distance to their external classroom doors. Staff from the appropriate year groups will be on the gates and at points along the route to support children as they arrive at school. This way we will continue to reduce footfall of adults on site. Parents must not congregate at the ‘drop-off’ point, they must instead arrive on time and then promptly depart.
  • EYFS will arrive at 9.00am sharp and enter via ‘Poplar Gate’ – this is the pedestrian gate that leads to the main entrance of the school. Only the children will come into school, parents will drop off at the gate. Staff will be on the gates and the classroom doors to welcome the children into school.

 

Parents must arrive on time for entry to school, they must not arrive early or late. In the instance that parents have children in more than one year group, parents may wait with their children at the front of school, strictly following social distancing from other parents and children. Parents will be asked to drop off and leave, rather than remain on school grounds.

 

The End of the Day

All adults who are collecting Y1-6 children will be permitted to wait briefly in the playground, outside the classrooms. Only one parent per child should come onto the site to collect their child(ren).

For parents of EYFS children: EYFS will finish promptly at 3.00pm. Parents will wait at the Chestnut Gates (these are the main double width gates at the front of the school). Acorn Class parents need to queue on the left hand side and Apple Class on the right hand side. The children will line up as classes and teachers will supervise each child being collected by their designated adult. Once collected, please make your way home OR, if you are collecting other children, walk up to Willow Gate and use the one way system to make your way into the playground (as outlined below).

For parents of Years 1-6 children: A one way system will be in place for end of day. All adults will enter the site via Willow Gate - this is the gate just opposite the turning to Drovers Mead – this will open at 2.50pm, but please do not arrive at school more than five minutes before your child finishes. Adults will follow the path, cross the car park at the crossing point (the car park gates will be on lock down from 8.40-9.05am & 2.55-3.15pm) and walk around the building, past the Music Room and to the external doors of their classrooms. Staff will be on the gates and at points along the route to ensure you go the right way. When you arrive in the playground, please wait outside the classrooms on a socially distanced ‘star’ marking. Children will come out of their classroom door to you, and you need to walk to the rear of the playground (indicated by red barriers) and follow the one way system out of the playground and exit the school via the Chestnut Gates (these are the main double width gates at the front of the school). If you are collecting more than one child, you need to collect your children from eldest to youngest as this is the order in which they finish school.
It is very important that you keep your children with you as you wait for their siblings. They are not allowed to play in the playground or run around. We must all do our best to maintain social distancing.

  • Year 5&6 will finish promptly at 3.05pm. Once collected, please exit the school premises using the one way system or move to the next classroom that you are collecting from and stand on a socially distanced ‘star’. Children stay with you at all times.
  • Year 3&4 will finish promptly at 3.10pm. Once collected, please exit the school premises using the one way system or move to the next classroom that you are collecting from and stand on a socially distanced ‘star’. Children stay with you at all times.
  • Year 1&2 will finish promptly at 3.15pm. Once collected, please exit the school premises using the one way system or move to the next classroom that you are collecting from and stand on a socially distanced ‘star’. Children stay with you at all times.

 

Given that the external school gates will be open at 2.50pm, no children will be allowed outside at that point and must have returned to their classrooms.

 

Again, parents must not arrive early or late. They must collect their children on time so that teachers can release children safely. The playground will be open to parents to briefly wait in before their children are released to them. Whilst parents are waiting, social distancing must be adhered to.

 

Teachers will not be available to speak to at the end of day unless teachers initiate the contact. Teachers must commit their time to ensuring that all children safely leave their care. Parents can contact teachers via email or telephone if they have queries about the day or they can make a phone appointment.

 

If parents need to speak to the school office in person, they must follow the protocol. Only one household is permitted in the foyer at any time and you must queue outside on the lines whilst you wait.

Frequently Asked Questions

When we return to school, our bubbles will be the year group. Children will mix within their bubble, will have playtime and lunchtime with children from the same bubble. Throughout the school day, bubbles will not be mixing. Children will be remaining in their year-group bubbles.

 

Can my child bring in their own pencil case?

No. We will be providing all the necessary equipment for children in the new school year. Pencil cases from home will not be allowed in the classroom.

Will my child be issued with reading books?

Yes. When reading books are returned to school they will be placed in a ‘return book’ box. These will be quarantined for 48 hours before being cleaned and returned to the shelf. Reading books will be sent backwards and forwards to school as we have done previously.

What happens if my child is distressed and does not want to come into school?

Comforting your child will be very challenging for our staff, due to social distancing measures. We would ask therefore that you as parents support us if this happens and stay with your child until he/she has calmed down and is ready to come into school.

Will my child have a school dinner?

We will still be supplying school dinners. However, for the first four weeks at least, this will be a ‘grab bag’ packed lunch. The choice for the sandwich/roll filling is ham, cheese, chicken or tuna.

Can I collect my child for home dinners at lunchtime?

No. Children will be given 15/20 minutes to eat their lunch followed by a staggered short break. The challenges of social distancing make this unworkable with regard to collection and return.

Can I send my child into school wearing PPE?

No. The latest government guidelines is clear that any PPE worn on the journey to school should be removed by the parent prior to arrival on the school site.

Will staff be wearing PPE?

Staff will only be wearing PPE when a child requires first aid that needs adult intervention or when intimate care is needed. If a child requires an adult to work with them in a situation that does not reflect social distancing measures then PPE will be available for use.

Will the office be able to administer medicine to my child?

No. Due to social distancing measures staff are unable to administer medication; however, if your child is able to do this independently, they will be supervised in doing so. If this is the case, we would suggest that the correct dosage is sent in using a pre-filled syringe.

Will I get fined if I choose to keep my child at home?

School attendance is mandatory from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence;
  • the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct.
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