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Welcoming you back safely to school

Welcome back to Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep & Nursery

Dear Parents,

I hope that this letter finds you all rested and in good health.
As we move rapidly towards the beginning of the Michaelmas Term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all once again for the tremendous support you have given us over the last few challenging months.

I write with details regarding the reopening of the Agincourt site in September.
During the summer break, we have been busy planning for the full reopening of our schools following the latest guidance from both the English and Welsh governments. I would like to take this opportunity to offer some reassurance about the steps we have taken and the changes which we are planning to ensure that Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep and Nursery can operate both in a safe fashion and also as the happy, nurturing and vibrant environment which we all know and love.

Our priority is to promote and protect the health, safety and wellbeing of all our pupils and staff as we enter the new school year without jeopardising the the wealth of provision available to each and every member of our community.

With that in mind, we have developed thorough and realistic plans, assessing how we can return to the new ‘normal’.

As we move forward, please rest assured that we will continue to monitor the implementation of our new measures as well as regularly assess the provision we are able to offer our children.

As always, education is a partnership between home and school and we place a great deal of emphasis on our relationship with parents.

If you have any specific questions or concerns that are not covered here, please get in touch and I will be very happy to answer your queries.

In the meantime, I wish you all well.

We very much look forward to welcoming all our children back for the start of new term.

Best wishes,

Mr Matt Wren
Head of Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep & Nursery

First day back

A one-way, clockwise system is being introduced around the Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep and Nursery site from September.
Children and staff will walk in a clockwise direction around the site, before and after break times.

Separate entrances for different year groups will be clearly signposted:

  • Nursery: Nursery entrance.
  • Reception: Front door at the front of the building.
  • Year 1: Both classes to enter via Year 1 cloakroom entrance adjacent to the courtyard.
  • Year 2: Both classes to enter via Year 2 door adjacent to the courtyard.

Staff will socially distance from each another and from pupils wherever possible.

We will ask pupils to keep to their designated zones during breaktimes.

Children will be encouraged to use hand sanitisers each time they enter a building or a classroom.

At the beginning of term school children will not need to wear a blazer into school.

Year group bubbles

The UK government uses the term ‘Bubbles’ for groups of children who are able to mix without the full 2m social distancing.

Each year group is being classed as a bubble with the exception of Nursery and Reception where both year groups are regarded as one bubble at lunchtime.

The bubbles will have their own allocated classrooms in their own zone of the school and we will deliver as many lessons in these classrooms as possible.

Lessons requiring specialist support (Music and ICT) will take place outside the bubble classrooms. We will also teach PE and games outside the bubble zones.

Where possible, teachers will move to the bubble classrooms to minimise the movement of pupils. In fair weather conditions, we will teach pupils in the outdoor facilities for teaching and learning purposes.

Teaching and learning

Children will be taught in form groups where possible.

Wherever possible, pupils will be provided with their own resources for each lesson.

Our Year group assemblies can take place in the main hall. Our Reward assembly will take place once a week via video call. Bubbles of children will remain in their designated areas.

Children in Nursery to Year 2 will have their own labelled pencil cases and the sharing of resources kept to a minimum.

Where sharing has occurred, we will sanitise equipment after each session.

Nursery and Reception children will make use of their adjoining rooms as a learning space.

For some specialist lessons, children will move rooms accordingly but will remain in their bubble.

Peripatetic lessons will take place outside the bubble in a designated area with all equipment sanitised before each lesson.

Pupils may be taught their learning support sessions outside the bubble in a designated area.

The ALN teacher will be responsible for tables and chairs between sessions. Children will move with their pencil cases.

Our teachers’ desks will be positioned two metres from the front row of each classroom where possible.

Hand sanitiser will be available in every classroom for pupils to use regularly.

Parents to provide a clean, labelled water bottle for their child each day.

Breaks and snacks

Each year group bubble will have their own allocated bubble at breaktimes.

Children will be reminded of their designated areas and provided with clear instructions by class teachers and assistants.

At the end of lessons, class teachers will lead their classes out to the playground and hand their classes over to duty staff to reduce large congregations in communal areas.

Children will be allowed to use the boat, castle, mud kitchen, and assault course play equipment but they must wash their hands at end of break.

We have marked spots on playground for classes to line-up safely with appropriate social distancing measures in place.

Outdoor equipment in the Nursery and Reception outdoor areas will be rotated and sanitised at the end of each day.

When eating inside, a member of staff will clean table surfaces before the children eat.

A supervising adult will give the child their choice of snack.

Pupils will wash their hands before collecting their snack.

Children’s water bottles are to be kept on their desks throughout day.

Lunch

We will serve lunch in three sittings in the main hall with social distancing measures in place at all times.

Nursery and Reception will eat during the first sitting. Year 1 will eat during the second sitting. Year 2 will eat during the third sitting.

Each year group will be able to enjoy hot food in the main hall four times per week and a packed lunch once a week.

We expect children to arrive at the hall with their coats in order to operate our one-way system.

We will sanitise all the tables between sittings.

Hygiene measures

Children will be encouraged to use hand sanitisers each time they enter a building or a classroom.

Where sharing has occurred, we will sanitise equipment after each session.

Hand sanitiser will be available in every classroom for pupils to use regularly.

If a child needs assistance when toileting, a staff member will accompany them wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Travel arrangements

We will ask parents to comply with the staggered drop off (8am – 8.50am) and collection times (3.30pm – 3.45pm) to avoid mixing of groups of children.

Parents to keep to the waiting areas outside bubble zones.

Only one set of parents will be allowed to enter the school building at a time to drop their child/children off.

We would advise parents to hand over older children in Year 1 and Year 2 to a member of staff at the appropriate zone entrance

Embracing the new measures

We will encourage our pupils to adopt and embrace the new measures and remind them to do so as they adjust to school life under new circumstances.

Please can all parents emphasise the important role that their child will play in helping reduce the threat of infection within our school community.

Keys points to emphasise:

  • Please keep to the social distancing recommendations by minimising contact and mixing.
  • Excellent personal hygiene in terms of hand sanitising or washing.
  • Hand sanitisers will be available at places throughout the school and children will be required to make use of them regularly.
  • Children can bring in their own hand sanitiser and tissues if they wish to.
  • Good respiratory hygiene (Catch it, Bin it, Kill it).
  • Please do not engage in any harmful behaviour in terms of spreading the virus.
  • Any pupil who wishes to wear a face covering will be permitted to do so.
  • If your child has any queries, questions or needs reassurance, please ask a member of staff.

Helpful tips

Face masks:
All children in the nursery and pre-prep will be allowed to wear a face mask or face visor indoors if they wish.

Nursery children to arrive at school with one change of clothes.

Nursery children still toileting should come to school with at least two changes of clothes.

Welly boots should be clearly labelled on the outside.

Children in Nursery to bring in identifiable hats and gloves along with school waterpoofs.

All children to bring a labelled water bottle into school – and these will be taken home at the end of the day to be sanitised and refilled.

In poor weather, all children should have welly boots at school with clear labelling on the outside, along with waterproof trousers and coat.

We are asking our children not to bring personal items, including pencil cases, into the school.

Parents must notify the school if their child or anyone in their household has shown any Covid-19 symptoms and adhere to isolation guidance and stay away from school.

Each child’s up-to-date contact information must be confirmed by parents in case of emergency and collection due to illness.


Please note that details are subject to change.

Updated: 1 September 2020