Oxford Road Community School

Return to school - Monday 8th March

 

Dear Parents,

As you are aware, the government has stated that all children will return to school on Monday 8th March. We are very much looking forward to greeting your children that morning and having them back in school with us. It seems like a long time since we were altogether and it will be lovely to have the school open and full of life again.

 Please see below important information regarding the return to school. Please ensure you read it thoroughly and are aware of the school responsibilities as well as your own.

Drop off & pick up

We will continue with the staggered drop offs and pick up times for each year group to avoid the risk of having too many children and parents in the playground at one time. Please ensure you arrive on time to drop your child off or to pick them up. This is essential to reducing risk.

You must wear a facemask at all times and leave the playground as soon as your child has been collected by their teacher. If your child is in Year 1, I know it is difficult standing on a public pavement but please ensure that you maintain social distancing from all parents whilst you wait.

 

Door entrance

Arrival time

Home time

Door exit

Year 5/6 A

Mr Martinez

End fire exit

8:30am

2:50pm

End fire exit

Year 5/6 B

Mrs Haran & Mrs Machin

Main KS2 entrance

8:30am

2.50pm

Main KS2 entrance

Year 4

Miss Philpott

End fire exit

8.40am

3pm

End fire exit

Year 3

Miss Moore

Main KS2 entrance

8:40am

3pm

Main KS2 entrance

Year 2

Mrs Memory

Year 2 door

8.30am

2:50pm

Year 2 door

Year 1

Miss Morris

Year 1 garden entrance

8.40am

3pm

Year 1 garden entrance

Reception

Mrs McNamara

Nursery entrance

8.45am

3pm

Nursery entrance

Nursery AM

Miss Hogan

Main entrance

8.30am

11.30am

 

Nursery PM

Miss Hogan

Main entrance

12pm

3.00pm

 

Who can drop off and pick up?

Where possible, older children (Year 5 & 6) can be unaccompanied at drop off. They will be greeted by their teacher at their point of entrance. Please do not leave your child before the school doors are open.

If your child walks home on their own, please ensure you inform the school before your child returns to school on the 8th March. Please make sure that only one adult brings your child to school, and try to avoid bringing any siblings. We need to minimise the amount of people on site at any one time to reduce the risk of infection.

Grouping

Each year group will continue to be placed into a whole class ‘bubble’. Each ‘bubble’ will not be able to mix with other groups during the day in order to reduce the risk of spreading infection. They will have their class teacher and a member of support staff, who will be with them throughout the day.

In order for our foundation stage children to be able to return successfully into the setting, Nursery and Reception children will form one bubble 

Learning Environments

Classrooms will continue to be set up with tables placed in rows (where the classroom allows) with all children facing the front. Each child will have their own seat, with their own resources in a pack. Again, movement around the classroom will be limited due to social distancing expectations. Year 1 children will have some time learning at tables (where appropriate) as well as many opportunities for learning through play. We will try and provide as many opportunities, where possible, for children to be outside.

 For Nursery and Reception children we will not have them learning at tables due to their age and understanding, and because their experience of foundation stage is focused on learning through play and accessing resources themselves. This does mean that social distancing measures cannot be enforced with our children in Nursery or Reception.

Formal PE lessons will not be able to take place for the foreseeable future as we do not have enough outdoor space to accommodate breaktimes and lunchtimes as well as PE. The school will be providing more regular breaks outdoors throughout the day and will undertake simply physical activities and games within the classroom.

What to bring?

Your child/children should come in their usual school uniform. Children must bring in their own water bottle. (Please ensure they are only bringing in water and not fruit drinks).These will remain next to them at all times. Please make sure the bottles are named and washed every evening.

If your child is having a packed lunch, this should be brought into the classroom where it will be stored.

 Communication with staff

Please be aware that you will not be allowed to enter the school building.

If you need to speak to a member of staff, please email admin@oxfordroad.reading.sch.uk and the school will get back to you to when available. If it is an urgent matter then please call 01189375511. Alternatively, there will be member of SLT present at drop off and pick up times to ensure social distancing is in place and they will be able to answer any questions you may have.

 Breakfast Club and After School Club

Breakfast Club and After School club will not be open this term but we will be opening them both after the Easter holidays. The school will be in contact with parents in the coming weeks in regards to booking places.

 Reminder

If your child, or anyone in your household, are showing any signs of Covid-19, please do not send them to school. If your child cannot attend school for any reason, then please inform the office as you normally would. 

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 We are aware that some parents may have anxieties or concerns regarding their child’s return to school. I would actively encourage parents to contact the school to discuss any concerns and allow us to provide reassurance of the measures we are putting in place to reduce the risk within school.

If you feel there is any specific information your child’s teacher should know about your child before they return to school next week or you have any queries regarding the information above, then please contact admin@oxfordroad.reading.sch.uk.

Once again, my sincere thanks for your support and understanding during these incredibly difficult times. I hope that we will be able to complete this academic year together and that we are beginning to see some light at the end of what has been a long tunnel.

 Claire

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