Reopening: Penn Wood's Recovery Plan and Risk Assessment
Visitors that are invited to the school site are required to bring face coverings with them and will be expected to use them where social distancing is difficult or cannot be maintained.
Attendance will be mandatory from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on attendance will apply, including:
· parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at their education setting where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age
· settings’ 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.
The DfE recognises that there will be:
· a small number of pupils and students who will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves; or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
· pupils, students, parents and households who may be reluctant or are anxious about returning eg those who were previously shielding
· those who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional – such arrangements should be monitored by schools.
In these cases schools must work with these groups to expedite a return to school as soon as is practicable whilst ensuring that these families are aware of their statutory obligations.
Staggered start and end times
Return from Overseas Travel
Please note that it is the Government's requirement that people returning from a number of countries self-isolate for a period of 14 days. If your family has travelled to an area of the world on which the Government has imposed a quarantine on return, your children should not be sent into school until the period of self-isolation has ended. For further detail on the countries affected, please visit the following website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors
Please remember to order uniform online. If you have already placed an order for uniform but have not been able to collect it, please call the school office on 01753 521811 to arrange collection. Calls can be made from 8.30a.m. on Tuesday 1st September onwards. The first day will be very busy and we do not anticipate that it will be possible to organise collection first thing on Tuesday. Please , therefore, arrive at school at the correct time for your child's year group and DO NOT come early for uniform sales or collection. You will have been able to buy shirts, blouses, trousers and skirts from supermarkets as usual and we will be flexible about other uniform items until you have been able to collect other uniform items by appointment.
Please remember that you will need to pay for all school meals online. School will not be taking any cash payments.
Food parcels will be provided for pupils entitled to FSM who are:
- have had symptoms, or a positive test result themselves
- are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
- are not attending for local lockdown arrangements
Letter about returning to school in September
For guidance on supporting your child to learn at home, please visit this area on our school website.
Letter to parents 18.5.2020
Letter to parents 11.5.2020
Activity Ideas from Slough
Home Learning Routines
The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown
Read the book here.
Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson – and Katherine herself.
The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.
Supporting Learning at Home - Guidance from the EEF
Letters to children/parents 20.4.2020
Coronavirus - A book for children
Learning at Home Guidance
Children's Guide to Coronavirus
Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?
DfE Guidance (updated 31.03.2020)
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
Letters to parents/children 31.03.2020
Information to cascade to parents and carers
From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone except:
- children of critical workers
- vulnerable children
We have published guidance for parents and carers:
If parents’ work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.
The Government has published a list of critical workers:
Coronavirus precautions as of March 2020
These are to be followed by the entire school community as well as all visitors.