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Meridian Community Primary School & Nursery

Learning For Life

Welcome to Meridian Community Primary School & Nursery"We love learning at Meridian because it's fun" (Year 1)"We use learning behaviours to make us better learners" (Year 2)"Meridian is friendly and welcoming " (Year 3)"We collaborate to make colourful learning walls!" (Year 4)"We enjoy celebrating special events" (Year 5)"We go on adventures to support our learning" (Year 6)“This is a calm and purposeful school where pupils enjoy learning and are very proud of their school and how their teachers help them to learn” Ofsted November 2018

Information for families about Coronavirus & Reopening

 

To stay updated please ensure you and members of your family who care for your children have downloaded the Meridian App. For instructions how to do this please click here

Friday 18th September 2020

Re: Covid 19 – UPDATE

 

 

Test results update

So far, all those that were off school who have received COVID-19 test results, these results have been negative. Which is great news. I will update you on this situation again next week.

 

Drop off and Pick up
Thank you to everyone who is supporting the school during drop off and pick up times. Please can everyone remember to follow social distancing expectations with others around them to help keep everyone safe. If you are dropping off children at different times, you are welcome to wait on one of the playgrounds until the next drop off time. If you are waiting to drop off a Reception child, please also wait on one of the playgrounds rather than by the Reception play area as this pathway can become quite congested.

 

One-way system

A few parents have questioned the decision to remove the one-way system now the school is fully re-opened. As part of our many discussions about re-opening safely for all children, we decided that the one-way system would no longer be suitable now that the Cripps Avenue entrance is open. We will continue to review the situation and if any changes need to be made, I will inform you.

 

Social Distancing
I am getting increasing numbers of comments and e-mails about the lack of social distancing at drop off and pick up times. Please can I remind everyone that we all have a personal responsibility to keep each other safe. The school team are not in the position to remind adults to do this – we have to rely on everyone understanding and respecting social distancing measures. You may have heard on the news that the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 is rising again at the
moment and it is important everyone is mindful of this. The last thing any of us want is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Meridian because that will result in children being sent home to self-isolate for 14 days. Please help us to keep everyone safe.

The latest Government guidance states:

“You should continue to avoid close contact and remain socially distant from anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble – even inside other people’s homes. It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:

• HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.

• FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

• SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).”

For more information go to Staying alert and safe 

Why do I need to get a test for my child?

The Government guidance for reopening schools is very clear that if your child is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, then parents need to get a test.

The guidance states: "Schools must ensure that staff members and parents/carers understand that they need to be ready and willing to:

• book a test if they or their child are showing symptoms"

The reason we need children to get a test is to support the safety of the school community because we need to know about any confirmed cases. This is to enable me to get advice and make decisions about closing bubbles and sending children home.

 

What are the symptoms I need to look out for?

According to the NHS website:

“Symptoms of coronavirus in children The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

• 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”

 

What happens if the test result is negative?

If the result is negative, then if your child is well enough, they can come straight back to school without completing the full 10 days self-isolation.

 

What happens if the test result is positive?

If the test result is positive, then you need to contact the school as soon as possible. We then have to contact the Department for Education helpline and the Local Authority who will then support the school in making decisions about sending Year Group Bubbles home to self-isolate. As soon as any decisions are made, the school will contact parents/carers to inform them.

 

I am having trouble getting a test for my child. What should I do?

Nationally there is a shortage of tests available and I know that some people have really struggled to get a test. The school’s advice is to keep on trying until such time as you can get one. The school needs to know the outcome of the test to enable any decisions to be made about the other children in the Year Group bubble. If you either have not managed to get a test or the results have not arrived after the 10 day isolation period is over, please contact the school and we will advise you what to do next.

 

My child’s cough/temperature has stopped and they are no longer feeling unwell but we haven’t had the test results back yet. Can my child come back to school?

Until such time as the test results come back, you will need to continue self-isolating for the 10 days. If after the 10 days you still have not received the test results, please contact the school and we will advise you what to do next.

 

How is the school supporting children’s education whilst they are self-isolating at home?

We have trained staff in using Google Classroom and a letter will be sent to parents about how to access this from next week. From October onwards, we will have plans in place to support remote learning for all children who are well but isolating at home. A separate letter will be sent out about this very soon.

 

I do hope this letter helps clarify the school’s position about how we have to manage any potential COVID-19 outbreaks.

 

Finally, a bit of a plea. I know that emotions are running high, particularly with the lack of tests available but I would like to remind everyone that the staff team at Meridian are working so hard to keep all the children safe whilst also catching up lost learning and teaching new things. There have been a small minority of parents/carers who have been aggressive, confrontational and unsupportive towards members of staff. Indeed, Mr. Doody and myself have both been sworn at, which I am sure everyone will agree is totally unacceptable. We are here for everyone and committed to supporting everyone through these difficult times, but it is very disheartening to be treated like this when we trying our best to keep everyone safe.

Re: Coronavirus Covid 19 – UPDATE – Getting a test

Thursday 17th September 


I am writing to you all to remind you that if someone in your household displays any of the main coronavirus symptoms, the whole household needs to self-isolate and the person showing the symptoms must get a test.

The most recent Government guidance states: "If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, which sets out that they should self isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19)"

If this test is negative, then the household can return to school/work.

If this test is positive, then the household must self-isolate and should any further members of the household show symptoms, then they must get a test.

I appreciate that at the moment it is incredibly hard for people to get hold of a test but the school needs to know there has been a negative test before children are allowed back in school.

Should your child become sick or need to self-isolate, please report this to us in the usual way by calling the school office and speaking to a member of the office team or leave a message on the absence line.

Once you have got the test results, please inform school as soon as possible so that we can welcome your child back to school.

By the beginning of October, we will have remote learning in place to ensure children are not missing out on their education. This remote learning will be for:

• children who are self-isolating for 14 days or more due to a positive test in the household

• children who are quarantining for 14 days due to travelling abroad to certain countries

• if a year group bubble closes

• if there is a local or national lockdown

We will send out more information about this very soon, including how to access national online learning resources if your child is at home whilst the family is awaiting test/test results.

 

Useful Links

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ 

https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19?StartParameter 

Re: Coronavirus Covid 19 – UPDATE – COVID-19 Symptoms

Monday 14th September 

Dear Parents/Carers,
I am writing to let you know that some children who attend Meridian are staying at home after developing symptoms compatible with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are living with someone who has developed symptoms compatible with coronavirus (COVID-19). In line with current government guidance, they are now self-isolating for 10 days and arranging with NHS.UK to have a test. The school remains open. None of the individuals have been on the premises while experiencing symptoms, but we will continue cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects across the school to help prevent any viruses spreading in line with Government guidance.

As well as thorough cleaning throughout the day, we’re also continuing to:

• oversee regular hand-washing and/or the use of hand sanitisers

• comfort and support pupils through lessons and assemblies seeking to improve their understanding of hygiene and how to deal with any anxiety

• review our school policies, risk assessments and the arrangements for our school day in line with the most up-to-date Department for Education guidance

We appreciate that you may be concerned, but we have no current reason to expect any increased risk to your child and you should continue sending them in if they are feeling well.

The NHS website gives details about how to check for the main coronavirus symptoms.

As a reminder: if you, your child or anyone you live with develops any of the following symptoms:

• A new, continuous cough and/or

• A high temperature and/or

• A loss or change to their sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

then you must follow Government guidance to stay at home.

Should your child become sick or need to self-isolate, please report this to us in the usual way by calling the school office and speaking to a member of the office team or leave a message on the absence line.

You can use NHS 111 online if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next or read the Government guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

I have also attached a flow chart to support you with making decisions if you, your child or a member of your household develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have any other questions or concerns, please get in touch with the school via office@meridian.e-sussex.sch.uk 

I appreciate that this is a difficult and worrying time, and would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

 

 

Friday 11th September 2020
Re: Coronavirus Covid 19 – UPDATE – STAGGERED DROP OFFS

We have enjoyed welcoming everyone back to school this week and as part of our ongoing commitment to keeping everyone safe, the Leadership Team met today to review our risk assessments and re-opening plan. I noticed this week that the staggered drop off time from the Roderick Avenue main entrance has had a few teething problems and so we have decided to make the following changes to prevent crowding on the pathway leading into school:

  1. Parents/Carers and children will only be able to access the path to the new gates to queue at their allocated times. 8.35am – Years 5 and 6; 8.40am Years 3 and 4; 8.45am Early Bird Nursery, Year 1 and Year 2; 8.50am Reception
  2. Parents/Carers dropping children off to walk independently into school will need to drop off at the top of the pathway and not walk down to accompany them to the gate as this then halts the flow of people.
  3. Parents/Carers will need to wait on Roderick Avenue until the next group is called to come into school. Please queue with social distancing measures in mind or wait in/near cars until your allotted time.
  4. If you are dropping off siblings, you can bring both children into the school grounds and wait safely on the playgrounds until it your child’s drop off time.
  5. Please do not wait on the grass banks or pathway as it can block access for those coming in.

We also reviewed the drop off via Cripps Avenue and at the moment we feel that the system here does not need any adjustments, however we will continue to monitor and inform you of any changes should they arise.

Thank you to everyone for your support and understanding with this and for the feedback we have received about the new drop off arrangements. We will continue to review all processes to support the safety of everyone.

Friday 11th September 2020
Re: Coronavirus Covid 19 – UPDATE – FACE COVERINGS IN SCHOOL

We have noticed that some children are wearing Face Coverings since returning to school and if this is something that you and your child want to do, that is fine. However, it is really important that your child is able to manage their face coverings independently following the Government guidance set out below.

In the guidance about re-opening schools, it states: “Primary school children will not need to wear a face covering” and “Based on current evidence and the measures the schools are already putting in place, such as the system of controls and consistent bubbles, face covering will not be necessary in the classroom even where social distancing is not possible”

There is Government guidance about safe wearing and removal of face coverings. “Schools should have a process for removing face coverings when those who use face coverings arrive at school and when face coverings are worn at school in certain circumstances.”

“Safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn ad the face covering should be replaced carefully. Pupils must be instructed not to touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing it and they must dispose of temporary face coverings in a ‘black bag’ waste bin (not recycling bin) or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can take home with them, and then wash their hands again”

If you would like your child to continue wearing a face mask, please can you ensure that your child is able to do these steps independently:

  1. If your child walks to school with a face covering on they will need to wash their hands immediately on entry to school, remove their face covering correctly and put temporary face covering in the lidded bin in the classroom or if using a reusable face covering put this in a saleable plastic bag to be kept in their school bag to be taken home for washing or disposal. They will then need to wash their hands again before they put on a new face covering correctly.
  2. If putting a mask on in school, your child will need to wash their hands, put the mask on correctly and independently and then wash their hands afterwards.
  3. Throughout the day if they need to remove their face covering, they will need to wash their hands, remove it independently and correctly, place in a sealable bag and then wash their hands. To put it back on again, they will need to wash their hands, put the covering on correctly and independently and then wash their hands.
  4. If the face covering becomes damp, they will need to repeat the instructions above to remove and replace with a new face covering I am sure you will appreciate that school staff are not able to help with this process to keep themselves
    and others save. So if you would like your child to wear a mask, they will need to be able to do the above steps completely independently.

For instructions about how to put a face covering on correctly, please visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53395513 

Or there is written Government guidance here on how to wear a face covering: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-makeyour-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own 

Help us to keep everyone safe by making sure your child can manage their face coverings independently – so please practise at home to help them get everything right.

If teachers notice that you child is not able to manage their face covering in school, they will contact you and ask that your child does not wear their face covering until they are able to manage this independently.

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Friday 4th September 2020

See below the video about drop off and pick up arrangements starting next week (with guest appearances from a neighbour's cat and another neighbour's football!)

September 2020 Reopening

Welcome Back Arrangements


I am really looking forward to welcoming everyone back from Monday 7th September. Here are the arrangements that will be in place to support everyone in keeping safe once school is open next week.

School Start dates

Here are the dates for when the children start back:

Year 6 and Nursery – Monday 7th September

Year 5 – Tuesday 8th September

Year 4 – Wednesday 9th September

Year 3 – Thursday 10th September

Year 2 – Friday 11th September

Year 1 – Monday 14th September

Reception children will start back at school from Tuesday 8th September – please see the separate letter that was sent
out about Group start dates or go to https://www.meridianschool.co.uk/parents/all-newsletters 

Year Group Bubbles

All the children will be in Year Group bubbles once they start back. This will mean that children will be able to mix together across year group classes and will make break times much easier for the school to manage with children having larger spaces to mix and play together. This will also allow friendships across year group classes to remain as the children will continue to be able to play with each other in this year group bubble. Year Group bubbles will not be able to mix together (e.g. Year 3 bubble cannot mix with Year 4 bubble). Most teachers and teaching assistants will stay in these Year Group bubbles, but some will move between bubbles in order to ensure the children are getting the lessons and support that they need.

 

Social Distancing Measures

Social distancing measures will remain in place wherever possible and we will, in line with Government guidance, avoid having large groups of children together or large groups of people gathering together. The Year Group bubbles will need to maintain social distancing from other Year Group bubbles so break times and lunchtimes will support the year group bubbles not to mix. Parents and carers will need to continue to support social distancing at drop off and pick up times. It is recognised that younger children find social distancing difficult and so it is ok for children not to. All children will be encouraged not to touch each other’s faces and avoid physical contact with each other. Parents and Carers will not able to come into the school building during drop off, pick ups or during the day (unless for a prearranged appointment)

 

Face Masks

The current Government guidance is that Primary aged children do not need to wear face masks. Staff in Primary Schools do not have to wear face masks but some may choose to do so when moving around the school building

 

Drop off and Pick Ups

This is one of the most important changes that we are making to support everyone in minimising risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Drop Offs
The new front gate and the back gate will now both be open for drop off. However there will be staggered times for children to start school. It is vital that parents are prompt with these times to avoid increases in numbers and to support minimising contact.

Years 5 and 6 – drop off time is now 8.35am

Years 3 and 4 – drop off time is now 8.40am

Years 1 and 2 – drop off time is now 8.45am

Reception – drop off time is now 8.50am

At these times, a member of staff on the gate will call the appropriate year groups in to be dropped off. All children and parents will need to form a socially distanced queue at both entrances to support keeping everyone safe. If you miss your allotted time, you will need to join the end of the queue and wait until the next time. Please do not walk down the side of the queue if you are late as this does not support social distancing. Once through the gates, there will no longer be a one way system, but there will be zoned areas where you will need to drop your child off and they will walk independently into the school building. Please note, parents and carers will no longer be able to support their children into the school building.
Teaching Assistants will be around to support children into school if needed. However, please respect social distancing expectations to keep everyone safe. Teachers will not be available to speak with parents and carers in the morning as they will be in the classrooms meeting and greeting the children but you are welcome to either give a message to a Teaching Assistant or e-mail/call the office to get a message to them. You are still welcome to drop your children off at the gate and allow them to walk into school independently. This includes the new front gate as the car park will remain closed to parents, carers and taxis. Some of our younger children have really enjoyed saying goodbye at the gate and then walking in by themselves!
For our older children in Years 5 and 6 who might walk to school on their own, they must not arrive at school before 8.30am as they will be unattended. If your child does arrive too soon, we will call you and ask that this does not happen again. On their first day back, it would probably be a good idea if a parent/carer accompanied them to help them understand the new rules and expectations in the morning. If you have several children to drop off in the morning, you are welcome to walk in with all the children and then wait on the playgrounds (safely distanced) until the allotted time. Please keep all children with you at all times.

Pick Up

Pick up times remain the same:

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – 3pm

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 – 3.10pm Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 – You will need to wait on the appropriate playground in a socially distanced way until the children come out into the zoned off areas to be released back to you. Please do not enter the zoned areas.
Please do not allow younger children to climb on the playground equipment as these will only be cleaned on a Friday at the end of the week so we cannot guarantee children’s safety.

Reception – You will need to wait near the Reception outdoor play area – please do not enter this area.

Year 5 – You will need to wait at the top of the stairs near the Nursery.

Nursery

We will be going back to our usual Nursery times:

8.45am – Early Bird session – please join the queue with the Year 1 and Year 2 parents

9.15am – Morning session 12.15pm

Afternoon session 3.15pm –

 

End of the day

You will need to access 9.15am onwards via the new gate. Please buzz the office for entrance to the school grounds.

 

Car Park

The car park will remain closed to parents, carers and taxis. This is to support children being able to walk independently into the school.

 

Classroom organisation 

Wherever possible from Year 1 upwards, children will be on tables facing the front rather than group tables to support Government recommendations “. . . seating pupils side by side and facing forwards, rather than face to face or side on”. All in Year 1 upwards will have their own individual resources (e.g. pencil, ruler, scissors) to limit the sharing of regularly used items. Nursery and Reception will continue to share a larger range of resources but these will be washed regularly in the washing machine or dishwasher to support hygiene.

 

Playtimes and Lunchtimes

Playtimes and lunchtimes will be staggered to avoid the year group bubbles coming into direct contact with each other. The playgrounds and field will be zoned to support the children to know where they can play. Each year group bubble will be supported by adults as they usually are and First Aiders will continue to support all children outside. The outdoor equipment will be put on a rota to allow children to have imaginative play and then this will be cleaned on a Friday for the next group to have the following week. All children will eat their lunch in their classrooms. The kitchen will re-open and hot food can be ordered and will be taken to the children to eat in their classrooms by an adult. Once the routines are in place and understood by all the children, the older children may be able to collect their hot lunch from the kitchen and take it to their classroom independently. Reception will eat in the hall with adult support to help them get used to being here ready for when we hopefully can return to having lunch altogether. Children can bring in their own lunchboxes if they have a packed lunch as these will be stored within their year group bubble. Please make sure these have their names on.

 

Water Bottles

All children must bring in their own named water bottle as the water fountains will not be available. Drinking water is available in all areas of the school so that these water bottles can be refilled. Please do not send your child into school with fruit juices or squash – water only. If you are worried about this, please do contact your child’s class teacher about how we can support your child with drinking water.

 

School Uniform

School Uniform will be re-instated from September and it is an expectation that all children are in the correct uniform when we start back next week. If you need a reminder, please do go to the school website. The PTFA have got some great second hand and nearly new school uniform to donate to families – please contact Louise Clarkson (PTFA Chair) via the Friends of Meridian PTFA Facebook page. Please make sure all school uniform is named.

 

Bags

Children are able to bring in their book bags and take home reading books from September. Other bags for their belongings can be brought into school but children will not be able to bring in toys or other equipment from home.

 

PE Kit

Most of our PE lessons will be outside wherever possible, so children will need to bring in their PE kits from September onwards. All PE kits will be sent home on a Friday for washing before bringing back to school on Monday. Please make sure your child’s PE kit is named.


Forest School kit

Forest School kit will be needed too as these important outdoor lessons will continue in the Autumn. All Forest School kits will be sent home weekly for washing before bringing back to school the following week. Wellies can stay in school as children can access these when playing on the field. Some year groups may be able to come to school in their Forest School kits. This information will be shared with you in the new term. Please make sure your child’s kit is named.


Lost Property

We are not going to be able to operate a lost property system any more as this will not support our safety measures. Please make sure all your child’s clothing is named – this includes coats, hats, gloves and scarves. If teachers notice that items have not been named, they will contact you and advise you to do so. Alternatively, with your permission, teachers can write names on labels with a permanent marker to support your child not losing their belongings.

 

Travelling to school

The Government is encouraging parents to walk or cycle to school wherever possible and this is something we would encourage too. If you do use public transport, please read the Government’s advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronaviruscovid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

In the updated guidance for parents, it states: If your child needs to share a car to school with someone outside of their support bubble or household, they should share with the same people each time; open the windows for ventilation; if over the age of 11, wear a face covering.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/whatparents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-andcolleges-in-the-autumn-term  

 

Wednesday 22nd July - September 2020 Reopening

 

This is the final update about the September re-opening before the school closes for the Summer Holidays.

Drop off and Pick up maps

This shows where the drop off entrances are and the pick up areas on the playgrounds. Please do have a look at these as they will help you get ready for September. At the beginning of next term, we will also be filming the areas to support everyone when they are coming back with the new systems and expectations.

Drop off entrances

Nursery – morning session – wooden gate; afternoon session – double doors by the Nursery building

Reception – the usual entrance with children being dropped off into the outside Reception play area

Year 1 – double doors at the top of the stairs accessed via the smaller playground zoned area

Year 2 – drop off at the bottom of the slope to the outside cabin classrooms

Year 3 – double doors at the top of the stairs accessed via the larger playground zoned area

Year 4 – double doors at the side of the school near the field – 4Y will walk through the doors and access their classroom via the internal staircase.

Year 5 – double doors by the Nursery building accessed by the steps near the main office – parents to stay at the top of the stairs

Year 6 – single door opposite outdoor cabins – 6H will walk in this way and access their classroom via the internal staircase

Pick Up areas

Nursery – end of morning session – double doors by the Nursery building; afternoon session – wooden gate

Reception – children wait in Reception outdoor play area and parents wait by the fence

Year 1 – children will wait in zoned area on smaller playground

Year 2 – children will wait in zoned area on smaller playground

Year 3 – children will wait in zoned area on larger playground

Year 4 – children will wait in zoned area on larger playground

Year 5 – children will wait in/leave from double doors by the Nursery building – parents to wait at the top of the stairs

Year 6 – children will wait in/leave from zoned area on smaller playground.

There will be adults around every morning in the zoned areas to support children coming into school and to help everyone understand where to go.

Public Transport

If you do use public transport to come to school, children will need to remove their masks and put them in a plastic bag to either go home with you or be kept in their school bag. Children will not be able to wear the same mask into school that they used on public transport.

Swimming

We have made the decision to cancel swimming lessons for the Autumn term in case there are continued restrictions in place. We will be looking at alternative ways to support school swimming lessons and hope to be able to do these again in the Spring terms.

Attendance

It is an expectation that all children return to school in September and the usual Attendance policy and procedures will be in place to support children’s education. Please don’t forget to call in school if your child is off sick and then send in a written note to confirm this absence on their return. If you need any support with this, please do speak with Mrs. Dray our Admissions and Attendance Officer in the school office.

When the school returns in September, I will send out more information and reminders about the new systems and expectations for parents, carers and children to ensure that everyone is kept safe.

Wednesday 22nd July - Nursery children starting in September 2020

If your child is starting Nursery in September please click here for a tour. 

Friday 17th July - Transition Booklets

We have made some transition booklets for the children in Year 1 - Year 6 next year. In these books, the children can see pictures of their new teacher and teaching assistants along with pictures of their new classroom, cloakroom, toilets and school entrance. Transition books can really help children to prepare for a new school year and to settle some of the worries or questions they may have about their new year group. Please encourage your child to look through their transition book at different points over the summer. They are a really good way of starting a conversation about what is new and what will stay the same next year. 

1HS - Mrs Halls & Mrs Sagar

1T - Ms Treglown

2M - Mrs Mackay

2P - Miss Platt

3B - Miss Butcher

3D - Miss Dew

4M - Miss Moffat

4PS - Mrs Passingham Smith

4Y - Miss Yates

5JB - Mrs Jackson & Ms Baldrian

5P - Miss Pulleine

6dP - Mr de Panama

6H - Miss Howell

6R - Miss Roberts

 

Don't forget you can also watch our meet the teacher videos here

 

Tuesday 14th July - Coronavirus Update

 Letter from Ms Westcott sent out via app/website

As stated in previous letters, I have been working with the Leadership team and Governors to puttogether a plan for re-opening in September which I am able to share with you today. In the guidance it states that “In welcoming all children back this autumn, schools will be asked to minimise the number of contacts that a pupil has during the school day as part of implementing the system of controls . . . to reduce the risk of transmission”.

Protective measures

We will be following the guidance to minimise coronavirus (COVID-19) risks by following these protective measures set out by the Government:

Prevention

  1. Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.
  2. Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
  3. Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  4. Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergent and bleach
  5. Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
  6. Where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

Numbers 1 – 4 must be in place in all schools, all the time

Number 5 must be properly considered and schools must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances

Number 6 applies in specific circumstances

Response to any infection

7. Engage with Test and Trace process
8. Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community
9. Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

Numbers 7 to 9 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.

With this in mind, here is how we are going to support the children coming back to school in September.

 

School re-opening to all children

In order to support the children returning to school, learning new routines and helping with any worries, we will be welcoming children back full time from the following dates:

Year 6 and Nursery – Monday 7th September

Year 5 – Tuesday 8th September

Year 4 – Wednesday 9th September

Year 3 – Thursday 10th September

Year 2 – Friday 11th September

Year 1 – Monday 14th September

I am sure you will understand that having all 470+ children return on the same day under these unusual circumstances will be difficult to manage whilst trying ensuring ongoing social distancing measures. This will allow parents and children to understand the new routines for drop off and pick up in stages so that we can support everyone as best we can. The children will have a lot to learn when they come back and so we can support them by building up gradually to having all the children back in the building.

 

Reception staggered starts

These will continue to support children to have a settled start to school. A separate letter will be sent out with these final details.

 

Nursery

For children who already have a place at Nursery and attended prior to lockdown, they will start back on Monday 7th September. For new starters, we will be in contact soon about a starting date for your child.

 

‘Bubble’ Organisation

In line with Government guidance, we are now extending our ‘bubbles’ to be Year Group bubbles from September. This will mean that children will be able to mix together across year group classes and will make break times much easier for the school to manage with children having larger spaces to mix and play together. This will also allow friendships across year group classes to remain as the children will continue to be able to play with each other in this year group bubble. Year Group
bubbles will not be able to mix together (e.g. Year 3 bubble cannot mix with Year 4 bubble). The new guidance also states that teachers and Teaching Assistants can mix across all Year Group bubbles so this will allow for continued support for all children.

 

Social Distancing

Social distancing measures will remain in place wherever possible and we will, in line with Government guidance, avoid having large groups of children together or large groups of people gathering together. The Year Group bubbles will need to maintain social distancing from other Year Group bubbles so break times and lunchtimes will support the year group bubbles not to mix. Parents and carers will need to continue to support social distancing at drop off and pick up times. It is recognised that younger children find social distancing difficult and so it is ok for children not to social distance in their bubbles, although for some of our older children, we will be encouraging this. The Government states: “We recognise that younger children will not be able to maintain social distancing, and it is acceptable for them not to distance within their group.”

 

Classroom organisation

Wherever possible from Year 1 upwards, children will be on tables facing the front rather than group tables to support Government recommendations “. . . seating pupils side by side and facing forwards, rather than face to face or side on”. All in Year 1 upwards will have their own individual resources (e.g. pencil, ruler, scissors) to limit the sharing of regularly used items. Nursery and Reception will continue to share a larger range of resources but these will be washed regularly in the washing machine or dishwasher to support hygiene.

Children are able to bring in their book bags and take home reading books from September. PE kits and Forest School kits will also be able to be used again.

School Uniform will be re-instated from September and it is an expectation that all children are in the correct uniform when we start back in the autumn. If you need a reminder, please do go to the school website.

 

Handwashing

Regular handwashing will continue throughout the school day. I know that for some children, their hands were becoming really sore, so children are welcome to bring in hand cream but they will have to be able to manage this independently as staff are not able to support with this. If children want to bring in anti-bac, they can but they need to use this responsibly and independently – please note they will still be expected to wash their hands with soap and water. As a minimum children will wash their hands:
On arrival to school

After break time

Before lunchtime

After lunchtime

Every time they go to the toilet

 

Drop off and Pick up

This is one of the most important changes that we are making to support everyone in minimising risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Drop Offs

The new front gate and the back gate will now both be open for drop off. However there will be staggered times for children to start school. It is vital that parents are prompt with these times to avoid increases in numbers and to support minimising contact.

Years 5 and 6 – drop off time is now 8.35am

Years 3 and 4 – drop off time is now 8.40am

Years 1 and 2 – drop off time is now 8.45am

Reception – drop off time is now 8.50am

At these times, a member of staff will call the appropriate year groups in to be dropped off. All children and parents will need to form a socially distanced queue at both entrances to support keeping everyone safe. If you miss your allotted time, you will need to join the end of the queue and wait until the next time. Please do not walk down the side of the queue if you are late as this does not support social distancing. Once through the gates, there will no longer be a one way system, but there will be zoned areas where you will need to drop your child off and they will walk independently into the school building. Please note, parents and carers will no longer be able to support their children into the school building. Teaching Assistants will be around to support children into school if needed. However, please respect social distancing expectations to keep everyone safe. Teachers will not be available to speak with parents and carers in the morning as they will be in the classrooms meeting and greeting the children but you are welcome to either give a message to a Teaching Assistant or e-mail/call the office to get a message to them. You are still welcome to drop your children off at the gate and allow them to walk into school independently. This includes the new front gate as the car park will remain closed to parents, carers and taxis. Some of our younger children have really enjoyed saying goodbye at the gate and then walking in by themselves!

For our older children in Years 5 and 6 who might walk to school on their own, they must not arrive at school before 8.30am as they will be unattended. If your child does arrive too soon, we will call you and ask that this does not happen again. On their first day back, it would probably be a good idea if a parent/carer accompanied them to help them understand the new rules and expectations in the morning.

If you have several children to drop off in the morning, you are welcome to walk in with all the children and then wait on the playgrounds (safely distanced) until the allotted time.

 

Pick up
Pick up times remain the same:

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – 3pm

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 – 3.10pm

You will need to wait on the appropriate playground in a socially distanced way until the children come out into the zoned off areas to be released back to you. Please do not enter the zoned areas. Please do not allow younger children to climb on the playground equipment as these will only be cleaned on a Friday at the end of the week so we cannot guarantee children’s safety. I will send out a separate letter about where you will need to drop children off and pick up and we are planning to have a video ready for September to support everyone to understand this system.

 

Nursery

We will be going back to our usual Nursery times:

8.45am – Early Bird session – please join the queue with the Year 1 and Year 2 parents

9.15am – Morning session

12.15pm – Afternoon session

3.15pm – End of the day

You will need to access 9.15am onwards via the new gate. Please buzz the office for entrance to the school grounds.

 

Car Park

The car park will remain closed to parents, carers and taxis. This is to support children being able to walk into school independently without additional vehicles coming and going.

 

Curriculum

Our first mini topic will be “All about me” to support children in coming back to school and having the chance to re-establish friendships and get to know each other again, as well as form relationships with new teachers. Forest school will continue as outdoor learning is still encouraged and I know how much the children love these sessions! PE will continue and will be mainly outside or in the hall. Music lessons will continue and will be based in the Annexe Room. We will continue to ensure the children are engaged with their learning and we will share the learning topics in September.

 

Events

We will not be having assemblies in school as we need to avoid large gatherings. However, we will try and do these virtually so that we can still foster our school community atmosphere. All other events, such as Parent Curriculum Chats, Parent Open Afternoons and Parent Evenings, will have to be managed in a different way to support social distancing measures. We will let you know more about this in September. 

 

Supporting children’s well-being

We recognise that for some children, they will not have not been in school since the end of March and so coming back to school may make them nervous. Children’s well-being will continue to be supported by their teacher through PSHE lessons and extra circle times in the first couple of weeks as well as the mini-topic where they can be supported in expressing their worries and concerns. Mrs. Ebeling will be continuing with Thrive for some children and we will have a new school counsellor in place in September too. If you are worried about your child, the first person to speak with is your child’s teacher who will be best placed to help in the first instance. 

 

Play times and Lunchtimes

Playtimes and lunchtimes will be staggered to avoid the year group bubbles coming into direct contact with each other. The playgrounds and field will be zoned to support the children to know where they can play. Each year group bubble will be supported by adults as they usually are and First Aiders will continue to support all children outside. The outdoor equipment will be put on a rota to allow children to have imaginative play and then this will be cleaned on a Friday for the next group to have the following week. All children will eat their lunch in their classrooms. The kitchen will re-open and hot food can be ordered and will be taken to the children to eat in their classrooms  by an adult. Once the routines are in place and understood by all the children, the older children may be able to collect their hot lunch from the kitchen and take it to their classroom independently. Reception will eat in the hall with adult support to help them get used to being here ready for when we hopefully can return to having lunch altogether.

All children must bring in their own named water bottle as the water fountains will not be available. Drinking water is available in all areas of the school so that these water bottles can be refilled. Please do not send your child into school with fruit juices or squash – water only. If you are worried about this, please do speak with your child’s class teacher about how we can support your child with drinking water.

 

Toilets

Reception and Year 1 children will be accompanied to the toilet by an adult to ensure that there are a minimum number of children accessing the toilets at any one time. For all other year groups, children will be taught how to wait outside if someone is accessing the toilets before going in themselves. For some children we will continue to support this if we feel it is needed.

 

Additional cleaning

I have met with EMCOR leads and East Sussex County Council and it has been agreed that in addition to a thorough clean at the end of each day, after lunchtimes, there will be additional cleaning of touch points (like door handles, light switches, bannisters) and toilets as well as emptying bins with tissues and hand towels. Additional cleaning resources will be in place in all classrooms to support wiping down tables and resources throughout the day. Toys in Nursery and Reception will be put in the washing machines and dishwashers to ensure these are cleaned regularly.

 

Attendance

The Government has made it clear that it is an expectation that all children need to attend school from September. They state “Now the circumstances have changed and it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.” So from September, our usual Attendance Policy expectations will be in place. I will remind you of these expectations again in September. You can also read our Attendance Policy on the school website.

 

Coronavirus COVID 19 symptoms

If your child develops symptoms, such as a new, continuous cough or high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of smell or taste, you will be required to keep them off school, self isolate for 7 days and get a test. Tests can be booked online or you can call NHS 119. All other members of the household will also need to self-isolate for 14 days. If your child tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19) they can stop self-isolating and return to school. Other members of their household can also stop self-isolating and return to school. If your child still feels unwell, they could still have another virus, such as the flu, so please seek GP advice about whether they can return to school.

If your child tests positive, they must continue to self-isolate for at least 7 days form the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste (anosmia). This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 7-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue to self-isolate.

For more advice about this please go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-homeguidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection 

 

What happens if there is confirmed case of coronavirus in school?

Where a child or staff member tests positive, the year group bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

 

What happens next?

I appreciate that this is lot of information to take in and digest, so over the coming days, I will be writing to you again to provide further information and added details to some of the planned actions describe above.

If you have any questions, please do e-mail office@meridian.e-sussex.sch.uk and I will send out another FAQs sheet as soon as possible.

I am hoping to be able to meet with the Parent Council (virtually of course!) to answer any questions that they might have or that you might want them to ask on your behalf.

I cannot guarantee that I will know the answers to everything, but I will try my best to answer them based on the Government guidance.

I am really looking forward to welcoming all the children back in September and hope you can see all the hard work that has gone into planning this in a safe way for everyone.

 

Take care and best wishes to everyone

Kind regards

Ms. Claire Westcott

Friday 3rd July - Coronavirus Update

Letter from Ms Westcott sent out via the app/website

Back to school in September

I am pleased to say that all schools received the guidance yesterday about how to plan for reopening in September – so now I can start to work with the leadership team and Governors to write a plan that I will be able to share with you all very soon. It was announced that all children will be returning to school in September – which I know we all welcome. The DfE stated “It is our plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full time from the beginning of the autumn term.”

We are all really looking forward to seeing everyone back in school in the new academic year – we have missed seeing all the children that have not been able to attend.

I will write to you again once I have a clear plan in place. Please look out for this information in future letters.

The Government has produced guidance to support parents to get ready for autumn term.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-yearsproviders-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-toknow-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term 


Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children 

I would like to encourage parents/carers of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to send their children back for the last two weeks of term wherever possible. The children in school have really enjoyed being back and learning in their bubbles. It will really support all children, particularly those in Reception and Year 1 to re-familiarise themselves with school and start to learn new routines ready for September. For Year 6, it will be a chance for them to finish their primary school in a positive way and engage in some important transition activities to get them ready for secondary school. If you would like to send your child back, we would love to see them!

Wednesday 1st July - Coronavirus Update

Letter from Ms Westcott sent out via the app/website. 

Summer Holiday Arrangements

It was announced officially yesterday that schools will not be asked to open over the summer holidays.

“The Secretary of State for Education has confirmed that we are not asking schools to open over the summer holidays, and there is no expectation that schools should open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers over this period. Teachers, support staff and school leaders deserve a break, to recharge and rest.”


So the last day of term for Reception children will still be Wednesday 15th July.

For Nursery and all other year groups the last day of term will still be Friday 17th July.

Once I know more about arrangements for September, I will write to you about when children will return to school.

 

Summer Holiday Food Vouchers

I have ordered the Summer Holiday vouchers for all parents/carers whose children are eligible for benefits related free school meals (Reception – Year 6). I decided to change the delivery date for this additional voucher to Friday 10th July in case there are any delays and to ensure everyone has received this voucher. It will be one voucher for the whole summer holiday with a value of £90 per child. Please note the school office will be closed from Thursday 23rd July until our return in September so if you have any problems with this voucher once we have closed, you will need to speak directly with Edenred.

 

Plans for September

The Government have indicated that they are due to announce school plans for September this week. Once this guidance has been released, I will be working with the Leadership Team and Governors to plan for September at Meridian. Once these plans are finalised, I will share these with parents and carers so that everyone knows what to expect for the new academic year. 

Friday 26th June - Coronavirus Update

Updated Parent Guidance

The DfE have updated their guidance about online resources for learning at home. Please go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources for links to online resources that you might find useful in addition to the learning we are sending home too. Don’t forget that Bitesize and Oak National Academy also have great online learning support.

The DfE have also produced new guidance called “Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm.”

To read this document please go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm.

There is also new guidance about staying safe outside your home which was published on Wednesday 24th June – please do read this advice as I am conscious that whilst the school continues to support minimising the children mixing or coming into contact with others outside their teaching ‘bubble’, as the social distancing measures are starting to change, we still want to be able to support all children and adults in keeping safe. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/stayingsafe-outside-your-home

Food Vouchers

We will continue to order weekly supermarket vouchers to parents/carers whose children are in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 as well as children that are having to shield. These will be delivered on the following dates: Monday 29th July, Monday 6th July, Monday 13th July and Monday 20th July. These will then be replaced by one Summer Holiday food voucher.

We will be ordering Summer Holiday vouchers for all parents/carers whose children are eligible for benefits related free school meals (Reception – Year 6) next week in the usual way. You do not need to apply for these vouchers as we have all the information about children who are entitled to this voucher. The delivery date for this additional voucher will be Monday 20th July. It will be one voucher for the whole summer holiday with a value of £90 per child.

Please note the school office will be closed from Thursday 23rd July until our return in September so if you have any problems with this voucher, you will need to contact us before this date or speak directly with Edenred.

Tuesday 16th June - Coronavirus Update

Letter sent out to all parents and carers


Are additional year groups going to be invited back to school?

You may have heard in the news that the Government has announced that schools are not required to invite additional year groups back to school in July as had previously been suggested. They have said that if schools have the classroom space and enough staff, then Headteachers could invite more children back if it is safe to do so but they must still follow the ‘bubble’ group expectations of no more than 15 children per class.

Unfortunately, I am not able to safely accommodate more children in school as we do not have enough classrooms, teachers or teaching assistants to introduce more year groups. The main barrier to returning is the space within school as all classrooms are in use for teaching bubbles and the remaining two are being used for additional staff rooms to support social distancing.

This means that children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 will not be able to attend school before the summer holidays. However, we will continue to support children at home with our learning activities and recorded lessons.

We are sad that we are not going to be able to see more children in school in the next few weeks but I am sure you will understand why this is not possible.

 

What will be happening in September?

At the moment, there are no guidelines about September from the Government. As soon as we receive this information, we can start planning and communicating with you all.

 

Transition plans

We are currently putting plans together to support all children in their transition into their new year groups. Year 6 teachers are continuing to work closely with secondary schools to support children into Year 7 and we are planning to update the  website for new Reception parents very soon. I will write again to parents very soon with more information about how we are going to support all children to get ready for their new year groups. As part of this commitment to supporting this important transition time, we have changed our end of term dates to ensure that teachers are able to support this process.

 

New term dates

As mentioned above, the term dates for the children are changing to support transition.

The four Reception ‘bubble’ teaching groups’ last day of the summer term will be Wednesday 15th July.

This will allow us to offer transition meetings for new Reception parents and children in a safe and manageable way before the summer holidays.

All other year groups (Nursery, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6): the last day of the summer term will be Friday 17th July.

We have taken two INSET days for Tuesday 21st July and Wednesday 22nd July (that had been planned for terms 5 and 6) and allocated an additional day on Monday 20th July to support teachers in the additional transition plans that we will share really soon.

This additional time will also allow staff to get classrooms ready for September and for EMCOR to have a deep clean.

Reopening (One-Way System)

On Thursday 28th May we wrote to all our families to provide information about the one way system which will be operating from Wednesday 3rd June when more children begin to return to school. We have produced a short video to walk you through the one way system. 

Click here for more information

Reopening information for children in Nursery Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Also those currently accessing childcare arrangements.

 This information was sent out on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th May. 

Nursery Letter

Please refer to letter on the link above for AM and PM sessions.

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Reception Letter

Drop Off - 9:15am    Pick Up - 3:00pm

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Year 1 Letter

Drop Off - 9:05am   Pick Up - 2:50pm

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Year 6 Letter

Drop Off - 8:55am   Pick Up - 2:40pm

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Children accessing childcare arrangements (Key worker / Vulnerable Families in Years 2, 3, 4 & 5) 

Drop Off - 8:45am   Pick Up - 2:30pm

Friday 29th May - FAQs of additional questions that have been asked over the last few days. 

 

For Year Six children what sort of work will be done with them towards transition to secondary school? And will any be sent home for those not returning?

Miss Roberts will be planning closely with the other Year 6 teachers activities to support transition. These are usually taught every year and include learning about making new friends, managing and organising themselves and coping with change. The same work will be able to be accessed via the school website for children not returning to school.

 

Do the children coming back need to wear uniform or is it own clothes?

Children will now to wear school uniform as we are coming back to school. However, the expectations will be slightly more relaxed than usual so that if children have grown out of their uniform you don’t need to buy
more just for the last 7 weeks. They can wear other clothes (which you don’t mind getting dirty!) if you do not have enough or any school uniform that fits. Please can children wear sensible shoes, ideally trainers because for outdoor activities, such as PE and Forest School, the children won’t be changing in and out of clothes or shoes. Trainers don’t have to be black this term – any colour will be ok so you don’t need to go out and buy black trainers if you haven’t got any. Government guidance advises parents to send their children in clean clothes every day to support good hygiene practices.

 

The Nursery hours aren’t long enough. I understand about the children not being able to have lunch but 2.5 hour slots make it impossible for me to work.

We are following Government guidance and can only offer morning or afternoon sessions for children to support social distancing and allow staff to clean the Nursery between sessions. We are also only able to offer places to a certain number of children as we cannot go over the recommended numbers of children.

 

Will the bubbles include key worker children or will they be kept separate?
Keyworker children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will be part of the year group bubbles so that they can be with the teachers and their friends.

 

With 15 kids and 2 adults in a classroom are the school actively preparing classrooms to try to maintain a 2m distance? E.g. seating plan, table and chairs for reception kids or if we them do we have to accept that this will not be something they will be focusing on?

We are organising classrooms to maximise the space between children to support an element of social distancing, however our classrooms are not big enough to support 2m distance between all children and adults.

However we are following Government guidance about following the recommended hierarchy of measures:
“We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. In deciding to bring more children back to early years and schools, we are taking this into account. Schools should therefore work through the hierarchy of measures set out above:
• avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
• frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices
• regular cleaning of settings
• minimising contact and mixing

It is still important to reduce contact between people as much as possible, and we can achieve that and reduce transmission risk by ensuring children, young people and staff where possible, only mix in a small,  consistent group and that small group stays away from other people and groups. Public Health England (PHE) is clear that if early years settings, schools and colleges do this, and crucially if they are also applying regular hand cleaning, hygiene and cleaning measures and handling potential cases of the virus as per the advice, then the risk of transmission will be lowered.”

 

If Government start making plans for other years to return there’s not enough classrooms for the bubble, especially for 3 form years.

That’s correct. If the Government starts making plans for other years to rreturn and have the same expectations as now, then we do not have enough space to support opening the school safely for other year groups. We will be guided by the Government on this matter as well as looking at the capacity of the school.

 

As I understood the children going back won’t be following the school curriculum and will be focusing on body health and well-being, will these work sheets still be sent home for those that choose not to send children back to school?

There will still be elements of the curriculum taught, including reading, writing and maths albeit under theme of Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds. All the work that the children will receive in school will still be able to
be accessed via the school app and website.

 

If we have children in different years where should we be waiting to make sure we can do the drop off times and not get in the way? Or are we to wait out the front? Can Year 6 still come in unsupervised or do you require adults to drop them off?

At drop off time, there won’t be an area to wait and you will need to exit and the come back in to drop off other children. We will continue to review these arrangements to ensure we can support everyone as best we can but this is something new for us to sort out. At collection times, there will be coned off areas for parents to wait to collect their children before exiting via the one-way system.

 

With children leaving Nursery, will there be any way to still visit reception and meet teachers?

We won’t be able to do this at the moment due to limiting the number of children and adults moving around the school and accessing different spaces. We are looking at how we can support transition for children starting Reception in September via our website.

 

Government are saying no tests for under 5s, if nursery children are showing symptoms do they get a test as government is not saying anything.

I don’t know – you will need to speak to NHS 111 about this matter or access Government guidance online. Is there any way for a little walk through video to be uploaded like Kaitlin did to show what we’re supposed
to do – getting anxious about getting it wrong and kids going the wrong way or it all being too different and not knowing teacher to ask – nothing professional or edited – just to help them (and us) prepare I have sent out a letter this week with a map and directions to support parents and there will be staff around in the mornings to help everyone whilst we all get used to this new way. I think it is a good idea about the video and I will try to get this organised for next week.


What reassurances can they give to those of us like myself who are worried their children may pass on the virus to other vulnerable people in their family and/or workplace? Can anyone give some kind of advice as to the risk to them or please recommend where I could go to for advice on this?

The reassurance I can give to everyone is that the school has followed the guidance, including the hierarchy of measures stated above. I have also written a detail Recovery Plan and risk assessments to support returning to school which the Governors have read. Every parent and carer can make their own decisions about whether or not to return their children based on all the information shared with everyone from the school.
The Government website has lots of documents that you can access for further specific advice. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

 

Is the school definitely going to open on the 1st June for more than just key worker and vulnerable children?

Yes – the school will open when the Government announces the date


Do parents need to phone in every day for absence if they are keeping children off because of concerns about safety?

Yes – we will need parents to do this so that we are able to keep an accurate register and this is in the Government guidance.


If the children do not attend school, will they still be provided with homework?

Yes – the children at home will be getting the same work as the children at school.

 

If parents decide to initially keep their children at home but feel more secure in a few weeks time, what do they need to do? Does the school need a set amount of notice for their return?

Parents and carers are able to send their children back to school once they feel more secure – the school is open for everyone in those year groups. We would request at least one full day’s notice of your intention to return your child to school so that the teacher can be informed and will be expecting them. Please do not e-mail the school in the afternoon or evening requesting a place for the next day as we cannot guarantee this information will be received and passed on in time.

PGL refunds. Do you have any news about this? Someone said they’ve looked on the website and the school has to make a claim on the insurance. Has this already been done? Apparently it also says that schools have been kept informed but we haven’t heard anything!

This is something we are continuing to get advice about and Mrs. Hunt (School Business Manager) will contact parents next week with more information about this. Parents will be refunded but the arrangements as to
how to do this have yet to be agreed.


Also, will we receive the £50 deposit back as it was not our fault that it was cancelled?

This information will be shared with you next week once Mrs. Hunt is back in school.


Is there any possibility of setting up Zoom meeting lessons?

Zoom is not recommended for live teaching or using in schools as their site is not completely secure and there have been incidents of inappropriate people gaining access to these online meetings. We are starting to  train teachers on a new system called Loom. Teachers can record themselves sharing some learning with the children and showing them how to complete the learning tasks. We are hoping to have these recordings up and running in June so that children at home can see a teacher explaining the work that they need to complete. These won’t be live lessons as these are difficult to achieve safely and not all children may be able to  access these. However, these recorded sessions will be able to be accessed at any time to support learning. More information about this will follow soon.

Lots of people are asking about transition to secondary school. Do you have details of this and how this will work?

Not at the moment as this is the secondary school’s responsibility to organise and run. I know that the secondary schools have been in contact with Miss Roberts and Miss Howell to talk about the children who will be attending in September. Once I know any more, I will let you know. Alternatively, parents can always contact the secondary school directly to find out more about transition arrangements for Year 7 in September.


Lots of comments and worries that school will be so different and restricted that the children will leave with tainted memories instead of the nice memories of Meridian that they currently have. Is there any way to reassure people?

Although school will be different I know that Miss Roberts is looking at different fun activities for the children at the end of term that they can do whilst also keeping them safe. They will still have autograph books to
create memories and we will be sending out information about how to buy the hoodies with their names on next week. We will do everything we can to make sure their last few weeks at primary school as positive as
possible.

 

Can the teachers send out a video of what the classroom will look like, where they will sit, what equipment they’ll have, what will happen at playtime and lunchtime etc? Could you send something similar to the video Miss Duffy has done for the new reception?

The teachers won’t have time to do videos as well as get classrooms ready and plan for the return of the children. The classrooms won’t be vastly different to usual and part of the planning to welcome children back will be to support them getting used to new classrooms and new routines.

 

Do you have any information about leavers jumpers? If not who do we need to ask?

A letter about leavers hoodies will be going out next week.

 

How is the school going to manage when all the year groups go back? Surely there won’t be enough classrooms to split all the year groups up and what about staff?

You are right – there won’t be enough classrooms or staff to increase the number of year groups coming back based on this Government guidance. So, if there is no change to the expectations of school, we won’t be able to welcome back any more year groups in June or July.

 

What if you have several children at school. If my 4 went back, that’s 60 children that they are sharing in ‘bubbles’ with between them. How is that safe?

The school is following Government guidance for minimising risk and keeping children safe. Parents are encouraged to follow strict hygiene rules at home too, such as washing hands and wearing clean clothes to school every day.

 

Will teachers and children need to wear a mask?

The Government guidance states that children and teachers do not need to wear masks. However, if any members of staff wish to wear cloth masks to feel safe when the school is re-opened, I have agreed to this. Equally if any child wishes to wear a cloth mask to support with any anxieties or worries, they are welcome to do so. However, please note, all children who wear masks will need to be able to manage these independently as staff will not be able to support them with taking these off and putting them on.

Government guidance: “Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social
contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus. Face coverings (or any form of medical mask where instructed to be used for specific clinical reasons) should not be worn in any circumstance by those who may not be able to handle them as  directed (for example, young children or those with special educational needs or disabilities) as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission”

 

What happens when dropping off and picking up as its very crowded? 

We will be staggering drop off and pick up times. There will be social distancing signs on the floor and around the school site. We will also be operating a one-way system to minimise contact with other parents/carers.
The back gate accessed via Cripps Avenue will be closed until further notice. The car park will not be available for parents to access, including those with disabled badges. Further information will be sent out before the school reopens, including a map to show the one system and drop off/pick up arrangements.

 

If our children need help with going to the loo or getting dressed what happens?

Children will still be supported going to the toilet if needed and there will be restrictions of the numbers of children able to access the toilets at any one time. Staff will wear protective face coverings, aprons and gloves when changing nappies or dealing with toileting accidents. We won’t be asking the children to change during the school day to support the issue of helping getting dressed/undressed. If any adult helps a child in close contact children and adults will then make sure that they wash their hands thoroughly afterwards.

 

What happens if a child needs comforting or a hug during the day?

All adults will continue to support children if they get upset or anxious – we are committed to doing that. In terms of hugs, this will be down to professional decision on part of the adults in the teaching groups as I am sure you will appreciate that some adults are worried about managing social distancing during these times. If any physical contact happens, children and adults will wash hands afterwards.

 

How many children will be in one class?

We will be following strict Government guidance of no more than 15 children per teaching group. Each teaching group will have a designated classroom that will be their base.


What happens at play time?

The playgrounds and fields will be divided up into zones and each teaching group will be allocated a section (which will rotate) to play in with only the children in their teaching groups and the adults in their teaching groups.

 

I currently receive food vouchers. Will this continue as I presume no school meals will be provided so us single parents still have to provide for our child?

At the moment the Government is saying that for children eligible for benefits-related free school meals will continue to receive food vouchers if they are not attending school. For these children attending school, the
kitchen will re-open and be offering hot meals. These hot meals will also be available for any child to order. Also, the Universal Infant Free School Meals will be reinstated for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children.

 

Are you expecting to have the children back full time 5 days a week?

Yes. The Government has asked schools to reopen for education as normal and no longer offer childcare as has happened during the current partial opening.

 

If I was to decide I didn’t want to send her back until I am 100% safe or I don’t send her back straight away and then think she should go?

The Government is encouraging all those children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to come back to school when we re-open. Obviously it is a parental decision and we will support you in the decision you make. If once you have heard about the plans and make a decision to restart your child after the official opening time, you will be welcome to send them in. We would just ask that you let us know in advance of this so that we can ensure the teacher knows and can prepare for a new child to join.

 

If I was to decide I didn’t want to send her back until I am 100% certain it’s safe would I have to contact the school every day?

Yes. The expectations remain the same as usual for children not attending school. If your child is in Reception, Year 1, Year 6 or are attending as Critical Keyworker children/vulnerable children and you are keeping your child at home, then we would need to know about this absence. You can leave a message on the voicemail facility via the school office.

 

How will the cleaning be monitored for each child after they have used the toilet?

All children will be accompanied to the toilet to ensure there are a minimum number of children using this space at any one time. Adults will wait outside. Hands will be washed afterwards. If there is an accident, then EMCOR team will clean. Additional cleaning has been set up with EMCOR for during the school day, including the toilets.

 

How will you keep the social distancing in place during lunch and break as my child does not fully understand why she will not be able to play with her friends like before?

Play time and lunch times will be zoned so children will only be playing with their friends in their smaller teaching groups. One of our jobs as teachers will be to help children understand why this is in place in an age appropriate way.

 

Will there be any support to have the transition week or day at secondary school given they are closed or will there be small groups able to go in etc?

I am unsure what secondary schools are planning, although it seems unlikely that they will be offering visits during this time. If I hear any more about this, I will let you know. A large part of the learning planned for Year 6 children in term 6 will be about supporting them with preparing for the transition to secondary school.

 

PGL – it is very clear that the trip won’t be going ahead. So what are the arrangements made for us to receive the full refund before the children finish their Year 6 and leave the school?

We are waiting to hearing from PGL about arrangements for refunds as they hold the money – the school doesn’t. As soon as we know more about how you will be refunded, we will contact all Year 6 parents/carers

Thursday 28th May 2020 - Re: Coronavirus Covid 19 – UPDATE – Benefits Related Free School Meals

Following Government guidance about re-opening schools, there will be changes to arrangements for children eligible for benefits related free school meals. From 8th June supermarket vouchers will stop for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children as the school is opening for these children and the kitchen will be offering free school meals for these children. If you have received a letter from the NHS to say that your child is clinically extremely vulnerable and needs to shield and you are eligible for benefits related free school meals, supermarket vouchers will continue. Please send in a copy of the letter from the NHS to confirm this.

 

If a member of your household is shielding due to being clinically extremely vulnerable so your child cannot attend school and you are eligible for benefits related free school meals, supermarket vouchers will continue. Please send in a copy of the letter from the NHS to confirm this.


Universal Infant Free School Meals for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (for those children who will be attending school) will start again.

 

For families with children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 who are not attending school that are eligible for benefits related free school meals, you will continue to receive supermarket vouchers.

Friday 22nd May - FAQs on Schools Reopening

Will teachers and children need to wear a mask?
The Government guidance states that children and teachers do not need to wear masks. However, if anymembers of staff wish to wear cloth masks to feel safe when the school is re-opened, I have agreed to this. Equally if any child wishes to wear a cloth mask to support with any anxieties or worries, they are welcome to do so. However, please note, all children who wear masks will need to be able to manage these independently as staff will not be able to support them with taking these off and putting them on. Government guidance: “Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus. Face coverings (or any form of medical mask where instructed to be used for specific clinical reasons) should not be worn in any circumstance by those who may not be able to handle them as directed (for example, young children or those with special educational needs or disabilities) as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission”


What happens when dropping off and picking up as its very crowded?
We will be staggering drop off and pick up times. There will be social distancing signs on the floor and around the school site. We will also be operating a one-way system to minimise contact with other parents/carers. The back gate accessed via Cripps Avenue will be closed until further notice. The car park will not be available for parents to access, including those with disabled badges. Further information will be sent out before the school reopens, including a map to show the one system and drop off/pick up arrangements.

 

If our children need help with going to the loo or getting dressed what happens?
Children will still be supported going to the toilet if needed and there will be restrictions of the numbers of children able to access the toilets at any one time. Staff will wear protective face coverings, aprons and gloves when changing nappies or dealing with toileting accidents. We won’t be asking the children to change during the school day to support the issue of helping getting dressed/undressed. If any adult helps a child in close contact children and adults will then make sure that they wash their hands thoroughly afterwards.

 

What happens if a child needs comforting or a hug during the day?
All adults will continue to support children if they get upset or anxious – we are committed to doing that. In terms of hugs, this will be down to professional decision on part of the adults in the teaching groups as I am  sure you will appreciate that some adults are worried about managing social distancing during these times. If any physical contact happens, children and adults will wash hands afterwards.

 

How many children will be in one class?
We will be following strict Government guidance of no more than 15 children per teaching group. Each teaching group will have a designated classroom that will be their base.


What happens at play time?
The playgrounds and fields will be divided up into zones and each teaching group will be allocated a section (which will rotate) to play in with only the children in their teaching groups and the adults in their teaching groups.

 

I currently receive food vouchers. Will this continue as I presume no school meals will be provided so us single parents still have to provide for our child?
At the moment the Government is saying that for children eligible for benefits-related free school meals will continue to receive food vouchers if they are not attending school. For these children attending school, the kitchen will re-open and be offering hot meals. These hot meals will also be available for any child to order. Also, the Universal Infant Free School Meals will be reinstated for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children.

 

Are you expecting to have the children back full time 5 days a week?
Yes. The Government has asked schools to reopen for education as normal and no longer offer childcare as has happened during the current partial opening.

 

If I was to decide I didn’t want to send her back until I am 100% safe or I don’t send her back straight away and then think she should go?
The Government is encouraging all those children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to come back to school when we re-open. Obviously it is a parental decision and we will support you in the decision you make. If once you have heard about the plans and make a decision to restart your child after the official opening time, you will be welcome to send them in. We would just ask that you let us know in advance of this so that we can ensure the teacher knows and can prepare for a new child to join.

 

If I was to decide I didn’t want to send her back until I am 100% certain it’s safe would I have to contact the school every day?
Yes. The expectations remain the same as usual for children not attending school. If your child is in Reception, Year 1, Year 6 or are attending as Critical Keyworker children/vulnerable children and you are keeping your child at home, then we would need to know about this absence. You can leave a message on the voicemail facility via the school office.

 


How will the cleaning be monitored for each child after they have used the toilet?
All children will be accompanied to the toilet to ensure there are a minimum number of children using this space at any one time. Adults will wait outside. Hands will be washed afterwards. If there is an accident, then EMCOR team will clean. Additional cleaning has been set up with EMCOR for during the school day, including the toilets.

 

How will you keep the social distancing in place during lunch and break as my child does not fully understand why she will not be able to play with her friends like before?
Play time and lunch times will be zoned so children will only be playing with their friends in their smaller teaching groups. One of our jobs as teachers will be to help children understand why this is in place in an age appropriate way.

 


Will there be any support to have the transition week or day at secondary school given they are closed or will there be small groups able to go in etc?
I am unsure what secondary schools are planning, although it seems unlikely that they will be offering visits during this time. If I hear any more about this, I will let you know. A large part of the learning planned for Year 6 children in term 6 will be about supporting them with preparing for the transition to secondary school.

 

PGL – it is very clear that the trip won’t be going ahead. So what are the arrangements made for us to receive the full refund before the children finish their Year 6 and leave the school?
We are waiting to hearing from PGL about arrangements for refunds as they hold the money – the school doesn’t. As soon as we know more about how you will be refunded, we will contact all Year 6 parents/carers

 

Thursday 21st May - Re: Coronavirus Covid 19 – UPDATE – School Re-opening planning

Since I last wrote to you all I have been busy putting together plans with the Leadership Team, Chair of Governors and the staff team to support a safe and gradual return to school for the following year groups: Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Over the coming days, I will be writing to you with information about the plans and to answer any questions you might have.

Monday 1st June and Tuesday 2nd June
The school will continue to be open for those children currently accessing childcare. All staff will return to school on this date to start preparing classrooms and planning for re-opening.


Wednesday 3rd June and Thursday 4th June
We will be welcoming Reception back to school. More details will be shared with you about how this will be arranged. Childcare children will still attend.


Friday 5th June
We will be welcoming Year 6 back to school. More details will be shared with you about how this will be arranged. Reception and Childcare children will still attend


Monday 8th June
We will be welcoming Year 1 and some Nursery children back to school. More details will be shared with you about how this will be arranged. Reception, Childcare children and Year 6 children will still attend.


From Tuesday 9th June
Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 6 and Childcare children will attend. Other Year Groups will not be invited to attend until the Government have announced this and further guidance is received about managing this.

Class Organisation
In line with Government guidance, we have arranged for every year group to be split into four smaller teaching groups, with no more than 15 children. Each group will have a teacher and an additional adult to
teach and support these children. I will let you know very soon who the teachers and additional adults are – this information is just being finalised.


Social Distancing
Every teaching group will become what is called a ‘bubble’ which means that this group will not mix with any other groups during the school day. All classrooms will be prepared to accommodate as much social
distancing as possible, however we are not able to guarantee 2 metres distance between any of the children and staff in our classrooms. We have made plans in line with Government guidance which states:

“We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. In deciding to bring more children back to early years and
schools, we are taking this into account. [Schools] should, therefore work through the hierarchy of measures set out in implementing protective
measures in education and childcare settings:
• Avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
• Frequent handwashing and good respiratory hygiene practices
• Regular cleaning of settings
• Minimising contact and mixing”


Social distancing for parents will be supported by developing strict dropping off and picking up rules that we will expect parents to follow to support us in keeping everyone safe. Please respect the safety of our school staff by keeping 2 metres distance when speaking with them. Please do not be offended if a member of staff asks for their social distancing space to be respected.

 

Handwashing
Regular handwashing with soap and running hot water will continue throughout the school day. I know that for some children, their hands were becoming really sore, so children are welcome to bring in hand cream but
they will have to be able to manage this independently as staff are not able to support with this. Drop off and Pick up We will be staggering the drop off and pick up times to minimise the numbers of people on site at any one time. It is vital that parents are prompt with these times to avoid increases in numbers. The times will be:

Drop Off Pick Up
Childcare 8:45am 2:30pm
Year 6 8:55am 2:40pm
Year 1 9:05am 2:50pm
Reception 9:15am 3:00pm

Nursery will be operating two sessions with the following drop off and pick up times.

Drop Off Pick Up
Morning Session 8:45am 11:15am
Afternoon Session 12:15pm 2:45pm

Please note to support safety and additional cleaning for the Nursery, we will not be able to support lunches being eaten in the Nursery. Further information about this will be sent out to Nursery parents soon. There will be a clear one-way system for parents to access the school grounds with social distancing and signage around to support everyone with this. It is an expectation that parents following this social distancing rules for everyone’s safety. The car park will not available for any parents/carers including those with disabled badges. The back gate accessed via Cripps Avenue will not be opened for these new school reopening plans. A map of this one-way system will be shared with you soon. For the first few days of this new system, members of staff will be available to support you with this.

Learning Activities
The teachers will continue to plan exciting activities for all children and for those that do not or are not able to attend school, these activities will be available on our website to access at home. We will be having a theme of “Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds” to support keeping ourselves physically and mentally well – which is very significant at the moment. We are hoping that if the weather continues, we will have lots of opportunities for the children to enjoy learning outside with their teaching groups.

Play times and Lunchtimes
Playtimes and lunchtimes will be staggered to avoid the teaching groups coming into direct contact with each other. The playgrounds and field will be zoned to support the children to know where they can play. Each
teaching group will be supported by one of the adults in their group at all times. The outdoor equipment will not be used to avoid cross contamination. Children will eat their lunch in their classrooms. The kitchen will
re-open and hot food can be ordered and will be taken to the children to eat in their classrooms by one of the adults from their groups. All children must bring in their own named water bottle as the water fountains
will not be available. Drinking water is available in all areas of the school so that these water bottles can be refilled.


Toilets
All children will be accompanied to the toilet by one of the adults in their group who will wait outside to ensure that there are a minimum number of children accessing the toilets at any one time.

Additional cleaning
I have met with EMCOR leads and East Sussex County Council and I completed a Health and Safety walk with members of the EMCOR and Michelle Hunt to identify additional cleaning for the school. In addition to a
thorough clean at the end of each day, after lunchtimes, there will be additional cleaning of touch points (like door handles, light switches, bannisters) and toilets as well as emptying bins with tissues and hand towels.
Additional cleaning resources will be in place in all classrooms to support wiping down tables and resources throughout the day.

Toys in Nursery and Reception will be put in the washing machines and dishwashers to ensure these are cleaned at the end of every day. Another washing machine has been purchased to support these additional
cleaning expectations.


Attendance
I completely understand that this is a big decision for parents to make and there is no expectation for your children to attend if you make the decision not to do so. If you decide not to, there will be no penalties for
non-attendance in line with Government guidelines, which states “Parents and carers of eligible year groups, critical workers/parents and carers of vulnerable children, are strongly encouraged to bring in their children,
but they will not face fines or other sanctions if they don’t”

If your child is in one of the groups that the school is reopening for and you decide not to bring them in, we would ask that you still call the school and leave a message every day that your child is absent just so that
know what is happening and to offer support if you require it.


Coronavirus COVID 19 symptoms
If your child develops symptoms, such as a continuous cough or high temperature, you will be required to keep them off school and seek appropriate advice, including self isolation for 7 days and 14 days for the
household. You will be able to arrange a test through NHS from 1st June, according the latest Government advice. If your child develops symptoms in school, we will call you and ask you to come and collect them and
arrange a test. One of the adults in the teaching group will accompany your child to a safe space away from others and wait with them until you arrive to collect them. You will need to self-isolate for 7 days and 14 days
for the household.

Here is the official guidance from the Government:
“What happens if there is confirmed case of coronavirus in a setting?
When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14
days. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus. Where the child, young person or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation. Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms. As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the cohort or in the wider setting, Public Health England’s local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise schools and other settings on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases a larger number of other children, young people may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole class, site or year group. Where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary.”


What happens next?
I appreciate that this is lot of information to take in and digest, so over the coming days, I will be writing to you again to provide further information and added details to some of the planned actions describe above. I will be sending out the FAQs sheet tomorrow and will update this again next week with any more information or questions received. I have invited the Parent Council to meet with me (virtually of course!) to answer any questions that they might have or that you might want them to ask on your behalf.

I cannot guarantee that I will know the answers to everything, but I will try my best to answer them based on the Government guidance.

I know that we are looking forward to welcoming some of the children back once the Government has made a final announcement towards the end of next week and I hope you can see everything that we are doing to
keep you, your children and the staff safe.

Special thanks to Mr. Doody and Miss. Miles for all their help with putting these plans together.
Take care and best wishes to everyone
Kind regards
Ms. Claire Westcott

 

Thursday 21st May

Re: Coronavirus Covid 19 – UPDATE – School Re-opening planning

 

Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you are all well. Since I last wrote to you all I have been busy putting together plans with the Leadership Team, Chair of Governors and the staff team to support a safe and gradual return to school for the following year groups: Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Over the coming days, I will be writing to you with information about the plans and to answer any questions you might have.

Monday 1st June and Tuesday 2nd June
The school will continue to be open for those children currently accessing childcare. All staff will return to school on this date to start preparing classrooms and planning for re-opening.


Wednesday 3rd June and Thursday 4th June
We will be welcoming Reception back to school. More details will be shared with you about how this will be arranged. Childcare children will still attend.


Friday 5th June
We will be welcoming Year 6 back to school. More details will be shared with you about how this will be arranged. Reception and Childcare children will still attend


Monday 8th June
We will be welcoming Year 1 and some Nursery children back to school. More details will be shared with you about how this will be arranged. Reception, Childcare children and Year 6 children will still attend.


From Tuesday 9th June
Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 6 and Childcare children will attend. Other Year Groups will not be invited to attend until the Government have announced this and further guidance is received about managing this.

Class Organisation
In line with Government guidance, we have arranged for every year group to be split into four smaller teaching groups, with no more than 15 children. Each group will have a teacher and an additional adult to
teach and support these children. I will let you know very soon who the teachers and additional adults are – this information is just being finalised.


Social Distancing
Every teaching group will become what is called a ‘bubble’ which means that this group will not mix with any other groups during the school day. All classrooms will be prepared to accommodate as much social
distancing as possible, however we are not able to guarantee 2 metres distance between any of the children and staff in our classrooms. We have made plans in line with Government guidance which states:

“We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. In deciding to bring more children back to early years and
schools, we are taking this into account. [Schools] should, therefore work through the hierarchy of measures set out in implementing protective
measures in education and childcare settings:
• Avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
• Frequent handwashing and good respiratory hygiene practices
• Regular cleaning of settings
• Minimising contact and mixing”


Social distancing for parents will be supported by developing strict dropping off and picking up rules that we will expect parents to follow to support us in keeping everyone safe. Please respect the safety of our school staff by keeping 2 metres distance when speaking with them. Please do not be offended if a member of staff asks for their social distancing space to be respected.

 

Handwashing
Regular handwashing with soap and running hot water will continue throughout the school day. I know that for some children, their hands were becoming really sore, so children are welcome to bring in hand cream but
they will have to be able to manage this independently as staff are not able to support with this. Drop off and Pick up We will be staggering the drop off and pick up times to minimise the numbers of people on site at any one time. It is vital that parents are prompt with these times to avoid increases in numbers. The times will be:

Drop Off Pick Up
Childcare 8:45am 2:30pm
Year 6 8:55am 2:40pm
Year 1 9:05am 2:50pm
Reception 9:15am 3:00pm

Nursery will be operating two sessions with the following drop off and pick up times.

Drop Off Pick Up
Morning Session 8:45am 11:15am
Afternoon Session 12:15pm 2:45pm

Please note to support safety and additional cleaning for the Nursery, we will not be able to support lunches being eaten in the Nursery. Further information about this will be sent out to Nursery parents soon. There will be a clear one-way system for parents to access the school grounds with social distancing and signage around to support everyone with this. It is an expectation that parents following this social distancing rules for everyone’s safety. The car park will not available for any parents/carers including those with disabled badges. The back gate accessed via Cripps Avenue will not be opened for these new school reopening plans. A map of this one-way system will be shared with you soon. For the first few days of this new system, members of staff will be available to support you with this.

Learning Activities
The teachers will continue to plan exciting activities for all children and for those that do not or are not able to attend school, these activities will be available on our website to access at home. We will be having a theme of “Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds” to support keeping ourselves physically and mentally well – which is very significant at the moment. We are hoping that if the weather continues, we will have lots of opportunities for the children to enjoy learning outside with their teaching groups.

Play times and Lunchtimes
Playtimes and lunchtimes will be staggered to avoid the teaching groups coming into direct contact with each other. The playgrounds and field will be zoned to support the children to know where they can play. Each
teaching group will be supported by one of the adults in their group at all times. The outdoor equipment will not be used to avoid cross contamination. Children will eat their lunch in their classrooms. The kitchen will
re-open and hot food can be ordered and will be taken to the children to eat in their classrooms by one of the adults from their groups. All children must bring in their own named water bottle as the water fountains
will not be available. Drinking water is available in all areas of the school so that these water bottles can be refilled.


Toilets
All children will be accompanied to the toilet by one of the adults in their group who will wait outside to ensure that there are a minimum number of children accessing the toilets at any one time.

Additional cleaning
I have met with EMCOR leads and East Sussex County Council and I completed a Health and Safety walk with members of the EMCOR and Michelle Hunt to identify additional cleaning for the school. In addition to a
thorough clean at the end of each day, after lunchtimes, there will be additional cleaning of touch points (like door handles, light switches, bannisters) and toilets as well as emptying bins with tissues and hand towels.
Additional cleaning resources will be in place in all classrooms to support wiping down tables and resources throughout the day.

Toys in Nursery and Reception will be put in the washing machines and dishwashers to ensure these are cleaned at the end of every day. Another washing machine has been purchased to support these additional
cleaning expectations.


Attendance
I completely understand that this is a big decision for parents to make and there is no expectation for your children to attend if you make the decision not to do so. If you decide not to, there will be no penalties for
non-attendance in line with Government guidelines, which states “Parents and carers of eligible year groups, critical workers/parents and carers of vulnerable children, are strongly encouraged to bring in their children,
but they will not face fines or other sanctions if they don’t”

If your child is in one of the groups that the school is reopening for and you decide not to bring them in, we would ask that you still call the school and leave a message every day that your child is absent just so that
know what is happening and to offer support if you require it.


Coronavirus COVID 19 symptoms
If your child develops symptoms, such as a continuous cough or high temperature, you will be required to keep them off school and seek appropriate advice, including self isolation for 7 days and 14 days for the
household. You will be able to arrange a test through NHS from 1st June, according the latest Government advice. If your child develops symptoms in school, we will call you and ask you to come and collect them and
arrange a test. One of the adults in the teaching group will accompany your child to a safe space away from others and wait with them until you arrive to collect them. You will need to self-isolate for 7 days and 14 days
for the household.

Here is the official guidance from the Government:
“What happens if there is confirmed case of coronavirus in a setting?
When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14
days. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus. Where the child, young person or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation. Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms. As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the cohort or in the wider setting, Public Health England’s local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise schools and other settings on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases a larger number of other children, young people may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole class, site or year group. Where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary.”


What happens next?
I appreciate that this is lot of information to take in and digest, so over the coming days, I will be writing to you again to provide further information and added details to some of the planned actions describe above. I will be sending out the FAQs sheet tomorrow and will update this again next week with any more information or questions received. I have invited the Parent Council to meet with me (virtually of course!) to answer any questions that they might have or that you might want them to ask on your behalf.

I cannot guarantee that I will know the answers to everything, but I will try my best to answer them based on the Government guidance.

I know that we are looking forward to welcoming some of the children back once the Government has made a final announcement towards the end of next week and I hope you can see everything that we are doing to
keep you, your children and the staff safe.

Special thanks to Mr. Doody and Miss. Miles for all their help with putting these plans together.
Take care and best wishes to everyone
Kind regards
Ms. Claire Westcott

 

 

Re: Coronavirus Covid 19 – UPDATE – School Re-opening

Yesterday’s update was to share with you the Government’s plans for reopening schools and what some of their advice and guidance is. Today I wanted to write to you all to reassure you that I will be doing everything I can to keep the children safe when they return to school. There is nothing that I want more to get all the children back to school learning and playing together but we have to manage this as safely as possible to support children, parents/carers and the staff team. So over the next two weeks I will be working with lots of people to ensure we are all safe in school: Staff, Governors, East Sussex County Council, EMCOR and other local headteachers.


Once we have received confirmation from the Government to start to welcome certain year groups back to school, I know the amazing Meridian team will work hard to help your children settle back in and feel safe in school. We will continue to wash hands several times a day as well as encouraging the children to have safe routines and practices, such as coughing and sneezing into our elbows, trying not to touch our faces and washing hands really well. There will be other changes to routines in school which I will explain in more detail once the plans have been finalised next week. Above all else, we will still be there for the children to support them through these changes and make sure they feel happy and safe in school.


If you have any questions about this, please do send me an e-mail via office@meridian.e-sussex.sch.uk and I will put together an FAQs sheet for parents to try and support you through this too.

If you would like to start to support the children in getting ready for returning school, please do look at these resources from E-bug. There are links to youtube clips and other resources about washing hands and sneezing for younger children and hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene They are really helpful to support with keeping us safe. There is also handwashing song from the NHS .

Re: Coronavirus Covid 19 – UPDATE – School Re-opening

Plans for re-opening the school
As you will probably be aware, the Government has requested that school leaders start to plan for re-opening schools for Nursery, Reception, Year One and Year Six children only from the 1st June. The Government has said “As a result of the huge efforts everyone has made to adhere to social distancing measures, the transmission rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased. We therefore anticipate, with further progress, that we may be able, from the week commencing 1 June 2020 to welcome back more children to early years, school and further education settings”

This is conditional on the rate of infections not increasing. “We will only do this provided that the five key tests set by the government justify the changes at the time, including the rate of infection is decreasing . . .
The Government has stated that: “Our ambition is to bring all primary year groups back to school before the summer holidays, for a month if feasible, though this will be kept under review. We will only welcome back additional year groups if the most up-to-date assessment of the risk posed by the virus indicates it is appropriate to have larger numbers of children within schools. The safety of children and staff is our utmost priority

What happens next?
The Government issued guidance for schools yesterday evening and today I met with Mr. Doody and Miss. Miles to start thinking about how we can support this in the best and safest way for everyone – children, parents/carers and staff. We have started to make plans and think about how we can follow the guidance and make it suitable for Meridian children. I will be writing a risk assessment and sharing it with staff and our Chair of Governors before finalising any plans at the beginning of next week. Once plans are firmly in place, these will be shared with parents and carers next week so that you know in advance what will be happening to children in these year groups. If your child is currently accessing childcare arrangements in school, these arrangements will continue to happen once the school starts opening for more children to attend.


How will the children be protected in school?
The Government also issued guidance about protecting children and staff in school and these measures will form part of the risk assessment. They have said “We know that, unlike older children and adults, early and primary aged children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. In deciding to bring more children back to early years and school, we are taking this into account.”

They go on to state that schools should adopt the following measures:
- “avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
- frequent hand cleaning and respiratory hygiene practices
- regular cleaning of settings
- minimising contact and mixing”


Once I know more about how we will plan for these, I will let you all know. I am also meeting with EMCOR and East Sussex this week to discuss cleaning during this phase to ensure everyone is as protected as possible.

If you would like to read more about these plans and other useful information, please read this document from the Government:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-andcarers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june 

 

Critical Keyworkers
The Critical Keyworker role list remains unchanged and we continue to assess each request from parents/carers in the following way:

  1. Places will only be offered where both parents are Critical Keyworkers or single parent households where the parent/carer job is considered a Critical Keyworker role
  2. Written confirmation from the employer that the role is considered a Critical Keyworker Role and is reflected in the Government guidance
  3. Proof of ID from parents/carers that they work in this Critical Keyworker role

Please do not apply for childcare places if your role is not considered a Critical Keyworker role. The full list is available here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-forschools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision 

Schools reopening FAQ from Department for Education 

Monday 11th May (UPDATED)

We are starting to receive new requests for childcare in school today. At the moment, we are not accepting additional children whilst we wait for updated guidance from the Government about schools. Once we have this additional information, I will write to you all again to let you know what they have said, including anything about childcare arrangements. The news today is currently saying that any new information and guidance about the Prime Minister's briefing yesterday, should be released by Wednesday this week and so hopefully I will have more to share with you then.

The children who are currently accessing this childcare can still come to school. If you do want to apply for childcare places please make sure your role is considered a Critical Keyworker role:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educationalprovision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision 

You will also need to provide evidence from your employer that your role is considered essential critical keywork and ID (such as ID badge) to support your application.


Thank you for your support and understanding whilst all schools wait clarification and guidance from the Government.

Monday 11th May

Prime Minister’s briefing yesterday
Following on from the Prime Minister’s briefing yesterday, I want to let you know that, until we get further clarification and guidance from the Government later in the week, there will be no changes to current arrangements for children being in school. Once we have got more information from the Government I will update you again. In the meantime, I want you to know that I am meeting with EMCOR and East Sussex County Council this week to discuss plans for re-opening the school, including cleaning arrangements to keep everyone safe. I will also be speaking with our Chair of Governors to keep her updated about any plans. I will be working with the leadership team to put together an action plan and updated risk assessment for any planned school reopening. All of which will be based on the guidance once we have received this information.


Please do continue to follow the Government’s advice about keeping safe and social distancing.


Supermarket Vouchers
I continue to monitor these and will be ordering these again later today. Here are two links that will help you when redeeming the vouchers:
https://www.edenred.co.uk/reward-recipients/Free-School-Meal-Vouchers/ 
https://www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf 

Friday 1st May

Supermarket Vouchers
I continue to monitor these and have called some parents today who don’t appear to have managed to redeem any of their vouchers yet. Here are two links that might help you:
https://www.edenred.co.uk/reward-recipients/Free-School-Meal-Vouchers/ 
https://www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf 


I know that there has been a problem with this week’s vouchers that were meant to be delivered on Monday 27th April.  

These vouchers are all showing as paid and live, so hopefully you will be able to get these very soon. I will keep checking too.

The next vouchers that have been ordered are for Monday 4th May and Monday 11th May.

Free School Meals Applications
If you find that you are no longer in employment and in receipt of Universal Credit, you may find that you are able to apply for free school meals and then I can add you to the supermarket voucher scheme. Please go to
https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/school-life/meals/free/ 

Newhaven Food Bank
If you are finding this situation particularly difficult financially and need support for food, please do contact the Newhaven Food Bank http://sussexcommunity.org.uk/advice-services/newhaven-food-bank/  Or e-mail
office@meridian.e-sussex.sch.uk  and I will see how we can help.

14th April

Re: Coronavirus Covid 19 - Supermarket vouchers UPDATE

The vouchers are now showing as being sent.  Please check your emails, including your junk box.  If you are not sure how to redeem these vouchers, please click here for Parents/Carers FAQs

11th April

Re:  Coronavirus Covid 19 - Supermarket vouchers

The status of the vouchers for last week and next week are still showing as not sent to parents.  The school will continue to monitor the situation over the weekend and get in touch with parents via the app with more updates.  For emergency supplies, please contact the Newhaven Food Bank http://sussexcommunity.org.uk/advice-services/newhaven-food-bank/ who may be able to help or offer advice.

 

6th April

Re: Coronavirus Covid 19 – Free School Meals Supermarket e-vouchers UPDATE


Over the weekend, the Government announced that e-vouchers for those children who are eligible and currently in receipt of benefits-related free school meals could now be claimed during the Easter Holidays.
 

There has been no official release from the Government yet about this.

However, I have uploaded the relevant information and have requested vouchers are sent to parents and carers on Wednesday 8th April and Wednesday 15th April, in addition to the dates I sent out on Saturday. 

So to clarify, I have ordered vouchers for children who are eligible and currently in receipt of benefits-related free school meals to be e-mailed to parents on the following dates:
Wednesday 8th April
Wednesday 15th April
Monday 20th April
Monday 27th April


Instructions about how to access and redeem these vouchers will be included in the e-mail you will receive.
If you have not received your e-voucher by 5pm on Wednesday 8th April, please e-mail the office and we will look into this for you.

Please do not e-mail before because we do not know the exact time that these e-mails will be sent.


For more information about these vouchers:
https://www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf

 

2nd April

Re: Coronavirus Covid 19 – Free School Meals UPDATE

Here is the latest update about Free School Meals for those children who are eligible and currently in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.
 
We are currently in the process of adding all our Free School Meals families onto the supermarket voucher scheme.  These vouchers will start from Monday 20th April and will be sent out weekly via email.  We are aiming to set everyone up by tomorrow and will send out further instructions then.
 
I am pleased to say that during the Easter Break, we have organised for Caterlink to still offer packed lunches to children who are eligible and currently in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.

For those families at home who would like to order these packed lunches, please complete this form by 5pm tomorrow

Please note that choices of fillings for the rolls are subject to availability and there may be changes made if items are not available.
 
For children that are attending child-care at school, children who are eligible for free school meals will be provided with a packed lunch for the days that they attend. 
 
If you have any questions, please do e-mail office@meridian.e-sussex.sch.uk

31st March

Today, the Government announced a national voucher scheme to support families whose children are eligible for Free School Meals.  Please note, this does not include children who receive Universal Infant Free School Meals in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (unless your child also eligible for Free School Meals).
 
Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.
 
We can also continue to provide free packed lunches from Caterlink during the school closure, although these will not be available during the Easter Holidays (9th – 20th April).  
 
Children will only be entitled to one of the following options:  Supermarket Voucher or Caterlink Packed Lunch.
 
The advice states that schools will be contacted later today with further details and instructions about how to support families who wish to receive these vouchers.  Once I know more, I will write to you again about how we will organise this.
 
For more information:  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/voucher-scheme-launches-for-schoolsproviding-free-school-meals

 

 

24th March

Coronavirus update – Latest Government Advice - 24th March 

 

Coronavirus update – Children eligible for Free School Meals.

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, Caterlink are providing a free packed lunch for those children who are staying at home.

The packed lunch will be:
Sandwich / Roll Fruit

Crudité Snack

Cake or Cookie

Drink

You will need to order any lunches a week in advance via this form:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7lIh17wpgEq3MHYOiaVCtq7hWRSYyJHpPXsJbOgCtNUQlA1WlI0RUlMS0ZHOTRGUlQwVTQ2RUVLNy4u

To order this week you will need to submit this form by 9am tomorrow morning.


To order during the rest of the school closure, you will need to submit this form by 5pm every Friday for the following week.


To collect the packed lunch, please come to the school kitchen entrance between 12 and 12.30pm.  The kitchen entrance is by the gate that leads to the Reception classes.


Please make sure that you are practising social distancing when you arrive to collect.


For those families that are self-isolating, you are welcome to send in an order and for it to be collected by a friend or a neighbour.


Please do not come on site if you are self-isolating or showing any symptoms.


Please note this is for those children who are eligible for free school meals only.  If you are not sure if you are eligible, please e-mail the school office.


If you have any questions, please do e-mail the school office.

 

21st March

Applications for Child Care Arrangements

We have received a large number of requests from parents and carers about children accessing child care arrangements in school and we are committed to supporting as many children and families as possible.

However, due to the very high demand we have received and our very limited staffing capacity, we have made the decision to prioritise the key workers eligibility criteria to those households where both parents/carers, or a single parent family, fall into this key worker category. 
 
This is also in line with government guidance for schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
 
We appreciate that this is a frustrating and challenging time and we are doing our best to ensure that we can accommodate as many requests as possible without compromising the health and safety of the children and staff.
 
Once our final numbers have been confirmed next week, if we feel we have capacity to offer additional places, we will be back in touch next week. 
 
Please do not bring your child into school unless you have received a confirmation e-mail from the school offering your child/children a child care place.  We really do not want to be put in the difficult position of having to turn families away.

 

Childcare Provision from Monday 23rd March

Drop off will be at 8:45am via the main school office where you will be met by a member of the leadership team to confirm arrangements and places offered.  We will also need to know who will be dropping off and collecting children.
 
Pick up will be at 3:00pm from the main school office. Children must be collected from school by an agreed adult.

If your child is entitled to free school meals, a school meal will be provided as usual. Caterlink will be offering two hot choices for lunch – final menus have not yet been released.  Alternatively please provide a packed lunch.
 
Children do not need to wear school uniform. 
 
Should you require wrap around care please contact CATS club. 
 
During the day, children will complete the learning tasks that teachers have set and then there will be a choice of play based activities for them to enjoy.
 

Learning Activities for children at home

From Monday 23rd March all teachers will plan daily learning activities and these will be uploaded onto the school website every day during the school closure. 

The children need to complete these at home with you.  We have created a dedicated web page for this https://www.meridianschool.co.uk/home-learningduring-covid-19 and we will send these activities out via an electronic daily update.

I will send out a weekly update to parents which will include additional optional activities that you can do with your children too.

Hopefully all children have got their login details for SumDog, Times Tables Rock Stars and Numbots – if not, please e-mail us and we will do our best to send you this information.

During this time, we will be receiving e-mails so if you have an emergency question or need emergency advice, please contact the via the office e-mail office@meridian.e-sussex.sch.uk

 

 

19th March

As you will know from my update yesterday evening, we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice. As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs. We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories.

If you think your job is considered as a key worker, please e-mail the school office office@meridian.esussex.sch.uk with the following information:

Your name

Your child’s/children’s name/s

Your occupation (if you believe that you fit the key worker criteria.)

Your place of work

 

We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to. All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards. Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is in the usual ways – letter, notification and via the school website. What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn. All teachers will plan daily learning activities and these will be uploaded onto the school website every day during the school closure. The children need to complete these at home with you. We have created a dedicated web page for this https://www.meridianschool.co.uk/home-learning-during-covid-19 and we will send these activities out via an electronic daily update.
I will send out a weekly update to parents which will include additional optional activities that you can do with your children too. We are making sure all children have got their login details for SumDog, Times Tables Rock Stars and
Numbots.

 

During this time, we will be receiving e-mails so if you have an emergency question or need emergency advice, please contact the via the office e-mail office@meridian.e-sussex.sch.uk 

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

What we won’t be able to go ahead with

School trips, after-school clubs

Year 1 Phonics Screening

Year 2 SATs

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

Year 6 SATs

Other school events, such as Sports Days and Year Group Assemblies

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops. If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the office e-mail office@meridian.e-sussex.sch.uk  or you can call the school – please be aware that we are experiencing high levels of phone calls during these challenging times

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online and follow their advice about whether you need to self-isolate.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Best wishes and please look after yourselves during these tricky times.

 

18th March 2020

New guidance for households with symptoms

The latest advice for about self-isolation was released to schools yesterday afternoon.

It states:

- If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started

- If you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

- For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period

The symptoms are:

A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance 

Families in isolation

If your family is self-isolation, please do remember to call into the school office every day to let us know what is happening. We have a duty to safeguard all children so if we don’t hear from you, we will call you to find out how everyone in the family are doing. Please help us during these challenging times to call the office if your child is not in school. We have had a few requests for the school to send home work for children in isolation, however whilst the school remains open, we are not able to manage this as well as teach the children who are in school. However, we do appreciate that children will need to continue to access learning activities during this time, so here are some recommended websites that you can use to help with learning at home.


Build a Book Review - https://wherereadingrocks.com/free-resources/build-a-brilliant-book-review/ 
 

StoryLine - https://www.youtube.com/user/StorylineOnline 
 

National Geographic - https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ 
 

Maths Games - https://www.coolmath4kids.com/ 
 

Science For Kids - http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/ 
 

Science Made Simple - http://www.sciencemadesimple.co.uk/news-blogs/bbc-bitesize-ks2-science 
 

iMoves (Being Active @ Home) https://vimeo.com/398010428 

 

Non-Online Activities
 

Be Active At Home 

 

On Your Bike - https://readysetride.co.uk/prepare 
 

Woodland Trust - http://treetoolsforschools.org.uk/menu/?_ga=2.253719882.273677247.1584531339-2005380509.1584531339 

Please note: Meridian is not responsible for the content of external websites. Therefore in line with our online policy and keeping children safe we recommend children are supervised when accessing external material.

Don’t forget children also have access to Phonics Play, Numbots, Timestables Rockstars and SumDog!


What happens if the school closes?
If the school were to close, daily learning activities will be uploaded onto the school website every day during the school closure and the children would need to complete these at home with you.

17th March 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s briefing late yesterday afternoon, we have brought in additional measures to support the health and safety of all the children and staff in school.

School Trips/Swimming

The latest guidance asks for people not to make any unnecessary travel and in light of this, all school trips and swimming lessons have now been cancelled with immediate effect until further notice.

PGL Residential

The school is currently in communication with PGL about the Year 6 residential trip to Little Canada on the Isle of Wight in July. We will keep you updated with any further information about this when we know more.