Birmingham City Council Statement
A joint statement from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Ian Ward, Cabinet Member for Children’s Wellbeing Cllr Kate Booth and Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture Cllr Jayne Francis has been published on the council website.
1.6.20 Update regarding wider opening
1st June 2020
Thank you for your continued patience as we continue to work closely with our governors, the DfE and Local Authority regarding the wider opening of St. Alban’s. We always make decisions based around how to keep the St. Alban’s community safe.
We have therefore decided to further stagger return dates for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
Parents must stick to arrival and dismissal times. We will not able to give preference to individual children.
Please be mindful that the dates are not definite. If anything changes within our staffing or a deterioration further in the ‘R’ value and death rate, our Governing Body will consider if the above dates will need to be changed.
Parents of pupils in Reception, Y1 and Y6 should have received an online survey to complete regarding their child’s return to school. Please complete this as soon as possible so that we can make plans for staffing and classroom allocation. Schools hours for Key Worker pupils are as normal for this week -9.00am -3.00pm.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
22.5.20 Frequently Asked Questions
No. The choice to send pupils to school lies with parents. Our pupil attendance figures will not be affected and you will not be fined if you decide against sending your child in to school. We will continue to provide some online learning for those children who stay at home.
From the 8th June pupils will be taught in ‘bubbles’ with a maximum of 10 pupils. Pupils will complete the same timetable that is prepared for home learning. We are hoping that provision will be for four days per week. However, if we have more requests from parents this may reduce as we have 8 teaching spaces and the maximum group size will be 10 pupils. This will support us in keeping limited numbers on site.
Not necessarily but as a small school, pupils are familiar with all school staff. Your child may be taught be a teacher or teaching assistant in their classroom or another classroom dependant on numbers.
This will be different for each child. You will receive a letter with start times by Friday 5th June. Pupils will only be able to come in at these times and not any other time.
Our ambition is for the first lessons to begin on Monday 8th June and to continue until the summer holidays.
No. However the measures we intend to put in place will make school as safe as possible.
Social distancing with primary school pupils is extremely difficult. The government guidance states that class sizes should be no more than 15. Our absolute maximum class size is 10 pupils so that we can adhere to the strict 2m distancing. However, as parents you will be aware that pupils understanding of social distancing is limited. In Reception (4 and 5 year olds) this will be impossible so we will increase hygiene measures but will not be maintaining social distancing. All Reception pupils will be taught in the Reception classroom/outdoor area and use Reception toilets.
Class sizes in other year groups and classrooms will be 10 maximum and this means we are able to meet the 2m social distancing requirements. Pupils will be required to stay at the same desk each day which will be cleaned before and after use.
On entry to school, pupils and parents will be asked to wait in a line 2m from each other just as the supermarkets do. We will be using the main entrance and will stagger entry and exit to and from school. We ask that children should only be taken to school and collected by someone in their household.
We would ask that you emphasise the importance of keeping a safe distance from each other to your children and encourage all to make their way home as soon as their child has been dismissed.
We request that Y6 pupils come to and from school without a parent in order to support their transition to secondary school and to help reduce the number of people at the school gates.
The school has been deep cleaned and all rooms sanitised. There will be additional cleaning support completed by teaching staff during the school day.
We have a stock of hand sanitiser in school and we will ensure all pupils use this regularly. We will support pupils with regular handwashing.
Please note that the guidance does not require staff to wear PPE. Those staff administering first aid and checking for symptoms will have some PPE. Staff who are deemed vulnerable may choose to wear PPE.
It is extremely important that you do not send your child in to school if they have any of the COVID 19 symptoms. This includes a dry, continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste and/or smell. If he or she does display symptoms you should get them tested as soon as possible and isolate for seven days. You should provide the school with evidence of the negative test result should you wish your child to return to school.
If your child displays symptoms in school, we will isolate them immediately and contact parents to arrange for them to be sent home. Parents must come to collect them as soon as possible.
You should not send your child in to school. Despite all the additional measures in place, we cannot guarantee that your child will not take the infection back to your household.
For the safety of all pupils, we want to limit their movement around the building. Reception and Y1 will be able to use their own toilets. However, Y6 pupils and key worker pupils will use the same toilets. It will not be possible for a member of staff to supervise each child and to clean toilets after every use.
Yes. All pupils in school who are in Reception, Y1 will receive a free packed lunch which will be delivered to their classroom. Parents of pupils in Y6 can pay for school lunch as normal via parent pay or send their child to school with a lunch as normal. Those of you entitled to free school meals will continue to receive vouchers if you do not send your child into school.
There are currently no current plans to resume toast and juice service. The school will provide fruit as a morning snack. Please do not send in snacks for morning break.
All work will be completed in one exercise book which we will provide and they will not need to bring any equipment from home. Children will not be permitted to bring book bags, school bags, planners or reading books. They will only need their water bottle and a sunhat or coat dependant on weather.
The school uniform policy will not need to be strictly adhered to during the remainder of this term. This lenience is a temporary measure and our normal uniform policy will apply from 1st September 2020. Pupils can choose summer/winter uniform or their PE top with black shorts or tracksuit bottoms or leggings. Pupils who have grown out of school shoes may wear plimsolls or trainers. Pupils must remove all nail polish and transfers/temporary tattoos.
The suggestion is that parents should try to wash this uniform regularly to ensure no residual viral presence. Best practice, after a day in school, would be for the children to put the clothes they have been wearing straight into the wash and have a shower. Your child will only need to bring a water bottle and coat or sunhat (dependent on weather) every day. Do not send anything else into school with them including book bags, planners, PE kits. No reading books or other items will be sent home.
Parents will be able to purchase uniform via parent pay and this will be sent home with children. Parents will not be permitted onto the school site to the office.
No other people will be allowed on site except those identified school staff. If parents need to speak to school, please contact the office through the normal channels.
Telephone: 0121 444 6530. Email: email@example.com
Unfortunately, this will not be possible as we are trying to limit the interactions that pupils have to ensure their safety.
If they are in the vulnerable category or you are a key worker, your child will be able to attend. Otherwise no other pupils will be allowed on site.
Please note that this provision is different to the provision we will provide to vulnerable pupils and children of key workers.
I hope you are safe and well. Yesterday we received a little more guidance from the government with advice about how to safely open the school for pupils in Reception, Y1 and Y6. I am meeting virtually with the governing body tomorrow afternoon and we shall continue to make plans for how this will work at St. Alban's. At present we are receiving information at the same time as parents. Here is a link to the latest guidance and I hope it helps to answer some of your questions.
We appreciate that many parents are anxious at this time and we hope that will be able to issue more information as soon as possible.
Corona Virus - Frequently asked questions 20.3.20
|How can I contact the school?||
The school office will be manned from 9.00am -9.45am and 2.15pm and 3.00pm due to staffing shortages.
Telephone: 0121 444 6530
The school email will also be monitored regularly: firstname.lastname@example.org
What should I do if my child doesn’t understand the work they’ve been set?
Please look at the class page section of the website under 'Our Children' Tab.
You can communicate with the classteacher through the dedicated year group email address - teachers will do their best to respond within 48 hours.
|Can I access the school during school closure?||
No. The building will only be open for vulnerable pupils and pupils of ‘Key Workers’ (please see the latest guidance Key Workers).
There will be a limited number of staff members on site.
Should you wish to contact the school please use the methods highlighted above.
What do I do if I have any safeguarding concerns?
Please contact Children’s Social Care on 0121 303 1888 or NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or email@example.com
When should I expect to receive communications or updates from school?
|We will do our best to keep you updated regularly. Remember to check the school website and twitter. It is also important to keep up to date with current news in the national media.|
When is school going to reopen?
Unfortunately, we cannot answer this question. We would advise you to keep up to date with national news and regularly check your emails for communication from the school.
My child is entitled to a free school meal, will this be provided?
Yes, you should have received an email regarding this. If you are eligible and haven’t received any communication, please contact the school. School lunches will be available to collect from school and some with be able to be delivered to your house. We have started a school food bank which you will be able to access. Please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org
What will happen to any payments already made?
All events that have been cancelled will be refunded but please bear with us as we are dealing with daily changes and staffing shortages. Email us at email@example.com
What happens if I have a change in my circumstances?
|If you have a change of circumstances at any point during the enforced school closure please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may be able to help with free school meals and our school food bank.|
A letter to our children 20th March 2020
Parents please read this to your child over the weekend.
Over the last few days I have written many letters and messages to your parents about the corona virus and this evening when I sat down at home I realised I had forgotten to write to you!
Some of you have had to miss some school time already as your parents have been keeping you safe by staying at home and also keeping everyone else by this too. For many of you Friday was your last day at school for a long time and you may be thinking about why you can't come to school and wondering what is happening. I have been speaking to lots of you at school about the coronavirus and washing your hands and I know your teachers have been. You may have noticed that we have been very busy this week and perhaps looked a little sad at some points. Please do not worry the reason we have been sad is because we know that we won't see some of you for a while and we will miss each of you very much.
However, we will think of all every day and we will laugh and share memories. We will wonder if you are still running around, if you are singing, praying, drawing, reading, painting, playing and helping your parents. We will remember happy and funny things that have happened at school and this will make us smile.
If you are at home, then please keep checking on our school website class pages because your teachers will make videos and plan activities to keep you busy over the coming weeks. We want you to keep learning new things and having fun.
Some of you will still come to school but it will be very different to normal. All of your friends may not be here and you will not be in your usual classroom but your teachers will help you to settle into a new routine and have lots of fun things for you to do while your parents are busy doing some very important jobs at the moment. Many of your parents are real life superheroes, as they are helping others and they know you are safe with us and your St. Alban's family.
You are all special to us but at the moment we have to look after you in different ways - some of you at school and some of you by making sure you stay at home. Over the next few weeks I want you to do some very important things for me.
1. Be kind and helpful - try and help at home as much as you can. Some of your parents may have to do some work at home and while they are working try to complete some of the activities that we have sent you or something from the website. Keep following in the footsteps of Jesus. You may have noticed that lots of people are trying to be very kind to others at the moment and helping one another by sharing food and time. This is one of the good things that is happening and try and think of a good thing that has happened each day before you go to sleep at night. Please try not to argue with your brothers and sisters and to share your toys. You may be spending more time at home and this can be difficult as you are used to exploring the world. Hopefully we will all be able to do this again soon.
2. Try not to worry. At the moment you may here lots of people talking about scary facts about the corona virus, you may see things on the TV or internet that worry you. You may not be able to see some of your family as they are having to stay at home this doesn't mean that they don't love you. Write them letters this will help them to keep smiling when they may feel a little alone. They are just trying to stay safe and not spread the virus around to others. Please do not keep your worries to yourself - share them. Everyone is a little scared at the moment but we are are less scared together. You have all made a talking hand at school with each fingers being a person you can talk to. Make a new one at home, you can still include someone from school and if you are want to talk to us you can. If you need to share your worry with a teacher, then ask your parent to send an email and we will call you at home. Remember we love you and our school mission is that we live, love and learn together.
3. Keep learning - even though you are not at school you can still give each activity 100%, keep trying as hard as you can and do you best. Try and learn something new whilst you are at home and when you come back to school you can show me your new achievement or talent. I can't wait to hear all about what you have been doing. Share photos of your work with us on twitter and by emailing your teachers and I promise I will keep sending weekly certificates to children who have done their best.
My St. Alban's family mean the world to mean and I have the best job in the world. As you all know I have 2 boys, one of them comes to our school and the other is a toddler now. When people ask me ''How many children do you have?'' I say ''209'' and they always look at me like I am bonkers but I'm not. That number includes each of you. I am so proud of all of you and I will really miss seeing you every day on the school gate and sharing smiles.
God bless all of you and I cannot wait until we are all back together in our amazing school.
Lots of love Mrs McKinney and all the staff at St. Alban's xx