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School Re-opening Information

Wednesday 26th August 2020

Just one week to go now until school reopens on Wednesday 2nd September. For the first three days, children will return to their previous classroom and will be with their old teacher so they will feel happy and settled and you won't get lost on the first day!

 I’m very excited to see you all again. School looks bright and sparkly, everything is in place – it just needs you!

All children should return to school.  You can find important and useful information about coming back to school safely from St Helens Council here: https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/backtoschool

We have taken lots of measures to keep everybody safe and well. Please remember:

  • Do not bring your child to school if they or someone they live with has symptoms of coronavirus. Get a test and isolate until a negative result is received.
  • Drop off is between 8.35am and 9am and collection between 3pm and 3.25pm. Please use this staggered time to avoid crowding the playground and wait 2m apart from other adults for your child to come out. Leave the playground as quickly as you can after dropping off and collecting.
  • Parents will not be permitted into the building. Please use the telephone and email for messages.
  • Keep our amazing staff safe – be aware of the line markings on the playground and stay behind them at all times. Keep a 2m distance if talking to staff on the playground.
  • Children should not bring personal belongings into school with the exception of a coat, a named water bottle and a lunch box if they have packed lunch. No pencil cases, toys or bags please. Reading books will not be sent home.
  • School meals will be available. If you pay for your child’s meal, please try to do so online (Info from the office) or send cash in an envelope marked with your child’s name. Meals must be paid for in advance.
  • On PE day, children should come to school in their PE kit:  plain white tshirt, navy/black joggers or shorts, pumps or plain trainers. A plain red hoodie or school jumper/cardigan can also be worn. School uniform should be worn on all other days.

This is just a reminder. Please read the previous updates for more information or contact us if you have any questions or concerns. I know things will be a little different but together we will make this work for our children. We can do this!

Can’t wait to see you all.

Mrs Hignett

Monday 27.07.20

Hope you've all enjoyed the first week of the holidays. I have attached a flyer with lots of activities for families on our news pages here: http://www.broadoak.st-helens.sch.uk/news/summer-activities/55478.

There is also a letter above from St Helens Council above with important information relating to reopening in September.

Please don't forget our school office is open between 9.30am and 12pm on Wednesdays if you need any help or support. You can call in, phone, text or email and will we get back to you then. 

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

Friday 17.07.20

As this strangest of years draws to a close, I just want to say a final thank you to everybody for all your support this year. Special mentions must go to our fabulous Y6, who have shown resilience, bravery and strength to finish the year in a really positive way. I hope they all liked their hoodies, Broad Oak bears, year books and special photos as well as their special outdoor send off this morning. We will miss them very much – they are a very special group of children.

I also want to say a massive thank you to all our amazing staff who always go above and beyond for our Broad Oak family, not just through the pandemic. So much goes on that you may not see all their efforts but whether it’s shopping for food parcels, writing individual messages, liaising with other professionals, making special work packs, creating their own resources, supporting individual children and families in so many ways it is always the extra mile. We are very lucky to have them and I am so proud of everyone – staff, children and families alike and feel privileged to be the headteacher of our school.

So on to September. Don’t forget Y1-Y6 will return in full school uniform on Wednesday 2nd and go back to their old classroom and previous teacher for the first three days. It is expected that all children will return and our usual attendance and absence procedures will apply. We want everyone back and have put lots of measures in place to make school as safe as possible. No bags, toys, PE bags, pencil cases etc are allowed so please don’t go shopping for new ones! On PE days, children will come dressed in their kit – plain white t-shirt, dark joggers and plain trainers please.

We’ve enjoyed reading your surveys and are delighted so many children are looking forward to returning. For those who are more anxious, we’ve read your comments and will make sure they have been passed to the right teacher.

Breakfast club will start again on 14th September. Miss Fraser has been contacting those families who requested a place. If you haven’t had a call, please email or text school and we’ll get back to you.

There will be someone available in school next Monday and Tuesday and then each Wednesday from 9.30-12 throughout the holidays so if you need any help or support, do get in touch.

Have a lovely summer, thank you for being so fabulous.

See you all in the new term,

Mrs Hignett

School Update Thursday 9th July

Please read the letter above which has information about September and new classes. A copy of this letter is included in school reports which will be sent home on Monday 13th July. If your child is not currently attending school, reports can be collected from the school office from 10am on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th. Please be mindful of social distancing if there is a queue.

School Update Friday 3rd July

Hello everybody,

Little Oaks, Nursery, Y1 and Y6 children are now back in school as well as small groups in other year groups. Everyone is happy, settled and having lots of fun! We are looking forward to welcoming Reception back in on Monday. If your child has not returned, please remember we are here each day if you require any help or support or just want to check in and say hello!

We were delighted to finally hear the news yesterday that all children will be able to return to school in September. We are busy working through the guidance received to make sure school is as safe as it can possibly be. We will continue with all of the safety measures we have put in place, some of which include:

  • Children staying in class ‘bubbles’ during the day – no assemblies, lunches eaten in classrooms, designated play areas
  • Increased cleaning throughout school
  • Only one adult to drop off/collect children
  • Access to the school building limited to staff and pre-arranged visitors only
  • No personal belongings in school e.g. no pencil cases, toys, books etc
  • A staggered drop off and pick up time

Most children will return on Wednesday 2nd September. Little Oaks, Nursery and Reception have separate arrangements. Children will initially be in their previous classes with their last teacher for the first three days. All arrangements are currently provisional. We will keep you updated of any changes. There will also be more information in the children’s reports which will be posted on Monday 13th July.

Children will be returning in full school uniform. This can be purchased from any supermarket or high street store. If you prefer a cardigan or jumper with a badge, these are available from Whittaker’s in the town centre. We do have a limited stock of nearly new uniform available in school which we will be offering to families for collection next week.

We are also aiming to run our free breakfast club from 14th September but places will be limited. Please text the word ‘breakfast’ followed by your child’s name to 07786201172 if you would like us to contact you in September about a place.

We are all really excited about preparing to welcome everyone back. If you have any questions or concerns, please do contact us.

Thanks for your support,

Mrs Hignett

Reopening Update Friday 26.06.20

Hello everybody,

I hope you are all well and have been enjoying the lovely sunshine. I also hope the thunderstorms stay away over the weekend.

It has been brilliant to see our Little Oaks, Nursery and Y6 children back in school. I’m so excited to see Y1 on Monday too. Please remember that you need to tell us first if you would like your child to return to school. Children are having a brilliant time in small group ‘bubbles’. They may not be with their usual teacher or all their friends but everyone is happy and having fun. Lots of learning and laughter here! I would like to say a huge thank you to our incredible staff who have worked so hard to make sure our children are happy and settled even in such challenging circumstances. They have made me very proud.

Once we have welcomed Y1 in next week, there will be a further risk assessment. If we can, we will welcome Reception children back from Monday 6th July but we will contact Reception parents to confirm this before then.

I have had a lovely week reading all the children’s annual reports. It made me smile to see such lovely comments from teachers. All children in Nursery to Y6 will receive their annual report during the last week of term. If you have moved house recently, please update us with your current address to ensure it is sent to the right place – you won’t want to miss it!

The annual report will also contain information about September. We are hopeful that all children will be able to return straight away but we are waiting for more government guidance. There will be some time for children in this year’s Reception to Y5 to spend time with their previous teacher to help their transition to their next class. Children will be expected to return to school in full uniform. We will be holding a Broad Oak uniform give away shortly – look out for a text message!

I am busy looking at different options for Breakfast Club. At the moment, under the current government guidance, we will not be able to run breakfast club as it previously was. I will continue to work hard on exploring different ways to work. However, we will continue to offer an soft opening approach from 8.40am to support our families and breakfast is always available each day.

We have a number of PE bags still left in school. Please call in to collect these as soon as possible.

Thank you again for your support and encouragement through this. We really do appreciate all your kind messages and comments.

As ever, if you need any support at all, please contact us here at school.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

 

Update Tuesday 16.06.20

Good afternoon everybody!

It has been lovely to welcome back our Y6 and Nursery children this week. If your child is in Y6 or nursery and you haven’t requested a place, please contact us before sending your child back to school.

I know that lots of you will have been disappointed to hear the news last week that Y2, 3, 4 and 5 will not be returning to school before the summer break. We will be reviewing our plan for Y1 before the 29th June when more children have been attending regularly and we have had the opportunity to review the impact on children and staff. If possible, we will invite more children from Y1 back at this point. The return of Reception children will be reviewed in July depending on space and staffing.

As a large school with over 350 children in Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6, it is important that we plan our return of children sensibly.  

Please don’t forget that we are always here to support you and your child. You can contact your child’s teacher via email at broadoak@sthelens.org.uk or by text on 07786201172 with any questions, concerns or just to say hello. We love to hear and see what the children have been up to at home. You can also call us on 01744 752340, the office is open each day and senior staff and the pastoral team are here to help.

I’m sure you have lots of questions about September but, like you, I am waiting for further information from the government. Please don’t worry, we will make sure that children have time for transition and to spend time in their previous classrooms with their teachers before we make any changes for the new term. I will keep you updated when I can.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

 

 

Re-opening update Wednesday 10.6.20

Good afternoon! I'm sure you will have seen the news yesterday that there will be no return to school for the majority of Y2,3,4 and 5 during the Summer Term. I recognise that this is very disappointing - it is for us too. We miss you all. Please remember you can get in touch with your child's teacher, senior staff or the pastoral team via email at broadoak@sthelens.org.uk or  by text on 07786201172. We are here to help with home learning, to offer any other support you need or even to just touch base and say hello!

I am pleased, however, that we will be able to welcome Y6 back next week. 6B can attend from Monday 15th June and 6R the next day, Tuesday 16th June. Our next review date is 29th June. We will not be admitting any more year groups before then. This allows us time to make sure that all safety measures are working and everyone is keeping well. Below is a special message for Y6:

Hello Y6!

We can’t wait to see you very soon. 6B will return on Monday 15th June and 6R on Tuesday 16th June. School looks a little bit different but the people are the same and we have lots of great things planned for the next few weeks.

Before then, here is some important information for your parents and carers.

  1. Please only send your child to school if you have informed us they will be returning via phone or text. Children will learn and play in planned, small mixed groups and may not be with their previous class teacher.
  2. School opens between 8.40 and 9am and collection is between 3pm and 3.20pm. Children walking home alone will be permitted to leave at 3.15pm
  3. Y6 will enter through their usual door. Parents/carers will not be allowed to wait on the school site and should instead wait on Provident Street ensuring a 2m distance from others.
  4. Only one parent/carer should bring/collect the children
  5. Parents/carers will not be allowed inside the school building.
  6. If a child is late they will enter the premises on their own via the main office.
  7. If you have any messages for teachers or office staff, please share these by telephone or email.
  8. Your child should now be attending school every day. If they are absent, please inform us by phone, text or e-mail.
  9. Children should wear their own fresh, comfortable clothes each day. Uniform is not required.
  10. Children should only bring a coat if the weather is unpleasant. No pencil cases, toys, books etc allowed – we have all we need in school 😊
  11. A named water bottle from home may be brought in. This can contain still juice or water but no fizzy drinks. This will be kept on your child’s table and must go home each night.
  12. Ensure that you don’t send your child to school if they or anybody in your home has any Covid-19 symptoms. You should arrange for a test for your child immediately. We can support you with this on the phone. The person with symptoms must self isolate for 7 days or until the test is negative. The people they live with must self-isolate for 14 days.
  13. If someone in your child’s bubbles shows symptoms, we will let you know so you can be vigilant. If they test positive, your child will be required to isolate. We will tell you more about this if it happens.
  14. Families must follow the government’s safety guidance at home too. If children are not keeping safe outside school then we can’t look after each other.
  15.  If your child is in years 3 to 6 and you usually pay for their school meal, this should continue but must now be paid online. Please contact the school office for details on how to do this.
  16. Parents cannot visit the school office unless it is for an essential visit such as dropping off medication or registration forms or collecting food parcels.
  17. Y6 children will be expected to follow the social distancing rules and there are strict behaviour guidelines in place regarding this. Please talk to your child about this. Our behaviour policy is on the school website and includes a Covid-19 section.

Thank you for your support through this time. Together we will make this work for our children.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

 

 

Re-opening update  Monday 8.6.20

Hello again everybody!

It has been lovely to welcome more children back to school today. We have opened more widely for additional children of keyworkers and also for families we were working closely with both before and during the pandemic. All our children and grown ups are settled in their new ‘bubbles’ and have had a brilliant day. Lots of smiles all round.

As you know, the next stage of our plan is to invite Y6 children back. We were hoping for the 15th June but this date is currently under review due to the rising R rate in the North West. We are contacting the parents/carers of children in Y6 to see if they wish their child to return when the date is set. I will update you all during the week with any further information.

For other children, there are no provisional dates for return just yet. We are continually reviewing our risk assessments in school and working with the Council and Public Health to set out a safe, manageable plan.

As ever, if you require any help or support the school office is open each day and senior staff as well as the pastoral team are here and happy to help.

Thank you for your support throughout this time.

Mrs Hignett

 

Update Monday 1st June

Hello everybody,

I promised I would update you as soon as I could about the gradual re-opening of school. 

I am now in a position to offer more information about the coming weeks. It is half term, as planned, until Wednesday 3rd June.

Between 3rd and 5th June, we will contact families who have requested a place because of work commitments. If you are returning to work and would like a school place and have not yet informed us, please email or text your child’s name to the school messaging service on  07786201172. If demand is high, we may have to prioritise places using the government criteria. We will also contact the parents/carers of 30 hour nursery children and families who we have been supporting closely both before and during the pandemic to invite their child to attend.

From 8th June, these children will begin to attend school. Here are some things you need to know and discuss with your child. I know it seems strange but all these measures have been put in place to minimise risk. Our fabulous staff are determined to make this work and will reassure children and families. There will still be plenty of fun and smiles! However, school will look a little different for children and it will be helpful if you can prepare them:

  • Each day is non-uniform. Children should wear clean, comfortable and practical clothes to school.
  • Children should arrive between 8.40 and 9.00 and be collected between 3.00-3.20pm. Parents are encouraged to arrive between these times to stagger the flow of traffic around school. Adults must leave the site immediately after both drop off and collection and use the 2m markings whilst waiting.
  • Children are expected to attend each day from the 8th even if parents are working from home or not on shift. This is a change from our current provision.
  • Please only bring your child to school if you have been directly offered a place from school. Inviting children in gradually will help us keep everyone as safe as possible.
  • Classes will have a maximum of 15 in each room. Some of our rooms are smaller than others so there will be less in these groups.
  • Your child may have a different teacher from before and will not be with their full class although adults working with groups will be familiar to the children.
  • Classrooms are set out differently. There are less resources and separate tables. Children will have their own place to sit and an individual set of pencils/scissors etc.
  • Adults and children will endeavour to remain 2m apart. We have markings on the floor to help with this.
  • Children will stay in their class bubbles all day including at breaktimes and lunch. There will be plenty of opportunity for outdoor learning and play. Please apply suncream to your child before coming to school.
  • Lunches will be eaten in the classroom. Please ensure lunchboxes are wiped before coming to school. We will give children wipes to do this before eating too.
  • We will provide each child with a new, named water bottle which will be cleaned and remain at school.
  • The outdoor play equipment will not be able to be used.
  • Children should only bring a coat if required. No other belongings (pencil case, books, toys, PE kit) can be brought into school.
  • Only one adult should bring/collect children to minimise the number of people on site.
  • Parents and carers will not be able to enter the building. Messages should be sent via email or phone.
  • Children who are late should enter through the main reception doors and will be signed in by our lovely office staff. Adults must wait outside.
  • Our behaviour policy has been updated and there are some new rules around keeping safe e.g. moving safely around school, keeping clean and being hygienic and following instructions immediately. All children will have lessons on this during their first day at school.
  • If your child wears a nappy, please make sure they are clean and dry at the start of the day to minimise intimate care.
  • We may need to contact you more often than usual – please ensure we have 2 up-to-date working contact numbers for you.
  • Your child must NOT attend school if they or others in your household have a cough, fever or loss of taste/smell and should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • If asked to self-isolate via test and trace, children will not be permitted to attend.
  • Parents of children who choose not to send their child to school will not be fined during this time.

Everyone in our Broad Oak family is looking forward to welcoming our children back safely. We have missed you all. It will take us a little while to settle into new routines so please bear with us. We still have staff on site each day so we can offer support with food parcels or other matters.

We will continue to assess our provision during the week of the 8th and aim to admit Y6 children from 15th June starting with 6B on the 15th followed by 6R on 16th. We will contact Y6 parents before then to ask which children will be returning and answer any further questions.

Our next review will then take place on the 29th June unless there is a change in guidance or risk assessment before then.

I hope you find this information useful. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Mrs Hignett

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