We have introduced this new page to bring together information and advice relating to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Included on this page will be general information and information about expectations and health and safety for pupils returning to school.
This page will be added to regularly to keep you as up to date as possible.
The following websites have lots of information and advice relating to COVID-19:
Water Mill COVID-19 Control Measures
September Return to school
On Wednesday 2nd September all pupils in Years 1-6 will return to school. Reception pupils will start slightly later on 3rd September (not all of Reception will start on this day).
The Government has issued strict guidelines about how this will work and the steps that schools must take to ensure the safety of pupils, staff and families. The school has completed a risk assessment and considered all actions that we need to take so that we are following these guidelines.
- Each class must be kept separate from each other: To facilitate this we will have staggered start times, break and end times each day
- Years 5 & 6 will start school at 8.45am with Year 6 entering first, applying gel and then going to class. Year 6 will finish school at 3.30pm and Year 5 at 3.20pm
- Years 3 & 4 will start school at 8.55am with Year 4 entering first. Year 4 will finish school at 3.20pm and Year 3 at 3.10pm
- Years 1 & 2 will start school at 9.05am with Year 2 entering school first. Year 2 will finish at 3.10pm and Year 1 at 3pm.
- When Reception are full time in school they will start the day at 9.10am and finish at 3pm
The children will enter school via the car park gate and leave via the pedestrian gate. We ask that all pupils arrive at their allocated time. If children are not on time they will have to wait until all other children have gone into school before they can come in.
Only one parent is allowed into the playground to bring/collect their child from school. Please be aware of social distancing guidelines when waiting outside the school gates or in the playground.
If you have children in different year groups then you will be allowed to wait on the playground to drop them off or to pick them up.
A reminder that parents are not allowed to park or drop off in the turning area outside of the school gate. This will be especially important in September because of those waiting to go into school.
Lunchtimes and break times will be held at different times so that groups can be kept apart.
The children will be required to wear school uniform.
Homework and reading books will come home.
There will be no swimming for the first term.
Before and after school club will be open as usual, however both will be held in the school hall and must be pre-booked and paid for. It will not be possible to turn up on the day without booking unless there is an emergency.
We will no longer be taking cash payments. Any dinner money/trip money etc must be paid through School Money, our online payments system.
There will be no whole school assemblies, parent workshops, or parent meetings during the first term. We hope that the restrictions on these will be lifted during the spring term so that we can catch up and welcome you back in.
We ask that you avoid visiting the school office unless it is very urgent. They can be contacted by telephone or email and are always quick to answer. A member of the senior leadership team will be in the playground at the start and end of each day should you need to speak to someone.
If your child is ill they must not come to school. If COVID is suspected then they should be taken for a test. If there is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID in your household then your child must not come to school until isolation is complete.
If you are planning a holiday over the summer break please be aware that for some countries your household will need to isolate for 14 days upon return.
If your child is ill whilst in school we will request you to collect them. If it is a suspected case of COVID they should be taken for a test and should not return to school until the outcome is known. If there is a confirmed case of COVID in your child's class then all children in that class will be required to stay at home and isolate.
We will be cleaning the school more frequently and encouraging regular hand washing and hygiene practices.
Within a class children will not be required to social distance. They will be sitting next to other children in their class and will be playing with them in the playground.
These measures will be reviewed regularly to ensure that all measures are being effective in keeping children and adults safe. We will keep you informed if anything changes.
If you have any questions about procedures in September please get in touch via the school office.