We have created this space to help our children and families keep up to date with news and information from Summerbank. When we aren’t seeing each other all the time it’s very hard to share information, hopefully we can make that a little easier here.
UPDATE 05/03/2020 – The Reopening of School
Dear Parents and Carers
We are really looking forward to seeing our Summerbank families back in school again starting next week. This letter is to help explain how things will work.
What day does my child start back at school?
All children start back on Monday 8th March
What time does school open?
The school gates will be open for drop-off from 8.45am-9am. Nursery drop off is at 8.50am. Only one adult to bring the children please. Children who are off school from high school should not drop off.
Is there still a one-way system?
Yes. To drop off Reception to Y6 you will enter from the double gates on the car park and follow the one-way system exiting through the field. If you arrive early please make sure you stay 2m apart from other families while waiting.
What time does school finish?
Please make sure that only one person comes to pick up children and that you stay within the marked areas. Children who are off school from high school should not come onto the school grounds. Please leave the school site as soon as you have picked up.
|Year Group||Pick up|
|Reception*, Year1, Year 2, Year 3||Any time between 2.55pm-3.05pm|
|Year 5 & Year 6||3.05pm|
*the arrangements for some Reception children being picked up from the Main Office remain in place
Do parents need to wear a face mask at drop off and pick up?
Yes. We ask that all adults wear a face mask while they are on school grounds. This includes waiting at gates to come in, whilst dropping off/picking up and while walking across the field. Staff will ask adults not wearing a face mask to put one on. I know that some people are exempt from wearing a mask, please be understanding if you are asked, staff are doing their best to help keep everyone safe.
Will the Car Park be open?
No – the Car Park remains closed for the safety of those entering the school from the Car Park. We encourage those that are able to walk to school to do so. For those families that live further away the arrangement with Lidl on the High Street continues and parents can use their car park when dropping off and picking up from school so that it is only a short walk.
Is Breakfast Club open?
Breakfast club will be open from Monday at 8am to a limited number of children. Places are prioritised for keyworkers. If you have previously had a Breakfast Club place in the Autumn Term you will be contacted to check whether you still require it. If you are a key worker and think you need to apply for a place please email email@example.com
What’s happening about school dinners?
Free School Meals – these will start again on Monday for all children in Reception, Year One and Year Two and for children in other years that qualify.
Paid school meals – For children in Nursery who do not qualify for Free School Meals parents should use the ParentPay system. Children who have been in school during the January closure who are already paying through ParentPay can continue to do so. We hope to open up the offer of paid meals to more families in the future but will make sure all in school systems are working smoothly first.
All other children should bring a packed lunch.
Do children need to wear school uniform?
Yes. Children should wear their school uniform. We encourage you to wash this frequently. On PE days, children should come to school wearing their PE kit (white/green t-shirt, black shorts/leggings/jogging bottoms and trainers (if wearing pumps then these should be brought in a separate bag). On PE days children should also wear their school sweatshirt. We are keeping windows open in classrooms to ventilate the rooms so on cold days please make sure your child is dressed warmly.
Do children wear face masks?
No. Children should not wear a face mask in school.
Will my child still be in a bubble?
Yes. Children are in class bubbles for learning inside the building and year group bubbles outside at playtime and lunchtime. This means that the number of other children they are in contact with is limited.
Will staff be wearing facemasks?
Adults in school will be wearing facemasks in communal areas through school and on the playground.
Will children still be washing their hands often in school?
Absolutely! This is a really important part of keeping everyone safe. There will be clear expectations for all pupils and staff to wash their hands several times per day. This will include arriving at and leaving the site as well as at any transition points throughout their school day. Staff will also meet these expectations.
What is my child able to bring to school?
Children are able to bring with them:
Their packed lunch
Their reading bag and book
Water bottles (Y3-Y6) to be brought into school/taken home daily (younger children have access to water in the classroom)
What happens if my child is late or they have an appointment during the school day?
Late: Children should be brought to the main entrance where instructions will be given on how to get them to class.
Appointments: Please try to avoid booking appointments during the school day, if you do need to pick them up early then please make sure the school office know in advance. They will then arrange for your child to be brought to meet you.
What happens if my child is unwell on a day they are meant to be in school?
Please report any illness or if your child will not be attending to the school office. It is important that we know why someone is off, especially if you think it might be due to Covid-19. Office staff will ask about symptoms and may advise you to arrange a Covid test.
What happens if a child or staff member shows symptoms of Covid-19?
If a child or staff member develops symptoms, we will move them to an isolation area at the end of the Key Stage One Corridor (the door that is passed as you first walk past the side of the school). If this is your child you will be contacted for them to go home straight away along with any of their brothers or sisters. You will receive information about how to arrange a COVID-19 test which you should do straight away. You will then need to ring the school as soon as you get the test result.
If we do get a confirmed case of COVID-19 in school we will be supported by Public Health England and keep families informed. This may lead to bubbles being closed and children being asked to isolate.
I hope you have found the above information above has been helpful and I look forward to seeing you all next week
UPDATE 04/03/2020 – Reopening of School to All Pupils & Availability of Home Tests
Dear Parents and Carers,
Summerbank Primary Academy will reopen to all pupils on Monday 8th March along with all other English Primary schools.
We very much look forward to welcoming our children and families back to school and rely on your help in doing so in the safest way possible. Tomorrow I will be sending out information on how we will return and all that you need to know about starting back.
All staff in school are using twice weekly Covid Tests to check themselves even if they do not have any symptoms. This is because people can have Covid without any of the symptoms we hear about, this is called ‘asymptomatic testing’. We have been doing this since the Autumn Term.
The Government is now giving families of children at school the chance to order tests for themselves so that they can check their family at home for infection. These tests are used to help find people who do not show any symptoms of Covid 19 but could be spreading it to others without realising.
If you would like to order tests for your children/family to use each week to check for people who have Covid without realising you can click on the link here to go to the ordering website https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
If you or one of your family have any of the symptoms of Covid 19 you should still book to have a test at one of the Covid 19 test centres. Go to our Covid-19 page for information on how to do this or follow this link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
I think this is a brilliant opportunity to help keep your family and others safe and I hope many of our families will start home testing.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon
UPDATE 10/2/21 – school site closed until the end of the week
You will be aware that we have had to close a number of year group bubbles over the last few weeks due to positive cases of Covid-19.
We have worked hard to keep the school Covid-safe throughout this time by having additional cleaning, setting clear distancing and hygiene procedures and responding immediately to any new cases.
Tomorrow (Tuesday 9th) school will be closed. This is because our risk assessment shows that due to the absence of key staff we are unable to follow our usual practices that allow us to open safely. Your child is not required to isolate. Although the school site will be closed, remote learning will continue for children via Class Dojo and Purple Mash.
This is a temporary closure of one day but may be extended if we are unable to resolve these issues so please look out for updates during the day.
It is important that if your child displays any symptoms of possible Covid-19 you arrange a test for them. Should your child go on to receive a positive test result please let us know immediately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving a message on the number 07398 342326
I apologise for the short notice you are receiving of this closure, please be assured I am taking this action in order to keep your child/children and the school community safe.
Many thanks and please do take care
8/02/21 Remote Learning Update
Dear Summerbank families,
Thank you so much for all of the learning you’ve been doing at home since the start of lockdown. The children not in school are very much missed by the staff but seeing the learning and photographs being sent back into school is very uplifting.
It was great to see so much enthusiam during our Family Fit February activities last Monday and to build on this we have added more Family Sessions to our home learning timetables so that everyone can take part together. This means there will be a Family Active Session every morning to start the day, a Wellbeing Wednesday Family Session every Wednesday afternoon and for Y1-Y6 a Philosophy for Children Session on a Thursday afternoon.
To help families with seeing the learning for the whole week a timetable will be posted on each year group’s page (Reception up to Year 6) at the start of the week. Then teachers will continue to send out the learning through Class Dojo, Purple Mash and MyMaths etc. The year group pages can be found on the website under the Children menu, in the Remote Learning section.
Whilst it is really important that the children continue to engage in their learning whilst schools are closed, I know that families are also under a lot of other pressures in these difficult times. So please continue to do your best but also know that I know there are times when other things will take priorities and that’s okay.
Be kind to yourselves
21/01/21 A Sad Loss to our Community
Dear Summerbank Families
I am very sad to announce the death of a member of our Summerbank staff.
Mrs Clarence passed away at the weekend having become ill during the start of the first lockdown. Many of you will know Mrs Clarence as our lollipop lady keeping our children and parents safe outside school at the beginning and end of the day. She has a long history at our school, working with generations of our children having first being employed at the school in 2002. During her time with us she has been a dinner lady and caretaker as well as the role of crossing supervisor.
Mrs Clarence always had the best interests of our children at heart and she will be very much missed by friends and colleagues at our school. It is hard that we are unable to give thanks and celebrate her life as we might normally in these most difficult of times.
Our thoughts are with Mrs Clarence’s family and friends.
4/01/21 BREAKING NEWS – PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES NATIONAL LOCKDOWN AND CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS
The Prime Minister tonight announced that schools will close and move to remote learning for all children other than key worker and vulnerable pupils. Summerbank will be closed to ALL pupils on Tuesday 5th January. This is so that we can contact parents of vulnerable and key worker children to identify who will need places in school and also to set up remote learning for children who will be remaining at home. Further information will be sent out to families during the course of the day.
I apologise for the short notice of these arrangements – schools were not given any pre-warning of closure. However we will work hard to continue to give your children a high quality education during these most challenging times.
Many thanks and please do take care
Important Information following the Government Announcement on Schools
Dear Parents and Carers,
The Prime Minister made a speech on Sunday night to say some children might be able to come back to school after June 1st if it is safe to do so. We have now received more Government guidance and have begun planning for this.
The following link is to the guidance for parents that the government issued: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june
The key messages from Government are:
- Schools continue to offer places to vulnerable children, including those with EHCPs, and children of Covid-19 critical Key workers
- Schools will look at ways to open to more children from June 1st if it is considered safe to do so
- Parents will NOT be fined for not sending their child/ren to school
- Shielding children should NOT attend school, if a child lives with someone who is shielding then they should NOT be in school
- Groups of children must NOT mix together and children in a group and should remain 2 metres apart, if they can. THIS WILL BE VERY HARD IN SCHOOL PARTICULARY FOR NURSERY, RECEPTION AND YEAR 1
As directed we will prioritise places for Nursery and Reception children first followed by Year 1 and then Year 6. There will not be places for other year groups at school unless they are critical key worker children who have already registered with us, or vulnerable children.
I know this is a worrying time for all families and the government wishes to encourage Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 children to come into school if it is considered safe. However if you have kept your children at home safely so far you can continue to do this – the decision is yours and you will not be fined for them not attending.
Some parents have already been contacted by telephone, any parents that have not spoken to school will need to fill in a survey we will send out today to tell us if you want your child to come to school or keep them at home. This survey is for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children only. Please fill this in by Monday. You will need to do a separate survey for each of your children.
Once we have this information we will;
- Identify which groups of children we can have in, prioritising Nursery, Reception, Y1 and then Y6
- Review staffing and make sure enough staff are well and available to work
- Update our risk assessments
- Plan our groups of children and staff, to form groups that stay together all day
- Decide whether we can offer full-time or part-time places
- Rearrange classrooms and the school to help children stay separate
- Plan new staggered drop-off and collection times
- Plan staggered break & lunchtimes so the groups are not mixing together
- Plan how and where lunches will be provided and eaten
- Make sure cleaning resources are available
- Plan increased cleaning as toys and equipment can only be used by one group
- Plan increased cleaning during and end of each day
- Plan how staff can continue to support ‘home learning’ for children
For those children who are given a place in school they may be with a different adult or in a different room than normal. This is because we are limiting the number of people that can safely be in a classroom. There are also some strict guidelines specified by the Government:
- No unnecessary use of buses/taxis for children arriving to school, encourage children to cycle or walk to school.
- No visitors/staff/children/families/contractors can enter the building if they have symptoms
- Only one parent/carer can bring a child to school
- Parents/carers cannot gather at school gates and doors.
- Don’t share stationery or resources. Shared areas and surfaces need cleaning daily, and disinfected/bleached frequently
- There will be no possessions from home brought to school (except packed lunches).
I hope the above helps to reassure you how important your child’s safety is to us and the things we are doing to help keep them safe.
Please complete the survey by 12pm on Monday 18th May. If you do not complete the survey by this time, we will assume that you do not require a place for your child/ren. Please remember the decision to send your child back to school is yours. There will be no implications for parents who do not wish their child to attend and I support parents in making the decision that feels right for their family.
Once we have all of the information we will be in contact to let you know arrangements.
Please bear with us whilst we work out how we can make this happen so that from June 1st, if the science supports this, we can offer education to as many eligible children as safely as possible.
Please take care and keep safe.
Free School Meal Vouchers – FAQ
How do I get my eCode?
The eCode is sent directly to the email address that you gave to the office staff (please check your junk and clutter folders). If there is more than one child in the family you will receive one eCode for all of the children in your family. Each child is entitled to £15 per week therefore if you have 2 children you will get one code per week for £30.
What do I do with my eCode?
You should order your supermarket eGift at home before going to the store. To select your supermarket eGiftcard, follow the steps below:
- Copy the eCode from your email
- Go to freeschoolmeals.co.uk
- Paste (or type) in the 16 digit eCode
- Select a supermarket
- Enter the amount to add to your basket
- Checkout and enter the email address you would like the eGift card sent to
- Your eGift card will be delivered to your email – please allow 24 hours
Which supermarkets can I pick from?
The below supermarkets are available:
- M & S Food
- Waitrose (John Lewis)
How do I know what the value of the eCode is?
This is stated on the email that you receive.
Do I have to use the full value of the eCode when choosing my eGift card?
Yes – your balance will show on the web page.
Can I choose to redeem my eCode at more than one supermarket?
Yes, however the total must be the same as the value on the eCode.
How long do I have to spend the voucher?
You have one month to spend the voucher. If you don’t spend it, it will expire.
What can I buy with the eGift card?
Your gift card will only be accepted in store for the purchase of food and groceries.
Can the vouchers be used in-store and online?
|M & S||Yes||No|
What happens if I have a smartphone but no data when I’m at the supermarket?
Please order your eGift card at home when connected to WIFI before you go to the supermarket. Take a screenshot of the eGift card barcode before going to the supermarket. This will then scan in-store.
I’m not able to get to the supermarket.
You can use the eGift card online at Asda or Waitrose or you can forward the eGift card to someone else to buy the goods for you.
My school has ordered an eCode for me but it hasn’t come through to my email?
Firstly, check your junk / clutter folders.
If it hasn’t arrived within 72 hours please email: email@example.com and the office staff will chase this up for you.
I have my eGift card but the website won’t accept it.
The website gets very busy. You can try entering the code at different times of the day. If it still won’t work please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I have another query or enquiry
School is closed until further therefore any enquiries should be sent by email to email@example.com Emails are checked and queries are dealt with every day.
Be Creative, Play, Sing, Read and Talk
Dear Children and Families,
Today is the first day of the Summer Term and normally we would be having our Monday assembly and I would be talking to you about staying safe and looking after yourselves. Instead I’m hoping that you are doing these very things at home instead.
I also wanted to make sure that you know I’m not expecting you to be trying to stick to learning in the same way at home as we do at school – that would be impossible. What I would like you to do is keep learning. You might get the chance to learn how to cook, to develop a new skill (juggling for example), to learn more about the world through books, the TV or the internet or even how to how to be patient (!)
We are continuing to develop new ‘rooms’ for you to explore on our website and I hope you enjoy learning and discovering there. So be creative, play, sing, read and talk and try not to stress too much about missed schoolwork – we will get back on track with that when we are all back in school.
Co-op Academy update Year 6 Transition
Take Care, Be Kind, Stay Safe
Free School Meal Vouchers
- the names of your children at Summerbank
- each child’s date of birth
- their class