FAQ regarding September

Will the start and finish times be back to ‘normal’?

The Government have advised that where possible we should try and reduce the number of adults on the school grounds and avoid congestion around pick up and drop off points. We are requesting that year 2 families use the back gate off King Georges Road and the remainder of school use the front entrance. We have also changed the start and finish times for both main nursery and Grangers (8.15am until 11.15am / 11.45am until 2.45pm). The first week of school is slightly different to allow for the transition process that we have not been able to do during the summer term. Individual letters distributed in July details your child’s start date.

Will my child be in a ‘bubble’?

We will have class bubbles and each year group will have allocated playtimes in allocated areas. This is the same for lunch arrangements.

Will breakfast club be running?

Breakfast club we will have year group bubbles and we plan on opening for families in September. It would be great if families could give us an indication if you require this club from day 1 of school opening.

Will wrap around care be open?

Again we would like to offer the wrap around care so request an indication of usage on the first week.

Will the afterschool extra-curricular clubs be running (kixx, circus skills etc)?

More information surrounding extra-curricular clubs will be available in September.

Can my child bring a book bag and water bottle?

Yes your child can bring their book bag every day. For the water bottle we would like for all children to bring one to be kept at school. We have found that during this time, this system has worked extremely well, all children are able to refill bottles, none are forgotten and every day they are cleaned at school.

Will my child need a PE kit?

PE kits will not be required initially as all exercise and sport related learning will happen outdoors.

What will happen at lunch and break times?

Each year group will have their own break times. At lunchtime’s Grangers nursery, Year 1 and Year 2 will be having lunch in their classes this is so we don’t mix year groups over the short lunch period. The full menu is available to them and these picnic bags have been thoroughly enjoyed over the summer break. Main Nursery and Reception will access meals in the hall so they are able to experience lunchtimes and get used to the service method. We continue to request that packed lunches are not brought from home. Children in reception, year 1 and year 2 are all entitled to a free school meal regardless of their circumstances through the Universal Infant Free School Meal scheme (UIFSM). If your child is in nursery and accessing full day provision then unfortunately they are not included in the UIFSM so a dinner provided by school will cost £1.80 per day. If you have difficulties paying for this we can help with regards to a free school meal application at the office. All meals that require payment should be paid at the start of each school week. Please speak to us if this is a problem.

Will there be extra cleaning in place?

Yes! Over the summer we have had cleaning in place before, during and after school and we plan for this to continue in September.

I have more than 1 child at Grange Lane – how will this affect me?

We understand that the entrance points may cause difficulties with drop off and collect for a few families. We acknowledge that these families may have to access various points around school and this cannot be avoided. We ask that the youngest child be dropped in first, followed by sibling in the older year group. The entrance points have been requested to reduce numbers of adults so we ask that where possible people refrain from stopping to chat, walking with friends to other areas around school and arriving far earlier than the drop off / collection times.

Will I be able to talk to the teacher if I need to?

All our teachers like sharing news of the day especially for the younger children but unfortunately if you need to communicate with them about a matter this must be where possible done via telephone calls, tapestry, or email. If there is need for a meeting then one will be organised at request.

Will I be able to call in at the office if I need information etc?

Yes, the office team will be required to keep the glass partition closed. We request that any purchases made by cash (uniform, clubs, wrap around care) be made either by online bank transfer or the money is dropped into reception in an envelope clearly detailed what the money is for. All purchases will be processed after lunch and any change/uniform/receipts will be sent to class. Please do not come to the office wanting to purchase a jumper to take away there and then. We thank you for your patience with this.

Can I send my friend to collect my child from school?

For any circumstances we would request that you inform school if someone different is collecting your child. Please follow government guidance about social groups, bubbles and contact with other people.

My child is unwell and cannot come to school – what do I do?

As always you should ring the office to report your child’s absence on the first day. Please explain why your child is absent from school. If you feel the symptoms are coronavirus related you must let us know.

Someone in my household is displaying symptoms of coronavirus – what should I do?

Please follow the government guidance about what to do if you think someone in your household is infected. Please report to school and keep us updated.