UPDATE (TUESDAY 14th July 2020) SEE BELOW
Check out the WELL BEING PAGE where you can find resources to support the whole family at this time.
We are continuing to write the plans to ensure all of the children and staff can return to school full time in September. There will of course continue to be changes and updates to this over the coming days and weeks and therefore I will post the final plan on the website towards the end of August that contains the exact details and information. Until then however everyone might need some headline information to get themselves prepared however please be prepared that some of the fine details may change between now and September.
The key things you may need to know (we think the highlighted ones are the most important for parents to plan for September):
- ALL children will return to school on Friday 4th September 2020.
- Revised start and finish times will be in place (see proposed timetable below).
- Children will be in a fixed bubble for the whole day (EYFS/ KS1/ Lower KS2 or Upper KS2) and will remain in this bubble for the whole day.
- Breakfast Club and After School Club will start also but must be booked in advance (details to follow).
- Classrooms will be arranged with most children facing the same direction.
- Parents will not be allowed on the premises- drop off and pick up will happen outside of school.
- The roads around school will be subject to a new ‘School Streets’ temporary road closures/ vehicular access restrictions.
- Full time attendance will be expected.
- School uniform will be relaxed for the Autumn term. Polo shirt (of any colour) and navy blue jumper must be worn however.
- PE kit will be worn to school on PE days- again relaxed to be appropriate PE wear.
- No trips or before or after School Clubs (except childcare by COTO) will run for atleast the first half of the Autumn Term.
|GATE 2||GATE 1|
|Drop off 8.50- Collection 3.20||Year 5||Year 6|
|Drop off 9.00- Collection 3.10||Year 4||Year 3|
|Drop off 9.10- Collection 3.00||Year 2||Year 1|
- Times for Reception will be posted on the Reception pages
I will update the website again on FRIDAY 28th AUGUST 2020 with the final details for reopening. Much nearer the time and less likely to change again (well I can hope)!!!.
FREE SCHOOL MEAL SUMMER VOUCHER UPDATE
Please check your email if you have been getting FSM vouchers. Your summer one should have arrived however it must be claimed and spent a.s.a.p.
MR JORDAN'S COMMENT
Firstly thank you to everyone who commented about September reopening and shared views. I have listened to concerns and comments from parents as well as reading the vast amount of government documentation for September reopening. There is bound to be more in the coming weeks as things continue to change.
Thank you once again to all of the positive and supportive comments made. The staff at Fairlight Primary and Nursery School have and continue to be amazing. They will very soon get a deserved rest and a chance to switch off.
The Fairlight plan for FULL reopening in September still has at its heart the safety of all members of our school community and this has been the driving factor in any of our decisions. The second key factors have been "what is possible? " and "how can we make that easy? ".
Decisions such as the staggered start and finishes, booking for Breakfast Club or the new road closures and vehicle restrictions around school are all a bit new however are for the safety of everyone and in fact may end up being something positive to come from this current time.
To give you an example- the "relaxed" school uniform is our way of trying to try to help everyone.
Money is tight for many.
Needing to wash clothes every day (a recommendation on how to keep to risk of spreading germs from school to home) for some will be tricky.
I have checked on the Asda website today and 5 polo shirts and 2 navy jumpers should cost you less than £15- which we think is keeping costs low. From our own uniform supplier a logo jumper and polo will cost less than £20.
We could have scrapped uniform however we are also aware many parents have "pre-loved" uniform that they are waiting for children to grow in to.
All of these measures and changes will be reviewed when we come back and if we need to make small tweeks we will do so during the term.
It is therefore REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT that you continue to check the website for information and updates and check your email.
A further update will be posted here on Friday or Monday (I will text to let you know) about anything you need to know for the summer and to say a end of term farewell.
FOR ALL OTHER INFORMATION PLEASE SEE THE FRIDAY UPDATE BELOW
PHASE 4 IS A GO
Everything is in place for next week and we can't wait to see all of the children who will be joining us to meet their new teachers.
Please ensure you have read the information about start and finish times and for those who have not joined us yet what is expected etc.
Monday or Tuesday
- Current Year 5- Gate 1 8.50-3.10
- Current Year 3- Gate 2 8.50-3.10
- Current Year 1- Gate 1 9.00-3.00
Wednesday or Thursday
- Current Year 4- Gate 1 8.50-3.10
- Current Year 2- Gate 2 8.50-3.10
- Current Year R- Gate 1 9.00-3.00
Don't be late.
A huge thank you to everyone who gave feedback on our initial thoughts for September Re Opening.
I will be posting on the website some information on this in the coming days that should answer any questions and hopefully give you some more information for September. I am however very aware that there is still time for things to change and for either the government, local authority or unions to come up with further guidance or requirements.
It is still our intention to open to all children from September- except of course for our new Reception children who will get a staggered start.
These will be coming home with the children next week. Please see the covering letter that accompanies them here. https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/school-office/learning-provision
SUMMER HOLIDAY CHILDCARE PROVISION
Information about summer holiday provision from Class of their Own can be found here.
HOME LEARNING PLATFORMS
Thank you for those parents who have been in contact regarding Home Learning and the use of the website provision. There are so many positive comments about what we have done.
The staff have worked very hard from a starting point of nothing and within ever changing guidance and experiences to give a balanced provision for children and parents. Of course there are always a few parents with negative comments however these are mostly down to misinformation, specific needs or "Facebook experts". What we can report is that all of provision has met the full safeguarding requirements and everyone has been able to access it safely. And the guidance is still saying some of the platforms that "other schools are using" are not safe to use with young children and particularly not safe for teachers to be using with them alone.
We are however looking at improving our Home Learning Provision as we want to improve it further. The systems that are being used e.g. Zoom/ Google Classroom/ See Saw etc have now been fully "road tested" and have added significant measures to keep everyone safe. Also in the event of a future lock down and quarantine (which are highly likely) we need to have a system that can be easily started and that parents and most importantly pupils can use immediately and if possible independently. This does of course require the technology which we are also exploring.
We are also looking at how our new system can also aid communication with parents in the event that they are not in playground or if we need to hold meetings online for parents evening for example.
We therefore need to know some information that will help us with this. Therefore please click on this questionnaire to help us do this.
WE ARE NEARLY THERE
A few more updates- Tuesday and Friday- will be posted next week and then we will go quiet for a few weeks to give everyone a chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Summer Holidays.
If any updates on the website of information take place over the Summer Holidays you will get a text to direct you back here to read the information.
Transition Week Monday 13th-Thursday 16th July (next week)
The information for Transition Week has been emailed to you today. Please check your email and read it carefully. All of the information you need to know has been included- who? where? when? what?.
We are aware however that things are a bit manic for some people at the moment and also the new systems are taking a little time to get used to. So you have one last chance to join us for Transition Week.
Once you have read the information emailed to you if there are any problems you have until 11.30am on Thursday 9th (tomorrow) to ring us and let us help you sort it. After this point the lists are fixed and cannot be changed and additional children cannot be added.
Still a chance to have your say and see some of the ideas for September
I have written some ideas and thoughts for September and a brief set of questions to get your thoughts.
Click here and follow the instructions.
As ever we value your opinions.
KEY INFORMATION FROM THE TUESDAY UPDATE
Today we say goodbye to our Year 6 children for the last time. This is always a sad day however with the added things that have happened in the last couple of months it is with added sadness we see them leave. We hope to see them all again in September to do a more official goodbye or something to end their time at Fairlight.
They have been and are a credit to Fairlight and to each and every family.
A COUPLE OF REMINDERS
- Do you know which class your child is in for September?
- Have you read about Breakfast Club for September?
- If you are Free School Meals have you read about the Summer Voucher?
This information is all on our website.
KEY INFORMATION FROM THE FRIDAY UPDATE
CLASSES FOR SEPTEMBER
A letter has been emailed this morning to parents regarding classes for September 2020.
If you haven't seen it a copy it can be found here https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/school-office/learning-provision/september-2020
Parents of current Reception and Year 4 will get a separate letter telling you which class your child is in.
PHASE 4 LEARNING PROVISION
Monday 13th and/or Tuesday 14th July
- 8.50-3.20 Current Year 5 will meet their new Year 6 teachers.
- 9.00-3.10 Current Year 3 will meet their new Year 4 teachers.
- 9.10-3.00 Current Year 1 will meet their new Year 2 teachers.
Wednesday 15th and/or Thursday 16th July
- 8.50-3.20 Current Year 4 will meet their new Year 5 teachers.
- 9.00-3.10 Current Year 2 will meet their new Year 3 teachers.
- 9.10-3.00 Current Year R will meet their new Year 1 teachers.
PHASE 4 CHILDCARE
This will run on each day (including Friday) for Key Workers and Vulnerable children however only those who have attended with us previously. Booking for this will remain separate and for Phase 4 will open and close.
Please read the information carefully as you will only need to book Childcare this week and we will allocate your child to learning provision on the days to meet their new teacher.
It is essential that those using Childcare are working on the days they book and have not alternative provision available as we are now approaching our capacity and may need to look at our admissions criteria therefore we would ask everyone who uses Childcare to consider alternative arrangements.
PUPIL ABSENCE- FINES FOR PARENTS
One of the key messages that is coming from the Government is that they will be very strict regarding pupil attendance and absence from September.
As a school we will of course continue to treat every circumstance as an individual case however we will have to follow any directives from the LA and the government.
We have previously used fines however this has been where either parents didn't tell us what was going on, didn't consult with us or didn't follow our advice.
The most important thing is however to tell us what is going on and to continue to talk to us.
If you don't talk to us the first time we will be in contact will be to issue a fine.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR THE SUMMER FOR THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR INCOME RELATED FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Information about the Summer FSM Vouchers can be found here.
PLEASE READ THIS URGENTLY AND CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.
CHILDCARE PROVISION FOR SEPTEMBER- BREAKFAST AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
We are having to plan for September 2020 as if everything would be back to normal but also if we were to return services that have been suspended or different.
With that in mind information about our NEW RISE AND SHINE BREAKFAST CLUB can be found here https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/beyond-the-classroom/clubs-1
IT IS ALL NEW AND THERE ARE SOME BIG CHANGES SO PLEASE READ.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
Updates from Class of their Own will be posted on the After School Club page when we have them https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/beyond-the-classroom/after-school-club-class-of-their-own
SUMMER HOLIDAY PROVISION
Class of their Own have started to finalise their Summer Holiday provision. Please contact them direct if you are interested.
SCHOOL WILL FINISH FOR THE SUMMEr on FRIDAY 17th JULY 2020
As predicted the Government Summer Catch Up Plans have not be put into place and will not be running. We have started to plan for September however will wait until September to confirm and tell you how these will run.
The last day for all children will be Friday 17th July 2020.
In the last week and after the 17th July the school has 5 set of contractors undertaking works on site.
Group 1: Make safe, clean and prepare the loft space in the school.
Group 2: Remove the ceilings and lighting in 3 top floor classrooms and the Breakfast Club Kitchen- the start of the replacement of the complete top floor ceiling and lighting.
Group 3: Make safe, clean and prepare the boiler room.
Group 4: Remove and replace the boiler and prepare for the replacement of the whole school heating system (which should take several years).
Group 5: Deep Clean the whole school.
These are all planned projects to continue to improve and develop the school premises. The last thing we would need next year is to have to close for a week because the heating had packed up!!!
So as you can see no rest for the wicked and a busy summer planned.
HOT WEATHER REMINDER
Below is some advice from the Local Authority related to Covid 19 and the hot weather we are having this week.
Simple common sense should be enough however they have outlined a few things to consider and to look out for.
If you child is coming to school (or you are going to the park or beach) please remember:
- Apply sun cream before you leave,
- Wear a hat,
- Bring a bottle- it can be refilled during the day,
- Dress appropriately- you probably don't need a coat and jumper however shorts might be better than long trousers.
Please ensure everything has a name in/ on it if it comes into school as we have boxes of lost bottles that we can't currently reuse.
Lastly if you need to know what the weather is going to be on a specific day don't wait until you get to school to ask. Find a weather forecast or just look out the window!
DO YOU NEED URGENT HELP?
If you need and help, support or guidance at this time Brighton and Hove Council has set up this service to help. Please see a link to the councils help form, which is a service that has just been launched: