Parents and Carers

Return to school – Updated Thursday 26th August 2021

 

Following both Local Authority and Government guidelines, I am pleased to announce the procedures for reopening the school on Thursday 2nd September.

 

The emphasis is on four main control measures:

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone
  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated
  4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19

 

The following changes will be made in order to allow the school to return to some normality, as well as keeping everyone safe. COVID cases are still high and we need to eliminate a potential outbreak within school. I have been extremely grateful for your cooperation to any changes made in the past.

 

Arriving/leaving school

The school will no longer run a one-way system and families will be able to use the entrance/exit from Crofton Road freely. I would ask that you still maintain distance and where possible, not gather in groups please.

Hand washing stations will still be in place for families to use before entering school. Hand washing will be part of the school day.

 

Face masks

Face masks are no longer required however, if staff or parents still desire to wear one, then please respect their wishes. Being vulnerable, some people still need to be protected.

If you use public transport/taxi then face masks are still required.

 

Staggered start and finish times

School gates will open for all children at 8:40am and close at 8:50am. This ten-minute gap will allow for a free flow start to entering school. Children can go straight into their class and do not need to wait.

At the end of the school day, there will be a small staggering of times to help ease congestion. This is not too different from before Covid times.

 

3:10pm - Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (Beech and Cherry class)

Beech class to enter and leave from their classroom doors and Cherry class through the KS1 side door.

 

3:15pm – Year 3 and Year 4 (Maple and Larch class)

Both Maple and Larch class will enter through the KS2 doors from the playground and will be dismissed on the playground.

 

3:20pm – Year 5 and Year 6 (Birch and Oak class)

Birch class will enter through the bottom right classroom door and Oak class from the bottom left classroom door. Both classes will be dismissed from the playground.

 

At the end of the day, please wait around the edge of the playgrounds to collect your child/ren and try to maintain distance from others. Staff will be around the school grounds to support and guide families.

 

Uniform and PE

Children will be required to wear full school uniform each day. PE kits are to be brought in on a Monday and the children will bring them home on a Friday to be washed. Please refer to the website for uniform details.

 

School bags

We still need to limit what children bring in from home. The children do not need anything other than the following items:

  • Lunch bag
  • Reading book and reading record
  • Snack
  • Water bottle
  • PE kit on a Monday
  • Homework as requested by class teacher

No other items are needed. I do encourage children to share their achievements from outside school so please speak to the class teacher if your child wishes to show an award to the class.

 

COVID-19 cases

Firstly, I encourage you to read the following document – Coronavirus, how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

 

School will have an outbreak management plan for any confirmed case/s of COVID-19. School will no longer be required to send classes home if there is a confirmed case. As before, you will be informed of any cases within school.

Remote learning will be available for any child isolating at home.

We will not be in class bubbles and mixing is now allowed. Thankfully, this means that playtimes, lunchtimes and assemblies can return to normal.

If your child does become unwell in school with coronavirus symptoms, you will be contacted to come and collect immediately and arrange a PCR test.

If your child displays any coronavirus symptoms at home, then you must inform school and arrange a PCR test.

 

Coronavirus symptoms include:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of change to your sense of smell or taste

 

Please read the following guidance regarding when to isolate.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

I do encourage parents to take lateral flow tests. Staff in school will continue to take weekly tests.

 

School office

We will still require you to ring school or make an appointment to speak to a member of staff. To keep everyone safe we are limiting visitors in school.

If you have any questions or can think of anything I have not mentioned then please email me.

head.westfield@halton.gov.uk

We are really looking forward to welcoming you back next week.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your summer.

 

Miss Pope

At Westfield Primary we are very proud of our children and firmly believe in the value of school uniform promoting a sense of belonging to our school.  We ask for your co-operation in maintaining the school’s high standards of appearance.  The school uniform is as follows:

Boys                                                                

School sweatshirt/cardigan (Royal blue with or without logo)   

School polo shirt (Yellow with or without logo)

Light grey trousers/shorts

Grey socks

Black shoes/School Boots (not trainers)

P.E. Kit (Boys & Girls)

For indoor activities:

Pumps (trainers are not suitable for indoor use)

Black sports shorts/skirt

Plain white T-shirt

 

Girls

School sweatshirt/cardigan (Royal blue with or without logo)

School polo shirt (Yellow with or without logo)

Light grey pinafore/skirt or trousers

Grey socks/tights

Summer Uniform – Blue gingham checked summer dress with white socks

Blue hair bobble/scrunchie or headband.  No decorative headbands or bows.

Black shoes/School Boots  (not trainers)

For outdoor activities:

Trainers

Black tracksuit

Black sweatshirt and jogging bottoms

 

                       

Football kits are not suitable for either indoor or outdoor PE lessons.

 

As the logo is unique, sweatshirts, cardigans, polo shirts and T-shirts with the school logo can only be ordered through the School Uniform supplier which is Forrester by Monkhouse Sports.  You can order online from https://www.monkhouse.com/ or telephone 01352 756636 for more information.

 

For safety reasons, the only jewellery allowed is stud earrings and watches.  Make-up and nail varnish should not be worn in school.           

 

 

Other Information

Website for ordering school uniform Foresters by Monkhouse

https://www.monkhouse.com/

 

School Grid to order school meals

https://app.live-kitchen.co.uk/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2Fpreorder.aspx

 

ParentPay - school cashless system

https://www.parentpay.com/

 

Data Protection Office (DPO)

Please find below details of the School’s Data Protection Officer: -

Halton Borough Council.

Service Improvement and Governance

Resources, ICT Services

Halton Borough Council

Municipal Building

Kingsway

Widnes

WA8 7QF

Email: InformationGovernanceService@halton.gov.uk

Direct line  - 0151 511 7003

The ICO registration number of this  school is  Z6055302

 

Information Request

If you require paper copies of any information on the school website, please contact Mrs Shepherd in the school office. Tel 01928 572434 or email sec.westfield@halton.gov.uk

 

 

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