Ash Green

Community Primary School

Important Information For Parents and Carers to Keep All the Family Safe as Schools Re-Open
UPDATED August 28th 2020 in line with new guidance

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are living in unprecedented and very challenging times and I am sure, like many other parents, both you and your child will have some anxiety about returning to school which is completely understandable in the current situation. However, please be assured that as a school we are following the Government’s guidance and have received advice from the Council to ensure your child will be as safe as possible upon their return. The LA inspection of our Risk Assessment and facilities was glowing in its praise. Our Risk Assessment has been updated with every change to the guidance. Please click here to view our most recent Risk Assessment. It is important to put everything into perspective and reassure your child that they will be safe upon their return. Only 3 of the people who have died from COVID-19 in England and Wales were children of primary school age.

It is important to be aware that some children may transmit the virus to others, even without symptoms. It is therefore important that you understand the symptoms of coronavirus, your own personal risk and what to do if you or a family member gets symptoms or is advised to self-isolate.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are continuous cough, fever (temperature above 37.8 degrees) and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19 you should all stay at home and immediately arrange for that person to be tested. Visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus/ to arrange a test or ring 119. If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace service and told you or your household member has been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you should follow their advice to self-isolate to protect yourself and others. Please let school know if your child is staying at home because someone in your household has symptoms or they are identified as a contact.

The people at risk from being more seriously affected from COVID-19 are older people, those with underlying health condition and pregnant women. People aged 70 and over account for 83% of deaths from COVID-19 and 90% of people who have died had an underlying health condition. People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups and those living in deprived areas are also at increased risk of being more seriously affected by COVID-19. This is likely to be due to higher rates of underlying health problems in these groups and social and economic factors that increase risk such as housing, low income and working in roles that carry a higher risk.    The link below gives more information about who is at higher risk. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/

The Local Authority has a statutory duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) for the safety of staff and for your child and we have completed risk assessments and followed all the Government advice for the school environment. However if you have not done so already please can you also ensure that the school is made aware of any significant underlying health condition(s) that your child may have as I will need to discuss those risks with you and take any necessary advice accordingly.

I also have moral duty to ensure your safety as a parent as well as those in your most immediate household who may become inadvertently affected. In light of this, I have provided this information from the Local Authority in order for you to assess your own personal risks before you send your child back to school and decide on what, if any, safety precautions you need to take.

As I am sure you understand, the school will do everything it can to maintain a safe environment, however I cannot guarantee that your child or one of their friends will not come within the ‘social distancing’ guideline of 2 metre separation or maintain the necessary hand and respiratory hygiene whatever Government advice we follow. We are dealing with young children who will be so happy to see their friends and who will naturally want to play in the normal way. I would always advise you to ensure that your child washes their hands and face as soon as they return from school and ideally has a bath or a shower. 

Obviously if your child is unwell please keep them off school and please inform the school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms of: high temperature or new, continuous cough or loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

 

Please be aware if a teacher or child in your child’s class contracts the virus the Test and Trace programme will assess whether your child is classed as a contact and they may be asked to isolate for 14 days.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your family my best wishes at this difficult time and as always we look forward to seeing you and your child on the 8th of September.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mungo Sheppard,

Head Teacher

Safeguarding policy update

Our Safeguarding policy has now been updated with a COVID-19 addendum. You can find the policy here.

What is self-isolation?

The government’s current advice is that if anyone develops symptoms, everyone they live with must self-isolate. If you are at all unsure what self-isolation means for you, your child and your family, please watch the short video below.

This is an extremely difficult situation for us all and we will continue to make decisions in the best interests of our children and our school community. Thank you for your ongoing support.

WELCOME

 

Welcome to our web site which we hope you find both useful and interesting. The information contained within it is constantly updated so please visit us again.

At Ash Green Community Primary School we are here to serve our pupils, their families and the community. We make our school a centre of learning excellence for all. There is driving determination to ensure that pupils and adults in the school reach their full potential.

Children get one chance with their education and at Ash Green we want this to be the best. This is why we offer childcare facilities every morning and evening, an on-site Children's Centre, and Family Support Services that have been recognised nationally and evening activities for youngsters in Mixenden. Ofsted (November 2018) rightly identified, ‘the school is at the heart of the community.’

Ash Green regularly models outstanding practice in teaching and learning and between 2013 and 2018, we were honoured to be named a National Support School. I was also privileged to be named a National Leader of Education. We are now part of a new Teaching School Alliance led by Trinity Academy and we are proud of the work we do helping to support schools in Calderdale and beyond.

Our most recent Ofsted inspection (November 2018) confirms that Ash Green is a GOOD school. There are so many positives in the report and our wonderful children attract huge praise: ‘Pupils thrive at Ash Green. [They] enjoy their learning, display positive attitudes and value their education.

You can contact me to arrange a visit, leave a comment on the website, or register your views of the school through 'Parent View' - a part of Ofsted's website. You can view Ofsted's School inspections: a guide for parents by clicking on the 'About Us' menu and the Ofsted link. You can access and download our prospectus, admissions information and all of the school's curriculum policies and schemes of work via the 'About Us' menu at the top of the page.

We very much want you to feel a part of our school community.

Mungo Sheppard 
Head Teacher

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Parents and Carers

With guidance changing all the time, there are so many things to consider to make sure you and your family are keeping safe.

Here is a useful guide to 'what to do' if someone is showing COVID symptoms, is awaiting a test result or tests positive.

Please take a look! 

 

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SEPTEMBER FULL RE-OPENING

UPDATED August 28th 2020 in line with new guidance

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you are all well and I wish you and your family a safe and happy end to the summer holidays.

I am writing to you to provide you with updated information on the plans in place to fully re-open Ash Green in September. I will continue to update you with important information that will ensure you are fully informed about how the school will provide a fulltime education for your child- look out for updates on the App and on the website including ‘virtual tours’ to explain entrance and exit points. The plan to open the school fully to all students from September is based on the most up to date guidance provided by the government and the most current guidance issued by Public Health England (28th August). We are delighted to be welcoming more children back to school in September, but inevitably there will be changes to how the school operates, to ensure we can mitigate against the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The changes planned for September will in the first instance, be in place for the first seven weeks (or first half term up to October break) of the academic year. I have summarised key elements of the plan below.

 

Overview of the plan for fully re-opening the school in September


Principles of the government guidance

  • Lift current restrictions on group sizes to allow schools, colleges and nurseries to fully reopen to all children and young people as COVID-19 infection rates continue to fall
  • Keep children in class or year group sized ‘bubbles’ and encourage older children and staff to keep their distance from each other where possible
  • Encourage testing if staff, pupils or their families develop COVID-19 symptoms and provide access to easy to use home testing kits for children and staff who would otherwise be unable to get a test
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and minimise contact in corridors
  • Take action in circumstances where there is a positive case in a school

General information

  • All students will be expected to attend school from Tuesday September 8th 2020
  • Students as much as is practicably possible, will be kept together in class ‘bubbles’
  • The school has redeveloped its original risk assessment, and have updated this throughout July and August, to ensure it meets the detailed guidance that sits behind the principles above, including adherence to the track and trace protocol
  • Cleaning rotas have been adapted to support high levels of hygiene in classrooms and corridors, cleaners will work throughout the day cleaning down toilet areas, corridors, any shared rooms.
  • Handwashing stations will be available in all appropriate sections of the building and each classroom with sanitiser available at all times
  • Children will be regularly reminded of the importance of appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures throughout the school day
  • Children are encouraged to walk or cycle to school
  • Parents/carers who have to drive their children to school are encouraged to take a sensible approach to where they drop off / pick up their children, avoiding dropping off and picking up their child near pedestrian exits and entrances

School Day Timings 

  • The school day timings will be unaltered. Nursery sessions will run from 8:45 - 11:45 and 12:30 - 3:30. It is particularly important that Nursery children arrive on time for their session.
  • For years 1 to 6, the school day will be 9:00 - 3:15. Children can be dropped and come into class from 8:45 (no pre-school play in KS2 to prevent bubbles mixing). This should support staggered entry, but also parents/carers dropping off more than one child. 

 

Entry to school

The big change in Autumn Term- as we have got used to since March- is that parents/carers will NOT be able to come into the building to drop off/collect children. Staff will be available each day before and after school to speak to parents/carers OUTSIDE. Parents and carers CAN make appointments to speak to school staff by ringing 01422 244613- option 1 Lower Site and Option 2 Upper Site

UPPER SITE

Upper Site EY (start and finish of school day) from Clough Lane entrance to the EY unit where a 1 way system operates for parents. When Nursery morning children are picked up at 11:45 and Nursery children are dropped off at 12:30 then, just as normal, the entrance and exit will be on Brow Bottom Lane by the After School Club portacabin.

Upper Site KS1 (Years 1 and 2) from the Brow Bottom Lane entrance next to the After School portacabin and down to the bottom of the slopes that lead up to classrooms where staff will meet and greet children and also bring children out at 3:15. Parents/carers can then leave on to Clough Lane.

Upper Site KS2 children (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) where possible it would be great for these children to come into the school grounds themselves but we totally understand that some parents/carers would like to accompany the children. Children will use the Brow Bottom Lane entrance by the ‘container’ and walk in past the back of the kitchen and dining hall to be greeted by staff in the playground before entering through their double year band doors.

LOWER SITE

Lower Site EY (start and finish of school day) from Sunnybank Road entrance (as normal) to the EY unit where a 1 way system operates for parents and Reception children are dropped at the Reception entrance and Nursery children at the Nursery door. When Nursery morning children are picked up at 11:45 and Nursery children are dropped off at 12:30 then, just as now, the entrance and exit will be through the Early Years car park to the Nursery door.

Lower Site KS1 (Years 1 and 2) from Ash Tree Road down the pedestrian path by the staff car park to the top of the outside steps above the KS1 door where staff will meet and greet children and also bring children out at 3:15. Parents/carers can then leave through the car park (will be closed to car access) back on to Ash Tree Road.

Lower Site KS2 children (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) where possible it would be great for these children to come into the school grounds themselves but we totally understand that some parents/carers would like to accompany the children. Children will use the Sunnybank Road entrance opposite the church and walk in to be greeted by staff. Year 3 and 4 children will walk across the playground into the LKS2 door and Year 5 and 6 children down the steps into the UKS2 door. 

 

Free Breakfast and Uniform

All classes will go directly to their classroom when they arrive at school where each class will have bagels while they read.

After the summer, we return to a policy of wearing school uniform as children return to class bubbles but encourage regular washing and changing of clothes.

 
Lessons, playtimes and lunchtime

  • Children will remain in their class bubble for their lessons. On occasion, the class will learn in the ICT suite or Hall but as a single class. Any ‘shared room’ will be cleaned between classes.
  • All rooms will be well ventilated and all doors in school propped open to minimise contact and maximise ventilation.
  • If class bubbles are joined at any time this will be in a double year band, BUT each class will remain separate. For example, at playtime Year 1 and 2 will share a playground (in different class sections). In the Dining Hall they will eat at the same time but Year 1 children will sit in one section and Year 2 in another. On rare occasions such as a Maths intervention group then children from Year 3 and 4 or from Year 5 and 6 may be in a large, spaced room but the class groups will be kept well apart.

 

Breakfast Club and After School Club

  •  Breakfast Clubs will run at each site. They will take place in the Dining Hall at each site. Children will sit with other children ONLY from their class bubble OR with siblings. At the Upper Site (as now) entrance will be to the Breakfast Club door in the KS2 playground. At the Lower Site, the entrance will be the Sunnybank Road gate opposite church through the KS2 playground to the double doors at the bottom of the Dining Hall steps. This will mean that staff can see parents at entrances IF needed and that children can safely go straight in to Breakfast Club.
  • After School Clubs will run at EACH site in Half Term 1 to prevent mixing of more bubbles. At the Lower Site we will use the Dining Hall and the exit for pick ups will be as outlined above for Breakfast Club. At the Upper Site we will plan to use the Portakabin as normal. Again, we will endeavour to minimise contact between children from different bubbles.

A REMINDER THAT CHILDREN MUST BE BOOKED ON TO BREAKFAST AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUB USING THE GATEWAY APP AT LEAST THE DAY BEFORE CARE IS NEEDED. ALL OUTSTANDING DEBTS MUST ALSO BE SETTLED BY THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR.

COVID 19, SYMPTOMS, TESTS, FOLLOW UP!

Remember that if anyone in your family is showing symptoms of Covid 19:

  • A high temperature (above 37.8 degrees) for any period of time
  • A new and continuous cough
  • A loss of smell or taste

That person will need a Covid 19 test. For this, follow: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or ring 119.

There are a growing number of ‘mobile testing sites’ now in Calderdale - including one at the Mixenden Outdoor Centre!

When we return in September, Calderdale guidance will be: if a child or staff member shows these symptoms they should NOT come into school nor anyone in their household. A test should be arranged. When the test is negative they can return. IF a test is positive we would then have to send home anyone- staff and children- in the bubble that the child or staff member were in. 

These are such difficult times and I am certainly not enjoying the stresses and strains of leading a school through this pandemic. For me, the safety and welfare of our children, families and staff members is THE most important thing.

Finally, I would like to thank you for your support. I and all the staff wish you a happy, restful and safe end to the summer break. See you all on the 8th of September.

Best Wishes,

Mr Sheppard

Parents will be able to apply for their child’s Secondary School place from Thursday 18 June 2020 - please see attached letter regarding the application process as well as the online admissions leaflet.

 

Transition to Secondary School 2021 - Letter to Parents/Carers

Online Admissions to Secondary School 2021

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EXCITING LEARNING UPDATE!!

Our fantastic new online learning resources are still live on the school website. Head to the heading, 'Pupil Resources' Then head to your child's year group where you will find a list of 'Challenges' for this term. These are fun things to complete at home linked to 'topic subjects', some are online clips to watch and some are things to make and do! You will also find Weekly Activities in Maths, Reading and Writing. Please remember that you can access Maths and Writing activities from other year groups if your child finds the learning too easy or too tough. Clearly, there will be some teething problems today but have a play around, looking at the activities on offer. If you can't yet access the Rising Stars Reading then encourage your child to keep reading and using Accelerated Reader to quiz whilst we work with Rising Stars to get titles assigned to children. We feel Rising Stars is now up and running and if a 'Centre ID' is asked for that is 501433.  For the Maths questions, encourage children to have a go and record their work on paper or the exercise books sent home in March. Happy learning, we will stay in touch to support.

The staff at Ash Green are really missing the pupils - particularly the ones we have not seen since March! We hope that you are all keeping safe and well during these unprecedented times.
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