Baltonsborough CE VC Primary School

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Welcome to Baltonsborough CE VC Primary School

 

Update 2/9/20

 Just a reminder that it is full uniform when we return and guidance is that it does not need to be washed each day. 

Further to the DFE guidance and the information set out below I need to share our policy on face masks with you. Children are not expected, nor advised to wear face masks in school and neither will their teachers. However, you and your child/children may wear them to and from school. If this is the case, upon arrival in class disposable masks must immediately be thrown into the lidded classroom bin before children then santise their hands. If it is a reusable mask please ensure that your child has a small plastic bag where it can be stored and left untouched until the end of the day, before then going to santise their hands. 

If you need to come to the office window for any reason please could you put a mask on before doing so, though where possible please try and call or email. 

 

I am also obliged to make you aware of how to book a test for Covid-19. You may do so by calling 119 or you may visit the NHS test and trace website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/

 

 

*** Back to School Update***

Dear Families, 

 

We are so excited to welcome you back to school on Monday 7th September. 

We know some of you will be a little nervous returning after a long time, so we have organised for your new teacher to call on Thursday 3rd September in the afternoon. They are really looking forward to speaking to you and can answer any of your questions. 

School will be a little different on your return to help keep everyone safe. We have been able to avoid staggered starts and finishes, and instead will be operating a one way system around the school. Mr T will greet you at the gate from 8:30am till 8:45 during which time you come through as normal (being careful to give everyone at least 1m space) and then walk towards your classroom door. Your teacher or teaching assistant will be there to welcome you in. Time for a quick cuddle and straight through the door. Don't despair we will be trying to wake and shake in our playground areas at playtime! Parents and carers will then proceed around the back of the school and village hall until they are back at the car park. I really can't stress enough how much this system relies on no one lingering on the playground and everyone keeping a safe distance. 

To keep us safe we need to stay in our classrooms and won't be moving around the school. This means assembly will be on the computer via zoom at 8:50 each morning. It also means that you will eat lunch at your table before going onto your own special section of the playground. You will use the same special section at play time too. We have lots of play equipment for each class so you will have plenty to do. You will also each have your own pencil case that will stay at your table with everything you need. This will help prevent spreading germs. May I ask that children do NOT come to school with anything other than their coat, book bag, bottle and lunch box. PE kits may be left on pegs. 

At home time the gate will open at 3pm as normal and you are asked to come through (again observing social distance - Imagine following the arrows at the supermarket and that's what I have in my mind) and head to your child's class. They will be released to you from their room and as soon as you have them please could you follow the system round and out to the car park unless you are stopping to collect more children. 

I know this is a huge departure from the playground culture that we had before and to be honest it breaks my heart. However, our aim has to be to create a safe space for our children to return to and at the moment this is what is required of us. Please trust that all of the staff will be doing everything in their power to keep your child safe and to allow them every possible freedom to play, socialise and learn within the guidance we have been given. 

It has been a strange few months and I know that we will have all been on very different journeys. I have total faith that you will all be kind to one another and respect these guidelines. If you need to speak to a myself or a member of staff please let me know at the gate and we will arrange a call back to you at some point during the day. Similarly, if you need to speak to the office staff please drop the school an email. 

I hope all of you are well and in some way something joyful has come out of this situation for you. We cannot wait too see you in a few weeks! 

Big Love

Mr T

 

Please see the letter attached below from Julain Wooster, Director of Children's Services Somerset as well as the flow chart which we will be following at school regarding Covid 19. 

 

View document covid/letter_from_julian_wooster.pdf

View document covid/management_of_covid-19_in_school-age_children_-_actions_for_parents_and_carers.pdf

 

Baltonsborough Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School is an integral part of the small but perfectly formed village of Baltonsborough, four miles from Glastonbury. The school was built in 1998 and benefits from wonderfully maintained custom built accommodation. It is light and airy, and an all round beautiful place in which we can learn and play.

We are a four class school, plus our Little Pips Preschool. We are set in beautiful grounds. All of our classes are names after Somerset apples. Our outdoor area, Pippin's Wood, is used to provide a rich and stimulating outdoor learning environment, which is enhanced by our wooden 'Outdoor Classroom' and  Early Years Foundation Stage outdoor area. Our Lambrook class even has its own beach!

Our planted beds have been developed to provide us with an ever increasing variety of fruit and vegetables which we try to use as much as we can in our cooking lessons.

We are proud of our position in the village and our links with the village church and the wider community.

Hand in hand we live and learn! We would love to meet you, and to share all of the wonderful things that we do together.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office on 01458 850526.

Ben Travitzky,

Headteacher

 

If you'd like copies of any of the information on our website or you'd like it in another format, please contact us. 

 

     Local Authority number including Safeguarding concerns: 0300 1232224

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Travitzky.

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Davies

The Safeguarding Governor is Sue McNamee

 The SENDCO is Mr Travitzky.

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