Annie Lennard Primary School

Update on September Opening

26th Aug 2020

Wednesday 26th August 2020

September Re-opening Information


Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils

It gives me great pleasure to writing this letter today to remind us of the arrangements for coming back to school next week. Both myself and all the staff cannot wait to have you all back in school, we are really excited to catch up with you all. Looking back, I still cannot believe we closed our doors to the vast majority on the 20th March, and did not reopen. Not much has changed with the arrangements that I sent out before we broke up for the summer, this letter is intended to re familiarise ourselves with them, it also gives you a flavour of some of the measures we are taking in school. The updated risk assessment is now on the website in the COVID-19 section.  


Some of you may have been lucky enough to get away and have a change of scenery this summer, if you have been on holiday outside of the UK, and the country you visited is on the Governments list for quarantine you must follow the guidance

You will know that a number of countries have now been added to the Government list for quarantine. It is important to check guidance as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provide regular updates on restrictions and quarantine requirements. See and latest border control information for updated guidance.

As Sandwell currently has a high number of Coronavirus cases, we want to avoid a local lockdown and any new outbreaks in settings and in our communities. Therefore, it is expected all returning to school adhere to current guidance at the time of their arrival back in the UK.

For the restricted countries they are expected to quarantine for 14 days.

If they develop symptoms (persistent cough, high temperature or loss of smell/taste) to book a test at or call 119. If they develop symptoms, they must remain at home for 10 full days.

If this affects you and means your child cannot return to school on Wednesday 2nd September please inform school and the date in which they can return to school once quarantine is over.

Children in Year 1 to Year 6 will return to school on Wednesday 2nd September 2020. See the table below for the times of each year group. Reception and Nursery will have been given a start date in a separate letter and will have also received a phone call informing them of this date. 

Across the school we will be forming phase bubbles, with these bubbles children can mix with no social distancing required and can share resources. However, these bubbles cannot and must not mix with any other bubble.

  1. Nursery/ Reception

  2. Year 1 and Year 2

  3. Year 3 and Year 4

  4. Year 5 and Year 6

To aid with bubbles not mixing we will be operating staggered entry and exit times.


Year Groups

Drop off time

Pick up time

Reception, Yr 3 & Yr 4



Nursery, Yr 1 & Yr 2


3.10 (11.45 for Nursery)

Yr 5 & Yr 6




Where there are sibling groups, pupils in different classes can be dropped to their classroom door before their drop off time, the door will be open – however at the end of the day pupils will not be dismissed early if they have siblings in other year group that finish earlier, this is to ensure they do not miss anymore teaching time. Parents will be asked to wait (in a socially distanced manner) for the children to be dismissed.

Entering the school site

  • There will be a one-way system around the school site. Please enter using the main entrance, follow the arrows. The bottom reception gate will be locked to push the flow of traffic out up the pedestrian entrance. (Down the drive, through the blue gate side of the staff room to the left down the steps, past year 1 classroom, down the passage side of new build, across the playground, then up the pedestrian entrance to exit the grounds).

    Reception and Nursery can use the gate by Nursery to enter and exit this playground. They will then exit back up the drive-way. A member of staff will be on the pedestrian entrance on the road to ensure no one enters site this way. More staff will be on the carpark to aid direction around the school.      

  • Only 1 parent is allowed to drop off or collect their child, as per government direction.

  • Parents will be advised to either walk, cycle or drive to the setting – no travel by public transport, if public transport is needed they must wear a mask  

  • We will still be encouraging parents to contact the office by phone or email. Where this cannot happen and they need to come to the office there will be a queuing system in place with clearly marked 2m spacing between each person. Only one adult in the conservatory area at a time and they will have to stand behind the taped line. We ask you to also wear a face mask once inside the conservatory.

  • Hand sanitiser will be available in the conservatory area, visitors will be asked to use it before they touch the signing in machine, or use the table etc…

  • No parent will be permitted into the building. (not even to use the toilet)

  • Staff will patrol at key times of the day to ensure that parents are following one-way system, not congregating and breaking 2m distancing rules.

  • If you need to see a member of staff an appointment must be made, you will be asked to wear a mask and it will take place in an area where the 2m distancing can be upheld.


We no longer have to distance the children from each other. Where possible all windows and doors should be open to aid ventilation – H&S permitting 

  • Entering the classroom – pupils will be welcomed one at a time, they will sanitise their hands on the door, go and put stuff away, once all children are in then handwashing will be organised.

Each classroom will have

  • Own first aid equipment

  • PPE in order to carry out first Aid (gloves, face masks, aprons)

  • Cleaning products for increased cleaning through the day (anti bac wipes, anti bac spray, disposable cloths)

  • Hand wash/ soap and antibacterial gel for increased hand cleaning

  • Tissues

  • Lidded pedal bin for disposing of tissues and cloths used for cleaning. (must have a bin bag in that can easily be tied up)

  • Staggered drop off and pick up times

  • We ask parents not talk to the staff member on the door when dropping off children and to keep 2m away from the classroom door, if they need to pass on message speak to the office or bring a note with them detailing what they want staff to know.

  • Drinks bottles will be placed on their table not on the drinks trolley

  • There will be 2 adults to a room

  • Where possible children will not share equipment with other bubbles. Toys and equipment should not be used by another group until they have been cleaned

  • When collecting children, parents will queue in designated area – 2m apart and wait until their child is handed over to them.

  • KS2 all pupils will be facing the front

  • EYFS & KS1 will all face the front when on the carpet and at tables where possible

  • Staff however where possible need to keep 2m distance from each other and pupils. Staff need to avoid prolonged close contact with pupils in their bubble.

  • Staff can work across multiple bubbles.

  • These bubbles will use the playground at the same time, Dinner Hall and will have the same entry and exit times.

  • Each phase bubble will have a designated toilet, this will help cut down on groups sharing facilities.

  • Open doors and windows where safe to do so to aid ventilation

  • Children will each lunch in the classroom

  • Children must remove face coverings on entry to school. They must remove themselves, put in plastic bag and sanitise/ wash hands immediately


Children will be asked to come to school in a tracksuit on the days that they will be doing PE. You will be informed in September what days these will be.

Playground – main

  • Climbing apparatus will be allocated to a bubble (Blue Year 1 & Year2, Red to Year 3 & Year 4)

  • Children will use the same area with their bubble only

  • Children can sit in groups.

  • Each bubble will have their own playtime/ outside box that is only used by that group (for example - skipping ropes, paper, pens, chalks, bean bags, books, games etc…)

  • Entry back into the building will be staggered and through the doors that are directly on the playground.

Children’s Toilets

  • Each toilet will be designated to a specific group, this will be clearly labelled so children know where to use. (for the time being toilets will be mixed gender)

    • Nursey have their own toilets

    • Reception have their own toilets

    • Year 1 will use the KS1 girls toilet (1 door will have boys pic and 1 will have a girls)

    • Year 2 will use the KS1 boys toilet (1 door will have boys pic and 1 will have a girls)

    • Year 3 and 4 will use the KS2 boys toilets – again each toilet will be labelled depending on class and gender

    • Year 5 and 6 will use the KS2 girls toilets – again each toilet will be labelled depending on class and gender.

  • On re-entering the classroom apply hand sanitiser.

  • Designated times for each group to use the toilets in order to avoid contact with other groups

  • If a child has an accident and soils themselves – full PPE must be worn and thorough handwashing must take place after also. Soiled clothes must be double bagged.


    Dinner time

  • Bubbles will not mix with other bubbles

  • Timings will be staggered



Eat lunch in classroom

Outside time

Yr 3 & Yr 4

11.45 – 12.00

12.00 – 12.30


12.15 – 12.30

12.30 – 1.00

Reception will use their own outside area

Yr 1 & Yr 2

12.15 – 12.30

12.30 – 1.00

Yr 5 & Yr 6

12.45 – 1.00

1.00 – 1.30


If a Child becomes ill

  • If a child is ill and parents need calling, a message should be sent via teams to the office.

  • Once they have been collected the pupils desk needs to be cleaned – whoever is cleaning needs to ensure PPE is used. (gloves/ mask/ aprons) and then wash hands thoroughly.

  • In the event of a parent being delayed, child needs to be quarantined (adult in PPE)

    in event of illness will now have to use the staffroom and member of staff are to wait with pupil at a distance until collected. Pupil to sit by open window and it is possible for member of staff to sit over 2m away. Room to be disinfected immediately after being vacated.

  • School has a digital thermometer in order to be able to check temperatures of children if they are saying they are feeling unwell

  • It is vital that we have up to date numbers for all contacts on our system if anything has changed please let us know asap.

  • Parents will need to book a test for their child and all others in the household. All of the household must quarantine until they receive the test results, once results are back school must be informed either way. If a negative result is given then once well the child can return to school. If the result is positive then guidance given by NHS and government must be followed.

    If you for any reason cannot access public testing please notify school immediately


    Cleaning – increased

  • Cleaners will be in twice a day at least if not all day (morning – before school and lunchtimes) concentrating on toilet areas

  • At the end of the day after the children have gone tables and chairs need to be wiped down with anti bac wipes or spray

  • Each room will have own cleaning resources for frequent wiping of tables and resources throughout the day

  • All cleaners must wear PPE when cleaning – including emptying bins

What does my child need to bring to school? (very little)

  • Small bag for reading book and homework book. Each locker will be 30cm x 30 cm x 40 cm, Children will be keeping their coats and school bags in these lockers, therefore bags need to be smaller than the above dimensions. (bag must be able to fit in their locker – if bag doesn’t fit then you will be asked to send your child with a different bag).

  • Drinks bottle (or 2) under the guidance we have had to remove our water machine so we are asking you send your child with more than one drink.

  • Sandwich box/ Bag for dinner time

  • Healthy snack for breaktime

Your child will not need to bring anything else to school. School will provide everything else they need.


School Meals

From September we will be able to provide a cold lunch provided to us by SIPS catering. Throughout Autumn 1 we will not have a hot meal option.

Sandwiches will be delivered for those wishing to buy a meal (paid for via parent pay), for pupils who are in receipt of free school meals and for children in reception, year 1 and year 2 that fall under the universal free school meal scheme.

For the first week back, we are asking that all pupils come to school with a packed a lunch from home. If you require us to provide dinner from the second week (7th September) you must have completed the survey by Wednesday 2nd September,  if you do not complete we will not order a meal for your child.

We have also had this update from the catering company

The sandwiches being provided will be

  • plain cheese,

  • plain ham,

  • tuna mayonnaise,

  • egg mayonnaise

  • chicken mayonnaise

    The sandwiches we buy do have a ‘may contain nuts’ warning on them so it may be wise for children with a nut allergy to bring a lunch from home until we can return to hot meals.

If your child has food allergies/ gluten free/ specific requirements please provide a packed lunch from home for this half term until hot meals are resumed in Autumn 2. Please accept out apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We also have to order the sandwiches in advance so for this half term we won’t be able to change requirements on a daily basis, if you opt to be a school lunch it will be for the whole of autumn 1 (until half term in October) please also not that we will receive a variety of all these sandwiches, we cannot guarantee what sandwich your child will get. 


Breakfast Club

We will be operating Breakfast club, however there will be changes. We will not be providing food for the foreseeable future; please ensure they have breakfast before they come to school. As we will not be providing food there will be no charge. Each bubble will be kept apart they will not mix, they will have a designated table in the hall. If you need this facility please contact the school office to put your child’s name down. We are limited to how many children we can have in breakfast club and is for those families who need an early drop off due to work commitments. Breakfast club is located in the school hall and children can be dropped off from 8 o’clock. In order to keep distance between adults at drop off time we will be using a different entrance into the hall. Please enter via the yellow doors at the bottom of the steps by the year 1 classroom where they will be greeted by a member of staff. 


After School Clubs

There will be no clubs after school the first week back. At present we are still looking at the best way forward with clubs as we are conscience that we cannot mix different groups of children. When we have more details, I will write to you.


School Trips

During the autumn term there will not be any school trips. We are planning to resume them in the Spring term.

Residential trips are on the calendar as they are booked more than a year in advance, at present any booked in the autumn term have been cancelled by the centres, ours are due to take place in the spring and summer term. We will ask for basic interest numbers in a couple of weeks’ time, the minimum numbers are not there we will have to cancel them.

School Swimming

I am awaiting confirmation about swimming for the autumn term, as soon as I have an update I will share this with you.  


Staffing for September



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Mrs Bavin

Mrs Brookes

Miss Kealey

Mr Nelson

Mr Smith

Mrs Whitehurst

Mrs Groves

Miss Dixon

Mrs Wildman

Miss Tibbetts

Miss Willetts

Mr Bryan

Mrs Rai

Mrs Adam

Mrs Kirk

Mrs Hill

Mrs Stevens will work across KS2. Mrs Day will be on Maternity leave.

On return to school on 2nd September children are to go to their new class and to their new teacher. There will opportunity over this first week for children to be visited by their previous teacher (where possible) to catch up with each other, as I know everyone has missed each other.

We look forward to welcoming you back next week, I know many of you will be anxious about your children returning to school but I hope this information will help ease them.


Best Wishes

Mrs N crozier