Growing and learning together

August 30th, 2020

As a school we are totally committed to keeping your children safe and to following government guidance. We have worked tirelessly to ensure all our risk assessments, health and safety procedures and social distancing measures are in place and to ensure Redesdale Primary School is as safe a place as is possible for our children, staff, parents and visitors. We are committed to giving the children the best learning experiences we can deliver and to make things as ‘normal’ as we can safely manage. We look forward to welcoming all of our children back in September 2020.

What to expect in September 2020

School will reopen on Thursday 3rd September for ALL children. (Tuesday 1st September and Wednesday 2nd September are Teacher Training days)

We will continue with staggered starts and finishes to the school day to limit the volume of parents/carers on the yard at any one time. This will need to be factored into your daily routine.

One adult only per family is allowed on site to drop off or collect

Parents will not be allowed into the school building and if you have any queries you will need to ring the School Office or email [email protected]

Reception 9.10am                Playground gate 1.00pm                  Playground gate

(3.00pm from 14th September)

Year 1 9.05am                Playground gate 3.20pm                  Playground gate
Year 2 8.50am                Playground gate 3.10pm                  Playground gate
Year 3 8.55am                Playground gate 3.15pm                  Playground gate
Year 4 9.00am                Main Entrance 3.20pm                  Main Entrance
Year 5 8.55am                Main Entrance 3.15pm                  Main Entrance
Year 6 8.50am                Main Entrance 3.10pm                  Main Entrance

The children will be in phase bubbles (Upper KS2 – Y5/6 RED bubble, Lower KS2 – Y3/4 GREEN bubble, KS1 – Y1/2 BLUE bubble and EYFS – Nursery/Reception YELLOW bubble).

Current advice is to reduce the number of contacts between children and staff by keeping classes in distinct ‘bubbles’ and separate from other bubbles.

Break times for the phase bubbles will be staggered to reduce the amount of bubbles on the yard at any one time. Home times will continue to be staggered to limit the volume of people on the yard at any one time.

Children are not expected to distance within their bubble but will sit facing the front of the class in Y1-6. Resources can be shared within the bubble but each child must have their own pencil/pen so we will be providing them with a pencil case. All resources will be regularly cleaned. Older children may be able to distance at times but younger children cannot socially distance from staff or each other.

School staff can move between bubbles but all adults, parents and visitors on site MUST maintain 2m distance from each other.

We will maintain the current protective measures across school to reduce the risk of infection:

  1. Minimise contact with people who have the virus
  2. Frequent handwashing
  3. Good respiratory hygiene, ‘catch it, bin it, kill it.’
  4. Regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces
  5. Reduced contact between people and socially distance if possible
  6. Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process

In September we will not be having whole school assemblies, again to minimise contact, and as mass gatherings of more than 30 people are not allowed. Classes will be having their own class based collective worship each day.

If you need to speak to a teacher

It is best to phone school and ask to speak to the teacher before or after school.

  • You can phone school and leave a message with the office staff.
  • You can leave a voicemail.
  • You can email school and put FAO Class Teacher in the subject line.

Teachers will not be able to speak to you as the children are coming in to or out of school due to the staggered times which depend upon classes clearing the yard and washing hands to free up cloakrooms.

School Lunches

The school kitchen will be re-opening and providing a hot meal, packaged for each child ‘takeaway style’. They are unable to offer a choice but a vegetarian option will be available each day and all diets including food allergies and intolerances will be individually catered for. The children will use standard cutlery and beakers of water will be provided. Children in the Reception classes will eat their lunch in the hall. The other classes will eat their lunches in their classrooms.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal as are children whose parents are in receipt of benefits. The Free School Meal Vouchers will stop at the end of the summer holidays.

Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch if that is their preference.


When we re-open in September, children cannot bring bikes or scooters to school as children may come into contact with others from outside their bubble when storing them. Also we need will be continuing the one-way system through school. This may change when routines become established.

Children cannot bring bags into school at the moment but Key Stage 2 only will be allowed from September. Unfortunately children still cannot bring footballs or skipping ropes in from home.

PE and learning outside

Current guidance is to take children outside as often as possible so our PE sessions will take place outside in September. We are not able to use the changing rooms so we are asking for the children to come dressed in their PE kit on their PE day. Children will need a pair of navy tracksuit bottoms and a separate pair of trainers for their PE lesson as they can get very muddy. From September children will come into school in their PE kit.

Extra-curricular clubs

We will not be offering after school activities in the Autumn Term because most clubs are for children from several year groups. Currently we must minimise children having contact with children outside their phase class bubble in school for reasons already explained.

Attendance, NHS Test and Trace

Attendance and reasons for absence have to be sent to the DfE each day as part of monitoring the spread of the virus. Parents MUST let school know by 9.10am why their child is not at school. We have to inform the DfE of any suspected or positive cases of Covid-19.

You MUST NOT come onto the school site if you or anyone in your household has:

  • A high temperature
  • A new dry and persistent cough
  • Loss of taste and smell

You must book a test if anyone in your household is showing any of the above symptoms. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus web site or ordered by phone via NHS 119 if you do not have internet access. You MUST inform school as soon as you get the results of a test. If someone tests positive, you must follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection’. The positive person must self-isolate for at least 10 days and the rest of the household for 14 days.

School will contact the local health protection team if a test is positive and then follow their instructions.