Latest updates and Advice
22nd May 2020
Our Governing Body has given its approval for our plan to re-open on the 1st June to more children. This is subject to change following any further announcements by The Government.
18th May 2020
Thank you to everyone who responded, we now have the final numbers of children intending to return to school from 1st June 2020 onwards. We can now carry out the rest of our risk assessments. Once the risk assessments have been completed we will send this and our plan of proposed action to the Governing Body for their input and approval.
We must stress that this will be a carefully considered phased return for those children. Not everyone will return on Monday 1st June. Once the Governing Body has agreed we will contact parents with further information about the phased return.
updated 15th May 2020
14th May 2020
Thank you to those parents who have contacted us already. Some of you have asked really good questions. Some of them we can answer but some we cannot until information becomes clearer. To help parents we will post some of the common questions and answers on this page and keep it updated.
If there is only space in classrooms to safely fit 8-10 children will you be using other classrooms to fit in all of Y6, Y1, Reception and Nursery and is there enough space because you can use the other classrooms?
YES & NO.
YES - where classrooms are free but we already have 16 children attending from the Year Groups not on the Government list IE in Y5,Y4,Y3,and Y2 because their parents are critical workers and have been with us since school closed for day care. These children will still be attending.
NO - therefore we will not have space if all 120 children want to return from Year Groups Y6,Y1,Reception and Nursery as we will only have 6 classrooms to use. It would be roughly only 60 spaces available.
Will I still get the Free School Meal voucher if my child returns to school?
NO. Your child will get a hot school dinner instead at school. The voucher will continue for any siblings not returning to school.
If my child is in Y6, Y1, Reception or Nursery and I want them to return to school will this be on Monday 1st June?
NO. The Government have made it clear that the five tests set have to be met first before school opening up to other year groups is considered
Based on numbers and our risk assessments, groups of children will be only allowed to comeback to school when invited to do so. Children cannot just turn up on Monday 1st June and attend school.
I am unsure to send my child into school or not and I would like to see the measures set out before deciding - what should I do?
As we move forward I can confirm some of the measures mentioned in the letter below:
*Children will be in small groups of up to 8 or 10 in Y6 and Y1 (children in Reception and Nursery maybe in smaller groups still to be confirmed)
*Once in their group "bubble" they will stay in that group all day including breaktimes and dinnertimes.
*There will be no assemblies or special leaving assemblies held in school.
*All soft toys, all small toys, small contruction and hard to clean equipment IE items like play dough etc in Reception and Nursery have been removed.
*All soft furnishings have been removed from classrooms , cushions, fabric sofas etc.
The other measures list below are still possible as well as ones to be added.
If you are still undecided email us at email@example.com by this Monday that you are considering sending your child. We will then record your child as a maybe in our risk assessment. Then based on numbers we will be able to see how many places we have. Classrooms will only hold between 8 -10 children at a safe distance and that will limit the amount of children we can take back safely. We will then work with the local authority to see if there are places in nearby schools.
We will continue to send work packs out to those children not attending
Thank you also for all the lovely messages you have sent us wishing us well and thanking us!
Johnson Fold is truly a "Community" School - a very special one that we are proud to be a part of.
12th May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers of children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6,
As you may know, the government is currently intending that schools reopen in a phased return from Monday 1st June at the earliest for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
This presents a great challenge for schools. We would like to make you aware that we are carrying out a comprehensive risk assessment process.
If you do decide you want to send your child into school, there will be a number of measures in place to try and keep your child as safe as possible; however, we would like you to understand that schools can only minimise any risks and not guarantee a risk free environment.
School will not be operating as usual – there will be changes which will be shared with you in due course which may include the following from the Government guidance:
*a rota system for children attending
*No parents entering the school building, staggered starting and leaving times
*Going to another school if numbers are not manageable
*children being taught in small groups in a classroom with another teacher – not their usual one and not necessarily with their friends.
*Keeping to this small group throughout the day and not mixing with other children in the school even if they were in the same class as before.
This guidance, for parents, can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june
There is also the option for you to keep your child at home should you not be comfortable with your child attending school; the government have stated that parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time. Home learning activities will continue to be set.
If your intention is for your child to return to school or not return to school, please e-mail the school office firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 18th May 2020 at the very latest telling us your decision so that we are able to review our on-going risk assessments.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
11th May 2020
I hope you are all safe and well. Many of you will have watched the Prime Minister's briefing last night and it was indeed brief!
As you will have heard, it is part of the Government's Plan to phase Primary Schools back from 1st June starting with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. We have received no guidance or information as yet as to how this is to be done safely and why these year groups were chosen. I have had the same information at the same time you did - watching the television.
After discussions with our Chair of Governors, I wanted to reassure our school community that the safety of all our staff, children and members of our community will be at the forefront of any decisions and plans made going forward.
As soon as we have looked at the guidance and updated our risk assessments based on the uniqueness of our school, we will share a possible way forward.
We know many of you are getting fed up and want the children back in school. We want them all back, but only when safe to do so. Covid-19 has not gone away.
The teachers will be ringing you again sometime this week/next week to check in on you all. If you do have any questions please remember you can email the school office at email@example.com and I will try and answer them.
We have been updating your email addresses so we can send you emails with the latest information. Please make sure you have sent your updated email to the school office.
Thank you all for your kind words and messages of support that we have received whilst being open for our keyworker children - it is appreciated.
I wanted to contact you today to say thank you for the lovely messages we are receiving when we are delivering the packs of learning. When the teachers have been making their phone calls to you, one aspect that keeps being discussed is motivating your children do lots of work. Please don’t worry about this. There is no competition and what you do with your children is what you do. There will be learning going on in your homes that can never be taught in school and this generation of children will be all the better for this. Don’t try and keep up with everyone around you. You know your children best and what is best for them.
I came across the following on Social Media written on behalf of all the teachers on the planet. I’ve tweaked it for our school but have kept the sentiment that same.
Don’t stress about schoolwork. In September, we will get your children back on track. – This might take some time, but it will happen. We are teachers and that is our superpower! What we can’t fix is social-emotional trauma that prevents the brain from learning. So right now, we just need you to share your calm, share your strength and share your laughter with your children. No children are ahead. No children are behind. Your children are exactly where they need to be - with you.
Take care and keep safe
Mrs Dean and the Johnson Fold School Team
WARNING: THERE IS A SCAM CURRENTLY OPERATING REGARDING FREE SCHOOL MEALS. YOU WILL NOT BE ASKED FOR ANY BANK DETAILS WHEN APPLYING FOR THE SCHOOL VOUCHER SYSTEM. EMAIL THE SCHOOL OFFICE IF YOU ARE IN ANY DOUBT.
Here is the link to the Bolton Council website where you can check if you are entitled to FSM or not.
If you get any of the benefits below, you can claim free school meals.
- Income Support
- Jobseeker's Allowance Income based
- Employment Support Allowance Income related
- Support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guaranteed Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit - as long as your letter shows you have an income of less than £16,190 and do not get Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - your earned income must be less than £7,400 a year
If your child gets free school meals they may continue until March 2022.
Some parents may not have access to a smartphone/tablet etc and we can still provide a packed lunch if that is what parents would prefer.
How the voucher scheme will work
eCode – this is the 16 digit code which will be sent to you in an email if you have told us you want the voucher scheme.
You’ll need this code to access www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk and choose your supermarket eGift card.
You cannot use the eCode directly with the retailer, it must be exchanged for an eGift card.
eGift card – each supermarket has their own eGift card.
To order your eGift, redeem your eCode at www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk. The eGift card will be sent to the email address entered during check-out and can be spent instore at the chosen supermarket.
Marks and Spencers
You will be able to buy any healthy food or drink for your child
Reminder: Department for Education (DfE) COVID-19 (Coronavirus) helpline
DfE has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.
Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and weekends from 10am to 4pm