The Wider reopening of Bromstone School
We hope that you are all well and continuing to cope with the situation that we currently find ourselves in regarding the COVID 19 pandemic.
We would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that the safety of all our children, staff and the wider community is paramount in all our decision making, and to share some key information regarding the decisions we have made about the wider reopening of Bromstone School.
The arrangements at Bromstone may differ slightly from other schools that you know and this is because all school leaders have completed risk assessments for their individual schools. This letter aims to give you a picture of the rationale behind the wider opening of Bromstone Primary School.
Reducing the risk of transmission
Bromstone has continued to follow advice from the Government using a document entitled Preparing for the wider opening of school from the 1st June – Planning guide for Primary Schools. This is updated daily and sent out to all Headteachers. Our on-going risk assessments are informed by both this and the Kent Local Authority document ‘Return to School Guidance First Phase – Kent, May 2020’. Both documents give details of how many children the school can accommodate whilst respecting the 2 metre social distancing regulations. Bromstone has 483 children on role. Our total classroom capacity under social distancing regulations is 215 children. The government and local authority has instructed us to ensure there is priority provision for all children of Key Workers and Vulnerable Children.
As advised by the Government the priority levels for pupils being able to return safely to Bromstone are:
- Children (any year) with a keyworker parent and children in receipt of a EHCP
- Reception children
- Year 1 children
- Year 6 children
A thorough risk assessment for Bromstone school has been completed which takes into account many factors: logistics, building size and structure, facilities, staff availability and timetables. This was shared with the Governors of the school who ratified our risk assessments and addendums to the Health and Safety , Safeguarding and Behaviour Policy.
Surveys to parents of children in years Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 were sent to ask if they would like their children to return to school if that was possible.
Currently we have 155 children in Bromstone who are either children who have parents that are key workers or who are vulnerable.
Bromstone has taken the decision to initially open to children in Yr R as well. The Year R cohort totals 59 children. This means that we have a total of 214 children who are entitled to attend school, with a total of 215 places available. The school is therefore at full capacity following social distancing rules and is sadly unable to admit pupils from any other eligible year groups at the moment.
Current position at Bromstone
We currently have 10 bubbles in place at Bromstone. Bubbles are groups of children and adults who do not mix with one another. We have 7 bubbles for key workers and vulnerable pupils, 2 bubbles for YR and 1 specialist bubble for children with complex needs.
We are really missing all our pupils and would love to welcome back other year groups but can only do so when it is considered safe to do so.
As has been highlighted in the news this week, the government has decided to postpone the opening of primary schools to all other year groups, based on the acknowledgement that a full return to school would be challenging for some schools if social distancing measures were kept.
If government guidance changes we will update our risk assessment and inform you of any changes.
We would like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child with their home learning. We have been overwhelmed by the positive responses from children and parents. This home learning will continue to be sent weekly as long as it is necessary.