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St Patrick's Primary School Primary School, Holywood
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Restart plan for August & September 2020

26th Jun 2020

Dear Parents & Carers,

I hope you continue to be in a safe place, at this time.

Please see the information below with respect to our planned restart to school. It is our wish that we return to a normal school provision, when we are able to do so.

Restart Plans for August & September.

The following schedule has been agreed by the Governors on Wednesday 24th June.

All primary schools in the North Down group of schools are following this plan, so that there is a consistent approach in our local area. The schedule was agreed to ensure that there is a phased return to school for all pupils and families. It will focus on the health and safety priorities and pastoral care needs of all the children.

We will need to implement a model where 50% of pupils attend in a split week format in August and September. ed. This is to ensure we adhere to the 1m social distancing requirements in a safe manner.  However, if the science permits, we will move to ‘whole class bubbles’ within a few weeks.


Week beginning 17th August:

All staff return to school for training and preparation for a Covid-19 restart.

Week beginning 24th August:

ALL P7 pupils will return in a phased manner in 4 groups, working with Mrs O’Neill, Miss Mc Keogh Mr. Sherlock and another member of staff (tbc).

Monday 24th – Thursday 27th (school will be closed on Friday for P7s)

Start Times 9am /Finishing time 1pm (staggered)

  • School uniform, break and packed lunch required for this week.

New P1 intake pupils will have an induction session on Thursday 27th or Friday 28th, to enable a parent to attend with their child.

Week beginning 31st August:

P2-7 pupils return in a phased manner using split week model. P1 model will be slightly different and in keeping with how P1 pupils normally transition into P1. (This model will be issued in due course)

Monday 31stAug – Friday 4th Sept

Start Times 9am / Finishing time 2pm for all pupils (staggered starts/finishing times will apply)

  • School uniform, break and packed lunch required for this week.

Week beginning 7th September:

P1-7 pupils return in a phased manner using split week model.

Monday 7th – Friday 11th Sept

Start Times 9am / Finishing Time 2pm for all pupils (staggered starts/finishing times will apply)

  • School uniform, break and packed lunch required for this week

On 11th September, all North Down Principals will reassess the Restart programme.

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Week beginning 14th September:

Split week continues if required (9am to 2pm) or whole class bubbles from 9am to 3pm. P1-7 pupils return in a phased manner using split week model.

Monday 14th – Friday 18th Sept

Option 1: Start Times 9am / Finishing time 2pm for all pupils (staggered starts/finishing times will apply)

Option 2: Finishing Time for P4 -7 will be extended to 3pm

  • School uniform, break and packed lunch required for this week.
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Phased Return Model

The Restart model being used takes into consideration the need for a safe return to school for ALL members of the school community. A slow and steady start is the preferred pathway, in order to build towards a full normal return to whole classes.

The pupils will be split into two cohorts based on meeting the needs of each family unit.

COHORT A will attend school on MONDAY & TUESDAY.

Wednesday – is set aside for planning, preparation and blended learning for the Teaching staff and a deep clean for the Non-Teaching staff.

COHORT B will attend school on THURSDAY & FRIDAY.

COHORT A or COHORT B ?

Your family will be assigned to your COHORT allocation on Monday 29th June. (edit)

  • Cohorts are organised to meet the needs of family units.
  • There is NO possibility of changing cohorts.

What will blended learning look like in the restart phase

The blended learning approach to learning on non-school days will be guided by our experiences from the lockdown. The work will be more paper based, as pupils will be reinforcing their learning from the days they are at school. The content of online learning will be minimised. The BOG and Senior leaders in school will forward a school survey about pupil and parent experiences of the Home – Learning process in due course, to enable any modifications to be considered by senior leaders and staff.

Restart Logistics – Detailed guidance will be issued before the 24th August

  • There will be different access points in and out of school for each class/year group.
  • Staggered starts at 8:45 and 9:00am
  • Staggered finishing times
  • Social distancing markers will be in place at each access point.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be in place at each access point.
  • Parents will not be permitted to enter the school building in the first phase of restart 24th August - 14th September. Parents will need to email or arrange a telephone appointment with the class teacher.
  • There will be a one-way system around the school and access to the wings/stairways will be managed.
  • Breaks/Lunches and outdoor play will be staggered in designated areas.
  • There will be NO early starters, PE or after-school activities during August or September.
  • Information regarding the restart plan for each cohort/class will be issued on w.b. 17th August.
  • There are still a few things that we are working on, for example, around the staggered starts & exits.

Health Checks

It is a parental responsibility to ensure that pupils are not in school with symptoms of Covid-19.

Parents of children (or indeed parents themselves) who are in the vulnerable categories will need to make a decision about returning to school.

In the event of a child, showing symptoms associated with Covid-19, they will be placed in a supervised isolation room, in line with PHA guidance and PPE. The child/siblings will need to have a Covid test carried out to determine whether they will be able to return to school or go into isolation.

This is a starting point and we hope that this pathway will lead to a full normal return to school by the 14th September. Our aim is not to have a local spike in the R number resulting in a school closure.

Please email any queries to the usual email address:info@stpatsps.holywood.ni.sch.uk