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Please see below for updates regarding the phased reopening of Cippenham Primary School and Cippenham Infant School in line with government guidance and in consultation with staff and the local authority. 

Please note that plans and risk assessments remain in constant review as the school reacts to updated national guidance. Please also note that children in any group should not be sent to school without prior agreement to ensure social distancing can be maintained and a space is made available to them.

Cippenham Primary and Cippenham Infant School will open on Monday 8th June to all children in reception, all day from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays we will ensure areas are cleaned thoroughly, teachers have an opportunity to work with support staff and prepare for the following week. Children will be set home learning on this day which continues from their weekly activities and experiences.

Children will be organized in ‘bubbles’ of no more than 15, and less if necessary, with the same adults working with these children. By allocating one classroom space with limited sharing of resources, a dedicated outside space and being outside as much as possible we feel that the risk of cross infection from one group to another is reduced significantly. A comprehensive risk assessment introduces a range of additional protective measures and collectively these will keep us all safe in school. For children in year reception (Year R) we intend to keep them in their own schools and areas with adults known to them as far as possible. A site plan showing class ‘bubble’ groups, learning spaces and flow will be circulated later this week.

Year 1 pupils are currently due to start from Monday 22nd June. Our plan for Year 1 is to accommodate children from both CIS and CPS in Year 3 and Year 4 rooms and outside areas but with adults familiar to them and with children from their class, again in groups of no more than 15. 

At this stage we are not planning to add more year groups but this may change as the situation across the country changes. With an expanding skeleton service and the requirement to have 15 or less children in a classroom, we just do not have the space or the necessary staff to accommodate Year 6. Engagement with home learning is high and teachers are confident that they can continue to provide Y6 as well as other year groups high quality work remotely. 

Home learning for all other year groups will continue. There have been good levels of engagement and lots of positivity around this so we will continue to set and respond to home learning tasks.

Our skeleton service will continue, possibly with more children and more generally in the Year 5 area and training room. Key workers with children in Year R and priority groups are welcome to use this provision on a Friday by arrangement. If you feel you are a key worker or your child is otherwise eligible please complete the key worker eligibility form.

Documentation relating to the opening can be found below for your reference.