The reopening of Samakee is guided by the following principles:
Staggered arrival and dismissal times:
Expectations for children:
Expectations for parents:
The goal to develop well-functioning classes with appropriate social distancing is to provide 5sqm per child and we will adhere to the following guidelines as much as possible:
Parents and children will be notified during ‘Move-on Morning’ as to who their teacher will be next academic year.
During the day:
End of the day:
Toys and manipulatives:
iPads, Chromebooks and mice:
Classroom libraries closed. Instead:
Children who show any signs of illness may not attend school.
Please do NOT send your child to school if he or she is showing any symptoms of illness which could be passed onto another child or adult.
If any member of the household has symptoms of Covid-19, do NOT send your child.
Children who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 37.5C/99.5F or higher will be sent home from school. A member of administration, nurse, or teacher will phone a parent to arrange immediate pick up of the sick child.
Handwashing and hand sanitising:
Children will enter school at the entrance door, one at a time, two meters apart and will remain two meters apart the entire school day. Each child will have an assigned sink and toilet. Children will wash their hands at least every two hours.
School Medical Room and First Aid Room:
Cleaning of the buildings:
Classrooms and the use of materials:
Teachers and TAs will maintain the sanitising of the classroom and materials.
All toys must be washed twice daily. If they cannot be washed they must be packed away. Children’s personal toys must stay at home. iPads, laptops and mice are not to be shared and will be wiped before and after use.
What does “online learning” look like?
Children at home will receive daily lesson posts on Firefly. Online learning will not look like remote learning when the school was closed; there are no daily teacher videos or Google Meets. Lessons will be posted as activities in Firefly on the year group page so all children have access.
Will my child’s class teacher be interacting with him or her during online learning?
Classroom teachers at school are working with classes. Unfortunately, teachers are not able to coordinate online learning or work with children who are not at school at the same level as during school closure. However, teachers will continue to create lesson plans and post assignments relevant to the year group and these will be posted on Firefly.
Who should parents contact if they have questions about Online Learning?
Please feel free to contact your child’s phase leader if you have any questions. We are happy to help.
Before and after lunch:
OBS: please do NOT throw away the spray bottles school has provided, when empty, you can not get more. Spray bottles can be refilled in the school shop at the entrance.
Please follow the below guidelines:
Expectations for children at playtime:
You are considered sick when there are symptoms of illness, even with mild symptoms of illness. This means that in case of symptoms of illness you have to stay home from work.
Staff can return to school 48 hours after he/she is no longer showing ANY symptoms of illness. This means that if you have symptoms of illness, you should stay home until you are well.
If a person who has been at school is confirmed (or suspected) to be infected with COVID-19, the school must be informed of it in order to inform the persons with whom he/she has been in close contact.
It is recommended that persons with proven COVID-19 isolate themselves as much as possible in the home away from other family members and avoid all physical contact with persons in the home.
When a family member is ill:
When you suspect someone in your house has COVID-19, stay at home out of caution. Do your best to isolate yourself from the ill person. Contact your doctor and ask to have the ill person tested, if it is confirmed that it is not COVID-19, you should return to work.
If the family member who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 can self-isolate and the employee has no symptoms, the employee should return to work. The last action before leaving the house should be washing his/her hands.
We will be particularly aware of the following situations and issues:
1. Reluctant children*
2. Social / emotional concerns including new concerns because of new class, teacher, environment, friendships
3. Behaviour / disciplinary issues
4. General academic concerns
5. Late and absent students
6. Child protection issues
*Special arrangements will be made to support children who have difficulty separating from parents
|Reluctant children||Teachers and staff will make reasonable efforts to encourage students to enter and stay in school. Children who are not able to cooperate easily and quickly will be sent home. Special arrangements will be made for new children joining the school and First School children.|
|Social/emotional issues||Teachers will report children of concern to our phase leaders and Designated Safeguarding Leader so that they can receive appropriate support.|
|Behaviour/ disciplinary issues||There is an enhanced expectation for children to follow school rules, classroom agreements and cooperate when instructed and directed. Children are also expected to adhere to the new hygiene and distancing procedures so the school can follow the guidelines for health and safety. Children who can’t meet the new expectations will be supported by a teacher and taken to another classroom; the next steps will be determined on a case by case basis.|
|General academic concerns||Phase and Pupil Progress meetings will continue and children’s learning needs be considered case by case.|
|Late and absent children||Regular recording of attendance and late arrivals will continue. Parents will be contacted if attendance is a concern.|
|Child Protection issues||The same child protection procedures are in place. Teachers should inform the Designated Safeguarding Leader or headteacher immediately.|
This is an emergency learning situation. Our goal is to provide children with some familiar school routines for social/emotional/academic learning in a temporary different school environment. Lessons will be designed to provide practice for consolidating skills and following baseline assessments will focus on new differentiated learning, as appropriate. Lessons should be as independent as possible. Teachers will use teaching materials, strategies and teaching styles that are familiar to children. The academic work for children will be as familiar and as independent as possible.
The emergency learning schedule is designed to limit the movement and contact of staff and children throughout the buildings.
New timetables will be created for the start of the new year and will be shared with parents via Firefly. Following the extended school closure and to make sure that children in all year groups are not missing crucial skills, knowledge and understanding, we will not rush to cover the Year group objectives. Instead, the teacher will build on, broaden, and deepen the learning that has gone before. The classroom teachers will organise the daily schedule of lessons within the arrival/dismissal time and around playtime and lunch breaks. All lessons will take place in the child’s assigned classroom space with the class teacher serving or specialist teacher.