Full Day Resumption of Primary Classes from Monday 24th May 2021
I am delighted to let you know that the Education Bureau (EDB) has confirmed that DBIS is allowed to reopen for full days of face to face teaching for all our children from Nursery – Year 13. DBIS will need to continue to comply with regulations and guidelines from the EDB and I am delighted to share an overview of the plans for our Primary children.
Timings of the School Day
From Monday 24th May, the school day for all children in Years 3 to 6 will start at 08:15 am and finish at 3:10 pm.
We will revert to a normal school timetable for all Year 3 to 6 classes. Details of class timetables, and details specific to each year group, and can be accessed on the Parent Hub as follows:
Timetables will also be shared through the children’s Seesaw and Google Classrooms.
Break and lunchtimes
As per EDB regulations, the spaces where children eat must be single-purpose, meaning that the children cannot eat lunch in their classrooms. As a result, the children will eat in either the globe, canteen or gym. We are restricted to the number of children we can have eating at any one time and must allow sufficient cleaning time between sittings. The children will always be supervised by staff during eating and playtimes. We will need to accommodate lunch for all children in Primary and Secondary as well, therefore lunches will be staggered:
- Year 3 and 4 children will eat lunch at 12:15 pm and then go out to play until 1 pm.
Year 5 and 6 children will have their lunch playtime before eating at 12.45 pm.
All children will need to bring their morning snack in their bag in a separate container.
Health and Safety measures
The school gates will open for Primary students 10 minutes before classes will start at 08.15am and temperatures will continue to be taken as the children enter school.
You will receive a temperature check form that will need to be completed before children arrive at school in the morning. This will be checked as your child enters their classroom. If your child’s temperature is above 37.5 degrees or they show symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we kindly ask that your child does not come to school. We will be monitoring the children’s temperatures throughout the day and make contact with you should your child need to be collected from school.
All children and staff are required to wear masks throughout the day, including during playtimes. Please ensure you choose a mask that is comfortable for your child. Children will be able to lower their masks during PE lessons and when eating.
We are aware that a number of children will have siblings in different year groups meaning the start and finish times for the school day may be slightly different. If this is the case, you are most welcome to make arrangements with your children’s class teachers to ensure they are dropped off and picked up at the same time. Please liaise directly with class teachers as the arrangement will be individual to your family. We have differentiated the start and finish times at our Early Years campus to allow parents to drop children at the main campus first before taking siblings to the Early Years.
We are delighted about the children’s return to full school days, and I know how much they are enjoying being back in every day. If however, you do have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing, please make contact with your child’s class teacher or a member of the Primary Leadership Team so we can provide timely and appropriate support. As always, we operate an open-door policy, and you are welcome to make an appointment with your child’s class teacher, or myself at a mutually agreeable time whenever you need.
With kind regards,
Head of Primary