Woodhill School Reopening in September 2020

RE: Full School Opening Update

 We hope that you are well and have had a wonderful summer. We are very excited to be welcoming all of the children back to school next week, and know that they will have missed Woodhill, their teachers and friends greatly. The staff have been busy planning and preparing for the children’s safe return and this letter is to give a few reminders around this.

 In order to ensure a smooth transition back to school for all pupils, we will be starting the academic year with a phased return for pupils. There will also be staggered start and end times for year group bubbles as well as for break and lunch times, as well as continued enhanced cleaning procedures. We have outlined the key information below. Please note that this has been updated since the letter dated 16th July so do read carefully.  

Year group Bubble

Start date

Drop off/collection point

Start time

Finish time

Nursery Bubble

Monday 14th September: Nursery sessions begin


(Wk. beg. 7th September will be getting to know you sessions)

Nursery entrance

AM Nursery: 8.30am


PM Nursery: 12.30pm




Reception Bubble

Monday 7th September: half days (am or pm)


Wk. beg. 14th September: all children 9.15-1.40pm


Wk beg, 21st September: all children 9.15-3.30

Main gate

See separate Reception letter for  your timings


Year 1 Bubble

Monday 7th September

Main gate



Year 2 Bubble

Monday 7th September

Main gate



Year 3 Bubble

Tuesday 8th September

Main gate



Year 4 Bubble

Tuesday 8th September

KS2 small gate




Year 5 Bubble

Wednesday 9th September

KS2 small gate



Year 6 Bubble

Wednesday 9th  September

KS2 small gate



 We will be operating a soft start where all children will enter the school buildings on arrival without having to line up. This will help us to avoid the congregation of large groups. However, on the children’s first day back, their class teacher will greet them and take the whole class as a group to their new classroom.

 Drop off/pick up protocols – parent expectations

Drop off times and pick up will be staggered to ensure that everyone is able to practice social distancing by staying apart at all times. Please adhere to the times and do not arrive any earlier or later; we have staggered start and finishing times to reduce big groups congregating.  If you are waiting outside the school gates, please make sure you are not congregating and are standing at a distance. We are asking parents to maintain social distancing at all times and we will only be allowing one adult to drop off their child. At the designated time, we will ask one adult and their child/ren to spread out in the playground in their year group zone. Teachers will then collect the children from this area.

If you have more than one child in the school and your timings are more than 15 minutes apart, you will be able to follow the guidance below if you wish. Please do contact the school office if you have any questions about this.

Morning Drop Off:

Parent to drop off all of their children at their latest drop off time. Elder siblings or additional adult to walk the child to their classroom/s.

Afternoon Collection:
Parent to pick up all children at their earliest child’s collection time. Elder sibling or Year group TA to bring siblings from their year group down to designated playground/s to meet parent.

School office

The school office area will remain closed. To support with any queries parents may have, a member of the admin team will be based in the area outside the main doors at the start and end of the day. A member of the leadership team will also be on the playground each day to answer any questions you may have.

You can also continue to contact the school or make an appointment with a member of staff, please email info@woodhill.greenwich.sch.uk or telephone 020 88545055 to do so.

 Hygiene and safety measures

Safety is our upmost priority and so we have detailed plans, procedures and risk assessments in place for September. Please do look on our school website for our whole school risk assessment. The most important part of this is our handwashing and hygiene procedures. Full government guidance for the opening of schools can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

 Staff and pupils will be sanitising and hand washing on entry, after each session, before and after break/lunch and before leaving. Each child will be allocated their own stationery to use to help avoid unnecessary sharing of resources. Enhanced cleaning will be carried out throughout the day of frequently touched surfaces, resources and toilets. Tables will also be cleaned after each session, and this includes at lunchtime where year groups will be having separate sessions. Year group bubbles will not mix with other bubbles during the school day.

 Children can bring in their book bags/rucksacks, PE kits and lunchboxes, and will be expected to wear full school uniform. Children should also bring in their own water bottle which will remain on their table. Reading books will also be brought home and sanitized when back in school. As per government guidance, children are not permitted to wear face masks during the school day. If you travel to school by public transport wearing a face mask, we ask that these are removed from your child before they enter the school.

 The furniture in the Year One-Six classrooms has been re-arranged so that each child is facing the front and not facing each other. There will be two children to a table, and this will be the same at lunchtimes. The EYFS classrooms have also been rearranged to allow for more space, with soft furnishings being removed.  


It is now vital for all children to return to school to minimise any longer-term impact of the pandemic on their education, wellbeing and wider development. Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. School attendance will be mandatory again from September and this means that the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

    parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;

    schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence

    the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

What to do if your child, or someone in their household, displays symptoms


If your child develops one or more of the following symptoms:

·         a new continuous cough 

·          a high temperature 

·         a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) 

it is very important that you do not send them to school. If your child develops one or more of these symptoms in school they will then be sent home and advised to follow the guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.


  If your child has one or more of the above symptoms, you should:


·       Request a coronavirus test immediately. Order a test. https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or order by telephone via NHS 119

·       Everyone living in the same household/ support bubble, including adults and other children, should self-isolate for 14 days 

·       Keep the school informed about symptoms, self-isolation and test results.

 It is essential that you book a coronavirus test for your child and provide us with the result once you have this so that your child can return to school promptly. Your child should remain off school until they receive the test result; if the test is negative, they can return to school immediately thus minimising any further periods of absence. If the test is positive, please inform the school immediately and support us by sharing photographic evidence of the test result.



 As part of the return to school, please do walk, cycle or scooter to school where possible. This will help make space for those who have no alternative but to use public transport. If using public transport or taxi and private hire services, please use a facial covering, carry a hand sanitizer and wash your hands before and after you travel.

Should you have any further questions about any of the information in this letter, then please do make contact with us via the school office or e-mail info@woodhill.greenwich.sch.uk We will continue to keep you fully updated throughout the autumn term, and this will include details of a virtual meet the teacher presentation for parents.

We thank you for all your continued support and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours sincerely,

 Mrs A Vdovin