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Keyworth Primary
& Nursery School

KPNS and Crossdale – IMPORTANT notice

This information is for the Critical Workers, and parents of vulnerable children, whose children require childcare from Monday. This does not affect the families whose children will not be attending school from Monday.

From Monday, the childcare provision for Crossdale and KPNS will be based at the Crossdale Primary site.

The Keyworth Primary site will be closed to children.

Mrs King, Mrs Holmes, and Mr Cresswell will all be on the gate and in the playground at Crossdale to greet the children when they arrive from 8.45am and several other KPNS staff members will be ready to welcome the children and make them feel at home. All children from KPNS will have a familiar staff member in their classroom, working with a Crossdale staff member, for the whole day on Monday. Subject to staff’s continued availability to be at work, this will continue for the rest of the week.

We have taken this decision as it gives us the best chance of staying open in a safe and clean building for as long as possible. We are already seeing the impact of Covid-19 on our ability to keep our schools operating smoothly. As one example, Notts County Council can no longer provide cover when a cleaner is absent due to sickness – last week this meant teachers arrived at 7am to clean parts of the school at Crossdale. It seems inevitable that staff availability will reduce further in the coming weeks. Pre-existing medical conditions and illness means our staffing complement in both schools has already been reduced.  Having 2 site managers, 2 cleaners, 2 cooks, 2 sets of admin staff, more teachers, more first aiders, more safeguarding leads and more specialist TAs will ensure the children can continue to come to school and have a safe and positive experience.

In making this decision, our one priority was to ensure we can stay open safely for as long as possible.

Many other local schools are already making similar contingency plans to work together in hubs based at one school. Our close partnership between KPNS and Crossdale means we have been able to implement this more quickly than others.

There will be 12 KPNS staff members at Crossdale on Monday and they have been working incredibly hard with staff from Crossdale to plan engaging activities for all the children.  We are hoping that they will return home on Monday evening talking about their new friends and the positive day they have had.

All children should NOT come to school in uniform on Monday. Children should wear clothes that will allow them to join in with the sporting challenges Miss Robinson has planned for them. Outdoor activities and sport will be a feature of every day, so uniform will not be required at all from Monday.

Email us using contact@keyworth.notts.sch.uk if you have any questions about practical arrangements for Monday.

Windmills Childcare

Please note that families intending to use Windmills from Monday to support their Critical Worker role can access these services at Crossdale too. We will blog information about this on Sunday. However, if you have  any doubts or questions about the information we send, simply turn up at Crossdale on Monday at the time you need and somebody will help you. We are currently planning to have the Crossdale site open from 7.30am-6pm.