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UPDATE - 26th February 2021 - Return to school details for the 8th March


23rd February 2021

As you are aware the Government announced that schools will be reopening on Monday 8th March 2021. We are currently working through the guidelines and we shall update you all by the end of this week.

31st December 2020

The lastest information regarding plans for January 2021 can be found under our 'News' tab on this website. Please read carefully as not all pupils will be returning under new government advice.



3rd November 2020

We have today had a confirmed Covid case in the Nursery.

As soon as we were advised we followed the relevant guidelines and advised Public Health England.

All the children and staff in the nursery will now be isolating and can return on Monday 9th November.

Attached is the letter for the school on any action you should take in the event of symptoms showing.


Keeping safe on school grounds

2nd November 2020

Following the Governments announcement of another lock down, we are enhancing our school site and where possible adhere to the following:

ONLY 1 adult on the school site

Adhere to social distancing rules of 2 metres

Leave the school site as quickly as possible

Where possible, no other children on the school site

If you feel that a mask would enhance your personal protection, please wear one

Please drop off and collect your child promptly to avoid any groups gathering unnecessarily.


Doors Open - 8:40am

Register – 8:50am

Finish time - 3pm

Please remember that any child that arrives from 9am is late. Classroom doors will close at 8.50am, so please go to the office after this time. 

Parents are not allowed to come right up to classroom doors for dropping off or collecting.


September arrangements

Keeping safe on school grounds

Changes to dropping off and collecting children

Over the first week, we have been monitoring how the morning and afternoon works with parents and children on site.  It is important to remember that the largest danger of spreading the virus is not from child to child, it is adult to adult - and on school grounds this means when collecting and picking up your child.  Therefore, we have amended our procedures to keep you and your families as safe as possible in line with government guidance.

From Monday 14th September we will be implementing the following:

Only 1 adult per family on the school site

Where possible, siblings to wait outside of the school 

Keep left when entering and leaving the school site by the main entrance following the yellow arrows – enter through the small gate – exit through the large gates

Remember you can wear a mask on site if you feel this is suitable for you

Keep at least 1m plus distance away from each other

Please wait along the path for collection at the end of the day.

 Doors Open - 8:40am

Register – 8:50am

Finish times:

Reception and Year 1 Classes- 2:45pm

Year 2 Classes - 2:50pm

Classroom doors are open from 8.40am for you to drop off your child. These eases congestion and helps those of you with other schools to drop off your other children. 

Please remember that any child that arrives from 9am is late. Classroom doors will close at 8.50am, so please go to the office after this time. 

Parents are not allowed to come right up to classroom doors for dropping off or collecting.


Our school day timings have been amended in line with DfE guidance for re-opening the school in September to all pupils.

Please remember that these changes are to keep you and your family safe during these ever changing times.  


UPDATE - Thursday 16th July 2020

Please use this link to access the DfE information for parents may need to know in regard to schools from September 2020.

Our 'News' and Letters Home' tab above is where to find our 'September return' letter with all you need to know about Greenvale for September.



UPDATE - Monday 2nd June 2020

We will be opening from Monday 8th June to more children  in Reception and Year 1 and key worker pupils.

We will ONLY be accepting children who have had formal confirmation by letter from the school. This is due to staffing and safety ratios.

If you HAVE NOT told us that your child will be returning to school and HAVE NOT had a confirmation letter from us your child will not be able to come to school from Monday 8th June 2020.

If you have any further queries or questions please contact the school office.


UPDATE - Friday 22nd May 2020

By now you will know that we are planning to re-open our school to children in Reception and Year 1 whose parents have told us that they are happy for their children to return to school. 

Please click here to read a letter from Mrs Allnutt regarding the arrangements for pupils who will be returning.

Please click here to see information for children about what school may look like when they return.



UPDATE - Tuesday 12th May 2020

Please click here to read a letter from Mrs Allnutt regarding the government's plans to re-open schools to certain year groups.

Schools will remain closed until further notice, except for children of critical workers and vulnerable children who are encouraged to attend where it is appropriate for them to do so.

We are waiting for further guidance and clarification from the government right now, which will hopefully help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We will share this with you as soon as possible so you know what the school’s reopening will look like in practice.




UPDATE - Tuesday 24th March

Department for Education - update Sunday 19th April 2020

Schools will remain closed until further notice, except for children of critical workers and vulnerable children who are encouraged to attend where it is appropriate for them to do so. We will only re-open schools when the scientific advice indicates it is safe to do so, and will consult closely with the sector on our approach.

It is important to underline that schools, all childcare settings (including early years settings, childminders and providers of childcare for school-age children), colleges and other educational establishments, remain safe places for children. Reducing the number of children making the journey to school, and reducing the number of children in educational settings, will protect the NHS and save lives by reducing the risks of spreading the virus.

Schools, and all childcare providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response.



UPDATE - Tuesday 24th March

Last night, the Prime Minister announced further restrictions are being put into place.

People in Britain are now only allowed to leave their homes for “very limited purposes”

  • shopping for basic necessities; for one form of exercise a day; for any medical need; and to travel to and from work when “absolutely necessary”
  • People are warned not to meet friends or family members who they do not live with
  • Shopping is only permitted for essentials like food and medicine, and people are advised to do it “as little as you can”
  • All shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothing and electronic stores, are ordered to close
  • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are to close
  • All gatherings of more than two people in public - excluding people you live with - are banned
  • All social events, including weddings and baptisms are banned
  • Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed

It is incredibly important that you and your families follow these instructions to the letter. These measures have never been seen before and highlight how serious these are. Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives. 

The position of the emergency childcare in school is still in place for those who absolutely need it. Only those key workers whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response should put their children and our staff at risk. If you can keep your child at home, please do so. 


Following direction from the government, the school is currently closed until further notice.


From Monday 23rd March we are running an emergency childcare provision for the following:

  • Vulnerable children (Children with a social worker and those with an Educational Health Care Plan)
  • Children of Key Workers, where the is no alternative childcare available



For work to be completed at home, please go to the 'Helping at Home' tab. We will keep this up-to-date over the next few days and weeks.



We continue to staff the office and you may contact us by telephone on 01634 409521 between 8:30am and 3:00pm

You may also contact the office by email office@greenvale.medway.sch.uk  

Department of Education Coronvirus Helpline

0800 046 8687

8am - 6pm (Monday to Friday) 10am-4pm (Saturday and Sunday)


Coronavirus Update 20/03/2020 - 6:30am

Dear Parents and Carers

Following government advice the school will be closed to pupils from Friday 20th March at 3:20pm until further notice.

We will, however, be remaining open to provide childcare provision for children of identified key workers and vulnerable pupils, i.e. those with an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) or assigned social worker, including Looked After Children.

We will contact directly families with vulnerable children.


We need to identify which families qualify for the key worker category.

The government has now confirmed the Key Worker list:

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.


This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.


If you believe you fall in to any of these categories and will require access to child care provision, then please contact the school office either by email office@greenvale.medway.sch.uk  or by coming into the office before 12pm on Friday. We will require you to verify your occupation through a suitable means e.g. photo id or official letter from your place of work. We will also require you to confirm that your access to the childcare provision is essential. 


We believe that putting these requirements in place will ensure that only the children within the guidelines are in school therefore increasing the ability to operate the social distancing policy within school to some degree.


Once we have identified the children within these categories, we will then communicate to those families our arrangements for Monday.

These are difficult times for all. We are absolutely committed to providing the services that the government require us to. We believe that everyone in our school community has the responsibility to play their part in following the government guidelines. Our school values and ethos are required now, more than ever, to achieve this together for the safety of our community.  

 We once again thank you for your support and kindness.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Allnutt



Thursday 19.3.2020

You may have seen the government directive stating that schools will close on Friday 20th March until further notice except for vulnerable children and those of key workers. School leaders are working hard to plan how to meet these requirements and will communicate these plans with you as soon as possible.
Please ensure you follow government advice regarding self-isolation if your child displays the publicised symptoms: high temperature and/or new, continuous cough.

 Any child who develops the following symptoms or who shares a household with someone that has developed the following symptoms should stay at home for 14 days: a high temperature or a new, continuous cough. Please visit the Public Health England website for more details.

Breakfast Club remains on.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused but thank you for your support and cooperation during this difficult and ever changing time.

Mrs Allnutt



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