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Re-opening of the school - 3rd September 2020

Thursday 27th August 2020

 

Dear Parents, carers and children

 

Plans for re-opening on Thursday 3rd September 2020 for years 1-6

We hope you have had a lovely summer and you and your children are feeling ready to come back to school. We cannot wait to see you all as you have been very much missed.

As promised, here are the plans for a safe return to school next week. We have left it as long as we possibly could to send you this information given that the government guidelines change daily. We are hopeful that this letter will be the only one we have to write regarding re-opening. Fingers crossed…

 

Drop–offs and pick ups

This will be from the main front gate. During lockdown, we pedestrianised the whole of the car park. We will be doing this again, although this time it will be just using half of that space.

Children need to be dropped off at the main gates where they will be collected by a member of staff from their ‘bubble’.  We are very sorry, but parents of children in years 1-6 are NOT allowed on site at all for the foreseeable future, unless a prior appointment has been made.  This is to minimise contact.

Children in Early Years and KS1 will always enter and exit using the small pedestrian gate/path. Children in KS2 will always use the main car park gates. Please note that you will not be allowed to pull up in your cars outside the school anymore. Please also ensure you are demonstrating good social distancing practices with parents of other children whilst waiting outside.

Please ensure you drop off and collect your children in the allotted times below. The school no longer looks like it did before inside the building.  We have had to create restricted areas, bubbles and one-way systems.  This means that the arrangements to safeguard your children on site have changed dramatically. Please be respectful of this request as if children are late, it means having to pull adults out of bubbles, thereby placing other children at risk in terms of their safety and indeed, their learning.

Year group

Teacher

Drop-off

Pick-up

1

Miss McAllister

8.40-8.50

3.10-3.20

2

Mrs Rosolek-Field

8.30-8.40

3.00-3.10

3/4

Mr Feltham

8.50-8.55

3.20-3.30

4/5

Miss Morgan

8.30-8.40

3.00-3.10

5/6

Mr Wood

8.40-8.50

3.10-3.20

 

Lunchtime arrangements

The school hall will no longer be used to serve lunch. Children will eat their lunch in their bubble/classroom. School lunches will be ordered as usual, but will be in the form of a hot ‘grab bag’ that will be delivered daily to the school and then to classrooms. Following their lunch, children will be playing in designated areas and will be supervised by the same adult every day.

 

PE Kits

PE lessons will take place as usual. However, children will no longer be changing into their kit in school. They will wear their kit to school for the whole day. Again, this is to minimise movement around the school. Your child’s teacher will confirm what day(s) this will be. We will let you know when swimming lessons will be starting again.

 

Breakfast club, lunchtime clubs and after-school clubs

All the above are temporarily suspended until further notice. We are very sorry if this is inconvenient, but unfortunately it is impossible for us to provide these at this time.

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We completely understand that your child has not been in school for a very long time. As a school community, we all need to pull together to re-establish routines and boundaries in very unusual and challenging circumstances and recognise that there may be some significant ‘teething troubles’. Please try not to worry if we need to contact you about this, should your child find the transition back to school difficult or bewildering. Try to prepare them over the next week by making sure they go to bed early and practise getting up early too for example. Little things like this will be enormously helpful. We are all in this together!

 

We look forward to seeing you on 3rd September.

With very best wishes,

 

 

 

Miss Hilary Dunford

Headteacher

 

COVID-19 school - specific information and reminders

  • Please do NOT send your child to school if they are displaying symptoms of coronavirus
  • Please do NOT send your child to school if any member of your household is displaying symptoms of coronavirus
  • Should any of the above apply to you, you MUST phone the school to let us know. We have to record this on a special system set up which directly feeds to central government
  • You will also need to ring 111 and follow the government guidance. Should anyone in your household be required to take a test, it will also be YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to let the school know the outcome of the test
  • Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for the very latest information and advice

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  • We will not be taking children’s temperatures on arrival to school. However, we have a ‘no-touch infra-red’ thermometer on site to check a child’s temperature if necessary
  • Should a child, or indeed a member of staff, become unwell in school with symptoms, we have an isolation room at the front of the school, as we did during lockdown. You will be informed as soon as possible to collect your child immediately. Should we be unable to contact you, we will keep your child in isolation with a member of staff in full PPE until you arrive
  • Please refer to the school’s latest risk assessment for re-opening which can be found on the website. Should you require a copy by email, then please let us know.

 

If you have any other questions or concerns, then please call the school and we will do our very best to respond to them.

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