School reopens for all from Monday 8th March
As you will be aware all schools will be reopening for all children from Monday 8th March. This is great news and we are looking forward to all the children returning on this date. I would like to thank all parent/carers for the past few months with supporting your child’s home learning and our key priority will be about moving learning on when they return to school. If you have any concerns regarding your child returning back to school please contact us so we can provide the best level of support. It will be expected that all children return on this date and attendance will be mandatory.
One way system in place
As the school has only been open for keyworker and vulnerable pupils we have relaxed the one way system due to smaller numbers entering and leaving the school site. From the 8th March, the one way system will be introduced again to ensure all people are moving in the same direction.
Staggered start and end times
We will continue to stagger morning and afternoon start and end times. This means the children need to arrive between 8.45am and 9.15am and be collected between 2.45pm and 3.15pm. On a Thursday we will continue to have an early finish time and children can be collected from 1.30pm to 1.45pm.
Wearing face coverings
We are recommending that all adults when coming on school site wear a face covering. This is inside and outside. We cannot enforce adults to wear a face covering outside, however it will be a requirement if you enter the school building that a face covering is worn, unless you have proof on medical grounds that you are exempt. Primary age children do not need to wear masks in school. All staff and visitors will be wearing face coverings when they move around the school.
Lunchtimes will continue to be 30 minutes for each year group, however this will be reviewed in May depending on Government guidelines.
The children will still stay in their year group bubbles when they return to school. Any assemblies will be through virtual teams. It is important that the children do not mix with other year groups as this is a way we can limit the contact they have with other children when in school.
Rapid testing will continue to remain a vital part of the Government plans to suppress this virus, in education and childcare settings. This sort of testing means that asymptomatic people who might otherwise continue to attend educational settings are identified and self-isolate. Since mid January all staff are testing twice-weekly using the lateral flow home kits. This will continue until further notice.
Covid symptoms, testing and positive cases
All current guidance will still be in place regarding covid symptoms. If your child or anyone in your household develops any covid symptoms you must book a test and self-isolate. You must inform the school of the results, so if positive we can ensure any close contacts self-isolate. If your child receives a track and trace they must self-isolate.
If the school receives a positive covid case we will still need to identify and contact all close contacts to self-isolate for 10 days. This is one of the reasons why it is important that we remain to keep the children in year group bubbles.
Home learning if child is self-isolating
If a child needs to self-isolate home learning packs will be available and a member of staff from the year team will be in touch via phone. If a year group bubble needs to self-isolate, you will receive a text or email regarding when online live teams meeting will restart and support will be given with resources.
Updating your child’s information
We are aware that some children have not attended school since December. Please let the office know if any information regarding your child has changed since they last attended so we can update our records. This could be regarding named contacts, address, phone numbers or any new medical or health issues.
Food parcels are still available; if you would like one please let us know.
Free School Meal Voucher
From Monday 8th March free school meals vouchers will stop.
We are looking forward to all the children returning and hopefully in the many months to come life will start to resemble some keen of normality. Take care and stay safe.