We are looking forward to you all returning to school on Tuesday, September 8th. Following on from this, you will find some of the changes that have been necessary to bring in in order for us to be able to welcome everyone back:
- Staggered start and home times – each class will have their own timings and entrances in order to keep people apart as much as possible. (See enclosed sheet)
- Staggered playtimes and lunchtimes, so children may not get to see friends or siblings in other classes as we aim to keep class bubbles apart.
- If children are brought to school, only 1 adult should accompany them onto the school grounds.
- For the foreseeable future, there will be no communal activities such as assemblies, although we may continue to do some things like this on-line – our website will become more and more important.
- In order to avoid sending too much paper home, we will be sending letters via email and posting on the website. Please make sure we have your correct email address.
- When children have a PE day, we would ask that they come to school in their kit so that there is no changing of clothes. This replaces the usual advice of keeping a PE kit in school all week. All of our PE will be non-contact.
- We will maintain all of our current safety measures, such as one-way systems, sanitisation stations around school, extra cleaning of toilets and surfaces, individual resources for children in packs etc.
- Children will not be allowed to bring anything in from home apart from a packed lunch box and a water bottle if needed.
- We will be introducing a telephone appointment system to see/ speak to staff. No one will be allowed into the building without an appointment unless it is an emergency.
- Parents should wait in socially distanced lines to drop off and pick up children. No-one should gather on pavements or in the yards.
- Everyone needs to be on time in order for timings to work. If people are not on time, they should come to school via the main entrance.
- If families have more than one child, the whole family should come to school for the earliest time and leave at the earliest time. All children to be dropped off in the earliest child’s class. Siblings will then be taken to their own classrooms as soon as possible.
- Temperatures will be taken of all children before they are allowed to come into school. Anyone with a temperature will not be allowed to attend. Families need to have arrangements ready for this.
- Staff will not be available to stand and talk to you at drop off or pick up, so if you need to talk to them, please make a telephone appointment for before or after school. They will happily call you. If you need them to know something that morning, please just phone school before the start of the day to share the information.
These are among just some of the measures that we are taking. We are very aware that you may still feel worried and if there is anything that you would like to ask us further about, we will be very happy to talk to you. If your child has a medical problem that you think may affect their return, then we can also direct you to the school nurse, who may be able to offer advice or support too.
We hope that all of this will reduce any risk of the virus being passed on, or that if it is, then it would only affect a small number of children and adults. If a bubble contains a person who tests positive for CV19, then the whole bubble will have to self- isolate for 14 days and individuals should also be tested. If we do have to send bubbles home or there is a local lockdown, we are also working on being able to offer immediate online learning, which everyone would be expected to do.
Thank you so much for your continued support and understanding through all of this. We look forward to a brighter future where we can regain more of ourselves and of each other. Wishing you a happy and healthy summer and looking forward to seeing you in September.
N.Anderson / B. McCallion
Headteacher / Deputy headteacher