Dear parents and carers,

As you are likely aware, the government has announced that schools will reopento all Children on 8thMarch. We have spent the last week updating riskassessments and preparing to welcome back more of our wonderful children toface to face learning in class.

As a parent, there are a few important details that you need to be aware of:

 

Attendance

From 8 March,school attendance will be mandatory and our usual rules onattendance will apply. It is vitally important that absences are kept to an absoluteminimum; however, your child should self-isolate and not come to school if they:

  • Have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive;
  • Live with someone who has symptoms or have tested positive; and,
  • Are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

Rest assured that we’re doing everything we can to make sure our pupils canreturn to school safely. We have a number of strategies that include:

  • Segregating classes in ‘bubbles’;
  • One-way systems in corridors;
  • Rules for maximum capacity of rooms;
  • A reminder of hygiene measures such as hand-washing; and,countless other measures, which we apply stringently

Drop offs and pick-ups:

Parents and carers MUST enter the school at the given time for their year groupand at the correct entrance. We are using the same rules as we did in the autumnterm: if you have a child in more than one class, please drop off and pick up yourchildren at the earliest given time. For this to operate successfully, we all mustwork together and following these instructions. I am also asking for all adults towear face coverings on school grounds.

If your child is in Class 7, please drop them off at 9am and pick-up at 3pm from the class door.

Learning:

Lockdown has undoubtedly had a dramatic impact on learning. Some children have thrived during on-line learning, while other children have done very little. We have also got to take into consideration how the pandemic has impacted on their emotional wellbeing and capacity to learn. Teaching a class of children is a very complex task – as everyone has unique needs. As a school we do not use a one size fits all approach to learning, so I have asked the teachers to spend the next four weeks finding out what the children now know. This does not mean that the teachers will be giving their classes tests. Lessons will be skillfully planned to allow staff to find gaps in learning; we will then address these. There is a lot of talk of ‘catch-up’ learning in the media. If schools had learnt how to fill gaps in learning in an instant, schools would already be doing it. I believe this is a time to ‘reset’ so that we can find out what each child needs. We can then aim to meet these needs.

In the next four weeks, class teachers will not be sending formal homework out. I would encourage parents to support their child’s learning through reading at home and calculating multiplication tables.

You can help us by:

  • Being punctual;
  • Bringing only essential items into school;
  • Not gathering around the school gate (I know it is lovely to talk but please be aware of blocking entrances and exits);
  • Sending your child to school in appropriate kit on the days that they have PE;
  • Only coming to the school office if you have an appointment; and,
  • If your child is absent, please phone us by 9:15am.

Lockdown has been a challenging period for all of us, and we’d like to thank youfor your continuing support during this difficult and uncertain time. If you oryour child have any concerns about returning to school, or if you think your childmight need extra support when they return, please get in touch with our familysupport worker, Tracy Anderson.

We’d also like to thank you for all your support in helping your child learn fromhome. We’ll continue to keep in touch if we update our plans or if we need tomake changes due to new government guidance.

Yours sincerely,

 

Nick Anderson

Headteacher