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8th June Update

8 June 2020 (by Vicky)

Update for parents/carers of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6

I would like to start with a thank you for taking part in the second survey. We did have a few parents/carers who did not reply and that will be taken as a “no” reply. I fully support any decision you have made. In order to ensure the safety of all children coming back and of the staff, I have decided that the best way forward is for Year 6 to start back on Monday 15th June, Year 1 on Wednesday 17th June and Reception on Monday 22nd June. This will ensure that each Year group can be settled in and we can see how all plans in place will work. This is easier with the oldest children first. If you decide that over the course of the next five weeks you would like your child to come back, we must have two weeks’ notice. This is to ensure enough staff are in place. The children returning may not be with their usual teacher. Please prepare them for this. I am asking that the children wear their own clothes to ensure these can be washed every day. School will also close every Friday at 1pm so that every room can be deep cleaned for the following week.

As stated in my previous letter school will be very different. The following protocols must be strictly adhered to: • All children, including Year 6, must be brought to school and collected by one adult only. Year 6 children MUST be collected to ensure the children social distance on the way home. The children must be brought to their allocated entrance at a specific time. Please do not come early as you will just have to wait. The children will not be able to wait in the playground as normal. ✓ Year 6 will enter through the small gate and through the Y6 door- Class 13 children at 8.45am and Class 14 children at 9.00am. Please ensure you stick to these times. Class 13 will leave school at 2.45pm and class 14 at 3pm. Friday- Class 13 will leave at 12.45pm and Class 14 will leave at 1pm. This allows extra time for cleaning purposes ✓ Y1 will use the middle gate and go to Y2 classrooms through their patio doors. Please arrive for 9am and collect at 3pm ✓ YR will use the bottom drive and into the door by KS1 hall. Arrival at 9am and collection at 3pm • This is to ensure we have no build up of parents/carers at the gates. The children will also be collected from these points. • Please ensure that the children are on time. If for any reason you are going to be late you must ring ahead and you will be given an arrival time. This is to ensure that a member of staff is available to collect your child. • The Office will only have one member of staff at this point so please be patient when ringing. • The paths in school are clearly marked with 2m signs which must be adhered to at all times • Once the children are allocated their” bubble” there will be no changing. The children stay with that group at all times of the day, including playtimes and lunchtime. The groups do not mix at any time.

• Once in school there are strict regimes for social distancing and hygiene in place. Staff and children will follow these at all times. • The children will enter the toilets one a at a time and use the set of toilets closest to their classroom. • The children MUST only bring their packed lunch box and water bottle into school. Bags will NOT be allowed in. The children must not bring anything else from home. This also means that no books or homework will be set in school to be brought home. • If your children usually receive a school meal this can be provided but will be sandwiches only at this time. Please ring school if this required. • Packed lunch boxes and water bottles will be kept with the children at all times. • Parents/carers will not be allowed into school unless they have an appointment or collecting a poorly child. Please avoid coming into school where at all possible. • If at any time a child displays any symptoms of COVID 19 they will immediately isolated and parents/ carers will be contacted.

A letter to Reception will follow before the 22nd June outlining all information you will need as this may be different from the rest of school.

I make no apologies for the fact that these measures sound very harsh. They are all absolutely necessary in order to keep our children and staff safe at all times. I do feel that these measures will be in place for some time in some way and will become the “new normal”.
These procedures are in place as of today. They may change at any time and will be reviewed daily. Any updates will be given as soon as possible.
If you have any questions at all please email school on This is checked daily by senior members of staff.
Thank you again for your support in this very difficult situation.
Mrs Paula O’Rourke