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LATEST update – 8.3.21
Return to School
I am sure that you know that that all pupils can return to school from Monday 8th March. While the children and all of you have done a fantastic job with home schooling, I am sure everyone is pleased to be coming back not least to see their friends again and return to some level of normality.
The school is all prepared for the return of the children with the appropriate plans and safety measures in place. In the main, the arrangements will be much the same as those that were in place from September until the Christmas holidays.
The main changes are around:
- Mandatory attendance expectations for all pupils unless they are clinically vulnerable
- All statutory tests have been cancelled for this year
- Schools are expected to quickly return to a full curriculum while taking into account any catch up work needed
- The use of face masks and testing in secondary schools only. There are NO plans to introduce these in to primary schools
- Testing for school staff will continue on a twice weekly basis
For the period up to the Easter holidays, the intention is to retain the measure we put in place back in September. These will be reviewed and adapted depending on the latest guidance and wider picture in terms of infection rates and so on. I will pass on a more detailed document in the coming days but the key operational points are as follows:
- School will start at 9am each day for all pupils. Doors will open from 8.50am so there can be a steady flow of pupils rather than a surge all in one go. Pupils will go directly to their classroom with no waiting on the playground
- The school will be organised in to three class bubbles throughout the day
- Pupils should avoid bringing large bags into school. PE Friday will remain. Coats, bags, lunchboxes will be stored in classrooms rather than corridors
- Children will have a personal stationery kit in school
- There will be a strict regime of hand washing and cleaning across the school
- Hot lunches will recommence with a staggered approach to serving them
- Pupils will be reminded about social distancing throughout the day and signage in place to encourage this, particularly between class bubbles
- There will be no whole school gatherings for assemblies etc – these will continue via Zoom
- Classrooms will be arranged to support social distancing (such as forward facing desks)
- There will be a staggered end to the day as before – Teddy at 3.20pm, Panda at 3.25pm and Koala at 3.30pm. No curriculum time will be lost as a result.
- The school bus will run as normal but face masks will need to be worn
- After school clubs can start again – SSW should run from Friday 12th March with other clubs to follow in due course (probably after Easter)
More detailed information can be found below.
As ever, our priority will be making sure the children are happy and safe in school. However, there is lots of learning to catch up on – some of the children have missed being in school for two of the last three terms. It will mean that the children will have to be prepared to work hard and really apply themselves in the coming weeks and months. I don’t subscribe to this idea of the lost generation of children. While lots of time has been lost, it still represents a relatively small proportion of their entire school career. With the right attitude (and that will be essential) and with support from home (which has been fantastic during the lockdown), there should be no reason why the children shouldn’t be flying with their learning and we will do all we can to support this not least, by setting high expectations of the children.
We will be running parent consultation meetings during the week of the 22nd March. The children will have been back for a fortnight by then so the teachers should be able to give you a good idea of how they are settling back in and what they need to focus on in terms of their learning.
Thanks again for your support with the home learning. Please let us know if you need any further help or support – we are always here!