It was wonderful to see our children returning to school on Friday. We have missed them. They looked so smart in their school uniforms and were clearly ready to start their new learning and meet their new teacher.
Although it was wonderful to return to some ‘normality’ we know that we must continue to be careful and follow our detailed risk assessment. We ensured that we put a number of control measures into place. This includes regular handwashing and ensuring the children keep within their class ‘bubbles’. Throughout the day, classes use different playground areas and have staggered playtimes and lunchtimes.
It is also important, as part of our Risk Assessment, that families promptly enter and exit the school at the start and end of the day. In line with government guidance we have extended the start and end times of the day. The clear aim of this is to allow a flow of families through our gates. It is therefore important that families do not arrive before 8.35am. Families should arrive between 8.35am and 9.10am. The reason for this is that we have very little pavement space for families to wait. We are also limited to two entrance and exit points.
Again, at the end of the day please do not arrive before 3:05pm-please see the different finishing times for each year group on our website.
At the start and end of the day, it is important that families do not stop to chat to each other - I know this is difficult when we have not seen each other for so long - but again we need to try and minimise the number of families on our school grounds. It is also important that we queue accordingly, to wait to drop off and/or collect the children.
I will continue to monitor our Risk Assessment closely. If our extended start and end times of the day are not effective, we will have to move to a year group staggered approach, where each year group will be given a specific time to start and finish school. I wanted to try to avoid this since I know this can prove difficult for families, especially with siblings.
I thank you for your continued support which is appreciated more than ever at this time.