I hope you and your family have had a good summer and that you are looking forward to the start of term. I have updated our (Covid) Risk Assessment to reflect updated government guidance. We have kept some control measures the same-
- Regular hand washing
- Good ventilation in classrooms
- Additional cleaning
- It is important that if a child/family member has any Covid symptoms they must not come into school but should take a PCR test.
- We will continue with different entrances for the different year groups Years R-Year 4 Main gates/Reception entrances. Years 5 & 6 Side Hall Entrance.
- Pick-up will continue as before- Reception to year 3 from the classrooms, year 4 from the school hall and years 5 and 6 from the main playground (weather permitting).
- The main office will be open for parents to speak to our office staff/lates. The main school cannot generally be accessed through the reception area.
- If a child becomes unwell at school with Covid symptoms they will be expected to either self-isolate for 10 days or/and take a PCR test.
- Children should wear their PE Kit to school on days when PE is timetabled-this kit should be in line with our school uniform policy-please see this on our website.
- We will continue to provide Remote Learning for children who need to self-isolate-if they are well enough to complete the learning. We will liaise with parents.
There are also some changes -
- The start and end time of school will revert to our usual pre-Covid times. Start time 8.35-8.50 Soft start. All children must be in school for 8.50. The school gates will close at 8.50, after this time families will need to register through the main office. The end of the day will also revert to our usual times-Reception to year 2 -3.20pm and years 3-6 - 3.30pm (the school gates will open at 3.20pm)
- Face coverings are no longer required when entering the school premises. However, we do ask that you wear a face covering if speaking to a member of staff or you enter any part of the school building.
- There will no longer be the need for bubbles/individuals to self-isolate when identified as a close contact. See Government guidance below.
Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Please can I remind you that the school, for safeguarding reasons, requires two emergency numbers for children. If you are unsure if your details are up-to-date please check with our office staff.
As a school we must have a Contingency Plan in place outlining what we would do if a number of children or staff test positive for Covid 19 and how we would operate if we were advised to take extra measures to help break chains of transmission. We have listed any extra actions we would take if the number of positive cases substantially increases. Our Risk Assessment and Contingency Plan can be found on our Website.
If you have any questions, I will be on the school gate and members of the Senior Leadership Team will be on duty in the Quad. Alternatively please email firstname.lastname@example.org which is regularly checked by a member of the senior leadership team or telephone our school office (02089043725) which is covered daily from 8am-5pm.
I look forward to greeting all our families on Friday 3rd September. Please remember you must be at school by 8.50am.