Dear parents, carers and families,
I am sure that you will be as pleased as we are that school will be opening to all children next week on Monday 8th March. In preparation, I have summarised measures we have taken to reduce transmission of illness in school after this long period of lockdown. Please read these carefully and discuss them with your children so they know what to expect.
If your child or any member of your household becomes ill and exhibits any of the symptoms of Covid 19, your household must self-isolate following national guidance. Your child, any other household members and any siblings must not come to school until the period of isolation ends or your household all receive negative test outcomes for the virus. Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell.
Any child who presents with symptoms within school, or who becomes unwell, will be separated from other children and adults in school. You will be contacted to take them, and any siblings home. Please ensure your contact details are up to date with the school office (please see note below about adults in school).
The same rules apply for members of staff.
Handwashing and Personal Hygiene
As ever, we will continue to insist on routine handwashing and good respiratory hygiene in school.
Adults in school
We continue to ask that adults avoid coming in to school unless by arrangement. Any notes, letters or messages can be delivered by pupils. Any other information can be shared via telephone or email. All our contact information is available on this letter head and on the school website.
The timings of the school day remain the same; 8.50 am start and a 3.30pm finish for all groups and classes. We do not want children (except ‘bus’ children) on the school yard prior to 8.45am. Please don’t send your children to school early.
Junior children will line up in classes on the yard and enter school through the ‘Junior’ and main entrance door. Parents of junior children can leave their children at the gate and do not need to enter the school grounds.
Year 1 and Year 2 children – Mrs Livesey’s class – will line up on the terrace, as in the autumn term. Parents can join them if necessary however, please wear a mask when on school grounds
Nursery and Reception children will enter school through the Infant door on the bottom yard under the canopy. Again, parents can drop off their child as necessary, wearing a mask to do so.
Wherever possible can we ask that parents avoid coming on to the school grounds unnecessarily and maintain social distance where possible.
School will operate in 4 ‘bubbles’. Each ‘bubble’ will be separated as much as possible in school and taught by the same dedicated teams of teachers to reduce transmission of illness across the school. These are;
Early Years Foundation Stage – Nursery and Reception – Elder class
Key Stage 1 – Year 1 and Year 2 – Spruce class
Key Stage 2 – Years 3 and 4 – Yew and Ash class
Key Stage 2 – Years 5 and 6 – Beech and Oak class
These groups will have breaks and lunchtimes together on the playground
PE and School Uniform
Children will have PE lessons in school and need to come to school in PE kit on PE days. Teachers will let you know when these days are (KS2 will remain the same as the autumn term). Don’t worry if all kit is not ready for the first week.
All children are expected to attend school in their school uniform except on PE days. Please bear in mind that windows and doors will be open all day so some children may require extra layers.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be provided with a packed lunch each day. We will send a notification on the school app so that you can inform us whether your child wants a ham or cheese sandwich or if you are going to ‘opt out’ and provide your own lunch. Please complete this before Friday 5th March. All other children will need to be provided with a packed lunch from home.
After School Clubs
Calvin’s Sports Club will not run in the first couple of weeks but we will review this and update parents as soon as possible if the club is to start. In the same way, we will let you know as soon as possible about our plans for any other after school clubs for the summer term.
Children should limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each day. We need to avoid bringing things backwards and forwards except packed lunch boxes which should be cleaned thoroughly each day. Bags are allowed however, if older children bring in stationery or books they must then stay at school. Similarly, younger children must not bring toys in from home.
This is a long letter, full of information, so I appreciate your patience in reading it. As you know, our aim remains the same, we want the best for your children. We want a calm, caring and purposeful reopening where children can enjoy being in school, reconnecting with their friends and their learning.
As ever, we really appreciate your help in achieving this. Please do contact school with your questions and concerns.