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St. Anne's Roman Catholic Primary School
Every Child, Every Chance.

Welcome

9/07/2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are approaching the end of another school year and it has been a very busy and challenging one yet again. Thank you for all your support while we have been dealing with a very difficult set of circumstances. Your positive messages and chats in the morning have helped us all get through a challenging period.

Hopefully we will now get to the end of the term without any further upheaval. The staff in this school all work very hard for the benefit of your children and the decision to close bubbles is not taken lightly. We understand how frustrating it is for you too when it happens. However, it has been very disappointing to hear of negative comments placed on social media regarding this. When we close a bubble it is based on clinical advice after lengthy conversations with the Local Authority and Public Health. If you have any queries regarding any closures, please speak to one of us directly.

Transition

Unfortunately due to the difficult circumstances, we have been unable to carry out our usual transition arrangements where the children meet their new teachers and stay with them for the day. The teachers are really looking forward to getting to know their new classes and having a year where some sort of normality resumes.

The class organisation for September is as follows:

Nursery – Miss Wilson, Mr Arnold

Reception – Mr Moynihan, Miss Brown

Year 1 – Miss Sellers, Miss Muldoon

Year 2 – Mr Hoskin (Assistant Head of KS1 and EYFS)

Year 3 – Mr Owen, (Assistant Head of KS2) Miss Shing

Year 4 – Mrs Corcoran, Mrs Di Rosa

Year 5 – Miss Ames, Mr Bell

Year 6 – Miss Tustain, Mr Crolla

Mr Crolla – PE Coach/PPA cover

Mrs Broderick will remain non class-based and will lead on Attendance, Child Protection and Special Educational Needs provision. Mr Corr will leave us at the end of the summer term to start a teacher training course. We wish him the best of luck. Mrs Mirza and Mrs Cook are still enjoying maternity leave and will both return at some point in the next academic year.

Other items

End of year reports will be ready on Wednesday 13th July. If you have any questions regarding the reports, please email your child’s teacher using the class email address.

We break up on Friday 16 July at 3:15pm. The children return to school on Monday 6 September 2021. We will be having two INSET days on 2nd and 3rd September to allow us to get everyone prepared for a new and exciting year.

Once again thank you for your continued support throughout the year. Have a lovely summer break.

Mrs Shore

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29/06/2021

Update on school reopening dates due to positive Covid-19 cases

Dear parents/carers,

Thank you for your patience during what has been a challenging period. As you are aware there has been a rising rate in infections in our neighbourhood. This has impacted greatly on the isolation of bubbles within school. Having looked closely at all the PCR results, I can confirm that the classes will return on the following dates:

Nursery – 5 July
Reception – 5 July
Year 1 – 5 July
Year 2 – 30 June
Year 3 – 30 June
Year 4 – 30 June
Year 5 – 5 July
Year 6 – 5 July

If your child attended Breakfast Club or After School Club on Friday 25 June you will have been contacted individually by telephone. Your child will return on 5 July. Due to staff shortages we are unable to open either of the clubs for the remainder of this week. Breakfast club will reopen on Monday 5 July and After School Club on Wednesday 7 July. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

As a safety measure we will be doing a temperature check of all children upon their return to school. If your child displays a temperate of 37.8+ degrees, we will recommend that you take them for a PCR test.

May I remind you that whilst your child is absent from school due to isolation, they must remain at home and exercise only in the garden. They should not be out playing in the neighbourhood or mixing with children from other classes.

As I mentioned in previous correspondence, please do not send your child into school if they are displaying Covid-19 symptoms as it puts the rest of their bubble and staff at risk. Please ring school for advice if you are unsure.

Thank you to all parents who have taken children for PCR tests over the last week as this will help us to contain the spread of the virus. Fingers crossed we do not have any further closures.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs A Shore

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24.06.21

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you are probably aware there has been a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Manchester. In the last two weeks we have closed two bubbles ourselves and there have been occasions when children have been sent to school when they have displayed possible symptoms of Covid-19.

We are asking for your support with the following to keep all pupils and their families safe:

Please remind your child about the expectations and discuss the safety measures such as staying 2m from others and washing/sanitising hands regularly and routinely throughout the day.

Promote the ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ routine with your child when coughing.

When your child is asked to isolate, they must stay in the home and exercise only in the garden. We have received reports that children have been playing out in the neighbourhood when they should be isolating. This has caused unnecessary worry and concern for our community.

Both Mrs Jarvis and Miss Arnold are here to give advice to you over the telephone based on the most up to date documentation received from the Local Authority and Department of Education. When they ask you to take a PCR test, this is based on current correspondence from The Director of Public Health Manchester.

As a precautionary measure, following advice from Public Health, I am asking all staff and pupils who are identified as a contact of a positive Covid-19 case to access PCR testing. By using PCR testing, positive results can be sent for genomic sequencing at specialist laboratories, helping us to identify the variant of concern and the rate of spreading in the community.

I understand people might be concerned but due to the rise in the number of cases of the B.1.617.2 variant (originally detected in India) identified across the UK, including a rising number of cases in Greater Manchester, a PCR test can be a useful method in containing the spread of the virus and also to learn more about it. Therefore, it is important for everyone who has been identified as a contact to take a PCR test and to do our bit in stopping any onward spread.  There is no evidence to suggest this variant causes more severe illness than any other variant currently circulating in the UK.

The PCR test should ideally be taken early in the 10-day isolation period. My request also applies to anyone who lives with a pupil or staff member who has had a positive test result. Even if your PCR test result is negative, you must continue to self-isolate for the full 10 days in line with government guidance. My priority is to keep all students and staff safe and well, and this measure is to help identify any additional cases, including when people have no symptoms (asymptomatic). It will help us to identify and isolate cases, prevent onward transmission and minimise our case rates in the city.

To book a free test you can go online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and click the box that says your local council has asked you to do this. There is a step-by-step guide on the school website which guides you through the process. Miss Arnold and Mrs Jarvis are also happy to talk you through the process. For those without internet access, you can also order or book a test over the phone by calling 119. If someone has tested positive using a PCR swab test in the last 90 days, they do not need to take another test.

We are so close to the end of the year and we want to do everything we can to avoid sending classes home to isolate for 10 days, or to avoid spreading the virus in the community leading to illness or hospitalisation. We all need to work together on this and we need a big effort for these next three weeks to enable the children to enjoy the activities that we have planned for them in what has already been a difficult year to say the least.

Thank you for your support!

Mrs A Shore

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2.3.2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: full reopening of school on March 8

By now you will have seen in the news that schools will reopen on March 8 to all primary age pupils. I am sure that after such a long period away from school, the children will be eager to return and have a fun time and be reunited with their friends.

It has been an unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure that we are ready to receive all the children back on Monday in a safe way. We will be continuing with the regular handwashing, operating the one way system in and out of school, keeping a safe distance from each other and we ask that only one adult drops/picks up the children to limit the amount of people being on the playground.

To begin with, our focus at school will be to establish daily routines and to support the children with rebuilding relationships and ensuring that their well-being at school is positive. All teachers have worked hard to adjust the curriculum in so that we can prioritise emotional health and well-being and to identify which key skills need to be taught. We will continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum.

Breakfast and After School Club will also open back up again from Monday 8 March. In order for us to do this in a safe manner we ask that you let us know in advance so that we can keep the children in small consistent groups, each with their own set of resources. Breakfast Club will operate from 7:50am to 8:50am and After School Club 3:15pm to 6:00pm. This can be paid for through your Parent Pay Account.

Although the official start time of the day is 8:50am, we will be opening the gates from 8:40am so that there can be a gradual flow of families into school. This should prevent any bottlenecks or large groups entering at once. For now we ask that the children bring in limited items with them. They need a water bottle with their name on and a coat. As we would like to do as much exercise and outdoor activities as possible, the children may come to school in trainers. They do not need to get changed into a PE kit for the time being.

Attendance is now compulsory from 8 March so if you have any worries or queries, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

We look forward to seeing you all again next week.

Best wishes,

A.Shore

Mrs Shore

Headteacher

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24.2.2021

Important change to holiday pattern

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to inform you of a change to the original holiday pattern. We had planned to have our Easter week break commencing Monday 5th April to Friday 9th April. This would mean that children would return on Monday 8th March and then break up just over 3 weeks later. As the children have been off for so long now and are no doubt eager to get back into a routine, we are moving the holiday week to Monday 12th April to Friday 16th April.

A further benefit to having this week off is that families will be able to enjoy facilities such as swimming pools, zoos, camping sites, libraries and indoor play activities as they all begin to reopen on 12th April.

As it stands, the children will return to school on Monday 8th March and break up on Friday 9th April. There will also be two bank holidays when the children will not be in school. These are Friday 2nd April and Monday 5th April.

To help us prepare for the full reopening on March 8th the school will be closed to ALL children on Friday 5th March. This will enable us to do a deep clean and put all the necessary measures in place for a safe return.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter. I will be in touch nearer the time regarding the full reopening in March once we have digested all the new guidance.

Best wishes,

Mrs A Shore

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KEY WORKER UPDATE

05.01.21

Registering for Critical Worker status

PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY IN ORDER TO KEEP YOU, YOUR CHILD AND THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY SAFE

Children who can be cared for at home, must be cared for at home.  This is appropriate for all families, including key workers.  Access to school should be deemed a last resort for critical workers -not a ‘go to’ provision; this is in order to keep the community safe.

 

Gov UK state that those children whose parents are deemed ‘critical to the Covid 19 response’ have an entitlement to send their child to school during lockdown.  In order to manage this safely and effectively, St Anne’s Primary School is asking parents to register key worker status if they are of the view that their work is critical to Covid 19 response.  A list of examples of these roles are listed below.

Important note:

Critical to the Covid 19 response cannot be confused with an employer’s view that a role is critical to their business model or plan.  There is a key distinction.  A letter from an employer stating their view that you are a critical worker in their business is not authority, nor is their interpretation of guidance.

Priority will be given to those families of critical workers where both parents fit that criteria, or where a key worker is a single parent.

The government has stated that many families with a parent or carer working in critical sectors will still be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.  Where a child can be cared by another at home, they should be.

If we find it increasingly difficult to provide safe staffing ratios we will have to prioritise places (priority list provided).

Access to school for critical workers will only be available during the periods that they are employed.  For example, part time workers who are employed on Mondays and Tuesdays are not to bring their child/ren to school on other days.

The final decision as to the relevance of a key worker status claim lies with the Senior Leaders alone.

REMEMBER – the lockdown is aimed to reduce transition of Covid 19; the greater number of pupils that attend, the greater the risk of bubbles being placed in isolation and key workers, such as doctors and nurses, not being able to fulfil their role.  The school cap on access is targeted at no more than 20% of the school population at any one time inclusive of those deemed as vulnerable pupils (see school priority list below).

School will be open between 08:30 and 15:15 for those approved as critical workers.  The children should be brought to the main playground using the one way system.

Care will take the form of a mixture of formal teaching of core subjects (in line with that offered in remote learning) and creative, wellbeing activities.

We will contact you later today to confirm whether or not your child has a place starting tomorrow. Be prepared to provide evidence of your role via means of, for example, identification badge, contract, payslip or business/employee time sheet.  Only when this is approved will you formally be authorised to access school provision.

Thank you for your understanding.

Priority list for access to St Anne’s RC Primary School (in order or) which will be applied to support safe pupil ratio:

Vulnerable children:

  • are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
  • have an education, health and care EHCP.
  • have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance

Children whose parents are identified as critical to the Covid 19 response where they are either:

  • Single parent
  • Where both parents are key workers.

Priority will be given to:  Emergency / health care service practitioners / public safety / social care/ teachers and support staff

 

Children of those where one parent is identified as critical to the Covid 19 response

  • This is not an automatic right of access to school and will be managed on a case by case basis ONLY where pupil safe ratios allow)

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COVID ’19 UPDATE

5 January 2021.

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please will you complete the form using the link below so that we can ascertain whether you are eligible to send your child to school during this unprecedented time. It is important to stress that every child who can stay at home absolutely must.

Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Due to the limited staff ratios, priority will be given to families where both parents are key workers and cannot work from home.

Key Worker Categories

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including government agencies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

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Covid-19-Update – 09.09.20

9.9.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

After such a long time away from school, it has been lovely to see all the children that have returned so far. We look forward to welcoming our new nursery children over the next few
weeks.

We have worked hard to put a plan in place to ensure that we mitigate risk whilst providing an excellent and nurturing education to all children who attend St Anne’s. We will continue to tweak the plan as the need arises. You will have no doubt seen in the press that the COVID19 levels have started to rise again and some schools have had to send classes home.

We hope to avoid this if we all do our part in adhering to the guidelines. To support us in all that we are doing can we ask the following of you:

 Send your child to school with only a coat, water bottle and a packed lunch if they have one. This is to restrict the amount of things brought into the building as we have limited space in the classrooms and the cloakrooms are out of bounds until further notice.

 Only send one adult per household to drop/collect the children to and from their lining up zones. We have to restrict the amount of adults crossing the playground. Whilst in the playground, please try and keep a safe distance from each other.

 Speak to your child regarding why good hygiene is important. We are doing this in school but it would help us if this is reinforced at home. There are several hand sanitising points around the school and the children should use them at regular intervals. If your child wears a mask to and from school can you remind them to place it in their pocket and not place it on the desks? We do not want to spread any unnecessary germs. There is no requirement for primary school aged children to wear masks inside the building.

 As mentioned in my previous letter, the staggered times did not work for the families of our school which is why we have chosen to revert back to our usual times but have lining up zones to ensure a safe distance between the class bubbles. As nursery, reception and year one use their own doors, it leaves us with one more exit to disperse a further five classes from at the end of the day. You will appreciate that this takes time in order to avoid any crossover in the corridors so we ask you to be patient at the end of the day while we get all classes out on to the playground. The teachers are trying their best to do this as quickly and efficiently as possible.

 To avoid the class bubbles mixing during lunchtime, we are operating a rota of one week on hot meals and one week on a school packed lunch. This is due to the fact that only one class can be seated in the hall at any one time. If your child does not like the hot choice of food on their day in the hall they can select to have a sandwich instead. Please remind them that this is an option.

 Your child’s teacher will try to bring their class in as quickly as possible in the morning in order for learning to start promptly. If you have any queries at all regarding their learning, please contact the office and the staff will arrange a telephone call or an appointment for you.

Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to ring school or send messages to show your appreciation of everything that is in place. We appreciate your support during this difficult time.

Best wishes,

A.Shore

Mrs A Shore

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Wider School Re-Opening in September

14.7.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Whole school reopening – September

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Thursday 3 September.

Our systems are already in place for the children and staff that we currently have in our ‘bubbles’ and from September we will continue with this approach. We are busy tweaking plans and writing new risk assessments so that we can fully open to all classes. In order for us to continue to operate safely, providing a full curriculum, we are going to group the children into class bubbles. This will mean that throughout the day the children in each class will stay together and their interaction with other classes will be minimal. On Thursday 3 September and Friday 4 September the children will spend two days with their current teacher. This will enable them to end the year properly by completing some transition activities and also allowing the children the important opportunity of saying their usual goodbyes. From Monday 7 September the children will then move to their new classroom and remain with their new teacher.

Breakfast and after school clubs

We will be opening our clubs from Monday 7 September and they will take place in the hall to allow for children and adults to have more space. The numbers will be limited and working parents will take priority. Please let Mrs Jarvis know if you require a place from 7 September to enable us to manage the provision in a safe manner.

Pick-up/drop-off times

As you will appreciate there will be an increase in numbers at the start and end of the school day therefore it is essential that you follow the designated times and plans for the drop off and collection procedures.

Class Drop off time Location Pick up time Location
Year 1 and 2 8:45am Main playground 3:00pm Main playground
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 9:00am Main playground 3:15pm Main playground
Reception 9:15am Main playground 2:45pm Main playground
Nursery You will be contacted directly with your start date and time

 

*We have adjusted our timings at the end of the day to avoid parents having to wait for siblings*

*Siblings – For parents with siblings you can drop off and collect in the earlier time zone, for e.g. two siblings in Year 1 and Year 6 could be dropped off 8:45am and collected 3:00 – 3:00pm.

Here are a few important points for you to familiarise yourself with in preparation for returning to school:

  • Only 1 adult should drop off/pick up to reduce the number of people around school.
  • We want to promote independence, as we have previously done, therefore our Year 6 children (only) will be allowed to walk to and from school by themselves, if we have consent from a parent (a form will be sent electronically if necessary) – please note they will not be allowed to bring or take home a younger sibling.
  • Please walk, or cycle, to school whenever possible – to ease traffic congestion. Avoid public transport if it is feasible for you.
  • Please disperse as soon as you have dropped your child off – to avoid unnecessary larger gatherings.
  • Children should be in full school uniform.
  • On days when your child has PE, they are to come to school in their PE kit and trainers. No change of clothes is required. This is to help with the logistics as changing rooms cannot be provided. It will also minimise the items that children are bringing into school as per the Government advice.
  • Following government guidance cloakrooms will not be used – to avoid bubbles mixing and to maintain social distancing. As the children will be storing their belongings at their desks, please do not send your child in with a bulky rucksack. All they will need is their school water bottle, lunch (if having packed lunch from home) and their reading book. No pencil cases please as all equipment is provided and cleaned in school.
  • Public Health England has advised schools to ensure that children do not wear face coverings in school. They must only be worn for their journey to and from school if public transport is essential. If staff need to come into close contact with a child e.g. when administering First Aid or if a child shows symptoms of Covid-19 they will wear the appropriate PPE.
  • If your child develops symptoms, whilst at school, they will be sent home immediately and you will be supported to have them tested for Covid-19 and given instructions of how the family should isolate to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
  • If your child or a household member develops symptoms at home, please do not send your child to school. Please contact us and we will support you with what to do next.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you back. I know we can rely on your continued support to enable us to do this safely by following the points detailed above. Your support is a constant reassurance for us.

In the first few weeks our focus will be:

  • Settling everybody back into a school routine.
  • Building up the children’s confidence, resilience and re-establishing friendships.
  • Gauging where the children are in terms of their learning, then building on top of the knowledge and skills that they have retained.
  • Supporting children to re-establish their positive attitudes to learning and independence.

We understand the last 6 months have been challenging and we want our personal, social and health education (PSHE) to fully support our children. Therefore, from September, we will be using lots of resources from Manchester Healthy Schools Programme which offers a comprehensive programme for Primary PSHE with a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.

Mrs Mirza is our PSHE lead in school – if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

We are mindful that the home learning you have had to manage this term may have put a lot of strain on you and your child but anything you can continue to do at home will be a bonus. From simply listening to your child read, to helping them with their number bonds and times tables – it will be time well spent.

If you need to contact school please either telephone or email using the details at the bottom of the page. We will respond to any queries as quickly as possible.

Once again, we are all looking forward to seeing everyone – have a lovely summer.

Best wishes,

Mrs A Shore

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End of Year Letter

9.7.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are approaching the end of another school year and it has been a very busy, yet strange one. Thank you for all your support while we have been dealing with a very difficult set of circumstances.

Your positive messages and emails have helped us all get through a challenging period. We are now busy working on new plans and updating risk assessments so that all children will be able to return in September.

We will send you a text once these are complete and direct you to the arrangements on the school website.

Transition

Unfortunately due to the difficult circumstances and lack of space, we have been unable to carry out our usual transition arrangements where the children meet their new teachers.

The teachers are really looking forward to getting to know the new classes.

The class organisation for September is as follows:

Nursery – Miss Sellers, Mrs Cook

Reception – Mrs Mirza, Miss Muldoon

Year 1 – Mr Moynihan, Mrs Poole

Year 2 – Mr Hoskin (Assistant Head of KS1 and EYFS), Mr Arnold

Year 3 – Mrs Corcoran, Mrs Di Rosa

Year 4 – Mr Owen (Assistant Head of KS2), Mr Bell

Year 5 – Miss Ames (newly appointed), Miss Shing

Year 6 – Miss Tustain, Mr Corr

Mr Crolla – PE Coach/PPA cover

Miss Brown – PPA cover/intervention groups

Mrs Broderick will remain non class-based and will lead on Attendance, Child Protection and Special Educational Needs provision.

Mrs Hunter will continue to support Mrs Broderick on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Miss Berry will leave us at the end of term. We wish her the best of luck for the future.

Other items

End of year reports will be ready on Wednesday 15th July.

If you have any questions regarding the reports, please email your child’s teacher using the class email address.

We break up on Friday 17 July at 3:15pm.

The children return to school on Thursday 3 September 2020. We will be having two INSET days on 1st and 2nd September to allow us to get the school fully operational for a safe return. This is a slight amendment to the original calendar.

Once again thank you for your continued support throughout the year.

Have a lovely summer break.

Mrs Shore

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Please click on the link below Re: Update on school re-opening on 9th June.

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14.5.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: update on possible reopening of schools

Thank you for your patience whilst we waited for further information on reopening schools. The government has now published more guidance, and we summarise what we know so far below.

To recap, if the government thinks it’s safe, schools will reopen some time in June to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.

Over the coming weeks, we will be creating a detailed plan to make sure that we can safely welcome these year groups back but only if it is safe to do so. Precautions we will be taking include:

  • Limiting class sizes
  • Staggering break times, lunch times and pick-up and drop-off times
  • Increased cleaning
  • Keeping pupils and staff with coronavirus symptoms at home

If your child is clinically extremely vulnerable, or living with someone who is in this group, they should not come back to school and should continue home learning. If your child is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable), you should follow medical advice to decide if they should come back to school. Please refer to government guidance for further details of these groups.

I want to reassure you again that we will not be pressuring parents to send their children to school – you know what is best for your child’s health and wellbeing. We will provide you with more details on the arrangements for reopening in the coming weeks so that you can make the appropriate decision.

Please be reminded that in the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. Until we are told that it is safe to do so, we are unable to provide places for other children.

We will keep you updated once we know more about when the school will be able to reopen for other year groups. For pupils at home, we will continue to support you and your child with home learning and meal support for those eligible. Anyone in receipt of Free School Meals is able to collect a packed lunch from school. Please let us know by 9:30am each day if you would like one made up.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office and we will do our best to allay any worries that you may have.

Best wishes – stay safe,

Mrs A Shore

Headteacher

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12.5.2020

 Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: possible reopening of school to more pupils in June

We know you will have seen in the news that schools may reopen in June to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils if the government thinks it is safe to do so by this point.

We are waiting for further guidance and clarification from the government, which will hopefully help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We will share this with you as soon as possible so that you know what the school’s reopening will look like in practice.

It’s a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we are going to be doing everything we can to make sure that we are ready to receive these year groups if it is safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.

However, we are also not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school, since you know your children and personal situation best. We will keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible, so that you can make an informed decision.

In the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we are currently not in a position to extend places to other children until we receive further government guidance.

We would like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child to learn from home. We will need to keep this going for a while yet, so please continue to do what you can and stay in touch with us about how your child is doing. Please visit the class pages on our website, as well as the Twitter feed, for new activities.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Best wishes,

A.Shore

Mrs Shore

Headteacher

 

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