Covid-19-Update – 09.09.20
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
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.
Mrs A Shore
Wider School Re-Opening in September
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.
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.
||Drop off time
||Pick up time
|Year 1 and 2
|Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
||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.
Mrs A Shore
End of Year Letter
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.
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.
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.
Please click on the link below Re: Update on school re-opening on 9th June.
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
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.