We are writing to you to outline what parents and pupils can expect when we open our gates more fully next month. We are currently aiming to do this on 8th June. However, please look out for any updated notices should anything change in the meantime due to the very fluid nature of this situation.
Preparation for return:
We realise that many parents and carers may be struggling with the idea of sending their child back into school, especially with the threat of another outbreak. This genuine concern about your child's well-being is entirely understandable and so we will do our best to reassure you and talk through any specific worries you may have.
We have all had a very different way of life for a number of months - and it is important that we understand that life will not immediately return to normal.
There's going to be a long period of adjustment, where our lives gradually move towards something that looks like 'normal'. You can support your child/ren with this transition back to school by reinforcing this message at home.
Alongside this, you should try to give time and space for them to talk about their feelings, as children who aren't emotionally settled don't learn well.
Many children will have anxiety about:
So please take the time to talk to your child/ren about their worries – and we will do the same at school.
In order to address many of their questions, we will make sure we introduce our new classroom routines straight away - but that doesn't mean we expect our pupils to work in the same way as they did before school closed. Bu, children feel safer - and less anxious - when they know what to expect. So staff will be spending some time introducing our new routines, explaining how work will be taught and what the shape of the day will look like. Consistency will be key here.
Please let us know if your child/ren has suffered a serious illness or bereavement in their family so that we can keep an eye on them and offer help.
Bearing all of this in mind, children are often more resilient than we realise!
And remember: Continue to promote good hygiene at home and at school, and be very clear about how good hygiene is important and will keep us all safe.
If your child is shielding (clinically extremely vulnerable – those with a GOV. letter) or lives with someone who is shielding then they should NOT be in school. Please let us know if this is the case.
Returning to school:
ALL YEAR GROUPS From 8th June (subject to change):
Our already attending children (key worker/vulnerable) need to continue to arrive between 8.30am and 8.45am
Year 6 children need to arrive between 9am and 9.15am
Year 1 children need to arrive between 9.30 and 9.45am
Reception children need to arrive between 9.45 and 10am
YEAR 6 AND VULNERABLE/KEY WORKER PUPILS From 8th June (subject to change):
Year 6 children are to be collected at 3pm (please let us know if you wish for your child to walk home alone)
Vulnerable/key worker children continue to be collected at 3.15pm
RECEPTION AND YEAR 1 PUPILS For 8th and 9th June ONLY:
Reception children are to be collected at 12.30pm (they will have their lunch in school)
Year 1 children are to be collected at 1pm (they will have their lunch in school)
RECEPTION AND YEAR 1 PUPILS For 10th June onwards:
Reception children are to be collected at 2.30pm
Year 1 children are to be collected at 2.45pm
PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE ON SITE EARLIER THAN YOUR ALLOCATED TIME – we are trying to prevent crowds of parents gathering on site and allow people to maintain social distancing of 2 metres.
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
➢ a new continuous cough;
➢ a high temperature;
➢ a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
We hope that together, with all of this and more in place, we can reduce any risks to your child as much as possible - and we thank you in advance for your cooperation with these measures.
If at any point before June 8th, or indeed afterwards, you change your mind about sending your child to school, please let us know immediately so we can update out registers.
If the start date of 8th June changes due to any further announcements from Government or other unavoidable issue, we will communicate this to you at the earliest possible convenience
We very much look forward to welcoming back those who are able to return on 8th June J
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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