Return to school in September

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Dear parents,

I hope you and your families are enjoying a lovely summer break. We are very much looking forward to welcoming your child(ren) back to school on Thursday 3rd September.

The school is currently updating our risk assessment in line with Government guidance on the full return of pupils in September. This risk assessment will be discussed with all staff during the inset days on 1st and 2nd September and will be shared with you prior to children starting back. Information for parents published by the Department for Education can be found here.

In order to help you plan childcare and work logistics I wanted to inform you about start and end of the day arrangements. Apart from our new starters in Reception we are not planning to stagger start and end times of the day. Classroom doors will open at 8.45am as usual and children can enter between 8.45am and 8.55am. To reduce the number of adults on site we are asking that children in years 3-6 are dropped off at the front or rear gate – there will be a member of staff at both gates between 8.40am and 9am. Parents of children in Oak and Willow classes are asked to limit to one adult per family at drop-off and collection times. Adults must maintain social distancing while on the school site. At the end of the day we are asking parents of children in Chestnut class (Year 3&4) to collect from the classroom door, and children in Rowan class (Year 5&6) to be met at either the front or rear gate, or to walk home.

More details on the other steps taken to ensure your children are safe while at school will be detailed in the risk assessment. Our arrangements from 1st June were extremely thorough and we will build on what we know has worked well. This will include children staying in their class bubbles; staggered lunch sittings and break times; no gatherings including assemblies; well ventilated rooms; enhanced cleaning arrangements; restrictions on equipment; sharing and ensuring good hygiene with the children.

If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime please contact me via email.

Warm regards,

Ben Trevail