Returning to School - September Update
I hope you have all enjoyed the summer and that you and your families are all well. We are thoroughly looking forward to having all of the children back in school on the first day of term for Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, this Thursday 3rd September.
As you have probably seen many times in the media over the last few weeks, the topic of schools has been a source of hot debate between politicians and commentators and the latest in a series of guidance has just arrived this weekend. Here at school, we have been busy preparing for an exciting new term and ensuring that all measures necessary under government guidance and school risk assessments are in place.
Many of the key arrangements I communicated to you by letter dated 26th July 2020 entitled ‘Returning to School in September’, still stand and are as yet unaffected by the latest guidance. Please refer to the letter which is on our website: click on the ‘NEWS’ tab, scroll down and click on the link. The letter includes all the necessary details as to arrival / pick up times and arrangements and the key information to begin the term (including requirement to wear school uniform, PE kits, items to bring in / not permitted to bring into school).
Please hand in any medication on arrival that your child needs in school with full written details including dosage amounts and times.
PPE equipment such as masks are not deemed necessary by the government in primary schools (for staff or children), except under certain specific circumstances: eg a medical recommendation for an individual due to a specific condition or PPE equipment worn by a member of staff to administer first aid in certain circumstances.
The ‘healthy schools’ work planned include the promotion of good mental and physical health and a new PSHE curriculum is in place. The first part is a series of assemblies in class with follow up sessions on positivity, understanding and managing emotions, kindness, growth mindset and resilience will be underway from the first day back.
We will be delighted to be welcoming the new EYFS children into school during September. Two changes and clarifications to the original arrangements are necessary:
a) One parent only to attend the ‘school visit’ meeting which will be held in the EYFS outside area;
b) The ‘Stay and Play’ date for parents has to be cancelled in order to comply with health guidance.
We are all looking forward to seeing you all this Thursday.
Mr Paul Sully