8th March Opening

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am sure like us you welcome the government announcement confirming that schools will reopen to all children on Monday March 8th.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone back and beginning to work towards some normality for our children. Whilst we are returning to full school opening, measures to limit social contact remain strictly in place. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to set out the structure of the school day and arrangements for bubble groupings.

These are our initial groupings and will be kept under review as new data and government guidelines are released. We have taken the decision to move back to year group bubbles. This is to enable us to provide teachers planning, preparation and assessment time without the need for an early Friday close. Whilst we will be moving back to year group bubbles, we will be ensuring that classes remain separated as much as possible to limit the need to close both classes if in the position whereby a positive case of Covid occurs.

Above is the entry and exit plan. Please remember:

• Only one parent/carer should come on site to collect and drop off children.

• Anyone over the age of 11 who comes into the school site must wear a mask, unless medically except to do so.

• Parents must not enter the school building unless a prearranged appointment has been made and a covid risk assessment has taken place.

• Anyone who exhibits covid 19 symptoms must isolate with all family members until a negative Covid test result is received.

• Parents/carers must keep to their child’s drop off and pick up time and leave the premises as soon as they have collected their child.

• Entry is through pedestrian gate, exit through car park gate.

We will continue to remind children to follow those hygiene measures set out in our risk assessment.

Please remember that we have closed our water fountains so please send your child with their own bottled water.

We will take the opportunity prior to the Easter break to ensure that our children are happy, settle back into school and that we have a clear understanding of any gaps in their learning that may have occurred as a result of both this and the previous period of missed schooling.

We shall arrange a virtual parents evening prior to the end of the Spring term at which point we will discuss how your child has settled back to school and any key targets which we are working on with your child. With the dates set out in the government’s road map, we hope by the second half of the summer term to be able to widen our bubbles and begin to offer some of those wider opportunities that enhance children’s school experiences.

We will of course make decisions on this in accordance with government guidance.

Finally, can we take the opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support during this difficult period. You have all been amazing in supporting your child’s learning and we thank you in advance for continuing to do this until children return on 8th March.

Michelle Bernard                             Joe Lesley

Executive Headteacher                   Deputy Headteacher

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