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13th July 2020

 

13th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers, 

 

I hope you are all well.

 

I am afraid this is another long letter informing you about the re-opening of school to all children on Wednesday 2nd September. School attendance in September will become compulsory again and all parents have a duty to ensure their child attends regularly at school.

 

Before you read any further I want to share the exciting news that Mrs Crossley, Miss McGrath and Miss Farrer are all expecting a baby in the Autumn term. This is brilliant news and I know you will wish them all the best. In September we will have a new Pupil Well Being Co-ordinator called Miss Murphy who I am sure you will get to know.

 

Please read the information below very carefully and be aware all this information may change.

 

Keeping children safe

 

Our primary objective, as always, is to ensure the safety of all children and adults who attend school. A copy of our Risk Assessment will be put online when it has been approved by the LA and a text to the link will be sent.

 

It is obvious that early years and primary aged children cannot maintain social distancing all the time. Instead, school will work through a ‘hierarchy of measures’ to reduce the risk by:

  • avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
  • frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices
  • regular cleaning of settings
  • minimising contact and mixing when possible.

 

If your child or anyone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19 please stay at home and contact 111 to arrange a test. You must also let school know as soon as possible.

 

If we suspect your child has symptoms of COVID-19 in school they will be isolated immediately and we will be asking you to come and collect your child as soon as possible. We are told that in September we will have testing kits in school to hand out to you if we believe your child is symptomatic. Please can you make sure we have your up to date contact details so you can be contacted throughout the day.

 

What will school in September look like?

 

Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. When school re-open in September it will look and feel as normal as it possibly can.

 

  • Breakfast club will resume from 7:45 to the start of school.
  • Children will have their own set of equipment in class e.g pencils
  • Reading books can go home and be returned as normal
  • EYFS children will eat their lunch in the hall.
  • Year 1 and Year 2 children will eat their hot packed lunch in their classrooms
  • Children will be allowed to mix with children in the same year group.
  • Children should wear school uniform as normal.
  • After school sports clubs will resume
  • There will be no whole school assemblies including Golden Awards.

 

Drop off and Collection

 

When dropping off and collecting your child please try your best to maintain social distancing. The only entrance to school will be through the front entrance. The back gate from the Health Centre will remain closed.

 

We will operate a one way system around school where you turn right when you come through the gates and drop your child/children off at their classroom door and keep walking around school. Classroom doors will open at 8:45 and I ask all parents to NOT arrive until 8:45 at the earliest. This is to stop a gathering of parents at the front of school. Registers will close slightly later at 9:05 and I feel this should give everyone plenty of time to safely drop their child off.  

 

At the end of the day the gates will open at 3:00pm and your child can be collected then. Again I ask all parents to NOT arrive until 3:00pm at the earliest. Children need to be collected by 3:10pm.

 

If you have any concerns you wish to share with your child’s class teacher let them know at the door and they will give you a call after school.

 

Important Information.

 

In the event that a child refuses to adhere to any of these guidelines, staff will make every effort to educate the child about safety in order to encourage a change in their behaviour. If this behaviour continues and the child shows disregard for the health and safety of others in their classroom you will be contacted to come and collect your child. This will be classed as a fixed term exclusion.

 

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or questions be contact the school office on 01254 202 600 or by emailing me at  james.waddington@meadowheadinfants.blackburn.sch.uk.

Stay safe and have a wonderful summer,

 

Mr Waddington.

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