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18th August 2020

Dear Parents and Carers, 

 

I hope you are all well and enjoyed the weather last week.

 

As promised before we broke up for summer I said I would keep all parents and carers updated about the re-opening of school to all children on Wednesday 2nd September. I am really looking forward to having all the children back in school again and school life returning to some kind of ‘new’ normal. I would like to remind you that school attendance in September will become compulsory again and all parents have a duty to ensure their child attends school regularly.

 

Unfortunately, I have to begin this letter by informing you that Mrs Turner has decided not to return to Meadowhead Infants in September. Instead, she has decided to take some time to focus on her own health and wellbeing. Mrs Turner has been an important and valued member of our Meadowhead family. She has worked at our school for many years and will be missed by us all. On behalf of the children, staff and governors we would like to thank Mrs Turner for her hard work and dedication and wish her every success in the next step of her journey.

 

This means that Miss Worcester will now become the Nursery teacher in Willow Class and Miss Lau will become the full time teacher in Maple Class.

 

I would like to remind you again and feel it is vital that you are aware of the steps we have taken in order to keep everyone safe in school. A lot of the following information is repeated from previous letters but I ask that you read the information again, very carefully and are aware that it may change - although I really hope it doesn’t!

 

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 ask you to come and collect your child as soon as possible. Please can you make sure we have your up to date contact details so you can be contacted throughout the day. 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.

 

What will school look like in September?

 

Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. When school re-opens in September there will be some slight changes but much of the usual day to day operations will be just like normal.

 

  • Breakfast club will resume from 7:45
  • Children will be provided with their own set of equipment in class e.g pencils, scissors
  • Reading books will 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 not be allowed to mix with other children in different classes as strongly recommended by the Local Authority
  • Children should wear full school uniform as normal. If this is not possible please let us know in September and we will do our best to help
  • 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 gate. The back gate from the Health Centre will remain closed.

 

We will operate a one way system around the outside of school. This will mean that you will turn right when you come through the front gate and drop your child/children off at their classroom door. You will then continue walking around school and leave through the vehicle gate on the driveway. Classroom doors will open at 8:45 and I ask parents NOT to arrive before 8:45. This is to stop a gathering of parents at the front of school. Registers will close slightly later at 9:05 as I feel this should give everyone plenty of time to safely drop their child off. 

 

At the end of the day the front gate will open at 3:00 and your child can be collected then. Again, I ask parents NOT to arrive before 3.00. All children need to be collected by 3:10.

 

If you have anything you would like to discuss with your child’s class teacher, please let them know at the door and they will give you a call after school.

 

What can I do to help my child prepare for coming to school?

 

Those children who returned at the end of the last academic year settled into school as if they had never been away. However, to help your child prepare for September you may want to:

 

  • Talk to your child positively about starting or returning to school
  • Discuss with them some of the changes that have been outlined in this letter
  • Get into a good bedtime routine so your child gets plenty of sleep
  • Allow your child to practice putting on their school uniform independently

 

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or questions. You can do this by emailing me at james.waddington@meadowheadinfants.blackburn.sch.uk.

 

There are likely to be a few hiccups when all children return to school and we try to adjust to the changes but I know you will be understanding and supportive as we all settle into this ‘new’ normal.

 

I look forward to seeing all our families on Wednesday the 2nd September and wish you an enjoyable last few weeks of the summer holidays.

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Waddington

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