The children are returning

All children are expected to be back on site on Monday March 8th. 
We can’t wait to welcome them back. 

Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians,

We are very excited to have all the children back on Monday 8th March and are very much looking forward to seeing all the children back in school. Here is the timetable for arrivals and pick-ups – these are the same as in the Autumn term 2020:

Classes

Time to come in

Time to go home

Gate to be used

Ash (Nursery) – if children stay all day

8:20am

2:30pm

Parent gate

Beech Y1

8:20am

2:30pm

Staff gate

Holly Y2

8:20am

2:30pm

Playground double gate

Cherry (Reception)

8:30am

2:40pm

Parent gate

Larch Y4

8:30am

2:40pm

Staff gate

Oak Y5

8:30am

2:40pm

Playground double gate

Chestnut (Reception)

8:40am

2:50pm

Parent gate

Acer Y1 & Y2

8:40am

2:50pm

Staff gate

Cedar Y5

8:40am

2:50pm

Playground double gate

Willow Y3

8:50am

3:00pm

Parent gate

Sycamore Y3 & Y4

8:50am

3:00pm

Staff gate

Hawthorn Y6

8:50am

3:00pm

Playground double gate

For families with more than one child at the school, please bring all your children in at the earliest drop off for your youngest child, and collect your children at the time of your eldest child finishes.

The school kitchen will be operating normally from Monday 8th March. Children are allowed to bring packed lunches in if required. All children need their own named water bottle please which they bring to school daily.

The school Risk Assessment is below. It has been put together as a whole staff so that everyone is aware of how to keep your children and each other as safe as we can.


What about class bubbles?

Classes will be in their own bubbles and will not mix at any point during the school day. The adults are mainly in 1 bubble as well but some staff who work across the school will continue this now e.g. Miss Stearne for Thrive and Ms Simpson for Speech and Language and Thrive.


What about reading and reading books now?

Children in Cherry, Chestnut, Beech, Acer and Holly Classes will be bringing home reading books once again. Please ensure if your child is in this class, they bring in their book bags to school every day.

All children need to bring in their reading records daily to school. Children in older classes (Key Stage 2) will use books to read within their classroom only. Children will keep a book for at least a week unless their reading level means they need to change their books more regularly in Key Stage 2.

We have had builders in school under strict supervision, and have converted the old ICT suite, which was not used, and a redundant space, into a beautiful new purposeful library. Due to Covid, one class will use the library for 4 days in one week (Monday-Thursday) and then a 72 hour period from Friday till Sunday, will mean that another class can use the library for the next 4 days. Year 6 children in Hawthorn will use the new library from Monday 8th March 2021. Do see Twitter and the website for photographs.

You can all access the Big Cat books online also as well as using physical books. Please contact your class teachers if you are unsure about this.


What about PE now?

When your child has PE they need to come in their PE kit and they will stay in that kit all day. Please see Seesaw and/or Tapestry for this information. PE lessons will take place outside where weather permits. The hall has been timetabled for use if the weather is bad.

We are aiming at the school completing the daily mile as many of you have been so successful at doing this during this lockdown. This will be timetabled so classes are only completing this as a class bubble.


What can my child bring to school now?

  • Coat/hat/gloves if required
  • Packed lunch if required
  • Book bag
  • Named water bottle


Can my child wear a face mask?

No. Children in primary schools are not allowed to wear face masks. Should you wish your child/children to wear a face mask on their journeys to and from school, these must be removed by the adult bringing the child to school and taken home. Please ensure only 1 adult brings your child/children to school please. This is to support infection control measures in place at the school.


What about birthdays?

We are really sorry but at the moment we cannot accept birthday cakes or sweets or treats for your child to give out on their birthday. This is not within the boundaries of our Covid Risk Assessment.


What about Breakfast Club and After school club?

They are both operating from Monday 8th March. They will be working with the class bubble system in order to further support the Covid infection control measures. Please contact the school office to book places at either of these care facilities.


What if my child becomes ill?

The Meeting Room has been converted into an Isolation Room. This is locked and only opened when needed, or to clean it. When needed a child with the symptoms of Covid, or any other symptoms of illness, will go to the Isolation Room with a member of staff. If the child is displaying symptoms of Covid, the member of staff will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). You will be telephoned to collect your child. The member of staff will bring the child to the staff gate when you arrive. The staff member will give you a leaflet of reminders about how to access Covid testing and reminders about self-isolation. Please get you child tested as soon as you are able and please inform the school office immediately about the result of any test. This is so we can support other children, families and staff members who have been in close contact with a child who has tested positive for Covid 19.

Can I come into school?

If a face to face meeting is absolutely necessary, and the staff member agrees that they feel safe to conduct it, these may be possible. However, our preference is either telephone calls, emails and/or Teams meetings at the current time.


When should I return the school ipad?

Please bring these back on Monday 8th March as these are a vital school resource. Please hand to a member of staff on the gate of entry you are using.


What about the children’s mental health?

The staff are very aware that we need to support the children’s mental health and well-being. We have planned mental well-being activities during the first week back, and moving on throughout the term, and each class teacher will do as much or as few of these activities as their class needs. Please contact your class teacher if you or your child/children are anxious and see what we can do to support you at this time.

What about Attendance?

Attendance at school is compulsory from March 8th 2021 for all children unless you have been advised to shield your child by the NHS. Should this be the case, please provide evidence to the school office. If your child is absent and we believe that there is no justifiable reason for this, the absence will be unauthorised. If your child has an appointment, we expect them to be collected from school for the appointment and returned to school the same day. An appointment is not cause for an entire day off.


What about school uniform now?

Please make every effort for your child/children to be in uniform on Monday 8th March. We are happy that children come in trainers if they need to on March 8th as we are aware that shoe shopping virtually is a bit tricky. So please, uniform as far as you can, trainers if needed instead of school shoes at this time whilst shops are closed.

I hope this letter helps you gets to grips with life at school again. May I take this opportunity to thank all of you who have been supporting your child/children with their remote learning. This has been so fabulous to see. Please contact your class teacher and/or me if you have any concerns about returning to school on Monday 8th March. My direct email address is laura.jestico@potkiln.net

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