Dear Parents and Carers
When we open our doors in September for, thankfully, all our children, we will do all we can to keep our community safe and to minimise the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. It is important to realise though that, as a school, we cannot mitigate all risk and that we rely heavily on the actions of parents and carers to support us in our endeavour to keep everyone safe. I ask that all parents over the summer, and when we return to school in September, take every precaution to stay safe and to follow Government guidelines, even though these are sometimes a little ambiguous!
Further to my email last week, I am posting to answer queries raised by parents over the last few days about our return in September:
- Pupils are to bring a schoolbag as normal.
- Lunchboxes are allowed.
- ‘Bubbles’ will use the same toilets throughout the day; cubicles will be labelled, and all children will have access to appropriate, non alcohol based hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities. Toilets will be thoroughly cleaned each day.
- Parents or carers do not need to wash school uniform each day.
On our return, please take every care as you drop off or collect children from school. Please obey social distancing requirements at all times and refrain from forming groups and chatting on the playground. As soon as children are collected, I ask you to exit the site as quickly as possible. Just to reiterate, on arrival in the morning, please rotate anti-clockwise around the school and exit through the front carpark and when collecting, please enter through the front carpark, rotate clockwise around the school and exit through the front gate by the bike rack.
During the summer holiday, I would be very grateful if any have any questions, concerns or anxieties about returning in September, or have any general queries, to contact me via email and refrain from contacting class teachers. My staff have, for the last 4 months, given all for our school community and need a very well-deserved break with their families.
Lastly, I would like to thank you all for the support you have given since the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown started back in March. I know I speak for all staff in expressing our gratitude for the way you have supported your children at home, even though sometimes this has been difficult. I am also acutely aware that some are experiencing extremely uncertain times and our thoughts are with you. This has been an extraordinary and unprecedented period but I know this: thanks to your support, the exemplary work of all staff and the phenomenal way our community has pulled together, our children’s education has suffered no long-term implications due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Their future is in safe hands.
I wish you all a wonderful and safe summer holiday.