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Dear Parents and Carers
Firstly, I would like to express my thanks again to you all for following our new rules for dropping off and collecting your children, especially with the request to wear a mask whilst on school grounds.
More and more children are arriving at their classroom door by themselves with parents saying goodbye at the school gate. From Monday, I ask if you could encourage your child to do this if in KS2: we need to take every precaution to try and prevent Covid-19 infections in school.
Also, from Monday, the time for collecting children at the end of the day will now be 3.10pm to 3.20pm. This is to ensure that all can exit the school site as soon as possible and therefore minimise possible exposure to the Covid-19 virus. Please bear in mind that staff have many tasks to complete after the children have left school and it is essential your child is collected promptly. Any children who are repeatedly collected late will receive a polite warning and further late collection will mean your child is admitted to after school club and you will be charged.
I also ask that children are not dropped off at school before 8.40am: doors open at 8.45am and we want to avoid groups forming outside classrooms in the morning.
So, in summary:
- Please encourage your KS2 children to say goodbye at the gate and progress to their classroom on their own.
- Do not drop children off before 8.40am in the morning.
- Collect you child from the classroom door no later than 3.20pm at the end of the day.
- Please exit the site as soon as possible once children are dropped off or collected. Do not congregate and please do not use any of the play equipment before or after school including the climbing frame.
Birthday Parties & Other Gatherings:
On a separate note, we are doing our utmost to keep our school open for all pupils. Please can all parents support us in this by ensuring you are following the current Government guidelines when outside of school. For example, when thinking of arranging birthday parties for your child, the rule of 6 still counts. It is crucial that you do not meet socially in groups of more than 6 people if you live in England. Please continue to maintain social distancing with anyone you do not live with; clearly it is not possible to maintain suitable social distancing in a car so please consider this before offering lifts to other people. It is illegal to do otherwise (please see link to Government website below) and we are duty bound to report instances where parents have broken the law, putting pupils and staff at risk.
2.11 Does this mean that no more than six people can be in a pub, restaurant or place of worship at once?
Venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host more than 6 people in total, but no one should visit in a group of greater than 6 (unless you are all from the same household or support bubble). When you visit one of these places, such as a pub, shop, leisure venue, restaurant or place of worship you should:
- follow the limits on the number of other people you should meet with as a group (it will be illegal to be in group of more than six from outside of your household or support bubble)
- avoid mingling with anyone outside the group you are with, even if you see other people you know
- provide your contact details to the organiser so that you can be contacted if needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme.