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Covid-19 Updates


3rd March 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to thank you all for your support and patience over the past 2 months. These have been very trying times for school, as I am sure they have in many families as everyone tries to balance responsibilities, family, work, home learning and the wider situation. I am certain that on occasion we will have got things wrong, or could have done things better, but I hope that you will feel that overall we’ve tried to do the best we can by you, our children and families.

I am sure you have heard the Government’s intention for all children to return to school on 8th March 2021. It is clear that the priority is to get all children back into school full time, and it is our responsibility to do that in the safest way possible. We strongly agree that now is the right time for all children to return, and are looking forward to welcoming our families back to some form of normality from Monday 8th March 2021.

Public Health England have identified a number of essential measures that are already familiar.

These include:

  • A requirement that people who are ill stay at home and access immediate testing for those with symptoms
  • Cleaning hands thoroughly and more often than usual
  • Ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • Enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • Active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • Formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximize distancing wherever possible
  • Good ventilation of indoor areas, using open windows and doors
  • Grouping children together in year groups
  • Avoiding contact between groups
  • Arranging classrooms in KS2 with forward facing desks
  • Staff maintaining distance from children
  • Staff and adults maintaining distancing from each other as much as possible
  • Staff wearing face shields when in the classroom

Contacts will be reduced across school, by -

According to the guidance, ‘bubbles’ are still the way forward. Therefore, the plan is for our children to be in Year Group Bubbles. Each Bubble will have their own lunchtime, break-time and outdoor space to play in. There will also be specific routes identified to enter and exit the building during the course of the day, in order to keep children apart from those in other year groups or classes. The guidance states that social distancing does not need to exist for the children within the bubbles during the school day.

We have made the decision that the guidance about staggered start and finish times needs to be manageable for our families. This ensures that there will be a steady stream of children arriving, and reduce the possibility of crowding, or people gathering in the playground.

We still really need your continued help and support by sticking to the times given, following the instructions and by avoiding close contact with other parents whilst on the way to school, in the playground, and on your way home. Please wear a mask at all times when on the school grounds.

We will continue to use the one way system (in the morning) for parents of children in Nursery, Reception and year 1. Please drop off your child then continue through the playground and exit out of the Nursery gate.

Just as a reminder, please see below for the new start and end times of your child/children.

Year Group / Class

Start of Day Time

End of Day Time

Nursery: Poppies/Daisies

9.10 a.m.

2.50 p.m.

Reception: Buttercups/ Clovers

9.10 a.m.

2.50 p.m.

Year 1 : Ladybirds /Butterflies

9.00a.m.

2.55 p.m.

Year 2 : Robins/ Bumblebees

9.00am.

2.55 p.m.

Year 3 : Owls /Foxes

8.55 a.m.

3.00 p.m.

Year 4 : Swans /Kestrels

8.55a.m.

3.00 p.m.

Year 5 : Swallows/ Dragonflies

8.50 a.m.

3.05p.m.

Year 6 : Kingfishers /Hedgehogs

8.50 a.m.

3.05 p.m.


Please do not come to school any sooner than your child’s start time. It is unsafe for parents and children to be gathering around the school gate.

Please also be on time to collect your child from the collection places on the main playground.

In order to reduce the risk of infection from Covid-19, on the days that your child has P.E. they must come to school in their PE kit, rather than school uniform. Please ensure that the P.E. kit follows the school uniform policy. (A plain white t-shirt, plain black shorts/joggers, plain black hoodie/sweatshirt trainers).

PE Timetable

Year Group / Class

Days for PE

Reception: Buttercups/ Clovers

Tuesday

Year 1 : Ladybirds /Butterflies

Tuesday/Thursday

Year 2 : Robins/ Bumblebees

Monday/Wednesday

Year 3 : Owls /Foxes

Tuesday/Thursday

Year 4 : Swans /Kestrels

Monday/Wednesday

Year 5 : Swallows/ Dragonflies

Tuesday/Thursday

Year 6 : Kingfishers /Hedgehogs

Tuesday/Thursday


Can parents please ensure that all children have a freshly filled plastic water bottle in school each day

Each Monday your child will be sent home with enough reading books for the week. These will need to be read and returned on Friday. Books will then be quarantined for 72 hours before being redistributed. Children will be able to select a book from the class library so that they can continue to read over the weekend.

Children's attendance will continue to be monitored in the same way that it was pre-lockdown. If your child is ill, you should report it in the same way as you have always done via the school office. If a child or a member of your family falls ill and they have COVID 19 symptoms you must inform the school immediately.

If a child is displaying symptoms, they must not come into school and a test must be booked. Parents should inform the school immediately and make contact again with the results of the test. Please can we ask that all parents ensure that their contact information held by school is accurate and up-to-date.

Throughout the pandemic, communication lines have been open and will continue to be so. Unfortunately parents will not be able to speak to class teachers at the end of the day, however if you have a concern please contact the class teacher via email, speak to a member of the Leadership team on the playground. Please clearly state the full name of your child in any emails sent.

The year group emails are

nursery@forestpark.org.uk

buttercups@forestpark.org.uk

clovers@forespark.org.uk

year1@forestpark.org.uk

year2@forestpark.org.uk

year3@forestpark.org.uk

year4@forestpark.org.uk

year5@forestpark.org.uk

year6@forestpark.org.uk

All we ask is for your patience as we settle into this new normal and for your support. You have done an amazing job throughout the lockdown and myself and my staff very much appreciate your kind words of encouragement and support.

I look forward to welcoming you all back next week. In the meantime please keep checking your texts and emails for any communication from the school and stay safe.

Miss S.L. Irving

Headteacher

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