I hope you have all had an enjoyable and restful half term. We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school tomorrow.
As you will no doubt have heard, the Prime Minister announced yesterday that there will be a national lockdown from 5 November until 2 December. Whilst this will undoubtedly affect many people and their working arrangements, I am pleased that schools will remain open for all children. The teachers and staff in school will continue to provide the education your children need academically but also to support their mental health and wellbeing. Government guidance can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#going-to-work
However, to support the school in remaining open and reduce any potential `bubble’ closure, I am asking all parents/carers/adults and children of 12+ years to wear a face covering when dropping off or picking up from school (unless they have a medical reason not to). School staff will also wear a face covering when greeting you at the various entrance and exit points in school. I have up-dated the Code of Conduct for Families (attached) to include this request which will come into force tomorrow, 2 November 2020 until further notice.
In addition, I have included advice regarding children’s school clothing as we enter the colder months. The school building will be heated as normal but windows opened for good ventilation. This will mean that children will need to wear layers of clothing ie a vest or T shirt under their shirt and wear a jumper or cardigan to school. All children should bring in a coat for outdoor break and lunch as we will ensure outdoor play unless it is unsafe to do so.
Can I also remind you that your child should come to school in school uniform, including school shoes, and in PE kit only on the days they have PE or an after-school sports club. Class timetables are shared on the website and classroom windows.
Remote learning via Seesaw\Tapestry is only available for children in the event of a Bubble lockdown or if pupils are advised by a medical professional to continue socially isolating. Teachers also use Seesaw to set homework activities along with Lexia and Times Table Rockstars. Can I please ask that you support your child’s home learning and, if you encounter difficulties with using Seesaw or Tapestry, please speak to your child’s teacher who will assist you.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Helen Melidoro