Back to School Procedures for Wider Reopening to YR,Y1 & Y6 / Key Workers
Re: Back to School Procedures for Wider Reopening to YR,Y1 & Y6 / Key Workers
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope that you and your family are well. We realise that prior to us opening school on the 15th June you may feel apprehensive about what to expect when you arrive at St Mary’s for the first time since lockdown. We would like to provide you with as much information about how school will look and run so that you can share this with your child and hopefully it may put your mind at rest.
If you are attending school in Year R, 1 and 6 please park in the parent’s car park. A member of staff will be there to greet you. Unfortunately, you will be unable to come onto the playground with your child in the mornings. We understand that this may be difficult for both adults and children and we will make every effort to make this an exciting time. We no longer need to stagger drop off and collection times so you are able to drop your child off on your allotted day between 8:45am and 9:00am. If we have more children join us this may change. We will inform you by text of your child’s allotted day if they are in Reception. We have marked areas for you to wait if needed, so that we can adhere to social distancing rules.
When you collect your child there will be a member of staff on the gate who will show you where to wait on the playground. Your child will then be sent out to you. Please can we ask that only one adult picks up and that if you are bringing children with you they are kept with you at all times and not allowed to run around the playground.
We have been busy preparing the school ready for the children to return and it is different to when they left in March. We have lots of keyworker children in school and they have picked up the routines very quickly and we are currently doing a mixture of academic activities in the morning and more fun outdoor/ art activities in the afternoon. This daily structure will continue for Year R/1 and 6 when they return.
We are using bubbles to group the children. These are small groups of children who will be in the same rooms each time they attend. We are not currently using reception: KS1 will be using Year 1 and Year 2 classroom. Children will have their own desk and they will have a box of equipment that only they will use in school. Please can we ask that they do not bring any equipment/ toys/ unnecessary items in from home. They will need to bring the following and leave them in school:
- A bag of spare clothes (Year R and 1)
- Sun cream
Children will not need to wear their school uniform or need their PE kit but please ensure they have sensible clothes to do outdoor exercise throughout the day. If they are in KS1 a Free school meal (Packed lunch only) will be provided for them.
We have made some lovely outdoor areas for the children to use and we plan on using these as much as possible.
At the moment, keyworker children are using the top car-park to drop-off and collect their children: this will continue for the time being. Please follow the one way system and wait for a member of staff to collect your child from you. Unfortunately, we are still unable to allow you into school unless there is a medical emergency but please use email/phone/seesaw to get in touch.
There is a large amount of information that has been sent over the last few weeks and it would be advisable to revisit this before your child returns as it informs you clearly of the requirements when returning. We have also placed some photos and a short video (click here) in the Wider Opening June 2020 section of the website under News and Events to help you prepare your child to return.
For those of you who, unfortunately, are unable to come back to school at the moment, we have ordered you all some workbooks to help support you when home-learning. These are also intended to help those parents who maybe back to work and finding accessing online learning difficult. These are now ready for collection from school. We continue to miss you every day and we will carry on with the home-learning we have been providing as well as the regular spelling tests and feedback.
We would like to thank you once again, for your continue patience and support and hope that this information will help with the beginning of the return to school process.
Mrs B. Davies and the St Mary’s Teaching Team.