8th March Return to School - Letter from Mr Tulloch (26.02.21)
Friday 26th February 2021
As you will now be aware the Government have confirmed that all primary school children will return to school on Monday 8th March 2021. I thought it important to update families with the school's current plan of action in view of the return and how we intend to fully comply with the 'Schools COVID-19 Operation Guidance' published by the Department for Education.
Families can already find our existing COVID-19 tab on our school website which has information regarding our most recent risk assessment. As we move forward I am working with the staff team and our Governors to ensure that our risk assessment maintains the highest quality of education whilst also keeping our whole school community as safe as we possibly can.
We will share exact arrangements next week, however please plan to return to school as normal on Monday 8th March 2021. We have listened to our families and our initial plans, once communicated next week, will include:
Face coverings to be worn for all families coming on to the school site, both indoors and outdoors. Face coverings to be worn by staff in all communal spaces around the school.
Year group bubbles will be maintained, as they have been during the current lockdown. This will enable improved ‘staff to pupil’ ratios for both supervision and quality-first teaching.
Bubbles will not mix, and movement around the school will be reduced to prevent bubbles mixing. Year groups have been provided with a group-work room, which is well ventilated, to avoid children and staff working in corridor spaces.
Staggered drop off and collection times will start again on Monday 8th March 2021. Again, we have listened to your views regarding this and are looking at arrangements for family groups to drop off and collect at the same time. This in turn will help the teachers deliver core teaching time in the classroom, as well as help families structure their day around school.
We will continue to work on the finer details regarding these arrangements, however in the meantime please continue as you have been doing for the coming week. The efforts from parents and carers to engage with remote learning and take on the role of ‘teacher at home’ has been hugely beneficial and appreciated by the school team. Also thank you to our school staff who've embraced the last couple of months in a positive way and ensured that we've supported our community as best we can.
Mr S Tulloch