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Letter for Parents 19th August 2020

Dear Parents and carers


I am really looking forward to welcoming everyone back to Upperby Primary School.  Many children have been away from the school site for many months and we recognise that some children (and their parents) may be anxious about returning to school, we will also have some children (and parents) who cannot wait to return.  All the staff at Upperby Primary School have worked hard to ensure we have organised the school to ensure everyone’s safety in school.  If parents do have questions or concerns I would encourage you to contact school via e-mail and we will respond as soon as we can.


I hope everyone in our school community will appreciate that we have had to make changes to school routines and procedures, we expect everyone to respect the new procedures, they are there for the health and safety of our whole school community.

It is vital that parents carefully read the school protocols and procedure document for September 2020.   Please do not hesitate to contact school if you have questions. 

Please contact school via

Below is wider information about returning to school in September.


Access to the school site.

Arrival and departure from school is very busy, to minimise contacts we have two start and finish times and two entrances and exits.  I am sorry if this causes some minimal disruption for you but it is vital that everyone follows the directions given to ensure the safety of everyone.  

To ensure the school site is more secure we have had a new system fitted to the gate accessing the Key Stage 1 playground from Uldale Road.  This gate is secured and only accessed via the intercom system.  Please note it will not be opened during arrival and departure of children to minimise contacts at this busy time.

The children are returning to the classes they left in March and will have the same teacher again until 14th September.  The children will have an opportunity for transition from 10th September.

Nursery children who are continuing in the Nursery class should follow instructions provided by Mr Stokes.   

Children who are new to school and starting in reception classes should follow the induction instructions provided by Miss Davidson.


Arrangements for drop off and pick up

Where it states CURRENT – it relates to the class the children attended in MARCH.  i.e. If your child was in Neverland in March,  you need to read the instructions for CURRENT YEAR 1.  If your child was in nursery in March and is moving to reception, you need to read the instructions for CURRENT NURSERY.

CURRENT NURSERY children moving to reception will start to 8.45am and will leave at 3.00pm.  Please use the ULDALE ROAD gate and follow the path round behind reception classes.

CURRENT RECEPTION children will start at 9.00am, with the reception classroom doors opening at 8.45am.  Please use the ULDALE ROAD gate and the path to the reception playground.

CURRENT YEAR 1 children will start at 8.45am with doors opening at 8.35am and leave at 3.05pm. Please use the NURSERY ROAD gate and enter via Year 1 and 2 cloakroom door.

CURRENT YEAR 2 children will start at 9.00am with the cloakroom door opening at 8.50am and leave at 3.15pm.  Please use the NURSERY ROAD gate and enter via the Year 1 and 2 cloakroom.

CURRENT YEAR 3 children will start at 8.45am with doors opening at 8.35am and leave at 3.05pm. Please use the NURSERY ROAD gate and enter via Year 3 and 4 cloakroom door.

CURRENT YEAR 4 children will start at 9.00am with the cloakroom doors opening at 8.50am and leave at 3.15pm.   Please use the NURSERY ROAD gate and enter via the Year 3 and 4 cloakroom.

CURRENT YEAR 5 children will start at 8.45am with doors opening at 8.35am and leave at 3.05pm, please use the ULDALE ROAD gate and use the path around the reception unit to the key stage 2 playground and enter the classrooms from the courtyard.


Attendance expectations

Now the circumstances have changed and it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.   School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term.


School will re-establish attendance routines as before i.e. we will continue to record and monitor attendance as we did pre-covid and any absence will be followed up.   If your child is going to be absent please ensure you contact school before 9.30am to explain the reason for the absence.

Pupils who are shielding or self-isolating

If rates of infection in the local area rise, then some parents who have children who were once shielding due to medical advice may wish to isolate their children again. School will follow the latest advice in this circumstance.   Where children can’t attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, absence will not be penalised.  Work will be provided by school and it is expected that this work is completed during this period.

Pupils and families who are anxious about return to school

If parents of pupils with significant risk factors are concerned, we will provide opportunity to discuss the safety at school and the procedures in place in an attempt to provide reassurance – this could be via a virtual meeting. 

We will work with families to re-assure them and enable all pupils to access learning in school.   All children are expected to return to school on 3rd September.


Breakfast and After School clubs.

Currently we will not be providing wrap around care, while we ensure all our safety measure are fully embedded in school and children are settled back into school routines.  It is anticipated that the breakfast and afterschool club will open up after the October half term, unless new guidelines are released to change this situation.


Afterschool clubs

Teaching staff will be running additional teaching groups after school within their own class.  Therefore there will be no afterschool clubs run by teaching staff for the foreseeable future.  Children will be asked to attend additional teaching groups, we expect parents to support school in this matter, this will enable teaching staff to support children further and ensure they target support appropriately.   Letters will be sent home after 14th September and the clubs will start the week beginning 21st September.


Educational Visits

The Year 5 residential to Brathay has been postponed until Spring term 2021.  If you have already paid a deposit and you would like to cancel your place please contact school by 21st September to ensure school does not incur additional costs for the trip.  School will continue to monitor guidance provided by DfE relating to residential trips.  No Residential trips will take place during Autumn term 2020.

At the moment the school is not anticipating any local trips for the children until we feel that we can ensure all the requirements can be met to ensure the safety of the children.


I hope many of your questions will be answered in this letter and the school protocols and procedure document for September 2020, which is also on the website.   I want to reassure parents that we are trying to minimise as many risks as possible while ensuring your child(ren) still enjoy school and have a wide curriculum.  


I look forward to seeing you on 3rd September.   Please ensure you socially distance for the safety of our whole school community.

Enjoy the rest of the holidays.

Mrs Hodgkins