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Parent Letter 1st March 2021

1st March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

We are looking forward to welcoming  all children back to school on 8th March.   We are making arrangements to ensure the safety of the staff and children in school.  Our new protocols for parents will be published on the school website.   We want the children to feel safe and happy in school.  We will focus on ensuring the wellbeing of the children and reduce any anxieties they may have.  We will be ensuring all the children are very active in school and they will spend part of the day outside, being active and having time to re-establish friendships and their school community.

I know that remote learning has been challenging, you have done an amazing job.  Please try to keep your child engaged in the learning for the next few days until they return.  March 4th  is World book day and we will be putting on some exciting activities for the children to complete.   Look out for the masked reader – can you guess who they are?

Although the children are returning to school, the lockdown is not over.  We need to remember to carry on being cautious to ensure we do not have to go back to the last few weeks.   Please ensure that you socially distance when you are dropping off or collecting your child(ren).  We have made a few slight adjustments to the drop off and collection procedures to reduce numbers of parents waiting in Nursery Road.  I urge you to be prompt and do not arrive early for your time slots, this will support our whole community.

CHANGES TO DROP OFF AND COLLECTION FROM 8th MARCH

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN ON THE SCHOOL SITE TO RESPECT THE SAFETY OF THE STAFF.  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A FACE COVERING YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE YOUR CHILD(REN) WITH THE STAFF ON THE GATE. 

PLEASE ARRIVE PROMTPLY FOR YOUR ALLOTED DROP OFF/COLLECTION.  

ONLY ONE ADULT SHOULD DROP OFF OR COLLECT THE CHILDREN.  

PLEASE TRY TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

Children who currently access school via ULDALE ROAD should continue to arrive as they did during the autumn term.

Year 6 – 8.35am, Nursery -  8.40am,  Reception – 8.45am and Year 5 - 8.50am.   Collections times continue to be exactly the same as last term.  System for drop off and collection will be the same.

Children who currently access school via NURSERY ROAD – please note slight changes to drop off and collection.  We have made changes so that we reduce the numbers of parents waiting on Nursery Road.  If you are dropping children off in different years at this gate only,  please arrive at the latest arrival time and bring the children at the same time, so you are not having to wait at the gate. Children arriving outside of their allotted time will access the school via the hall door.

DROP OFF TIMES  - Year 4 – 8.35am     Year 2 – 8.40am     Year 3 – 8.45am    Year 1- 8.50am

Collection times   Year 4 – 3.00pm        Year 2 – 3.05pm       Year 3 – 3.10pm     Year 1 - 3.15pm

Please remember – NO backpacks in school, the children just need their reading folder, water bottle and lunch bag.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Keeping everyone safe

If anyone in your household is going for a test or awaiting a test result, PLEASE DO NOT SEND  CHILDREN TO SCHOOL UNTIL YOU HAVE THE RESULTS.   Please contact the school via e-mail or telephone.    covid19@upperbycdc.org.uk  

We need to ensure that no children attend school if they are displaying any symptoms of COVID19.  If your child displays any of the following symptoms they should not attend school and a test should be arranged as soon as possible.  All members of the household(or household bubble) should be isolated until the result is received.

Key symptoms  -   A high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

There is emerging evidence for atypical symptoms of COVID19, which include:

  • Severe fatigue - severe enough to stop a person completing normal activities
  • Headache – more severe or longer lasting than normal
  • Sore throat
  • Sickness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual or newly occurring skin rash

If your child or anyone in your household (or household bubble) develops these symptoms, our request is for them to be tested and kept home until a negative result is received. If children display any of these symptoms whilst in school, we will call you and ask you to take your child for a test or to isolate for 10 days if you do not want to take them for a test.  We expect parents to respect our decision to send children home and ask them to be tested when displaying symptoms.  We need to protect our school community and we need everyone’s support in this matter.   Please contact the school to let us know if the children are self-isolating so that we can maintain our records.

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory from 8th March.  Please report any reasons for absence by 9.30am by telephoning 01228 815460.   School will be using normal absence procedures to follow up any children who are absent.

Devices Loaned during lockdown

All devices loaned during the lockdown must be returned to school.  To ensure we can quarantine the devices and set them up again for class learning we ask that all devices are returned on FRIDAY 5th MARCH.  Children in Key Stage 2 ( Year 3, 4, 5 and 6) are to return their devices to the CDC door on Friday Morning.  Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are to return their devices to the CDC door on Friday afternoon.  Parents with children in different key stages are to return all devices together during the morning.  An adult must return the device so that they can sign the agreement to say they have been returned.  If you have difficultly returning the device on this day please telephone the school to make an appointment to drop off the device.

Please contact the school if you feel we can support you in any way to ensure all the children make a good transition back to school.  I know that we will have parents and children who may be a little anxious and we have parents and children who are delighted to be back.  We will be working extremely hard to settle the children back into school and start to recover from this lockdown.   Thank you for all your support, parents are doing an incredible job during very challenging times and your children are amazing. 

Take care and stay safe

Yours sincerely

 

J Hodgkins  

Head Teacher

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