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Parent Letter 5th March 2021

5th  March 2021


Dear Parents and Carers


Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to every parent who has worked so hard on home learning.  The last nine weeks since the end of the Christmas holidays has been very challenging for everyone, children, parents and all school staff.  However I feel everyone has done an amazing job and I am incredibly proud of everyone, so thank you.    Please ensure all home learning books  (books provided by school and books you have used with your child) are returned to school on 8th March), we will provide new home learning books for the children in case we have to move back to remote learning in the future.


We are really looking forward to welcoming the children back to school on the 8th March.  Please read the parent protocols on the school website for detailed information of arrangements in school.   All children are expected to return to school and school attendance is mandatory in the new guidelines.   Please do not hesitate to contact school if you have any concerns about your child returning to school.


When the children return 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.


The children are not allowed to bring backpacks into school, please just send your child’s reading bag, water bottle and their packed lunch.  Please ensure you send your child(ren)’s P.E kit and a change of footwear for outdoor P.E – black plimsolls are preferred.  



Please ensure that you wear a face covering when you are on the school site to respect the safety of staff and others.  If you do not have a face covering you will be asked to leave your child(ren) with a member of staff at the gate.  Please arrive promptly for your allotted drop off/collection and we ask that only one adult comes onto the school site to drop off/collect.


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 times.  We have made changes so that we reduce the numbers of parents waiting on Nursery Road.  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

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.  At home time please collect your child(ren) at the allotted time from the exit points used in autumn term.


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.  

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.


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 hope this is the last time we have to go into a lockdown and move to remote learning.  Thank you for all your support and lovely comments, they are very appreciated by myself and my staff.  It will be lovely to have our Upperby Family together again.


Take care and stay safe

Yours sincerely


J Hodgkins  

Head Teacher