Dear Parents and Carers
I would like to thank you for all your support and understanding during the last few months. Everyone has had a different journey and I know most people are looking forward to returning to school. If you have any concerns about returning to school, please contact school to enable our staff to support you. Guidelines are not fully finalised and I hope parents will understand that there will be changes to the planning we have to make and adjustments on-going when school returns.
When the children finished in March, we had no time to prepare the children for the school closure and consider any transition for the children. We feel that children need time in September to be with the staff that know them really well and can support them in their return to school. All the children, including nursery children will return to school to their current teacher and their current classroom. New teachers will be announced in September and we will ensure that the children have a smooth transition to their new classes.
The children return to school on THURSDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER.
We will be staggering arrival and departure time for Year groups in September to ensure that we can ensure parents have space for social distancing. I expect parents to follow the guidelines for everyone’s safety, this may mean that you have to use a different gate to enter school, this helps to minimise contact for everyone on site.
PLEASE NOTE – PARENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING. If you need to speak to a member of staff please phone 01228 815460. Staff will be available at the cloakroom doors but will maintain social distancing.
CURRENT NURSERY children 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Parents need to be prompt bringing their children to school in the morning. Any late arrivals will have to enter via the main entrance and will need signing in.
At the end of the day, children are to be collected from the same doors that they entered in the morning.
To minimise the risk of transmission of the virus, children are not to bring additional items from home.
The children will need their water bottle and book bag (please return any school books at the start of the term) and lunchbox if required. The children are not allowed to bring a backpack – if they do not have a school book bag, school will provide a plastic wallet.
School will be organised slightly differently.
Classes will be kept apart as much as possible and work in ‘bubbles’, these may be classes or year groups. I have added some pictures to give an indication of how the classrooms will be set out in September. All classrooms will be well ventilated.
Playtimes will be taken as a class on an allocated part of the playground. Please support us by explaining to the children that they need to stay in their own bubble and not mix with other groups at playtimes.
Lunchtime will be slightly different with some classes eating in the classrooms. Lunchtime playtimes will be shorter, however the children will be having short outdoor breaks during the day.
Resources will be minimised, children will have their own bag of resources at their table and any shared resources will be sanitised before use by another group.
AFTER SCHOOL AND BREAKFAST CLUB
Due to the complexities of keeping the children in class or Year group bubbles, the after school and breakfast club will not be open until after the October half term holiday. I know this will be frustrating however we need to consider the safety of the children and staff.
– please be aware we will have more guidance as towards the end of the summer holidays so some information we may not have at the present time.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Upperby School who have worked tirelessly over the last few months to support the school community.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy summer holiday and we look forward to our Upperby family returning to school in September.
The pictures below show how the classrooms will be set out for September.
All tables will face forward and children will have their own equipment.
Every classroom has a sanitising station, the children must sanitise every time the enter or leave the classroom. All classrooms have wipes to ensure the tables are kept clean.
The corridors are marked to ensure the children walk to the side and ensure space between the children.
Please keep checking the website for updates.
More information will be added as further guidance is issued.