Dear Parents and Carers
I welcome you all back to what will be a very different schooling experience but one that we at St George’s are all ready for. St. George’s has a history of excellence which I am very excited to continue to build upon as we work together to continue to ensure that the school provides the best possible education and wider experiences for all of our children and families. Unfortunately, parents are unable to access the school building at this time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the meantime, I can be contacted via a call to the school office or through an email to our admin firstname.lastname@example.org ; please do not hesitate to arrange a personal phone call with me if you have anything you would like to discuss relating to your child or family. In the mornings and afternoons, I will be supervising the Infants and Junior gates.
The staff and I are very excited to welcome all of our children from Years 1 to 6 back today. Reception children will begin their settling in from 10th September. An incredible amount of work has been done over the summer to ensure that the school is ready for our full opening. The school’s Risk Assessment has been thoroughly updated in line with local and national guidance and always considering what is best for our children. The main controls we have put in place are:
· Social distancing - staggered start and finish times for each class alongside staggered break and lunch times; one parent/carer only dropping off and collecting children; allocated toilets for each class; corridors marked off with one way system; individual pencil cases; children to bring in their own filled water bottle each day; desks will be front facing; Collective Worship will happen via Zoom with children staying in their classrooms; lunches will be eaten in classrooms;
· Increased hand washing and sanitising - sanitising stations have been set up in each classroom and throughout the school; a schedule of hand washing/sanitising will be implemented with children and adults cleaning their hands every time they enter or leave the classroom, before and after eating, and at necessary intervals during the day;
· Respiratory hygiene – Catch It, Bin It, Kill It will be promoted and reinforced regularly with lots of visual reminders and dedicated lessons time on germs and bugs.
· Enhanced cleaning – more regular cleaning of frequent touch points and all areas of the school
In addition to these measures, all staff have been trained in how to manage any cases where a child may develop symptoms during the school day. Current government guidance is that face coverings should not be worn in primary schools. At this time, we are asking parents and carers not to send face coverings into school. If you feel that your child needs to wear a face covering on their journey in, parents or carers should ensure that they provide a sealed plastic bag once children have been dropped off, for them to put it in. School staff will have sanitiser at the gates to sanitise the hands of any child who removes their face covering at the gate. We are also advising that children travel to school on foot rather than using public transport, which is likely to get very busy as schools reopen.
Our catering staff will provide, hot meals to all class except in KS2 where 1 week a month they will be provided with packed lunches. Our catering staff have received comprehensive training on Covid-19 risk management and all meals will be prepared very carefully in line with this
The Risk Assessment and Menu are both on the website and I encourage you all to read it and let me know if you have any questions.
Exciting work has also been done with regards to the school’s curriculum. We have put together a comprehensive curriculum plan that will ensure your children are settled, secure and happy from day one. This will involve time for reflection, reconnecting with classmates and getting to know the staff. The curriculum plan has been carefully designed to ensure any learning that may have been missed during lockdown is quickly caught up on from the beginning of September with revision and recap woven into lesson planning, so it is vitally important that we have everyone back from day one! Please do read the Curriculum Reopening and Contingency Planning document which is also on our website.
There are just a few other ‘business’ items to share in this letter:
· Breakfast and After School Club will sadly not run at St George’s this autumn term however Angels Afterschool and Breakfast Club will be running their club at the Trinity Centre next-door to the school. Please contact Miss Nike on: 07957472504 if you are interested in this provision.
· Children will bring their PE kit to school and change for PE in school. PE Kit needs to be brought in and taken home on PE days;
· Children will wear full school uniform and can wear black shoes or plain black trainers (please speak to a member of staff if you have any difficulty acquiring uniform);
· Children will need to bring in a filled water bottle each day as drinking fountains have been turned off;
· Children can take books home from school. Each class has a ‘return box’ where returned books will be placed before being thoroughly sanitised;
I want to thank you all for your support of the school and your continued engagement with us