Letter to Parents /Carers RE #backtoschool

Dear Parents/Carers,


I hope you have all managed to have some wonderful moments in the summer holiday break.

A lot has been going on globally and I understand that many of our families will have had holidays, events or family occasions postponed or cancelled.

We also understand that jobs and businesses have taken an unexpected turn in recent weeks and months which may affect family life – please do speak to us if this has affected you, as there are many things that we can do to help.

Back to School!
It is that time again! Back to school. We are all reassured that school is the best place for our children. There will be a few differences from before Covid, but still an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for everybody.

We need to see your child back at school on Thursday 3rd September. EYFS children have a transition meeting on Thursday 3rd September (as outlined in their welcome packs) and will start school on Friday 4th September. Please see the questions and answers below to help you plan for this:

Are there any changes to uniform rules?
Uniforms to be worn as normal please with a plain white polo t-shirt and a royal blue jumper or cardigan with the Co-op logo on it. These will be available to purchase from the school between 11am-1pm on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September for £10 each. PE kits will consist of a plain white tshirt (or Co-op logo t-shirt) and a pair of navy jogging bottoms (plain; no designer) and will be worn all day on the day of PE.

Are there any rules around lunchtimes or will they be as normal?
Lunchtimes will be as normal with our catering team providing hot meals daily for our children. The lunch slot will be over a longer period of time to ensure staggered lunches and classes staying together in their bubbles to eat.

Do children need to bring their own stationery?
No. Stationery will be provided for the children as they will stay in school and only be used by your child. Your child will need:

  • Lunch box (if on packed lunches)
  • Hand sanitiser labelled with their name (to stay in school)
  • PE kit and pumps (to stay in school)
  • Coat
  • Reading book and reading log, spelling book, homework book (where necessary)
  • School will provide a school bag for children to use in these exceptional times

Do children need to bring their own hand gel?
Hand sanitiser will continue to be provided by school outside of each school entrance and outside of each internal classroom. However, we recommend that all pupils have their own to be kept in their trays for directed use only by their class teacher.

How should I travel to school?
Roads will appear very busy in that first week of September and Laird Street is a very busy road. Please walk to school wherever possible; there will be staff on site to support safe entry back into the school grounds.

Will I enter school the same way? Do I need to come to school at the normal time?
There will be two staggered starts and two entrances used but NOT the car park as has been used previously.

See chart below:

Time Who Entrance
7:30 AM Breakfast Club Laird Street Gate
(*Please book your place via the school office)
8:45 AM KS1 Bubble (Y1, Y2) Laird Street Gate
8:45 AM F1/F2 Bubble Dundonald Street Gate
8:55 AM KS2 Bubble (Y3, Y4/5, Y5/6 Dundonald Street Gate

Where do I drop off and pick up my child from?
Each class has been allocated a ‘Zone’ on the playground to help control mixing bubbles and managing our parents and carers’ safety too. Please familiarise yourself with these zones. Teachers will be out to support you with this until routines are established.

Please click the link below for drop off and pick up chart:

Playground Zones 2020

Do I need to bring a face covering to school?
No. Your child is not recommended to wear a face covering.
We are currently awaiting further government guidance on face coverings, but at this stage they are entirely optional – although absolutely not recommended. The reason why they are not recommended is because the safe practice in wearing them and discarding them safely is a demanding process. Children who choose to wear face masks must keep them on and in position at all times with safe disposal of them into lidded bins.

Will I have my normal lessons?
Lessons will be normal – on the whole – with a rich and varied curriculum, but there will be a greater emphasis on oracy (speaking/talking/answering), discussion, reading and phonics, and on confidence building. There will be lots of ongoing assessments to ensure that teaching and learning is tailored to your child and children can be move on in their learning at a pace appropriate for them.

Where can I go inside school?
As you know, our children will be working in their class bubbles. This means that they will stay in their classes for most of the working day, apart from PE (socially distanced and outdoor where possible), science and their zoned playtimes and lunches. Parents’ Evenings will happen either face to face or virtually – depending on family preferences and any school event will be managed with social distancing a key feature.

Will extra-curricular clubs still be running?
After School Care and Enrichment Clubs will not be on for the first two weeks of school whilst we review our practices and safe working procedures. We will publish our new offers to our families as soon as we are confident government guidelines can be met. Breakfast Club for our key worker families (or normal attendees) will happen as normal from Thursday 3rd September.

Will SEND children still get the same support?
Children with special educational needs or who have a disability or special considerations will have their needs met as normal, but practices may be slightly different with well-ventilated areas used for 1:1 or group work and plastic scenes between pupil and practitioner needed where necessary.

We are all so very excited to see you all back through those school gates again. Learning is absolutely what matters most and together we can make exceptional things happen in life.

Please trust in us – take that leap of faith in us – and send your precious child back into school with us from Thursday 3rd September.

Guidelines on Covid test and trace will be published next week.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Peace