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Mr. D. Huntingford
Tel No: 020 8270 6582
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Dear parents and carers,
As the summer holidays draw to a close, hopefully you are looking forward to your child returning to school on Wednesday 2nd September. Before the summer, you would have received a letter outlining all of the precautions the school have taken for the protection of all. For your convenience, these are outlined again below along with some additional information.
The way that things are managed in school will be different from normal in order to minimise the risk any possible spread of the COVID virus. Each year group will be managed as a 'bubble'. This means that no child will have any contact with any child from any other year group while in school. To achieve this, there will be different arrival and departure times for each year group. Please would you make a note of the arrival and departure times for your child and make sure that they stick to these so that children from different year group bubbles will not mix at the beginning and the end of the day.
Arrival and departure times for each year group are as follows:
Year 3 - arrive 8.30 am - depart 2.45pm
Year 4- arrive 8.45am - depart 3.00pm
Year 5- arrive 9.00 am - depart 3.15pm
Year 6- arrive 9.15am - depart 3.30pm
We understand that for families with children in multiple year groups or with children at Village Infants School this may be problematic. Unfortunately, in line with government requirements, we are unable to care for any child outside of their designated times but will keep these arrangements under constant review should there be any changes made by the Government.
Children should wear full school uniform as normal. We understand that pupils may well have outgrown their previous uniform and that some families for various reasons have had difficulties in acquiring new items. Should this be the case, we can offer a short period of grace to allow families to obtain new uniform as soon as possible.
They should be dropped at the William Ford vehicle gate at the bottom of the drive. We actively encourage, where possible, for children to walk or cycle/scoot to school. Parents or other family members will not be allowed to proceed beyond the vehicle gate. This means that you cannot visit the school office as you might normally do. It will not be possible for any adult to visit school without a prior appointment. If you need to speak to anyone at school, please telephone us and we will try to deal with your enquiry on the phone or arrange a time for you to visit school if necessary.
There is currently no requirement for pupils or staff to wear a mask within primary schools. If you choose for your child to wear a mask for their journey to and from school they will be required to put their mask in their bag on arrival and leave it in their bag until they leave the school premises at the end of the day.
In order to keep children within their classes as much as possible, lunches will be served within the classrooms. We will ensure each day that pupils receive a hot item as part of their packed lunch. We will also ensure that those who require a vegetarian option can receive a hot item as well. We are allowing pupils to attend with their own packed lunch.
PE lessons will continue to take place as usual, utilising the outdoor environment as much as possible. Your child’s teacher will inform you which days PE lessons are scheduled and we ask, at the moment, that children attend school on those days in their PE kit to eliminate the need for changing. This is something we will keep under constant review.
If your child shows COVID symptoms (high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste and smell), please do not send them to school but arrange to have them tested for the virus. If you are not sure how to do this, call us at school and we will be happy to advise you or dial 119. If they start to show symptoms at school, we will call you and ask you to collect them immediately and have them tested.
The number of children in our borough who have tested positive is very small, and we are hoping that this continues. Should it happen, we will liaise with the relevant authorities and provide very clear guidance to all families about what they must do.
We will review our procedures regularly in the light of ongoing changes to government guidance. In the meantime, we are available at school to deal with any questions that you might have. Please call us if you have any concerns. Please also be assured that we will be taking all possible measures to keep our school a safe, clean and hygienic place for your child to attend at all times.
David Huntingford & Lee Buckingham
Head Teacher Deputy Head Teacher