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Returning to School on 8th March 2021

I am delighted to be able to welcome all children back to school on Monday 8th March as announced by the Prime Minister on Monday.  This really is the positive news we were hoping to hear and it will be great to get the whole school community back together for the first time in 2021.  I know there have been many challenges over the past eight weeks with remote learning while balancing work commitments, but hopefully now this gives everyone some light at the end of the tunnel.  Thank you for your support in keeping children at home as much as possible and for helping them with their learning on a daily basis.  You have all played your part in tackling the virus and enabling us to get schools reopened fully at the earliest suggested date. 

 

The priority in school will continue to be ensuring we provide the safest possible learning environment for the children and staff in line with the new guidance provided by the government.  It is important we all still continue to follow the guidance in school and out of school to reduce the risk of bubble closures.  These closures will still happen if there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 and will come at short notice.  The remote learning timetables will be updated and made available from the first full day of the closure on Seesaw/Tapestry and the school website.

 

Risk Assessment

The new Risk Assessment reflects the current government guidance and puts in place all the measures we can to ensure the risk of transmission is reduced.  Teachers will continue to deliver high-quality lessons but will be restricted by some external factors and I would appreciate your support in acknowledging that ensuring the children are in as safe an environment as possible is our priority at this time e.g. sharing of resources between bubbles is limited, PPA cover is less flexible to ensure staff remain in their bubbles as much as possible and small group interventions will be carried out by staff within the bubble. This is unavoidable in these circumstance.  I will review this again before the holiday to assess if the risk has reduced sufficiently to be more flexible and keep in line with any changes of government guidance.

 

Face Coverings and Social Distancing

It is also vital for parents and carers to continue to wear masks, unless medically exempt, and maintain social distancing when dropping off and collecting children.  Please do not congregate anywhere on or near the school site and keep a minimum of 2m distance from other parents and carers to support us in keeping school as safe as possible.

 

Drop-Off Timings (Reminder)

All children can be dropped off between 8:45am and 9:10am.  Only one parent of Nursery – Year 3 children should come on to school site to drop off (wearing a face covering) and Year 4 – Year 6 children should make their way from the school gates independently.

 

Pick-Up Timings

Year 2 collection times have changed to enable social distancing and are highlighted below.

 

Time

Year Group

Pick up point

2.55pm – 3.00pm

Nursery

Nursery Garden

2.50pm – 3.00pm

Reception

Willow class – Reception Garden (normal afternoon pick up)

Ash Class – KS1 playground (door where they are dropped off in mornings)

3.00pm – 3.10pm

Year 1

Year 1 Garden

3.00pm -  3.10pm

Year 2

KS1 playground (outside Year 2 doors)

3.05pm – 3.15pm

Year 3

Outside Year 3 classrooms

3.05pm

Year 4

Apparatus playground

3.10pm

Year 5

Ball playground (green suite end)

3.15pm

Year 6

Ball Playground (outside Lime Class)

 

Daily Organisation

Before coming back to school next week, children should get back into good routines by going to bed at an age-appropriate time and getting up in the mornings at their usual school time.  Develop their independence and organisation skills by getting them to leave out clothes the night before and getting their school bag ready.  Getting back into these routines early will mean the children will come to school much more settled and ready to learn.

They should also bring:

  • named water bottle every day
  • fresh fruit snack for break time

Attendance

All children are required to return to school on the 8th March and any absences should be in line with our attendance policy.  However, please make sure you follow the clear guidelines from government that you should not send your child to school if they display any of these symptoms:

  • High temperature (37.8 ºC or higher)
  • A new continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change, in their normal sense of taste or smell

If your child displays any of these symptoms then they should isolate immediately and be taken for a Covid-19 test as soon as possible.

 

Reporting Positive Cases of Covid-19

To ensure I can fulfil our track and trace duties, please send an email to covid@summercroft.herts.sch.uk immediately after you receive confirmation that your child has a positive case of Covid-19.  Please include the following details so I can give as detailed an account of the situation as possible:

 

Child’s name:

Child’s year group and class:

Date of onset of symptoms and which symptoms they have:

Date of confirmation of Covid-19:

Last day child was in school:

Any siblings and their classes:

 

Thank you for all your continued support and I am sure you are equally excited about the children coming back to school.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday 8th March and getting the happy Summercroft buzz back into school, with the children learning in their classrooms alongside their friends. 

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