UPDATED PLANS FOR SEPTEMBER 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! I hope you are all well and that you and your families had a good summer! I am so excited and delighted to have every child back at school! It has been a challenging few months for everybody and the children, staff, families and the community have been missed. We do face months of uncertainty but I know as a school community we will all work together to ensure that everyone is safe and well and that the children continue to receive an outstanding education!
Welcome to our new Reception Class and their families. We are delighted to have you at St George’s and wish you all seven happy and successful years with us.
I watched the film ‘Wonder’ with my family for the third time over the summer. I believe everyone should read the book and watch the film. It is an incredibly inspiring and heart-warming story based in a school and how kindness can have such a positive impact on everybody and the world that we live! My favourite quote from the book is ‘Always try to be kinder than is necessary.’ I often say this in assembly. Another quote I love is “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” I feel very lucky and privileged to be at St George’s Catholic School and I witness so much love and kindness every day from the children, staff, parents, carers and the community. It is the kindness that we see from day to day that has helped this community during these worrying times. Thank you for being so supportive and working with us to educate and support your children.
I hope all parents and carers have found the school website useful and have clicked on the September 2020 tab for the latest information. Please watch the videos so you are clear on procedures.
The well-being of the children, staff and community will be our priority and it is important that the children continue to experience a broad and balanced curriculum.
Communication is vital and we do everything we can to update the school community on our school plans and the important information you will need to know. Please can you check our school website regularly to ensure that you have the very latest information.
Can I please ask that all parents and carers communicate with us quickly if they have been away or are in quarantine. It is also important that we are contacted straight away if a child is off school with COVID symptoms. If a child demonstrates symptoms in school, they will be looked after in an isolated room and parents will be contacted immediately and asked to collect their child. They must be tested and cannot return to school until a negative result has been confirmed. If a positive result is confirmed, the whole class bubble including staff must isolate for 14 days. Please see the IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID document.
Parents and Carers must not come on to the main premises at any time for the foreseeable future. Mr Davies and I will be visible in the mornings and afternoons and we ask that parents and children stay in cars until we signal the year group. We ask that parents drop off and pick up promptly as we want the start of the school day and end of the school day to be as smooth as possible. We also ask that parents and carers arrive at school for the required time slot. KS1 families must not attempt to drive onto the school premises during the KS2 time slot in the mornings and KS2 families must not attempt to drive onto the school premises during the KS1 time slot at the end of the school day.
The office reception can only have one family present at a time and we ask that other parents and carers wait in a socially distanced queue at the steps of the main entrance.
We would usually have sent out a calendar year of key dates for you to be aware of but we have not done this as events such as the Harvest Mass, Christmas Nativity and Christmas Fayre will not be happening as they normally would. We will find inventive ways to celebrate these occasions.
I sent out the following information in July but have added this onto the end of this letter as a reminder and to give you as much information as possible.
Wrap Around Care
We will be able to offer wraparound care at the school but it will be basic childcare and unfortunately we will not be able to provide food and drink. We are going to have wraparound care in the school sports hall for the foreseeable future. The times will be the normal times of 7:45-8:50 in the mornings and 3:30 – 5:30 in the afternoons.
The children will zoned in their year groups and will have the PE mats to sit on and we will put programmes on the promethean board as well as resources for colouring. In the afternoon, we will aim to have the children outside when possible. As I stated, this isn’t ideal but we wanted to ensure that we can provide child care as we recognise that some families rely greatly on this.
Parents and carers will need to drop off on the car park playground and bring their child to the swimming pool playground gates. Parents, carers and visitors must not walk past these gates and onto the school premises. There will be a doorbell on the post of these gates to alert the wraparound staff that a parent/carer has arrived. The final time for drop off in the morning for wraparound is 8:15.
Staggered Start and End of Day
The guidance also states that large gatherings at the school gates should be avoided and has advised staggering the start and end of day. We have decided to stagger the start of school. KS2 children and their KS1 siblings will start school at 8:50. KS1 will start at 9:10. I cannot emphasise the importance of sticking to these times. We cannot have any unscheduled cars on our premises. Please do not enter the playground car park until your allotted arrival time. Please don’t even start to drive down the one way system until it is your time because it will cause unnecessary hold ups and may block the road. The car park gates will open for KS2 staggered start at 8:35. All the cars for the KS2 start must be on the premises by 8:50, when the school day starts. Parents and carers must reverse into spaces and wait for the signal for the children to go to class. I apologise if this sounds very regimental but strict rules are needed to ensure that all children and families are safe at all times.
The end of the school day will be 3:30pm for KS2. We ask that parents and carers do not arrive until the KS1 families have left the premises (approximately 3:15). Parents and carers must stay in cars until they are signalled to collect to collect their child/ren.
KS1 cars will not be able to enter the car park until 9:00am. All the cars for the KS1 start must be on the premises by 9:10am. We cannot allow for bubbles to be mixed and for lateness. Parents and carers must reverse into a space and wait for the signal to bring the children to the signalled gate. These entrances will be highlighted.
The end of the school day will be 3:05pm for KS1. The gates to the car park playground will open at 2:45pm and all parents and carers must be on time to pick up to allow time for the KS2 children. Parents must stay in cars until they are signalled to collect their child/ren.
Families walking and cycling to school must wait in a queue along the fence of the car park/swimming pool playground.
Unfortunately we cannot allow access through the gate at the bottom of our school field. Parents and carers must not enter the main part of the school premises to avoid mixing of bubbles.
The children will remain in their year group bubbles for the day and will not be mixing with other bubbles. Playtimes have been carefully considered and each bubble will be on a different playground.
Lunch and Breaktimes
School lunch times will be staggered. For the first three weeks, our caterers will offer a sandwich lunch which parents will need to order from the link on our school website. This can be ordered in three week blocks and must be ordered by the previous Wednesday.
Key stage one and two will have staggered lunchtimes and the year groups will be on different playgrounds.
The children will be required to wear school uniform and to have their PE kits. Children will not be expected to have school shoes for the first term as we are aware that some families are still not going into the shops etc.
We have taken the decision to keep the school pool closed for the foreseeable future. Instead the children will receive an extra hour of PE with Mrs Buck as well as their hour with Mr C.
Children that are unwell and displaying symptoms must not come into school and must be tested immediately. Parents and carers must communicate this with the school and we can speak with the local health protection team. Parents and carers will be called to the school if a child starts to display symptoms during the school day. There will a whole section on our website on this matter.
The children will be encouraged and expected to wash their hands with soap and water throughout the school day for at least twenty seconds, particularly after coming into school, after sneezing or coughing, before and after the handling of food and after going to the toilet.
Extra-Curricular After School Clubs
Mr C will continue to offer after school clubs for specific bubbles. These will be straight from school and at the end of the club, Mr C will bring the children to the swimming pool playground gates.
All children will be expected to return to school in September.
Sadly we will be unable to have large gatherings in the hall for the foreseeable future. We will be using computer technology to have assemblies broadcast to classrooms.
The School Library
I am very grateful that Mrs Price has put so much preparation into the running of the school library. Children will be able to request a book on google classroom and Mrs Price will select the books. On completion of the books, they will have to remain in a plastic box for a week before they can be available again for loan.
We are always happy to help and support as best as we can. Please phone or call the school office if you have any questions. We can only have one person/family in our office foyer area at one.
As you can appreciate there is so much more to communicate with you. Please keep checking the website often for updates.
I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday 3rd September!