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Latest Information about Re-Opening on 2nd September 2020 - PLEASE READ

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We hope that you are enjoying a lovely summer break.

 

As we now move to September, we are looking forward to some normality in the autumn term. The school will be re-opening for all year groups on Wednesday 2nd September 2020, and in line with the DfE guidance, staggered start and finish times will in operation.

 

Pre-schoolers starting school in September are split into two cohorts:

  • Cohort 1: Children who attended Pre-school between September 2019 to July 2020
  • Cohort 2: Children new to Pre-school for September 2020

Cohort 1

  • School starts on Wednesday 2nd September
  • 30 hours children: 8.45am – 3.30pm
  • 15 hours children am: 8.45am – 11.45am
  • 15 hours children pm: 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Cohort 2

  • Stay and Play Session 1: Wednesday 9th September, 9.30am – 10.30am (parents/carers stay at in the School Hall for a hot drink)
  • Stay and Play Session 2: Thursday 10th September, 9.30am – 10.30am (parents/carers stay at in the School Hall for a hot drink)
  • School starts on Friday 11th September (normal hours)

 

For the whole school arrival and departure staggered times timetable, see the table below:

Year Group

Arrival Time

Departure Time

Year 6

8.30

3.15

Year 5

8.35

3.10

Year 4

8.40

3.05

Year 3

8.45

3.00

Year 2

8.50

2.55

Year 1

8.55

2.50

Reception

9.00

2.45

Preschool

8.45

3.30

 To ensure the safety of all, please support the school by adhering to these times and do not arrive at school any earlier than 5 minutes before your start time. This also applies to older children who walk themselves to school.

 

Children will continue to work in their class bubble and will not mix with other children outside of their class and year. Should a case of COVID-19 be confirmed in your child’s class then that bubble will be closed down and the bubble will have to isolate for 14 days. This could be very disruptive for parents so it is important that we adhere to the rules to reduce the number of bubbles being closed down caused by bubbles mixing before school times.

Children will be accessing our normal curriculum in September and will be able to access any resources from within their classroom. The DfE guidance points out that social distancing will be difficult to maintain within the classroom with class sizes of 30+. The guidance also states that children must all be facing the front for the time being. Teachers have been working hard to ensure their classrooms are ready for September. Children will still only be able to bring into school their lunchboxes and water bottles if they are not having a school lunch. Hygiene routines will remain unchanged and frequent hand washing and cleaning surfaces will remain in place to reduce the spread of the virus. The guidance tells us that hand washing is the best defence in preventing any spread of coronavirus.

 

Children will need to wear full school uniform and will require a school PE kit.  Reading is crucial for primary children and we are working on the hygiene around this. If you haven’t already done so then please return any reading books you still have at home during the first week of term. We will be short of reading books if all are not returned.

 

Oscars before and after school club will re-open on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 and children will be assigned to class bubble groups. If you wish to contact the Oscars Manager Julie Rawlings, please ring 07739012212.

 

Finer details are also outlined in the ‘Back to School’ letters on our Covid information section of the school website. Should anything change we will do our best to inform you as soon as possible via parent mail and the website.

 

Both Mr Booth and myself would like to thank you all for supporting the school during this time and we would particularly like to say that ourselves and the staff have very much appreciated all the positive comments and encouragement that you have given us during this unprecedented time.

 

Take Care and Stay Safe.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Mrs Roberts and Mr Booth

Headteacher

 

July 2020 Update from Helen Ellis (Interim Director of Children’s Services)

As we look forward to all of our children and young people returning to school this September, I am writing to explain how you can work with us to make this successful.

Although many restrictions have been eased, schools will be very different from when they were last full in March and it is important that you follow any specific guidance or instructions you are given. These will be explained in detail by your child’s school and might include changes to the start and end of day, and for those of you with younger children, changes to how you can drop off and collect them.

Schools will continue to teach children in distinct groups, or bubbles and it is important that you make sure your child understands what this means before the start of term. For the safety of all children, young people and staff, schools will expect that these arrangements are followed and will contact parents/carers if they have any concerns.

With all children and young people being expected to return to school, please also be aware that unless there are specific health issues in your family, no work will be sent home for children who are not in school.

We are conscious that this has been and continues to be an unsettling time for many of you but hope that, with your support, schools can quickly return to caring for and educating all of Dudley’s children and young people.

 

  • St Mary's CE (VC) Primary School,
  • Queen Street, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 7AQ
  • Tel: 01384 818295
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