We hope that everyone has had an enjoyable summer break and have had the chance to relax and recharge. It seems like a long time since we were open to classes and communicating regularly about how school was operating. As we welcome our children back and engage with our new starters, it is essential that we are clear with you about how school will be managed over the initial return. I am sure that everyone understands that the situation is fluid and that schools will set up in a particular way but adapt where required.
To help us create as safe a context as possible, we have planned in great depth, building on our previous experience last term. As a staff we have a clear plan which covers each aspect of school provision in addition to the Risk Assessment (Click Here) which has been developed in conjunction with the Local Authority.
The information below provides some basic information which parents/carers will need to understand some practicalities in relation to starting back. Over the coming week, I will post further information which will provide more guidance/support and give greater detail, especially in relation to dropping-off and collecting children.
What do parents/carers need to know for September?
It is essential that we continue to work as a community and understand that measures will be in place which will protect us all, but which rely on everyone – staff, parents and children – knowing their roles and responsibilities. Although there will be several changes in school, these will be mainly for staff and children to know and understand. From a parent/carer perspective, you need to be aware of the aspects which affect you at the beginning and end of the day as we plan to attempt to reduce the volume of individuals on site at any one time.
What uniform & PE kit should my child wear?
What will my child have for dinners?
The school kitchen will provide hot school meals once again, served from the dining hall. The same system applies as it has done previously:
- All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free meal as part of the national Infant Free School Meal programme (this is different to being eligible for free meals as part of benefits).
- Some children are entitled to a Free School Meal as part of benefits.
- All other children can have a paid for meal (parents/carers to pay via Parent Pay). All meals must be paid for upfront.
- Parents/children can select on the day whether they want a school meal or they can bring in a packed lunch.