With the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases and the implementation of new national and local expectations and restrictions, it is appropriate for us to revisit the systems we have in place which have been planned to support access to our school site to be as safe as possible.
Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for their efforts in following the systems at the start and end of the school day. These are some of our most complex periods and require co-operation from everybody, in order for them to work. The procedure at the end of the day is especially important as it has been designed to avoid a long staggered period which would effect dropping off and collecting children for everyone.
Any system designed for large groups (400 children and 400 adults, in this case) may not be perfect for some individuals. However, these are extraordinary times and we have to work together for the good of the community and not simply the individual.
It is essential that everybody implements the following:
- If collecting a child, one person only is to come on site.
- ENTER at the gate next to the bridge and EXIT the gate next to the car park entrance.
- Do not congregate at the gates in groups.
- Follow the one-way system (unless you have pushchair/wheelchair or if you then have to collect another child from a second point).
- Keep to the left, where possible (there will be a limited number of people walking passed each other due to collection points).
- Keep your distance from others on site (including if speaking to staff) – no one on site is within your household.
- Secondary school children are not to be encouraged to come to the school site to meet parents/carers (this would not be acceptable at the secondary school and is not acceptable at Harlow Green). Any exceptions to this have been, or should, be discussed with the Mr Malik.
- Wear a face covering, unless you have a reason not to (e.g. health reason). Remember to show your face to the teacher when your child is being handed over.
The situation across the country is becoming more serious and it is vital that we do not become complacent in our responsibility to follow what has been implemented, in order to ensure we can all be as safe as possible, whilst ensuring that our children can access the schooling they are so very much in need of.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.