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St Wulstan's Catholic Primary School

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We come to school to love, learn and share in the light of Jesus

Please see below or click this link for return to school letter

27th August 2020

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to welcome all children back to school on Thursday 3rd September. Children in Nursery and Reception Class will have received a separate letter detailing individual induction procedures. The Government advisors have indicated that the potential threat of the virus is now less harmful than children failing to receive education. We strongly believe it important for all children to return.

This term will be crucial to rebuilding learning and the positive relationships established with children. We are aware that some children will have been absent from school since March and there is a lot to do to fill some gaps in learning. Our curriculum has been carefully planned with exciting experiences to fill in those gaps through daily ongoing assessment and adjustment of the learning process as well as addressing some of the emotional issues children may have experienced during lockdown. Some children may need more emotional support to return to school routine and we are happy that Mrs Miles and the pastoral team can address these issues.

We are now in a phase of rebuilding and recovering our learning communities. We look forward to welcoming back the whole of the school in September and measures have been taken to accommodate a safe return. These measures include:

  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • a requirement that people who are ill will stay at home
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • reduced contact of groups across the school (including bubble groups)

In line with public health guidance, any child who presents as poorly with a raised temperature, will be sent home to avoid any possibility of infection. The risk assessment for our return to school is published on the school website under the Parents- Covid 19 heading.  Please also remember that any child must stay off from school for 48 hours following a sickness bug.

We have made changes to the layout of some of the classrooms so that all children are facing forwards in these rooms. Bubble groups will be arranged to ensure that the school can maximise the space available and deliver a broad and balanced curriculum.

Children are required to bring a coat, reading book and diary and packed lunch if required.  Large bags will not be necessary and parents will be asked to take them home. On PE days, we ask that children come into school wearing PE kit.

School dinners from the kitchen will be available from Thursday 3rd September. Some children will use the school hall and others will use the classroom for lunches. For the first few weeks, a register will be taken to ascertain numbers. Children are welcome to bring their own lunches if required.

Care Club will be operating as normal. Contact the school to secure a place or complete the attached form.  

As our school has only one main entrance, for the first few weeks of return, we will need to change the start and end times for some groups of children. These are as follows but may be subject to change:

Year Group

Start time

End time

Year 6 and Year 5

8:40-8:50am

3:05pm

Year 3 and Year 4

8:50-9:00am

3:15pm

Year 1 and Year 2

8:40-8:50 am

3:05pm

Rec

8:45-8:55am

3:10pm

Nursery

8:55-9:05am

3:15pm

Further details will be provided during the staff training days in September.

 

Our school car park will be used to enable parents to socially distance. Parking will be extremely limited. You are advised to park and walk to school using alternative parking. The travel plan outlined on our website identifies the parking outside of the school boundaries.  

We ask parents to set the example to children by observing social distancing at all times on the school site. If you have more than one child, you may bring other children in to school at the same time as siblings to minimise waiting around. We anticipate a positive return in September, resuming school-based learning for all of our children. As always, our staff have been working hard to prepare and are excited about meeting up with many of the children again. We are grateful that we are able to return and we pray for all those who have been affected by the virus.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs J Kirkham

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