I hope you have all enjoyed a stress free half term with your families and that you have all managed to spend some time in the sunshine, if possible. A huge thank you for your ongoing support as parents-you are all doing an amazing job at home and hopefully this will not be for too much longer.
If you applied for a 'key worker' place for your child, you will have received confirmation of this place before half term. I have had a number of further requests over half term, which I have had to decline. I did make it quite clear that you would need to complete the form in the time given to allow us time to organise bubble and allocate staff. Doing this, whilst trying to ensure the standard of remote learning remains high is quite a difficult task and one that has meant staff are all required in school more, putting a lot more pressure on staff, particularly teachers. Most bubbles are completely full-as we are trying to keep numbers below 15, where possible. We have also opened up two additional bubbles to cope with rising numbers.
If you have been offered a place, this is because you either qualify under the 'critical worker' guidance or your child is considered vulnerable. If you have qualified under the 'critical worker' guidance we must ask that you only send your child on the days you need us. When schools do re-open fully we want them to stay open and to do this we need to protect other families and staff as much as possible. Please also ensure you are following all Covid guidelines outside school as this also protects others when your child attends school.
Remote learning, for those children at home, will continue as normal, with some teachers in Early Years, KS1 and lower KS2 sharing the load of the afternoon live session. The morning live lesson each day will continue as normal. As before, please be aware that on the days teachers are teaching the bubbles in school they may provide less feedback on work submitted but will ensure good quality feedback is provided on the days they are at home.
If your child is attending school, gates will open at 8.45am and children can go straight to their classroom at this time. There is no staggered start at this current time. School will finish at 3.15pm and as before children should be collected promptly from their classroom door. If you would like your child to have school dinners they can order these in the normal way, on arrival at school. Please ensure you are wearing a mask and that you, as parents, maintain social distancing from other adults at all times.
Breakfast and After School Club are also available, if needed. However as before we ask that you only use this service if you really need to.
I look forward to seeing those children who are attending school at 8.45am on Monday 22nd February. I am hopeful we will receive further news on the return to school for all children in the next few days. As soon as I am made aware of any changes I will, of course, keep you informed of how we will move forward as a school. If you have any further questions, please contact the school office.