Dear Parents / Carers,
It seems strange and unusual to be sending out a newsletter in the August holidays but 2020 has been and continues to be a strange and unusual year. The purpose of this letter is to reassure you that we have prepared as much as we can for the safe return of all the children for the new school year and to remind you of the things that have changed in order for us to do this safely. As you will have seen in the news, the risk to children is low yet the R rate is still high amongst adults in the local area and as such, many of our measures in place are designed to protect parents and staff as well as reduce the risk even further to the children.
A reminder about the Start and End of the school day
Unfortunately, as we start the new school year we will be unable to operate our usual Breakfast and After School Clubs. To ensure we are COVID-Secure and to reduce the risk of any cross-infection we will have staggered times for pupils to start and end the school day. Parents must stick to these times. We will open the gate on Barnes Meadow to allow just the children in just before their time slot in a morning to wait in one of the boxes on the playground (in the same box as their brothers and sisters if they have any). At the end of the day, we will allow parents in to wait for the children to come out standing in one of the boxes marked out on the playground.
Please can parents remember to socially distance (2m) from other parents and staff.
We have not changed the length of the teaching day in school and we will be changing play times and lunch times to ensure we do not mix the classes during the school day.
Parents will not be allowed into school (even the office) without an appointment.
- Children in Birch Class will start at 8.30am and finish at 3pm (any younger siblings in school must come in with them at this time and not wait until their class time).
- Children in Elm Class will start at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm (any younger siblings in school must come in with them at this time and not wait until their class time).
- Children in Maple Class will start at 9.00am and finish at 3.30pm (any younger siblings in school must come in with them at this time and not wait until their class time).
- Children in Sycamore and Willow Class will start at 9.15am and finish at 3.45pm
E.g. if you have a child in Elm and Sycamore Class then you must bring your children at 8.45am and collect at 3.15pm. If you are unsure, please ring school on Wednesday, 2nd September for clarity.
We are aware of the road closure at the bottom of Barnes Meadows and are asking parents parking on Todmorden Road to walk up Barnes Meadows and down the public footpath in a one-way system. We were expecting Barnes Meadows to be open and the resurfacing work finished, this may or may not be completed but the hole at the bottom of Barnes Meadow is unlikely to be repaired in time and this may result in cars having to turn round. School should be accessible from Calderbrook Road but please be extra careful if you are driving and ask children to be extra careful of cars reversing when crossing the road.
Access to the school office
As Part of our Covid-19 Secure measures, we are asking parents not to come into school unless they have a prearranged appointment. We will need to book appointments to ensure we have a room available to ensure sufficient space and ventilation between the parents and staff so please phone the school office or email the email@example.com address if you have any urgent questions or issues you need to discuss. We will try to ensure a member of staff calls parents back the same day to discuss any issues but please be aware most staff will be working with children throughout the day and we will only be able to contact a small number of parents by phone each day. Lunch money should be sent in anenvelope to the office or preferably a bank transfer. We will not be able to allow parents in to the office to pay lunch money weekly and change can only be given at certain times of the week.
It is our intention to ensure the children can still have a hot meal at Stansfield Hall every day although this will be from a limited choice of one hot main meal (instead of a choice of 2 as was previously available) or a jacket potato or a packed lunch.
We will be aiming to teach PE outside weather permitting. Please ensure you have sent your child’s PE kit into school with suitable footwear for outdoor activity.
Collection of uniform
Arrangements for collecting school uniforms on Wednesday, 2nd September have already been sent out to ensure parents arrive at the appropriate time slot and we do not have more than one family in the school reception area at once. If you are unsure about this or need any further information please phone the school on Wednesday, 2nd September.
If your child is ill / shows symptoms of coronavirus or someone in your house has symptoms then they must self-isolate, contact school and we will explain what happens next, if you live with someone who has a positive test or have been contacted by track and trace and told to self isolate you must self-isolate even if you have a test and it comes back negative. If a child starts to show symptoms in school they will be removed from class and parents contacted to take the child home and get a test. Please ensure we have all possible contact numbers up to date in school.
Finally, thank you to all the staff and parents in helping prepare for the new academic year under these strange rules. Obviously, things in school will be different for some time as we look at new ways of keeping in contact with parents whilst we are not allowed to hold our big family events in the hall for a while. We will miss seeing so many of you at our Open Day,
Harvest and Coffee Mornings this term but as soon as we have a safe way to meet in school, we will. Staff will be in school for the final preparations next week before the start on Thursday with a whole day’s training looking at the emotional well-being for children (so unfortunately we are not able to answer the phone or door on Tuesday). We look forward to seeing you all next week and our new reception children on Monday, 7 th September.
Thank you for your support, stay safe.
Mr R Walthall