4th September 2020
Dear Parents /Carers
I hope you are all well and have enjoyed the summer break. Further to the end of term newsletter, I am writing to confirm arrangements for the start of the Autumn Term.
The term will begin on Monday 7 September as scheduled. Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th will be Training Days for staff only, in preparation for the return of children.
Children in Reception and years 1 to 6 will return to school on Wednesday 9th September.
Please read the Parent Advisory which has lots of important information and details the times that children will be expected to start and finish their school day, and which gates they will enter and leave from.
A comprehensive risk assessment for the full re-opening of school has been undertaken in collaboration with the Local Authority. A full copy of our risk assessment is available on our website and is reviewed weekly.
Children will be welcomed on the first day with talks from their class teacher about some of the new ways of working in school to make sure everyone understands how we can all keep each other safe.
May I bring to your attention the changes we have made to our Behaviour Policy. Whilst most rules and procedures remain the same, there a few small changes to that are in effect during the current pandemic, these are in place to ensure the safety of both staff and children. A copy of the amended Behaviour Policy can be found on our website – please click here to view. It is important to note that other schools in the Leeds Local Authority may adopt different models for their school day and arrangements on site.
In addition, the government have produced the following guide to returning to school for the Autumn Term. Please click here for information and practical guidance to help you plan for your son/daughter’s return to school. You will note that the government have stated that attendance is mandatory. I appreciate that for some families a return to school poses additional challenges, especially if your son/daughter or a member of the household is extremely or clinically vulnerable. If you have any concerns about your son/daughter returning to school, please contact school as soon as possible so that we can support you and your family when considering the next steps. Any child who is deemed unable to return by a medical expert will be supported with remote learning. Again, should this be your son/daughter, please do contact the school.
A number of parents have also asked about the use of face coverings in school. You will note in our Parent Advisory that children and staff are not required to wear a face covering while in school. However, this is down to individual choice, but we do not expect masks to be worn in school during the school day as students are in bubbles with the same children and staff. Children who bring face coverings to wear outside of school are responsible for the safe removal and storage upon entering the school site. For more information click here.
We will return to our full and existing policy on school uniform. If you have any concerns regarding uniform please contact a member of the school team.
Leeds City Council is working in partnership with ‘Zero Waste Leeds’ to support the setting up of uniform exchanges across the city. Details of the scheme and a map showing where school uniform exchanges have already been established can be viewed by clicking here.
Our Catering team will be offering a reduced range of meals in the form of a ‘grab bag’ please look on our website under ‘Parents’ for updated menus for the Autumn Term. Please be reminded that all children in Reception and Key Stage 1 will receive a meal funded by the Government, children should not bring a packed lunch.
Children in Key Stage 2 (years 3,4,5,6) can choose to bring a packed lunch or have a school meal, but the meal pattern must be the same for the whole week. All school meals MUST be paid for in ADVANCE every Monday via the schoolmoney App.
If you responded to the recent Parent Survey and requested a Breakfast Club (free) place you will receive a form to complete and confirmation of your child’s place will be sent via Text Message, please be reminded that Breakfast club places are for children whose parents are working or at college, and proof will be required.
If you have requested an After School Club place (£3.50 per day) you will receive a form to complete and confirmation of your child’s place will be via text message.
We are working out the after school activity clubs and will be sending letters home about these in the first week back.
I hope that you and your households remain well but just in case, a reminder that a key system of control for schools is to minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID -19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school. If anyone in your household is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 please do not send your son/daughter into school. Please contact school to notify us of your child’s absence before 9am. Please arrange a test in line with national guidance and inform school, of the outcome of any test as there will be actions that we need to take. If a child becomes unwell in school, we will contact you immediately to arrange for your child and any siblings to leave site. I know many of you have updated contact details via the recent parent survey; please do contact us with any other changes as we may need to contact you urgently. Again, please arrange a test and follow the guidance which can be found by clicking here.
Finally, I would like to say thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I am sure you appreciate that a great deal of work has gone into preparing for our September return and thank you in advance for all your support with this. I will write again at the end of our first full week back, including any actions required in light of revised guidance and in particular if there are any other significant changes either locally or nationally that affect our start of term planning. In the meantime, enjoy the remainder of the holiday and take care.
Miss S Millard