Back to School on Thursday 2nd September

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Returning to school on Thursday the 2nd of September

Dear parents and carers,

I hope you and your children have all had an enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing you all again on Thursday 2nd September. As I am sure you know, there have been some changes to our restrictions so I have set out a summary below to help you prepare for your child(ren)’s return to school.

New drop off arrangements:

Year 1-6 parents and carers may choose which gate to send their child in to school- either the Key Stage 2 gate or the field gate, whichever is the closest. Mrs Delany-White and Mrs Lomas will be waiting at the gates as usual to welcome the children and the teachers and teaching assistants will be ready to guide the children to their new classroom ready to start the day with the usual hand washing. For now we ask that parents do not come on site at drop off but just say a quick goodbye and move on quickly so that the pathway is not too congested. We encourage you to continue to wear a mask at drop off and pick up if the pathway is busy to keep the rates of transmission down in our local area. Gates will be open for all children to arrive between 8:40-8:50am.

New pick up arrangements:

Pick up will be at 3pm for all. We will trial operating a one way system for pick up so that the pathway is not too congested and so that all children are safely handed over from the member of staff to their parent. We will open the Key Stage 2 gate for parents to walk onto either the Key Stage 2 playground (for children in Year 3-6) or the Key Stage 1 playground (Year 1 & 2) from 2:55pm. Please could just one adult come to collect the child(ren) and please spread out across the playgrounds for everyone’s safety and comfort. You may feel more comfortable wearing a mask. The staff will release your child to you from the classroom door (Year 3-6) or the KS1 playground (Year 1 & 2) and then we will ask you to leave site promptly via the field gate. Again Mrs Delany-White and Mrs Lomas will be at each gate to help parents and to make sure things run as smoothly as possible.

Nursery and Reception children:

Nursery and Reception children will be dropped off and picked up at the Early Years gate on Radley Road. Term for the Early Years classes starts next Monday 6th September and the Reception and Nursery teachers will explain more about Early Years procedures during the school visits on Thursday and Friday this week.

Changes to our safety measures this term:

There will no longer be class bubbles.
If a household member develops symptoms or has had a positive PCR test you do not need to self-isolate if:
You are fully vaccinated
You are under 18 years of age
You are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
You are or have taken part in a COVID vaccine trial
However, even if you do not have symptoms you or your child should still get a PCR test if a household member has symptoms or has tested positive to check that you do not have COVID. Siblings and close contacts may come into school whilst waiting for the PCR test result if they do not have any Covid symptoms themselves.
We will put in place a contingency plan to ‘step up’ or ‘step down’ COVID measures if there is a school, local or national outbreak.

What will stay the same:

Frequent handwashing, ventilation and thorough cleaning procedures will all continue.
Children will come to school in their PE kits on the day they have PE lessons.
If your child develops symptoms you should book a PCR test for them as soon as possible (lateral flow tests are for adults and secondary aged children). If your child has  a positive PCR test they should not come into school for 10 days.
As always, thank you for everything you have done to support us and we look forward to another great (and hopefully healthy) year together!
You may wish to read our updated Covid risk assessment but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the office at: office.3856@st-edmunds-rc.oxon.sch.uk
I look forward to seeing you all again soon,
Mrs Delany-White
Headteacher