Coronavirus Updates & Important Information
Parent and Carers Guidelines - Autumn 2021
As you will be aware, in the last month the government has made some significant changes to the guidance to schools which will begin at the start of this upcoming academic school year. Therefore, from the start of the Autumn term the school is going to make some significant changes to our own school arrangements.
From Thursday 2nd September, there will no longer be any bubbles, which you will be aware have been in existence since the start of the Autumn term last year. This will mean that children will be able to interact throughout the school day, which will include break times and lunchtimes as well as daily worship. We will also remove the staggered end of day arrangements. This will mean that all classes will finish at 3.15pm. The start of the school day will continue to be at 8.30am; however, children will not need to queue up to go into class as they are now. As soon as our pupils arrive in the morning they can walk straight into class where they will be greeted by their new class teacher. So that we can continue to keep infection rates down, we would ask that parents/carers do not enter classrooms in the mornings or afternoons without a pre-booked appointment. Please note that when pupils are collected at the end of the school day at 3.15pm, parents and carers will still need to queue up in their pre-existing lines. Parents, carers and pupils can continue to use either the double gates at the front of school, as well as the Caton’s Lane gates in the mornings and the end of the school, as they wish. When entering the school from the main gate entrance we would ask that parents/carers and their children continue to use the one-way system on the playground.
The school will still encourage and continue to adopt sensible measures to reduce the risk of COVID transmission, which will include increased hand washing and sanitising, mask wearing in crowded indoor spaces. Furthermore, mask wearing around the school site will no longer be necessary – therefore there is no requirement that parents/carers wear masks as they bring children into the school grounds in the morning and afternoon (for drop-off and collection). However, if you are entering the school (eg. the school office) we would ask that you wear a mask when inside the school building.
Along with this welcome back to school email I have also included an attachment which explains the key changes to our school COVID arrangements, for your perusal.
Once again, I would like to thank you for your continued support of the school.
I look forward to welcoming you all back on Thursday 2nd September, from 8.30am.
CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE 0800 046 8687
We are continuing to closely follow advice from Public Health England in respect of Coronavirus.
Currently the school is closed to all pupils, other than those identified as Vulnerable or of those of Key Workers.
Thank you for your support and patience during this period which is new territory for us.
Please take note of the following points:
- The government advice is that if your child displays any of the symptoms (high temperature and/or new continuous cough), or a loss of taste or smell, they must remain at home for 10 days from the start of these symptoms. Please let us know through the normal absence procedures by emailing or calling the school office.
- We will review our staffing every day and be flexible with our arrangements to try and remain open. However, if we do not have adequate staffing levels to ensure the safety of students, it may be necessary to close. We would follow the same procedure as we would for a snow day. Parents would be emailed via Teachers2Parents before 7.30am and a notice will be posted on our school website. https://www.stmaryssw.org.uk/coronavirus-updates/
- If your child is showing symptoms whilst in school, a member of the school leadership team will speak to them and be in contact with you to make suitable arrangements.
We will continue to update you from the Department for Education to ensure St Mary’s remains a calm and safe learning environment, with student’s well-being at the centre of our decisions.