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St Mary's CE Primary School

Return to school - September 2021

Dear Parents/Carers, 

The staff and I at St Mary’s hope you and your family have had a good summer break. We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 6th September.  

We enter the new academic year with the hope that the  covid pandemic is behind us. However, we do have to consider that the covid virus still remains a potential threat and we may need to adapt our procedures as the year progresses to meet changing criteria. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you updated regarding any changes that come into effect. Please see details of how we will start the school year in relation to managing the covid situation.

 

Face coverings 

The government has removed the need to wear face coverings on school premises. However, they do recommend that they are worn in enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not usually meet. We appreciate that some staff and parents may wish to wear face masks whilst on the school site, and they can do so if they want to.  

 

Larger group activities- No bubble groups required! 

We are now able to bring year groups together in a shared space and so there is no need for  ’bubble’ groups of children.  

 

Close contact tracing 

Schools are no longer responsible for contact tracing for positive cases of covid-19. This is led by NHS Test and Trace. Children under 18 years old identified as a close contact of a confirmed positive case will not need to self-isolate and will be advised by NHS Test and Trace to take a PCR test. 

 

Outbreaks 

If there is an outbreak at the school or in the local area, we may be advised to reintroduce bubbles and face coverings and may be asked to support NHS Test and Trace with contact tracing. If this becomes necessary, we will communicate this to you. 

 

Covid-19 Testing 

We will continue to encourage our staff to take lateral flow tests twice a week during term-time. 

 

Staying safe 

If you are worried about your child having covid symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at  

https://111.nhs.uk or by phoning 111. If your child has symptoms, please do not send him/her to school. Please contact the school office to let us know.  

 

We will continue to ensure our children have regular handwashing opportunities in school , before and after eating, after breaks. The school will continue with enhanced cleaning arrangements, paying particular attention to surfaces that are regularly touched. We will also keep spaces well-ventilated and will not allow anyone with covid symptoms to enter the school site.   

 

I hope this letter offers you reassurance to the measures we are keeping in place to ensure a safe start to the autumn term.  

 

 The school day

Year 

Morning  

Break 

Afternoon  

Nursery 

8.45 – 11.45 

N/A 

12.20 – 3.20 

Year R 

8.45 – 11.45 

As required 

12.45 – 3.15 

Years 1 & 6 

8.50 – 12.00 

10.25 – 10.40 

12.45 – 3.15 

Years 3 & 4 

8.50 – 12.30 

11.05 – 11.20 

 1.15 – 3.15 

Years 2 & 5 

8.50 – 12.15 

10.45 – 11.00 

 1.00 – 3.15 

 

The school gates will be open at 8:35 am. All children in Years 1-6 will be expected to be lined up with their class on the school playground by 8:50 am. Any child arriving after their class has left the playground will be deemed as late and will need to enter school via the school reception.  

 

We are keeping the one- way system to enter and leave the playground. The main double yellow gates will be used for entry and the small side black gate to exit from the playground. We ask that parents remain behind the barrier on the playground so that staff can effectively monitor the children.  

 

On the first day, additional staff will be on hand to guide parents and children to their new class teacher.  

 

Finally, I would like to express our thanks to you for your support for the school over the last academic year, during what was a very challenging year. I look forward to continue working in partnership with you as we move through the school year. 

 

Yours sincerely, 

Miss Sandra Miller 

Interim Headteacher 

 

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