Thursday 4th November is 'Global Outdoor Classroom Day'. All children should bring in a warm coat, spare shoes and a change of clothes. Please come to school in uniform as usual. Thank you.
Following Pret-a-Portrait’s recent visit to take school photographs, a viewing card explaining how you can view and order pictures, will be sent home with pupils today.
Please ask your children to give it to you as soon as possible so you have a chance to order any pictures you would like at a discounted price before the Early Bird Deadline 01/11/2021.
If for any reason your viewing doesn’t make it to you in the next few days, please contact Pret-a-Portrait directly on 0800 021 7626 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be reminded that the deadline for High School Applications is the 31st October 2021. Please make sure you have submitted your online application by that date.
If you fail to do so and submit your application after that date, your application will be marked as 'late' and there is no guarantee you will get a school of your preference.
If you have not yet applied a final reminder letter will be sent to you next week from the Access to Education department followed by a final reminder phone call from the school office.
Year 6 are having an Outdoor Day next Wednesday 20th October. The children can come into school in their outdoor clothes, including wellies or an old pair of shoes, but must bring in their uniform to change into as it will be muddy and cold.
Year 5 will be having an outdoor day on Friday 15th October. Children need to bring in spare trousers, spare shoes or wellies and a coat. They should come to school in normal uniform.
Please send your child into school next Wednesday 13th October in their outdoor clothing and suitable shoes, as they will be taking part in outdoor activities. They need to bring their school uniform with them incase it rains and they will need to change into it, plus a spare pair of shoes.
Please be aware that this Thursday 7th October, your child will be having their Individual Photos taken in school.
Pushchair and Wheelchair Access at the end of the school day
The small gate on Lewsey road will be opened at 3:00 p.m. each day to allow for pushchair and wheelchair access to the school playground. The gates will be closed at 3:10 p.m. and then reopened again at 3:20 p.m.
It was great to see so many children return to school yesterday and to have our first whole school assembly for more than eighteen months. As ever the children were impeccably behaved and seemed genuinely thrilled to be back at school. As you are aware government guidance on how schools operate has changed and these changes are outlined in the bullet points towards the end of this ParentMail.
After day 1 of our new arrangements for the start and the end of the school day we have discovered a need to refine these to make the process smoother.
Start of the school day
- Gates will be opened at 8:45 a.m. by a member of staff who will remain there to supervise the children entering school. We ask that parents do not enter school at this time.
- Children will make their way to the playground where they will be greeted by a member of staff.
- Gates (apart from the main gate) will be locked at 8:50 a.m. and any children who arrive after this time should enter the school through the main gate and report to the school office.
Leagrave High Street
Small Lewsey Road gate
Main Lewsey Road gate
Steps from Ferrars Academy
End of school day
- The gates will be opened at 3:10 p.m.
- Only the Main Lewsey Road gate and the Leagrave High Street gate will be opened.
- Parents can enter and leave the school by either gate or if you have a child in Ferrars Academy, you can walk up onto the junior playground via the steps and path. You will not be able to return this way as Ferrars Academy will be locking their exits.
- An adult will lead each class onto the playground to a designated area identified by a year group sign on a tall pole.
- Year 3 and 4 children will be released to a responsible adult or older sibling.
- The same will happen for Year 5 and Year 6 children unless the child has permission to walk home.
Government operational guidance for schools, September 2021
“As COVID-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education – particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low, and every adult has been offered a first vaccine and the opportunity for two doses by mid-September. Our priority is for you to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances, mental and physical health.”
- Social distancing measures have now ended in the workplace.
- All staff are encouraged to vaccinate.
- No need to work in bubbles.
- Control measures will continue
- Good hygiene
- Appropriate cleaning regimes
- Good ventilation
- Follow public health advice
- No requirement to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 if any of the following apply;
- You are fully vaccinated
- You are younger than 18 years and 6 months
- You have taken part or are taking part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- You are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons
You will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and advised to take a PCR test.
- Pupils and staff should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test for COVID-19 or are required to quarantine.
- Anyone in school who develops symptoms should be sent home and they should follow public health advice.
- Until the end of September staff should continue to test on Sunday and Wednesday evening and report their results.
- Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test should self-isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test and continue to self-isolate until they get the result. If the PCR test is taken within two days of the positive LFD test and is negative they can return to school as long as they don’t have symptoms.
- Remote learning will continue for pupils learning from home as a result of COVID-19.
- Educational visits can take place.
- Schools no longer need to be involved in contact tracing this will be carried out by NHS Test and Trace.
This operational guidance can also be found on our school web site along with advice from the NHS and information from the local authority on vaccinations by clicking the following links.
Parents > COVID-19 Advice and Information
If you would like further clarification on any of the above then please do not hesitate to contact me.