Headteacher's Headline 5MAR21
One weekend to go! We are getting very excited!
The first step out of this lockdown is nearly here, your children will return to school on Monday. The Government has decided to make it mandatory this time, it isn’t a choice, all children have to come back and we are really looking forward to seeing them. Myself, Mrs Mapp, Mr Leake & Mrs Sheik have made a video to welcome them all back to school, this should drop into your inboxes today and we’ll post it on the website and on our Twitter account.
As I said earlier this week we will be giving the children lots of reminders about sanitising and washing their hands, keeping to their own classrooms and areas of the playground, not hugging each other or getting too close. They won’t be able to bring any belongings in from home, just their lunchboxes, a water bottle and one bag to carry their reading books in. Please do not allow your children to bring any cuddly or plastic toys to school.
Masks in School
Children do not need to wear masks in school; if they wish to wear a mask to and from school they must know how to remove it hygienically and have a small plastic bag with them to put it in. Adults will be wearing masks in the communal areas of the school but they do not have to wear one in the classroom.
Masks outside School
To keep all our families safe we would very much appreciate all parents and carers wearing their masks when waiting outside the school gates please. We need to keep our whole community safe and we need to keep the number of infections in Crawley going down - thank you.
We realise that children will have grazed during the day more at home than they would at school, I know I do. Key Stage One and Early Years will be provided with a piece of fruit or vegetable mid-morning, if they would like to bring in an extra snack to have at morning break, a piece of fruit or raw vegetable (carrot or celery) please send this in with them. Key Stage Two have always been allowed to bring a healthy snack to school.
Following the Rules
The majority of teachers have not yet been vaccinated and we need to keep everyone in school as safe as possible, especially as we don’t want to close any classes as soon as the children return. Therefore, please remember that coming back to school does not mean lockdown is over. This means:
You need to continue wearing a mask if you come onto the playground or if you come into the front office
Children should not be mixing with other households, especially not by having sleepovers or parties with their friends - there are allowances for staying with their other parent and there are rules about one childcare bubble if you are a single parent but the mixing of households to see their friends is not permitted.
Arrival times are the time your child must arrive at school, they can not be late as this could mean clashing with another year group.
If your child or someone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL. Please book a test for the person with the symptoms.
If your child or someone in your household tests positive DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL - Isolate for 10 days.
If your child tests positive, INFORM US IMMEDIATELY for us to isolate all their close contacts.
If a child tests positive at the weekend please phone the number below for us to inform their contacts before Monday morning.
Arrival & Departure Times
We will continue the staggered arrivals and staggered exits:
- EYFS - Yellow Gate
- Nightingale - 8.40am - 3.00pm
- Dove - 8.50am - 3.10pm
- Kingfisher - 9.00am - 3.20pm
- Year 1 - Main Gate - 8.40am - 3.00pm
- Year 2 - Main Gate - 8.50am - 3.10pm
- Year 3 - Main Gate - 9.00am - 3.20pm
- Year 4 - Top Gate - 8.40am - 3.00pm
- Year 5 - Top Gate - 8.50am - 3.10pm
- Year 6 - Top Gate - 9.00am - 3.20pm
Please arrive at the stated time and do not hang about chatting to your friends, all adults need to be clear of the gates for the next year group to arrive. The only adults waiting at the gates should be those with siblings in more than one year group.
Please wear masks at the gates, especially when you walk onto the playground - we have a number of adults who are concerned about the large numbers of people who block the path and the entrance to the school - please be considerate and kind and stand out of people’s way. There is very little we can do to alleviate this problem at the main gate apart from asking you to be considerate to others. Please follow the one way system and walk around the bin to ensure you do not have to dodge out of someone’s path.
We will let you know which days of the week your child has P.E., please send them into school in their kits on these days. They will still be expected to do P.E. even if they don’t have a kit on - it is a legal requirement.
The MUGA by the top gate (front of school) will be open for Year 6 to use only. We will be keeping Year 5 & 6 as separate as possible in the building, therefore Year 6 will have the use of the MUGA at the beginning of the day.
All the teachers will be including lots of work on Well-Being next week as well as getting the children active again. We’re hoping the weather will be kind to us to allow teachers to take some of the learning outside.
Mrs C Dickens