• St. Cuthbert's School

Safe Return to School - Letter to Parents

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are looking forward to welcoming back our Y6 children next week for half days initially, followed by Reception children and Y1 children in the forthcoming weeks. You will receive a phone call from school asking if you wish to take up the offer of your child’s place and letting you know their session times, door for access, room and teacher.

Please be assured we are working hard, following the latest government guidance, to develop and implement a number of new ways of operating. We have made the setting as safe as we can for both staff and children – first and foremost through good social distancing and good hand-washing.

We ask that parents ensure that they, and their children, continue to do this out of school also. It is for the safety of us all– Please keep 2 metres apart out of school and do not meet more than 6 people outside. Stay alert when out and stay at home whenever you can. Please do not put us in the position where access to school may be refused due to not observing Government guidelines.

Information that all parents will need to adhere to when sending their children back to school is below, thank you in advance for your cooperation with this.

· There is a one way system to come in and out of school – enter the playground using the usual gate and leave the playground using the trade gate which is a little further away. Signs are in place to guide you.

· Only send in a packed lunch (if required) and a labelled water bottle – children must not bring in any other equipment or belongings.

· Clothes must be lightweight and easy to wash. (no school uniform required) please ensure children wear things that they can put on and off themselves – do not send with laces on shoes if they cannot tie them (this could be a skill to learn at home) No sliders please.

· Parents will not be allowed in to school unless in case of an emergency – any communication with teachers needs to be done via a phone appointment before or after school.

· There will be no reading books sent home at present – we will ensure your child reads each day in school.

· Verbal feedback will be given to the children on their schoolwork – no more than 9 children will be in a classroom – Key worker groups may be slightly bigger in the hall.

· Ensure your child washes their hands before coming to school and as soon as they get home.

· There will be no breakfast club or after school care available except for key workers. All children must come and leave at their allocated time slots.

Y6 – 8.45am in 2.30pm out

Reception – 9am in 2.40pm out

Year 1 – 9.15am in 2.50pm out

Key workers – 9am in and 3pm out. – Those arriving prior to 9am or after 3pm due to work commitments continue to use front entrance.

We request that parents stand on a yellow line to collect their child and maintain social distancing – we will send your child to you as usual. Please do not come to or inside the EYFS school fence. Thank you

Finally, for children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 – there will be weekly work and activities on our school website at www.stcuthbertsschool.org.uk or a pack of work can be collected from school. Mr Williamson will be carrying out wellbeing telephone calls to the children as well as other members of staff. Private Facebook groups for individual year groups will be ending over the next few days as staff now have greater commitments working in school.

Please contact school if you need any further help – try to get some fresh air and contact with nature every day. Stay safe and we hope to see you all soon.

Kind regards and God bless you all,

Mrs Joanne Wilson and all at St Cuthbert’s

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