Half term newsletter
It has been a long and busy half term for everyone but we have been delighted at how well the children have returned to school after so many months away. They have really settled back into learning and we are sure that with your support will soon catch up on learning lost during the lockdown.
FareShare will be available in school on Wednesday 28th October between 12pm and 1pm. Please come to the main entrance and make sure that you are wearing a mask. We will have to limit the number of families in the hall at any one time so please be patient if you have to wait. Please bring your own bags.
Staying COVID safe
Even though we are not in school it is essential that all families continue to follow the guidance on dealing with possible coronavirus infections. If you or your children show any of the main coronavirus symptoms everyone in the household must self-isolate and the person with symptoms must get a test. Follow the link to book a test. The symptoms are:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If your child tests positive for the coronavirus we ask that you contact school to let us know. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are having to self isolate when we return to school please contact the school as normal by phone on Monday morning.
Smoking at the school gates and leaving car engines running
We ask that parents and carers do not smoke whilst waiting outside the school gates. Second hand smoke is damaging to the health of those who breathe it in and it is unfair to inflict it on other parents and children who have to share the space outside school.
Similarly we ask parents not to leave car engines running whilst they are waiting to drop off or pick up children. Breathing in car fumes is damaging to health particularly for those with asthma. Leaving your engine running also causes unnecessary pollution.
Dropping off and picking up on Arthur Street
To ease congestion when dropping off children at the Arthur Street entrance we ask that from Monday November 2nd parents of Year 1 children wait to the left of the black gate, parents of Reception children wait to the right of the black gate and parents of Nursery children wait to the right of the Nursery door. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines whilst waiting.
Getting ready for a possible bubble closure.
Staff are very busy preparing home learning just in case we have to close a bubble at any time. This will happen via Google Classrooms. All the children have been given a Google log-in which will be sent home along with any other log-ins they need. It would really help if you could check if the Google Classroom App can be downloaded onto the device your child will be using or opened via Google Chrome. Please let us know if you have any problems.
Over the last few weeks we have noticed an increase in cases of headlice. Please make sure that you check your child's hair at least weekly and that if you do find headlice you treat the whole family either by using the Bug Busting condition and comb method or by getting a treatment from the chemist; if you are eligible for free prescriptions may be able to get head lice treatment for free under the minor ailments scheme.
Have a great half term. Take care and stay well.