Full School Opening – 8th March

Please find below the text from an email sent out regarding next Monday’s full reopening.

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you will have undoubtedly heard, it is the Government’s intention that all primary aged children are to return to full time schooling as of Monday 8th March. We are therefore very happy to confirm that school will reopen to all children on that date.

Whilst, we are delighted to be welcoming back all of our learners, we must remind you that the Coronavirus remains a threat within our community. As such the school will continue to work to mitigate the transmission of the virus. For the children, the school day will look very similar to their return in September. Amongst the measures that will remain in place are:

·         Children will remain in year group bubbles

·         Play and lunchtimes will support these bubbles, with zoned areas for each year group

·         Continued extra cleaning regimes

·         Staff moving across bubbles will be kept to an absolute minimum.

·         Only bringing a water bottle and packed lunch (where applicable) in from home (class teachers will explain Bookbag routines for their class.)

·         Start and finish routines will remain as they were before January closure.

·         Gate arrangements will remain unchanged.

The only key changes in the guidance for primary schools is the introduction of Lateral Flow testing for staff members, which is in place and the introduction of face coverings for adults only in communal areas (such as the lunch hall) For full information please consult our Covid-19 Risk Assessment – available on the school website.

We have been advised by Lewisham that attendance at school from 8th March 2021 is compulsory. As such, the remote learning offer will revert to a weekly video/PowerPoint – the first of which will be available on Friday 12th March. The last day of remote live teaching via Teams/Zoom will be Thursday 4th March. This is to allow our teachers to return to school to prepare to welcome the children back to stimulating learning environments. There will be a final set of recorded lessons and resources uploaded to the website on Friday 5th March.

As with the September return, our staff will be extra-mindful of the children’s well-being. Once back in school, the staff will also be working hard to assess where the children are and, using this information, will begin to design a ‘catch-up’ curriculum tailored to filling any gaps resulting from the recent periods of school closure.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support with the remote learning over this period of school closure and we look forward to having the children back in school on Monday 8th March.

Kind Regards

Senior Leadership Team

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