4th March 2021 – March Return
We have worked really hard over the past week to plan for a safe and organised return to school next week. We are really looking forward to seeing you all; we’ve missed you!
Next week, things will be different, but we have made things as safe as possible, whilst learning from our experiences so far. We will need your support to make things run safely and smoothly.
Pick-up and Drop-off routines
It is more important than ever that we are on time. We will need year groups to begin and end the school day flexibly, so we can reduce the number of people on the site – we’re calling this a ‘soft start’ and ‘soft end’ to the day; it will help lower the number of people around Princeville at any time. We also know that the staggered start time caused a lot of inconvenience for some families.
You can drop off between 8:45am and 9:10am
You can pick up between 2:55pm and 3:15pm
Some doors have changed to smooth drop-off and collection times; this is for Year 3, 4 and 5. All others are the same.
- Year 3 and 4 – Gym foyer doors (next to the carpark)
- Year 5 – Staffroom Doors
- Year 3 – Gym Doors (at the back of the building)
- Year 4 – Gym Doors (next to the carpark)
- Year 5 – Dining Hall
Don’t worry, there’ll be lots of us around to point you in the right direction next week!
Children need to be at school between 08:45am and 9:10am, and we will really struggle to get colleagues to classroom doors after this time. You won’t be able to come through the school office. Instead you will need to wait outside the main office door, and a colleague will come from your child’s class to collect them.
If it is busy, please wait outside the site, or on one of the larger playground areas, maintaining social distancing, until things quieten down. Avoid gathering in groups, or queuing where possible.
At the end of the day, stand well back from entrances, so we can safely identify parents and avoid close contact at doors.
Face masks are required at all times, and we will stop you coming onto the site if you are not wearing a face covering. This is important if we want to avoid further isolation and disruption for our children.
Travelling Home Alone
If your child is in Year 5 or 6, and comes home alone, you will need to let us know that you are still wanting this to happen, using this form:
We’ll let them leave at 2:55pm. If they are not home for 3:15, please give us a call.
With face masks in use, social distancing, and a flexible start and end to the day, we’ll be able to stop using our one-way system; we’ve listened to your feedback, and we think this change will really help to smooth the start of the day for everyone.
We will be placing bollards around the entrances to ensure that we can all maintain social distancing.
All classrooms continue to be cleaned thoroughly at the end of each day. In addition, we have introduced cleaning routines which take place regularly within the school day. These measures are on top of limited movement around the building.
Working in a ‘bubble’
We’re going to keep working in bubbles. This is a group of children from the same year group, who will stay together during the day.
Your child will remain in their own class, with consistent adults; their class will be grouped with other classes in the year group, this is their ‘bubble’. Each bubble has the same staff members (teachers, teaching assistants, midday supervisors) every day. The steps we have taken ensure that each bubble will not mix with any other bubble. Everything during the school day is done in this bubble – classroom work, playtimes at staggered times and lunchtimes too. If any member (staff or pupil) of the bubble develop symptoms of Covid-19, the entire bubble may need to self-isolate for 10 days.
We have handwashing facilities and good supplies of soap and paper towels. Children will be guided to wash their hands on entry to school, at the start and end of outdoor play, before eating and before returning home as a minimum. Tissues are available in all classrooms.
❌ No toys or personal belongings can be brought to school.
✅ Children need to wear school uniform
✅ Please send children with a book bag, coat, sun hat and packed lunch if required. Apply sun-cream before school, we won’t be able to apply it for them.
For the first two weeks, children may bring their own packed lunches, or the kitchen will provide our usual school meal offer.
Next week (Week beginning 8th March), we will have:
- hot lunches for Year 1, 2, 3 and 4,
- with a cold packed lunch for children in Years Reception, 5 and 6.
The week after (Week beginning 15th March), we will swap, with:
- hot lunches for Years Reception, 5 and 6
- with a cold packed lunch for children in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4.
School meals are free for children in Reception, years 1 and year 2. In years 3 to 6, lunches will be free for those children who receive free school meals, and will be charged at the usual school meal cost for everyone else. We’ll be unable to accept cash payments.
After the initial two week period, we will be reviewing this arrangement, and we’ll write with more information
Children in all year groups will follow a full, broad curriculum. New curriculum maps and timetables will be posted on the school website in the coming week.
We know that shops haven’t had their usual levels of stock, or been open as much as we would have liked, we also know that children have grown during lockdown, so we would like children to attend in their ‘best uniform’; that is the best uniform you have available to send them in. We hope to see a return to our full school uniform then after easter.
If anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19 (continuous cough, fever and loss or change in sense of smell or taste) you should all stay at home and immediately arrange for the person to be tested. Visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test to arrange a test. If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace service and told you or your household member has been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you should follow their advice to self-isolate to protect yourself and others.
Please let school know if your child is staying at home because someone in your household has symptoms or they are identified as a contact. If your child is unwell, please keep them off school and inform us if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms of: high temperature or new, continuous cough or loss or change to sense of smell or taste.
Mr Ryan Lewis