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18th September 2020

Dear Parent or Carer,

We are writing to you to say thank you for your support over the past two weeks, and what fantastic weeks they have been! The support from parents and families has been crucial in getting pupils back into our classroom and we are enormously grateful. The children have been wonderful, they have adapted brilliantly to our new school routine and we are so pleased to see our classrooms filled with hard working, happy children again.

We are continuously reviewing and improving our procedures and we will keep you updated with any changes.

Pick up/Drop off times

We have recently improved our entry procedure and each child will now sanitise their hands with their class teacher before entering the building, we hope this speeds up your morning!

To help keep the flow of parents moving and the amount of people on school grounds to a minimum, if your child is confident in going to their class teacher on their own,  you can leave them at the school gate.  We have several members of staff in high visibility vests on the playground to help your child if they need it.

At school pick up, we love to see all the children excitedly chatting about their day to their adults, but unfortunately, during these different times we need to ask you to collect your child and move promptly to the exit. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

We will continue to have several senior staff on the playground at school pick up/drop off times and they can be identified by their pink high visibility vests.  They are there to offer guidance and support to both children and parents and answer any questions you may have.

Whilst waiting for the school gates to open and while on the playground, please maintain social distancing guidelines at all times.

Masks

From Monday, staff in school will be wearing masks in communal areas only.  We will not be wearing masks in the classrooms or in any outdoor areas.

Masks for parents and family members while on the school grounds are optional, children do not need to wear a mask.

Absence and attendance

With cold and flu season upon us, we want to offer some guidance about your child’s attendance at school should they fall ill.

As per the government and NHS guidelines, the whole household must self-isolate and book a test for the symptomatic person if they are displaying the following:

  • 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 is ill with symptoms different to COVID-19, other than vomiting and diarrhoea we are happy for them to attend school. The simplest way to decide if your child should come to school is to ask yourself the following question:

Pre COVID -19 would you have sent your child to school with their current symptoms?

If the answer is yes, then please send your child to school.

The children have missed out on so much over the past 6 months and it is important that they are given the opportunity to catch up on all aspects of school including, learning and spending time with their friends.

Home Working

As you can imagine, we are busy planning for every eventuality and have already sent a pack home with every child containing 2 blank exercise books and a pencil for your child to complete their work, should you find your family self-isolating. In the case of self-isolation, schoolwork for the first few days will be sent home with your child or delivered to your home address. A teacher will then call you to check on the family’s well-being and to explain how to access home learning for your child.

We value your ideas and suggestions and if there is anything else we can support you with, or if you have any questions about what we are doing in school to keep our children safe, please contact us.

Take very good care

Mrs Clarkson

31st August 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am delighted to confirm that all children in Years 1-6 can return to school on Monday 7th September.

Children in Nursery and reception will receive a separate letter explaining their return to school and you will receive this in the next couple of days.

Many things at school have changed so that we can keep everyone safe; I hope that this letter explains clearly, the information that you need in order for the children to return.

Attendance

In line with government advice we will be expecting all pupils to return to school on Monday 7th September, except for reception and nursery pupils, who will follow a phased transition. The school will follow up non-attendance using our usual policy. We appreciate that some of you may still be apprehensive; if this is the case, please do get in touch and we can discuss any concerns you have.

Enquiries.Pearson@hcat.org.uk

Picking up and dropping off children

At start and end times of the day, one adult is permitted to come on to the playground with the children. There will be a one-way system in operation, adults need to come on site via the gate with the buzzer and leave the site via the Pearson Tree gate. There will be markings on the playground to follow. Children will meet in year groups by their classroom entrance point. Although it may not be possible to speak with your child’s teacher, there will be a number of senior staff on the playground, wearing high visibility jackets, to support with any queries or to pass on messages to your child’s classroom.

It is important that you keep moving and leave the site promptly. We would ask that children in Years 4, 5 and 6 are dropped off at the gate and make their way to their classroom entrance point independently, where possible. The Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils can be responsible for taking their younger siblings to their classroom entrance point if you would prefer. All the siblings in the family will have the same start and end of day times for your convenience. You have already received this information.

Class bubbles

Children will be in bubbles with their class and will have playtimes and lunchtimes in these bubbles. Staff can move between bubbles throughout the day and will keep a distance from the children where possible. Children in KS2 classrooms will be sat facing the front of the classroom, where possible.

Lunchtime

Children will have staggered lunchtimes during the middle of the day. EYFS will eat in the small hall and play in the Undercover area. All other classes will eat in the lunch hall in zoned areas and play on the playground in zoned areas. Years 1 and 2 will have lunch at the same time, Years 3 and 4 will have lunch at the same time and Years 5 and 6 will have lunch at the same time. The class bubbles will remain separate throughout and the dining hall will be cleaned between each group. Each class will have their own outdoor equipment to use.

We are able to offer a hot and cold meal choice each day (our revised menu is available on the website). At lunchtime, the children’s meal will be brought to the dining table for them by a member of staff. As the children are no longer able to make a meal choice at lunchtime, they will need to let their class teacher know what meal they would like each day, in the morning. We will have pictures to support them. It would be really helpful if you could discuss the meal options for that day with your child, so they are confident with their choice when asked by the teacher.

You can send a packed lunch in with your child if you prefer, these will need to be taken into the classroom with your child when they arrive at school.

School meals continue to cost £1.50 and we ask that you pay for the full week on a Monday morning. A member of staff will be available to collect money on the playground.

Book bags

We expect that children bring their book bag to school with them every day as usual.

PE

PE will be outdoors wherever possible, even if the weather is a little inclement, so please ensure that your child has warm clothes to wear. Years 2 to 6 must wear their PE kit to school on the day that they have a PE lesson during this interim period. EYFS and Year 1 pupils are to bring their kit in a bag. PE will always be the last lesson of their day.

Breakfast Club

We will be running a breakfast club for children of working parents who require the provision. Children will sit at tables in their year groups and so places are limited. Please contact the office if you require a place.

Year 6

We are pleased to be able to offer children in Year 6 an extended day. We look forward to welcoming them at 8:15 each day. Breakfast will be made available for them and they will be based in the Year 6 classroom.

After School Clubs

There will be no after school clubs at the beginning of the Autumn Term. We will review this decision at half term.

School Uniform

Children need to wear their school uniform when they return to school.

We will be selling school uniform on Wednesday 2nd September from the school office between 9:00 – 2:00. Uniform will not be available to purchase on the children’s first day back at school. School jumpers do not have to have the school logo on, so you may be able to purchase everything you need from local retailers. On Wednesday you will also be able to collect any items that were left in school during the school’s partial closure.

Hygiene

Children will be instructed to wash their hands or apply hand sanitiser at regular intervals during the day, including on arrival and departure, before and after eating, playtimes or PE. All of our classrooms have sinks, soap, antibacterial cleaning products and hand sanitiser to use throughout the day. We will be promoting good respiratory hygiene using the ‘Catch it, kill it, bin in’ message.

Cleaning

A cleaner will be on site all day to ensure that high touch points and toilets are cleaned regularly throughout the day. Usual cleaning routines will continue to take place in the evening.

COVID-19

If a child, or a member of your family displays symptoms of COVID 19 please keep them off school and let us know immediately. If a case is confirmed in a year group, that year group bubble will be closed following guidance from Public Health England. During this time, children will be provided with work to complete at home. If a child becomes ill at school, they will be isolated in a medical room and supervised by a member of staff until they can be collected by yourself.

We have compiled a comprehensive risk assessment for reopening that is available through our school website; paper copies are available on request.

I appreciate that this is a long letter and that it is overwhelmingly a repetition of information that you were provided with at the end of last term, but I wanted to make sure that you had all the information that you need, so that we can have a smooth return back to school on Monday 7th September.

We simply cannot wait to have a school full of children again!

Look forward to seeing you all soon.

Mrs Clarkson

Headteacher

 13th July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are now at the end of a very challenging school year and I would like to thank you all for your overwhelming support, patience and kindness over the past few months. We want each and every one of you to enjoy your summer holidays and have put together a ‘family fun bag’ to help get you started!

Along with a selection of small toys and gifts for you to enjoy as a family, you will also find the following for each child in your bag:

  • A reading challenge sheet and reading record
  • A summer activity sheet
  • A letter from your child’s new teacher
  • A postcard from the school
  • Some additional information about Summer Safety and Healthy Physical Activity

We hope you all create many happy memories, filled with laughter and happiness over the summer break and we would love to see photos of how you use your bag to create a fun family game. Please feel free to tweet or post your photos on the Pearson Twitter or Facebook page for us all to see.

The contents of these bags have been funded by a very kind donation from the Caselton family and we know you will all join us in thanking them for their generosity. Mr Caselton was a much loved and very respected Governor here at Pearson for many years. At the request of the family, the money donated to us will be used to buy rewards and trophies to help celebrate the achievements of our Pearson family. These bags have been provided by this fund.

As I am sure you are aware, we are expecting all year groups to return in September, and I can assure you the safety of our children and staff is paramount.  Children have now missed a significant amount of school and although many have been working hard at home, we now need to get them back in the classroom, learning and having fun with their friends and teachers. We know the transition back to school may be difficult for some children but with your support, we will soon have the children back in the routine of school.

Opening

The planned training days for staff have now been postponed in order to facilitate an earlier start to the school year. As a result, the autumn term start date will now be Monday 7th September.

At start and end times of the day, one adult is permitted to collect the children. There will be a one-way system in operation, adults need to come on site via the gate with buzzer and leave the site via the Pearson Tree gate. There will be markings on the playground to support this.

We will not be offering a typical breakfast club or any after school clubs, however if you are a key worker and need support with childcare please contact us to discuss it further.

There will be an extended school day for year 6 children only. Their start time will be 8.15am and they will finish at 3.15pm. If you are a parent of a year 6 pupil and need support with sibling start times, please contact us.

The school has compiled a comprehensive risk assessment for reopening that is available through our school website. Paper copies are available on request.

We will continue with our increased handwashing routines and rigorous cleaning of all areas of school.

All schools within the trust will follow the same protocol should a suspected or confirmed case of Covid becomes apparent. These procedures will be followed by all schools within the trust and has been compiled following advice from the relevant health services, local authority and government guidance.

Whilst we continue to value our partnership with parents, under the current circumstances’ parents will only be allowed into school on an appointment basis in order to safeguard the community. Contact with school may continue through email and telephone.

Attendance

In line with government advice, we will be expecting all pupils to return to school on Monday 7th September, except for some Foundation Stage pupils who will have a staggered start. The school will follow up nonattendance following our usual policy.

The Curriculum

All schools within the academy trust have been supported with a series of “catch up” programmes designed by a team of Specialist Leaders of Education. These programmes will ensure that all pupils will have the opportunity to address any gaps in learning that may have been missed during the lockdown. Schools will be using these early in the Autumn term combined with the broad range of the national curriculum content linked to their year group.

The school will be suspending large gatherings in the hall such as assemblies and concerts for the foreseeable future.

PE lessons will focus on “non-contact” activities and be delivered outside, where possible.

The academy trust is currently developing an online learning platform which can be utilised should the school need to temporarily close the school for any year groups for short periods of time.

Uniform

All children will be required to wear their school uniform, except on their PE day, when they can come to school in their PE kit and wear it all day.

Dinner money

Minimum of weekly or monthly payments please.

Lunches

There will be a hot meal and a cold meal option each day. A menu will be sent out when this becomes available.

You can send a packed lunch in with your child if you prefer, these will need to be taken into the classroom with the child when the child arrives at school.

Reading

We expect children to bring their book bags to school every day. Returned reading books will be left 48 hours before becoming available for another child to use.

Finally, enjoy the summer holidays and we will see you all on Monday 7th September. We cannot wait to see our school full of happy, smiling faces again!  Remember to have lots of fun and stay safe.

Take very good care of one another.

Mrs Clarkson

Head teacher

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