I hope that you and your families are well. We are very pleased to be able to welcome all of the children back to school on Monday 8th March 2021. Please note that school attendance from Monday 8th March is compulsory so punctuality counts too! We will return to the school timetable that we used in the Autumn term (please see the attached document).
Your teachers are sending a newsletter out for each class tomorrow telling you everything that you need to know from PE days to what you’ll be learning in every curriculum area. From Monday all children will need to wear their normal school uniform, please let us know on the gate or drop your class teacher an email if you have any issues with this. Please note that your child will need to come into school in their PE kit (plain tracksuit and trainers) on their PE day as we are still not changing onsite.
Face coverings for children is not recommended in primary schools and so we will not be allowing the children to wear these in school as inappropriate use can in fact do more harm than good. Children can wear these on the way to and from school, but they will need to be stored correctly while in school during the day. Parents/carers must wear a mask when dropping off and collecting their child/ren at the gate if they wish to come on to the premises to get their child, if you are medically exempt please ensure that you exercise greater distance from all other families/staff.
Please ensure that you maintain social distancing guidelines when you are dropping off and picking your child/ren from the school gates. To assist you in this, we have bought some fencing panels to queue. These will be used by the school as soon as we receive the panels. Please use these to queue at each gate rather than coming forward to call your child.
As you need to come out of your homes to drop your children at school, please be aware that you can access Lateral Flow Testing at the Green Man building (Bromley Road) and other Lewisham buildings, including the Civic Suite (Catford). Please find the information for this here: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/coronavirus-covid-19/get-tested-for-covid19/rapid-testing-for- covid19
You may alternatively be able to access twice weekly tests for your household. Information on this is found here: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
Despite the fact that the schools are opening to all pupils, please be aware that the national restrictions still apply. Therefore, we must all ensure that we follow the guidelines with regards to COVID-19 symptoms and isolation for a positive test. The most up-to-date information can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Breakfast Club will return to the arrangements from the Autumn term, if you are unsure as to whether you have a space or would like to find out more information please contact the school office.
If you have needed to travel abroad during this time with your child/ren, please follow the national guidelines on your return to the UK and contact the school to discuss the guidelines about your child’s return to school.
Thank you so much for your support, patience and resilience during this time. I cannot wait to see you next week and assure you that WE WILL ALL BE SMILING…under our masks.
Mrs Nathalie Dummer