Back to school! (2/9/21)
**Blog updated on 2/9/21 with extra information**
We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school on Friday 3rd September. We hope they have had a really good summer and are excited about seeing their friends and teachers again back in school.
Staff have been working very hard all week to prepare the building alongside heating engineers and contract cleaners. It will be close, but we will be ready!
When the children return to school, we will be following the government’s latest covid-19 guidance. The guidance is considerably less prescriptive than we have become used to and is based on the following control measures:
- Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
- Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
- Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
- Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
We will continue to use our ‘Rainbow Rules’, and will talk to the children about how they apply to the current situation. Please also take time to discuss these with your children.
• Distance – We are mindful about social distance when we are inside with adults or children not in our class
• Cover – Cough, blow or sneeze? Catch it, kill it, bin it.
• Speak up – Tell someone if you feel poorly.
• Wash and Avoid – Wash hands or sanitise for 20 seconds and try not to touch your face.
• Personalise – Only use equipment that you share in your class.
• Wellbeing – Share your worries – whatever they are.
It would really help us if parents could talk to their children about hand washing and also ‘catch-it, bin-it, kill-it’ .
We would ask all parents to be mindful of social distancing and that only one parent accompanies their child onto the school grounds. Face coverings are optional but we will ask parents to wear a mask when coming into school for meetings.
Please remember that government advice continues to state that children should not come into school if they have symptoms of covid-19 or have had a positive test result. Everyone with symptoms should self-isolate and arrange a PCR test.
What to do at the start and end of the day?
- F1 - Line up outside the gate to the EYFS outdoor area ready for a 9am start. Children who finish at 3.30 can be collected from the gate. Children finishing at lunch will be collected from the main reception.
- F2 - Line up outside their classroom door ready for a 9am start. The children will be released from this door at 3.30pm.
- Y1 - New classroom! Go straight in from 8.50am through 'Dragon's Den' (the new Y1 classroom). The children will be released from this door at 3.30pm.
- Y2 - New classroom! Go straight in from 8.50am through the Y2 classroom door (Miss Fowell's old classroom). The children will be taken onto the back playground at 3.30pm and lined up before being released to parents.
- Y3 & 4 - Line up on front playground ready to be collected by Miss Fowell from 8.50am. Please be prompt! Children will be brought onto the front playground at 3.30pm.
- Y5 & 6 - As usual, enter through the back doors from 8.50am and exit at 3.30pm.
Mr Cresswell, Mrs King and Mrs Buttery will be oustside to help direct parents before school.
Blaize’s Reading Lair will be open from 8.30am in the dining room. Children in Y5&6 can come to Reading Lair alone, but younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults coming into school for Reading Lair are asked to wear a face covering when entering an leaving the building, taking it off when reading with their child.
Are you prepared for tomorrow? Your child will need:
- Labelled PE kit and water bottle
- Correct, labelled school uniform (remember, black shoes and not trainers)
- Long hair tied back
- No jewellery other than stud ear rings
- School book bag
If you have any questions about the return to school, particularly if your child has any specific health issues, please contact us on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday next week.
The KPNS Team
PS Why not get ahead and ensure your child is on teh green zone on Doodle?