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2020-2021 Spring term reopening information

Dear Parents,

You will have heard the wonderful news that all schools are reopening on Monday 8th March to all children. We will continue with the arrival times we used before to ensure we minimise the risk of bubbles mixing as, although the Covid figures have dropped significantly, it is still lurking. I know some of you will feel concerned about returning your children to school however, we have detailed risk assessments in place and all the previous strategies around hygiene will continue. We’re so excited that our community will be back together and are hopeful that that there will be no further lockdowns. There appears to be light at the end of the tunnel at last and, who knows, life might be pretty much back to normal by the summer. Positive thinking!

In case you have forgotten the arrival and departure times for your children, I definitely would have by now, they are:

Start times for Years 1 - 6

Year 6 enter the gate at 8.30am and go straight inside.

Year 5 go down to the playground at 8.35am.

Year 4 can line up at 8.40am and to the playground at 8.45am.

Year 3 can line up at 8.45am and to the playground at 8.50am.

Year 2 can line up at 8.50am and go down to the playground at 8.55am.

Year 1 can line up at 8.55am and go down to the playground at 9.00am.

 

Collection times

Y6 - 2.50pm KS1 playground

Y5 - 2.50pm KS2 playground

Y4 – 3.00 pm KS1 playground

Y3 – 3.00 pm KS2 playground

Y2 – 3.10 pm KS1 playground

Y1 - 3.15 pm KS1 playground / Classroom door.

 

EYFS will provide a separate timetable.

Our out of school provision will be open as normal, before and after the school day. Please contact Lucky, Gina or the office if you would like to make a booking.

Please be assured that every precaution will be taken to minimise risk here at Manor Wood PS. Year group bubbles will be reinstated, playtimes staggered, lunches served in classrooms, hands washed regularly, and staff will remain in their bubbles. Friday afternoon planning time will continue until it is sensible to share cover or we have all received the vaccine. I am confident that won’t be long as I had mine yesterday and I didn’t expect it until May at the earliest. The only perk of being a certain age! We also have Lateral Flow Tests in school and test ourselves twice weekly, so we are definitely further on than we were in the Autumn term. We know they are probably not very accurate so rest assured that if we suspect we have any symptoms at all we will continue to attend the test centres.

Finally, it’s wonderful that Spring is on its way and children are returning to schools. We just need to make sure we continue to stay safe, that the R rate remains low and the rest of the country can start to open up. My only words of caution are not to forget that the pandemic still exists, and to continue to behave in a way which helps to reduce it further and keep us all safe. This means no play dates, parties or social gatherings. We do not want to be sending home bubbles again if we can possibly avoid it although we will have no other option if someone tests positive as primary children are not being given the Lateral Flow Tests in school. We also politely ask that parents follow the one-way system again, maintain the 2 metre social distancing rule, avoid congregating in groups on the playground and wear masks (unless medically exempt) whenever on school grounds. If you would like to speak to myself or a member of staff, please make an appointment and we will provide a socially distanced space to meet. Thank you for your support in this.

We have missed you all and are very much look forward to seeing you and your children on 8th March.

Best Wishes,

Deborah Kenny

Headteacher

Timetable for drop off and collection times from March 8th 2021 (Y1 – 6)

Please wear a mask when dropping and collecting your children.

 

Parent/carer to drop off at the school gate on Carr Manor Road

Year Group:

Drop off time:

YEAR 6

8:30am

YEAR 5

8:35am

YEAR 4

8:40am

YEAR 3

8.45am

YEAR 2

8.50am

YEAR 1

8.55am

EYFS

Will provide a separate timetable

Drop off/collect at green gate halfway to Children’s centre  

 

Pick up times and allocated playground for collection:

Year group:

Collection time:

Playground:

YEAR 6

2:50pm

KS1 playground

YEAR 5

2:50pm

KS2 playground

YEAR 4

3:00pm

KS1 playground

YEAR 3

3:00pm

KS2 playground

YEAR 2

3:10pm

KS1 playground

YEAR 1

3:15pm

KS1 playground

 

 

Parents who are collecting should wait in the middle of the allocated playground. Those who need to wait for siblings please stand against the fences and maintain social distance until your child’s class arrives.

Thank you for your support. We appreciate all you are doing to keep our school safe.