Dear Parents and Carers
Please can I begin, on behalf of the team here at East Wichel, by saying a huge thank you to you all for your support and kindness during this time. It has been quite a year and we will certainly have many memories!
We have been so impressed with the efforts of everyone within our lovely community. From what we have seen, you have done an amazing job in these highly challenging circumstances – thank you. Your children will have learned so much from you and they will have developed skills and knowledge during this time. Please do try not to end this school year worried about children being ‘behind’ and needing to catch up. Instead, celebrate the time that you have spent with your children and be confident that when they come back to school in September their education will continue and they will thrive here at East Wichel!
When we return in September, we will be quickly re-establishing the children’s connections with their friends and the school. We recognise that for some children (and parents) the return to school may be difficult; we will be here to support and give you and them confidence that the school environment is safe and secure for everyone.
We hope that the information in this letter will be able to help you prepare for September. There will be further details forwarded to you so, please do keep checking emails and Class Dojo.
We have followed the government guidance.
Although we cannot stop the virus, there is much that we can do to minimise the spread.
Here are answers to some of the questions you may have:
How will you keep children, parents and staff safe in September?
The most important safety measure is that children and adults must not come to school if they, or anyone in their household, has any symptoms that could be Covid 19.
Other measures outlined below will also be employed to reduce the risks:
- Staggered start and finish times with playground markings for queues.
- Staggered break and lunchtimes and no large group gatherings such as assemblies.
- Increased cleaning and hygiene routines.
- We will maintain class bubbles for the large majority of the day. There will be some periods where year group and phase bubbles crossover but additional sanitising will be in place to minimise the risk here – for example, use of stairwells and bathrooms.
- Where possible we will maintain distancing. The government accepts that this is not possible with younger children.
What time should I drop my child at school?
- Nursery, Reception, Year 3 and Year 6 will begin at 8:30am.
- Year 1, 2, 4 and 5 will begin at 8:40am.
What time should I collect my child?
- Reception, Year 3 and Year 6 at 3:00pm.
- Year 1, 2, 4 and 5 at 3:10pm.
- Nursery am 11.30am, Nursery pm and all day at 3:30pm.
For safety reasons we need to reduce the number of parents on site. Therefore, we encourage older children in year 5 and 6 to come onto the playground alone and for all other year groups a maximum of one parent to accompany younger children onto school site. It is very important that you are on time. Any latecomers will need to wait outside the school office gate and telephone 01793 695134 for further assistance. Details of where you should drop off and pick up will be sent to parents via email.
Will children wear uniform in September?
Yes. Uniform expectations will return to normal. However, we believe that it is very important for everyone to remain fit and active. Therefore, there will be a continued emphasis on outdoor activity as a school.
With this in mind please can we ask that:
1. Children wear trainers – preferably black.
2. Children come to school on the days they have PE wearing their PE kit. Your class teacher will notify you of the days.
How will children and adults be organised?
Children and adults will be in class and year group bubbles. If members of staff are required to move between bubbles (e.g. senior leaders, PPA teachers) they will distance from other staff and children.
How will Breakfast and After School Club work?
Breakfast and After School club will be organised into Year Group zones. Parents have been asked to apply online. Mrs Hole will send further details to those who have been allocated spaces.
How will I get a message to a member of staff or the school office?
All communication with school should be via telephone and email in the first instance. The main entrance to the school office will remain closed. Appointments to speak to staff will most likely be over the phone, email or a virtual platform such as Microsoft Teams. We will continue to use the collection and drop off boxes outside the school office gate as well.
Will the children need to bring a pencil case or other equipment with them?
Yes please. A named pencil case with pencil/s, blue handwriting pen (Year 3 – 6 only), coloured pencils, ruler, pencil sharpener, a pair of children’s scissors and a glue stick all of which will then remain in school. Children should also bring a jacket, coat, book bag and lunchbox if needed. Children should not bring individual bottles of hand sanitiser.
Will school lunches be available?
We will be offering a slightly reduced school meals service as some children will be eating in their classrooms. To enable us to contain bubbles Nursery – Year 2 will eat their meals in their classrooms. Please order one of the Grab and Go options available if your child is in Nursery – Year 2.
Children in Year 3 – 6 will eat their meals in one of the two school halls and therefore we are able to offer them a hot meal. Children in Year 3 -6 are able to order all 4 options on the menu. All children will also be able to bring their own packed lunch should you prefer.
All being well, I aim to film a short video for you on Wednesday and the teachers are also hoping to create a video together with the final class specific details that you will need for September. Please check our website and the children’s new class pages.
As always, if you have any questions please do send these in via the school admin email (email@example.com) and we will collate and answer these as best we can.
We will continue to use Class DOJO and we have a Lockdown Continuity of Education Plan in place should we need to close a bubble, the school and/or any localised lockdowns. Please do sign up for Class Dojo if you haven’t already done so (if you need us to resend instructions please email firstname.lastname@example.org). We will extend the use of Dojo to all classes in school including Reception and Nursery parents in these classes will receive emails with instructions on how to register themselves and their children over the next week.
Finally, next year may be challenging in a different way, once the seasonal colds and flus set in. Please could we ask for your continued patience and support in helping us to look after our members of staff by treating them with kindness and respect. This is new to us all and with many things outside of our control but we are genuinely all trying to do our best and we will continue to do so. If we work together, we will get through this.
Mrs P Phillips