Week beginning 7th September 2020
Welcome back to a new academic year and the weekly blog. I hope you all had a good summer break. It was very strange and I know most people didn’t have anything like a normal summer, but I hope you made the best of it.
It was lovely to welcome the whole school back on Tuesday. As I said in my email, thanks for all of your patience this week. I had forgotten what drop off and pick up times looked like with around 600 children in school, but as the week has gone on and everyone has become used to the one way systems, the yard is starting to feel much more manageable. We may continue to make adjustments as time goes on and as we learn about what works and what doesn’t, but so far so good.
We are very keen to stop any parents’ cars from using Farnley Road (next to the dentist) and the back lane. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to block these roads by law, but if you can all use other access routes, then all of our children will be much safer. The safest and healthiest route is to walk, scoot or cycle, for all those who live close enough.
Once the children are in school, we are doing everything asked by the government guidance to keep your children safe. As you can see, classes are sat in Victorian rows all facing forwards, which means that there is much less opportunity for the spread of infection. We are doing PE within our class bubbles and reducing the amount of physical contact to a minimum and everyone has their own space to get used to at break times. The children have been brilliant at adapting to the new rules and regulations, so a big thank you to them.
Most importantly this week, can I remind everyone that if anyone in your family shows COVID19 symptoms then the whole family must isolate while a test is taken. Once a negative result is received you can go back to life as normal. If a positive result is received, you will need to follow Public Health England advice on self-isolating.
On a completely different note, I have just heard from Richard Sutton, our guitar teacher. He has several places for guitar tuition in school. These sessions will be carried out in accordance with the COVID19 guidance, but do cost parents money. We will start by offering these places to children in Years 4 and 5. If you are interested, please email me with your child’s name and class number and I will get Richard to contact you.