CHESTNUTS PRIMARY SCHOOL

Return to school 08.03.21

Dear Families,

 

One more week to go! We cannot wait for ALL children to be back in school full time from Monday 8th March. Timings of the school day and gates will remain as they were from September to December and as set out in the last newsletter. 

 

Facemasks

We are asking all adults who drop children at school or pick them up to wear a face mask. School staff will also be wearing masks around the school premises but not in classrooms. Don’t forget that some people are exempt for medical reasons. 

 

Playgrounds at drop off

Reception and KS1 - please enter the playground via your assigned gate and line up at the appropriate point. Adults will direct you on Monday!

KS2 - please drop your child at the assigned gate and leave them to enter the playground on their own. There will be an adult supervising the playground. 

 

It is very important that you drop children and leave swiftly. I know that it can be tempting to stop and chat but we need to keep the area around the school as safe as possible. I thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

 

Friday afternoons

We intend to continue with childcare only on Friday afternoons until the Easter break. If you can collect your child at lunchtime on Friday this really helps us and enables all teachers to have their PPA time. If infection rates continue to drop, shielding is no longer in place so we have full staff in school and the Prime Ministers roadmap is followed we intend to run a full school day after the Easter break, 

 

Breakfast and After school clubs

Both breakfast and after school clubs will be up and running from March 8th. Breakfast club starts at 7:45 and children will be escorted to their bubble at the appropriate time. Children are kept in their bubbles at breakfast club by table. After school club will continue as it was with 2 options for pick up (4:45pm and 5:45pm). Please see how to book here. We hope that over the course of the rest of the year these will become more like the provision we provided pre covid with more flexibility. 

Please note that we are now asking families to pay ‘upfront’ for after school club. This is because of high levels of debt. As a school our financial situation is very difficult and we cannot continue to offer places to families who are in debt. If you are having trouble paying or would like to sort out a payment plan please email parentpay@chestnutsprimay.com .

 

Covid reporting procedures/safety in school

It is important to remember that even though we are in a much better position nationally than before Christmas, there is still a chance that your child(ren)’s bubble could have to self isolate due to a case of COVID. In this situation we are in a position to immediately switch to remote learning on Google Classrooms. 

Our procedures in school were successful up to Christmas and we will continue with them all with some added measures this term. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather as classrooms will be regularly ventilated by opening doors and windows. 

If your child is absent from school for ANY reason, please use the absence reporting form to let us know. This is the quickest way for us to know why your child is absent. Please also report any household cases of COVID on this form. Absence reporting form.

 

Children’s wellbeing

We will spend time in the first week back supporting children with their wellbeing as they transition back into school. This will include regular opportunities for the children to talk with adults about how they are feeling. If you feel your child will need extra support transitioning back into school, please email your child’s class teacher so that we can put something in place. 

 

Thank you for your incredible efforts during school closure. Your time and support for the children and their learning has made such a difference. We appreciate that the ‘juggle’ has been very challenging and are incredibly grateful for your efforts.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon,

 

Mrs Horwood