Enter into Year 1 learning
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A message from Mrs Hedman followed by a song by the staff of St. Mark’s
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16th July 2020
Dear Parent/ Carer,
We praise God for helping us to complete another year at St. Mark’s and we look forward to the new year ahead starting in September.
We will be following government guide lines regarding schools returning in September and the safety measures that will need to be in place when we come back; this letter is to alert you to the changes in our school practice and the impact it will have on you and your family.
Please discuss these changes with your child/ children so that they are familiar with the differences that they can expect from September.
We have been asked to keep each class as a bubble and therefore the following actions will take place.
- Year 1 children will start school at 8.45 and use the main gates to enter school. They will be met by one of the class teachers and escorted into school. They will finish school at 3.10 and leave by the main gates.
- Parents/ children will be expected to adhere to social distancing guidelines when waiting outside the school.
- Year 1 lunchtime will be from 11.45-1.00 and they will be kept apart from other classes. They will share the hall space with Year 3 but be seated at separate tables.
- Year 1 will use the KS1 playground during playtime and lunchtime. They will be able to play as a class but not with other year groups.
- On the days that Year 1 have PE, they will be expected to come to school in full PE kit (white T-shirt, black or navy jogging bottoms, black or dark trainers). Navy shorts can be worn on hot days. No leggings, multi coloured tops or bright trainers allowed.
- Year 1 will be seated at tables but we will not use social distancing in class. The adults may wear face shields when working closely with the children.
We will not have a whole school collective worship until the government guidelines changes; the children will have daily collective worship in class.
We will be asking all children to have their own plastic labelled wipeable pencil cases with their own stationary inside, which will be kept on their tables. We also recommend that each child has their own bottle of sanitiser which they can use when they need to.
Please only come into school if you have made an appointment with a member of staff, you can ring the office to make an appointment.
There will be timed breaks for washing hands and going to the toilet.
To remain hydrated, each child should bring in their own labelled water bottle that will be kept at their desk and not shared with anyone.
At the end of each day the water bottle will be sent home for washing and re-filling. Please remind your child that they will not be able to fill up from the school fountains, so it is important to ensure that they have enough for the day.
Children should be dressed in full school uniform. Please try to ensure that your child is dressed in fresh clothes daily where possible. However, we understand that daily changing of clothing may make it impossible to wear full school uniform every day. If this is the case, please make every effort to adhere to the school uniform colours.
If at any time, you think you or your child is showing signs of the corona virus please contact your nearest test centre to book a test. (http://www.gov/apply-coronavirus-test). Also please let us know as soon as possible so that we can inform the necessary parents and take steps to isolate staff and children. If an adult or child in the class contracts Covid 19, the class will be closed and all pupils and staff in that group will need to self-isolate at home. If the symptoms develop, each member of the household will need to self-isolate for 14 days. The school will provide home learning packs so that learning can continue.
If a child becomes unwell during the school day, they will be taken into the Meeting room, which is opposite the reception office while a responsible adult is called who needs to come immeadiately. They will remain into the room until they are collected and taken to be tested by the responsible adult. Their class will continue to run as normal until the results of the test are known.
We appreciate that children will need support in transitioning from home to school learning so they will receive a curriculum which will support their emotional social and mental well-being as well as the basic curriculum.
Please share these changes with your child/ children and understand that by sending your child to school you are agreeing to support the school’s new system and ensure that your children follow the new procedures.
Support: Some children maybe finding it difficult to understand the situation we are currently in, they may find it useful to talk to someone who is trained specifically to listen and support children through anxiety and fear.
Childline: 0800 1111 (under 18’s)
Samaritans: 116 123 (18 and over)
There has been a huge increase in women seeking support for Domestic Abuse, if anyone you know is in an unsafe household. Please let them know the following:
If they dial 999 from a mobile phone and are unable to speak, they can press 5 twice, help will come. Alternatively, they can call the Freephone number below.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (free 24 hours a day)
Remember to stay safe.
God bless and keep you at this unique time.