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Rowsley C of E Primary School
01629 733 727

School Re-opening to Years Reception, 1 and 6

Dear Parents/Carers

 

As promised I am writing to you to explain how school will reopen from Monday 1st June.

 

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 are able to return on this date (please note that it will no longer be an INSET day) and school have made careful provision to ensure that contact is limited to each year group.

 

To allow this to happen we have amended the times of the school day:

 

Arrive

Lunch

Depart

Door

Reception

9.20am

11.45am

3.00pm

Mrs Hewitt

Year 1

9.10am

11.55am

3.10pm

Main entrance

Year 6

9.00am

12.05am

3.20pm

Mrs Anderson

 

During the school day children will not interact with children from other year groups: lunches will be eaten in classrooms, toilet times will be supervised and playtimes/lunchtimes will be in different parts of the school playground. As far as possible children will be taught by key adults and interaction with other staff will be limited. We will not allow any additional adults into school and school will be thoroughly and meticulously cleaned at the end of each day. We will also ensure that there is strict cleaning practice throughout the school day and part of this will be a regular handwashing regime for all of the children and adults. Please be assured that we will do all that we can to ensure that all government guidance is adhered to in order to keep your child as safe as possible.

 

There are some additional requests that we would like to make as a part of our preparation:

  • Children do not need to come to school in uniform. We will spend as much time outside as possible so clothes need to be comfortable. We would also ask that children have a clean change of clothes every day as there is some medical evidence that suggests that the virus can remain on clothes. We would also ask that children do not wear shoes with laces unless they can tie them independently
  • It is vital that if any child displays any of the symptoms linked to Covid-19 that they are not sent to school. If a child becomes unwell at school, they will be immediately isolated and parents will be contacted to collect their child immediately. If there is a case of Covid-19 in school, school will close for the required period for self isolation and a deep clean
  • When the children come to school we will explain to them at an age appropriate level the ways in which school will be different for them during this next stage. However, in advance of your child returning to school we would ask you to speak to them about the importance of good hygiene and not touching others. Children, and especially our younger children, will find this difficult.

 

While we will do all that we can to ensure social distancing and follow the guidelines that have been issued to schools, the decision regarding whether or not your child returns to school is, for now, a parent’s decision. Parents who chose not to send their child to school will not be penalised and we will continue to upload work to website for all year groups. However, staff will also be busy in school so their responses to your questions and concerns will not be as prompt as they may have been in the past weeks during lockdown. Please note that we will not be setting any work for the week beginning Monday 25th May as this is half term for children and staff.

 

We would love to see our children back in school but understand that this is up to you as parents. I would very much appreciate an indication of whether or not your Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 child will return on 1st June. Please can I ask that you email me by Thursday 21st May cpoole1@rowsley.derbyshire.sch.uk or give school a ring 01629 733727.

 

School may be open to further year groups in the near future, at which point I will be in touch with you again.

 

I would like to finish this letter by thanking the staff who have been in school on a regular basis to care for the children of key workers. I would also like to say thank you to you as parents for your support and patience during these strange times.

 

If you would like any further information about the information included in this letter please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

You are all very much in our thoughts and we hope that we will see you all soon.

 

Take care and stay safe.

 

With very best wishes

 

Caroline Poole

Executive Headteacher

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