We are very much looking forward to having our wonderful children back in school after the Summer Holidays. It’s going to be great to see each other and we are hopeful that this year we will be able to do more and more of the things we’ve missed out on over the past few years.
However, although many restrictions are no longer a legal requirement, Headteachers still have a duty to ensure the health and safety of their staff and pupils. Whilst we are keen to get back to ‘normal’ we definitely don’t want to put anyone at risk unnecessarily. It is our intention to make changes gradually and introduce more activities and opportunities if and when it is safest to do so.
Some of the measures previously put in place (e.g. our one-way system for drop off and collection, hand washing, ventilation and increased cleaning) will still continue and we will respond to all government guidance as changes are introduced over the coming weeks and months.
One of the most notable changes to the guidance is that from the 16th August 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated or pupils under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. They will be advised to take a PCR test but do not need to self-isolate while they are awaiting their test results.
Bubbles are no longer recommended and we are looking forward to seeing our children enjoying more social interactions with others outside their class. We hope to move gradually back to whole school events and are starting with the following procedures:
- In KS2 each class will remain a bubble and not mix whilst in classrooms and smaller indoor spaces.
- Reception and KS1 will mix indoors for some sessions such as Read, Write Inc as this is a vital for effective phonics teaching.
- Activities such as liturgical prayer and assemblies will take place in the hall in each Key Stage with distancing between the classes.
- For outdoor activities such as playtime and lunchtime, children will be able to mix freely in Key stage groups and have a dedicated area of the school grounds (R/Y1 and Y1/2 can mix; Y3-6 can mix).
To view full details of our risk assessment, please click the link below:
To view the additional measures that may be undertaken on a temporary basis in an outbreak situation, please click the link below:
To view the recent guidance from the Department for Education, please click the link below:
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our wonderful children back and can’t wait to see them. Please be assured that their well-being remains our priority and we will do all we can to keep them safe. Please contact me if you require further information or if I can help in any way.
Miss K. Haggart