North Featherstone Junior & Infant School - Welcome Back!
7th September 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that you have all had a lovely summer, enjoying our typical British weather and are now ready to send your children to school tomorrow.
Before the school officially finished for the summer, we invited every child to meet their new teacher and see the new procedures that have been put in place to make the school as safe as it possibly can be. These transition days were hugely successful.
We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back on Tuesday 8th September, and we are working hard to make the school a safe, enjoyable environment. Please have a look at our video which is uploaded onto the school’s website, (that we shared with you in July) to remind you of some of the changes we have made.
How can you help with our safety measures
To reduce the number of people on the school site at all times, only one parent or carer will be permitted to bring children onto the premises – either dropping off or collecting at the end of school.
Children should arrive at school promptly (but not too early) and collected at the designated times (but not too early), otherwise this will adversely affect other classes; please see the timetable that we published on our website in July.
Outside all of the entrances and classrooms there are markings spaced 2 metres apart, please line up with your child (if you are bringing them to school), on these markings until a member of staff opens the door. At this point leave your child and allow them to enter the school, you will not be permitted into the cloakroom. Members of staff will be on hand to help and support your children as they come into school.
If you have a message to pass to the class teacher, please call the school office beforehand (after 8.00 a.m.) and they will pass it on. If you urgently need to pass on a message, the school main reception area is operating a one in and one out policy (maintaining social distance). Please be respectful of the one in/one out measures in the main entrance area and wait outside on the markings provided.
Follow the one-way system in place and adhere to the line markings – even though these may be longer than you are used to.
Please avoid gathering in groups at the school gate, or at classroom doors or on the playground and maintain social distancing.
Please do not enter the building via cloakrooms or classrooms
Breakfast club and after school clubs
Just to remind you that there will be no breakfast club or after school clubs initially when the children return to school. We fully appreciate how important the breakfast club is to some families and we will endeavour to have these up and running as soon as we possibly can. We will inform you when they will be restarting.
If your children requires medication at school such as an inhaler, please ensure that this is replenished if it is out of date and send it with your child on the first day back to school.
Please return all of the reading books that were sent home during the closure on the first day back. On their return to school, the books will be cleaned with antibacterial spray before being returned to the shelves or drawers or being used by other children. Children will continue to bring home reading books so that they can practice their reading skills. Please remind your child to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer after reading to you.
The children will need to bring their own clear, water bottle to school each day, which they will then need to take home to wash at the end of the day and return it the following day.
Although there will be a need to make some changes to the curriculum to reflect the teaching time that was lost during the lockdown, we will still be doing our very best to provide an ambitious, broad and richly engaging curriculum whilst addressing any gaps in learning. Rest assured, your children will be accessing a full curriculum, including P.E., forest schools and enrichment visits whilst adhering to government guidance. Even though delivering the curriculum is essential, your children’s well-being is of paramount importance too; this will be a high priority as the children return to school.
We are looking forward to seeing your children tomorrow, to continue their learning journey with us. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Mrs Michelle Cunnington
Government Advice on Coronavirus:
At North Featherstone J & I, we believe that educating our children about being safe on-line is very important. As part of our ICT curriculum, children learn how to identify some of the risks they may encounter when on-line, and what to do to keep themselves safe. In school, we have clear rules for children and staff about using the internet, and these are displayed in every classroom. These rules are regularly discussed and referred to by class teachers when learning on-line is taking place. Click Here for more information on Safeguarding.