William Cassidi C. of E. Primary School
12th July, 2021
Dear Parents/Carers and Children,
I hope you are all safe and continue to remain well especially during this transition period when we are all faced with new decisions about the relaxation of current restrictions. I am sure many of you will still be nervous and remain anxious but hopefully we will all be well-prepared for what lies ahead.
Following the government’s announcement towards Step 4 on Monday evening we have received new operational guidance and this letter as well as the required Outbreak Management Plan will form the basis of our school’s operating procedures from Monday, 6th September when the children return for the new school year.
The new phase of the government’s response moves away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk. New guidance allows schools to replace previous measures with proportionate control measures which should be regularly reviewed and risk assessments updated as circumstances change in our school and the community.
The impact of this guidance means that:
- Normal school hours will resume (8:55am to 3:15pm)
- Children no longer need to sit in rows facing the front
- Children no longer need to be separated within areas of the school
- Year groups may now mix
- Break times can be spent together
- Toileting facilities no longer need to be separate for year ‘bubbles’
- School worships may resume
- Lunches may be taken together in the school hall and hot meals will be available
- School lunchtime and after school clubs may resume
- Educational visits and sporting festivals, events and competitions may resume
- The school bank and shop, library, school council and IT ambassadors may now resume their activities face-to-face
- Full school uniform should be worn with a separate PE kit for changing into for lessons
- Book bags and other requested items may be brought into school
- Remote learning will remain available for those who are required to self-isolate and to maintain this feature contact between home and school will continue online as well as home learning and class notices.
Schools are still required to maintain control measures:
- Ensure good hygiene for everyone
- Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
- Keep occupied spaces well ventilated
- Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing conformed cases of COVID-19.
As a result, we will continue to maintain our provision of hand sanitisers and tissues for children, staff and visitors promoting hand washing and good respiratory hygiene approach of ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’. In addition, we will maintain our high cleaning standards and use of the fogging machine.
Windows and doors where appropriate will be kept open being mindful of the working temperature, drafts and fire/access safety to maintain ventilation. PPE will be available for anyone who feels they wish to continue to wear it but this is personal choice unless there are concerns about a possible infection and all prior procedures will be followed as outlined in our risk assessment. Finally, we will continue to follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and management of confirmed cases.
Staff are able to cease testing during the summer break but will resume from the autumn term for as long as we are asked to do so as we believe this provides added security for us all.
It is clear in the guidance that schools must also be prepared to step measures up or down in the future depending on local circumstances. However, we are hopeful that everyone will appreciate a return to near normal and will respect the measures we are all asked to take to minimise risks.
Please continue to take care, stay safe and be kind. Thank you again for your understanding and co-operation during this most difficult time and please remember we are here to help. We are greatly looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school in September and enjoying our ‘normal’ school activities and routines.
We are pleased to inform you that School lunched will resume from September.
School meals are priced at £2.05 a day (£10.25 per week) to be paid on a Monday by cash or cheque. Termly and half termly payments can also be made to school by cash or cheque. For card payments please call Stockton Borough Council on 01642 527271.
Please note that one weeks notice is required for your Child to change meal options. If one weeks notice is not given. You could be charged for the week/weeks we have not been informed. Contact the School office if your Child is needing to change meal option immediately.
Even though KS1 are entitled to Universal Free School meals it is still important to inform School if changing meal options. This ensures there is a meal available for your Child as meals are only prepared for the numbers we have had notification for.
Thank you for your continued support