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Arrangements up to 8th March 

We are thrilled by the news that once again we are able to welcome every child back to full time education from Monday 8th March.  

Our remote learning provision will continue until Friday 5th March so please continue to share your child’s work with us until then. We are very excited to see their books upon their return and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your engagement with our remote learning offer.

For those children learning at home you will continue to receive your weekly phone calls from your child’s  class teacher and following the success of our Zoom meetings, these will also continue until our return to school.

Thank you once again for your support.

Return to School Information from 8th March

Upon our return to school our absolute priorities continue to be the health and emotional wellbeing of the children and the whole school community.

Below are the details of our opening plan including the measures we have put in place to nurture and protect every child and family.

School Times 

For the safe arrival and departure of children we will reinstate the start and finish times that minimise the number of people arriving and leaving our school at any one time. 

There is a ten minute drop off window for each group to further support the transition of children into the classroom in a calm, physically spaced way.  Can we please ask that you stick to your child’s allocated drop off and pick up times. This helps ensure that your child receives their full education entitlement each day.  

For families with children in more than one class please use the later time.

Class

Drop off-Morning session

Pick up

Nursery

8.35-8.45

11.45

Drop off-Afternoon session

Pick up

12.15

3.15

Main School

Reception

8.30-8.40

2.40

Year One

8.40-8.50

2.50

Year Two

8.50-9.00

3.00

Please can we ask that you are mindful of the following mitigations that support social distancing and apply them whenever possible:

  • Each child should be brought to school by just one adult.
  • Please keep your child with you at all times at the start and end of the school day.
  • Our one-way system which starts at the main gate and finishes at the nursery gate will remain in place.
  • Staff will welcome your children into the classroom in the morning.  If you need to talk to your child’s teacher, please respect the two metre social distancing measures.

What does my child need to bring?

  • Book bag – For books that are sent home, there will be a 48 hour period between one user and the next.
  • Water bottle
  • PE kit
  • A packed lunch (if you choose for your child to not have a hot dinner).  Please remember that every child is entitled to a Free School Meal.

 Please can children wear a clean school uniform.

 How are children grouped?

We are continuing with our stringent bubble system where the children will remain with their own class, and class staff for all aspects of the school day including lunchtimes.

The bubble system means, that in line with guidance, young children can mix in an age appropriate way.

Where ‘catch up’ and other interventions are delivered these will be stringently distanced but in spaces that promote this in a child friendly way.

 Personal Hygiene and Cleaning

The enhanced cleaning includes the cleaning of shared resources and the additional cleaning of high touch areas.  Those resources that are used by all children within the bubble will be cleaned regularly.  Resources will not be shared across bubbles without cleaning or quarantine measures. Some resources such as pens and pencils will be personal to children.  Children will be taught about personal hygiene including use of tissues, catching coughs and effective hand washing.  They will wash their hands on arrival at school and throughout the day, including before and after eating.

 Self-Isolation

We have been informed that the Government expect all staff and families to be ready and willing to engage in the Government track and trace system. This system will help prevent transmission of COVID 19 by helping to ensure the self-isolation of anyone who has been in close contact with a case of coronavirus.  Government are giving the clear message that children must not attend school if they are showing symptoms of the coronavirus or have been in contact with anyone who is either displaying symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus, (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell).

Attendance

The government are expecting all children to attend school and as such our usual procedures for attendance will be in place including parents completing absence request forms and phone calls to the school office if your child is not in.  As part of the track and trace procedures it is very important that we are told if your child is absent as a result of coronavirus symptoms or if they have had contact with a case of coronavirus.

Communication between parents and school

We really value the two way communication we have with parents, when school and families work in partnership together we know that children achieve the best possible outcomes. At the current time more of this is being conducted remotely.

We use our website to share all information with families.  Information includes:

  • Health and safety and organisational updates.
  • Remote learning (if needed in the case of isolation or class or school closures).
  • All forms have been put on the school website for you to fill in electronically and email back to us.

 

 

Learning

We are aware that each and every child has their own learning needs and will have had their own learning experiences during the coronavirus pandemic and this second period of school closure. Learning will be personalised to each child with a focus on emotional health and wellbeing within the context of our full curriculum.

 

If your child needs to self-isolate it is explicitly expected by the Government that school supported learning continues at home. This will be delivered through emails and our school website. Work completed at home will be shared with school, via year group emails, and staff will provide direct emailed feedback.

 Nurture and Support

For every child returning to school we will be ensuring that our environment continues to be nurturing and that our provision recognises the very different experiences each child has had since the outbreak of the coronavirus. We are aware that some children and families may have suffered bereavement, hospitalisation or other trauma; to enable us to support these children more effectively, please can you call or email the school office with any information we need to know.

 Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.

 

World Book Day 4th March

This year we will be celebrating World Book Day both at home and in school!

For children who are learning at home, there will be a page on our school website where you will be able to find videos of our teachers sharing the different activities for the day for your children to take part in (your child can choose to take part in as many of the activities as you wish!)  We know just how much children love to dress up and so your child may wish to spend the day dressed as their favourite book character as part of their celebrations.

We would love to see photographs of your children celebrating at home so please share photographs or videos via the year group email.

For those children who are currently accessing a place in school, we will be having a fun day full of World Book Day related activities.  On this day, children can also come to school dressed as their favourite book character if they wish ( please do not feel the pressure with needing to buy a costume!)

Usborne Books have kindly offered to hold an online book fair which will be accessed via a Facebook page link which will be live from Thursday 4th March until Sunday 7th March.

On this page you will be able to spend the £1 book voucher which is attached to this email, all you will need is the code on the voucher when using the book token. Keep a look out on our school Facebook page as this is where the link to the online book fair will be shared.

We are really looking forward to having a fun filled day and we hope your children  have a fantastic time celebrating books, authors and illustrators!

Miss Hargraves

English Subject Leader

Covid Winter Grant

Many families are facing financial hardship due to the impact of the pandemic and many are struggling to put food on the table, stay warm, and buy essentials. Cornwall Council has secured a government grant to provide additional financial and practical help to our families.

The Covid Winter Grant can be used to provide financial help to any households who are facing financial hardship and who would benefit from this support.

The fund is £1.8 million from central government and 80% of the cash will go towards families with children while the remaining money will go to other households struggling because of the pandemic.

Over £650,000 of this funding has already been allocated towards funding Free School Meals provision during the Christmas holiday period and February Half Term.

We need your help to identify those most in need who are facing the greatest financial hardship and who are in need of this financial support.

The conditions of the grant specify that financial help can be given in the following areas:

1. Food

2. Energy and water bills for household purposes (including drinking, washing, cooking, central heating, and sanitary purposes) and sewerage.

3. Other essentials (including sanitary products, warm clothing, soap, blankets, boiler service/repair, purchase of equipment including fridges, freezers, ovens, etc.)

Please consider all your families who are facing financial hardship and who are in need of this financial support.

All grants must be allocated by the end of March. We want as many eligible families as possible to benefit. So, please make can you share the info below now with your families so that they don’t miss out.

To apply for the Covid Winter Grant, please use the contact information below.

· For items relating to home heating such as fuel bills or breakdown in heating equipment such as oil tanks or boiler repair please contact Community Energy Plus by emailing advice@cep.org.uk or phoning 0800 954 1956.

· For help with food and other essential household items visit our website here: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/advice-and-benefits/benefits/crisis-and-care-awards/

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