Return to school for all – Monday 8th March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am so pleased to be writing this letter to welcome all pupils back on Monday 8th March!

We will be welcoming pupils back to their usual class teacher and staff in their usual classrooms. We are adhering to strict Government guidance, details of which are outlined in this letter and our latest risk assessment is on our school website which has been quality assured by Governors and the Trust board. We will need to continue to stagger drop offs and pick ups to allow social distancing. Please see the times below which we have reduced to try and support parents and learning. Please try and stick to your drop off slot, arriving on time, not before or after. Where needed, siblings can be dropped off at the earlier or later time. Attendance is mandatory and any pupils who do not attend may be subject to penalty noticing.

Any pupils that have borrowed a device during this time will need to return these to the school office on Monday 8th March. Our usual school uniform is expected in line with our uniform policy to help settle pupils back into school life and expectations. However, we can be flexible with this for the first few weeks to accommodate any parents who have not been able to buy any new uniform to accommodate growing etc. For the next few weeks, I suggest extra layers underneath their uniform to allow for the extra ventilation.

We have designed a very detailed recovery curriculum to help pupils catch-up on lost learning time. This will be using a gap analysis and focusing on the key areas that pupils need in the core areas of learning in each year group. We will begin by teaching areas that have been missed at a whole class level and then move onto more personalised learning and intervention as time goes on. We will be focusing on phonics within EYs, Personal and Social Education and prioritising the prime areas, Literacy and Maths. We will also be using our NELI speech and language programme to support learners. The rest of the school will build on these areas at an appropriate level, focusing on daily reading, Numeracy, sentence level Literacy, spelling, handwriting, Science and key areas of topic for enrichment. There will be a common thread of well-being support planned in for all classes with a focus on mental health, positive relationships and health education. For any pupils who may need to isolate in the future, remote learning will be provided on Seesaw from the following day.

We will be offering a virtual review day appointment again on Thursday 1st April and this will be a non-pupil day. Links will be sent out shortly. If we do not have your current e-mail address, please contact the school office. For those pupils that have been in school attending, teachers will be able to give more detail on their knowledge gained and an assessment on their progress. For those who have not attended, this will be a more general approach based on their learning set and what they have seen on seesaw. This will be reflected in their report.

All parents are required to wear masks on arrival and pick up unless medically exempt and please can only one parent or carer drop off. Parents are still not able to come onto the school site so the one-way system will still be in place. Children will sanitise their hands before walking to their classrooms. On pick up, parents can go to the classroom door. Kingfishers will be released from the side door and Year 5 and 6 from the hall. If you require a conversation with a member of staff, please do this through e-mail or telephone to avoid face to face contact. Please do not gather outside of the school gates. The office is open if you require something urgently with one person at a time entering, otherwise please phone. Cash will not be accepted. Payments for dinners etc need to be made through School Money. Breakfast and after school club will continue with pupils staying in their specific bubbles.

Please can pupils bring their own water bottle in daily, clearly labelled with their name. These need to be taken home and washed each day. Regular hand washing and sanitisation will continue throughout the day and pupils will continue to be sat at a desk with one other child (age appropriate). Social distancing will remain in place in the classroom where possible. Please can I ask that only essential items are brought into school. No toys or other objects should be brought into school from home. Please see a reminder below of PE and Outdoor Learning days so pupils can bring in their correct kit.

If your child displays any of the below symptoms, they must not come to school and must phone us immediately to report:-

• A high temperature
• A new continuous cough
• A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.

We will advise you to get a test and there will be a period of isolation.

Classes will stay in their class ‘bubble’ and will not mix with any other pupils at break or lunch. Hot dinners will commence and a menu will be posted on the website soon.

I am pleased to report that staff are continuing to be tested twice a week and all cases have come back as negative. This is a really positive step in helping to stop the spread of asymptomatic cases. The Government have released that they will be issuing testing for households of primary aged pupils. This is run separately to the school. When more information is released on this, I will inform you of where these can be obtained.

We haven’t seen many of our children since before Christmas and are really looking forward to welcoming them back. We appreciate there is going to be lots of change in the next few weeks for everyone and we will support pupils at every step of the way. Thank you for your continued support and your effort throughout lockdown with the remote learning. It has not been an easy time for anyone and we all look forward to moving towards a normal school day. If you wish to contact me to discuss any of this further, please do so via e-mail on annabelle.thomas@teignmouthschool.co.uk

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Annabelle Thomas
Head of School