I hope you and your family are keeping safe and well. The events of the past months have resulted in significant changes to normal routine for all. School as you know has remained open for key worker and vulnerable children and at the minute there is a Summer Scheme running for P5-P7. Staff have gone above and beyond and I wish to commend my staff for the fantastic job they have done supporting the children and parents with home learning, vital communication and supervision of children attending school over the past few months. I would also like to thank you parents for the great job you did engaging in the home learning. I for one know this has not been an easy task attempting to balance your work and other commitments whilst supporting your children’s school work.
It was lovely to see you all the last weeks of term when you called down to collect your children’s work and report. We are open to the 17th July for those of you that didn’t make it down in June.
Arrangements for August/September restart
On 19th June the Department of Education (NI) released the ‘NI Re-opening Schools Guidance-New School Day’ which helped clarify the requirements for primary school return. In addition, a supplementary guide was published for pre-school settings and then a further additional guidance on planning for the foundation stage. However, it is very likely that some/all of this guidance will be updated again and as such all arrangements are subject to change.
The guidance for Primary Schools states that social distancing for children will be reduced to 1m. The plan we have proposed takes into account the current guidance which recommends that ‘Primary school children return to full time education with social distancing, where practical, while implementing a ‘protective bubble strategy’
Therefore we aim to phase all children back to school during the week beginning 24th August 2020. The children will be in their ‘protective class bubble’ and will only interact with children and staff within this bubble. In order to accommodate the social distancing recommendations, we have created a new class, a Primary 4/5 class which will be taught by Miss Forbes. We will also be using any available areas within the school building.
Due to the many changes in routines, which are essential to keep everyone safe, we are phasing all P1-P7 pupils into school week beginning 24th August. This will give children time to learn the new routines and have time with their new teacher. It will enable your child to get used to the ‘New School Day’
Changes will include:
- Staggered arrival and departure times and entrances/exits
- Increased hygiene routines; new classroom layout
- Understanding how protective bubbles work-limiting movement around school and no mixing of classes
- Children with other family members P1-P7 will attend Tuesday 25th August
- Children with no family members will attend Wednesday 26th August
- All children will then attend Thursday 27th August
- Children should bring a packed lunch.
All Nursery pupils will have an induction session week beginning 24th August, followed by the normal practice of phasing pupils in over September and October. Nursery teachers will be in touch regarding a time and date.
Parents will be notified of arrival and departure times and entrances through the School App in August. It is important you adhere to these times as the safety and welfare of the staff, pupils and parents is of the utmost importance.
School will then be closed for the August Bank Holiday and will reopen on Tuesday 1st September for all pupils.
School bags and school resources.
Guidance states that we limit items brought between home and school on a regular basis. We have ordered the necessary equipment that your child will need for school. This has been ordered in bulk and will be organised by the class teacher for pupil’s individual use.
A contribution of £5 towards the cost of these resources should be brought to school during induction week.
I will contact all parents again in early August with any further information.
Finally, thank you once again for all the support we have received during this difficult time. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer break. I wish all the P7 pupil’s every success as they move onto their next school.