Covid-19 School Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issued Monday 1st March 2021:

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we build towards opening school up for all pupils on March 8th, here are a number of pieces of information that you may find useful and also a couple of requests from the school.

 

First of all and at the risk of stating the obvious, we are still in the grip of an awful pandemic and all of the prevention procedures that we had in place before and during this current lockdown will remain in place when we open up fully. As has been made very clear to us in the government briefings, we can’t relax yet, please help us to make the school environment as Covid secure as we possibly can.

 

The really good news is that the number of positive cases in Ecclesall and Greystones in the 7 days to 23rd February was 0-2 and the rate per 100,000 N/A, in other words 0 or too low to register. That gives us confidence but we can’t stop taking every precaution; it does show though that it is time that schools in the area reopened fully

It seems a little impersonal but it is probably easier and clearer to put these in bullet point form.

  • We need to continue to operate a system of a staggered start and end to the day. The timing for your child’s class is below:

 

Class: Sunflowers

Gate: Tulibardine Infants  gate

Arrival: 8:30

Exit: 3:00

 

Class: Rainbows

Gate: Tulibardine Infants  gate

Arrival: 8:40

3:10

Class: Stars

Gate: Tulibardine Infants  gate

Arrival: 8:50

Exit: 3:20

 

Class: Owls

Gate: Car Park gate

Arrival: 8:30

Exit: 3:00

 

Class: Hedgehogs

Gate: Car Park gate

Arrival: 8:40

3:10

 

Class: Foxes

Gate: Car Park gate

Arrival: 8:50

Exit: 3:20

 

Class: Bumblebees

Gate: Car Park gate

Arrival: 8:35

Exit: 3:05

 

Class: Caterpillars

Gate: Car Park gate

Arrival: 8:45

Exit: 3:15

 

Class: Dragonflies

Gate: Car Park gate

Arrival: 8:55

Exit: 3:25

 

Class: Y3G

Gate: Greystones Road gate

Arrival: 8:30

Exit: 3:00

 

Class: Y3JS

Gate: Greystones Road gate

Arrival: 8:40

Exit: 3:10

Class: Y3WS

Gate: Greystones Road gate

Arrival: 8:50

Exit: 3:20

 

Class: Y4A

Gate: Greystones Road gate

Arrival: 8:35

Exit: 3:05

 

Class: Y4PS

Gate: Greystones Road gate

Arrival: 8:45

Exit: 3:15

 

Class: Y4HC

Gate: Greystones Road gate

Arrival: 8:55

Exit: 3:25

 

Class: Y5T/H

Gate: Main Entrance gate

Arrival: 8:35

Exit: 3:05

 

Class: Y5B

Gate: Main Entrance gate

Arrival: 8:45

Exit: 3:15

 

Class: Y5R

Gate: Main Entrance gate

Arrival: 8.55

Exit: 3:25

 

Class: Y6DR

Gate: Main Entrance gate

Arrival: 8:40

Exit: 3:10

 

Y6S

Gate: Main Entrance gate

Arrival: 8:50

Exit: 3:20

   

  • Please try your best to stick to these times as we still need to minimise the number of parents congregating at any one time and we need to keep the number of pupils mixing as low as possible.

  • If your child is in Year 5 or Year 6 and they come to school on their own, they MUST NOT arrive 15 or 20 minutes early. Please ensure that they don’t. This was a frustrating issue before and has been during this last lockdown.

  • Although parents are still not allowed on site, to avoid crowding on the pavements around school, especially for Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 we will ask parents, when it their child’s class time to come in to school and especially when it is time to collect the children at the end of the day, to step inside the gates and wait in the car-park (Year 1 and 2), just inside the infant gate (Foundation) and just inside the Greystones Road gate (Year 3 and 4).

  • All adults need to remember to maintain social distancing on and around the site.

  • Masks must be worn by all adults anywhere on the school site.

  • We also ask parents to support us by wearing masks around the school when collecting and dropping off children.

  • Children are allowed to bring a bag in to school to carry trainers, spare clothes, packed lunches etc. Please try to minimise this as all bags and coats are kept in the classroom.

  • Children should not bring their own stationery in to school.

  • Children should not bring toys or cuddly toys in to school.

  • Children may bring their own hand-sanitiser and/or soap in to school, especially if they have problems with their hands reacting to too much of the same soap or sanitiser or conditions such as eczema.

  • We will continue with 2 outside breaks in the morning, an outside break at lunchtime and an afternoon outside break focused on organised physical activity. We will only not go outside in truly poor weather, please ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing for going outdoors, especially in wet weather.

 

If you use your car to bring your child to school or pick them up at the end of the day:

  • Please do not drive on or park on Tullibardine Road at all.

  • Please give yourself plenty of time to park safely, away from the school and walk the final part of the journey – both at the start and end of the day.

  • Please do not stop in the middle of the road and allow your child to jump out of or in to your car, either on Tullibardine Road or Greystones Road.

  • We would rather a child was a little late arriving or a little late being picked up than we have unsafe or dangerous driving.

  • We need to keep Tullibardine Road clear of all school related traffic because many parents and children move on to the road when walking to maintain social distancing.

  • When we start back, Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 will eat their dinner in the school dining room and will have a more normal school dinner menu on offer. Children in Years 3 to 6 will continue to have a hot grab lunch that they will eat in the classroom.

 

In case you missed the newsletter on Friday:

 

Other things to be aware of:

 

  • During next week, Years 2 to 6 will post three activities for the children to do. They won’t be difficult; one maths, one reading and one SPAG and they will be on Assignments. It would be really helpful if you could encourage your child to do them —it doesn’t matter if they can’t answer any questions —as we need to know what they can and can’t do. In other words, please encourage them but don’t help them. They will just give a quick view of what the child has learned or not during this lockdown. Please don’t mention any words like assessment to your child, we really don’t want them to feel that it is an assessment.

  • On Monday, I will send a link to a short video of me telling the children how excited we are that they are all coming back and encouraging them to have one last go at the remote learning for next week.

  • During the first week back, the class teachers will spend time with the children who have been remote educating, either in a small group or 1-1 talking to them about their learning, what they have done and looking through the books and other papers that they will hopefully bring with them when they return.

  • We do not want the children’s return to turn in to an academic race. We will, of course, do all that we can to ensure that the children do ‘catch-up’ and ‘fill any gaps’ but we don’t want the children to feel pressured.

 

During the first week back we will focus on:

  • School rules—be safe, be kind, be respectful, keep trying

  • What it’s like to be back in a group of around 30 other children -all children need to get used to that 

  • Well-being and physical activity

  • Mindful activities

  • Time to discuss and talk

  • Zones of regulation and expressing feelings

  • Science Week 8th –12th March - lots of science based activities

  • Lots of art work

  • Lots of sensory breaks

  • Moving forward we will be having a whole school focus, through a project based approach, on Sustainable Development Goal 3  - Good Health and Well-being.

  • Catch-up programmes will begin when we have a clear view of who needs it and what their needs are.

 

Everyone in school is looking forward to having all of the children back in school, we are all relieved that this is happening and can’t wait to get going. We will see you all soon.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

C.M.Jennings

Headteacher

Issued Friday 29th January 2021:

Mr Jennings has written outlining the need to reassess which children are allocated places in school for the period starting Monday 22nd February 2021 (immediately after the half term break) and requires all parents who wish to declare themselves as critical workers to complete an online form for each of their children via the Parent Portal on the School's Office365.

The letter can be accessed here.

Issued Friday 22th January 2021:

Mr Jennings wrote to the parents of children who are accessing remote education on Friday 22nd January. The letter explained the current situation with the pandemic, lockdown and partial opening of schools. 

The letter can be accessed here.

Issued Friday 8th January 2021:

The government guidance which details which children are classified as vulnerable and which workers are classed as Critical has changed.  If the change affects you and you have not already been in touch with the school to amend your child place requirements please contact the school office on enquiries@greystonesprimary.com

The guidance can be seen here

Issued Wednesday 6th January 2021:

Online learning for those children who have not been given a Vulnerable Child / Critical Worker Child place in school during lockdown is published on our Office365 platform.  Further details about Online Learning can be found on our Online Learning webpage here.

Issued Monday 4th January 2021:

Following the government announcement of a lockdown in England, the school will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow Tuesday 5th January 2021.  Please see the correspondence from Chris Jennings the Headteacher here regarding this decision.

(previous bulletins published here are no longer applicable and have been removed)