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Welcome Back and Important changes to school times-Please read

Welcome back to school everybody. I hope you all had a lovely break and managed to get out and about in the sunshine last week. The children are all happy and excited to be back and were keen to get going with their new learning projects today.


With the relaxing of restrictions in England, we have looked at how we can reflect this in our school drop off and pick up times. From Tuesday 20th April, these will be as follows for ALL CHILDREN.


Gates will be open 8.45-9am for dropping off

Gates will be open from 3pm-3.10pm for picking up


Our one way system will still be in place. Both the little blue gate at the front and the gate by the pool will be for entry only.


Children in Year R and Year 1 will exit through the car park. Please note there will be no traffic permitted to move in the car park during these times, including staff, parents and carers using the disabled bays, unless there is an emergency. Traffic will be permitted to move outside of these times only, this is for everybody's safety.


Year R and Year 1 children will exit through the car park. Year 2 will exit down the ramp.


Face masks are still to be worn. We will assess the need for this as more restrictions are lifted over the coming weeks. We are still one parent per family group on site.


Please try to keep the flow of dropping off keep moving as quickly as possible by using email and telephone to let teachers know any information you would like them to know, not at the class door. They will respond as quickly as they can when they aren't teaching. Staggering drop offs and pickups during these times will also help, instead of arriving and queuing. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping to keep our school as safe as it can be.


Parent/Teacher meetings are also happening via zoom this week and next. Please sign up for a time, if you haven't already done so. All emails and links have been sent out in the same way that we did in November.


Please look for a separate email that we will be sending out called 'The Big Ask' this week. It is the biggest survey of it's kind to understand and collate children's opinions and views. Teachers will be talking to the children too, and they will need to be completed at home. We will also put all the information on our 'Parent Information' Page.


With the warmer weather upon us, please remember to put sunscreen on and bring hats and water bottles. Long hair (for girls and boys) need to be tied back and large hair bows/cat ears etc need to be worn at home and not school. Trainers/sandals/school shoes can be worn, but please remember socks (one of the worst injuries I have ever seen in school was when I first started teaching and a child tripped in sandals with no socks).


Please also remember our voluntary one way system when dropping off and picking up in cars and park considerately on the estate. Hoe Road car park is an excellent place to Park and Stride and will save you driving onto the estate to try to find a space (if you are anything like me and hate parallel parking!). It is only 5 minutes away and will help to alleviate traffic congestion. Parking on our yellow zigzags is strictly forbidden and you will be asked to move along. Cars who park on here will have their number plates reported to the police, as the zigzags are there to provide safety for children crossing the busy roads to us and the juniors.


We are looking forward to opening our library back up this week. For the first few weeks we will be using it with our teaching staff, then hopefully (fingers crossed) we will be able to welcome back parent helpers. We are still being flexible in our approach and will use government guidance to steer our way.


It is lovely to be back!


Best wishes


Mrs Riches


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