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Friday 5th March 2021

Update for Parents/Carers from Mrs Oxton, Headteacher

 

The Director of Public Health for Manchester has written a letter to all parents of school aged children in readiness for their return to school on Monday 8th March.

You can read the letter here:

 Letter for parents from Director of Public Health Manchester

 

Asymptomatic Testing for Households with Children at School or College

NHS Test and Trace has announced that parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid COVID-19 testing.

Undertaking regular, rapid testing helps reduce the spread of the virus.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. Click here for the different ways  a household, childcare or support bubble can collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly. School will not be handing out these tests.

 
PLEASE NOTE children of primary school age or below without symptoms are not being asked to test at home.

 

If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

 

THE FOLLOWING IS A REPEAT OF THE INFORMATION THAT WAS POSTED ON MONDAY 1st MARCH:

 

The planning and preparations for the full reopening of school on Monday 8th March are going well. We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone and welcoming all pupils back.

The only reason why your child should not return to school on Monday 8th March is if they

  • Have symptoms of the virus (cough, temperature, loss of taste/smell)
  • Have tested positive for the virus
  • Live with or have come into contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for the virus

 

Please contact the school on the morning of Monday 8th March if your child is not going to be in, so you can explain their absence and you can be advised on the next steps to take.

Otherwise every child is expected in school, ready and willing to learn on Monday 8th March at 8.45am!

 

Those pupils who borrowed a school laptop to help with their home learning must bring it back in on Monday.

Please also remember to bring the charging lead.

 

 

DROP OFF AND PICK UP ARRANGEMENTS WHEN SCHOOL REOPENS

Drop off and pick up arrangements will be the same as they were in the autumn term.

 

Y1, Y2 and Y3 MORNING DROP OFF from 8.45am

  • Please use the Waterloo Road gate
  • The gate will be open between 8.45 and 9.00am
  • Wait with your child on the pavement in a single file queue, please remember to keep 2 metres away from parents/children in front and behind you, then drop your child at the gate when it is opened
  • Your child will walk into school by themselves, please do not come onto the premises

 

Y4, Y5 and Y6 MORNING DROP OFF from 8.45am

  • Please use the Derby Street gate
  • The gate will be open between 8.45 and 9.00am
  • Wait with your child on the pavement in a single file queue, please remember to keep 2 metres away from parents/children in front and behind you, then drop your child at the gate when it is opened
  • Your child will walk into school by themselves, please do not come onto the premises

 

Y1, Y2, Y3 and Y4 AFTERNOON PICK UP from 3.15pm

  • Please use the Waterloo Road gate
  • Wait on the pavement in a single file queue, please remember to keep 2 metres away from parents in front and behind you
  • EYFS parents will be allowed on to the school site first
  • Y1, Y2, Y3 and Y4 parents will then be allowed on to the site at 3.15pm
  • Walk around the back edge of the playground to the correct class zone, again please remember 2 metres social distancing at all times
  • Your child will be sent to you
  • Once you have your child, walk out the back of the zone to the steps at the far end of the playground, then follow the one way system out of school
  • Please keep your child with you at all times, do not go too near, or gather with or socialise with other parents/families

 

Y5 and Y6 AFTERNOON PICK UP from 3.15pm

  • Please wait on Derby Street
  • The gate will be open from 3.10pm and school staff will bring your child with the rest of their class onto Derby Street from where you will then collect them
  • If you are in a car, please park up safely, do not drive past and expect your child to get into the car when you haven’t parked up, this is not safe

 

EYFS parents will be emailed their arrangements separately.

 

If you have more than one child in school, please collect the youngest first.

 

Please can we ask that parents are prompt for drop off and pick up each day. We will have many staff on duty supervising at these times, so if parents are late it means staff have to stay outside supervising and are not able to get on with important tasks back inside school.

 

 

Please remember that we all still have an important part to play in trying to tackle transmission of the virus; we are by no means out of the woods yet.

If the infection rate starts to go up again, there is a good chance the government will keep restrictions in place longer than planned and no one wants that! Everyone wants life to return back to normal, but that will only happen if we all continue to act responsibly now.

This includes respecting the protocols of behaviour that we have for parents when on the school site. Thank you.

 

Here is a reminder of all of the additional protective measures we will be putting in place in school to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.

  • Pupils will be in class ‘bubbles’ but the bubbles won’t mix
  • Play times and dinner times will be staggered to keep bubbles separate
  • There will be regular and thorough hand washing throughout the day
  • There will be sanitising stations in every classroom and in other areas of the school
  • Enhanced cleaning of the school building and equipment will be in place
  • All internal work areas will be well ventilated (but still kept at an appropriate temperature to keep pupils and staff comfortable)
  • Visitors onto the school site will be strictly limited (and for the moment this will continue to include parents/carers)
  • All adults on the school site (staff, parents, visitors) will observe 2 metres social distancing
  • We will follow strict step by step procedures, provided by Public Health England, if anyone in school develops COVID-19 symptoms

 

Please note, there will still be no requirement for primary school aged children to wear a face mask/face covering whilst in school.

 

During this final week before school reopens, please take the opportunity to get your child into a good routine ready for their return. It is your chance to do one final last push with the home learning, so that your child will be in the best position to pick up their lessons once back in class.

Lockdown has been a challenging period for all of us and I’d like to thank you for your continuing support during this difficult and uncertain time, especially in helping your child learn from home. It has also been a challenging time for staff, who have been in school providing face to face education for groups of pupils, as well as providing online learning for most pupils at home, responding to work that has been handed in, as well as also making weekly calls to all our families. Some staff have also had to support their own children with their learning whilst they have been at home. That has been some juggling act and I would like to thank staff for all their splendid efforts.

 

Staff will make one last phone call to you this week, so if you have any questions, concerns or comments about the return to school, please raise them during the phone call and staff will endeavour to clarify anything for you.

You can also email us on admin@cheetwood.manchester.sch.uk if you have any questions about school reopening or if you think your child will need extra support with anything when they return.

 

 

Finally, I look forward to welcoming everyone back next week!

MRS OXTON

HEADTEACHER