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Friday 17 July 2020

Update for Parents/Carers from Mrs Oxton, Headteacher 

 

Today is the last day of the school year and this is my final update to the school website!

 

First of all, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to parents for all your hard work and efforts to support your children’s learning and well-being during this period. This has been no mean feat and one that you should all be proud of over the past few months. I know this has been a challenging and worrying time. However, I am sure that you all agree that it is now important we support the return of our pupils to school, to provide them with the chance to see their friends again and to enable them to continue their learning in classrooms with their teachers.

Myself and all the staff at Cheetwood are looking forward to welcoming back all of our pupils and are fully committed to ensuring that they return to school in a well-managed and safe environment, with appropriate support in place where needed, so that they don’t suffer the long-term effects of not being in school since March.

School staff have been very busy working through the Government’s guidance, developing plans and undertaking a thorough risk assessment which outlines all of the additional protective measures we will be putting in place to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.

This includes:

  • Pupils being in class ‘bubbles’ but the bubbles won’t mix
  • Staggered dinner times and play times to keep bubbles separate
  • Regular and thorough hand washing throughout the day
  • Sanitising stations in every classroom and in other areas of the school
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Limiting visitors onto the school site (and this includes parents/carers, I’m afraid)
  • 2 metre social distancing between all adults on the school site
  • Strict step by step procedures, provided by Public Health England, if anyone in school develops COVID-19 symptoms

 

From September we will have new dropping off and picking up procedures (including some one way systems) so please read and take note of these. We really need your support in following these procedures so that the start and finish of the school day are well-managed. Thank you.

 

DROP OFF PROCEDURES IN THE MORNING – for classes in September

EYFS – the procedures have been emailed separately to EYFS parents

 

Y2 and Y3 in September

  • Your entrance is the Waterloo Road gate
  • Please bring your child between 8.45 and 9.00am
  • A staff member will invite your child in, please drop them off at the gate
  • Parents are requested not to come into the playground, your child will be directed by a staff member to a zoned area on the playground where they will play in class bubbles till school starts

 

Y4, Y5 and Y6 in September

  • Your entrance is the Derby Street gate
  • Please bring your child between 8.45 and 9.00am
  • A staff member will invite your child in, please drop them off at the gate
  • Parents are requested not come onto the school grounds, your child will be directed by a staff member to a designated sports pitch where they will play in class bubbles till school starts

 

Parents have been given a ’15 minute window’ to drop off children, which gives you plenty of time if you have children in different year groups and you have to drop off at different gates.

PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE AFTER 9.00am.

We really need your support in following these procedures so that the start of the school day is well-managed. Thank you.

 

 

PICK UP PROCEDURES IN THE AFTERNOON – for classes in September

EYFS – the procedures have been emailed separately to EYFS parents

 

Y5 and Y6 in September

  • At 3.15pm Y5 and Y6 pupils will leave the school grounds by themselves at the Derby Street gate; staff will supervise them leaving
  • It is parents’ choice if they allow their children to walk home by themselves, otherwise, please wait for your child on Derby Street, adhering to 2m social distancing at all times

 

Y2, Y3 and Y4 in September

  • Your entrance is the Waterloo Road gate
  • Please arrive between 3.15 and 3.25pm
  • You will be invited onto the playground but you will be shown where to wait and expected to keep 2m distance away from every other parent
  • Your child/ren will be sent out to you
  • You will then leave by going up the steps next to the tyres, round the building, up the path and exit out of the Derby Street gate
  • Plenty of staff members will be outside advising you where to go and what to do

This will also be the Y1 procedure once those pupils move up from reception on Tuesday 8 September.

 

Parents have been given a ’10 minute window’ to pick up children, so that you don’t all come at the same time.

PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE AFTER 3.25pm.

We really need your support in following these procedures so that the finish of the school day is well-managed. Thank you.

 

If you have children in EYFS and other classes too, please pick up from EYFS first.

Please adhere to 2m social distancing at all times on the school grounds.

Please do not wait any longer than is necessary in the school grounds.

Once you have picked up your child(ren) please leave quickly through the appropriate exit.

Only ONE adult/parent should pick up please, as this will allow for better social distancing in the school grounds.

We kindly request at this time that parents do not pick up children from other families.

 

OTHER ARRANGEMENTS/INFORMATION

What your child needs to bring

Coat

Book bag

Water bottle (Y3 to Y6 only)

Lunch box, if having packed lunch

Nothing else!

 

We will let you know about PE kit and PE days in September.

 

Uniform

I expect every child has out grown their uniform and school shoes, but you have plenty of time over the summer holiday to buy new clothing/shoes to be able to send your child back in full uniform.

The main items you need are: white shirt, grey trousers or skirt, bottle green sweatshirt and black school shoes.

In September, Mrs Gregory will organise a process where parents can order school uniform items, including a sweatshirt with a school badge on, but to begin with, please send your child in a plain bottle green sweatshirt, this is perfectly acceptable uniform.

 

If you need to speak to the office or your child’s teacher in September and onwards

I understand not being able to come on to the school site as freely as you have been able to in the past will make it more difficult if you wish to speak to the office or your child’s teacher about something.

To contact the office: please telephone, or email admin@cheetwood.manchester.sch.uk

To speak to your child’s teacher: ring the office to ask to speak to the teacher (and they will call you back if they cannot come to the phone right away, if they are teaching, for example) or send them an email. Every teacher has an email address and you will be supplied this in September.

There are other ways of communicating effectively with each other, instead of face to face – we managed this very well throughout all the time school has been closed!

 

Attendance

I would like to confirm again that school will reopen to ALL PUPILS on Thursday 3 September.

There is an expectation that every child from EYFS up to Y6 will be in school on Thursday 3 September and Friday 4 September.

The government has been very clear that returning to school in September will be compulsory, and I support this.

Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their well-being and the risk to children themselves of becoming ill from coronavirus is very low.

 

Holidays Abroad

I do not imagine that many families will be travelling abroad over the summer, but if you do, please be aware that you may have to quarantine for 14 days on your return to the UK. To allow you the time to keep within the law and quarantine (and for your child to be back at school on time) you would have to return to the UK by Wednesday 19 August.

You will have to quarantine if you return from countries in Africa, the Middle East and most of Asia.

 

Home learning and weekly calls

You received the final set of home learning activities by email on Friday 10 July. These activities will keep your child occupied right through the summer, if you so choose. You can also find those activities on the ‘home learning’ page of the website.

Teachers have been making their last weekly phone calls to you this week. I know from the comments parents have said during those calls, how appreciative you are of the support your child’s teacher has provided you whilst school has been closed and how much your relationships have grown.

I want to add my own thanks and appreciation for all that the Cheetwood staff have done. It’s been a new and challenging experience for us to keep the learning going, check on our families and make sure everyone has felt supported – all from afar.

Staff have continued to work hard right through, even calling you during the Easter holidays, if you remember. I believe every member of staff has been a credit to Cheetwood School’s name and reputation.  They definitely deserve the well-earned rest they will be getting over the summer.

 

On a personal, final note, I am very much looking forward to welcoming all our families back in September, but in the meantime, I wish everyone a happy, healthy and restful summer.

 

MRS OXTON

HEADTEACHER

 

 

Knowing that lots of parents may be apprehensive about sending their children back to school in September, Manchester City Council has produced some frequently asked questions.

You can read the questions and answers here:

Manchester City Council Returning to School FAQs

 

ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES added to website Friday 24 July 2020:

Manchester City Council Returning to School FAQs – Bangla

Manchester City Council Returning to School FAQs – Chinese

Manchester City Council Returning to School FAQs – Punjabi

Manchester City Council Returning to School FAQs -Urdu