St Mary's Infant School Newsletters
Friday 18th September 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
I really cannot believe that it is Friday already. We have had a lovely week meeting our new
Reception and Nursery children and their families. Next week all our Reception and Nursery
children will be back at school.
It seems very strange this year that we are having to keep our families out of the school building. Usually we would be inviting you all in to meetings but for the time being we will have to follow all the available Government guidelines to keep our children safe and keep schools open.
Thank you to everyone for keeping to your children’s start and finish times. These times are to
enable us to get all the children into their classroom places with their hands washed. This is much easier at home times as we have more time to get it done.
I hope you will agree that the one way system seems to be working well and the new gate in the KS1 playground enables everyone to exit safely without being squashed. We do have plans in place to add another gate to the KS1 playground which will be used only at the start and end of the day. This should ease congestion at the front gate even further. We are hoping to get this done within three weeks but I am told that building resources have been quite hard to get hold of .
This week, following advice from Public Health England and the Swimming Association we
commenced swimming for Junior children. This has gone very well and so from next Thursday (24th September) we will be starting swimming for Year 2. Our risk assessment for swimming is available on our school website: www.stmaryscatholicprimaryschoolstrust.co.uk under parent information, risk assessments 2020.
To limit the amount of additional resources in school we are asking that your child wears their PE kit to school on their PE days and doesn’t bring their school uniform in. This will have the added
benefit of more time for PE as the children are not having to change. From next week the class PE days are as follows:
Year 2: Wednesday
Year 1: Friday
Breakfast and Afterschool clubs
These are now both up and running although there are limited spaces as we have to distance the children in their class bubbles.
We have been advised by Croydon Council that we should not be having face to face meetings so from 5th October we will be offering telephone meetings with parents. This will be an opportunity to find out how your child has settled. We will tell you when the times are available to book.
I wish you all a happy and safe weekend.
DFE REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOLS DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
Below are the latest guidelines and we must follow them to enable schools to remain open. Although I know it will be difficult and frustrating for many of you, every school and every parent is in the same position, including those of us at school who are parents ourselves.
Symptoms of COVID-19: Fever / high temperature New continuous cough
Loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell.
If the school identifies a child has a suspected case of COVID
¨ The child will be sent home immediately. Siblings attending the school will also be sent home.
¨ Parents are required to arrange a COVID 19 test immediately for the child (and siblings if displaying symptoms) and follow the Government Track and Trace protocol.
¨ Parents must inform the school immediately they receive the test result, whether positive or negative. The school must see the official test results either by text or e-mail.
¨ If a child tests positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days, adhering to the following guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
¨ If the child tests negative, they can stop self-isolating once the evidence has been seen by the school.
¨ If a child does not take a COVID 19 test they must self-isolate for 10 days.
¨ If someone else in the household tests positive for COVID-19 then the whole family must self-isolate for 14 days.