Coronavirus Information and Guidance

Return to School on Monday 8th March 2021 - 24.02.21

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that schools will re-open to all children on Monday 8th March, I wanted to write to you to share our plans and the safety measures that we will have in place

The main protective measures will remain as they were in the autumn term, revolving around hygiene and social distancing, which is particularly crucial at busy times of the day such as at drop-off in the morning and pick-up at the end of the school day. In this letter I outline what the arrangements will be, including information about drop-off and pick-up timings and locations which everyone must adhere to.

Year Group Bubbles

One of the main protective factors will continue to be the reduction of cross over between pupil groups and we will maintain the “bubble” system that was in place before the Christmas holiday with whole year-group bubbles, meaning children from parallel classes within each year group will still be able to mix and interact.

Breakfast Club and After-School Care

The government guidance makes it clear that while it should be kept to a minimum, we will be able to have some cross over between these year-group bubbles, enabling us to run our breakfast club and after-school care as before – timings and locations remain unchanged. We are currently formulating plans to re-launch some extra-curricular after-school clubs and will communicate these plans with you in the near future.

Hygiene

As well as minimising the contact between different year groups, another key protective factor is hygiene with regular handwashing for all and additional cleaning with a focus on contact areas and hard surfaces to take place throughout the school day.

Social Distancing

Social distancing amongst adults will also have to continue for the foreseeable future. The government guidance outlines that social distancing between the children in their bubbles will not be possible for younger children but that it remains essential that adults socially distance from each other at all times. Staff will therefore distance from one another and we ask that all parents/carers do the same, particularly at the beginning and the end of each school day. There must be no gatherings on the school grounds or at the gates and we request that drop-off and pick-up be as swift as possible and therefore any messages for class teachers should be relayed via e-mail or telephone call to the school office. Also, only one adult should come onto the school grounds to drop-off or collect children.

Drop-off and Pick-up

To support the distancing of adults and the separation of children from the different year group bubbles, we will continue our slightly staggered approach to drop-off and pick-up. Half of the classes will be asked to arrive between 8.40am and 8.50am and will then need to be collected at 3.00pm. The other half should be dropped off between 8.50am and 9.00am and will then be picked up at 3.10pm – please see the table on the reverse of this page.  

Year 5 and 6 pupils can still walk to and from school independently if written permission has been provided by their parents/carers.

Drop-off

8:40-8:50am

Location

Pick-up

3:00pm

Location

Nursery

Nursery playground

Nursery

Nursery playground

Y1 Polar Bears

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y1 Polar Bears

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y2 Penguins

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y2 Penguins

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y3 Sharks

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y3 Sharks

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y4 Dolphins

KS2 gate and door to KS2 hall (via the Reflection Garden)

Y4 Dolphins

KS2 gate and door to KS2 hall (via the Reflection Garden)

Y5 Turtles

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

Y5 Turtles

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

Y6 Belugas

KS2 gate and Y6 door

Y6 Belugas

KS2 gate and Y6 door

Drop-off

8:50-9:00am

Location

Pick-up

3:10pm

Location

YR Starfish

Main entrance via the staff carpark

YR Starfish

Main entrance via the staff carpark

YR Seahorses

Nursery playground

YR Seahorses

Nursery playground

Y1 Seals

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y1 Seals

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y2 Octopus

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y2 Octopus

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y3 Sea Otters

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y3 Sea Otters

KS1 playground and classroom door

Y4 Sealions

KS2 gate and door to KS2 hall (via the Reflection Garden)

Y4 Sealions

KS2 gate and door to KS2 hall (via the Reflection Garden)

Y5 Stingrays

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

Y5 Stingrays

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

Y6 Orcas

KS2 gate and Y6 door

Y6 Orcas

KS2 gate and Y6 door

Face coverings must be worn by all parents/carers when on the school grounds for drop-off and pick-up or when visiting the office for a pre-arranged appointment.

Can I take this opportunity to encourage anyone who is able to do so to walk or cycle to school and if you have to come by car, please make use of the ‘Park and Stride’ car park to reduce traffic outside of the school for everyone’s safety.

Lunches and Breaktimes

In order to keep bubbles apart, the majority of children will continue to eat their lunches in their classrooms as they did throughout the autumn term. Hot lunches will be available for purchase and to those who are eligible for a free school meal and these will be brought to the classrooms. Children are of course welcome to bring a packed lunch from home as before if they would prefer to do so. During lunchtimes and breaktimes, children will get to spend time with their friends from the other class in their year group.  

Attendance

The government has made it clear that full attendance is compulsory from 8th March and we look forward to welcoming all the children back. We do however recognise that this is going to be an adjustment and may raise some anxieties or questions, so please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any concerns you or your child may have.  

Non-attendance in school due to illness or for any other reason should be reported to the school office in the usual way on the first day of absence, but as before if you, your child or anyone in your household develops coronavirus symptoms, you must alert us immediately and not attend school.

For now, the home learning will continue and may I take this opportunity to thank you once again for your continued support and for all your efforts to support the children with their home learning and well-being throughout this difficult time. I look forward to us all being together again in school on Monday 8th March.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. H. Bray

Headteacher

COVID-19 Update and Face Coverings on the School Site - 02.11.20

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you will be aware, the government has announced that a new national lockdown will take effect on Thursday 5th November but schools will remain fully open and all children are expected to attend unless they or a household member develops COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19 or they have to isolate due to contact with a positive case.

With the infection rate on the rise both nationally and within the local community however, I wanted to write to you to remind you of some of the safety procedures we have in place in school and to outline some additional measures that we are going to introduce to keep everyone as safe as possible.

As requested previously, please can we ask that only one adult per family come onto the school site to drop-off or collect the children and that older, secondary-school aged siblings do not come onto the site. At these times it is still essential that proper social distancing is maintained, and parents/carers should not be congregating or holding conversations on the school grounds at any time - please leave immediately following drop-off and pick-up.  In addition, starting from pick-up today, we request that all parents/carers who enter the school grounds wear a face covering for the duration of their time on the site.

Each of our other safety measures, including the enhanced cleaning will continue and the school office remains closed except for prearranged appointments. Anyone entering the foyer for such an appointment must also wear a face covering. We therefore ask that you continue to relay any messages via e-mail or telephone call.

Unfortunately, due to the restrictions of the new lockdown, after-school sports clubs will be suspended from Thursday onwards but will go ahead as planned tomorrow and Wednesday. If your child attends any of these clubs, you will be issued a credit on School Money for the remaining sessions. Breakfast Club and after-school care at Sandcastles/Lighthouse will continue to run as before.

Thank you for your continued support and co-operation and should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Henry Bray

Headteacher

Please see below for some further key information. You will find a COVID-19 Pupil Absence Guide, our full return to school plan, a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document and our Risk Assessment, as well as links to the relevant Department for Education guidance. 

Key Documents:

COVID-19 Return to School on 8th March 2021

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

COVID-19 Pupil Absence Guide

School coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance

Files to Download

Christian Theme of the Month

The Christian theme for this half term is 'Justice'.

"Learn to do right. Seek justice." Isaiah 1.17

In school and at home we will be:

Exploring the value of justice.

Encouraging pupils to be fair in their play and their learning.

Exploring what justice looks like and how we can seek it.

Parents and carers, please help us at home to support your child in their understanding of the above concepts.

Contact the School

Meole Brace Primary School

Church Road, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
SY3 9HG

Tel: 01743 351027
admin@meolebrace-pri.shropshire.sch.uk