Coronavirus Information and Guidance

National Lockdown and Home Learning 06.01.21

Dear Parents/Carers,

I wanted to write to you to thank you all for your support and patience as we have formulated and implemented our plans for in-school and remote provision since the Prime Minister’s announcement of another national lockdown on Monday evening.

Thank you also for making sacrifices and alternative arrangements wherever possible to keep your child at home at this time. I appreciate how difficult it is to juggle shift patterns or to look after children while also working from home but it is truly appreciated and essential if we are to be successful in reducing the COVID-19 infection rates and the risk of outbreaks in our community.

By now, your children’s class teachers will have shared home learning for this week and next under the ‘Home Learning’ tabs in the year group pages of our school website and you will have received a time slot to come to school to collect physical home learning packs from the school car park. If you have been unable to collect your pack/s, we will now start to deliver them to you.

Within your children’s year group pages of the website, you will find messages from their teachers with the teachers’ e-mail addresses to send them work for feedback - feel free to contact them directly should you need support with any of the set tasks but please be aware that they will be teaching during the school day. In the home learning pages there are also videos from the class teachers to support the children’s learning – please let us know if you are having difficulty accessing any of these resources. Our next step will be to introduce ‘live’ support for the children through Microsoft Teams and the teachers will be in touch to schedule these sessions and provide further guidance.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Administration and Support staff for all of their efforts over the past two days as they have all worked extremely hard, coming together fantastically as a team, to make everything happen.

Finally, these are challenging times for everyone, and I want you all to know that we are here for you in school to support you in any way we can. Be kind to yourselves – what is possible in one household may not be in another, particularly when it comes to home learning, and as I have said before, the most important thing right now is that the children feel safe and loved.  We will be in constant communication and are with you every step of the way but if there is anything you need, even if that just be someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to contact me, Mrs Lakin, or any of the team. Stay safe everyone.  

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 information about the systems of control we have in place in order to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Beneath this 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. 

Year Group Bubbles

The main protective factor will be the reduction of cross over between pupil groups and we will continue to operate a “bubble” system, similar to that in place for those pupils in attendance prior to the summer holiday. Unlike those arrangements though, where bubbles were restricted to a maximum of 15 pupils, the groups will be much larger, whole year-group bubbles meaning children from parallel classes within each year group will 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 re-open our breakfast club and after-school care. Other extra-curricular after-school clubs will still be suspended initially but we hope to be able to resume these in the near future.

Hygiene

As well as minimising the contact between different year groups, another key protective factor will revolve around 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

Finally, 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 necessary or possible 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 should 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 will best be relayed via e-mail or telephone call to the school office.

Drop-off and Pick-up

To support the distancing of adults and the separation of children from the different year group bubbles, we will employ a slightly staggered approach to drop-off and pick-up. Half of the classes will be asked to arrive between 8.40 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 tables below.  

Year 5 and 6 pupils can once again 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 corridor

Y4 Dolphins

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

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 corridor

Y4 Sealions

KS2 gate and door to KS2 corridor

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

*As some Nursery children attend for half days,

*As some Nursery children attend for half days, lunchtime drop-offs and pick-ups should take place at the usual time from the Nursery side entrance.

Lunches and Breaktimes

In order to keep bubbles apart, children will continue to eat their lunches in their classrooms as those in school did throughout the summer 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 made it clear that full attendance was once again compulsory from September and we are so pleased to have the children back. 

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 if you, your child or anyone in your household develops coronavirus symptoms, you must alert us immediately and not attend school.

Key Documents:

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

COVID-19 Pupil Absence Guide

September 2020 Return to School

September Return to School FAQs

Guidance for Full Opening: Schools

Guidance for Parents and Carers of children attending out of school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Files to Download

Christian Theme of the Month

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

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4.13

In school and at home we will be:

Exploring the value of perseverance.

Encouraging pupils to persevere and try their best in all that they do.

Exploring what we can do to persevere in challenging times.

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