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Parent Letter re September (Translatable)

Dear parents,

 

Reopening of Lever Edge Primary September 2020

As you are probably aware, the government announced plans for all year groups to return to school full time in September. We are very excited about this prospect and are looking forward to seeing you and the children again very much. As you can imagine, many things need to be put into place in readiness for receiving all the children on Tuesday 8th September. 

 

Although the risk of transmission of the Coronavirus has been reduced, we still need to put many measures in place in order to make the academy as safe as we possibly can for all. 

Before I set out these arrangements, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents for their understanding and cooperation since the lockdown imposed upon schools in March. I know that this period has been challenging for many families, in particular when you have had to juggle work commitments with managing childcare. 

 

Thinking now to a September return, we have been creating a detailed plan to make sure we can welcome everyone back safely whilst ensuring that Lever Edge remains a clam, caring and happy place.

First and foremost, it goes without saying that the safety of your child and of our staff is our top priority. We are working hard, following the latest government guidance, to develop and implement a number of new ways of operating. This will allow us to open as safely as possible, focusing on measures that will help limit the risk of coronavirus transmitting within our setting. Some of the precautions we will be taking are:

 

•    Cleaning our hands more often than usual. We have developed routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly, or use alcohol hand sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.
•    Minimising contact between staff and pupils within and around the school.
•    Ensuring our children understand good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach and ensuring a good supply of tissues and bins throughout the school.
•    Increased and enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the day, including table tops, door handles and other shared equipment.
•    Staggering playtimes, lunchtimes and pick-up and drop-off times to limit contact between people 
•    Asking parents to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent per household.


Entrance/Exit times and location

Year Group

Arrival/Start Time

End Time

Entrance/Exit

Reception

08:45

15:00

Please access school via the gate on Lever Edge Lane

Year 1

08:45

15:00

Please access school via the gate on Lever Edge Lane

Year 2

08.55

15:10

Please access school via the gate on Lever Edge Lane

Year 3

08:45

15:00

Please access school via the gate on Rufford Drive

Year 4

08.55

15:10

Please access school via the gate  on Rufford Drive

Year 5

08:45

15:00

Please access school via the gate on Rufford Drive

Year 6

08.55

15:10

Please access school via the gate on Rufford Drive

 

Uniform
Your child should attend school in full school uniform. The most important point to note is that each day your child should come to school in clean clothes as this will help to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We would also ask that PE kits are washed on the day of use and then returned to school before the next PE lesson. 

A PE kit consists of a plain white t-shirt, plain black shorts or jogging bottoms/leggings and pumps. As many PE lessons will be outdoors, we are consenting to our PE kit to include a hoody/jumper.

 

Classrooms
The classrooms will look very similar to how they used to look. The displays are being prepared and will go up ready for September.  One difference is that the children in Years 1 – 6 will be sitting in rows rather than at table groups so that all children are facing the same way. In all classes, children will have their own pencil case with their own individual resources to use.

 

Equipment
Only send your child to school with a waterproof coat, water bottle, lunch box (if appropriate) and their Lever Edge book bag. They do not require any other equipment.

 

Lunch
If your child has school dinners which you need to pay for, then please pay via Parent Pay. Do not come to the school office. 

 

Behaviour expectations
It is essential that we all work together to ensure school remains as safe as possible by following some simple rules. Therefore, I have attached a copy of a Home/School agreement that you will need to read. A copy will be sent out in September for you to sign and return to school.

 
Breakfast and After School Club
It is our intention to reintroduce our popular breakfast club and After School Club in September. We will be able to offer it to pupils from Reception to Year 6. I know this makes a big difference, particularly for our parents who have work commitments. 


Contacting School
I would urge you not to come to the school office. If you need to speak to a member of school staff then please phone the school office on 01204 333679 or email office@lever-edge.bolton.sch.uk.


Learning in the holidays
If you want to keep your children busy during the summer holidays then please encourage them to get reading! Have you considered joining the local library (if not a member already) and encouraging them to join in with the Summer Reading Challenge:

Oak National Academy will be providing lessons during the summer. If you would like to access these follow this link https://classroom.thenational.academy/year-groups and click on the appropriate year group. 


I hope that this letter has given you the information you need to understand what arrangements we have made to enable children to return to us from Tuesday 8th September 2020. 


I appreciate that for those families who are not in school at the moment, the prospect of returning may feel daunting. Please be reassured that the systems and routines that are now the norm, have not phased the children at all. 

We are looking forward to welcoming your child back and I hope that you are assured that we have taken all possible steps to ensure safety for all in our school. 

 

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs K James
Headteacher


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