COVID 19 September 2020 Updates
Dear Parents / Carers
It is with real delight that I say welcome back to Perrymount. For some of you it has been nearly six months since we have seen you. I hope that you all have kept safe and well and are as delighted as we are that school has reopened.
Today the oldest child in your family at Perrymount has brought home with them a parents handbook that outlines all of the procedures that we have put in place to make the school as safe as possible. It also tells you about the process that will happen if we do get a case of COVID 19. Please note that all the information in this booklet is correct today but could change if procedures are changed by the Governemnt.
I cannot deny that school is not the same as it was before. Each class is in its own bubble and they will eat and play together. They will not be able to socialise with children in another bubble. To help this run smoothly the start and end of the day, playtimes and lunchtimes are all staggered and the children will play in separate parts of the playground.
For the rest of this week and next the parents of children in Year’s 1 and 2 will be allowed in the main playground to settle their child back to school. The class teacher will collect the child from the playground. You will not however, be allowed in the playground from Monday the 14th and you will need to leave your child at the gate.
If you wish to contact your child’s class teacher please telephone and they will get back to you. You will receive within the coming week your class teacher’s email address which will make contact easier. If you do need to come into school this must be done via an appointment, unless of course it is an emergency and then please come straight to the office.
If you wish to see me, you can either make an appointment, phone or email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond as soon as possible.
Children will be bringing home reading books and each class will have a process that they will commuinicate with you about which day the books can be returned. (please do not return the reading book before this day). Books from home will then be left for at least 72 hours before they are put back into general circulation.
As we need to limit the amount of paper that travels between home and school. This half term our homework will be different.
First and foremost there is reading. Getting the children back into reading on a regular basis and talking about their choices in school is one of our top priorities. At least 10 minitues a day will make all the difference and we hope you will support us and your child in this endeavour. We are of course aware that some children would read all evening if you would let them and we know this by the way that talk so enthuasitically about the stories they have read.
There will also be virtual homework. This will be either research where children will be asked to complete a task and talk about it in school, or an online activity where tasks will be set.
Next week, I will be asking you to complete a survey about internet access at home and how this may have affected your child’s lockdown experience.
While breakfast club and Peartree are running, although with limited numbers, no other afterschool clubs will run this half term. We are looking at ways to run these clubs for different bubbles and we will let you know more about this later on this term.
From all of this it is obvious that life at school is more regimentated than we have been used to or would like. This is however the world today and we all have to work together to make sure that we keep each other as safe as possible.
I look forward to seeing you all (at a distance) over the next few weeks and I wish you and your children good luck and that we all keep healthy throughout the coming school year.