I would like to begin by saying Happy New Year and expressing my wishes to you all that 2021 will eventually see a return to some, if not most of the norms we perhaps took for granted this time last year.
Norfolk remains in Tier 4 but as per the government’s announcement on Wednesday 30th December, we do not fall under the list of areas who will begin the term teaching remotely. As such, the staff and I are readied to welcome you and the children back for our first day on Monday 4th January. The school day will begin and end at the usual times.
We shall be making changes to the drop off and collection measures which were written into the COVID Risk Assessment to ensure your safety and aim to minimise any spread should we find ourselves with positive cases this term. You have already responded so positively to the approaches we have taken and so I set out these additional steps in the hope that they will make sense to you and raise your confidence further in the way the school is managing this tricky situation.
We ask that
- all parents, carers and grandparents who drop off or collect children do so wearing a face mask.
- people take responsibility as they wait along the roadside to not engage in conversations with other parents at close proximity. Likewise, in the Village Hall carpark, please refrain from loitering or spending time speaking with others after the morning drop off or at the end of the school day.
- in the morning drop off, people enter through the gates one family at a time, allowing space between. Without rushing to say goodbye to your child/ren, please do not wait around on the playground.
- at the end of the day, please position yourself at a distance to other parents. We do appreciate that this point of the day is a normally sociable occasion where parents like to catch up with each other but please adhere to the expectations we are under while out at the shops / in public places etc by not mixing.
- at the end of the day, once your child has made their way to where you are positioned, please leave immediately and not allow them to play with other children/run around.
Please may we also ask that between now and Monday morning, you discuss these measures and remind your child/ren about the hygiene expectations we set in September – handwashing, use of the hand gel, use of tissues etc. The staff will review the routines with the children on Monday too.
For now, there is no change to the previous information and guidance about attendance or notifying the school if your child is unwell.
Should you have any questions or comments about this newsletter, please email the office@ email and we shall reply as soon as we are able.
We look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday.
Mrs J Humphrey
Garboldisham Church Primary School