ROUTINES FOR SEPTEMBER 2021

In September 2021, we are expecting to return to a pre-covid daily routine as set out in the latest guidance form the Department for Education. We are expecting to be able to reduce the number of control measures required including the need for children to be taught in class bubbles.
The control measures that remain in place will be:
1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID.
However, many aspects of control measure that were put in place actually made the school safer, calmer and easier to run so some of these will be maintained which will include entry straight into school in the morning, playtimes with no more than 5 classes out at one time and a staggered exit for all children via the large playground exit at the end of the day. More details for each phase are available on the planner that has been sent out with this letter.
We are also planning to be able to offer school lunches for Y1-Y6 in the dining room again and a more communal lunch experience for Key Stage 2 children in the hall, rather than eating in classrooms next year.
We are hoping that these changes will offer the children an opportunity to mix with others from different year groups and classes again, which should help to improve the social and co-operative experiences and skills that have been denied them during the last 18 months in school but are so important to their personal development.
I am very much hoping that we will be able to follow the plan attached and with virtually all adults vaccinated by September we are anticipating a normal return to school. However, we now have a template for operating the school in class bubbles and providing robust remote learning content, if the need should arise again at any point next year.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and co-operation during the challenges of another disrupted year and I look forward to be able to welcome you to community events and performances next year.
Yours sincerely,
Simon Langley,
Headteacher

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