Starting back to school September 2020

Here’s what you need to know for starting back on Tuesday 8th September 2020. We’re going to make it as ‘normal’ as we can do for everyone whilst working within some strict guidelines. We’re so pleased to have the children and families back and can’t wait to meet all our new starters too!

As usual, any questions, please ask. We’ll all get into the swing of things pretty quickly but please don’t struggle. Call or email, get in touch on Class Dojo or drop us a line on social media.

Is Breakfast Club running? Yes it is. The only difference being that children will be dropped off and make their own way into school through the main doors. We’ll make sure everyone is looked after as usual.

I’ve got children in more than one class. What happens about that? Below are details about dropping off each year group. You may find that you only need to wait with the younger ones and can let the older ones make their own way into class.

If the children are making their own way in from the car park, will someone be supervising them? Absolutely. Staff will be outside directing everyone as well as inside collecting class groups together.

Will the children be using hand sanitizer? We have washing stations all around school. Children will regularly be washing their hands rather than using hand sanitizer. This has worked well over the phased return and lockdown period and is the guidance given by the local authority.

I couldn’t get out to the shops to get the new uniform. Is it ok for my child to wear their existing uniform for a bit? Of course it is. We know it’s been a difficult time trying to juggle life in general so let’s not worry about things like this. It’s more important that we get everyone settled back in school. If you’re still struggling, speak to the School Office and we’ll see what we can sort out together.

What else do I need to think about? Here’s some things to consider now that we’re all back in school:

  • Everyone needs their own water bottle. Best to put a label on it so that it’s easy to identify. It should go home every day to be washed. It can, as usual, be refilled here throughout the day.
  • School uniform will need to be washed more frequently. We mentioned this to keyworker families and those returning as part of the phased return. As there will be more of us here, we need to do what we can to make sure we’re staying safe.
  • Can my friend pick my child up? Please bear in mind government guidance about household mixing etc.
  • If you need to speak to the School Office, please call us on 0113 887 3680 or email office@primleywood.co.uk. We would love to see you all but please keep actual visits to a minimum and follow social distancing. We’ll be doing more via Class Dojo so make sure you’re on there!
  • Please let us know by 9.00am if your child is feeling unwell and will stay off school. Please do not be offended if we recommend that they may need to go for a test. Likewise, tell us if that’s what you’re doing or if you’re planning on isolating as a family.

Is After School Care running? It is! We’ll be here 3.30pm to 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Please note however that clubs like football etc. are not running for the moment. Just as soon as we can get those going, we will. Pick up from the main school entrance as usual but please follow social distancing guidelines.

Dropping Off – gates open 8.40am, close 9.00am

Reception

Reception children will enter school through the double gates opposite their play area. Please follow the path along to the inner gate (leading to Reception) and be prepared to allow the teacher to take your child into school. In the past we have encouraged parents to accompany their children into school, but we cannot do so in the current climate. Unfortunately, you will not be able to take your child any further than the inner gate where we will collect them and escort them into school. I totally understand that you will worry about your children settling and there might even be a few tears at first, however, we will look after them and make sure they feel comfortable and safe.

Years 1 and 2

Please bring your children through the usual entrance and stand with them on the front playground socially distancing from other parents. Please keep your children with you until they are collected by a member of staff and taken into school. If you have a Reception aged child drop him / her off first and take their sibling in Year 1 or 2 into the front playground via the usual gate. If your child has sibling in year 3 – 6 drop them at the car park side gate (near the bike shed) and allow them to walk in on their own.

Year 3 to 6

Please bring your children through the usual entrance and stand with them on the front playground socially distancing from other parents. Please keep your children with you until they are collected by a member of staff and taken into school. If you have a Reception aged child drop him / her off first and take their sibling in Year 1 or 2 into the front playground via the usual gate. If your child has sibling in year 3 – 6 drop them at the car park side gate (near the bike shed) and allow them to walk in on their own.

Picking up – gates open 3.15pm

Reception

Please collect your Reception-aged children first, from the gate you dropped them in the morning.

Years 1 and 2

Please collect your children from the front playground and enter through the gate you used in the morning. Please social distance from other parents whilst you are waiting. If you have older children please collect your younger children first and walk down the side of the school (the Year 2 classroom) to collect the older sibling/s.

Years 3 to 6

Please come through the car park side gate and wait (socially distancing from other parents) for your children to be seen out to you. Please collect your younger children first.