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INFORMATION REGARDING RETURNING AUGUST

NEW SESSION 2020/21

5th August 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

The Scottish Government have announced that all children will return to school on a full time basis from 18th August 2020.  The new school session will commence on Monday 10th August 2020.  In order to try to alleviate some parental concerns about children returning to school, the first week of term will see children at Fintry return in half class groups. By bringing smaller groups of children into school we can ensure they are all aware of the new procedures in place for their safety in school.

We are working hard to prepare for the re-opening of our schools and look forward to welcoming our pupils back.  However, in order to ensure that our children/young people and staff are safe, there will be some significant changes to how children will attend school and how our school will operate.

Which days will my child be in school?

Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th are INSET days and no children should attend.

Prior to the holiday you were notified which group children were in either Apples or Bananas and which gate children should enter school.  Using this information:

 

Apples pupils only should attend on Wednesday 12th August

 

Bananas pupils only should attend on Thursday 13th August

 

All pupils should attend on Friday 14th August.

 

All Pupils should attend school full time from Monday 17th August

 

Separate arrangements have been made for our new Primary 1 cohort and families will be contacted.

 

What will happen at the beginning and end of each day?

Parents should remain at the gate and not come into the playground.

Children should enter school via the closest gate to their classroom.

School doors will be open between 9am and 9.15am for children to access. We propose children do not line up but walk into school and go directly to their classrooms. Younger pupils will be met at the gate by staff who will take them into class.

At the end of the day staff will take pupils to the gate assigned and dismiss pupils from there. This will take place between 3.10 and 3.20pm to again try to stop congestion around the gates.

We are aware that some older siblings walk younger ones home and it is hoped that on the initial reintroduction days for pupils we can identify these pupils and put procedures into place to ensure a family will exit one gate rather than running around 2 or 3.

What will happen at breaktimes and lunch?

Break times will be staggered with P1-3 going from 10.15 – 10.30am

P4-7 breaking at 10.35 – 10.50am

Lunches will also be staggered but will be taken in our dining hall which is large enough to accommodate our pupils split into groups. New procedures have been put into place once pupils have finished eating and these will be explained upon their return.

Primaries 2, 3 and 4 will lunch from 12.15 – 12.40pm then go outside

Primaries 5, 6 and 7 will be outside then have lunch at 12.45 – 1.15pm. The older children will line up at the gym entrance to come in for lunch which won’t interfere with the younger pupils leaving the dining hall.

No children will be allowed out of school during the day all must remain in school from 9 – 3.15pm and take either a packed lunch or school lunch. This is in an effort to help minimise contact and possible infection being brought into school.

 

What will my child wear?

As we will still not be allowed to have children changing in the classroom for gym nor using the changing rooms the previous proposal will remain the same.

All gym may be outdoors and so a flexible approach will be required if the weather stops us from getting outside on some occasions. We know that the virus has not gone away and we need to do everything we can to limit transmission in school.  We know that the virus spreads more easily indoors than outdoors and so the children will have more outdoor learning than they would have normally. Children should return to school wearing:

  • Black/Grey jogging/tracksuit bottoms/leggings
  • Polo shirt
  • Purple jumper/cardigan
  • Trainers

 

This means that we can continue with some semblance of school uniform whilst wearing clothes that are easy to wash and suitable for outside/PE activities. We feel that our uniform gives us a sense of belonging and this will be important to help us get the children back into a mindset of school and routine.

Children should not bring a separate gym kit or gym bag as this will not be required. Please remember to label all clothing.

Keeping everyone safe

There will be tight restrictions on the number of people entering the building.  Please phone, email or message if you have any queries. If you need to have a face to face meeting with a member of staff please call to make an appointment and social distancing will be adhered to.

Arrangements for nursery pupil’s entry has been conveyed by Early Years Centre Manager.

We have a protocol and procedures in place should a pupil or member of staff become unwell and display COVID 19 symptoms while in school. These procedures follow public health guidelines. Should this happen to a pupil, parents will be contacted and asked to collect them from school. For this reason, we ask that all parents/carers are available to be contacted at all times when pupils are in school and we have your up to date contact numbers.

We will have regular handwashing at set times of the day. Hand sanitiser will be available when entering the building and all staff and visitors will be expected to use this any time they enter or leave the building. Children may wish to bring their own soap and hand sanitiser however, you must remind them, that this is not to be shared with others.

It is everyone’s job to follow the current guidance and to keep our school family safe and well. We anticipate a few teething problems as this is all very new to us but we know with your support we will overcome these issues and get the best result for our school.  We must not become complacent and all do our very best to ensure our school remains open as we don’t want a return to lockdown with pupils being at home.

Thank you for your continued support, we are really looking forward to seeing the children next week.

 

Yours sincerely

 

B Smith

Head Teacher