I hope you and your families are well and have enjoyed the last couple of weeks of holiday.
As you can imagine, we have been working hard on the logistics of getting our school ready for opening fully. We are confident that we have a workable plan and Risk Assessment that will enable all children to return to full time education as successfully and safely as possible.
I have attached a Parent Summary of the plan and risk assessment, which covers the key aspects of both.
To start with, we will be focusing on settling the children, reassuring them that school is still here, guiding them through all the new routines and procedures and of course giving them the best learning we can. We will be focusing on their social and emotional well-being and also re-establishing their core skills in Reading, Writing and Maths, as well as a lot of creative and outdoor learning.
While doing this, we will be putting in a variety of measures designed to prevent and reduce the risk of transmission of Covid and also to respond quickly to any suspected or actual cases. Please read the attached plan for details. I hope that it will answer most of your questions and concerns.
Please also see attached the staggered start and end times for when and where each class is expected to be dropped off and collected each day. Unfortunately, due to Covid, we are still in a position where we cannot allow parents onto the playground, so please say good-bye to your children at the designated gate (New Reception & Nursery parents, please see separate email for your arrangements).
Also, we are very pleased to say that the work to replace our roofs is well underway. You will notice that it is taking a lot of space (!) but, fingers crossed, it is on schedule for half-term completion.
Finally, please remember that we are still in strange and uncertain circumstances that can change at any time. I am very aware that while some families can’t wait to get their children into school and back to some kind of normality, others may still be very anxious and feel concerned about what school will be like and what the wider situation holds for us. All I can say is that we have a plan in place and, as guidance and our local situation changes, we will review our plan and risk assessment to put in place what we think works best for Marvels Lane children, families and staff. We will then keep you up to date with the key changes, but please also feel free to contact the school if you have any suggestions that we can consider as part of the review process.
In the meantime, we are very excited to be welcoming everyone back to school over the next week and finding our way towards a ‘new normal’ as positively, carefully, determinedly and kindly as we can.
If you would like to read the full risk assessment, please click here.