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School Re-Opening September 3rd 2020

1st September 2020


Dear Parents/ Carers,


We are really looking forward to welcoming your children back to school this week on Thursday 3rd September. (Children in Pre-school and Year R have their own start dates.) We are hoping that this year will be less eventful than the last! However, we have ensured that we are following Government, Public Health England and HCC guidance and we have put all the recommended safety measures in place to make sure that Norwood Primary is as safe an environment as possible.

Much of the detail about these measures was sent out in the letter, ‘Return to School Information’ on 16.7.20; it also included drop off and pick up times for each year group. In addition, we have put together a ‘Re-opening plan’ booklet which aims to give you even more detail and links to useful websites. A copy of which is attached to this message and will also be available to view on the website. Hard copies will also be available from the school office and can be requested via email.

We hope the Social stories that we sent out to all children last week have helped you to have discussions with your child about what will be happening in school so they feel secure in what school will look like. Our aim is that our transition plan for Thursday and Friday this week will enable the children to feel confident and happy about returning.

We fully understand that the staggered times will make life difficult for families with more than 1 child and as soon as we can relax these, we will do so but we have to remember that the social distancing guidelines are in place to keep everyone safe.

For that reason, we ask that children do NOT come to school before their allocated times to avoid crossing year group bubbles. When dropping off and picking up, parents will also need to maintain a safe distance on the playground and leave promptly.

Each year group will arrive and leave separately at allocated times at the beginning and end of the day.

We will be constantly reviewing the situation to see when we can start to operate Breakfast Club and after school clubs again safely.

The guidance strongly discourages items coming into school from home so please, as our booklet outlines, only send your child with a coat, a water bottle and lunch box but no toys or school bags.

If your child has any symptoms of coronavirus (High temperature, loss of taste or smell or a new, persistent cough) they must not come into school but you must contact school as soon as possible and let us know. If any child show symptoms in school, we will contact you immediately. If we do have any cases then Public Health England will be notified and guidance will be followed.

We hope you enjoy the last few days of the summer break and look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.


Best wishes

Rosemary A. Diskin