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Summary update for families 16th July

Jul 16, 2021 -- Posted by : admin

Update for families Friday 16th July 2021

With only a couple of days to go before we break up for the summer, there are some key messages for families that I’d like to share.

1.     Rates of infection locally are showing some signs of increasing quite significantly and we have to make sure we are playing our part in keeping transmission to low levels.  We all should exercise caution in our behaviours.  We are very keen to avoid families being inconvenienced from Wednesday onwards: ‘Freedom Day’ on the Monday 19th will not be a cue for us to relax all the rules for a couple of days.

2.     Summer testing programme for children:

·       children involved in the asymptomatic testing (twice weekly with LFDs) should continue to take these tests if they are involved with social/educational/summer school-type activities.

·       In September, we are expecting this testing programme to be continued.  We will provide the testing packs and guidance.

3.     September return and testing for Y7s and Y8s:

·       We have TED days on the Thurs and Friday (2nd & 3rd).

·       We then will be using a staggered start to the term to allow us to fulfil the government plans for return-to-school LFD testing.  This will affect the older children. 

·       Y6s return to school on the Monday (6th).  They will not have to be tested.

·       On the Monday (6th) the Y7s will be invited to come to school to take their first return-to-school test.  They will not come into to school for lessons on this Monday so you will have to arrange transport to get them here just for their test before returning home.  We will contact you before the day to remind you know what time they will need to attend. We appreciate that this will cause disruption.

·       On the Tuesday (7th) the Y8s will be invited to come to school to take their first return-to-school test.  Just like the Y7s, they will not come into to school for lessons on this Tuesday so you will have to arrange transport to get them here just for their test before returning home.  We will contact you before the day to let you know what time they will need to attend. We appreciate that this will cause disruption.

·       From Wednesday, all children will be in school.  We will conduct Y7 & Y8 second return-to-school tests at the end of the week by calling pupils out of lessons to take them.

Day

Monday

6th

Tuesday

7th

Wednesday

8th

Thursday

9th

Friday

10th

Y6

First day in school with normal lessons

Continue through the week with normal lessons and no disrupted learning

Y7

Y7s invited in to take first return-to-school test  & Remote learning activities

First day in school with normal lessons

Continue through the week with normal lessons and taking their second return-to-school test

Y8

Remote learning activities

Y8s invited in to take first return-to-school test & Remote learning activities

First day in school with normal lessons

Continue through the week with normal lessons and taking their second return-to-school test

On the shaded days, KS3 children can access remote learning via a link on the school website front page.

4.     Y7 & Y8 testing programme in September:

We will contact you to remind you of these dates and times later in the summer and at the start of September before pupils return.

 

Monday 6th

Tuesday 7th

8 Jade refers to Y8s in September (current Y7s)

 

Pupils to arrive at the start of the lesson.

Lesson 1 0840

7 Jade

8 Jade

Lesson 2 0940

7 Quartz

8 Quartz

Lesson 3 1100

7 Sapphire

8 Sapphire

Lesson 4 1200

7 Topaz

8 Topaz

Lesson 5 215

7 Zircon

8 Zircon

Families with transport issues, please contact school directly to arrange a suitable time in the day for your child to attend on the Monday/Tuesday.

 

5.     What might change in September?

·       Will the children come in at different times? No. All children will be in school at 0820 and end at 1515. As normal.

·       Will children have to wear masks? No, not in school.  We will be recommending that pupils wear them on the school buses.

·       Will children have to sanitize their hands regularly? Yes. This will remain an important measure for some time, as will ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!” etc.

·       Will pupils testing positive have to self-isolate? Yes.

·       Will all the staff be in school? Yes. There is no shielding planned.

·       Will we move the children from room to room for their lessons? Yes. Back to normal.

·       Will Year Groups be mixed, e.g. in a whole-school assembly or on the field at lunch time? Yes. No bubbles planned.

·       Will lessons like music and art return to normal practical activities? Yes. A full, normal timetable and curriculum.

·       Will LFD tests and masks be needed? Yes. See above.

·       After-school clubs? Yes. Back to normal.

6.     Should the children study over the summer? Maths video learning: please watch out for the brilliant, free maths tutoring platform that we will be sharing with all families.  It’s like having your own maths teacher online whenever you want.  Remember that although our children did really well in their maths assessments this year, nationally pupils have struggled more with maths than some other subjects during the pandemic. Encourage you children to enjoy their hobbies and read.

7.     Summer school and activity links: https://suttoncroft.coordinate.cloud

8.     What are we planning for September?

We believe that our provision is strong and we can respond to the reopening very well.  Here’s the basic recipe:

·       We will teach our excellent curriculum well and expect and get hard work and great behaviour from the children.

·       We will promote very good attendance from all.

·       We will look after the children as we always do.  There will be more children requiring more help (including with their wellbeing) and we are ready to respond to this need.  The right staff in the right place at the right time.

·       We will ensure that the curriculum is rich in and out of lessons.  Lots of stuff to do.  Lots of opportunities.

·       Relationships (our school strength) will be nurtured through the most effective speaking & listening skills.

·       All pupils will be encouraged to get a love of reading.

·       We will help children to help themselves by making them more aware of how they are learning.

·       All staff will design their lessons around a curriculum for wellbeing: what is it that our children need?

·       There will an extra set on the timetable to help us to personalise learning even better to enable all to thrive.

9.     Reminder about testing at home: Remember: if anyone in the household tests positive with the LFD tests, please immediately book a PCR/community test.

10. Over the holiday, please report cases to us on [email protected]

Thanks to all of you for supporting the great attendance, for the unstinting appreciation and encouragement that you have given us, and for showing real understanding of the difficulties that we have been under.

Have a great summer! I will be running!

I am grateful for keeping those around me safe.

I hope that I can show them how important they are.

I hope I can show them the same kindness they have shown me.

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