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We are staggering coming back to school from Tuesday 8th September. All parents have been written to with a time and date to return. If you lose this letter or don’t know when your child returns please phone the school office on Monday 7th September for further details.
It is very safe to come back and we look forward to seeing everyone in school.
Nursery starts from Monday 14th September – again a staggered start.
SEE YOU ALL IN SEPTEMBER
We come to the end of what has been a rather traumatic year for everyone. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents for the brilliant work they have done keeping the learning going for the children at home, we are all so very proud of you.
We also want to thank the school staff who have been heroic through this period, coming to school and providing education on line, we are very lucky to have such amazing and dedicated people who care very much about the children and families of St George’s.
Over the last few weeks many children have returned to us across the school and we were very pleased to see them. Some of our Year 6 created an artwork together on their last day to leave their mark at St George’s (see photos) but sadly we weren’t able to say a proper good bye to them so next year when it is safe we will be inviting Year 6 back for a party and an awards evening with their families.
Have a really good summer everyone and we will see you in September.
Re-opening to Year 6 went well last week. Staff and children are getting used to the new ways of working with social distancing and keeping in a classroom bubble for the day. It all seems very strange but the changes are there to keep everyone safe.
We have 8 year 6 children attending at the moment and expect about the same number of Year 1 children to be joining us this week.
For those of you still working at home – check your class pages every day to find new work and challenges.
Keep safe everyone.
Following the announcement yesterday that the Government will now NOT be bringing Years 2,3,4 & 5 back to school before the summer holidays we are working with the school Governors and the Local Authority to look at the options for our children. We will only bring children back if we think it is safe to do so, but we are currently considering whether some of these year groups can return part- time for a week or two. Once we understand the detail of the change made yesterday we will formulate a plan and will contact parents individually over the next few weeks with what we might be able to offer you.
I hope you are all keeping safe and accessing the work on the website every day.
After the Government announcement 3 weeks ago we have been working hard and making the school safe for the children from Years 6, 1 & Reception to be able to return. I have written to all parents in those year groups and have now telephoned each one to talk about what we can offer and what school now looks like. The most children we can have in their original classroom with their own teacher is between 8 and 12 depending on the room size, so this means only part-time attendance even for those wanting to come back and some children will be in different rooms with different staff. The days are shorter as the children need to come and go at different times and the days will be more challenging for the children as we have to stay in our rooms for most of the day and cannot have our normal free play breaks. Life in school is going to be very different for everyone!
We are welcoming Year 6 back this week and around 10 children will be joining us before the summer. Next week we see Year 1 coming back to join us. Many parents have decided to keep their children home until September and we want to reassure parents whatever your decision, we are here to support you. No action will be taken against parents by the Government or the Local Authority if your children stay at home. The website will be fully operational until the end of the term with work being posted daily.
If your child does return to us we will be welcoming them back eagerly and making school as interesting and motivating as possible. We hope those children coming back will feel confident and safe in returning and their parents will support them to know school has changed and there are some new rules to follow but the adults are here to help them.
The Local Authority has created a video for parents to share with their children to support their return to school:
After the Government announcement last week, parents are probably wanting information about how we intend to re-open. As you can imagine it is a very complicated process and needs lots of careful thought and planning. What we do know is it will not be possible to open on the 1st June due to staffing and organisation, we also know school is in no way going to be the same, so children will have to be part time, days will be shorter as there will be no lunch time play and school will start and finish at different times for different year groups. What we also know is that parents can choose not to send their child back before the summer holidays and there will be no action taken against those that do not come back, but we will want to know they are safe. Your biggest question you will be asking yourselves is – is it safe for your child to come back? You will have to answer that for yourself but if you are asking my own personal opinion, I do not consider it safe for anyone to congregate in groups at the moment. Obviously we will have to follow Govt. direction and begin to open the school and we will make it as safe as we can, but ultimately bringing people together in large groups in enclosed spaces at this moment in time is likely to increase infection not decrease it, so it is a risk you will have to decide whether you want to take at the moment. Once a plan has been completed we will send a letter out to all parents NEXT WEEK detailing the first steps we will take to begin to bring the children back to school. Parents need to understand the safety of children and staff comes first and this process will take some time. We will continue to provide home schooling materials on this website until the end of the summer term for children who want to stay safe at home. Mrs Fearns
Hello everyone! Here is another start to a week. We are all missing you and we know the children are missing us and each other. Remember we are staying at home to keep not only ourselves safe but everyone else too. If any children would like to share pictures, work they have done or messages with the rest of the school, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and put them on the website.
Nuno from Reception is missing you all and has sent messages of thanks to the school for looking after the key worker and vulnerable children and to all of the other key workers keeping our country going, see his drawings below. Mrs Fearns
Thank you to all of the parents who are home schooling – you are all doing a great job and the staff and I appreciate your efforts to keep children learning in this difficult time.
We are all missing you and the joy you bring to us every day but we all know we have to keep on doing this in order to keep all of us safe. Sadly this virus is amongst our community and our thoughts and prayers are with those families affected by it.
It is very important as weeks go by and our patience is tested to remember we are all at home because it is really dangerous and life threatening to be with other people or in public places at the moment. So, be strong and stay safe at home.
Remember to look at your child’s class page every day for the new school work that is being posted there.
Also, remember the advice I gave you before the holidays – set up a routine for each day Monday to Friday – set school work hours, get the children to wear uniform if it helps to get them into learning mode, then when they finish the work time they can change out of uniform so that it is clear when it is work time and when it is not.
I have been sent this book which you could share with your children to explain what the virus is and why everything is so different.
Also remember you have our phone numbers if you feel you need help with anything, please ring us, or even if you are feeling down and just need a chat, we are still here for you all with support and advice.
Please be assured all of those entitled to vouchers have been registered and ordered. If you have no email they are being posted out to you tomorrow. There are lots of problems with the EdenRed system which are out of our control. School staff are working hard on resolving all of the problems – please be patient you will get your vouchers eventually. Please remember this is an extra payment from the Government that you would not normally have, so it is an extra that other families on low incomes are not getting! Some people have received their vouchers but if you have not, it does not mean that you won’t be getting them, you will, but there are millions of families in the system across the country and we just have to wait for the system to cope.
We are now back in business supporting the learning of our children at home. We hope you were able to have some down time over the last week or so and a rest from home schooling activities. The teachers have posted new learning for you all on your child’s class pages and will continue to do so Monday to Friday during normal term time.
On a different matter if you are registered for Free School Meals with the Government (unfortunately this is not all of Reception and Years 1 & 2) then you will at some point be getting vouchers. You will need to be patient as the system is taking some time, but be assured you have all been registered and school staff are doing their best to try and sort it all out. If you do not have an email your vouchers will be posted to you. Please do not telephone EdenRed the company as calls are being charged at an expensive rate.